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The Basics

The best way to explore Saba is to either go high or go low. Hike through Saba’s Elfin Forest Reserve, named for its dreamy high altitude mist and fantastical mossy appearance, to reach the summit of the island’s highest volcanic peak, the aptly named Mount Scenery. Or dive into the dramatic underwater topography of underwater cliffs, mountains, abysses, and famous pinnacle dive sites where towers of volcanic rock rise to about 85 feet (26 meters).

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Recent reviews from experiences in Philipsburg

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Nice way to quickly see Saba. You...
Srinivasa S, Mar 2018
Saba Day Trip from St Maarten
Nice way to quickly see Saba. You have more than enough time to climb Mt Saba in the process.
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Amazing island
Daydream59711422808, Mar 2019
Saba Day Trip from St Maarten
This was an amazing experience! We climbed Mt Scenary and touched the clouds! We then had a very good meal in the little village of Wynward. Will try to come back for sure !
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great trip ,saw dolphins following...
jos, Jul 2017
Saba Day Trip from St Maarten
great trip ,saw dolphins following boat,roads are very steep and cars pass at scary rates,but views are stunning.
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Staying in Saba instead of St...
Laura S, Mar 2017
Saba Day Trip from St Maarten
Staying in Saba instead of St. Maarten next year. This place is straight out of a fairytale. It's a must see.
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Saba is worth to see, but the...
Marianna Ael P, May 2015
Saba Day Trip from St Maarten
Saba is worth to see, but the speedboat jumping on huge ocean waves for more then an hour wasn't merciful enough to half of us... Even for those who think they are super - sailors ... I mean who used to think so:)))
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The ferry there and and back was...
Latifah M, Oct 2011
Saba Day Trip from St Maarten
The ferry there and and back was wonderful as the ocean splashed from the high speed adventure and the spotting of flying fish! Saba itself was pure serenity surrounded by all that natural beauty. Everyone was friendly starting with the ferry crew, the immigration guys, the Eco restaurant owner, the scuba shop owner, the guy who owned the shop where you get your certificate and the people I met along the way
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The island is a beautiful place...
Susan L, Mar 2016
Saba Day Trip from St Maarten
The island is a beautiful place, quiet and quaint. The hike up Mt. Scenery was more strenuous than I had anticipated, but it was a great experience. The vegetation and views were amazing and you feel great after a workout. The ferry ride was VERY rough, but that was due to an unusually windy day and the ferry captain was very capable and got us back safely.
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Saba is a trip into history. The...
Richard C, Apr 2011
Saba Day Trip from St Maarten
Saba is a trip into history. The island is volcanic and very steep. It is a paradise for scuba divers . The people are great and the hospitiality is even better. I give it 5 stars.
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Very different island. Worth the...
Stephen K, Oct 2011
Saba Day Trip from St Maarten
Very different island. Worth the trip. The trail walk to the top was hard work but fantastic view (once the mist was gone).
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The trip was excellant, the description...
Michael H, Jun 2010
Saba Day Trip from St Maarten
The trip was excellant, the description is very misleading. It appears that the taxi ride and lunch is included. So we were disappointed that this was not included as described.
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Saba is a great change from busy St...
Kendrick N, Jan 2008
Saba Day Trip from St Maarten
Saba is a great change from busy St. Maarten. It's lush, low-key, and relatively empty.
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Although a shakey ride with 3-5mtr...
Ard, Dec 2011
Saba Day Trip from St Maarten
Although a shakey ride with 3-5mtr waves Saba was definitely worth while.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Saba is a must-visit for adventure travelers and nature lovers.

  • Remember sun protection, swimwear, and water for hydration.

  • Travelers must have a valid passport upon check-in to take a tour.

  • The hikes may be strenuous; hikers should be relatively fit and wear appropriate shoes.

  • The Mt. Scenery Trail requires purchasing a badge for about $3, which is a donation for trail upkeep.

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How to Get There

Light planes from St. Maarten land at Saba’s small airport, but if the idea of landing on the world’s shortest international runway doesn’t appeal, opt for the easy ferry service connecting St. Maarten to Saba; crossing time is about 90 minutes.

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When to Get There

The best times to visit Saba are the shoulder seasons of spring and fall when cheaper rates are offered and rains less likely. The weather is pleasant year-round. Saba's Carnival takes place the last week in July and includes parades, steel bands, competitions, and food.

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Saba Lace

Pop into one of the many boutiques of Saba’s capital city, The Bottom, to find the island’s most precious commodity: handmade lace. In the late 19th century, Mary Gertrude Johnson learned the intricate craft at a Catholic convent in Venezuela before bringing it back to her island home. Today the women of Saba make beautiful needlework textiles in trademark Saba styles.

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