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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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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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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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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 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 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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Seeing Saba is worth the trip. It is...
Michael R, Sep 2007
Saba Day Trip from St Maarten
Seeing Saba is worth the trip. It is truly an unblemished pearl of an island and a must see.
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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.
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Unfortunately we chose to go on a...
Edward B, Aug 2017
Saba Day Trip from St Maarten
Unfortunately we chose to go on a day that started with 10 -12 foot swells so a few people got seasick on the way and a lot more on the way back. The Captain and crew were great , very competent and a good supply of cold drinks. The 90min trip was over 120 both ways but most likely due to the sea conditions. We had not booked a taxi tour but there were some at the pier to pick up people like us. The views were spectacular, with clouds streaming by you as you take pictures,. Great location if you like hiking and are fit enough to enjoy. The food was good and good selection. All in all a great day. I would mention that people can book a taxi tour or offer as part of this package - just makes it a little easier. The people of Saba were great had a lovely day.
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Our group stayed at Simpson Bay...
Kim29, Mar 2015
Saba Day Trip from St Maarten
Our group stayed at Simpson Bay resort so it was easy to locate the meeting point to hop unto The Edge to make our way to Saba. 5 of us boarded at 9am for a rather rough ride to Saba. About an hour and 20 minutes later with shaky feet and butterflies in our tummy was made it on land to Saba for a quick stop at immigration to get our passports stamped. We were immediately intrigued by the volcanic looking rock and ran over to take pictures by the welcome to Saba wall mural. We had arrange for a local driver Ms. Gloria to be our Island guide for the day. She gave us a quick tour of the various villages then dropped us off at a starting point to hike to the top of Mount Scenery. Only through much determination did we make the back breaking trek to the top. We were in various stages of fitness and some in the group were hikers, but we were not quite prepared for the steep incline and heat. However all pain and heart palpitations aside...the view at the top is to die for...technically we felt like near death lol by the time we made it. So worth it thou to be in the clouds, gorgeous views! Made it back down in time to make a quick snack stop, get some souvenirs and our certificate of achievement-proof we made it to the top from the Saba Tourist center. Made it back to the boat for the 3:30pm departure. The ride back was horrid with even rougher seas and quite a few people got sick. I spent the whole ride cursing and praying at the same time. Forces of nature. Aside from the boat ride, the trip was wonderful. Nature lovers and hikers this is a must do or if you are just looking to get away to a quite Island for the day the trip is most definitely worth it.

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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