I got back late Friday night from a 5 day holiday on Saba in the Dutch Caribbean with my ITP pals Elizabeth and Catherine.Â Saba is a tiny, tranquil island with no beach, but excellent diving and hiking.Â We stayed at El Momo Cottages and I took a PADI Scuba Diver certification course at Sea Saba.Â We came back tanned (a little sunburned actually) and relaxed and ready to take on the last 6 weeks of thesis before graduation (cue freak out now).Â Photo essay and travel details below.
Saba Quick Guide
Stay: El Momo Cottages
Just the right kind of rustic (pictured above and below). Proprietors Andries and Marieke are gracious hosts. It’s a bit of a schlep up the hill and stairs, but the view is worth it. The homemade breakfast is a great way to start your day, while the homemade flavored rums make an excellent nightcap.
The best restaurant on the island. Owner Tricia is a lively hostess, while her husband holds down the kitchen. Stick with the fresh seafood dishes and definitely try the luxurious seafood chowder.
Dive: Sea Saba
Professional and friendly staff. Scott was a knowledgeable dive instructor who explained things very clearly and helped reassure us total beginners.
Snack: Saba Snack
Tiny snack bar on the main street in Windwardside. Soursop smoothie and a coconut cookie (pictured below) make the perfect mid-afternoon post-dive snack.
Above: St. Maarten through a 70’s-tinted prop plane window. Below: Winair prop plane.
Above: View into the cockpit.Â Below: Local wildlife.
Above: Mango tree.
Above: A final taste of the islands: smoked herring-stuffed plantain washed down with piÃ±a colada at the St. Maarten airport while waiting for our flight home.
Additional photography courtesy of Catherine White.