The island of Saba is known as the “unspoiled” Queen of the Caribbean. This wonderful island is characterized by a beautiful flora and vegetation with tropical rain forests, orchids, palms, as well as mangos, oranges and many other fruit trees. This smallest island of the Dutch Antilles is a 10-minute flight away from St. Maarten and St. Barth. St. Maarten is reachable by direct flights from Amsterdam, Paris, New York, Boston, Miami, Dallas and Toronto.
The island largely consists of the Mounts Scenery. At 870 metres, this mountain is the highest point in the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Dense vegetation with a variety of species cover the summit and upper slopes.
Both English and Dutch are spoken on the island. Despite its Dutch affiliation, English is the principal language spoken on the island. Saba is especially known for its ecotourism, having exceptional scuba diving, climbing and hiking. Saba is one of the best diving spots in the world and offers sites suitable for any diver’s level of experience. Divers will experience an amazing underwater world, with amongst others schools of tropical fish, healthy coral, sponges of all sizes and pelagic creatures.
The Saba National Marine Park was established in 1987 with the objective to preserve and manage Saba’s marine resources. The Saba Marine Park was not developed to repair a damaged environment but rather to ensure the continued quality of an extraordinary resource for the benefit and enjoyment of everyone. The Saba Marine Park circles the entire island from the high-water mark to a depth of 60 m (200 feet), including the seabed and overlying waters. A system of permanent mooring buoys facilitates diving and prevents damage to corals. One of the few self-sustaining marine parks anywhere in the world, the Saba Marine Park raises revenue through visitor fees, souvenir sales, and donations.
Saba provides great shopping opportunities for visitors, varying from creative arts and crafts stores to everyday needs. Besides, Saba offers all kinds of restaurants, varying from world class restaurants to snack bars. For entertainment at night, there are a few very cosy local pubs and restaurants.
CRIME IS PRACTICALLY NON-EXISTENT,
making Saba one of the safest spots in the world.
Nighttime medical emergency transport by helicopter is possible on Saba. In case of emergency a Trauma Heli will transport (24/7) the patiënt to the nearest Hospital. Safe and in accordance with international norms.