Tuesday , March 28 2023

Saba featured in German diving magazine

A diving magazine of Germany called “Tauchen”, German for “Diving”, has recently written an article about Saba and reviewed the accommodations and activities on the island. Tauchen’s editor Michael Krüger has visited both Saba and St. Eustatius, as well as Dutch St. Maarten and French St. Martin. Krüger’s top three things to do on Saba are diving with Saba Divers dive centre at the Pinnacles and experience tame sea animals, climbing Mt. Scenery, watch the sea from the balcony of Scout’s Place and celebrate “Sabaoke” in the evening.

Krüger starts his story on the 20-kilometre-long road of Saba, where two cars can just narrowly pass each other. He explains about his positive dive experiences with Saba Divers and mentions the only beach present on Saba.

“Anyone looking for beautiful beaches is not in the right place, there are none. The cliff makes bathing in the sea near impossible. The only exception: a small beach called Cove Bay, directly at the airport.” Krüger explains.

The article further highlights Saba’s many hiking possibilities. “Whilst hiking, non-toxic hermit crabs can often be seen, as well as various species of snakes. Large green iguanas and palm-sized tarantulas are perfectly camouflaged in the jungle and detectable only by luck. “The tropical-humid climate ensures lush vegetation and flowers, such as the oleander and hibiscus can be found.” Krüger mentions in his article. Saba is also an expensive island, according to Krüger, who writes that this is partly caused due to its isolated location.

Swinging Doors is mentioned with Friday’s famous spare ribs by Eddie Moraine. The 62-year-old and his wife Patricia operate the restaurant Swinging Doors in Windward Side. Why the name? “A pack from Georgia with swinging doors written on it was wrongly sent to me,” Moraine is quoted by Krüger in his story.

Saba’s Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport is mentioned as “perhaps the world friendliest and freakiest airport. With 396 meters length Saba has the shortest commercial runway used on the globe. Pilots need to have a special permit from the Dutch aviation authority,” Kruger writes. “The location of the airport demands utmost concentration from the pilot, because in an emergency, no relaxed rolling is possible. The runway ends directly in the ocean, for newcomers a real adrenaline rush.”

In his article, Krüger also mentioned the top three things to do on St. Eustatius and St. Maarten. On St. Eustatius they are diving to Stingray City, exploring the Charlie Brown wreck, climbing the Quill and testing the compressed air-scooter Dive-Glide with Glenn Fair. St Maarten’s top three consists of watching airplanes at Sunset Beach, relaxing in absolute chill atmosphere at Love-Bar in Grand Case Bay and shark diving with Ocean Explorers, an activity which is no longer offered.


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