Saba is not about all-inclusive hotels and organized tours where every last minute is planned from the time you get up till you go to bed. It is the exact opposite of that. There are no chain hotels or restaurants. The dive shops are all owner operated and managed and pride themselves on their personal service and uncrowded boats. The island is world renowned for its superb unspoiled reefs and clear waters. The restaurant scene is always a surprise to first time visitors as well. Saba is truly the “Unspoiled Queen” of the Caribbean.

 

HIKING

 

The island has a series of well marked trails which offer excellent hiking opportunities for all levels. Guided hikes are also available for those interested in learning more about the islands unique fauna and flora.

 

DIVING

Saba is home to some of the best diving in the Caribbean and is consistently rated among the top 10 dive destinations in the world. The island is served by three well run owner operated dive shops. Unlike other destinations there is no “cattle boat” diving in Saba.

 

Sea Saba

Sea SabaOur on-island agent. The most established dive shop on the island owned and run by long time residents and friends John Magor and Lynn Costenaro since 1990. They operate two large and comfortable boats which take a max 10 divers at a time and are able to access all of the sites within the Saba Marine Park within a 15 minute ride. While extremely safety conscious (always at least two dive instructor on board at all times) they also allow experienced divers the freedom to dive on their own should they wish. Lynn is a member of the Women Divers Hall of Fame and is noted throughout the Caribbean as the founder of Sea and Learn Foundation. A respected environmentalist she runs an excellent operation noted for customer service and "reef to room" service and knows Saba inside and out. John Magor, her husband, in addition to his responsibilities of running the operations at Fort Bay and ensuring that the boats are always in tip top shape happens also to be a well know nature photographer.

 

 

Saba Deep

Saba DeepOwned and operated by Cherie Waterfield, is the oldest operation on the island. Located at Fort Bay she runs a well respected and personable operation which goes out with small groups by prior appointment.

 

 

Saba Divers

Saba DiversEuropean owned which visits all of the dive sites. Located at Fort Bay and affiliated with Scotts Place Hotel

 

 

 

 

 

EATING OUT

For such a tiny island Saba has some great places to eat. You will be surprised at the quality of the food and generally reasonable prices. Most accept credit cards except where noted. The below is not an exhaustive list of places to eat on the island but a list of some of our favorites all of which, with the exception of the Rainforest Cafe, In Two Deep and Queens Garden, are within a 1 to 5 minute walk from Iris House.

 

Brigadoon

 

BrigadoonOne of the top restaurants on the island in our opinion and not to be missed. Great local fresh seafood served with a carribean flair and other favorites. Monday is the weekly presentation by Sea Saba (free of charge starting at 5:30 p.m) on the history of Saba and characteristics of the dive sites and is highly recommended. Extremely friendly and laid back atmosphere with great food. Opened every night (except Tuesdays) from 6:30 p.m. Reservations recommended.

 

 

Chez Bubba

 

Chez BubbaFrench inspired bistro serving traditional french favorites along with local seafood. Lovely setting and excellent service. Located above Sea Saba’s main office.

 

 

Swinging Doors

 

BrigadoonSaba’s one and only country and western saloon. Eddie and Pat have a “Country and Western only” policy on the music they play. Reasonably priced drinks and a great place to hang out and meet people. Tuesday and Friday are BBQ night. Eddie cooks excellent baby back ribs and chicken with all the trimmings on his custom made smoker. Sunday night is Steak night. Reservations definitely recommended for food nights. Cash only.

 

 

The Long Haul Grill

 

The Long HaulSaba’s place to go for great hamburgers, pizza and other casual fare. Located a short walk from Iris House

 

 

Tropics Café

 

Tropics CaféLocated at Juliana’s Hotel. Our favorite place for breakfast and lunch. Very relaxed setting with great views and an excellent menu all of which is freshly prepared and nicely presented. Daily Happy Hour with two for one beers from 4 pm to 6 pm except Mondays.

 

 

Scott’s Place Restaurant and Bar

 

Scott’s Place Restaurant and Bar is located at Scotts’s Place Hotel and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week. Staff are very friendly and the food is very well prepared with nightly specials. Friday is Sabaoke night where locals and visitors get up on stage and belt out their favorite tunes which is quite good fun.

 

 

The Hideaway

 

The HideawayThe newest addition to Saba’s excellent dining scene and located just a short walk from Iris House. Rapidly becoming a favorite of both locals and visitors for its casual atmosphere and excellent food and drink at reasonable prices. Caribbean inspired menu. Well worth going to!



Rainforest Cafe

 

Rainforest CaféAt the Eco-Lodge. Very beautiful setting, especially at night. Serves excellent food with much of the produce coming from organic gardens located on the property by advanced reservation only.

 

 

The Deep End Bar and Grill

 

Located at Fort Bay where all the dive boats depart from. Very good food served for breakfast and lunch seven days a week from 8:30 a.m until 3:00 p.m frequented by locals and visitors as well. Great place for lunch after a morning of diving. Lots of fresh fish frequently on the menu and they do a superb Saban lobster  lunch not to be missed. Good selection of sandwiches, salads and burgers as well.

 

 

Queen's Garden Restaurant

 

Queens GardenLocated at the Queen's Garden Resort at the Bottom, gourmet dining in a lovely setting for that special occasion. Very well managed operation by Hidde and Claire who provide excellent and friendly service. Food is interesting, creative and nicely presented. Reservations recommended. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Great place to stop for lunch during a island wild hike.

 

 

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