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The port of Fort Bay on the SE coast of Saba is the busiest place on the island; used by fishermen, dive companies, ferries, shipping companies and yachts.  Wednesdays are particularly busy as it's when deliveries occur. The port is located behind two breakwaters and has space for landing dinghies. There are also several mooring balls available off the coast just outside the breakwater.

Cruiser Highlights:

Harbor Office; Customs & Immigration; Saba Marine Park Office; fuel; shower facilities; hyperbaric chamber; shops and restaurants; hiking; scuba diving; snorkeling.

Entrance notes or cautions:

This port is not recommended in moderate or strong winds.

The port's official website has some good images and information. See https://www.sabaport.com/

Position:

17° 61.06'N, 63° 25.02'W (harbour)

Clearance

See Saba Formalities for more details.

General Clearance:

Contact the Harbormaster on VHF channel 16 or the Saba National Marine Park office by phone for directions on anchoring, mooring use, or any other information you may require. Or, If not occupied, moor inside the breakwater (south side) as close to the office as you can. The Harbourmaster is in the government building near the pier.

Head to Customs and Immigration, then check in/out with the Harbormaster to fulfill the required formalities. If Customs and Immigration are not available, proceed directly to the Harbor Office.

In bad weather it may be necessary to carry on to the more protected anchoring area on the NW side of the island, between Ladder Bay and Well's Bay, where several moorings (yellow with blue stripe) have been laid for visiting yachts. Make sure you get a taxi telephone number, so you can get back to Fort Bay from there for clearance.

Last updated: February 2019

Harbourmaster
Fort Bay Harbour
Tel:+599 416 3294 ,VHF Channel 11, 16
Opening hours: 06:00-18:00
Saba National Marine Park office
Tel:+599 416-3295 / 2709
The main office and shop are located in Fort Bay.

Docking

Anchorage:

There are two designated anchorage zones within the Saba National Marine Park: one between Ladder Bay and Wells Bay (west side) and one is just outside the Fort Bay Harbour.

Fort Bay offers better protection in strong NE winds, while Ladder and Wells Bays are more sheltered in SE winds. The anchorage here is only really comfortable in calm weather.

Moorings:

Moorings A-F are located outside of Fort Bay, see the map on the Saba Port website for more details. Cruisers report some moorings may be missing--also they are quite small and may be difficult to spot. Park staff request that you run your own lines through the mooring pendant; the marine park is trying to prevent chafing of their mooring lines.

Dingy Dock:

Dinghies can be landed inside the breakwater at the tender dock. If you need fuel it's found at the gas station on the road heading east out of the port.

Last updated:  February 2019

Fort Bay Harbor
Tel:(+599) 416 3294/ mob. (+599) 416-5318 ,VHF Channel 16
There are toilets, showers, fuel, a Hyperbaric Chamber, cafe/bar, dive centre, some repairs, taxis. There is a crane for lift out.

Kelly Ran
Kelly Ran says:
Jan 16, 2019 10:58 PM

We used our inflatable to get from Wells Bay mooring field to Fort Bay. A little bit of a rough ride, but doable. No one locks up their dinghies here. Also bring a stern anchor or tie up your stern to a mooring ball at the dinghy dock.

When we were there, the resupply ship came on a Thursday (but usually comes on Wednesdays). It does not significantly add to the boat traffic in the area, as there are usually a few dive and fishing boats coming in and out.

13 Beaufort
13 Beaufort says:
Jan 15, 2017 05:21 AM

Don't even THINK of using the dinghy to travel from Well's Bay to Fort Bay unless you own a powerful rib and it's a flat calm... One can access the island from the landing at Well's if you get the phone number from a taxi driver at Fort Bay.

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Fort Bay (Fort Baai)
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