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Location

This port of entry is located at the southwestern side of the island. It is the island's only port and is a busy place - delivery day is Wednesday so it's best to not time your arrival for a Wednesday. The port however has recently been expanded and the power plant relocated, making conditions here more bearable the rest of the week.

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

The port has a Harbour Office, Customs & Immigration, Saba Marine Park, Gas Station, Shower Facilities, Haul-out ramp, hyperbaric chamber and restaurants.

Position 17° 61.06'N, 63° 25.02'W (harbour)

Clearance

See Saba Formalities for more details.

Clearance is handled at the Harbour Office in Fort Bay.

Contact the Harbor Master on VHF channel 16 or the Saba National Marine Park office (+599 416 3295) for directions on anchoring, mooring use, or any other information you may require.

If not occupied, moor inside the breakwater (South side) as close to the office as you can. The Harbour Master is in the government building near the pier.

Wind, swell and availability permitting, you can also pick up a visitors mooring. A "Check-In" buoy has been placed just to the east of the harbour entry for checking in and out. This buoy can be used up to 1.5 hours only, so as not to unduly inconvenience others in line.

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 2018.

Harbour Master
Tel:+599 416 3294 ,VHF Channel 11, 16

Docking

There are two designated anchorage zones within the Saba National Marine Park: one between Ladder Bay and Wells Bay (west side) and one in front of 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. See Restrictions for details on what mooring buoys can be used by visiting yachts. There is (usually) only one yacht mooring buoy and it may be possible to use the ship's mooring if it is available. Call the Harbour Master before tying up.

There is a harbour fee here. See fees for the details.

Last updated February 2018.

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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