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 Saba - General Info

Time Zone

UTC -4

Yachting Essentials

Electricity
110 V

Fuel
Fuel is obtainable by jerry can only.

Provisions
There are small supermarkets in both Bottom and Windwardside.

Repairs & Supplies
The dive shop in Fort Bay can help with simple repairs and also has a small chandlery.

Money

The official currency is the US dollar.

Major credit cards are widely accepted.

There are two branch banks on Saba - RBC Bank in Windwardside and WIB in The Bottom. Both banks have ATMs, but there are no ATM's at the airport or harbour, so come with enough cash for clearance.

Communications

International Dialing Code for Saba is +599.

Hotels have direct dialing worldwide, or visit the local telephone company SATEL which is situated in The Bottom.

Saba has island wide WIFI coverage, cards are for sale at SATEL and at other outlets.

Transport

There is a small airport with connections to Sint Maarten.

Several major airlines from North America, Europe and South America carry daily flights into Sint Maarten's Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM).

Also ferry services to Sint Maarten.

Taxis are readily available for getting around and tours. See http://www.sabatourism.com/taxitours.html for a list of numbers.

Events

See http://www.sabatourism.com/generalinfo.html for Saba's calendar of events, including Carnival dates.

Emergencies

Police - Dial 599-416-3237
Ambulance - Dial 599-416-3289
Fire - Dial 599-416-2222
A.M. Edwards Medical Center - Dial 599-416-3289

Publications

EXCLUSIVE BOOK DISCOUNTS FOR NOONSITE USERS
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For North America and the rest of the world visit Bluewater Books & Charts. When ordering through Bluewater be sure to enter the coupon code NOON during checkout to save 10%.

A Cruising Guide to the Lesser Antilles 2.0 (Volume II: Leeward Islands)
Author: Frank Virgintino
Published by www.freecruisingguide.com (Feb 2016)
Also available at Kindle as well as all other EPub bookstores

The Cruising Guide to the Leeward Islands 2014/2015
By Chris Doyle
Published by Imray (13th Edition)
DISCOUNTS available through Imray and Bluewater Books (see details and links above)
Included are over 100 up-to-date color sketch charts, full color aerial photos of most anchorages, island pictures, and detailed shore-side information covering services, restaurants, provisioning, travel basics and island history.

Grenada to The Virgin Islands
By Jacques Patuelli
Published by Imray 3rd Edition 2014
DISCOUNTS available through Imray and Bluewater Books (see details and links above)
Fully illustrated with plans and photos, many of which are new for this third edition, the guide is packed with interesting and useful background information on the Caribbean; its history, tourism, geography and details on sailing in the islands.

A Thinking Mans Guide to Voyages South - the many facets of Caribbean Cruising
Author: Frank Virgintino
Published: 3rd Edition January 2013
Available as a Kindle version at www.amazon.com as well as other EPub bookstores.
The latest edition of this route planner is larger than ever. For more details see this report

Update History

February 2019: Updated Fort Bay and Wells and Ladder Bays using official sources and cruiser comments.
February 2018: All formalities checked and updated using official sources.
August 2017: Immigration updated from oficial website.
January 2017: Clearance details updated by Gijs Klumper.
November 2016: Clearance, Immigration, Customs, fees, local customs all updated.
October 2015: Security Section updated
July 2015: Publication added
May 2015: Publications checked
April 2015 Updated information added to General/Money
February 2015: All formalities checked/updated.
February 2013: All formalities checked/updated.

Noonsite welcomes information and updates especially regarding clearance, customs and immigration procedures from cruisers visiting this country.
Please E-mail noonsite with any new information, updates or corrections. Even just a short email confirming that the current data is accurate would be most helpful.

Kelly Ran
Kelly Ran says:
Jan 16, 2019 10:52 PM

See this link for mooring maps: https://www.sabaport.com/yacht-moorings

About half of the moorings in Ladder's and Wells Bays were missing as of early Jan 2018. I think we were on mooring P, which is farther out than it seems from shore. Mooring G is definitely the best sheltered. Definitely take a look around the mooring field to understand the mooring locations. (Also the balls are pretty small so you'll need to get up close to locate them.) Make sure that you run your own rode through the mooring pendant; the marine park is trying to prevent chafing of their mooring lines.

We used the Anchor Pro app and kept one phone with the boat at all times.

The marine park people said that mooring overnight at Fort Bay was not recommended at all (but you can take your "big boat" there during the day, if your tender cannot traverse the sometimes treacherous 2 nm from Wells Bay to Fort Bay).

Mooring at Wells Bay was mostly comfortable but rolly at night. Wind speeds were roughly 12 knots or less. Would not recommend going to Saba if the forecast calls for any higher than that.

We found it impossible to land our dinghy at Wells Bay or Ladder Bay, so we took it to Fort Bay every day. We have an inflatable that did just fine. We were lucky to catch a weather window with little swell. Make sure you have enough dinghy fuel when you arrive. If you need to fill up a tank, there is a gas station at Fort Bay -- take the road heading east and walk up the slope. The fuel station is at the top of the slope.

Taxis: you can get a list of taxi operators at the marine park office. Hitchhiking also works.

Must-dos: hiking the Ladder, hiking Mount Scenery, scuba diving, snorkeling. You can moor your tender to the diving mooring balls as long as you vacate the mooring if an actual dive boat shows up. Wells Bay and Torrens Point have great snorkeling.

Laundromat: is on The Road, about a third of the way up to the Bottom.

We really enjoyed Saba and thought the visit was worth the extra preparation and hassle.

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Aug 16, 2017 04:05 PM

Sargassum hits Saba:
Reported by Joan Conover 10 August, 2017.
Saba has its beaches full of Sargassum weed. There is currently no solution to this problem. An online site to track Sargassum weed via satellite images is in development - lots of discussions right now about what to do about this problem.
Search "Sargassum" on noonsite for latest news items.

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