SABA, NETHERLANDS ANTILLES
September 22-23 2007
DIVING SABA PICTURES |NOVEMBER 07 TRIP| APRIL 09 TRIP
Saba is a place like no where else on Earth… Lost in the middle of the Caribbean, this island has an area of 5km squared, a population of 1500 habitants and no beaches for the common tourists, which makes it a real quiet hidden paradise. From St-Marteen, we flew to St Eustasius first, and then to Saba. Both flights were about 12 minutes each. The landing on Saba is something all of you should experience, with the shortest landing strip in THE WORLD! 396 meter long runway with rock cliffs on both sides! Pilots must take a test every month to be allowed to land on Saba. Only aircrafts with 20 passengers or less can land here… Anyway!
The best part was without any doubt the hiking on the island. There is only one road (around 6 km long), but the rest of the island is only accessible by foot, just like people have been doing it since the 1700s.We saw a wide variety of orchids, snails, avocado & guava trees and wild rain forest… It was amazing! The entire weekend, we saw a total of 3 people walking on the trails…
We stayed at the Ecolodge owned by a biologist. Our cottage was up the mountain with stunning views on the ocean.
The Ecolodge is an environmentally friendly place with dry bathrooms (making compost), electricity uniquely produced by solar panels and tap water collected from rain falls. (More than 1m of rain falls here every year!).
The hot showers are black rubber bags heated by the sun during the day…
The second best part of our trip was the FOOD served by the restaurant at the Ecolodge. Imagine yourself in the middle of the rainforest (no bugs) eating a romantic candle dinner. From curry shrimps to Jerk chicken, the chef is a REAL chef! Fine cuisine at really affordable prices…After three hikes (to Windwarse, the Bottom and Maskehorn), it was already time to fly back to St-Marteen!
The take off was scarier than the landing, as you jump off the cliff just like an army jet plane taking off a boat… Saba is an island that we see from our balcony in St-Marteen. Every morning I drink coffee on my front porch, I wish I can be hiking there…
We will definitively go back soon.
DIVING SABA PICTURES
NOVEMBER 07 TRIP
APRIL 09 TRIP
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