|Worse than a Stairmaster|
We set up a dive trip with a local dive shop. In Saba, you can only dive with a local guide, so we picked our guide up in our 11 foot Boston Whaler and brought her out to our boat. Solmate and Ultra then dingied over and we had the dingy train going out to the dive site. Now, those of you who know Saba know that this in not an easy feat, as there is no such thing as a "calm day" on Saba! But, our guide was a good sport about it as water was coming in over the gunwales on our low free board skiff! Our first dive was at the famous Pinnacles and they lived up to their reputation. The top of the Pinnacles lie in about 80 feet of water and we followed them down to about 110 feet. The visibility was awesome and there was tons of fish and bright coral. It was a beautiful dive. We went back to Joana for lunch and then headed to another dive site. It had just as much life on it, the visibility was also great and we got a good workout as there was a current ripping through the site! We made it back to our boats around 1pm and decided that we need more exercise, so we went for a hike up to the top of Saba! We are nuts! We hiked through the rain forest and up pseudo stairs for 3 hours! Finally, Brandon, Maria and I made it to the top (Bill, Joanne and Carryn declined to go up the last 10 minutes in favor of a bench we found!) The view was unbelievable and we even saw an airplane flying below us!! It was getting late so we hiked down as fast as our wobbly legs would let us, but even then we had to hike the last bit in the dark. No worries though - as soon as we got down, we ordered some pizza and beer!
We relaxed for the next day or so, visited with Kathy and Picky some more, and then we had to say goodbye to this magical island and head off to the BVIs.
|100 ft down on the Pinnacles dive site|
|And then we thought it was a good idea to go hiking|
|The top of Saba|
|No really, that's the whole runway|
|A view from the top|
|We are higher than the airplane!|
|Even Niko made the hike|
|Another view of Paradise|
|Niko at the helm|