Once a year I make my way down to Saba and have been doing so for many years now and can say I am happy to see some changes be made to the dive shops. Over the years I have had the opportunity to dive with each one of the shops and decided to commit to Sea Saba, hands down they were the best.
Sea Saba once great but things have changed and not for the better. They had amazing crew, the boats were always well maintained and the shop owners and staff went out of their way to treat you as a guest and paying customer. This I am afraid to report is no longer the case. The boats are showing wear and overall condition and maintenance is below standard. The crew is lack luster bordering on rude. The rental equipment is in poor condition and the overall attitude and treatment in the shop staff is based on money. Sea Saba is the MOST expensive dive shop on island, they charge for everything and I mean everything. Good luck trying to find anything on line that clearly outlines dive fees. Another word of caution they like to tally your bill careful to add the $4 daily marine park first and then add tax at the end. Charing tax on the marine park fee? What's up with that? Which reminds me, they do this if you book dive packages with them and quoted rates are advertised as inclusive of tax?
The good news is that Saba Divers has made some much needed but greatly appreciated improvements. New rental equipment and enthusiastic and caring staff, yeah, even Gersh, he's a bit crusty in the morning but genuinely loves the guests. The boats are in good condition and getting better. And, the best part for my fellow nitrox divers, nitrox is free! This is the only dive shop that offers free nitrox. It is clear that they have made some changes check out some of the recent awards - they were voted best Caribbean dive center in 2006.
The other dive shop on island is Saba Deep. For the life of me I can't imagine how this place remains in business. The crew is okay, depends on the day, they have the worst boats, they are the only dive shop that strictly enforces dive times rather then allowing you to dive your tank, high prices and they charge a 6% tax plus a 4%-6% fee if you use a credit card. Rumor has it that the shop has been sold - I hope the new owners are prepared to make some much needed changes.