Aqua Mania Adventures is a business located on the grounds of the Simpson Bay Resort. In fact, if you are staying at this resort, the Aqua Mania booking office is where guests may pick up their beach towels and swap the used ones for fresh.
To avoid a credit card surcharge, pre-pay online. But please note that even though Aqua Mania advertised on their website a special 10% off all excursions for charging with your Discover card from Oct - Dec 2013, there was no way to actually select that particular card online at my time of booking. However, the company made it right for me when I paid in person on the day of our outing.
The trip itself was casual with a ton of waiting - waiting in line to buy our tickets, waiting after our check-in for the ferry to begin boarding at 9am, waiting as we made our way out to Saba on the 90 min trip one way, waiting for the rest of our taxi's fellow passengers, waiting for my fellow hikers (or more like their waiting for me!) as we made our way up the rain forest covered mountain and back again, waiting for our our fellow taxi passengers for the ride back, and the 90 min trip back again.
Now I'm glad I went on this hike, but I must say, if I had known just how tough it was, I might have reconsidered. You'll want to be pretty fit to do this within the time allotted so that you make it back to the meeting spot appointed by the cab driver in time to get back to the ferry to St. Maarten after all!
The hike was pretty steep with quite a number of stairs to climb at times. The path is clear and you take the same one up that you return on. Trash cans are helpfully placed by a handful of shelters. Given that it was a rain forest, the ground was damp and slippery at times with slick moss and leaves. Be careful and wear shoes with a good grip on the soles - we managed it with sneakers, but we also watched where we placed our feet. Bring water, but not too much as it gets heavier as you make your way up.
We were fortunate that the view from the top was clear when we got there, as it is not always the case.
The ferry ride was a bit rough, so we drank some of the gingerale provided by the open bar in order to calm our stomachs. I appreciated that the captain pointed out the pod of dolphins and slowed down so that we could try to spot them on the way back.
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