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Saba Information

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In recent years Saba has become a popular destination for divers and nature lovers alike, due to its abundant nature above and below the water line. There are surely few places in the world where you can dive pristine reefs and volcanic formations and hike through a rainforest in the same day… Thus Saba has been named “The Unspoiled Queen of the Caribbean” for good reason!

ABOUT SABA

Saba, the smallest and greenest island of the Dutch West Indies is a divers paradise! It’s called “The Unspoiled Queen” for good reason. Caribbean-pure and natural! The island of Saba emerges out of the Caribbean sea like a fairytale island from long ago. The volcano “Mount Scenery” is also known as “Holland’s highest mountain” or the highest mountain in the Dutch Kingdom as the island of Saba is part of the Dutch Caribbean again since 10-10-10. Saba is an oasis for nature lovers along with those who want to spoil themselves with a little rest and relaxation.

Its current major settlements include The Bottom, Windwardside, Hell’s Gate and St. Johns. Despite the island’s Dutch affiliation, English is the principal language spoken on the island and has been used in its school system since 1986. Since 10-10-10 Saba is a Dutch public entity with a special status (means its NOT Europe) therefore the U.S. dollar is the official currency on the island and NOT the Euro. Saba is home to the Saba University School of Medicine, which was established by American expatriates in coordination with the Netherlands government. The school expended rapidly in the last few years and is home of more than 400 students mostly from Canada and the USA.

The island’s only hospital is A.M. Edwards Medical Center and is the major provider of healthcare for local residents. Its home of two local Doctors, nurses and an old age home. In recent years services were improved due to Dutch regulations. Same counts for the harbor and the airport. The airports arrival hall and landing strip are currently up for an upgrade due to Dutch and international standards as well.

HISTORY OF SABA

1493

Columbus discovers Saba; except for the Carib Indians (who may have lived here around AD 800) Saba was uninhabited.

1640

Dutch settlers arrived from St. Eustatius (Statia).

1816

The Dutch flag is raised after Saba had changed hands 12 times whilst French, Dutch, English and Spanish had vied for control.

1940’s

Sabans are very proud and resourceful. In the early days settlers carved steps out of the mountainside to the “customs house” to get from Fort Bay to the Bottom. Everything from the Queen of Holland to pianos had to be carried up by hand. Those rugged steps were the only way to transport goods to the Islanders. A more practical supply network had to be arranged. Josephus Lambert Hassell, a carpenter who took correspondence courses in engineering convinced Sabans and the Dutch authorities alike that a road on Saba was not just the stuff of a madman’s dreams… Known as the “road that couldn’t be built” (by Dutch Civil Engineers) construction lasted 25 years as no automated or heavy machinery could be used. Many of the people who worked on the construction are still resident on Saba up to this day.

1980’s

The Saba Marine and Conservation foundations are established by renowned environmentalist Tom van’t Hof. With Marine & Conservation foundations in place tourism tentatively crept onto the island.

Present

Saba is renowned throughout the world for its unique wildlife and pristine dive sites. The majority of the islanders today come from a Caribbean, Dutch, English or Irish background. There is a small expatriate population on the island who maintain second homes or have set up dive or tourism related businesses.

The Kingdom of the Netherlands comprises three entities: Holland, the Netherlands Antilles (Saba, St. Maarten, St. Eustatius, Bonaire, and Curaçao), and Aruba. Saba’s local administration supervises internal affairs and has recently voted to have a direct representative in Holland.