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SABA SCUBA DIVE TRIP 

Thurs. -Thurs October 2-9, 2008

$1,300 PP + BYO Air (~$730)

Includes: Accommodations,15 boat dives w Nitrox, Breakfast daily, 5 days lunch and dinner -Dinners at different venues each night, “Sea and Learn Program" www.seaandlearn.org, RT airport and boat transfers, Marine park $4/dive PP and departure tax not included

Bob Puschinsky

puschinsky@aol.com

2410 Guilbeau Lane

Seabrook, Texas 77586

281-326-1060 & 1061

Fax: 713-589-5358:

 

SABA Divers: Please see the following itinerary for Marilyn and myself. You will note that we are using a ferry to go between SABA and St. Maarten. One reason for using the ferry is that it allows us to dive on the sixth day without the concern for flying the next day. John Harvey advises that the plane flies very low on the inter-island flight and that he is not concerned with the short dive to fly interval for himself. The ferry, which takes about two hours each way, is cheaper than flying and more convenient when we go back to St. Maarten from SABA . This is because we are staying an extra three nights. Additionally, we don’t have to face the luggage restriction of the small plane flight. We’re using AA airline because it is now cheaper than US air and we don’t have to be concerned about whether they will transfer luggage to and from Winair. Incidentally, AA allows 2-50 # bags for international flights and US air allows only one with $25 for a second bag. No reason that you cannot chose to fly Winair from St. |Maarten to SABA if you want to. Nor is there any requirement that you stay over in St. Martin after the dive portion of the trip.

The following is just an itinerary of what Marilyn & I are going to do.

 

Monday, May 12, 2008 Bob & Marilyn Puschinsky Itinerary

Wed Oct 1, 2008        IAH Hotel

Thurs Oct 2                 IAH-SXM (via Miami ) 0550-0910, 1110-1200, AA2127/687 $608.70 PP RT

Thurs Oct 2                 Xfer Airport to ferry at Phillipsburg Pier by Taxi 30 min.

Thurs Oct 2                 Ferry Sint Maarten-SABA 1700 PM Dawn II $90 RT booked in advance

Thurs Oct 2                 Xfer fm ferry by Juliana’s Hotel

Thurs-Thurs Oct 2-9    Juliana’s & Sea Saba $1,300 DBL; $1,500 SGL 18 dives Day 6 diving $128 prepaid

Thurs Oct 9                 Xfer to ferry by Juliana’s Hotel

Thurs Oct 9                 Ferry SABA-St. Maarten 0700 AM Dawn II $RT

Thurs Oct 9                 Rental car Avis P/U Phillipsburg 1100 $86.25 3 days

Thurs Oct 9                 Xfer to Resort by rental car

Thurs-Sun Oct 9-12    Hotel L’Hoste Hotel Orient Beach St. Maarten $453.60 3 nights

Sun Oct 12                  Xfer to Airport by rental car Drop Off 1100 

Sun Oct 12                  SXM-IAH (via Miami ) 1510-1815, 2115-2250 AA2160/1811$RT  

 

SABA DIVE TRIP - October 2-9, 2008 -$1,300 PP + BYO Air (~$730)

Everything in Saba is clean and sparkling, the streets are clean, the houses all look like they have been recently painted with their white siding, red roofs and green shutters. The smiles and friendliness you get from the locals are genuine and on an island with only 1000 inhabitants it is easy to make friends quickly. You'll find that it takes less than a day for some of the residents to greet you by name.
Saba 's diving reputation comes from its pinnacle dives. The Eye of the Needle, for example, starts at 90 feet and goes down and down, supporting a profusion of sea life both on and around it. Sharks, turtles and other pelagics are drawn to the area like magnets. But even the shallow dives are terrific. Green Island , between 20 and 35 feet has bright, colorful ledges and mini-walls, at 50 feet, there are 3 healthy green and pink black corals, 8' across.

 

Juliana's  
Located in Windward side, Juliana's is tucked neatly amidst a well-manicured tropical garden setting. Immaculately maintained, this small intimate hotel offers comfort at an affordable price and reflects the pride of its local ownership. Each room is equipped with cable TV and refrigerator. During breakfast daily at the poolside Tropics Cafe, you can enjoy the view or watch hummingbirds dart about the tropical flowers as you dine. The recreation room has another TV, honor bar--perfect for late arrivals, and a computer terminal.  Send a message home, download your photos or check-in with the office; extra services only found at Juliana's Hotel.  Wireless ADSL is available for guests throughout the property. 

See www.h20tours.net

 

Thurs - Thurs October 2-9, 2008 (Note option below)

$1,300 PP Package (Non divers: $730 PP – no lunches included, single supplement $200 PP) includes:

Garden view accommodations (Hotel service included)

7 nights/15 boat dives - 3 dives/day for 5 days all with nitrox. Night dives $65, snorkeling trip $30.

Tanks, weights & belts

First night orientation cocktail - Final night evening BBQ dinner at Juliana’s

Breakfast daily. Five (5) days lunch and dinner. Dinners at different venues on the island each night. Dinner drinks and service not included. Day 6 lunch and dinner at your choice and expense

Round trip airport and boat transfers

Hotel tax (Marine park $4/dive PP and departure tax not included)

“Sea and Learn” program will be presented most days at no cost. www.seaandlearn.org

 

Air: AA or US Air/Windward Isle Air (Buy your own – $730 IAH – SAB found on Travelocity 12/7/2007)

 

Option – You arrange air/ferry:

Fly into St. Maarten (~$608 + $90 RT advanced booked ferry cost) and stay for a few nights.

Avoid small plane transfer from St. Maarten to and from SABA . Ferry cost is lower than air ($90 vs. $165).  The Dawn II Ferry operates on Tues, Thurs and Sat., departs St. Maarten 5 PM for Saba and Saba at 7 AM for St. Maarten – 2 hour 45 min. trip. Windward Isle Air checked luggage allowance is 30 kg (66#), carry on 3 kg (6.6#); Dawn II allows one checked bag free and $5 for each additional bag. http://www.sabactransport.com There is another ferry between SABA and St. Maarten. Its name is the Edge and transits on a different schedule 0900 to SABA and 1530 return for the ~$112 RT.

Dive an additional day at SABA ($128; box lunch $7)

Experience extra days on St, Maarten. Additional Hotel ~ $150/night (Hotel only, no meals). Recommended hotels: Maho Resort near airport & Casino, Passahngrahn or Holland House on Front Street . The Orient Beach is the premier and the most popular beach on the Island . Therefore, we chose to stay there as shown in our itinerary.

 

We have one more room available for a short time and Sue wants a roommate (female or male). A $200 deposit by July 1, 2008, final payment August 15, 2008 (all non refundable). Deposits and final payment only by check/cash. Payment for extras at SABA such as drinks, extra meals, night dives, snorkeling trips, snacks and souvenirs may be made by credit card.

 

Please contact Bob Puschinsky, if interested. 281-326-1061 or E-mail: Puschinsky@aol.com.

 

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