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icon8 hours  (approx.)
iconOffered in: English
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Overview

Explore the pristine island of Saba on this 8-hour day trip from St Maarten. With your local guide, board a boat on St Maarten for the 1.5-hour journey by sea to Saba, making landing at Fort Bay. Spend the day diving, snorkeling and experiencing the unspoiled natural surroundings on this remote island. Tour the island on foot, which includes moderately strenuous hiking, or by taxi. Round-trip transportation from select St Maarten hotels is available during the week.
  • Day trip to Saba from St. Martin
  • The Bottom and Windwardside
  • Hells Gate
  • Hiking adventure in Saba's rainforest
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Round Trip Ferry Transfers
Port fee
Alcoholic Beverages
Island Taxi Tour
Lunch
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop off (Saturday through Monday)
Simpson Bay Police Station , Airport Rd, Simpson Bay, Sint Maarten
9:00 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
Enjoy pickup at select St Maarten hotels (available Tuesday through Friday) or make your way to Pelican Marina in Simpson Bay to begin your eco adventure.

Board the ferry to Saba and enjoy being out on the open Caribbean during the journey, which takes between 75 and 90 minutes. When you reach the dock at Fort Bay, choose to explore the island on foot or by taxi. The walk from Fort Bay to the first stop, a village called The Bottom, is very strenuous, and it is recommended to hire a taxi. The views of the surrounding landscape and seascape from the Bottom are fantastic. 

Hiking in Saba's indigenous rainforest is accessible through trails that start at Windwardside. Mt Scenery Trail is the most popular, and you can get a trail badge for a $USD3 donation to the Saba Trail Shop. You can arrange pickup with your taxi driver at a later time to return to Windwardside or the ferry landing at Fort Bay. 

Stop at one of the small restaurants in Windwardside for lunch. Stroll through the quaint village, filled with whitewashed cottages, narrow lanes and very friendly locals. Peruse the few shops selling local crafts such as hand blown glass, jewelry and artwork. 

At the end of your day in Saba, return to the ferry terminal to catch the boat back to St Maarten.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Mount Scenery
The hiking in Saba's rainforest is not to be missed with the main trail, Mt. Scenery, being the most popular. It is possible to stop at any point and return to Windwardside, or challenge the climb for the views from the top. The Saba Trail Shop asks a US$3 donation for the trail upkeep, and guests receive a trail badge.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Fort Bay
Optional taxis meet the passengers at the boat, this area is called Fort Bay
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
The Bottom
First stop is a village called the Bottom, on up to Windwardside, where the trails start for hiking and tours continue over through Hells Gate with a look down to the airport, precariously balanced out on a lava overflow. Taxi tours are the only way to get up and into the island as the walk up from Fort Bay to The Bottom is vertical and strenuous. The views are spectacular. Drivers will stop at places of interest to take photos, and will let hikers out at the trail with arrangements to meet them for the return journey to Fort Bay.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Windwardside
. It is possible to stop at any point and return to Windwardside, or challenge the climb for the views from the top. The Saba Trail Shop asks a US$3 donation for the trail upkeep, and guests receive a trail badge. Windwardside boasts great little restaurants for lunch. There are a few shops selling local crafts such as hand blown glass, jewelry and artwork. The villages are quaint with low built cottages all whitewashed with red and green roofs, tiny narrow roads and very friendly locals.
Stop At:  
Aqua Mania Adventures
The meeting point
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Saba Trail Shop
the trails start for hiking and tours continue over through Hells Gate with a look down to the airport, precariously balanced out on a lava overflow.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • CHECK IN 1 HOUR BEFORE DEPARTURE TIME. Check in starts at 8:00am - closes at 8:30am
  • You MUST have a valid passport is required on the day of travel. Please note: Passport CARD are NOT acceptable.
  • Taxi rides are available to the start of the hiking trail
  • NB: the hike during this tour is strenuous
  • Due to St Maarten immigration procedures, on return to St Maarten all passengers will be required to hand their passports to the crew. Passports will be taken to clear immigration ahead of the group before the boat can dock and passengers disembark.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • SABA REQUIRES EVERYONE TO BE FULLY VACCINATED TO ENTER. SABA EHAS NEEDS TO BE FILLED IN AHEAD OF TIME TO ENTER SABA; EVEN FOR DAYTRIPS ENTRY REQUIREMENTS ARE CHANGING FREQUENTLY BASED ON THE SITUATION. Please visit http://www.sabatourism.com/travel-requirements for the most recent entry requirements
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 62 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Aqua Mania Adventures
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Saba Day Trip from St Maarten?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Saba Day Trip from St Maarten.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Saba Day Trip from St Maarten?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Saba Day Trip from St Maarten.

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  • "Otherwise crossing is fine, if you don’t mind rough seas." See review

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star-2
Island Drive
Teddence_B
, Jun 2022
The very hilly and narrow streets. Not much to do on this trip. I felt it was an overpriced bus ride. Enjoyed the meal at Julianna’s. There were no hiking or beach trip as described in the promotion. Just a drive around the island.
star-3
Very expensive trip home
Claire_F
, Feb 2022
I needed to get home to Saba from St Maarten. All the flights were booked. So I had to pay $160 for a trip that should have cost $80 because I obviously did not take the return trip. Not happy.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2022
HI Claire, I'm not too sure why you booked this daytrip package on Viator's webiste when you only needed to go one way. We offer one way tickets but you booked on a daytrip platform. The difference of your booking will be refunded. Cathy
star-3
Good crossing to Saba
Lucien_B
, Feb 2020
Indications as to where boat leaves are completely misleading, as you need to check in at the Dutch Coast Guard in St. Maarten and not with the company. Boarding area is rather minimalistic. Otherwise crossing is fine, if you don’t mind rough seas. On time departure/arrival are appreciated.
star-5
Amazing island
Vicky_P
, Mar 2019
This was an amazing experience! We climbed Mt Scenary and touched the clouds! We then had a very good meal in the little village of Wynward. Will try to come back for sure !
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Nice way to quickly see Saba. You...
Srinivasa S
, Mar 2018
Nice way to quickly see Saba. You have more than enough time to climb Mt Saba in the process.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
Unfortunately we chose to go on a...
Edward B
, Aug 2017
Unfortunately we chose to go on a day that started with 10 -12 foot swells so a few people got seasick on the way and a lot more on the way back. The Captain and crew were great , very competent and a good supply of cold drinks. The 90min trip was over 120 both ways but most likely due to the sea conditions. We had not booked a taxi tour but there were some at the pier to pick up people like us. The views were spectacular, with clouds streaming by you as you take pictures,. Great location if you like hiking and are fit enough to enjoy. The food was good and good selection. All in all a great day. I would mention that people can book a taxi tour or offer as part of this package - just makes it a little easier. The people of Saba were great had a lovely day.
star-5
great trip ,saw dolphins following...
jos
, Jul 2017
great trip ,saw dolphins following boat,roads are very steep and cars pass at scary rates,but views are stunning.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Staying in Saba instead of St...
Laura S
, Mar 2017
Staying in Saba instead of St. Maarten next year. This place is straight out of a fairytale. It's a must see.
star-4
The island is a beautiful place...
Susan L
, Mar 2016
The island is a beautiful place, quiet and quaint. The hike up Mt. Scenery was more strenuous than I had anticipated, but it was a great experience. The vegetation and views were amazing and you feel great after a workout. The ferry ride was VERY rough, but that was due to an unusually windy day and the ferry captain was very capable and got us back safely.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
Saba is worth to see, but the...
Marianna Ael P
, May 2015
Saba is worth to see, but the speedboat jumping on huge ocean waves for more then an hour wasn't merciful enough to half of us... Even for those who think they are super - sailors ... I mean who used to think so:)))
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
Our group stayed at Simpson Bay...
Kim29
, Mar 2015
Our group stayed at Simpson Bay resort so it was easy to locate the meeting point to hop unto The Edge to make our way to Saba. 5 of us boarded at 9am for a rather rough ride to Saba. About an hour and 20 minutes later with shaky feet and butterflies in our tummy was made it on land to Saba for a quick stop at immigration to get our passports stamped. We were immediately intrigued by the volcanic looking rock and ran over to take pictures by the welcome to Saba wall mural. We had arrange for a local driver Ms. Gloria to be our Island guide for the day. She gave us a quick tour of the various villages then dropped us off at a starting point to hike to the top of Mount Scenery. Only through much determination did we make the back breaking trek to the top. We were in various stages of fitness and some in the group were hikers, but we were not quite prepared for the steep incline and heat. However all pain and heart palpitations aside...the view at the top is to die for...technically we felt like near death lol by the time we made it. So worth it thou to be in the clouds, gorgeous views! Made it back down in time to make a quick snack stop, get some souvenirs and our certificate of achievement-proof we made it to the top from the Saba Tourist center. Made it back to the boat for the 3:30pm departure. The ride back was horrid with even rougher seas and quite a few people got sick. I spent the whole ride cursing and praying at the same time. Forces of nature. Aside from the boat ride, the trip was wonderful. Nature lovers and hikers this is a must do or if you are just looking to get away to a quite Island for the day the trip is most definitely worth it.
star-3
The day we went the ocean was very...
Anthony B
, Feb 2015
The day we went the ocean was very rough, My wife got seasick on the return trip to St. Martin. Saba is a very fascinating island. The crew however was very rude.
star-3
The waves were crazy and the boat...
Kelsey S
, Jan 2015
The waves were crazy and the boat was all over the place. We didn't worry about the safely, more so about not losing our stomachs. The crew hands out a beverage but then want to be tipped out no matter if you have a beverage or not. No beaches. Just good for hiking and riding in a taxi across villages
star-1
The island of Saba is impressive...
Zack J
, Jul 2014
The island of Saba is impressive; however the 90 minute ferry ride in rough seas made most travelers sea sick. The "hike" is more like climbing the Washington Monument with no visibility to the great views available elsewhere on the island. Tropics Cafe was a refuge!!
star-2
Aquamarine mania is the worst tour...
kelle r
, Aug 2013
Aquamarine mania is the worst tour group. The driver of the boat went full throttle while text messaging. He provided no information on the island. We get to Saba and find out you have to pay 30 dollars for a taxi to go to the local areas. This was not told nor was it advertised on viator.
star-4
Saba is a beautiful island with the...
Kristina R
, Aug 2013
Saba is a beautiful island with the hiking trail to Mount Scenery. The trail gets extremely steep and slippery towards the top, so bring a walking stick and hiking boots. The 90 minute boat ride to Saba from St. Martin was not too bumpy. On the way back, the ocean swells were 12'-15' and the waves were completely covering the boat. The boat would go into a swell and back out. It felt like I was on a roller coaster. Definitely had to take 3 motion sickness pills on the way back. Just be aware of the very bumpy ride back. This excursion is done on The Edge boat through the Simpson Bay Marina.
star-2
Unfortunately, early December is not...
Santanu S
, Jan 2013
Unfortunately, early December is not the optimal time to go on the open seas. The ride to Saba in the morning was a bit rough. The waves were too rough for one passenger who made use of the abundant sickness bags. Unfortunately, the ride in the afternoon was even worse. Dramamine was a blessing.
star-5
Although a shakey ride with 3-5mtr...
Ard
, Dec 2011
Although a shakey ride with 3-5mtr waves Saba was definitely worth while.
star-3
The crew was a little stand off-ish...
Michael G
, Dec 2011
The crew was a little stand off-ish. The island is beautiful and the locals are very friendly.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
Very different island. Worth the...
Stephen K
, Oct 2011
Very different island. Worth the trip. The trail walk to the top was hard work but fantastic view (once the mist was gone).

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