In December I headed off for a little adventure to the island of Saba in the Dutch Caribbean. Somewhere I had never heard of until stumbling across while looking to booking a trip but a quick google and it sounded like paradise. A tropical volcanic island topped by a rainforest and surrounded by a marine reserve.
I’ve dived much of the West Indies and know that, due man made impacts, the quality and diversity of the coral reefs of the Caribbean can be hit and miss. The natural exposed geography of the island coming straight up out of the deep and the fact it has been a marine park since 1987 gave me hope that this could be a great dive trip.
It did not disappoint – every dive was filled with a wide selection of coral, fish, invertebrates and my marine favourites, octopus, turtles, sea horses and sharks. It was also some of the most fun mellow diving without long boat riders between dives an easy going crew, little current and great visibility.
I didn’t have a favourite dive but loved them all. Some highlights included Man ‘o War Shoals and Diamond rock were great pinnacle dives and tent reef had wonderful diversity from cave like swim throughs, a lovely wall dive and a pair of resident sea horses.
We dived with the lovely Saba Divers team – professional and personable I’d go back tomorrow.
For accommodation we stayed at El Momo’s cottages perched on the mountain side. A simple set up of huts but so surrounded by greenery and an amazing view you don’t need anything more.
In the photography section of the website some of the dive photos can also be seen in my Instagram feed.
I took a little £40 point and shoot camera with me just to capture the moment so the quality isn’t the best but below is a little selection of footage from those dives. I hope it gives just a little taster of the amazing underwater world of Saba.
Welcome to the new website for me and my work. I’m a freelance Director/Producer working across both broadcast and digital and have had the good fortune to work on some amazing things such as Springwatch and Big Blue Live. I hope this site will showcase some of my work together with a blog sharing some great work from others in the world of conservation and natural history.
My New Year’s resolution is to update it at least once a month. There now I have put it in writing I have to keep it up!
More content coming soon but in the meantime enjoy this video of Matt Baker and an octopus which I shot last summer for Big Blue Live.
Or possibly a squirrel having a blow dry is more your thing.