The island of Saba is little more than a few wind-swept volcanic peaks rearing out of the Caribbean, but its diminutive size and isolation make it a sanctuary for plant and animal life. Consequently you'll be lacing up your hiking boots rather than putting up your beach umbrella (in fact there are no beaches to speak of). The aptly-named Mount Scenery, the island’s highest peak, is a favored walking/climbing destination.
Above all it is Saba’s worldwide reputation as a diving center that attracts visitors, drawn by its dramatic underwater topography. Cliffs, mountains and abysses, as well as a dazzling array of tropical fish, make for a once-in-a-lifetime scuba experience.
Tiny Saba lies to the south of St Maarten. Light planes from there land at a small airport in Saba’s north-east. If the idea of landing on the world’s shortest international runway has you feeling queasy, there is also a ferry service connecting the two islands; crossing time 1 hour and 20 minutes.