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January 4, 2005: Caribbean Explorer II

A D2D New Years 2005: Saba - St. Kitts dive
"Customs House Reef (Saba)" - "Ladder Labrynth (Saba)"

Early in the morning, we did the crossing to Statia - but we had no intention of diving there ...
Diving aboard the CEXII:
  • Directions from Tampa: Talk to Ultimate Dive Travel at
  • Conditions on the day of my visit: Cloudy.

  • Personal Notes: There are some notable things about Statia, independent of diving ...

    First, the primary noticable feature as you approach the island (from Saba, anyway) are the huge oil tanks. It seems that Statia is a distribution point for the area. Also, there are fuel barges and a number of freighters either awaiting fueling or dropping off fuel.

    Apparently Statia is also known for the quality of it's fuel. Before fueling a boat, they actually offer a sample for review by the recipient. This way the boat knows what they're getting. According to Evan, they've fueled up at other islands and gotten some less than quality diesel. So Statia is a must stop for gas.

    We were to fuel up at 7am; Statia delayed us a bit (we didn't start getting gas until roughly 9am), so we didn't make it to Saba until the afternoon.

    We still managed to get three dives in; I did two.


Customs House Reef (Saba)
This is a Juvenile Smooth Trunkfish. Tiny little guys that are about the size of a pea usually. This one is noticably bigger.
We had a hard time identifying this until I read the description of the Web Burr Fish; they have color variations that match this.
A turtle.
A crab.

Dive data for dives on this day:

Dive Site Name Max Depth Minutes Water Temp
301 Customs House Reef (Saba) 104 feet 46 min. 79 F
302 Ladder Labrynth (Saba) 54 feet 56 min. 79 F
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