It's been thirteen years since we were last in these two islands, part of the Leeward
Island chain in the Northeastern Caribbean. Like last time, we were on a live aboard
dive boat, the Caribbean Explorer 2 the newer upgrade of our original Caribbean
Explorer from years back (www.EXPLORERVENTURES.com). The water was
unusually warm which made delightful diving but turgid visibility, all the photos
were shot using a small close up lens, any kind of wide angle scenic shots would have
just murked out with all the particulates in the water. The diving had changed--but
was still good, night dives especially had a variety of shrimp, crabs and critters. Most
of the changes looked to be nature at work, rather than man made. Hurricanes are
frequent visitors to this area and they will alter the underwater scenery very rapidly
and dramatically around small islands (like Saba) where there is almost no
sheltering lee side when storms hit. We were lucky, our weather was just great, but
we got out two days before Hurricane Earl arrived.
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