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The Road That Couldn’t Be Built – Saba, Netherlands Antilles

During our week of diving aboard the Caribbean Explorer II, we had a chance to go onshore to the island of Saba. It’s one of the prettiest and most unusual places I have visited in the Caribbean.

With a population of less that 2000, this unique little island hosts a Medical School, four villages and a tiny airport. And its sides are so steep that it has no beaches at all. Saba has one road that goes from the small harbor to the four villages and the airport. Started in 1938, “The Road That Couldn’t Be Built” took twenty years to complete and was designed and masterminded by Josephus Lambert Hassell after he took a correspondence course in civil engineering.

Saba University School of Medicine

We drove through the town of Bottom which hosts The Saba University School of Medicine.

Windwardside, Saba

And we stopped in Windwardside for a few minutes of shopping. Our guide told us that there is a law here requiring all buildings to have red roofs and be painted white.

Juancho E Yrasquin Airport, Saba

Finally our land excursion took us to an overlook of the tiny Saba Airport. With a landing strip of only 400 meters, I’m told that a special certification is required of the pilots that take off and land here.

Diamond Rock Above the Surface

This island is beautiful, both above the water and below it. One of the most spectacular sites I have ever dived is here. Diamond Rock is actually a group of three pyramid-shaped rocks – two of which pierce the surface.

And from a few feet below the surface to a depth of 80 feet or so, these rocks are literally covered in barrel sponges, tube sponges and corals of every imaginable color.

Fortunately, I didn’t let it, since I was scuba diving, but it could have easily taken my breath away!

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