SABA - Une île magnifique au statut de région spéciale des Pays-Bas
SABA – Rising like an otherworldly peak from the Caribbean, this cloud-shrouded island – a “special municipality” of the Netherlands – is as vertiginous as its motherland is flat. Dense vegetation draping Saba’s dramatic crags and valleys made it the ideal silhouette of Skull Island in the original 1933 KING KONG movie, with some of its scenes set deep in the jungle also filmed here. Amid the foliage, its tiny main villages – commercial center Windwardside, and capital The Bottom – harbour enchanting traditional red-roofed, white-timber houses with forest-green shutters and gingerbread trim. The trail up to MOUNT SCENERY (887 m) takes 90 minutes up and the same back down. It’s officially the highest point in the kingdom of the Netherlands. Last time the volcano erupted was in 1640. This stunning volcanic island might even be more scenic below the ocean’s surface. Divers and snorkelers can find a bit of everything (except wrecks) : steep wall dives just offshore, submerged pinnacles and prolific marine life, including nurse sharks, stingrays and turtles. The Saba Marine Park has protected the area since 1987 and offers many untouched diving spots.