written by Delta students, Maddie McCutchin, Greta Cole & Sammy Doniger of the Xeres crew
July 31, 2017
After a night of music and entertainment, we fell asleep on decks and woke up early and eager for the full day ahead. We headed to the dive boats that took us to the island of Saba for our many activities. Before setting off for an exploration of the island, we watched a presentation about the island and its wildlife. Saba Marine office taught us about the protection of the islands wildlife inhabitants, including how to protect coral using coral trees constructed of PVC pipe. Our taxis then ventured through St. Johns and The Bottom as we headed to Windwardside.
At Windwardside, we went to a dive shop before heading on a long hike to Mt. Scenery, the highest point in the Netherlands. We climbed 1,064 steps to reach the top, traveling for approximately one and a half hours to reach the top. At the summit, the view of the island was beyond breathtaking. The ocean stretched out as far as the eye can see. The lush trees covered the land below. Though the hike was long and tiring, we all had a blast.
After arriving at the bottom, we took a lunch break and headed back down to the docks for snorkeling and scuba diving. Two dive boats took all of us to Tent City to see fish and sea turtles. The boat with the divers then went to Man-O-War reef for an afternoon dive. The reef looked as though it was a giant volcano covered in coral submerged at the bottom of the ocean. Fish and sea creatures swam around us as we gaped at the beautiful sight. Meanwhile, those who were snorkeling went to Torrens Point to enjoy many sea turtles and fish.
After returning from the dive, we arrived at the boats and showered before dinner. To end the day, everyone relaxed beneath the sunset, listening to an assortment of country and Lion King songs, as the day droned into night.
The greatest challenge during the program was staying entertained during the quarantine period. Not being able to leave your boat and not having a phone, which was a crutch against boredom, it was difficult at first to stay entertained.