Large aircraft cannot be accommodated although there are plans to build a longer runway. Planes do not land in bad weather in case they skid off the end. Winair (T54237 in St Maarten), the only scheduled airline, has 4-5 daily 20-seater flights from St Maarten (15 mins, US$88 return) some of which come via St Eustatius or St Barts. It is essential to reconfirm your return flight.
Ports of Entry: (Dutch flag). Go ashore to clear immigration with the Harbourmaster at Fort Bay or with the Police in The Bottom.
Anchorages: Fort Bay has three free moorings but it is rolly with southeast winds. The Ladder and Well’s Bay moorings (yellow buoys) are available for use by yachts for US$2 per person for anchoring and snorkelling, and US$2 per person for each dive you take on your own. Use a strong line and plenty of scope. Marine patrol will collect fees and explain the rules and regulations. The Marine Park has a leaflet with map of anchorages and dive sites.
The Voyager, a monohull boat carrying 150 passengers, leaves Marigot, St-Martin, Tue 0830, returns 1615, leaves Bobby’s Marina, Philipsburg, Sint Maarten, Thur 0830, returns 1615, one way US$40 (children half price), return US$60. Island tour of Saba with lunch, US$30, reservations recommended. Dockside Management, Sint Maarten, T24096, F22888, Email: dock...@megatropic.com The Edge is supposed to sail Wed, Fri, Sun at 0900, 1 hr, from Simpson Bay/Pelican Marina, St Maarten, T42640, US$40 one way, US$60 return, but be sure to check, often not running. On windy days crossing can be very rough. Travellers prone to sea sickness may be advised to travel by air instead. A deep water pier at Fort Bay allows cruise ships to call.