Diving: For the lucky few cruisers who do visit Saba, there are essentially three main activities. The first is diving the Saba Marine Park off the island's coastline. Within a half-mile from shore, sea depths can be 1,000 feet or more, and you can see underwater lava flows, reefs with tropical fish and coral, and possibly a shark.

Hiking: The second main attraction is hiking in the rainforest and getting amazing views of the island and even nearby islands like St. Eustatius, Nevis and St. Kitts. Look for exotic fruit trees, seabirds, lizards and some friendly goats.

Shopping: For everyone else, coach tours will take you around the island past the well-regarded medical school to the tiny airport, with a stop, likely in Windwardside, to purchase some of Saba's famed lace or the island's rum liquor called Saba Spice.