DAWN II ~ The Saba Ferry
Travel from Sint Maarten to Saba onboard the Dawn II, take in the fresh ocean breeze, keep an eye out for flying fish, dolphins and in some months mystical whales!
Sometimes referred to as the Heineken boat, the Dawn II has provided consistent, reliable service between Fort Bay, Saba and Dock Maarten, Sint Maarten since 2005. The 65' aluminum vessel is equipped to carry 50 passengers and features an air-conditioned passenger cabin with comfortably padded seats inside as well as outside seating to enjoy the cool Caribbean breeze. Just in case you are wondering... yes, there is FREE Heineken onboard!
COVID-19 NOTICE | Updated July 2, 2020:
As of Monday, March 16th travel to Saba has been restricted until further notice. Due to this restriction, the travel schedule for Dawn II has been temporarily suspended.
Due to the vulnerability of Saba and the limited medical capacity, the Island Government of Saba has put additional measures in place in an effort to lower the risk of the introduction of COVID-19 on the island.
A travel restriction has been implemented effective as of Monday March 16th, instead of Tuesday as per the Sint Maarten Government, which will prevent all non-essential travelers from coming to Saba, for instance visitors, tourists, business travelers, etc. In addition, this ban will include visitors who are traveling from any island. Therefore, Saba's travel restrictions pertain to visitors from ALL countries and islands, including regional travel.
This has now been extended until further notice.
Thank you for your understanding. We wish you, your family and friends good health in these uncertain times. We look forward to welcoming you to Saba in the near future.
Please contact us to let us know if you would like to use your ticket to travel at another time. SCT will waive any cancellation or rebooking fees. All tickets will be valid for 1 year from the date of intended travel.
Check out the schedule calendar for updates.
Passengers should check-in at least 1 hour prior to departure. Check-in strictly ends 30 minutes prior to departure times for immigration purposes.
If you are on an early flight or already on Sint Maarten, you may check-in as early as 10:00 am and drop-off your luggage and hit the beach, enjoy Front Street Shopping or do some exploring.
Passport and/or Local ID are required to travel.
Immigration and customs control are mandatory.
Reservations are highly recommended.
Dawn II is based in Fort Bay, the only port on Saba and it docks at the Captain Leo Chance Pier, which is located on the South-Southwest side of the island. It is about a 15-minute taxi ride from just about anywhere on Saba.
Arrivals & Departures
Passengers are required to clear immigration and customs when departing from or arriving into Saba, which is right next door. It is typically a fast and easy process, just be sure to have your passports handy.
If you are departing from Saba, our check-in office is located in the Harbor Offices building.
Saba's Only Port
The port can be a hot spot with lots of action as it is utilized by the ferries, two dive centers, cargo vessels, the local fisherman, and incoming yachts. It is also a great place to relax, fish or watch the tarpons swimming by.
Be sure to visit the Saba Conservation Foundation to learn more about the Marine Park and the nature of Saba, they also have a wide variety of apparel and cool souvenirs.
Dawn II departs from Dock Maarten Marina in Great Bay, Philipsburg, Sint Maarten. Some taxi drivers may know it as Chesterfields Waterfront Restaurant & Bar which is famous for their breakfast and fresh seafood. Dive shop, jet ski rentals, UFO-boat rentals and beach area are located at the marina.
You must clear the security checkpoint gate to enter Dock Maarten Marina. They allow 15 minutes of free parking for drop-offs and pickups. After that, there is a small fee. If you visit the restaurant, be sure to have your parking ticket stamped for free parking. If you are planning to leave your vehicle there, they do offer long-term rates.
Feel like shopping? Visit the famous Front Street Shopping area which is located within a short 3-minute walk. You will find many gift, souvenir, jewelry, clothing and duty-free liquor stores.
Feel like going to the beach? Great Bay is one of the longest and widest beaches in Sint Maarten. There are beach chairs with umbrellas available, and lots of beach bars. Take a walk along the boardwalk or get adventurous and rent a Segway.
If you have time before your flight returning home we highly recommend having an island tour on the way to the airport. Enjoy a personalized tour in an air-conditioned van, travel to the Frenchside and visit different beaches. Just let us know so that we can arrange a tour just for you!