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Dive Review of Dive Aruba/Holiday Inn Sunspree in

September, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Roland & Pam Hebert, MA, USA
Report Number 1491
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
26-50 dives
Where else diving
Newport, RI, Kauai, Maui, Tobago, St. Croix,VI,
Grand Caymen, Sandwich, MA
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, noCurrents  
Water Temp
78   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
20   to 50    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
The Dive Master dove with us.  We used computers and ended dive at 500 psi  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
2 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
5 stars    
We got to Aruba 2 days after Hurricane Ivan.  This limited the visability
so it wasn't the usual for the Carribean.  The Holiday Inn Sunspree was an
upgrade because the Mill Resort was flooded.  They were wonderful.  The
only bad part was there was no pool.  A new one is under construction.  We
didn't eat any meals there, but always went to outlying restaurants. 

We booked with Aruba Pro Dive who subcontracted us to Dive Aruba. Clive the
owner/dive master was helpful and friendly. We booked two tank dives for
Monday, Tuesday, and Friday with a night dive on Wednesday. We were so
pleased that we added a Friday afternoon dive to get another one in before
we left Saturday night. 

We wanted a small boat with not a lot of divers on board, and that's just
what we got. Maximum seven divers worked out just right. The variety of
dives was excellent. We did wreck diving for the first time, with Clive
leading the way. The pre-dive briefings were professional and fully
prepared us for each dive, even providing a history of the wrecks. We had
no limit on the time of each dive. We were never rushed. If you had more
air you could stay down longer. We heard that the larger dive operations
had 45 minute time limits per dive. 

The drift dives were a real treat. Clive took the time to point out
interesting fish, lobsters etc. 

Clive's van is not new. And the first day it wasn't working so he arranged
for a taxi to pick us up at our hotel. He was always on time, with an 8:30
am pick- up. He was also very helpful in equipment assistance. 

My wife and I fully recommend Dive Aruba and will use him again when we go
back to Aruba. 

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