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Dive Review of Dive Aruba/Boardwalk in

December, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Bob Souza, CA, USA
Report Number 1543
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Bonaire, Dominca, Bay Islands, Cozumel, Costa Rica, Fiji, Tahiti, Papua New
Guinea, Greneda, St. Vincent, Los Cabos ....
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
76   to 77    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 75    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Clive at Dive Aruba did a wonderful job of accessing divers skill levels
and providing each the guidance or freedom they needed. No time limit
enforced, on the contrary maximum time/enjoyment was encouraged. Almost all
dives were over 60 minutes.   
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 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):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
3 stars    
Went to Aruba to allow my recently certified wife to build up experience
prior to hitting some more advanced destinations. Aruba was not my first
(or second) choice, but we were using United frequent flier miles and it
ended up being the only place to work out.
Booked ourselves on-line at the Boardwalk (, a small
12 room resort acroos the street from the beach at the far end of the high
rise hotel area, and reserved diving on-line with Clive Paula at Dive Aruba
( Both turned out to be excellent choices.
The Boardwalk was fantastic, very pleasant and clean. The casitas were
large and equipped with full kitchens, utensils, outside decks, bar-b-que,
cable tv, vcr/dvd (with free movies at the office!),etc. They have a small
pool area that can be used repectably at any hour. The supermarkets in town
were well stocked and reasonably priced, and we had the majority of our
meals at our place. Would definately stay there again if returning.
Dive Aruba is a one man show with Clive doing everything. He promptly
picked us up every morning at the resort (without any moaning about ours
being the furthest spot from town, even the days we were the only divers).
The only hitch in his routine is that our first day diving we went to his
house in town to do the waivers and set up weight belts .. and then went
their again on the days he had other first day divers. This took a little
while, so it seemed slow to get in the water, but after day 1 I just went
with the flow. His boat is adequate size for the maximum 7 divers, but
could be a little tight if a few camera fanatics were aboard (we never had
any). Clive has a regular dive schedule, and had no qualms about motoring
out to one of the farthest sites (about 1/2 hour) on one day when I was the
only diver. Back roll entry ie easy, and entry is via ladder after removing
fins. CLive provided ample assistance with those who needed it. Good dive
briefings, and he was able to handle divers with varying skill levels very
well. No time limits, most all our dives we went over an hour. Loose group
under water, stay with your buddy .. on days I dove alone it was no problem
to drop solo down to deeper spots while he guided the others. He always had
cold drinks and some fresh fruit onboard. All in all an excellent small
group operation.
Diving in Aruba was good enough to keep me interested throughout the week.
No large fish or pelagics, but plenty to keep you occupied. The wrecks were
interesting (the Jane C was a very good dive)and the reefs were generally
healthy. Plenty of Caribbean tropicals, octupus, shrimp and many eels
(green, chain and golden). Did a great night dive on an airplane wreck
highlighted by catching an octupus feasting on an eel. 
All in all Aruba pleasantly exceeded my expectations. Well developed island
with great beaches, friendly people, good food and decent diving. 
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