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Dive Review of Dive Aruba/Marriott Surf Club in

September, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Douglas, NV, USA
Report Number 2089
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
So. California Channel Islands, Sea of Cortez, Florida Keys, Bermuda,
Puerto Rico, Hawaii, Cancun, Cozumel, Grand Cayman
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
84   to 88    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 50    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
2 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
1 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
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
3 stars    
Four of us dove with Clive from Dive Aruba.  This was a great choice. While
many of the larger operations limit bottom time to 40 minutes Clive let us
dive all our air.  In fact, he gave me what was left in his tank to finish
off my dive with the rest of the group since I had come up early.  His boat
is only 26' and can only accomodate 7 divers.  Clive is the only one on
board - Captain, mate, and dive master.  He does a great job.  We dove with
Clive three days.  On the last day there was only the four in our party on
board.  Air fills were 3,000 PSI Aluminum 80's.  Clive picked us up at our
hotel the first day and took us to his house to do paperwork.  We met him
on his boat the next two days.  The first day was windy - there is normally
a constant breeze on Aruba.  However, the last two days were dead calm
behind Huricane Rita.  The locals say the huricane stole their wind.  At
any rate, it made for great surface conditions but limited visibility. 
Their was a good variety of corals - including black coral below 70'.  Fish
species were limited and we saw no large fish with the exception of one
wahoo and a fair sized parrot fish.  Some in our party saw octopus, large
green moray eels, small spotted eels, large banded shrimp, one jelly fish,
two turtles (while snorkeling), and a limited number of reef fish.  The
Antilla wreck was our best dive.  There is not much to see or do on the
island.  We did tour the outback.  The famous "Natural Bridge"
had recently colapsed.  I would recommend staying in the water and in the
Hotel District.  The people were very friendly and helpful.  There are many
good restaurants though the food is rather expensive.  All-in-all it was an
enjoyable trip.  However, the diving was not great for experineced advanced
divers.  It is a great spot for beginners and intermediate divers.  The
South side of the island is the only side accessable for diving or beach
activities - the north side is too rough with dangerous undertows and
currents - no one dives there.
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