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Dive Review of Dive Aruba/Holiday Inn Sunspree Resort and Wes in

September, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Kenneth R Evans, TX, US
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Report Number 5713
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Bonaire (6 times), Maui, Cozumel, Palau, Yap
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

rainy, cloudy  
Water Temp
82   to 88    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
20   to 40    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
300 psi or 1 hour so that those who consume more air do not have to sit and
wait too long on the boat  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
Wreck dives make good back drops for UWP and there was plenty of tropical
fauna and flora.  The boat had no facilities to support camera usage but
Clive was always ready to either hand down the camera or retrieve at the
end of the dive and he took special care.  The shore facility was simply a
cut off barrel filled with fresh water to rinse.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars    
5 stars   
5 stars    
I had decided to use the services of Dive Aruba before leaving home but I
did not contact Clive prior to leaving.  The stay at the Holiday Inn
Sunspree Resort was a promotion given by a timeshare bought in TX.  I will
never use this promotional service again as all the FREE trips are not
free.  $150 was the minimum payment but I upgraded to the HISR for an
additional $250 for a standard room.  Room was clean and OK but I am used
to staying in either a 1BR condo/apt or house.  The diving with Clive was
great just wish the weather had been better.  Due to all the rain from
tropical depression in the Caribbean vis was poor.  Groups never exceeded 7
and we were all allowed to dive our own profile with restrictions being 300
psi or 1 hour.  Nitrox was an upcharge of $10/tank, tho' all other dive
operators charge more than Clive.  Clive was wonderfully knowledgable and
communicative of each dive site.  No site was more than about 15 minutes
from the dock by boat.  I had taken all my own gear so did not require
rental but I did notice that the rental gear was of top quality and new or
nearly new.  Most dive sites are less than 100' and there are lots of
wrecks in Aruban waters.  Very little shore diving available due to the
reef structure around the island.  Nitrox mix was supplied but I had no way
to verify percentage myself.  The bottles always had a healthy amount -
3000 psi or better for most of them.  Compressed air was a little slight on
most bottles.  The island could use a compressor and mix facility where the
diver could check their own mix.  I have never not had access to a
percentage gauge for Nitrox.  I would definitely recommend Clive and Dive
Aruba and will use him again if I return to Aruba.  We found the
restaurants in the high rise area to be excellent food and service.  Be
aware that most restaurants add 15% service charge (min) no matter how many
in the party.  Try the Aruban Cuisine at Soenchi's (across from the
Radisson)  - pricey but awesome!  Rembrandt's was good, as was Fishes and
More, Aqua Grill (awesome!), the Italian restaurant at the lighthouse -
Faro Blanco, another Italian restaurant, Hostaria da Vittorio...  Wish we
had more time to try others.
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