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

Dive Aruba/Holiday Inn Sunspree Resort and Wes, Sep, 2010,

by Kenneth R Evans, TX, US (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports). Report 5713.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Bonaire (6 times), Maui, Cozumel, Palau, Yap
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather rainy, cloudy Seas calm
Water Temp 82 to 88 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 20 to 40 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
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
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 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
UW Photo Comments 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):

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 3 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments 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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