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Dive Review of JADS/La Cabana in
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JADS/La Cabana, Oct, 2008,

by Sheri Ray, TX, USA (Contributor Contributor 12 reports). Report 4499.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Cozumel; Provodentiales; Salt Cay; Saba; St. Maarten; Utila; Texas Gulf
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, no currents
Water Temp 82 to Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 20 to 60 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Experienced divers could dive their own profile, come up with 500 psi.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments No bucket, but most sites are 5 - 15 minutes from dock.

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 4 stars Food N/A
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 3 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments To be fair, we were there the week hurricane Omar dumped a tropical storm on Aruba, so it knocked us out of 3 days of diving. The 1st pre-storm diving day was good, but other divers on the boat said the previous 3 days had been much clearer vis. Corals in pretty good shape and we dove several plane wrecks. Saw small fish - some schools, sting ray, turtle, lots of eels, lots of micro critters, lobster, anenomes. We dove with JADS Dive Center, located at the southern tip of Aruba, jadsaruba@yahoo.com. They will provide transportation to/from your motel. Small outfit, 2 boats. One carries 6 divers, the other carries 10, plus they have shore diving. Dive masters and captain were friendly, helpful, accomodating, knowledgable about diving the area, and safety concious. Some other dive operations are larger, but cater to the cruise ship crowd. We really liked Aruba, it was clean, friendly, diverse, beautiful beaches. If not everyone in your group dives, there are plenty of other things to do and see. Best view: from the California Lighthouse at the north end of the island. I could see miles of beach and ocean. Worst view: the back side of a mature woman in a thong bathing suit. Two good restaurants: La Trattoria, Italian food, right beside the California Lighthouse. Beautiful view, terrace seating, soft background music so you can enjoy visiting with your companion and nature; The Flying Fishbone, serves a varied menu, and you can either sit on the beach right beside the water or inside. It's a beautiful restaurant, and they're only open for dinner. If you have time, rent a car and go to the Arikok National Park. Sheer rock clifs, caves, drop offs to the ocean that are beautiful and rolling hills. It's very different from the leeward side of the island. We'll probably go back to Aruba next year to dive and see more.
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