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Dive Review of JADS/La Cabana in

October, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Sheri Ray, TX, USA
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Report Number 4499
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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

calm, no currents  
Water Temp
82   to    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
20   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Experienced divers could dive their own profile, come up with 500 psi.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
No bucket, but most sites are 5 - 15 minutes from dock.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars    
5 stars   
4 stars    
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, 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
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