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Dive Review of MERMAID DIVERS/CELEBRITY CRUISE in
Aruba

February, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by SHARON RAPACZ, ILLINOIS, usa (1 report)
Report Number 3886
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
BAHAMAS,COZUMEL,AKUMEL,ST.THOMAS,GRAND CAYMAN,CAYMAN BRAC,FLORIDA
KEYS,PROVINCEALES,ST MARTIN,SABA,BELIZE,PANAMA CITY, FT LAUDERDALE
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, windy  
Seas
choppy, currents  
Water Temp
78   to 79    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
0
Water Visibility
25   to 35    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
[Unspecified]  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
None 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
None 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
 
 
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  
Comments
[None]
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
3 stars
Food
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
1 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
1 stars   
Advanced
3 stars    
Comments  
ARUBA IS NOT KNOWN FOR IT'S DIVING FOR GOOD REASON. THE DIVE OPERATION, MER
AND CONDITIONS WERE SOME OF THE WORST WE'VE EVER EXPIRIENCED.  THE 2 DIVE
MASTERS HAD >2000 DIVES EA. AND HAD LOTS OF DIVING ADVICE BASED ON THEIR
EXTENSIVE DIVING IN THE LAST 30 YRS, SO I ASSUMED WITH THAT MUCH EXPERIENCE
THE DIVES WOULD GO SMOOTHLY. HOWEVER, ONCE IN THE WATER IT WAS EVERY MAN
FOR HIMSELF.  THE FIRST DIVE WAS A 90 FT WRECK DIVE AND THEY WERE IN A
HURRY TO GET US IN THE WATER BEFORE THE CURRENT TOOK US OFF THE WRECK. MY
HUSBAND WAS HAVING PROBLEMS WITH HIS EARS AND WASN'T SURE HE WOULD BE ABLE
TO GO DOWN AND WE TOLD THEM THIS UP FRONT.  ONCE DOWN, I WAITED FOR HIM
AND NOTICED HE WAS HAVING DIFFICULTY.  ANOTHER GROUP OF 3 DIVERS WERE
STUGGLING BECAUSE THEIR TEENAGE GRANDSON LOST HIS WEIGHT BELT
WHEN HE ENTERED THE WATER.  THE ONE DIVE MASTER RETRIEVED THE WEIGHT BELT
FOR THE BOY AND WE ASSUMED HE WOULD RETURN AND LEAD OUR GROUP
OF 4 SINCE THE OTHER 9 DIVERS HAD FOLLOWED THE LEAD DIVE MASTER.  THAT
DIDN'T HAPPEN.  WE HUNG AROUND UNDER THE BOAT FOR 10 MINUTES.  WITH
<30FT VISABILITY AND A STRONG CURRENT WE WERE FORCED TO ABORT WHICH
PROVED TO BE THE RIGHT DECISION.  THE REST OF THE GROUP POPPED UP ONE AT A
TIME, ONE DIVER TOTALLY OUT OF AIR AND BREATHING WITH A SNORKLE.  ONLY 2 OF
THE ORIGINAL 14 MANAGED TO STAY WITH AND COMPLETE THE DIVE.  ON THE 2ND,
SHALLOW DIVE, 5/14 DIVERS CHOSE TO STAY ON THE BOAT.  SINCE I MISSED THE
FIRST DIVE, I COMPLETED THE 2ND BUT MADE SURE NOT TO LOSE SITE OF THE DIVE
MASTER FROM "MERMAID DIVERS", KNOWING THEY WERE DOING THE
"ROUTE" AND IT WAS MY JOB NOT TO LOSE THEM.  FROM WHAT I COULD
SEE OF THE REEF AND FISH, THEY LOOKED GOOD, BUT VISIBILITY WAS THE WORST
I'VE EVER HAD IN THE CARIBEAN. WITH ALL OF THE OTHER GREAT DIVING IN THE
CARIBEAN, WE WILL NEVER RETURN TO ARUBA.
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