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Dive Review of Mermaid Divers/Bucuti Beach in

September, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Kathleen O'Connor, VA, USA
Report Number 2835
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Bonaire, Curacao, Turks & Caicos, Thailand, Hawaii, Fla., Va., St.
Lucia, Cayman Islands, Virgin Islands, Bali, 
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
82   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 70    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
All group dives.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
2 stars  
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
2 stars  
Shore Facilities  
2 stars  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
2 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
2 stars   
4 stars    
Aruba has a number of fantastic wrecks - the Antilla, the Jane C and the 
airplane. There are other smaller wrecks as well. The diving is fairly easy
- only light current at most. For wreck divers, this is a great place to
dive. No wrecks were deeper than 90 feet, and the visibility was fairly
good. The coral and fish life were not exceptional.Mermaid Divers follows
the schedule on their web site, and visits all the major wrecks. The groups
were generally small and the staff was helpful. They do not really cater to
photographers or advanced divers, although with advance planning they would
probably do so. Bucuti Beach is a very nice hotel on a beautiful part of
the beach. However, the food and service at their restaurant, the Pirate's
Nest, is fair at best.
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