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Dive Review of Native Divers Aruba/Marriott Ocean Club in
Aruba

July, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Kevin, NC, USA (1 report)
Report Number 4213
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Bonaire, Kauai, Maui, Grand Cayman, Florida, Bahamas
Cozumel, Belize, St Thomas, St. John ect..
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
windy  
Seas
calm  
Water Temp
89   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
65   to 70    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
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
[None]
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
5 stars
Food
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
5 stars   
Advanced
5 stars    
Comments  
We stayed at Marriotts Aruba Ocean Club which as always, kept to the high
standards that Marriott has set for their Vacation Club properties. We have
been Marriott owners for many years in the states.

I contacted Native Divers Aruba from reviews that I found on the net
including Undercurrent. We were looking to stay away from large operators.
We (my two sons 17 & 20, my wife and myself), selected Native Divers
(max 8 divers). We were looking also for a good dive boat that we could
stay out of the sun. We were concerned though about a posting from 2 ladies
that dove with Native Divers in April who said they had a bad experience.

We were going to try one day of diving with Native Divers, and decided to
stay because the experience was one of the best we have ever had. 

We were the only divers on board 5 of our 7 dives, including a night dive.
The owner and dive master Romeo was very experience and knowledgeable.  We
requested a slow relaxed pace and that was the way Romeo structured our
dives. Romeo was the most professional, yet patient and relaxed dive master
I have ever dived with. 

Romeo is a true native and has been diving the waters of Aruba for over 25
years.  His Searay dive boat was fast and friendly.  He got us to the dive
sites fast and gave us great backgrounds and explained in detail what we
would expect to see of every dive site.

The reefs were very active with allot of small sea life. We saw a lot of
large green moray eels, rock fish, several 8 inches or more squid, eagle
rays, and large barracudas.  It was no comparison to Bonaire, but much more
bountiful than we expected. We will be back and will continue to dive with
Native Divers

Romeo lived up to his philosophy of:
Where you come as a guest. You leave as a friend!  

We left as great friends!

You owe it to yourself to check Native Divers out if you come to Aruba.

They are a small personal dive operation, if that's what your looking for.
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