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

June, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Richard Manners, New York, USA
Report Number 1326
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
In the last 18 months I have been diving in Key Largo, St. Martin, US
Virgin Islands, Fort Lauderdale, Bonaire, and Curacao.
Closest Airport
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Dive Conditions

sunny, windy  
Water Temp
81   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
See below
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
5 stars    
     I have been diving frequently with my wife and 15 year old daughter
the last 18 months. In general we have enjoyed all of our dive vacations -
however, there is something special about diving with Romeo at Native
     First - we fell in love with Aruba and bought a timeshare at the
Marriott - It is on the beach, beautiful, extremely safe, and has all the
amenities you could want.  Our favorite time of day(out of water) was
walking along the beach in the evening and deciding where to settle down
for dinner.
     Native divers is a small two person operation with Romeo taking divers
out and Vanessa handling the booking. Romeo specifically caters to small
groups and there were never any more than 6 of us diving.  He takes
tremendous pride in Aruba and is happy to share his knowledge.  He seeks
out the best sites and dives with you to point out his favorite areas.  At
the end of the dive you can stay down while he surfaces if you still have
     The Marriott recommends Red Sail who have a dive shop on site - but no
boats.  Red Sail is about 3/4 mile down the beach.  We dove with Red Sail
last year - they do send a car to pick you up - but their boats are crowded
and they frequently repeat the same sites.
     We find we most enjoy small non-crowded dive boats with personal
friendly attention - which is the hallmark of Native Divers.  We enjoy the
diving in Aruba and feel that along with all Aruba has to offer it is one
of the best vacations for a diver.  
     For a nominal fee Romeo stored our gear on the boat and cleaned it
daily.  There is something great about waking up in the morning and walking
from your room a few feet to the boat with everything waiting. Diving is a
heavy sport - but occassionally it is nice to be pampered.  Vanessa even
booked us for horseback riding trips and 2 snorkeling trips for my other
non-diving children. These were great.
     The only problem we had was that this trip the water was more choppy
than usual and on the small boat the trips to the southern part of the
island were a little rough.  Fortunately, Romeo had already purchased a
larger 37 foot boat which was to be ready by Aug 2004 with more comfort in
rough waters and an area for photographers.  He still plans on only taking
small groups.
     We are going back next year and are looking forward to seeing our
friends at Native Divers again.  Can't wait to dive off the new boat.
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