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Dive Review of SE Aruba Fly n Dive/Marriott Aruba Surf Club in

May, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Ms Lynda Durfee, VA, US
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Report Number 5518
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Bahamas, Cozumel, Saba, Statia, St Kitts, Key Largo, Lake Tahoe, Hawaii
(all but Oahu)
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy  
calm, choppy  
Water Temp
82   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Stay with buddy or DM; 3-minute safety stop on all dives.  No deco.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
separate rinse tank on boats, but not many photographers during my dive
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
5 stars   
4 stars    
This is the third year in a row I've done two weeks of diving in May with
SE Aruba Fly n Dive.  This isn't valet diving, but you get a great value
for the price, and crew will help you set up your gear if you need help.
Very safety conscious. The 14-dive package (tanks % weights)with own
equipment was $431; each tank after was $23.  I did 24 dives for about
$700! Rinse tank unboard and another at shop with shower for rinsing off. 
Can store your gear for you overnight.  Pickup/return from your hotel
included.  Dives sites can be chosen by first person to dive that day,
unlike some other Aruba operations that have a "if it's Monday, we're
diving A and B."  OK, this isn't Bonaire (which I haven't dived), but
they corals (soft and hard) on the reefs are varied and interesting, and I
checked off a lot of fish on the list, including a few I hadn't seen before
(butter hamlet, for one).  Got to go inside the wrecks (ship Antilla and
two airplanes); last year, penetration of the Antilla was forbidden due to
shifting after the hurricane in 2008.  Saw about 12 turtles total, most off
Arashi Beach on the northwest coast.  Also a southern stingray and a
spotted eagle ray (southwest coast).  Ratio of DMs to divers was low (not
more than 6 divers to a DM) so divers could be separated by experience. 
Strong south to north current during the first week; on one dive, my buddy
and I drifted past 3 or 4 sites, coming up up at 69 minutes, and I still
had 900+ PSI left!  Divers were a mix of European and American vacationers,
with some Europeans living and working on Aruba.  They don't work with
cruise ships, so the only cruise ship divers they get are ones who book
directly.  After a few days of diving, you feel like you're among long-time
friends.  I'll definitely dive with them again next year.  I own timeshare
weeks at the Marriott, and it's nice to not have to bother with a car, but
come back after diving, relax on the beach or at the pool, then stroll
along the high-rise strip in the evening, checking out specials at the
restaurants, window-shopping, etc.  If you're traveling with non-diving
friends, Aruba is a great choice.  It was only cloudy (with some rain) on
two days out of the two weeks. Windy (15 mph) is normal for Aruba
year-round; blows mostly from the shore westward and keeps the bugs away!
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