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

May, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by Ms Lynda Durfee, VA, US
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Report Number 6048
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Key Largo, Bahamas, St. Maarten, Saba, Statia, St Kitts, Provodenciales,
Hawaii (all islands), Palau, Cozumel, Palau
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy, dry  
calm, choppy  
Water Temp
77   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
I'm not a photographer, but the boats had small dedicated buckets for
cameras and handed them to/from divers.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Service and Attitude
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
5 stars   
5 stars    
This is my fourth consecutive year diving with this operation.  This is no
rush diving.  Van will pick you up about 8:15-8:30 am and return you to
your hotel.  Dive boat leaves at 9 am.  Site chosen by first diver to book,
but daily dive conditions are considered as well.  Other dive operations on
Aruba run on a regular schedule (i.e., Monday, site 1, Tuesday, site 2), so
you're out of luck if you want to dive the Antilla wreck and it's not on
one of the days you can dive.  Fly n Dive is in no hurry to get back to the
dock for pm charters (again, unlike some others).  Did 24 dives in two
weeks, and dive times ranged from low 50s (deep dives) to almost 70
minutes.  Good variety of tropical fish, especially lots of big parrot and
angel fish, and schools of various snappers, wrasse, etc.  Several turtles,
stingrays, and even a manta ray (first time I'd seen one in almost 100
dives in Aruba).  This isn't Bonaire, but Aruba has much more to offer in
non-diving activities, restaurants, etc.  After the first dive, it's like
being with old friends, as the DMs are just as friendly as they are
professional.  Mark, the manager, really makes sure you are well taken care
of, from booking, to getting your rental gear, and underwater, always
hunting for critters.  By the way, lionfish have appeared in Aruba in the
last year, and we killed at least half of the ones we saw.  Aruba divers
are actively trying to rid Aruba of these invaders.  This was a great value
($437 for 14 dives, then $24 for each tank if you have your own gear. $59
for a night dive (boat) on the Jane C was great!  I should mention there
were some newer divers and some students on the boat some days, but they
had separate DMs from the more experienced divers, and everyone seemed to
be having a good time and were made to feel comfortable.  You set up your
own gear and change tanks, but the DMs will help if you need it.  Rinse
your gear in the tub outside, hang up and store your gear during your stay
and save hauling it back and forth.  Guess you can tell I really like Aruba
and Fly n Dive!
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