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

May, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by Ms Lynda Durfee, VA, US
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Report Number 6554
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
all around the Caribbean, Hawaii, Palau, Lake Tahoe, NC 
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy  
Water Temp
79   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 70    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
No deco; stay with group on drift dives  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Dedicated rinse bucket for cameras onboard; camera/video rental available
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
5 stars   
4 stars    
This was my fifth consecutive year diving w/SE Fly n Dive for two weeks in
May.  The weather was VERY unusual the first week, with more rain in that
period than is normal for an entire year. Ironically, underwater, the
normal currents were practical zero, both at the Jane C wreck and the
normal south to north drift diving along the reefs.  Staff is very
professional and safety-conscious; one day we were only 5 minutes from the
dock when the captain announced we were heading back because of high waves
and an approaching thunderstorm. We were all glad they did, since operators
in other countries would have gone out anyway!  Used the smaller boat this
week, since there were 6-7 divers at the max on any dive day. Giant stride
entry from small back deck, then return off ladder; line with buoy used to
hang on before descending and upon ascent; few dive sites in Aruba have
fixed moorings (Jane C and Antilla wrecks) since most dives are drifts. 
Lots of big parrot fish, usual Caribbean reef fish, some stingrays,
turtles.  Antilla had several thousand snapper of several varieties in
schools, more than I'd seen on previous dives.  Rental equipment in good
condition; computer regs available; wetsuits are shorties. Aruba may not be
on your bucket list, but it's great if traveling companions don't dive,
because there are really nice beaches and resorts, a wide variety of local
restaurants, shops, etc. and you really don't need a rental car.  Dive shop
will pick you up in the am and return you to your resort.  Facilities for
rinsing and storing your gear at the shop if you're diving multiple days. 
14-dive package was about $425.  You do set up and change your tanks and
your own or rental gear, but I'm happy to do that given the bargain price
(I recently paid $80 for 2-tank dive trips in Playa del Carmen and Hawaii
runs $125 or more).  Additional dives for about $25 per tank.  Dive sites
are rotated, based on customer requests, so there isn't a regular schedule,
but the Antilla and Jane C are done at least once a week (I did Jane C 3
times and Antilla twice over 7 dives in 2 weeks).  Usually Aruba weather is
dry and windy; even the days when it rained some (mostly at night and early
morning) weren't total wipeouts; I got sunburned one day just sitting out
for 45 minutes when the skies cleared.  One diver chartered the boat for
the afternoon to go lionfish hunting.  Saw a few lion fish on several
dives; they appeared first time last year.
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