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Dive Review of S.E.Aruba Fly 'n Dive/Beach House Aruba in

June, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by Michael Schoenbaum, MD, US
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Report Number 6598
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
Belize, Bonaire, Bahamas, Florida, BVI, Phuket
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, dry  
Water Temp
77   to 79    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 50    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Divers were divided into small groups, & each group dove with a guide.
Groups generally ascended together, based on air consumption.   
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Tropical Fish
Small Critters
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Boat had a single tank, for which cameras were given priority - divers were
instructed that if there was a camera in the tank, nothing else should be
rinsed there. The crew enforced this rule. 
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
1 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
3 stars   
3 stars    
I dove with S.E. Aruba Fly 'n Dive on four consecutive days, three with
friends and one on my own. All the staff, from the people who drove the
pickup/dropoff van to the shop staff to the boat crew & dive guides,
were friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful. The boat was clean and well
equipped - head, life vests, fire extinguishers, oxygen, first aid kit. We
dove in small groups, each with a dive guide. Guides did briefings before
each dive, describing the site and our dive plan. Guides were attentive
throughout the dives, pointing things out, checking on each diver, and
helping as needed (one diver in my group needed to descend slowly, and the
guide was very attentive about this). Boat crew also checked each diver's
tank before they entered the water to confirm that the air was turned on.
Crew did a roll call before setting out each morning; they only did a
post-dive roll call on one of the 8 dives I did, but that may be because
the overall number of divers was small and everyone dove with a guide. 

I dove with nitrox; the shop made sure to analyze the mix with me for every
tank before they put my tanks on the boat, and to confirm that the mix was
suitable for that day's dive sites. (Mix was 32-34%; the deepest dive we
did, the Jane Sea wreck, was to 90 feet.) 

Each day we dove a wreck & then a reef. Profiles were suitable for
divers of all experience levels. We particularly liked the Jane Sea wreck,
& Sonesta airplanes. The Antilla wreck, probably Aruba's most famous
site, was interesting too, but not as nice a dive as the Jane Sea. Reefs
seemed generally healthy - at least, I didn't notice much bleaching. Guides
directed divers not to touch anything, and there was no feeding (something
I've experienced elsewhere, and am personally against). One guide speared
lion fish, which we saw on about half the dives. 

Boat crew did not set gear up for divers (I prefer to set up my own gear in
any case, but I've been on boats where crew set up most people's gear...).
Rental gear was in varying condition. On our first day, there were too few
weight belts on the boat (and one belt was impractically short), so one
diver was asked to carry weights in his BC pockets. This operator only
rents shorty wetsuits (some with long sleeves); divers seemed ok with that,
but I was glad to have my full 3 mm suit, and one guide dove with full 5 mm
and another with full 7 mm. The boat provided water & juice, but no
food. (2-tank trips departed around 9 am and got back around 1 pm.) One
guide we do with carried a surface marker buoy and deployed it during our
safety stop; another did not carry one. 

The "fly" in Fly 'n Dive is because the owner has a small private
plane with which he takes divers on day trips to Bonaire. Apparently they
fly at low enough altitude that decompression is not an issue.
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