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Dive Review of Unique Sports of Aruba/Divi Aruba Phoenix in
Aruba

November, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Matt Grace, CA, USA (2 reports)
Report Number 1496
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
San Diego, Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Fiji, Tahiti, Hawaii, Curacao, Dominican
Republic, Jamaica, St. Lucia
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
windy, rainy, cloudy  
Seas
choppy, currents  
Water Temp
82   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
25   to 50    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
no  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
depth limits and only 40 minutes dive time  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
None 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
None 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
Comments
Good opportunity for wreck photos
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
3 stars
Food
5 stars
Service and Attitude
2 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
4 stars   
Advanced
4 stars    
Comments  
Windy and unusually rainy (it rained every day but one) resulting in poor
viz and no chance to dive the Antilla wreck.

Unique Sports of Aruba ran a great dive operation.  The divemasters were
helpful in finding critters and would go as slow as you wanted them to. 
Our boat was spacious and never crowded with only 4-8 divers, unlike the
Red Sail Sports cattle boat we saw.  We would definitely dive with them
again if we ever returned to Aruba.

Aruba was too Americanized.  Too many American fast food restaurants and
businesses (the last straw was seeing a Hooters on the way to the resort). 
Everyone spoke English, the road signs were all in English and dollars were
the preferred currency.

The local restaurants were fabulous.  Some recommendations:  Le Dome,
Chalet Suisse, Driftwood, Texas de Brazil, and Madame Janette.  They are
all superb.
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