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

Unique Sports of Aruba/Divi Aruba Phoenix, Nov, 2004,

by Matt Grace, CA, USA ( 2 reports). Report 1496.

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
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
UW Photo 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
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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