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Dive Review of Unique Sports of Aruba/Occidental Grand Aruba in

August, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by Joseph Stehn, NJ, US
Sr. Reviewer   (9 reports)
Report Number 6184
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Throughout the Caribbean
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy  
Water Temp
82   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 50    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Divemasters got everyone out of water in 45 minutes regardless of air,
depth etc.   
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
2 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
Boats had dedicated camera tank and enforce no masks etc.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
5 stars   
3 stars    
Contacted shop manager via email week in advance of arrival and he verified
he "penciled me in the schedule" for 3 days of diving. When I got
to the shop they had no idea who I was and no reservation. Was told there
was no room on boat on first day, other two days were ok. After a
discussion the women at the counter did put me on the boat and it worked
out fine. Divemasters are very friendly, helpful and are good guides. Be
aware dives will be 40-45 minutes regardless of your air remaining.
Visibility was not good. Had 30 feet first day and 40-50 the next two -
pretty much the worst I have had in the caribbean, but it may be the time
of year or currents? Boats were spaceful, clean and more than adequate even
on the first day with a full packed boat. Overall I would use this shop
again and recommend them  as they did go out of their way to be helpful.
Occidental Grand Aruba was outstanding. People were very friendly, food was
good and beach and pool were first class. It is about 300 yards from the
dive shop and a very easy walk along the beach even with you gear....
Overall a very nice trip
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