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Dive Review of Unique Sports of Aruba/Casa Del Mar, Hyatt in

January, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Leora Rosen, IL, USA
Report Number 899
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
Australia, Belize, Bonaire, Fiji, Grand Cayman
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy  
Water Temp
79   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
25   to 50    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
depth limits, minimum air in tank, time  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
2 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
3 stars    
Unique Sports of Aruba provided an enjoyable series of dives from very
shallow (Pedernales wreck-25ft.) to the Sonesta airplanes at 90ft. There
were never more than 8 divers on our boat and divemasters were
knowledgeable and able to find interesting critters; I saw 3 octopi on one
dive during the day! Lots of smaller, colorful fish and healthy
invertebrates on every dive, but not many big animals. Did see one enormous
Southern Stingray, and several morays. Wrecks are abundant, and the Antilla
is particularly interesting if you've never actually gone through one
before. Everyone was extremely friendly and helpful; they even helped with
an emergency repair to my BC. 

The water was a bit cold for even those with a 3mm wet suit; after 40-50
minutes on the shallower sites, several of us were pretty chilled. Because
they follow a similar schedule every week, they print where they plan to
dive, with a description, so you can plan your week's activities in
advance. This is also available on the 

Aruba has lots of good restaurants, gambling, shopping and even movie
theatres, so there's lots to do for non-divers as well. Be sure to get an
"Aruba plus" card in advance to get 10% off lots of things,
including dives and restaurants (

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