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

Unique Sports of Aruba/Casa Del Mar, Hyatt, Jan, 2004,

by Leora Rosen, IL, USA . Report 899.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 51-100 dives
Where else diving Australia, Belize, Bonaire, Fiji, Grand Cayman
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas calm
Water Temp 79 to 81 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 25 to 50 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions depth limits, minimum air in tank, time
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 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 N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 2 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments 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 Internet-www.visitaruba.com/uniquesports.

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 (www.visitaruba.com/plus/)

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