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Your Guide to Diving Aruba

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Diving Aruba Overview

Near the Venezuela coast, the Dutch-owned island of Aruba has diving that doesn't match neighboring sister islands, Bonaire and Curacao, but some operators will take you to a few decent sites. Miles of white sand, glitzy casinos, hotels, and restaurants may make it a good compromise destination for the nondiving spouse. There are several good boat dives. The South Wall, past San Nicholas near the southern tip of Aruba, is also good. Aruba lies south of the hurricane belt.

Aruba Seasonal Dive Planner

With no more than three degrees °F difference between summer and winter air temperature averages and low annual rainfall, the main factor affecting diving in Aruba is the wind. The trade winds blow year-round but are highest from January through April. Bad weather on the coast of Venezuela can also cause a decrease in water visibility.

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Dive Aruba/Marriott Renaissance Report in Aruba/Oranjestad
"First Dive vacation during Covid"
filed Dec 1, 2021 by Richard Rigg (Experience: 501-1000 dives, 11 reports, Sr. Reviewer )
4 stars

I dove with Clive, the owner of Dive Aruba back in 2009. In December 2020, Aruba was one of the only islands open for tourists. They ... ... Read more Photos available


Aqua Windies/Manchebo Beach Resort Report in Aruba/caribbean
"Wonderful wreck diving and turtles on Aruba"
filed Nov 9, 2021 by John Yavorsky (Experience: Over 1000 dives, 22 reports, Sr. Contributor )
4 stars

Aqua Windies boats were down so they had half of another shop boat, which meant a van ride of 20-30 minutes but was fine. Lucky to do 3... ... Read more


S.E.Aruba Fly 'n Dive/N/A Report in Aruba
"Another week of great diving"
filed Sep 16, 2021 by Ms Lynda Durfee (Experience: Over 1000 dives, 49 reports, Top Contributor )
3 stars

This is my 13th year of diving with this company. I missed 2020 due to COVID restrictions, back problems, and started new job, and thi... ... Read more


Dive Aruba Report in Aruba
"Great weather, warm water and varied sea life"
filed Mar 21, 2020 by Mary Caton (Experience: Over 1000 dives)
4 stars

Booked my trip months in advance to get away from the cold weather in the NE where I have spent my winter for my job, not knowing I wou... ... Read more


aqua windes Report in Aruba
"Great place in Aruba"
filed Aug 17, 2019 by Stacey Garrison DDS (Experience: 101-250 dives, 3 reports, Reviewer )
3 stars

[None]Aruba is not the dive destination that Bonaire and Curacao are. We went to Aruba for a time share that my family owns. The room ... ... Read more


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Belize, British Virgin Islands, Hawaii, a KKK leader’s resort, a dive shop’s faulty rental gear, 4/15
S.E. Aruba Fly n’ Dive, the Dutch Caribbean, dive in Bonaire, sleep in Aruba, 2/04

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Editor's Book Picks for Scuba Diving Aruba

The books below are my favorites about diving in this part of the world All books are available at a significant discount from Amazon.com; just follow the links. -- BD

Travel Edition of Reef Fish Identification: Caribbean, Bahamas,
South Florida. Travel Edition of Reef Fish Identification: Caribbean, Bahamas, South Florida
by Paul Humann and Ned DeLoach

Today's airline weight restrictions not only limit the amount of dive gear and cameras you can pack for overseas trips, but also those valuable prized marine life identification books. And with spotty Internet access overseas, it's not like you can look a critter of or fish up easily online. For the divers who still want a book in their hands post-dive to look up the fishes they encounter, Paul Humann and Ned DeLoach are offering "Travel Edition of Reef Fish Identification: Caribbean, Bahamas, South Florida." It's lightweight enough to thrown in your carry-on but rugged enough to withstand frequent saltwater washings on board.

Click here to buy it at Amazon.



World Atlas of Coral Reefs
by Mark D. Spalding, Corinna Ravilious, Edmund P. Green, United Nations World Conservation Monitoring Center.

If there is one book that belongs in every traveling diver's library, this is it. The superb World Atlas of Coral Reefs has everything you want to know about the reefs from Costa Rica and Cuba to the Coral Sea and Cayman. The information is specific and up to date. The photos, maps and layout superb. And the price, for this 424 page, full color, hard bound volume, is a steal at $31.50

The Atlas was released in September by the United Nations World Conservation Monitoring Center to document and conserve the world's coral reefs. Clearly written with divers in mind, it's an invaluable resource for global travelers. Here's what you'll find.

  • 94 maps, including global maps of biodiversity and reef stresses, regional maps showing 3-D bathymetry and high resolution maps showing reefs, mangroves, population centers, dive centers and protected areas.
  • 280 color photographs, showing reefs, wildlife, people and places, Including 84 photographs taken from space by Shuttle astronauts.
  • Text explaining the formation, structure and ecology of coral reefs; their various uses and abuses at the hands of humans; and the techniques used in coral reef mapping.
  • Detailed texts describing the distribution and status of coral reefs in every country.
  • Data tables listing information on biodiversity, human use, and protected areas. These include statistics on coral reef area, biodiversity, fish consumption, and threats.

For example, you can learn about pollution damage to the reefs at Providenciales and the lack of human impact, as well. Or, where extensive bleaching took place in Honduras 1998. You'll read that Milne Bay in Papua New Guineas has the most extensive reef system in that country and where, in Fiji, the bumphead parrotfish and tridachna clams will not be found, thanks to overfishing. Order now.



Reef Fish ID Reef Creature ID Reef Coral ID

The Reef Set: Reef Fish, Reef Creature and Reef Coral (3 Volumes):
Paul Humann ID Books
by Paul Humann, Ned Deloach

The three set fish, creature and coral ID books by Paul Humann are the unparalleled sources for information on Caribbean sea life and identification. Paul and his partner Ned Deloach recently released updated and expanded editions of each, with scores of new critters, even better photos, and information unavailable anywhere else. Why, the Reef Fish Identification book, at more than 500 pages, is 20 percent larger than the previous volume, which came out in 1994. Whenever I travel to the Caribbean, I tote all three books and spend my down hours figuring out what I saw and where to look to find rare creatures. Paul's splendid Reef Creature book (420 pages), covers sponges, nudibranchs, octopus, crustaceans, Christmas tree worms and plenty more. His Reef Coral ID book (276 pages) helps you identify all the hard and soft corals, spawning, and even the growth on top of corals, as well as algae and other plant life. Beginners may want to ID only fish, but I'd recommend that all three books be part of every diver's library. And, if you have an old set, by all means replace it. You'll be delighted at the additions and improvements. Each book normally retails for $40, but are discounted when you order here. And the boxed 3-volume set is available now at a bigger discount, up to 30%. Click below to buy them at Amazon:

* Reef Fish Identification: Florida Caribbean Bahamas,
* Reef Creature Identification: Florida Caribbean Bahamas, and
* Reef Coral Identification: Florida Caribbean Bahamas
* The Boxed Set of all three (you can save up to 30%)



Coral Reefs of the Caribbean A Guide to the Coral Reefs of the Caribbean
by Mark Spalding

This book doubles as a guide to the natural history of the coral reefs and a diver's travel guide. In addition to providing information about some of the most popular diving and snorkeling, it also offers practical suggestions to divers who want to protect these sites. Author Mark Spalding, a coral reef scientist who has worked on coral reefs in over thirty countries, delves into the eco-problems with a focus on what each person can do to protect the reefs. The guide section covers 35 dive destinations with key information on the reefs, marine parks, remote places, and unusual species as well as excellent maps and a photographic field guide of the marine flora and fauna.
Order Now at a reduced price of only $16.47.



Diving Southeast Asia There's a Cockroach in My Regulator
by Undercurrent

The Best of Undercurrent: Bizarre and Brilliant True Diving Tales from Thirty Years of Undercurrent.

Shipping now is our brand new, 240-page book filled with the best of the unusual, the entertaining, and the jaw dropping stories Undercurrent has published. They’re true, often unbelievable, and always fascinating. We’re offering it to you now for the special price of just $14.95.

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You might find some other books of interest in our Editor's Book Picks section.

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