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Aqua Windies/Manchebo Beach Resort: "Wonderful wreck diving and turtles on Aruba", May, 2021,

by John Yavorsky, NJ, US (Top Contributor Top Contributor 30 reports with 14 Helpful votes). Report 11733.

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

Accommodations N/A Food N/A
Service and Attitude N/A Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments 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 days diving with Divemaster Nora and only up to 1 other diver so we had great dives. Dove Jane Sea Wreck (some current but worth it), 2 airplane wrecks and the Antilla in 55', one of the best wreck dives in the Caribbean. Also great dives with turtles on the north side of island. As I was consuming air faster than Nora, she arranged for 100 cu.ft tanks, which was much appreciated.
Manchebo Beach resort was on a prime area of Eagle Beach and well south of the high-rise hotels and condos. Loggerhead turtle nest sites were protected with barricades. Good breakfast facilities with a la carte due to pandemic. PCR testing required both ways, even tho vaccinated, but hotrel arranged for convenient testing on site. Masks required inside resort. Resort restaurants good but others near by were better.
Websites Aqua Windies   Manchebo Beach Resort

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving 50 years of diving, including 27 liveaboards and dozens of land-based world wide.
Closest Airport Oranjestad Getting There Fly to Oranjestad and rent car or use taxi

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas choppy, currents
Water Temp 80-82°F / 27-28°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 80-120 Ft/ 24-37 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions group of 1 to 4 with divemaster
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available?

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 4 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments Dedicated camera rinse tanks on boat and shore
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