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Dive Review of Dive Aruba/Holiday Inn Sunspree in
Aruba

Dive Aruba/Holiday Inn Sunspree, Sep, 2004,

by Roland & Pam Hebert, MA, USA . Report 1491.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 26-50 dives
Where else diving Newport, RI, Kauai, Maui, Tobago, St. Croix, VI,
Grand Caymen, Sandwich, MA
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather dry Seas calm, noCurrents
Water Temp 78 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 20 to 50 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions The Dive Master dove with us. We used computers and ended dive at 500 psi
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 3 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 2 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments We got to Aruba 2 days after Hurricane Ivan. This limited the visability so it wasn't the usual for the Carribean. The Holiday Inn Sunspree was an upgrade because the Mill Resort was flooded. They were wonderful. The only bad part was there was no pool. A new one is under construction. We didn't eat any meals there, but always went to outlying restaurants.

We booked with Aruba Pro Dive who subcontracted us to Dive Aruba. Clive the owner/dive master was helpful and friendly. We booked two tank dives for Monday, Tuesday, and Friday with a night dive on Wednesday. We were so pleased that we added a Friday afternoon dive to get another one in before we left Saturday night.

We wanted a small boat with not a lot of divers on board, and that's just what we got. Maximum seven divers worked out just right. The variety of dives was excellent. We did wreck diving for the first time, with Clive leading the way. The pre-dive briefings were professional and fully prepared us for each dive, even providing a history of the wrecks. We had no limit on the time of each dive. We were never rushed. If you had more air you could stay down longer. We heard that the larger dive operations had 45 minute time limits per dive.

The drift dives were a real treat. Clive took the time to point out interesting fish, lobsters etc.

Clive's van is not new. And the first day it wasn't working so he arranged for a taxi to pick us up at our hotel. He was always on time, with an 8:30 am pick- up. He was also very helpful in equipment assistance.

My wife and I fully recommend Dive Aruba and will use him again when we go back to Aruba.

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