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Dive Review of Dive Aruba/Marriott Surf Club in

Dive Aruba/Marriott Surf Club, Sep, 2005,

by Douglas, NV, USA . Report 2089.

No photos available at this time

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 3 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Four of us dove with Clive from Dive Aruba. This was a great choice. While many of the larger operations limit bottom time to 40 minutes Clive let us dive all our air. In fact, he gave me what was left in his tank to finish off my dive with the rest of the group since I had come up early. His boat is only 26' and can only accomodate 7 divers. Clive is the only one on board - Captain, mate, and dive master. He does a great job. We dove with Clive three days. On the last day there was only the four in our party on board. Air fills were 3,000 PSI Aluminum 80's. Clive picked us up at our hotel the first day and took us to his house to do paperwork. We met him on his boat the next two days. The first day was windy - there is normally a constant breeze on Aruba. However, the last two days were dead calm behind Huricane Rita. The locals say the huricane stole their wind. At any rate, it made for great surface conditions but limited visibility. Their was a good variety of corals - including black coral below 70'. Fish species were limited and we saw no large fish with the exception of one wahoo and a fair sized parrot fish. Some in our party saw octopus, large green moray eels, small spotted eels, large banded shrimp, one jelly fish, two turtles (while snorkeling), and a limited number of reef fish. The Antilla wreck was our best dive. There is not much to see or do on the island. We did tour the outback. The famous "Natural Bridge" had recently colapsed. I would recommend staying in the water and in the Hotel District. The people were very friendly and helpful. There are many good restaurants though the food is rather expensive. All-in-all it was an enjoyable trip. However, the diving was not great for experineced advanced divers. It is a great spot for beginners and intermediate divers. The South side of the island is the only side accessable for diving or beach activities - the north side is too rough with dangerous undertows and currents - no one dives there.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving So. California Channel Islands, Sea of Cortez, Florida Keys, Bermuda, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, Cancun, Cozumel, Grand Cayman
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather cloudy Seas calm
Water Temp 84-88°F / 29-31°C Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 40-50 Ft/ 12-15 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions None
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 3 stars Tropical Fish 2 stars
Small Critters 2 stars Large Fish 1 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]
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