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Dive Review of Dive Aruba/Hyatt Regency Aruba in

Dive Aruba/Hyatt Regency Aruba, Aug, 2013,

by Paul Quick, FL, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 9 reports with 4 Helpful votes). Report 7193 has 1 Helpful vote.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Selected to "Dive with Clive" at Dive Aruba based on other reviews. I contacted Clive prior to the trip and made all of the arrangements via the internet and email. The only request Clive was unable to fill was for Nitrox - this was due to the only mixer on the island being out of service and this was beyond Clive's control.
Clive picked my wife and I up at the hotel every morning and returned us to the hotel at the end of the day. Clive arrived promptly and didn't run on "island time". After a quick stop at his residence/dive shop for paperwork, we headed to the dock. Clive has a prime dock space at the Oranjestad dock and the 26' Dive Aruba boat is small, but cozy, due to the limit of 7 divers. Dive sites rotated based on a weekly schedule, but requests were entertained. Clive selected dive sites based on his knowledge of weather, seas and other dive operations in the area to ensure we got the best diving possible. Clive was knowlegable and provided good dive briefings at each of the sites. The dive profiles were generous and we had several dives with the group that were over 60 minutes. Although there are no large fish or pelagics, the reefs are healthy and the tropical fish are plentiful. When you come to Aruba, definitly plan on diving the Antilla Wreck! I can't say enough good things about Clive's customer service as it was outstanding. I will definitely "Dive with Clive" and recommend Dive Aruba to anyone heading to Aruba.

The Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort Spa and Casino is a great hotel in the Palm Beach area. It is a 5 star hotel with the food, service and facilities you would expect. I would highly recommend it, espcecially if you frequent other chain hotels in your travels. If you need kitchenette facilites, other accomodations would be a better choice.
Websites Dive Aruba   Hyatt Regency Aruba

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Australia, Bonaire, Cayman Islands, Guam, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Jamaica, Malaysia, Maldives, Mexico, Palau, Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand and US - Hawaii, Florida & California
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 79-81°F / 26-27°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50-75 Ft/ 15-23 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 60 minute max dive time, 130' max dive depth and back on the boat with 300 PSI.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments Wrecks and coral back drops for UWP. The boat had no facilities to support camera usage but Clive or his son Mark were always ready to either hand down the camera or retrieve it at the
end of the dive. No shore facilites for camera.
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