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Dive Review of Mermaid Divers/Renaissance Ocean Suites in
Aruba

Mermaid Divers/Renaissance Ocean Suites, May, 2008,

by Eldon Okazaki, CA, USA (Top Contributor Top Contributor 44 reports with 3 Helpful votes). Report 4065.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Hawaii, Mexico, Caribbean, Fiji, Micronesia,
Indonesia
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, choppy, no currents
Water Temp 26 to 26 Celsius Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 20 to 60 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions follow the divemaster; be at safety stop w/ 700 psi
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 1 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments there was barrel for cameras; some divers dunked masks into the camera barrel until they were told why not

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Mermaid divers were recommended; they were good except Tito was pissed about the poor people from south America and
Dominican Republic working for less than the Aruban people;
Bero was a happy divemaster and found critters that other divemaster did not find; unfortunately, the Mermaid divers are so popular that the boat is usually crowded; they do not set up nor change tanks; they do take inexperienced diver ( less than 12 dives) to 130 ft; they do try hard to please the divers; they do give discounts and drinks/ fruits after the 1st dive. Other dive operations also pick up at hotels.
The Renaissance hotel is very close to the Marina; there are many places to eat at the Renaissance plaza/ marketplace--breakfast can be $3.45 to $15; dinner can be < $10 to >$30+.
The weather can be windy and cloudy sometimes. The water was cold at 26 deg. C.
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