Main Menu
Join Undercurrent on Facebook

The Private, Exclusive Guide for Serious Divers Since 1975 | |
For Divers since 1975
The Private, Exclusive Guide for Serious Divers Since 1975
"Best of the Web: scuba tips no other
source dares to publish" -- Forbes

Dive Review of Red Sail Sports/Renaissance Hotel in

Red Sail Sports/Renaissance Hotel, Sep, 2005,

by Paul Schmieder, Texas, USA . Report 2024.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 2 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 2 stars Shore Diving 2 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 2 stars
Comments Because an imminent strike from Hurricane Rita had closed the Houston airports, Continental shut down all flights to IAH and I was unable to return home from Bonaire and so remained on Aruba until a return flight could be secured. There are three words that really don't belong together: "Stranded on Aruba". I made the best of it for four extra days, choosing to dive with Red Sail, which I would not do again due to generally indifferent attitudes. By contrast, diving Aruba after a full week of diving on Boniare is not a fair comparison. When I realized that I wasn't going to get off the island anytime soon without re-routing through New York or New Jersey (or Amsterdam), I signed up for three dives scheduled for the next day and the brightest spot was the third dive which was on the wreck of the Antille. For this dive, there were two dive masters and three divers which was a significant improvement over the morning dives that indluded 14 divers in one large group. The wreck is on a relatively shallow sandy bottom and is enormous, providing habitat for a variety of life including moray, jacks, sargeants, many common garden eel and jawfish at the bottom and much more. This alone was worth the time and inclination to spend some extra time on Aruba. As an epilogue to being stranded, the Continental supervisor really went to bat for me and, exercising his authority to grant a reaccomodation fee, bought my ticket home on American Airlines via Miami or else I would've had to wait until the following Saturday to catch the next scheduled Contintental flight back to Houston. My thanks to Eric at Continental. Aruba is nice for the beach, shopping, cruise boats and glitz but for diving I'll go back to Bonaire.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving See Bonaire entry.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 82-83°F / 28-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50-60 Ft/ 15-18 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Depth and time strictly enforced for the first two dives because it was a very large group of 14 divers having varying skills requiring us to stick together in a very tight pack. The DM's should have split us into two groups.
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 2 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 2 stars Large Fish 1 stars
Large Pelagics 1 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]
Was this report helpful to you?
Leave a comment (Subscribers only -- 200 words max)
Subscribers can comment here

Subscribe Now
Subscribers can post comments, ask the reviewer questions, as well as getting immediate and complete access to ALL 58 dive reviews of Aruba and all other dive destinations. Complete access to all issues and Chapbooks is also included.


Want to assemble your own collection of Aruba reports in one place?
Use the Mini Chapbook Facility to create your personalized collection.

Note: The information here was reported by the author above, but has NOT been reviewed nor edited by Undercurrent prior to posting on our website. Please report any major problems by writing to us and referencing the report number above.

Undercurrent Home

Get more dive info like these and other important scuba updates sent monthly to your email.
And a FREE Recent Issue of Undercurrent

Free Undercurrent Issue
Get a free
monthly email and
a sample issue!

Find in  

| Home | Online Members Area | My Account | Login | Join |
| Travel Index | Dive Resort & Liveaboard Reviews | Featured Reports | Recent Issues | Back Issues |
| Dive Gear Index | Health/Safety Index | Environment & Misc. Index | Seasonal Planner | Blogs | Free Articles | Book Picks | News |
| Special Offers | RSS | FAQ | About Us | Contact Us | Links |

Copyright © 1996-2022 Undercurrent (
3020 Bridgeway, Ste 102, Sausalito, Ca 94965
All rights reserved.

Page computed and displayed in 0.08 seconds