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Dive Review of S E Aruba Fly N Dive/Divi Dutch Village in
Aruba/South East side of the island

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S E Aruba Fly N Dive/Divi Dutch Village, May, 2013,

by Gary Williamson, CA, US (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 6994 has 1 Helpful vote.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling 3 stars
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments US dollars can be used anywhere on the island. There is no need to exchange to Florins.
Websites S E Aruba Fly N Dive   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Mexico, Bahamas, Turks & Caicos, Fiji, California
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, cloudy Seas choppy
Water Temp 80-80°F / 27-27°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 25-60 Ft/ 8-18 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Follow the dive guide. Dive time between 45 & 60 minutes depending on the depth.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 1 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments Aruba is a great place to visit. English is spoken everywhere and the island is very clean. Beaches are great and white sand in the hotel area.
We traded with RCI for a one BR condo at the Divi Dutch Village. Our room was compact but with a view of the pool and the beach. There was just one bathroom. However the room was cleaned each day. We had a microwave, cooktop and fridge in the room. It was enough for making our meals when we wanted. An enclosed balcony was nice for sitting out at night and when it rained in the early morning. We had a good experience at the village and return again another time.

The Fly N Dive boat we used accommodates up to 20 divers. There was a general water tank for masks, etc. and a camera tank. There were between 2 and 8 divers per guide and we followed his direction. We had two different guides and both were great at pointing out sights to be seen. There were Green morays on all dives and turtles on two dives. I dived 6 times in three days. There is always wind in Aruba and the larger boat meant more dry area when going to and from the dive sights.
A lot of coral was dead but there was new coral growing on a lot of the dead outcroppings. Tropical fish were in abundance. Few lionfish were seen. There were many fans and soft corals as well as the hard corals.
Divers prepared their own gear and we were able to store our own equipment at the operators building overnight. Two days we dived the reefs near the Palm island and the third day we dived the Antilles wreck at the northern end of the island. Visibility near the wreck was the lowest I saw with only about 25ft near the hull.

I enjoyed diving with Fly N Dive and would dive with them again.
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Subscriber's Comments

By Ms Lynda Durfee in VA, US at Jun 03, 2013 11:11 EST  
I've been diving w/Fly n Dive for two weeks every year since 2008. Great value if you buy a multi-day package; averages about $25 a tank. Shop van will pick you up at your lodging in am and return in pm. Can also store your gear overnight. Glad you had a good experience. Aruba's diving may not be Bonaire, but can't beat Aruba's topside activities, restaurants, etc.
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