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SE Aruba Fly n Dive/Marriott Surf Club, May, 2011,

by Ms Lynda Durfee, VA, US (Top Contributor Top Contributor 49 reports with 21 Helpful votes). Report 6048.

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

Accommodations N/A Food N/A
Service and Attitude N/A Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments This is my fourth consecutive year diving with this operation. This is no rush diving. Van will pick you up about 8:15-8:30 am and return you to your hotel. Dive boat leaves at 9 am. Site chosen by first diver to book, but daily dive conditions are considered as well. Other dive operations on Aruba run on a regular schedule (i.e., Monday, site 1, Tuesday, site 2), so you're out of luck if you want to dive the Antilla wreck and it's not on one of the days you can dive. Fly n Dive is in no hurry to get back to the dock for pm charters (again, unlike some others). Did 24 dives in two weeks, and dive times ranged from low 50s (deep dives) to almost 70 minutes. Good variety of tropical fish, especially lots of big parrot and angel fish, and schools of various snappers, wrasse, etc. Several turtles, stingrays, and even a manta ray (first time I'd seen one in almost 100 dives in Aruba). This isn't Bonaire, but Aruba has much more to offer in non-diving activities, restaurants, etc. After the first dive, it's like being with old friends, as the DMs are just as friendly as they are professional. Mark, the manager, really makes sure you are well taken care of, from booking, to getting your rental gear, and underwater, always hunting for critters. By the way, lionfish have appeared in Aruba in the last year, and we killed at least half of the ones we saw. Aruba divers are actively trying to rid Aruba of these invaders. This was a great value ($437 for 14 dives, then $24 for each tank if you have your own gear. $59 for a night dive (boat) on the Jane C was great! I should mention there were some newer divers and some students on the boat some days, but they had separate DMs from the more experienced divers, and everyone seemed to be having a good time and were made to feel comfortable. You set up your own gear and change tanks, but the DMs will help if you need it. Rinse your gear in the tub outside, hang up and store your gear during your stay and save hauling it back and forth. Guess you can tell I really like Aruba and Fly n Dive!

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Key Largo, Bahamas, St. Maarten, Saba, Statia, St Kitts, Provodenciales, Hawaii (all islands), Palau, Cozumel, Palau
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy, dry Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 77-82°F / 25-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50-100 Ft/ 15-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters N/A Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics N/A

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 I'm not a photographer, but the boats had small dedicated buckets for cameras and handed them to/from divers.
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