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Dive Review of S.E.Aruba Fly 'n Dive/Marriott's Aruba Surf Club in

S.E.Aruba Fly 'n Dive/Marriott's Aruba Surf Club : "9 years diving here; better than ever", Jun, 2016,

by Ms Lynda Durfee, VA, US (Top Contributor Top Contributor 49 reports with 21 Helpful votes). Report 8944 has 1 Helpful vote.

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

Accommodations N/A 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 $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments This is my ninth consecutive year of diving with Fly'N'Dive (AKA Diver Factory). Erwin & his wife Paula have owned & operated this dive operation for the last 2+ years. See my report from May 2014. Everything as good or better than before. Due to unusually high winds (even for Aruba), most of the diving for the two weeks I was there were to far north sites (past the resort beaches): Antilla, Pedernales, Debby C wrecks & Arashi reef) or ones near the harbor. Even though we dove some sites 2 or 3 times, I wasn't bored, because I was allowed to take time to "do my thing": looking for uncommon fish (such as juv spotted drum and dusky damsel fish), observe fish behavior, and see if the same creatures were there on the next trip. Pedernales is a shallow dive (30'), but home to lots of fish that take advantage of the many pieces of wreck to hide under. A school of at least 7 porcupine puffer fish came close to divers and didn't run and hide the way they usually do. Maybe I'm just a fish ID geek, but it makes the dives interesting. Saw my first (or maybe 2nd) shark in Aruba, a small nurse shark at harbor reef. Sharks are VERY rarely seen in Aruba waters. Great diving crew, many who have worked for SEF&D for longer than I've been diving with them. Great multi-day package rates. Pickup from & drop-off to your hotel and locked overnight storage for you gear makes it convenient for you to dive and leave the car for your non-diving companions. Plenty of topside activities on Aruba, restaurants, nightlife. Convenient flights from EC hubs (Charlotte, Miami, Delta, Philadelphia & Newark) daily makes it easy to get there in one day. If you're on a cruise ship, you can get in a 2-tank dive trip and be back onboard by 2 pm. The accomodate snorklers & Discover Scuba Diving guests on most trips if some in your party aren't divers; suggest you make arrangements by email.
Websites S.E.Aruba Fly 'n Dive   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving All over Caribbean, all Hawaiian islands, Fiji, Palau, Maldives.
Closest Airport Aruba Getting There easy connections through East Coast hubs

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas choppy
Water Temp 82-83°F / 28-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 50-80 Ft/ 15-24 M

Dive Policy

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

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 2 stars 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 Have dedicated rinse bucket onboard for cameras
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