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Dive Review of SE Fly n Dive/Marriott's Aruba Surf Club in
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SE Fly n Dive/Marriott's Aruba Surf Club, Oct, 2013,

by Ms Lynda Durfee, VA, US (Top Contributor Top Contributor 48 reports with 20 Helpful votes). Report 7187.

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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 N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments This is my sixth year diving with this operator. Shop et al was sold earlier this year, but new owner has updated shop interior and rental gear. Nice to be able to rinse and store your gear if you're doing multiple days. Great 14-dive package for $458, $25/tank afterwards. Boat leaves dock just north of airport; most dives on southern reefs and wrecks. Weekly trip north to Antilla wreck and Arashi reef. Lots of schooling fish (grunts, snapper, chromis, wrasse, surgeon). OK, it's not Bonaire, but still plenty of parrot fish, surgeon, trigger, grouper; I checked off almost everything in my mini-Humann guide. Lots of soft corals, sponges. Most dives are "drift" in that you're dropped off, follow mild current, then are picked up at end of dive. Dive crew friendly and helpful. Pickup/dropoff from your hotel, so no need for rental car. Change your own tanks (but they'll help if you need it). NITROX available and free on 14-tank package, but I didn't use it since most of the sites aren't deep; I had 1/2 tank left on most dives. 100's available for you air hogs! Big effort to hunt lionfish in last several years (they arrived about 3-4 years ago) has greatly reduced sightings to one or two every few dives; saw lionfish on the menu board at the upstairs cafe at Hadacurari. Aruba has beautiful beaches, restaurants of all types, and other activities, so this is a great place to go if you have non-divers in your group or just want to relax on the beach and enjoy a drink in the afternoon. Aruba also has lots of flights daily year-round, so it's cheaper to get to than a lot of other islands; also, out of hurricane zone.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving All over Carribean, Hawaii, Palau, Lake Tahoe
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas choppy
Water Temp 83-85°F / 28-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 60-80 Ft/ 18-24 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions No deco; most were live dives; jump as group, stay together and surface for pickup at end of dive.
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 1 stars Large Fish N/A
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 Separate rinse bucket onboard for cameras; crew hands camera to/from diver in water. I'm not a photographer.
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