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Sea Aruba Fly 'n Dive/Marriott's Aruba Surf Club : "Cool diving in Aruba", Jun, 2018,

by Ms Lynda Durfee, VA, US (Top Contributor Top Contributor 49 reports with 21 Helpful votes). Report 10291.

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

Accommodations N/A Food N/A
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 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments This is my eleventh consecutive year diving with this operator. See my Dec 2017 and earlier reports for more details. I dive this time of year (May) every year but one, and the water temp is usually in the low 80s, but these two weeks it was about 76-77, so a 5mm full wetsuit kept me comfortable. Visibility was only about 50 ft first few days as it had been more windy than usual for the week before, stirring up sand. The sites on the northwest coast (wrecks Antilla and Pedernales) had the best diving, with lots of schools of snappers, surgeons, and other larger fish off the Antilla and many juvenile fish and eels near the Pedernales. One day doing the surface interval off the Antilla, I was surrounded by THOUSANDs of brown chromis and other smaller fish; I just stayed there until the DM finally banged on her tank because I was the last one in the water. Aruba doesn't have the reputation of nearby Bonaire, but the topside resorts, restaurants, beaches and activities will keep your non-diving traveling companions happy. The price is right, too; I did 18 dives for about $35/per tank with my own gear.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving All over Caribbean, all Hawaiian islands, Fiji, Palau, Maldives, Red Sea
Closest Airport Aruba Getting There non-stop and connecting flights from US hubs

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas choppy
Water Temp 76-77°F / 24-25°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 50-80 Ft/ 15-24 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Dive your own profile most of the time, but when drifting and surfacing in chop/swells, it may be necessary to come up as a group with the guide.
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 2 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 Dedicated bucket onboard for cameras. Crew will hand you your camera once you are in the water and on the return
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