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Dive Review of Unique Sports of Aruba/Occidental Grand Aruba in
Aruba

Unique Sports of Aruba/Occidental Grand Aruba, Aug, 2011,

by Joseph Stehn, NJ, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 9 reports). Report 6184.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Throughout the Caribbean
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas calm
Water Temp 82 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 30 to 50 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Divemasters got everyone out of water in 45 minutes regardless of air, depth etc.
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 3 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter 2 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments Boats had dedicated camera tank and enforce no masks etc.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Contacted shop manager via email week in advance of arrival and he verified he "penciled me in the schedule" for 3 days of diving. When I got to the shop they had no idea who I was and no reservation. Was told there was no room on boat on first day, other two days were ok. After a discussion the women at the counter did put me on the boat and it worked out fine. Divemasters are very friendly, helpful and are good guides. Be aware dives will be 40-45 minutes regardless of your air remaining. Visibility was not good. Had 30 feet first day and 40-50 the next two - pretty much the worst I have had in the caribbean, but it may be the time of year or currents? Boats were spaceful, clean and more than adequate even on the first day with a full packed boat. Overall I would use this shop again and recommend them as they did go out of their way to be helpful.
Occidental Grand Aruba was outstanding. People were very friendly, food was good and beach and pool were first class. It is about 300 yards from the dive shop and a very easy walk along the beach even with you gear....
Overall a very nice trip
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