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Dive area / region : Aruba - See the map Scuba Diving in Aruba

Best diving season : January  •  February  •  March  •  April
Recommended number of days to stay : 5 to 7 days
Number of dive sites : More than 20 Dive Sites
Water temperature and wetsuit advice : 26C-… : Shorty or Thin Wetsuit
Average visibility : 16 - 20 meters
Average dives depth : 20 Meters
Type of currents : Medium level currents
Months when these currents are present : N/A
General surface conditions : Medium conditions
Wreck types : Old wooden ship  •  Recent world ships  •  Airplane
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Type of marine life : Jacks  •  Moray Eels  •  Octopus  •  Softcoral  •  Turtles
Presence of caves / caverns : Yes - Open

Description

Suit: 3mm – 5mm shortie
Type of diving: Wrecks, reefs, boulders, drop offs
Aruba is the westernmost of the southern Caribbean islands, lying just 18 miles from Venezuela. It is a tiny island that is a maximum 6 miles wide and 20 miles long. Despite its size, it is well set up for tourists with plenty of restaurants and hotels to choose from. More than 540,000 people visit Aruba each year, but it is not a good place for someone travelling on a budget. Many of the hotels are very luxurious, so cheap accommodation is difficult to find. Eating out doesn’t come cheaply either, but if you don’t mind spending that little bit more you will find some good cuisine.


Diving in Aruba is famous for the spectacular shipwrecks and interesting coral formations that dominate Aruba’s underwater realm. This includes the 400 foot Antilla wreck — the largest wreck in the Caribbean. Most of Aruba’s dive sites lie along the protected western and southern coasts, a short distance from the hotels on Palm Beach. Aruba’s waters are rich in exotic marine life, including stingrays, moray eels, manta rays, barracudas and yellow tail. A large, shallow sand plateau surrounds Aruba making boat travel the most convenient method of reaching the off-shore reefs. Interesting coral formations are found from shallow water depths of 20 to 100 feet, with little or no current and flat surface conditions.
Over twenty more dive sites are shared by the dive operators on the island, and Red Sail Sports offers a weekly dive boat scheduled to the best of these sites. Aruba - Known throughout the Caribbean for its friendly atmosphere, Aruba is also home to numerous activities that allow families to explore everything from the island's unique landscape and colonial history to the wonders of the Caribbean Sea. If Aruba is someplace you keep visiting on vacation then it may make sense to look into purchasing a timeshare along one of its beaches.

It's hard not to enjoy the sun, sand, warm water, and activities that this small Caribbean island offers. Sure, you could stay at a hotel or resort but if you find yourself there every year it gets expensive. An Aruba timeshare will give you the opportunity to visit more often, stay someplace you are used to, and save money on your lodging costs. Aruba itself is a great destination for anyone looking for a vacation on a tropical island. Whether you travel first class or coach there is something for everyone here. There are a wide variety of people to mingle with along with all the sun, surf, and sand you could ask for. There are a wide variety of Aruba timeshares to choose from that will offer you a lifetime of vacation memories. You can't beat the lush tropical environment with plenty of world class restaurants, freshly caught seafood, and ocean side dining. There are a number of fun activities to be found on Aruba. You can enjoy underwater sights that most people do not get a chance to see on the submarine adventure. You can go sailing for the first time or go sailing on the Jolly Pirates adventure. Or you can just walk out the door of your timeshare and hit the beach for some fun in the sun. Windsurfing, swimming, snorkeling, and anything else you can think of to do on the sun kissed beaches.
Whether you are traveling with that special someone or your whole family you will never lack for things to do. You will soon find yourself looking forward to your vacation in the months before you are scheduled to leave. This is how a vacation should be. Knowing that you have a great place to stay will create a level of anticipation before your vacation that you never knew existed.
If you love vacations in the sun and surf then an Aruba timeshare could well be your vacation answer. The friendly people, great beach activities and entertainment opportunities, and delicious seafood restaurants will keep you coming back again and again.

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Not overly impressed with Aruba- BEWARE OF MERMAID DIVERS

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Reviewed by Joe Carver
April 15, 2011
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We just returned from a week in Aruba and I must say it was disappointing. The wind was brutal all the time while we were there. Sun bathing on the beach allowed you to get a tan and exfoliated at the same time (you know a natural sand blasting). We were traveling with a large group of people and the overall consensus was that Aruba would not be at the top of our list of places to visit again. People were overall friendly and it is amazing the difference in the landscape from one side of the island to the other. Definitely some things to see but if yo hae been once WHY would you go back and i would not highly recommend this destination to others.

We dove with Unique and had a good experience. We loved the Antilla as this was our first wreck dive but was just left a little unhappy with all the dives due to visibilty. Nothing the dive shop did they were good to deal with. Little did we know that the experience with Unique was to be the high light of our diving.

DIVERS BEWARE OF MERMAID DIVERS- Tag line banner on their website- "NO Cattle BOATS" this is total CRAP. 21 people on a boat that was small and had a low top requiring you to walk bent over with all gear on . THEY GAVE A NEW MEANING TO ISLAND TIME. Pick up scheduled at 7:50 AM they arrived at 8:25AM. Dive departure scheduled for 8:30 AM departed at 10:05 AM therefore we missed our afternoon plans because we returned late. Gave us a spill about not taking divers out if conditions are not optimal for safety AND A GREAT DIVE. Again crap- waves over 4.5 feet per the crew and had been that way all week. Visibility sucked and this was the worst dives and dive operator we have experienced thus far. Be careful when completing the miles of paperwork as there is a cancellation policy in the fine print that state nothing is refundable. We found ourselves among many divers on the boat that were stuck diving because they had prepaid and could not get a refund. Wait they did offer a voucher for future dives. Are they crazy? If this is what dive operators were all like I would hang up my wetsuit. THIS COMPANY IS ALL ABOUT THE $$$$$$.

I will say this Barro, Tito and Fernando (The boat crew and dive masters I hope i spelled these correct) were great if you put them on a good boat with good management, scheduling and overall business practices you would have a top notch operation.

DO YOURSELF A FAVOR USE ANOTHER SHOP WHEN IN ARUBA-MERMAID is the worst we have seen in any of the four countries we have visited to dive thus far. Wish they would have accepted AMEX SO I COULD HAVE GOTTEN BACK THE MONEY FOR THE UNUSED DIVES. It was so bad we forfeited the cost of 2 dives per person.

AVOID MERMAID DIVERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 
 
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