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#1 georoc01

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Posted 03 November 2014 - 08:39 AM

Wrapping a trip to Aruba right now. Diving has been surprisingly good. Lots of marine life on the sites. Saw two octopus swimming in the open, turtles, and large fish. Lionfish population really varied. Its open season with many divers carrying spears. Quality of the sites seems to be better the further south we went, which also increased the number of lionfish to kills. No shore diving, it was all from the boats, with boat rides between 10 and 40 minutes depending on the site. Dove 3 wrecks, the Antilla, Jane C, and Airplanes. Water was very warm, 81-85 degrees. Current was minimal and vis was good.

The island's big plus is the topside activities, that kept us occupied during the afternoons/evenings. Lots of places along the beach. Its split into 3 main areas, the Hi Rise hotsl/casinos (think Vegas on the beach), the Lo Rise hotels, which is little more like what you see on other islands along the beach, and then downtown, which is more of a harbor area where the cruise ships dock.

Overall we had a good time and would do it again.

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Posted 03 November 2014 - 10:52 AM

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Posted 04 November 2014 - 08:43 AM

Sounds good...would it be a good venue for SingleDivers.com?

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Not sure. Price was certainly right with dive packages down to $30 a dive. Diving is certainly not the industry it is on islands like Roatan and Bonaire. So its more like the Southeast Florida trip.

If you are looking for a beach vacation with some diving, Aruba is a perfect choice. If you are looking for a dive vacation with some beaches, it may not be as appropriate.




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