Geared for certified scuba divers, this underwater adventure includes gardens of coral and visits from schools of unique marine life while venturing throughout Aruba's waters.
Took cab to Palm Beach resort area. This area has a nice public beach in front of the various high rise resorts. Lots to do here for fun. We walked up and got a 2 tank dive last minute, but I would recommend reserving becase they do fill up. The operator was right on the beach, we geared and then loaded a boat right off the beach. The diving was OK and for people who do not dive much it would be very good. Not as good as Grand Turk which was excellent. They dive the Antila wreck which would be nice except there are sometimes half a dozen or more other boaths there at the same time so a bit chaotic and not the best visibility. The wreck itself is interesting and encrusted with lots of sponges and life, just wish for lots less people. Second dive was patch reef off Arashi beach area; more scerene and got to see some turtles; visibilty again was fair.
Provider: Independent Operator
The dive was fine but they had no wet suits on the dive boat so I was getting a bit cold during the dive. Otherwise they were very professional.
Provider: Holland America Line
C Cruise Dude
I took a two tank dive at this port. We met in a building outside the ship. The building had venders inside where I purchased a few gifts. The boats for Red Sail Sports met us in the water across from the ship and took us to two dive sites. They ended the tour by stopping at a beach. You had the option of staying at the beach and finding your way back to the ship or take the provided transportation by van to the ship. I returned to the ship, took a shower and returned to an area adjacent to the port. I spent a little time in a casino that paid better than the ship. They accepted US dollars.
Provider: Princess Cruises
Great two-tank dive at two wreck sites. Very cool dives!
Provider: Carnival Cruise Lines
The contrast to a relaxed diving experience was the dive we booked through HAL with Unique Sports at Aruba. We rushed from the ship to the dive shop on Palm Beach then jumped on board a rather cramped boat and hurriedly assembled our own gear to be ready as soon as they had tied up to the dive buoy marking the wreck, Antilla. Enjoyed the dive as we figure-8ed the wreck but would like to have taken more time as there was plenty to see sitting upon and hiding among the steel. The safety monitor in me was a little put off by the glass-bottom tour boat constantly running back and forth 40 feet over our heads. Dive flags are to warn motor boats away. If anybody had to make an emergency ascent, there was certainly a danger of hitting or being hit by that thing. Dive op was truly pumping the divers through and everything about the experience seemed rushed but the dive, itself. Upon returning to the boat, the pace picked up another notch or two in a rush to get back to the dock and take on the next boatload. Dive personnel were engaged in their own missions of the moment and none of those included preparing or disassembling any dive gear or otherwise assisting the customers. There was assistance at the ladder. Don't know if there were any facilities to shower or rinse gear as we were hustled from the boat back to gear check-in and into a van for the return to the cruise dock with the admonition that if we did not take that van, we would have to arrange our own way back. When we got back to the ship, there was so much gear cleanup remaining that we had no time to debark again before we were scheduled to sail away again mid-afternoon. But the dive was worth it all.
Provider: Holland America Line