Diving in Aruba means you have an extensive list of sites to choose from, depending on your qualification level and interest. But for the most part, Aruba attracts those in search of wrecks.
There are some wrecks great for beginners who want to try their fins at what the sea has claimed over the years. There are wrecks for more advanced divers if you don't mind diving a bit deeper and swimming harder due to the strong currents. For those interested in learning the art of wreck penetration, plenty of sites surrounding Aruba are available to aid in your Wreck Diver certification.
Wrecks vary in depth from 6m to 30m. When diving any of these sites, expect to see an underwater landscape full of soft corals. Off the northwest coast, there are gardens of seagrass for a nice change from wrecks.
Aruba’s dry season lasts from April to November. During these months, the island will be extremely dry and sunny, experiencing consistently calm weather. Sea conditions remain steady throughout the season with sea temperatures at 85°F (29°C ) and air temperatures approximately 89°F (31°C). The dry season is recommended for those who value both beach time and dive time.
Rainy season on Aruba begins in December and lasts until March. These four months will bring a brief daily downpour to the island and can be quite beautiful. You can expect only slightly cooler temperatures both in and out of the water. Air temperatures average 85°F (29°C) and water temperatures drop to 79°F (26°C).
Any time is the best time to dive in Aruba. The marine life is unchanged between seasons.
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Traveling to Aruba is effortless. The Caribbean island is a little over a 2h flight from Florida. There are direct flights from other US cities as well as the ever-popular cruise option. Aruba can be found on most Southern Caribbean itineraries. Rental car options are readily available from Queen Beatrix Airport and most hotels provide shuttle services.