Aruba lies about 29 kilometers/18 miles north of Venezuela and is the westernmost of the southern Caribbean islands. This Caribbean Dutch island is known as one of the region’s main wreck diving destinations. Scuba divers can visit ships that sank in World War II, scuttled airplanes and other purposely placed vessels that are now artificial reefs. The incredible variety makes wreck diving accessible to divers with a wide range of experience levels and interests. Besides the wrecks, Aruba’s reefs offer abundant and healthy corals and schooling fish for your diving pleasure. Although only 32 kilometers/20 miles long and 9.7 kilometers/6 miles wide, Aruba caters to more than half a million visitors each year with 5-star resorts, casinos, entertainment and an array of fine restaurants as well as fabulous shopping in downtown Orangestad.

    Great Dives

    • Antilla – This 122-meter/400-foot German supply ship is the largest shipwreck in the Caribbean. Scuttled by its German captain at the outbreak of World War II, this “ghost ship” (as it’s known to the locals) is a popular dive site. At a maximum depth of only 18 meters/60 feet, part of the ship breaks the surface and it is also a good snorkeling spot. With its large open compartments, this freighter offers excellent wreck penetration diving. It’s also a popular night diving location.
    • Pedernales– This wreck is the middle section of an oil tanker torpedoed by Germans in World War II. It’s fairly shallow, at 9 meters/30 feet, which makes it a great dive for beginners.
    • Jane Sea – This 75-meter/250-foot cement freighter sits upright on the bottom in 27 meters/90 feet of water. The Jane Sea attracts lots of schooling tropical fish and large barracudas and is excellent for photography.
    • Malmok Reef and Debbie II – Malmok reef sweeps down to 27 meters/90 feet and features multicolored giant barrel sponges, stingrays, brain corals, and large lobsters. A sunken barge –Debbie II – lies nearby and often hosts schooling pelagic fish including barracudas.
    • Mike's Reef – An explosion of color is the best description of this reef with sponges in purples and oranges, sea fans and a proliferation of different corals. Mike’s Reef is a favorite spot for macro photographers.
    • Mangel Halto Reef – This reef slopes from shallow snorkel depths – 5 meters/15 feet – down to 33 meters/110 feet. You encounter a wide variety of marine life from octopus, green moray eels, and sea fans at deeper depths, to blue tangs, butterflyfish and stingrays shallower.

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    Dive Summary

    Visibility – Clear water with average visibility ranging from 15-30m/50-100ft.

    Water Temperature – The warm water around Aruba averages 26°C/79°F in winter and 29.4°C/85°F in summer.

    Weather – Air temperature stays fairly consistent year round between 29-31°C/85-89°F. April through June generally has calm weather, while winter squalls may occur from January through March. June through October is hurricane season in the Caribbean, but storms rarely make it to Aruba’s location at the far edge of the hurricane belt.

    Featured Creatures – Around the wrecks and reefs, you may see sea turtles, barracudas, manta rays, sting rays, eagle rays, moral eels, spiny lobsters, scorpionfish, brain coral, sea fans and barrel sponges, plus more.

    Recommended Training – Take the PADI Wreck Diver course to get the most out of Aruba’s diving. The PADI Deep DiverNight Diver and Digital Underwater Photographer courses will also help you enjoy the southern Caribbean diving.

    Travel Info

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    Language – Dutch is the official language of Aruba, with English and Spanish spoken widely. Papiamento is the most prominent language spoken by locals.

    Currency – Aruban Florin (AFG) is the official currency of the island. US dollar is also accepted in most places.

    Major Airports – Queen Beatrix International Airport in Aruba receives flights from cities around the world.

    Electricity and Internet – Electricity in Aruba is 110 volts, 60 Hz. Internet service is available in most of the hotels and cafes.

    Topside Attractions– Besides diving, Aruba offers other activities like relaxing on its famous white beaches, sailing, golf, horseback riding, hiking or mountain biking in Arikok National Park to see the many species of cacti, iguanas and exotic birds. Visit some of Aruba’s museums and stop by numerous duty free shopping stores.

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