Ships That Sank In World War II
Abundantly Healthy Coral And Schooling Fish
Aruba lies about 29 kilometers/18 miles north of Venezuela and is the westernmost of the southern Caribbean islands. The A in the ABC islands (Aruba – Bonaire – Curaçao), 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.
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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 Diver, Night Diver and Digital Underwater Photographer courses will also help you enjoy the southern Caribbean diving.
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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