Aruba has been designated by the “Scuba Diving” magazine to be the best destination of the Caribbean islands, especially for all existing diving activities and the famous shipwrecks. Diving in Aruba became a popular experience. Indeed, whatever your level is, to dive in the crystal water of Aruba is an accessible experience for everybody. Plus, you can practice it during the day or during the night. Aruba is an island of the Dutch Caribbean. It is situated close to the Venezuelan coast and outside of the hurricane zone. The weather is nice and let all the visitors practice scuba diving all year long.
Aruba is considerate to be the Caribbean capital concerning the wreck diving.
It is also one of the main destinations all around the world. There are more than 40 dive sites on the entire island, especially on the protected zones such as the East and South Coast. Therefore, these areas are able to offer you an incredible experience among shipwrecks, reef and much more. You can moreover visit the protected submarine park. Nowadays, experts are working to preserve the ecological health of the reefs by cleaning them.
Diving in Aruba from North to South
In the North of Aruba there are coral reefs and caves. The Skeleton cave, called like that because human bones were found here, can be accessed through a great opening in the rock on the coast. The Cudaredo rock is an immersion for days with calm water. The protected Black beach is ideal for beginners, as well as the shipwreck Flints of the World War II. The expert divers will enjoy the strong currents, such as the California wreck, located 14 meters beneath the sea surface.
On Aruba South Coast there are more than 20 dive sites including coral reefs, artificial reefs, shipwrecks, pinnacles, amazing fishes and caves. In the Shark Cave you can observe nurse sharks and tiger sharks while they are sleeping. The Arashi reef is the best place for beginners.
The Antilla is one of the largest wrecks of the Caribbean islands. It measures more than 122 meters. It includes huge compartments, anchors or boiler rooms. All of these amazing parts of the cargo can be discovered at a depth of 18 meters during the day or even during the night. Angelfish, yellowtail, and lobsters, coral formations and sponges cover the huge wreck.
On the West Coast of Aruba you can see the calm water of the Sea grass Fields. This place is perfect for beginners. As the expert divers, they can enjoy the strong streams in the “Jane Sea Ship” with shoals of barracuda, amberjack, red mullet and many more tropical fishes. The Natural Bridge is located at a depth of 33 meters below the sea surface and it is a very fantastic attraction for expert divers in Aruba.
No boat dives
It is possible to immerse yourself without any boat around Palm Island, Baby Beach Reef and Pos Chiquito. You will discover a great part of the marine life and the coral reefs around these areas.
One of the highest diving advantages in Aruba is the nice weather all the year long. Sometimes the sun can be very hot, however most of the time the weather is supportable and it is very nice. Also, Aruba is a distant island of all the recurrent and devastating hurricanes that annually hit the Caribbean island and the southeastern part of the United States.
For those reasons, diving in Aruba is possible during all the year without any restriction. You just need to keep in mind how important the marine life preservation around the island is. The shipwrecks Manchebo beach and Baby beach reef remain the preferred divers’ site.
The water clarity in Aruba is thanks to a great magnitude, indeed it is possible to dive on the surface with just a tube, goggles and fins. From the surface you can therefore observe a spectacular coral reef and shipwrecks situated at a depth of 30 meters. It is considered as something really incredible in the diving world. It is truly amazing and it shows the great visibility of the wonderful Caribbean waters.
Give a try to Snuba and the Sea-Treck
There is another way you can dive in Aruba: the “Snuba” (snorkeling + scuba). There are two floating air tanks attached to a raft on the surface connected to the diver by a long hose. It permits to provide enough oxygen for diving deeply. Another option for an immersion in the Caribbean water is the “Sea treck” which allows walking at a depth of 6 meters with a special helmet and being guided by a diving expert. With these different methods, it is possible to see a great variety of the wonderful marine life as in particular parrot fishes, tube sponges, a majestic variety of colorful corals, seahorses, elusive octopuses and small colorful sea urchins.
It is important to mention the sea turtles of the Aruba beaches. The majority of their nests are situated in Eagle Beach.
However, the nests are scattered for almost all the t-zones on the island. The most important species are the laud, loggerhead turtle, the beautiful green turtle and the carey turtle. It is strictly forbidden to drive cars or motorcycles around the beach. The reason is to protect the beautiful and peaceful creatures on the island. Also, turtles’ nests are marked by special plates of different colors, so the person who does not respect them will have to pay a fine.
Visibility up to 90 meters
Most of the diving locations of this amazing and idyllic Caribbean island have a depth between 10 and 20 meters with an excellent 30-meter sight.
During some seasons of the year the sight is better than during others, most of the time it can be around a depth of 90 meters. It is practically impossible to find waters with similar level of visibility in other places in the world. Thanks to that you will be able to observe easily all the different species such as rays, moray eels, mantas, barracuda, tuna and so on. It is usual to see spectacular shoals of different kind of fishes moving placidly in these waters where there are a few of the most voracious predators.
The island is surrounded by a long sandy plateau without any depth. For this reason, it is necessary to use a medium-sized boat or even a little one to get to the incredible reefs and to the different shipwrecks lying between them. The marvel continues. In the coral bay, the beginner divers will have the opportunity to enjoy the brain coral (that almost does not exist in other part of the planet) but also black, orange and blue sponges. In the Arashi reef you can also find a lot of brain coral, as well as a lot of incomparable coral stars, parrotfishes and angelfishes.
The Antilla and other wrecks
As you remember we earlier mentioned the cargo carrier The Antilla. It turns out that when the divers immersed around this shipwreck, they find a miscellany of marine life. Huge tube sponges live there, yellowtail angelfish (they have a beauty that stands out among all the fish species that exist in the world), funny lobsters (different sizes) and so many other “jewelry” of the underwater nature. But, the most wonderful of all is the shipwreck because it is possible to dive during the night. It is not very deeply and the streams are virtually undetectable. If you are diving by night but not too late, you will be able to see the nature “Art of Work” painted by all the colors, sizes, weights and shapes of the different fishes, turtles and sea urchins. You can imagine all the spectacular and wonderful sights during the night dives. This is an unforgettable experience in the life of all the visitors.
The fragmented and scattered vestiges are among the coral around the ship El Pedernales. This one has been sunk by German torpedoes and it is now the house of many snappers, parrot fishes and spectacular shoal of silver fishes.
Another beautiful shipwreck is the Tug boat which is covered by brain coral beautifully intertwined with coral stars and coral branches. There is as well a lot of eels and rays.