Aruba offers a variety of diving spots to every kind of diver, from the ones with little experience to truly experienced divers. There are diving spots where the less experienced diver can snorkel, like in the white sand beaches and shallow reefs. For the more experienced diver, there is a wide range of dive types: reef, wreck, night and drift diving. Some spots have very strong currents, or other kind of dangerous conditions, and are only for the strongest and more experienced of divers. Aruba is also known as the Caribbean's capital of wrecks, scattered just outside its western and southern coast are famous sunken treasures. One of them is the California wreck, a wooden passenger ship ran aground nearly 100 years ago. Another is the Arashi Airplanes, now Airplane, since one is now completely disintegrated, landed permanently on the silt-covered bottom of Arashi Bay. And also the biggest shipwreck in Aruba, Antilla, is known by the locals as the "ghost-ship". Beside the shipwrecks, there are other things of interest under the sea, like giant tube sponges, gorgonians and brilliant orange cup corals. Also, you can find almost everywhere big lobsters, angelfish, moray eels, barracudas, rays and silversides, usually with great underwater visibility. For most spots, you will need to get there by boat. The coral spawning is about a week after the full moon, in the months of September and October. If trying to avoid the crowded high season, do not go in the months from December to March. Each of the spots in Aruba has something special and unique for visitors.
Aruba is a Caribbean island 25km north of the coast of Venezuela. To the east of Aruba are Bonaire and Curaçao; this group of islands is sometimes called the ABC islands. The island is an autonomous dependency of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The southwest and west part of the island has white sand beaches, turquoise seas, and warm waters (27 °C). The northern and eastern coasts, lacking protection, are considerably more battered by the sea, and are not good for swimming. Aruba has a semi-arid climate, as the yearly rainfall does not usually exceed 20 inches. Temperature varies little from 28 °C, moderated by constant trade winds from the Atlantic Ocean. Luckily this island lies outside the zone usually affected by hurricanes.
Depending on the country of origin, you may need to request a visa before entering Aruba. All visitors must possess a valid passport, proof of accommodations in Aruba, have sufficient funds for the duration of their intend stay and a valid return- or onward airline ticket. Tourists may stay up to 90 days.
The only medical requirement for people over the age of 6 months is a yellow fever vaccination if traveling from an infested locale. The vaccination certificate will suffice as legal proof. Despite few reported cases of dengue fever, it might be wise to consider taking the appropriate precautions for this disease as well. For more informations, please contact your doctor.
The time zone in Aruba is UCT -4 (AST).
Aruba offers several options to call internationally. Long distance calls can be placed from any telephone, although it is highly advisable to purchase and use calling cards in order to make international phone calls. With internet access, you can call home through the internet. Roaming services for other cellular company customers can be very expensive. You can buy a Prepaid Sim card or rent a Sim-Card. "Rent a Cellular" is also very handy.
In Aruba electricity is 120 volts by 60 Hz. The plugs and sockets are the USA type, with two flat pins.
Aruba has a duty-free shopping at the airport an in some outlets, up to a certain limit. Keep the receipts until you pass customs. No jeans are allowed in most restaurants. You should not wear beach attire anywhere but on the beaches or by the pool.
Which locations in Aruba have underwater photos? Below, you will find the list of locations from Aruba and for each location a list of underwater photos.
Which marine species can I observe in Aruba? Below, you will find the list of marine species and the photos for each species.
Which photographers have taken underwater photos in Aruba? Below, you will find the list of underwater photographers and their photos in Aruba.
Which liveaboard can I dive with in Aruba? Below, you can see the list of liveaboard in Aruba. Click on “more info” to find out more about each liveaboard.
Which accommodation can I rest after my dive in Aruba? Below, you can see the list of accommodation in Aruba. Click on “more info” to find out more about each accommodation.