Dive Sites

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Mangel Halto

Real easy entrance from a beautiful beach, it starts shallow and gradually goes deeper. At 35 ft / 12 m you find a small wreck that has recently been sunk there to attract more marine life. A nurse shark has already been spotted there. A pronounced slope from 15 ft down to 110 ft gives you the opportunity to admire a myriad of coral combinations. 

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Arashi Reef

A fascinating reef for beginners. Parts of a sunken Lockheed Lodestar are scattered at 35 feet of water. Coral formations, parrot and angelfish surround the airplane wreckage and coral heads. Good chance you will spot turtles at this dive spot! 

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Jane C wreck

The Jane Sea freighter (250 ft long) was sank nearly upright, and is surrounded by some spectacular sea fans and brain corals. At this site you find lots of angelfish and schooling tropical fish in and around the wreck. You might even get a certain Titanic Feeling when you go down.

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Baby Beach Reef

A unique opportunity for shore diving into the open sea. Large formations of elk horn corals, combined with sheet coral, make it a perfect place for crabs, octopus, and lobsters. It can be a challenging dive, but totally worth it, with a view at the telephone cable between Aruba and Venezuela.

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Hole in the Wall

A dive noted for its enormous diversity of sights. Giant star coral castles, as well as brain, star, pillar, flower, finger-leaf, and sheet coral proliferate. Rays, as well as turtles, can be spotted here, and the site was once known as snapper city. A dive not to be missed.

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Malmok Reef

An easy shallow dive along the rocky shoreline. Excellent for beginners, children and photography. A lot of marine life; it’s a nursery for young fish, lobsters and it houses a big green moray. Also excellent for night diving, with a whole different kind of marine life.

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Santo Largo Reef

A somewhat longer surface swim followed by a spectacular dive on a site where not a lot of people dive. This means the reef is in good condition and very colorful. One of the deepest of Aruba’s dive locations. There are impressive coral formations here and all types of fish around.

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Antilla Wreck

The Antilla is a German freighter that was scuttled by the Germans in 1940 and is the largest wreck in the Caribbean (400′ long). Covered by giant tube sponges and coral formations, the Antilla wreck is surrounded by lobsters and many kinds of tropical fish (mainly angel fish and yellow tails).

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Pedernales Wreck

The wreck of the Pedernales, an oil tanker torpedoed by a German submarine during World War II, is a paradise for beginning divers. The area around the Pedernales wreck is known for its variety of marine life, its many types of groupers and its bounty of angel fish.

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Airplane Wreck

Dive to see these two airplanes; a Convair 400 and a Beech craft 18. Both airplanes were sunk on a sloping reef surrounded by soft corals.

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  1. Debbie II Wreck (70 ft / 24 m) & Blue ReefIn 1992 a 120 feet fuel barge was sank to create an artificial reef and a dive site. The wreck is surrounded by a reef where you can find widely spread leaf and brain corals. Rays and lobsters are occasionally spotted at this site.

  2. Star Gerren Wreck(60 ft / 20 m)
    This Colombian freighter was sunk in front of the high-rise strip by Hadicurari after it was abandoned by its crew in Barcadera Harbour. Corals are starting to grow now and sea bass can be found within the freighter.

  3. Harbour Reef & Tugboat (90 ft / 30 m)
    Dropping gradually through formations of brain, star and sheet coral, you arrive at the wreck of an old tugboat that now serves as a home to a pair of green morays. On occasion spotted eagle rays and sting rays can been seen very close by. This dive is great for photography. This is one of our favorite dive spots! Check out a short video of Harbour Reef here!

  4. Sponge Reef
    Home of the soft coral ranging from the orange elephant ear sponges to purple and yellow tube sponges. Lots of purple vase sponges and small basket sponges. Some interesting leaf and plate coral formations.

  5. Tire Reef
    Black coral, sea whips, sea fingers and plenty of gorgonians and sea fans. The Green Moray and Eagle Ray are spotted occasionally on this dive site.

  6. Barcadera Reef
    A sandy bottom with an abundance of brain corals and of a number of different species of huge sea fans. The fans oscillate hypnotically with the current, producing a remarkable sensation of movement.

  7. Kantil Reef
    A fascinating drop off, with gigantic boulders of brain and star coral, an abundance of massive formations of leaf and sheet corals, and plenty of huge sea fans and gorgoneas. This is an excellent dive for photography and should definitely be logged.

  8. Skalahein Reef
    Particularly fine coral formations sloping to great depth; well known for its large population of barracudas. Excellent for drift-diving. Great manta rays have been spotted here.

  9. Plonco Reef
    Home of the green moray! Large green morays welcome you to the great underwater world. Large lobsters are found here scavenging the ocean floor. Giant coral formations contour the landscape.

  10. The Palm Slope
    Magnificent coral formations sloping to great depths. Don’t forget to look up the slope once in a while for a great view!

  11. Finger’s Reef
    The reef comes out like a finger pointing down to the deep water. Beautiful coral formations and sea fans in the sand surrounding the finger. Turtles are often seen on this site.

  12. Isla di Oro Reef
    A reef very similar to Mangel Halto. View moray eels, coral crabs, and schools of snappers playing around underwater coves formed of sheet coral and leaf coral. Sea rods and sea fans sway gently to the rhythm of the currents.

 

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