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Best Diving Destinations in Aruba
Aruba is one of the islands that is part of the ABC islands in the Dutch Caribbean. The tourist industry here is well-organized and developed, so Aruba is a very popular tourist destination. Aruba offers a wide variety of activities, sights, and opportunities to suit different interests. One of the most popular activities on the island is scuba diving. It is possible to dive in Aruba year round. Diving in Aruba is famous for the spectacular shipwrecks and interesting coral formations, and it is known as one of the main wreck-diving destinations in the Caribbean, where divers can visit about 11 wrecks. Most of Aruba’s dive sites lie along the protected western and southern coasts. There are lots of dive sites suitable for beginners. The northwest of the island has fields of seagrass which attract leatherback turtles during the nesting season and are home to hawksbill, green, and loggerhead turtles all year. The other side of the island is only for experienced divers, because there are strong currents. Some of the most popular wreck dive sites in the Aruba Islands are the Antilla wreck, which is the largest shipwreck in the Caribbean. It was a German freighter that was scuttled just after WWII was declared. It lies in 20m/65ft of water off Malmok Beach on the west coast. The Pedernales wreck is a flat-bottomed oil tanker which was hit in a submarine attack in May 1941 while ferrying crude oil from Venezuela to Aruba. The Aruba Water Sports Association sank a DC-3 airplane near the Pedernales, to be another wreck dive site only 10m/32ft deep. Some other popular dive sites are the California wreck, Arashi Reef, Malmok Reef, Harbor Reef, Sponge Reef, Barcadera Reef, Mike's Reef, Mangel Halto Reef, Isla de Oro Reef, and Commandeurs Reef.
When to go to Aruba
Aruba is a year-round destination. The average air temperature is 28C/82F. Scuba diving is available throughout the year.
The average water temperature is around 25C/77F.
Water visibility often averages over 30m/100ft, and can be up to 55m/150ft.
What to see
The diverse marine life in the waters off Aruba consist of a fabulous array of corals and fish, including seahorses, grouper, stingrays, moray eels, turtles, mantas, eagle rays, manta rays, lobsters, parrotfish, angelfish, dolphins, and other exotic sea life.