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Aruba Sealife
Aruba Sealife

Aruba, Jamaica ooh I wanna take ya.....
Yeah that Aruba!


OVERVIEW OF ARUBA, One of the ABC islands off the coast of Venezuela,
famous for their diving.

Scenes of ArubaThe small island of Aruba-only six miles across at its widest point-has two distinct personalities. The battered northeast coast defies development, and stands as an untouched and untamed island wilderness beauty. But the calmer southwest coast is blessed with balmy sunshine, spotless white beaches and clear tropical waters.

The climate approaches perfection thanks to the constant trade winds that have bent Aruba's indigenous dividivi tree to a surreal 45° angle-the trees serve as herbaceous compasses pointing the way home to Aruba's tourist Mecca. Between the two extremes, in a desert landscape where the cacti grow to the height of a man, great building-sized tumbles of boulders stand like the legacy of some ancient, angry god. Winding roads lead to rocky passes and hidden coves, or sometimes to nowhere at all. Green parakeets call to their mates, and troupials flash brilliant orange against the deep blue of the Caribbean sky.

Diving Highlights: Aruba diving is famous for it's wreck dives and interesting coral formations. Wrecks include the 400 foot Antilla wreck, the largest wreck in the Caribbean. Visibility ranges up to 80 feet. Aruba's marine life includes stingrays, moray eels, manta rays, barracudas and yellow tail. The best dive sites run between depths of 30 to 100 feet. There is little or no current and typically calm surface conditions.

Weather: Aruba is outside of the hurricane belt. With its cooling trade winds, low humidity, and average temperature of 82°F, Aruba has the climate of a paradise. Brief showers in late October through December.

Average Air Temp: Day: 82° F Night: 75° F

Water Temp: 80° - 84° F

The strip of hotels along the southwestern shore is akin to the Las Vegas strip, with glitzy casinos, luxurious hotels, fine restaurants and entertainment. Nearly every night is a party scene, from themes to treasure hunts, barbecues to steel bands. Native Arubans are known for their great cordiality, and visitors are made to feel at home as they enjoy the sun, the beaches, the clubs, the duty-free shopping, the varied cuisine...Aruba's smorgasbord of activities seems never ending.

Scenes of ArubaThe great beaches of Aruba provide ample opportunity for sunning, and with a vehicle you can access good shore diving and snorkeling. Diving in Aruba is an offering of reef diving and a large number of wreck dives. Popular wreck dives include airplanes, freighters, tankers, a variety of smaller boats and the World War II wreck-the Antilla at 400 feet long, the largest wreck in the Caribbean. World-class windsurfing, deep-sea fishing, and sailing are also favorites. Topside, the choices are numerous. Listen to the song of wild parakeets nesting in cactus jungles, find a secluded cove to enjoy the view, take a horseback ride through the rocky desert terrain. Aruba is also famous for its beautiful beaches. Lounge on Eagle Beach, designated as one of the 10 best beaches in the world by Travel & Leisure magazine. Marvel at the Natural Bridge, the stone ruins of the Bushiribana Gold Smelter, or the massive boulders at Ayo and Casibari-geological mysteries. Aruba's natural world is as impressive and varied as her developed one.

Diving and Watersports
Diving in Aruba is famous for the spectacular wrecks of types and sizes that dominate Aruba’s underwater realm. The constant 15-knot trade winds, along with the variety of flat-water locations and challenging wave conditions, have made Aruba one of the most popular spots on earth for windsurfers. The calm seas off of Aruba's west coast are also perfect for snorkeling, sailing, water-skiing, and deep-sea fishing.

Adventure and Sightseeing
Enjoy Aruba’s arid scenery by horseback, cycle, jeep or bus tour and visit the Natural Bridge and other interesting geo-logical and historic sites, play a round of golf at world-class Tierra del Sol, or hike through Arikok National Park.

Shopping and Nightlife
Aruba is a “Shopper’s Paradise,” with a wide variety of luxury items available at excellent prices. Many stores also feature local handicrafts. In addition to a plethora of dining choices, there are 11 casinos, many with Las Vegas style shows and you can often find more than 30 theme nights are offered during the course of a week.

The 'ABC' islands are Aruba, Bonaire & CuraƧao. Check out the other two also. See Map of the area just below.

Map of the ABC Islands