Aruba's underwater realm draws scuba and snorkelling enthusiasts from all over the world to explore its famed shipwrecks and fascinating coral formations. The island's dive sites include the largest wreck in the Caribbean, the renowned Antilla. The waters abound in exotic marine life, including moray eels, lobsters, sea turtles, dolphins sting rays and a wide variety of tropical fish.
Most divers base themselves at hotels on Palm Beach to access the best dive sites, which lie along the western and southern coasts. There are more than 40 sites serviced by numerous operators on the island, offering many different packages of lesson combinations for anything from complete beginners to the more experienced divers. A shallow sand plateau stretches out to the offshore reefs, which are best reached by boat. Coral formations are in relatively shallow water and visibility and weather conditions are usually excellent. Beginners will find top-rated scuba schools on offer. For the more experienced diver, wreck-diving is a popular option, as well as night diving and wall diving. There are several tour operators available that will be happy to organise an entirely dive-focused holiday in Aruba, from accommodation and meals to dive masters ready to guide you to all the best sites.