Scuba Diving Near Noord

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Although many people travel to Aruba to dive the colorful natural reef, there are a few hidden treasures that were man made worth visiting as well.  Purposely sunk off the coast are several shipwrecks, an airplane wreck that dates back to World Word II, and more.  Each site is unique and worth its own special trip. 

There are 3 dive services and at least 6 different dive sites in the area.

Dive Operators

If you're ready to take the plunge, you might want to check with Mermaid Sports Divers. Along with PADI certification courses and boat dives, Mermaid Sports Divers offers plenty of extras including hotel pick up and drop off, equipment repair and rental, a retail store, snacks, and beverages. When you sign up for a boat dive, you'll get to choose amongst several of the best dive sites around the island. They are located within eastern Noord.

Another option is Happy Divers Aruba. Happy Divers stands apart because they only offer small group and private classes and dive trips. They also offer pick up and drop offs from your hotel. They can be reached at (297) 733-6570.

A third good option is Unique Sports of Aruba. Ranked as the number one dive staff in Aruba, Unique Sports of Aruba has everything you need to get certified and out exploring what lies beneath the waters that surround the island. Located between the Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino and Riu, the location is easy to find and well worth looking for. They're located in Palm Beach, 1.0 mi. West-Northwest of central Noord.

Glance through the following chart to obtain information about area dive operators.

Dive Operators Near Noord
Name Phone Location
Happy Divers Aruba (297) 733-6570 0.9 mi. South of Central Noord
Mermaid Sports Divers (297) 587-4106 Sabana Lider, 0.7 mi. East-Southeast of Central Noord
Unique Sports of Aruba (297) 586-0096 Palm Beach, 1.0 mi. West-Northwest of Central Noord

Dive Sites

The table just below enables you to get a few details regarding some of the area's better-known dive sites.

Dive Sites Near Noord
Name Max Depth Latitude Longitude
Black Beach -- 12.5726742855 -69.9821514079
Debbie II 70.0 12.5959269611 -70.0573921204
French Bark -- 12.5619511783 -69.981293101
Pedernales -- 12.5740146425 -70.0614589641
Rum Runner -- 12.5862450765 -70.0571674296
Skeleton Cave -- 12.5956269321 -70.0125354716

For more information about diving, including useful tips and suggestions for both "old pros" and beginners, check out this comprehensive Caribbean diving page.


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