Aruba is famous for the spectacular shipwrecks and interesting coral formations that dominate Aruba’s underwater realm. This includes the 400 foot Antilla wreck—the largest wreck in the Caribbean.
Most of Aruba’s dive sites lie along the protected western and southern coasts, a short distance from the hotels on Palm Beach. Aruba’s waters are rich in exotic marine life, including stingrays, moray eels, manta rays, barracudas and yellow tail. A large, shallow sand plateau surrounds Aruba making boat travel the most convenient method of reaching the off-shore reefs. Interesting coral formations are found from shallow water depths of 20 to 100 feet, with little or no current and flat surface conditions. Over twenty more dive sites are shared by the dive operators on the island, and Red Sail Sports offers a weekly dive boat scheduled to the best of these sites.
W.W.II German freighter. Best wreck in the Caribbean. Wreck is over 400 feet long and sits on its port side. It breaks the surface from a maximum depth of 60 feet. Abundance of colorful fish on coral encrusted wreck. Large jewfish lives in forward section. Throngs of blue tangs will eat bread out of your hands at the stern of the boat. There are more fish here than on any reef. Definitely a dive to be logged.
In 1992 a 120 foot fuel barge was sunken to create an artificial reef as well as a new 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.
The Pedernales wreck is an oil tanker that was torpedoed by a German submarine during the last World War. The wreck is a paradise for dive beginners. The wreck’s several large pieces are spread out between coral formations, and wreck cabins, wash basins, lavatories, and more is completely visible – even the wreck’s pipeline system. The wreck of the Pedernales was cut into three pieces by the U.S. military during the war. The center piece, damaged by the torpedo, was left behind, and the two end pieces were towed to the U.S. and welded together into a smaller vessel. The new ship was a part of the Normandy invasion fleet. The area around the Pedernales wreck is known for its many types of groupers and its bounty of angel fish.