Most of Aruba’s dive sites lie along the protected western and southern coasts, a short distance from the main hotels on Palm Beach. A large, shallow sand plateau surrounds the island, making boat travel the most convenient method of reaching the off-shore reefs.
Dive spots vary in depth from 5 to 45m, making it suitable for all type of divers. A coral reef extends along the west side of the island from California reef in the north to Baby Beach reef in the south. Here you can see rays (including manta rays), morays, grouper, stingrays, barracudas, etc.
The northwest of the island has fields of seagrass making it the home of various kinds of turtles, including the green turtle, hawksbill turtle and loggerhead turtle. Leatherback turtles come here during nesting season.
The other side of the island has strong currents which makes it less suitable for diving unless you are very experienced.