first inhabitants were the Caquetios Indians from the Arawak
tribe. Fragments of the earliest known Indian settlements date
back to about 1000 A.D, as do the ancient painted symbols still
visible on limestone caves found at Fontein, Ayo and elsewhere.
Pottery remnants can still be seen at the Museum of Archaeology.
later, the first European landed on Aruban shores. Spanish explorer
Alonso de Ojeda is thought to have arrived about 1499. The Spanish
promptly exported the Indians to Santo Domingo in the Dominican
Republic, where they were put to work in the copper mines.
near the culmination of the Eighty Years' War between Spain
and Holland, the Dutch took possession of Aruba and remained
in control for nearly two centuries. In 1805, during the Napoleonic
Wars, the English briefly took control over the island, but
it was returned to Dutch control in 1816. Although Aruba continues
to exist within the Kingdom of the Netherlands, it functions
(Information obtained from Aruba
With no more than three degrees difference between summer and
winter averages for air temperature, and very low annual rainfall,
the main factor left to affect diving in Aruba is the wind.
The trade winds blow year-round, but are highest from January
through April. Bad weather on the coast of Venezuela can also
cause a decrease in water visibility.
Flamingo Beach Resort & Casino
Newly renovated, intimate and informal, Divi Flamingo Beach
Resort is your complete vacation destination. 129 guest rooms
and studios; many directly on the waterfront, all with AC and
a full line of bathroom amenities, and most with cable TV and
telephone. Studios are equipped with kithenette.
The 2 waterfront restaurants and bars offer an eclectic mix
of international cuisine and lively libations. Divi DiveBonaire,
our 5 star Dive Operation includes 5 safety equipped and staffed
36-40’ custom dive boats as well as a full service dive
shop. Nightly entertainment includes our Divi Flamingo Casino
as well as regularly scheduled music. The Day Spa, Mini-Mart,
Car Rental, and Adventure center complete your vacation. Packages
available from room only, through All-Inclusive.(Information
obtained from Bonhata.org)
The Caymans warmest period falls between May to November. During
the winter, the temperatures can drop to the low 70's. The rainy
season starts in May and peaks in October. Typical Caribbean
rains are short and intense. The water visibility averages around
130 ft. horizontally year round. The sister islands of Little
Cayman and Cayman Brac boast even higher visibilty during the
year. The water temperatures vary, from the upper 70's in the
winter to the low 80's in the summer months.The Northwesterly
storms occur from December through April.
Cozumel enjoys a fairly constant temperature of 80°, but
it rises into the 90s during July and August, which are also
rainy months. During these months, it can get hot and humid
if you venture away from the sea breeze or don't have an air-conditioned
room. The rainy season runs from June through October (which
is also hurricane season). Rainfall doesn't affect water visibility,
as there is very little run-off. Cozumel is blessed with great
visibility because of its strong currents. Cold fronts blowing
down from the north can make temperatures fall during the coldest
winter months, but Cozumel, because of its size and proximity
to the mainland, is usually less affected than most Caribbean
islands. Water temperatures vary from upper 70s to low 80s.
Located on the waterfront one mile south of the downtown ferry
dock, an attractive multi-level building of Spanish-Colonial
architecture blends in with the waterfront.
Scuba Club Cozumel
has been one of our favorite places to stay in Cozumel. It's
location close to town, fantastic beach diving and just the
resort itself makes it one of the best operations on the Island.
The white Spanish
style makes it look very inviting. The rooms are designed for
divers and most have views of the water.
the in-house dive operation for Scuba Club Cozumel resort. This
PADI 5-Star facility and full service dive center is located
inside the hotel premises and includes an air filling station
consisting of four compressors and a four-stage filtering system,
a full line of rental gear and basic repairs shop, as well as
an International Training Center offering specialty courses
and certification at all levels. All diving activities and dive
trips are coordinated and scheduled there. They have lockers
, rinse tanks and showers just a few steps from the shop. (Some
information obtained from Scuba Club Cozumel's website)
Mild temperatures vary from mid-70s in winter to lower 90s
in summer. Wind is the predominant factor affecting diving.
It blows much harder during winter. Also, storms in the North
Atlantic bring large swells to the island's north shores, making
divers move to a south lee. Hurricane season is typical Caribbean.
Winter air temperatures average about 77°, with water temperatures
down into the mid 70s. Summer air temperatures average 83°,
with water temperatures in the mid 80s. Heavy fall and winter
rains affect water visibility. Winter also blows up some heavy
winds, making divers search for a lee. Hurricane season is typical
and Guanaja, Honduras:
Roatan is located
in the Western Caribbean, about 35 miles off the north coast
of Honduras. It is about 1,100 miles south of New Orleans. It
is one of the Bay Islands.
At 32 miles long
and 1 to 3 miles wide, Roatan is the largest of the Bay Islands,
which consist of 67 islands and cays. The terrain varies from
rolling to moderately mountainous reaching 700 feet at the highest
point. The ridge, which runs down the spine of the island, is
formed where the peaks of the Bonacca Ridge extend above sea
level. Much of the island’s paved highway runs along the
top of this ridge providing spectacular vistas to the north
Roatan sits on the
world’s second largest coral reef system. The reef parallels
the coast of Honduras and then bends north and extends past
Belize to the Mexican Yucatan Peninsula. Roatan is surrounded
by living reef, making it a paradise for divers and snorkelers.
Along the south coast, some large channels through the reef
allow access to deep harbours at Coxen Hole and French Harbour,
as well as safe anchorages at Port Royal and Oak Ridge.
Roatan is the transportation
hub of the Bay Islands, boasting an international airport as
well as passenger ferry service between Coxen Hole and the mainland
city of La Ceiba, and the islands of Utila and Guanaja.
During the coldest
winter months, north winds can blow down and disrupt the diving.
The rainy season starts in October or November and runs into
February, but it doesn't usually affect visibility that much.
The no-see-ums are usually the worst during wet weather. The
hottest months are March and August.