The Arashi Airplanes dive site is situated nearly 400 meters off the northern coast of the island of Aruba in the Caribbean Sea, which is part of the Netherlands.
Two light airplanes, Lockheed Lodestar and Beechcraft, lay here. They were intentionally submerged to create an artificial reef to attract scuba divers. Divers who have been here saying that one plane has been destroyed, with its parts (such as its propeller, landing gear etc.) scattered all over the sea floor. The second one is in good condition — you can explore the cabin, propellers, and engine; as well as observe sponges, corals, and gorgonians which have started invading the steel body.
Apart from the artifacts, there is a natural atoll here where you can encounter algae fields. Green turtles and loggerhead sea turtles come here to feed on them. Additionally, you will see seahorses, lobsters, moray eels, groupers, marine angelfish, and butterflyfish. If you are lucky, you'll see manta rays gracefully floating over your head. According to local diving rules, you can't touch any wildlife — including coral.
The airplanes lay 7 and 15 meters beneath the surface. Such shallow depth and incredible visibility reaching 30 meters — as well as the absence of strong currents, make this place great for beginners and snorkellers. Due to the stable weather, night diving is popular here too.
Come here any time of year, and you won't be disappointed. The water temperature always remains between +26-30 °C. The quietest time is from April to June, while in January — March tropical storms may occur.
There is an international airport in Oranjestad. You can take a boat from the city to the dive site. There is also an option of booking a cruise from Florida and other places in the US.
|Diving Types||Wreck, Night|
|Depth||7 m avg, 15 m max|
|Bottom Type||Coral Reef / Aquarium|
|Visibility||20 m avg, 30 m max|
|GPS location||12.6086, -70.0579|