Our First Dive on Arashi Reef and The Antilla Wreck

Written by Leslie Howell

Like many people in her generation, Leslie was first introduced to SCUBA diving as a child watching the "Undersea World of Jaques Cousteau".  Some 30 years later, she finally experienced her first dive in 1998 in Cancun Mexico and has been hooked ever since.  Through diving, Leslie developed a passion for photography as well as a serious and expensive camera addiction.

10 October 2020

David and I have been here in Aruba, not far from Arashi Beach and the Antilla Wreck since mid-July and we were finally able to dive these sites in mid-October, but it was worth the wait!! Our dive guide, Susan Heiter was amazing as she pointed out so many critters. The highlight of the day was when Susan spotted a 6 foot stingray (no exaggeration!!!) lounging on the bottom of Arashi Reef. Fortunately it didn’t seem to mind a group of paparazzi divers swimming around shooting photos and videos. Unfortunately I was shooting with my macro lens and wasn’t able to get any good shots – but I can’t wait to go back with my wide angle lens.

With Susan’s help, we were able to see a number of turtles that also didn’t mind photographers, as well as eels, crabs and pufferfish. The Antilla Wreck is very colorful with a variety of corals and sponge, and alive with both schooling and solitary fish. Susan also pointed out a beautiful Tube Dwelling Anemone below the Antilla which we would have easily overlooked without her help. All in all it was one of our best dives yet in Aruba and we look forward to returning. The Antilla Wreck is a photographers dream and you won’t go wrong with either a macro or wide angle lens.

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