Overview of Mangel Halto Reef

Mangel Halto Reef

Mangel Halto Reef
Aruba
ABC Islands

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Site Review by
 Stephen 1
Date: 06/26/2011

Reviewer

Site Condition
(1=worst, 5=best)

Name:  Stephen 1 Entry:    3.00
Email:   Click Here Bottom:    5.00
City:   Reef:    5.00
State:   Animal:    5.00
Country:   Plant:    5.00
Diving:   7 years Facilities:    3.00
 Dives:   160 Solitude   4.00
    Roads:    5.00

Evaluation

*Average:    4.52
Entered dive site on the south side by the mangroves. Walked out around 100m. Good shallow reef but we wanted to go deeper so we moved out from the reef at almost a 90 degree heading (by compass). The reef turned to a nice white coral-sand bottom that dropped off to around 40'. That's where we found the nice little wreck mentioned in other posts. We were surprised at how sterile the wreck was. It was my partner's first wreck and she even felt comfortable enough to dive it (I'm an instructor btw). Visibility was around 50'.
P.S. -- Dove Mangel Halto again today. Started maybe 100m north of the actual beach. Strong northward current in the shallows but good wildlife. After about 110m of shallows, the reef opened up into a nice down slope to 60' with another rise on the seaward side. The bottom of the channel had a strong current but nothing unmanageable even with midpower fins. Schools of juvenile open water fish congregated immediately above the channel. Some of the younger schools of jack came over to play with us. Would be very nice for a night dive if you have a good strobe on the shower and have a good navigator with you. Also has good snorkeling for the non-diving friends.
   

Enjoyment Level

Snorkel:    5.00
Beginner:    5.00
Intermediate:    4.00
Advanced:    3.00
Night diving:    4.00
   

Seasonal Information

Season:    Summer
Year:    2011
Visibility:    4.00
Current:    2.00
Surf:    3.00
 
 


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