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Puerto Chiquito

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Puerto Chiquito is a small, quiet entry point, with protected shallows for the kids, and an impressive drop off for the diver.

Directions: A 100m South of the Southern 1A 4A intersection, turn West for 300m. Then turn left for 1km passing over the Spanish Lagoon. Turn right and wind your way for about 1.5 km. The entrance looks like a small dirt driveway.


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03/03/2012 Mark and Jean (Avg: 2.13 Review) - Our most disappointing dive. Some SCUBA tour was coming out as we got there, they saw sea turtles, which we did not. We saw, really, nothing of interest. Our luck was probably set by the fact it was quite windy when we were there.

04/22/2011 Mark J (Avg: 4.85 Review) - What a way to end our Aruba vacation. A 12 on a scale of 1 to 10. This was the best reef in Aruba. One of the easiest entries and the reef was really close, only about a 100 yard swim. To me this was a prototypical Jacques Cousteau reef. All different varieties of coral on the drop-off slope, layers of coral and all varieties of fish. Saw a huge spotted cowfish and made friends with a needlefish. We swam almost to the edge of the Mangel Halto/Spanish lagoon channel and back. Can't wait to return.

06/17/2009 Anonymous (Avg: 3.00 Review) - See Manngo visit Oct 20-24 2008. Best to park at Mango Vista and walk the 2-3 blocks to here. Enter the water, swim the 100' to the reef and drift to the channel that enters the Mango Vista lagoon. Best reef on the island.

01/21/2007 JoAn (Avg: 4.00 Review) - Entry and exit was very easy - a short pier with a ladder in front of someone's house. We talked to 2 divers and one local - they said no problem using the pier. We parked our car near the street upon recommendations of other divers and a sign. We left no valuables, left car unlocked and windows down. No vandalism or anything stolen. Unfortunately visibility wasn't good, say 20 feet. Two days ago, viz was great in this area... Oh well. Some algae on coral. Lots of nice tropical reef fish and a Chain Moray Eel. Lots of groupers.

07/05/2006 Walter Mohamed (Avg: 3.52 Review) - I also dive this site regularly, with or without students. Great corals, but weirdly enough, not so much sea life as you would expect at such a beautiful site. Entry is easy, exit to the site is also o.k., even when there are some waves. the problem might be when you need to return to shore. Because of how the reef and wave breakers are build, there is a small rip current, but nothing too bad, you just have to kick a little longer. Great site for our Deep Diving Specialty, Night Dives, etc. I myself have seen, a.o. a Manta Ray, Turtles, Scorpion Fish, 5ft Moray Eel, etc.

12/17/2005 Bill Lawler (Avg: 3.67 Review) - Very nice sloping reef was the closest thing to a Bonaire shore dive I found on Aruba. This site is a little hard to find and has a rocky entry. The reef slopes and so you can dive this site 20' to 100'. We dove it twice and the current (mild to moderate) was going different directions. The visibility was in 70' range and water was a toasty 82 degf in the middle of December. We stayed in the 50' to 60' range and saw an abundance of fish, creatures and corals.

08/27/2005 Anonymous (Avg: 3.90 Review) - A good snorkeling spot and great alternative to the busy northern spots. Most of the reef is a bit deeper (15' +) but the visibility is very good so it isn't a problem. We didn't see quite as many fish, but lots of different coral. It is a bit hard to find, though, and the driving directions are somewhat dated. It is easy to find if you locate Mangel Halto and then continue driving south a little ways (maybe .5 km). The driveway is partially paved and when we visited there was a yellow and black road sign at the end of the driveway.

06/09/2005 Patty and Kent (Avg: 3.89 Review) - Without street signs it's a little hard to find at first, but there is a large area to park between two houses. Went for three dives & one night dive here. There is a good variety & plenty of fish, a lot of brain coral. Not much current or none at all. The place that really helped us with our shore diving is a shop at Baby beach called JADS. It's on the PADI website, also. They were the most personable, decent, fun people to work with.

06/04/2005 Pieter (Avg: 3.92 Review) - Did as part of my open water course here. I found it worth while to check it out again afterwards. Easy to enter. Between the corals you can find huge amounts of tube worms (Christmas tree worms) in numbers of colours. We have seen a trumpet-fish standing in the water with it's nose down, a sand-diver sitting on the coral and there were also different kinds of parrot fish (queen parrot fish and stoplight parrot fish). Most of these were still rather young.

12/04/2004 JP (Avg: 3.38 Review) - This was the site where my wife and I did our 2nd & 3rd open water training dives. No crowds! In fact, we were the only ones there. After finning out a ways there were a couple of crushed coral spots on the bottom at about 20' that the dive operators use as a training site. We saw damsels, butterfly fish, and several stoplight parrotfish there. A little further out and down the slope at 60' we were shadowed by a curious barracuda. We found a good sized green moray hiding in his hole in the coral and were even checked out by a passing spotted eagle ray. This was a very enjoyable site and I would not mind going back to it at some point to explore it further.

05/22/2004 Henk (Avg: 3.91 Review) - Ik vond het het echt super mooie duik en het was ook mijn eerste duik in helder water wat ik wel jammer vind is dat je bijna nergens reclame ziet om te gaan duiken + prijzen

09/16/2002 John Kurre (Avg: 3.38 Review) - Paved road near site. Turn into small gravel parking area next to site. Easy 50 yard swim out of marina area into open water. Reef is very near mouth out of marina. Reef runs parallel to shore. Reef is about 30' deep at top to 85' at bottom. Visibility 35', good plant life, coral is ok but watch out for fire coral, fish life is good. There is very slight current. Nothing is spectacular, but overall it is an easy worthwhile shore dive.

11/06/2001 Anonymous (Avg: 3.81 Review) - This is a great spot for snorkelers and/or divers. Easy access in and out of the water. As you walk down toward the water there is a ladder over to your left. Make note that the picture used for the aerial shot is an older one and the pools are not as defined any more.

10/09/2001 Dave Rambo (Avg: 4.19 Review) - Very easy parking and entry 30 feet to the water. Just swim out thru the canal about 70 yds. and descend. Great reef sloping from 20 ft. to deep blue. A lot of parrot fish, snapper and alot of fish. Absolutely beautiful!


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 Map     Sat
GPS: AR0701
N1227.7575'
W06958.0078'

 

Parking at Puerto Chiquito 

Parking is ample and nicely groomed.

Entry

 Map     Sat
GPS: AR0702
N1227.7575'
W06958.0078'

 

Entry at Puerto Chiquito 

Two very shallow pools make a perfect entry point.

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Aerial at Puerto Chiquito 
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The drop off is immediate after exiting the pools. Watch the current!

Last Verification: February, 2001  

 

Diver Averages for  Puerto Chiquito  (1=worst, 5=best)


Average Site Condition

Ease of Shore Entry:  3.93
Bottom Conditions:  3.64
Reef Conditions:  3.93
Animal Life:  3.86
Plant Life:  3.43
Facilities:  2.14
Solitude 4.00
Roads:  4.14
*Site Average:  3.68
   

Average Enjoyment Level

Snorkel:  3.71
Beginner Scuba:  3.93
Intermediate Scuba:  3.79
Advanced Scuba:  3.29
Night diving Scuba:  3.64

Number of reviews for this site: 14

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