Overview of Santana Reef

Santana Reef

ABC Islands


Santana Reef is for the more advanced diver. It is best to avoid this spot during times of difficult weather. When conditions are right, however, you can be rewarded with a pristine dive!

Directions: Follow the directions to Baby Beach, and head 600m further East.


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04/06/2004 Steve Fremgen (Avg: 3.64 Review) - This is a good entry for a trip "outside" which comes in at Baby Beach or behind the Esso Club. Current is always present, so it is more fun to swim with the current. The coral and fish life beyond the drop off is still pristine; the shallow reef has a lot of storm damage. Visibility will often be 80-100'; it can be as low as 50'. Many open water species frequent the deeper reef. I grew up in a house overlooking this area; this is home to me.


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Overview at Santana Reef 

Looking North, with parking in the background. This area is more rugged than Baby Beach, so is usually only used by serious snorkelers and divers.


 Map     Sat
GPS: AR1002


Parking at Santana Reef 

Parking is on hard packed sand. Be careful when pulling off the main road to the dirt road as ruts can easily bottom-out your car!


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GPS: AR1003


Entry at Santana Reef 

The entry is easy, only meters from your car.




Aerial at Santana Reef 
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A short swim from your protected cove, around the natural jetty, will take you out to sea. Watch the currents here, as you are very close to the Southern point of Aruba.

Last Verification: February, 2001  


Diver Averages for  Santana Reef  (1=worst, 5=best)

Average Site Condition

Ease of Shore Entry:  4.00
Bottom Conditions:  4.00
Reef Conditions:  4.00
Animal Life:  4.00
Plant Life:  2.00
Facilities:  3.00
Solitude 4.00
Roads:  4.00
*Site Average:  3.64

Average Enjoyment Level

Snorkel:  4.00
Beginner Scuba:  2.00
Intermediate Scuba:  3.00
Advanced Scuba:  4.00
Night diving Scuba:  3.00

Number of reviews for this site: 1


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