When you think of any place in the Caribbean, chances are you automatically think of its beaches and water-related activities. In fact, these are the very things that have enticed travelers to visit the Caribbean year after year. 

For Aruba, it has been a go-to destination for divers who want to explore the dive sites it has to offer. In particular, wreck divers have much to explore thanks to the many wrecks resting peacefully in the waters of Aruba. 

Here are some examples of dive sites that will appeal to wreck divers


Antilla Shipwreck in Aruba
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Considered the one of the largest shipwrecks in the whole of the Caribbean, Antilla was sunk intentionally by her own captain on May 10, 1940, when Germany invaded The Netherlands. This German freighter is over 350 feet (106.68 meters) long. 

Expect to find some coral formations, tube sponges, shrimp, and even lobster in the area at the wreck, which is perfect for beginner and intermediate divers. 

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California Wreck in Aruba
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Despite its location of just a little over 45 feet (14 meters) underwater, the California wreck is only for advanced divers only. This is because its location on the northeast Aruba means that there are very strong currents in the area. 

For those skilled and brave enough to venture into the strong currents, this 100-year old wreck is a dream destination for underwater photographers. The wreck is home to colorful corals as well as diverse tropical fish. 


Pedernales Wreck in Aruba
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Divers hoping to find one whole ship during the visit to the Pedernales wreck will sorely be disappointed. This is because when the ship was torpedoed on February 16, 1942, she actually didn't sink. 

After she was run aground, her undamaged parts, the bow and stern, were cut off, wielded together, and transported to the United States. The damaged parts of the ship were left behind was then used for target practice before eventually being sunk to serve as a dive spot. 

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