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The SS Pedernales was a World War II lake tanker that was torpedoed and sunk by a German U-boat en route to a refinery on Aruba. The center portion of the vessel still remains submerged off the shore of Palm Beach, approximately 25 feet below sea level. Skilled divers might be hesitant to make a trip to this rather shallow wreck site, but the Pedernales is a great way to "get your feet wet" in the sport.

Recent divers enjoyed the approximately 40-minute swim to thanks to the sea's abundant wildlife and clear conditions. Some warned that experienced divers may want to seek more challenging dives as this one is truly for beginners.

Several popular expedition companies will take you to Pedernales for a dive including, Red Sail SportsNative Divers Aruba, and the Mermaid Dive Center. Dive packages tend to be moderate to expensive. The cost varies based on your scuba experience, equipment rental and allotted time.

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