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Water Activities On Aruba
If you're into water sports, then Aruba is the Caribbean destination for you!
Aruba's location in the trade winds ensures continual breezes for the sailing afficionado or windsurfer. Many hotels offer in-house water sports equipment rentals. The blue waters surrounding the island are teeming with fish for deep-sea fishing enthusiasts, and scuba divers and snorkelers will find the underwater scenery some of the finest anywhere. Pristine beaches abound for the sunbathers and swimmers, and the protected bays and open waters afford a perfect spot for the jetski and water skiers.
Aruba basks in sunshine and the constant 15-knot breezes of the trade winds. There is smooth water in protected bays and inlets where all of the island hotels are located, wild waves for the experienced windsurfer. The beginning windsurfer will find many sources of equipment and lessons all along the eastern shore of the island. The more advanced or expert windsurfing enthusiasts can take their pick of sites on the rugged north and western coasts for a real challenge. A number of shops offer equipment rental or sales and lessons, including Vella windsurfing at the Marriott Hotel and Red Sail Sports. Hi-Winds Amateur World Challenge windsurfing tournament, which takes place every June and draws professional and amateur competitors from all over the world.
Scuba Diving and Snorkeling
Aruba abounds in clear, warm (78° F) waters. The leeward side of Aruba boasts many fine scuba sites with almost everything you ever wanted to find under the water. With 42 dive sites to choose from, including wall dives, scuba divers of every ability will find a satisfying diving experience. A wide variety of beautiful tropical fish (including manta rays and the elusive moray eel) and coral, wrecked ships, and even a sunken airplane await the diving enthusiast. Visitors can obtain their open water diving certification or just enjoy a day's outing with a resort diving course. Snorkelers will find the calmer waters on the leeward south and west sides teeming with fish and coral for their enjoyment. Several diving shops make their home on the island and offer all-day and half-day diving and snorkeling excursions as well as sunset catamaran cruises and special dive packages.
Swimming, Sunbathing, Waterskiing and Jetskiing
Aruba's beautiful beaches and protected lagoons and bays are perfect for the casual watersports enthusiast. Here, one can swim leisurely in warm, clear waters, bask in the warm sunshine, or be a bit more active and enjoy the available waterski and jetski locations. As always, equipment is available for rent and for sale, and lessons can be obtained from the many water sports concessions operating on the beaches. Swimmers will even find a natural pool at Arikok.
Deep Sea Fishing
Several deep sea fishing companies send their boats out and bring back a variety of game fish, including marline, wahoo, barracuda, amberjack, sailfish, shark, bonito, kingfish, and yellowfin and blackfin tuna. Fishing charters can be booked with the hotel concierge or directly with De Palm Tours, or pick your boat and captain and book directly. At least ten different boats offer full and half-day fishing trips so there are plenty to pick from. Or you can just go to Seaport Marina and check out everything that's available there.
Aruba still has more to offer. If you just want to sample a variety of different activities, then this is the place for your vacation. The adventurous can parasail over Aruba's clear waters. You can rent water scooters, boats for personal use (including sunfish, paddle boats, hobie cats, and kayaks), or take a ride on a banana boat or speedboat. Ride in a submersible, a glass-bottom boat, the Atlantis submarine, rent a waverunner or go waterskiing. Floats and tube rides round out the selection of leisure water sports.
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