Aruba – Aruba offers just about the perfect environment for almost any boating, fishing or surfing activity you might like to pursue, notes Matthew Smillie, owner of the Aruba vacation rentals agency, Aruba Villa Vacation Homes. There are so many things to do that most visitors have trouble deciding.
Sailing: Visitors can rent sailboats and take them out on their own – and get sailing lessons. Sailboat snorkeling cruises can take visitors to the local coral reefs and shipwrecks.
“Aruba offers some of the best water around for snorkeling,” says Smillie, an Aruba villa rentals expert. “Visibility is up to 90 feet.” You can even visit the largest WWII shipwreck in the Caribbean, the Antilla, a 400-foot freighter scuttled in 1940. Other boats offer sunset, dinner, dancing and moonlight cruises.
Windsurfing: “The island’s constant trade winds make it a very popular spot for windsurfers,” explains Smillie, owner of the Aruba beach villa rental agency. Beginners can enjoy smooth water in the protected bays and inlets where many hotels are located. Various places offer lessons and equipment rental. Experienced windsurfers can enjoy wilder waves on Aruba’s rugged north and western coasts. Hard core enthusiasts can also visit the island during the annual Hi-Winds Windsurfing Pro-Am Grand Prix World Cup in June.
Kite Surfing: A variation on windsurfing, kite surfing is one of the fastest growing water sports in the world. “With reliable trade winds, shallow blue water, and soft sand beaches, Aruba makes it easy and enjoyable to learn kite surfing,” explains Smillie, an Aruba beach rentals specialist. A variety of schools offer beginning to expert level classes in surfing, kite surfing, wind surfing and body boarding.
Deep Sea Fishing: Enthusiasts can charter boats from many different deep sea fishing outfits. Atlantic game fish are plentiful, including sailfish, white and blue marlin, wahoo, shark, barracuda, amberjack, kingfish, bonito and black and yellow fin tuna. “Visitors can enjoy either a half or a full fishing boat tour – all headed by a captain and fishing mate,” notes Smillie, owner of an Aruba villas agency.
Kayaking: “If you prefer your boating ‘unplugged,’ kayaking is the way to go,” explains Smillie, a proprietor of villas in Aruba. Kayaks allow you to explore the island’s shores from a completely different vantage point. You can hug the shore, visiting lagoons used by pirates, seeing hidden caves, and viewing mangrove forests. Kayaking businesses in Aruba offer lessons and tours with friendly and knowledgeable guides.
Parasailing: Smillie, an expert on Aruba villa rentals, observes: “Parasailing offers visitors a chance to see Aruba from a completely different perspective: high in the air!” It allows visitors to be attached to a big kite, that sails high over the water while it’s being pulled by a boat. Daredevils can even request to be dunked in the ocean during their ride.
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