Watersports in Aruba
One cannot leave Aruba without having experienced some of the island's vast array of watersports. Watersports offer the opportunity to be active and healthy during your holiday while promising a thrill most can’t obtain back home. Below is an overview of some of the many watersport activities available on the island of Aruba.
What sounds more rewarding than eating fish you caught yourself? It's an unforgettable experience to go deep-sea fishing, followed by grilling your own catch of the day on your charcoal BBQ at Boardwalk Small Hotel (or let an affiliated restaurant prepare your catch). There are many charter boats available for half-day or full-day deep-sea fishing trips. The trips usually include drinks, tackle, bait, and a knowledgeable captain and crew. A four-hour trip starts at $400 (for a group of 4). Please note that the Caribbean Sea might be rough at times, so seasickness is very common on these trips.
De Palm Island
Sometimes you just need to escape the routine of the hotel scene. Switch it up with unlimited food and beverages, boundless activities, and unrestricted relaxation on a unique coral island just off the shore of Aruba. De Palm Island, Aruba’s premier and only all-inclusive attraction, accommodates visitors of all kinds, from those looking for family-oriented fun to those seeking out romance and privacy.
A smooth ferry ride from the mainland takes you to your "vacation paradise" on the private island. Have a blast with limitless banana boat rides or become one with the elements at one of the beaches that offer snorkeling in waters teeming with Blue Parrotfish. Take a walk on the ocean floor without getting your face or hair wet with SEA TREK or try SNUBA (SNorkeling & scUBA diving), an activity exclusively featured on De Palm Island whereby you can enjoy the experience of scuba diving while connected to an air tank floating on the surface of the water. The kids will delight in the exciting waterpark on the island. And finally, appease your palate with freshly prepared island cuisine and delicious frozen cocktails. The options are endless!
Enjoy parasailing over Aruba's waters. Not only is this watersport activity super thrilling, but it also affords a unique bird's-eye view of the high-rise hotel area. Several operators are all located on the beach in front of the high-rise hotels.
SUP - Standup Paddleboarding
Standup paddleboarding, or SUP, is the newest water sensation. This sport is excellent for people who like calm and relaxing sports but still want to get in a workout! Paddle yourself along as you enjoy the dozens of different shades of blue and stunning beach views! As a Boardwalk guest, you can rent SUP boards at a 20% discount at Vela Sports Aruba, located across from Boardwalk Hotel, right next to our beach. You can also rent SUP boards at $25 per hour at Aruba Active Vacations, also across from Boardwalk Hotel. Another fantastic experience is to paddle into a coastal inlet lined with mangroves. For more information, please visit us at the front desk.
There's some surfing on the island at Wariruri, a little bay about 3.5 km south of the Alto Vista Chapel on the island's north shore. Waves are wind-generated at this beach break, so the surf isn't perfect, but it's still a lot of fun to surf here. Throughout the winter months, we can get some good swell, and the spot to surf then is the reef at Arashi by the California Lighthouse. This is a reef break, and when it's going off, there are some nice lefts and rights. Surfboards can be rented on the island; just visit us at the front desk.
Explore Aruba's thriving reefs in air-conditioned comfort and under normal atmospheric pressure aboard the 65-foot US Coastguard-approved Atlantis submarine. It's the perfect chance to visit Aruba's underwater wonderland in complete safety without getting wet. The 2-hour tour includes a 1-hour reef dive that descends to a maximum depth of 150 feet right in the heart of the spectacular Barcadera Reef, and a 1-hour cruise on the Dorado catamaran to get to and from the dive destination. Operating 6 days a week (not on Sundays) and offering hourly dives. For more information or reservations, you may check with us at the front desk.
The world's first semi-submarine, the Seaworld Explorer does not dive down but rather stays on the surface, with passengers seated below deck in an underwater observatory. The Seaworld Explorer goes to shallower reefs with beautiful coral formations and to the Antilla, the famous German ship sunk during WWII. Operating Monday through Sunday, 3 times a day, at 9:30 am, 11:30 am, and 1:30 pm. The tour is about 1.5 hours. For more information and reservations, please check with us at the front desk.
Windsurfing in Aruba
Aruba is a perfect location to either learn how to windsurf or play around on your board. At Vela Sports Aruba, located across from Boardwalk, right next to our beach, you can get the best windsurf gear. They also provide you with beginner and advanced windsurfing lessons taught by experienced instructors. As a Boardwalk guest, you are entitled to a 10% discount on windsurfing lessons at Vela Sports Aruba. At the Fisherman's Huts, there are also a lot of rental shops where you can rent high-quality windsurf gear. They also provide you with lessons from pro instructors. Learn more.
Kitesurfing in Aruba
With its shallow waters, year-round wind, and beautiful beaches, Aruba is one of the best places in the Caribbean to learn or practice kitesurfing.
The best spot to learn kitesurfing in Aruba is located steps from Boardwalk Small Hotel, namely the Fisherman's Huts beach. It has flat, shallow water and offers ideal circumstances for teaching. Vela Sports Aruba, located across from Boardwalk, right next to our beach, offers beginner and advanced lesson packages, taught by IKO-certified instructors and offering a unique boat service. As a Boardwalk guest, you are entitled to a 10% discount on kitesurfing lessons at Vela Sports Aruba. Learn more.