By Justin Burch
Though scuba diving
may get all the attention, Aruba has plenty of other water sports opportunities. One of
the best activities in Aruba for every type of tourist is kayaking. On the leeward side of
the island, kayakers can paddle through calm waters and visit some popular sites along the
way. If you want to explore this beautiful island in a unique way, a kayaking expedition
along the southern coast offers incredible opportunities.
One of the most popular kayaking activities in Aruba is the four-hour
guided tour offered by Aruba Kayak Adventure. Departing each morning at 9:30 am, these
casual tours pass by some of the most celebrated pirate hideouts including the
popular Spanish Lagoon area. The guides are knowledgeable of everything from pirate
mythology to the unique species found in the warm Caribbean waters. The price of the tour
includes not only the guide and kayaking instruction, but also lunch and the use of
snorkeling equipment. Most of the kayaking tours launch from the small fishing village of
Savaneta and return to land at Barcadera, one of Arubas primary ports. With a
kayaking tour, you wont have to worry about any of the details you even
receive transportation to and from your resort.
In addition to the Spanish Lagoon, there are plenty of sites along
Arubas southern coast. East of the secluded lagoon is the Mangel Halto Reef
thought by many to be the healthiest reef in Aruba. With a small, secluded beach that
allows snorkelers to walk right into the reef, Mangel Halto is a great dive spot for all
skill levels. After checking out the reef and impressive underwater life, you can lay in
the sun on the quiet adjoining beach. As you paddle along in your kayak, you can also
admire miles of lush mangrove forests and numerous hidden coves tucked along the coast.
If you want to experience the Caribbean and Arubas coastline on
your own, all the best resorts offer kayak rentals. When you make your reservations with
your resort, simply inquire about the availability of such equipment. You can include
kayaking and snorkeling as part of a moneysaving activity package, helping you and your
family experience all the best sites without breaking the bank. If you are unsure of where
to visit while kayaking or want to find the best snorkeling sites, your concierge will be
able to build an itinerary for your adventure.
One of the favorite destinations for kayakers both on tours and
paddling solo is DePalm Island. Just a short paddle from the Spanish Lagoon, DePalm
Island is a great place to snorkel and relax in the sun. Most of the kayaking tours visit
this small island and offer tourists lunch at the charming restaurant. DePalm Island is
also one of the best sites you will ever find for underwater photography. With shallow
reefs and crystal clear water, you certainly dont want to forget your camera.
After you return to shore, there are plenty of other activities on the
southern shore worth exploring. With calm winds and gentle surf, southern Aruba is also a
favorite destination of windsurfers and kitesurfers. You can find several rental shops and
tour guides in the area, with many services catering to novices and families. These calm
waters are also a big draw for fishermen. Half-day and full-day tours can be arranged
through fishing shops throughout Aruba or directly through your resort. After you catch
some wahoo or yellowfin tuna, you can even take your catch to a number of local
restaurants to be grilled and served.
As the most popular beaches and sites in Aruba are located on the
western shore, a visit to the southern coast can provide a pleasant getaway. As word
spreads about kayaking in southern Aruba, the sport will certainly continue gaining
popularity. When in Aruba, ask your resort about kayaking and experience the unspoiled
Caribbean beauty that everyone is talking about.
About the Author
Justin Burch writes articles about travel in Aruba [http://marriott.com/hotels/travel/auaar-aruba-marriott-resort-and-stellaris-casino/] for the Marriott Resorts.