Day Sails in Aruba

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If you plan to take a cruise around the island, know that the trade winds can make the waters choppy, and that catamaran rides are much smoother than those on single-hull boats. Sucking on a peppermint or ginger candy may soothe your queasy stomach; avoid boating with an empty or overly full stomach. Moonlight cruises cost about $45 per person. There are also a variety of snorkeling, dinner and dancing, and sunset party cruises to choose from, priced from $30 to $60 per person. Many of the smaller operators work out of their homes; they often offer to pick you up (and drop you off) at your hotel or meet you at a particular hotel pier.

Mi Dushi. This romantic, two-masted ship ("My Sweetheart") offers daytime snorkeling trips that include breakfast, lunch, and drinks for $59 per person. It also offers popular sunset happy-hour cruises. Turibana Plaza, Noord 124, Noord. 297/586–2010. www.midushi.com..

Octopus Sailing Charters. The drinks flow freely on Octopus's trimaran. It holds about 20 people for a three-hour afternoon sail, which costs $35. Pelican Pier, Palm Beach. 297/586–4281. www.octopusaruba.com..

Seaport Marina. This is the place to go for charters. Renaissance Marketplace 204, Oranjestad.

Tranquilo Charters Aruba. Operated by Captain Hagedoorn, Tranquilo offers entertaining cruises, including a six-hour tour to the south side of the island for $75. Snorkeling equipment and free lessons are included in the package, and so is the very good "mom's Dutch pea soup" served with lunch (also included). The owner's little dog scampering about the deck with a life jacket on is an added bonus. Renaissance Marina, Oranjestad. 297/586–1418. www.tranquiloaruba.com.

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