Multisport Outfitters in Aruba
There are a number of outfitters in Aruba that can handle nearly all your water- or land-based activities with guided excursions and rental equipment. Here is a list of a few of our favorites.
De Palm Tours. This dependable operator has a near monopoly on Aruban sightseeing. The basic 3½-hour tour hits highlights of the island. Wear sneakers or hiking shoes, and bring a lightweight jacket or wrap, as the air-conditioned bus gets cold. De Palm also arranges horseback excursions. You can also sail the open seas on a four-hour snorkeling adventure at nearby reefs. The cost for the catamaran trip is $78 per person, with a buffet lunch included. Tour departs from the De Palm Pier between the Riu and Radisson resorts. And De Palm is one of the best choices for your undersea experience; the options go beyond basic diving. Don a helmet and walk along the ocean floor near De Palm Island, home of huge blue parrot fish, or try Snuba—which is like scuba diving but without the heavy air tanks. A one-hour snuba adventure costs $41. You can make reservations through its general office or at hotel tour-desk branches. L.G. Smith Blvd. 142, Oranjestad. 297/582–4400 or 800/766–6016. www.depalm.com.
Pelican Adventures. In operation since 1984, this company arranges sailing and boating charters for fishing and exploring, as well as jeep adventures and guided excursions to Aruba's caves and historic sites. Scuba and snorkeling trips are available for divers of all levels. Novices start with midmorning classes and then move to the pool to practice what they've learned; by afternoon they put their new skills to use at a shipwreck off the coast. Enjoy daytime snorkeling trips to two different reefs for about $47 per person. The company also offers sunset sails for $45 that can be combined with dinner at the Pelican Restaurant on Palm Beach. Pelican Pier, near Holiday Inn and Playa Linda hotels, Palm Beach. 297/586–3271. www.pelican-aruba.com.
Red Sail Sports. Red Sail can arrange everything for your fishing trip. Choose between four catamarans, including the 70-foot Rumba. They offer a popular sunset sail, including drinks and a lively atmosphere for $49 per person; the dinner cruise package includes a three-course meal and open bar for $99. Red Sail Sports also has locations at the Hyatt and Marriott hotels. And though it's best known for its diving trips, Red Sail will also take you parasailing, and they offer courses for children and others new to scuba diving. An introductory class costs about $95. J.E. Irausquin Blvd 348-A, Palm Beach. 297/586–1603; 305/454–2538 in U.S. www.redsailaruba.com.
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