Aruba Active Vacations
Aruba Active Vacations
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8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
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8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
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8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
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8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
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About
Kitesurfing Aruba Active Vacations offers kitesurfing (kiteboarding) lessons and rentals and windsurfing lessons and rentals on the beautiful island of Aruba. Besides this, we do mountainbike tours and rentals, blokarting and snorkel rentals. All the lessons and tours, we can do private or in a group! We have dedicated & professional instructors, to make sure your activity is super fun, safe and informative. We guarantee quality, action and happy beach feelings! Established in 1991, Kitesurfing Aruba Active Vacations was the first windsurf school on the white beaches of Aruba. We organically grew into what we are today and we work with the natural resources of our island: wind, water and sand! Enjoy nature at it best by getting active! Our activities are for the ages of 6/7 years and up. We adjust to your level to keep up the fun, so you can enjoy our island beach life and become part of the AAV family! If you want to kitesurf on Aruba, ask for Kitesurfing Aruba AAV.
Malmok Beach, Aruba

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2024

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George
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Friends
If you want to learn how to kite surf, polish your skills, or learn new things with the best instructors, then you have to book with Kitesurfing Aruba Active Vacations and take a class or coaching with Chema or Adam.

This is the best place to learn how to kite surf, improve your skills and have fun. If you want fast results and progression, you need to book a lesson or two with Chema or Adam as they are the best instructors. Also, the whole team was great, including Isa at the front desk who makes the best coffee before you go to the next session, Valentina, and the Manager.

No need to worry for the offshore winds, or if you lose your board or your kite goes down. Chema and Adam will follow you all the time with a boat individually. Thanks to Chema I was able to learn to stand on the board, go left and right and also go upwind. He told me exactly what I need it to do for improving. At the second hour of the first day of lesson I was able to kite surf to the right standing up for more than one minute, and at the third day and 7 hours later I was able to go left and right and began to go upwind.

Ask for their packages as their prices are great. They treat you as you are family and it is an awesome place just to chill while you recharge for the next session.

The beach is a paradise and the area to kite surf is endless. Also, met the windsurfer instructors and saw them in action so I recommend to take classes with them as well.

They have all you need: water shoes, harness, kites, boards, life jacket, everything!

It was the best week, and I feel confident now to go to kite surf by myself after taking classes with them.
Written September 12, 2020
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Thank you so much for your review! Please be back soooooon for more fun, wind and good vibes. Warm regards,
Written September 17, 2020
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lfmann77
Boston, MA16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
I took a group lesson and our instructor was great. She was able to give each person some one-on-one attention to address each person's level. It's a one-hour lesson and then you get one hour to windsurf by yourself, where they keep a close watch on you so you don't drift too far away. I'll definitely do it again next year.
Written February 24, 2020
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Thank you for your kind words and your review. Valentina will still be here when you come back! See you next year!
Written August 17, 2020
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Joe The Pro
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Solo
The team at Aruba active vacations at Hadicurari beach provide such a nice experience at the beach. They are so friendly and look out for you whether you are a first time renter or have been there before. I have rented a windsurfer there twice. It is the best location on Aruba to rent a windsurfer as the water is shallow for beginners for wind surfing or at some point for me kite surfing.

The team is very helpful and welcoming and full of smiles.

Rental rates are cheap like $30 for an hour of rental for wind surfer.

If you are considering going out to wind surf for first time or you are experienced they have the equipment for you.

I highly recommend them.

If you do go there in account of this review tell them Joe sent you!
Written February 9, 2020
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Hi Joe, thank you so much for your review! Be back soon for more wind- and kitesurfing and to see our team again ;)
Written August 17, 2020
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Gull2B
Virginia38 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Family
We signed up for the land sailing (blokarting) for two hours with our two teenagers (14, 17). We had a blast with Rudolf. To be clear this is not for the faint of heart or those not wanting to get dirty. You zip around the sand on a three wheeled cart with a massive sail. The amount of speed you pickup is pretty wild. And yes, you can roll the cart if you don’t release it when the tension is too much. I dumped my cart twice…but also spent a lot of times riding on two wheels. Super dirty, super fast, super fun!
Written April 4, 2023
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Mary B
Chicago, IL54 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Family
This was a gifted kitesurfing lesson and it did not disappoint.

I reached out ahead of time via email and Loraine helped organize everything so that all that needed to be done was to show up and start lessons.

Gavin was the instructor and he was beyond great! I would highly recommend this group if you are looking to master Kitesurfing. They are quite accommodating to your needs and work with you every step of the way. We look forward to working with them again in the future!
Written November 7, 2023
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Hi there, Amazing to see you had a great time. Thanks for everything. See you next time!
Written November 14, 2023
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Blax1234
Plymouth, MA2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Gavin was a great instructor. My 17 year old son was riding in his 2nd lesson and looked like a season pro by his 4th (maybe a bit of an exageration). Great instructor> 4 lesswon package is worth the $ for some one who really would like to learn this awesome extreme sport. Masha Danki Gavin!
Written August 22, 2023
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Hi, Thanks for your review. Glad we could contribute a little bit to this new pro in the kite world! See you next time
Written September 4, 2023
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Pandl65
Cottage Grove, MN34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
I contacted Aruba Active Adventures through their website about doin a mountain bike tour. They quickly got back to me to confirm my date and stated I would be the only person so the tour would be a private tour and asked if I wanted to reschedule. I kept the tour and my guide Rudolph was wonderful and we went further and longer than the normal tour, but still completed in the 2 hour scheduled time. I decided to rent the two days extra, and they dropped the bike off at my resort and told me where to leave the bike for them to pick up. Bike and helmet they provided were great. All employees I met at their location were great. They were very happy to do whatever I needed for my time in Aruba to be great! Thank you AAV!
Written December 6, 2022
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darrenlandino
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
I had a two hour windsurfing lesson with Tom. I had a wonderful time, he was very helpful in learning the basics and in an hour I was able to go back and forth, and even tack into the wind a little. This was despite the very strong winds. I would recommend Aruba Active Vacations for anyone wanting to learn windsurfing.
Written May 14, 2023
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Victor Para
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
Fantastic school and shop for both kitesurfing and windsurfing.

I visited the shop, every day for two weeks for kitesurfing. Started with lessons at a time when I was trying to stand up and travel upwind. After spending some time with the instructors I managed to fix my mistakes and confidently travel upwind.

The school manager and the instructors are very involved and try their best for you to get most out of your time. This means you get better suggestions for different time slots where the wind is better, change of equipment or sometimes exploring different teaching styles with different instructors.

All the instructors I met were super funny, very well fit and charming not just able to teach you the skills you need.

They also have a trip to Boca Grande for kitesurfing if you feel eager to do even more.

The surf shop is place a bit north of Ritz Carlton. When kitesurfing in that area you can see a lot of birds and sea turtles diving and swimming around. It's magnificent. There is a wind airway in the area which carries you quite close to the places where the pirate ships tour to/from. You do get a lot out of your kitesurfing.

I can't recommend this more.
Written August 6, 2020
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Thank you so much, Victor!! Please be back soon for more good times :)
Written August 17, 2020
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Steve_the_Cruiser
1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
AAV is located at a perfect spot for me to windsurf. The offshore breeze let me surf parallel to shore feeling very safe. The board and sail were perfect for my ability. After a fine bit of surfing I relaxed in the shade swinging in a hammock. This was my third time at AAV and i will return when I cruise to Aruba again. Very fair price.
Written February 24, 2023
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Thank you so much for the review!
Written April 4, 2023
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