My beloved and I love to kayak. We usually devote at least a day of our vacation to the sport. So we were so excited to find Aruba Kayak Adventure. Now I wish we had missed it. Here's what went wrong:
1. We paid almost $100 each for a kayak guided tour that promised a trip to a lagoon, tales of legend told by our guides and a trip down the coast line. What we got was a 1/4 mile paddle to an "all inclusive" island that offered watered down drinks and a crappy lunch.
2. More troubling was the safety. Our guides, though sweet, didn't seem very aware, trained or concerned with safety. My boat was not sea worthy. There was a hole in it. We were in the ocean when I capsized. One guide laughed and took the rest of the group on. I was in the water, by myself (my beloved was further down before realizing what was happening). It was close to 10 minutes before the second guide got to me. Another person had fallen out of a boat and she couldnt swim. To the guide's credit, he dealt with her before helping me--she was panicked, I was not.
When he finally reached me, he realized there was nothing to be done for my boat. He instructed me to hold on to my boat and swim to the island. Neither the first nor last time it was apparent their primary concern was keeping their equipment safe. Oh that they cared so much for the people in their charge.
3. On the return trip the guide has his iPod on and ear buds in and was not able to hear or respond to people unless they repeatedly screamed. Would have been horrible has someone been in distress.
Truly a waste of money and a company that appears to be in distress and without care for its passengers. AVOID!!!!
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