Vela Aruba has purchased new 2013 boards to expand into higher performance as well as to upgrade their traditional rental fleet. New JP Freestyle Wave Pro Edition boards can do it all, great for bump & jump, freestyle, waves, and flat water blasting. The new JP Super Lightwind 90 Pro can get you going on those rare light wind days. A new carbon 127 will make the heavy slalom racers happy and light wind days disappear. These boards further expand from last year’s go-fast carbon gear including the lively and fast JP Excite ALL-Ride Pro Editions and carbon Kodes,and the full on race Starboard Isonic Carbon slalom boards. The core rental gear will also be upgraded/replaced with new easy to use and progress on JP X-Cite Rides/Starboard Carves and higher performance Starboard Futuras. New JP Explorers will give you a little confidence going upwind with a center board but still provide an easy planing board. For the kids – another new JP Young Gun has been added.
We’re also getting around 60 2013 Neil Pryde sails, some with 100% carbon masts. This season all regular fleet sails will be 2012 or 2013 models. Check out the new gear descriptions on our "equipment" page.
Having light winds, need a change of pace from windsurfing (hard to believe), need some exercise, on the water Yoga? Vela is also adding 12 new JP Stand Up Paddleboards.
Aruba is the easiest island to get to in the Caribbean: the wide selection of great accommodations and endless list of available activities make it a favorite destination for singles, couples, and families. Find out why Aruba is considered one of the best windsurf destination in the world!
We are all about that beach culture, offering every adventure under the sun! Splash in the water, explore the island by bike, or relax on the beach, we are here to make your vacation everything you dreamt paradise would be. Vela Aruba started in 1989 with the goal to offer green, non- motorized activities, using the wind, water and beach to inspire creativity and an active lifestyle for families and individuals alike.
We have remained loyal to our mission, and continue to encourage an outdoors lifestyle of play and adventure. Our staff encapsulate this vision, with their love for the ocean, outdoors and beach culture. They are passionate, energetic and always ready to share their knowledge and expertise with you!
Whether you are a windsurfing addict or an enthusiastic admirer, you have probably discovered that Aruba is a windsurfers paradise. This magical spot has something to offer windsurfers of all levels; beginners, kids, and even seasoned pros. Ready to make your windsurf dreams a reality?
Our passionate and highly-qualified instructors will keep you safe, informed and most importantly, having fun out on the crystal blue waters. Our team is dedicated to providing you with personalised lessons tailored for your capabilities.
Each 2 hour lesson includes an hour of personalised instruction and assistance, where you will learn all about the wind principles, safety and the basics of getting started. Once you are competent in getting up on the board, it’s time for pure exhilaration and free play. After getting your grip on the sail and finding your balance on the board, you’ll find yourself skimming effortlessly over the warm Caribbean ocean, basking in the enjoyment of your new hobby! Remember to take it all in, enjoy the beautiful scenery and fun of learning something new, after all - play is the best way to learn!
Windsurf Lesson Rates
Windsurf Gear Rates
Vela Aruba is the first and only school to introduce the brand new aquatic sport of Wing Foiling to Aruba. Feel the freedom of flying over the water with a wing in the hands and on top of a foil board and see all that is happening in the beautiful crystal clear Caribbean sea from above. Fish and turtles are plentiful and perhaps you will be lucky enough to encounter the occasional dolphin having a race with you. Don’t forget to bring your GoPro.
Our lessons are focused on safety and enjoyment first. The classes are conducted with the instructor following close with a boat for your instructions and safety.. Want to bring a friend or family member? Just ask your instructor.
A lesson is 1 hour long and will all be on the water. During the lesson you will learn how to handle the wing, get on the board, start building up speed and get riding high on your foil to be able just glide ever so gently and silently through the water. It is absolutely an exhilarating experience you will never forget and will perhaps bring you back to Aruba for more.
Pricing Wing Foiling
With constant trade winds, flat and shallow turquoise waters, Aruba has become a world renowned kite destination for beginners and pros alike. Are you ready to take on this exhilarating challenge?
Focused on delivering the best kitesurfing experience for our guests, we make safety, quality of lessons and equipment a top priority, making us Aruba’s premier kite school. Our internationally qualified instructors will teach on only top of the range, industry-leading equipment, giving our students the best chance to master the sport.
Our lessons are designed to fully prepare you to become an independent kiteboarder. Your instructor will take you through each stage of learning at your own pace. Our teaching system is divided into three primary sections:
• Kite Control: For learners with no previous kite experience, we start them on the land with a trainer kite. Here they will learn about wind principles, kite control, safety and set up.
• Body dragging: It’s time to get wet. Using the kite principles you learnt in your first lesson, you will now use the kite to drag your body through the water in different directions. You’ll learn other core skills such as launching and landing, board recovery, and water safety.
• Waterstart: It’s kiteboard time. After you understand the principles and are in good control of the kite it’s time to get on the board! This may be trickier than you originally imagined, but it’s all fun and once you’ve got it, there is no better feeling of satisfaction and accomplishment.
Get Safe, Get Wet, Get Riding & Get Hooked!
Lesson package 6 hours (3 lessons of 2 hours per lesson, divided over multiple days)
SEMI PRIVATE LESSON
BOCA GRANDI EXCURSION
All of the above have the starting hours: 8.30am - 11.00am - 1.30pm - 3.30pm*
Stand up and paddle! It’s the world's fastest growing watersport, and we understand why. Our flat waters make for the best SUP conditions. Whether you are just beginning, and need some time practicing balance and coordination, or you've got the hang of it and are up for some exploring - it’s fun for everyone!
For beginners we advise staying in the designated swimming areas, where the shallow waters allow for easy practice. You may fall a few times, but it’s part of the fun.
For the more adventurous, a sea safari is always a fun choice. Take the boards to the reef, and try spotting some flying fish or even turtles. - But remember to leave yourself enough energy to get back!
Got a need for speed? Then our race board is the choice for you. Get maximum exercise as you speed across the water.
Paddleboarding is an excellent group activity, but also serves as a great way to get out on the ocean alone for some much deserved me-time!
Pricing Stand Up Paddling
Join in on the fun and share a giant paddleboard!!! It’s a true testament of team spirit and perfect for any team or family bonding day. Whether you’re up for a relaxing ride through the mangroves or want to tap into that competitive spirit and challenge another team for a race, the Monster Paddleboards are a fun and active way to spend your day, connecting with your crew, the water & your own physical condition! So team up with your family, friends (young and old ) or work colleagues for a day of fun in the sun. Sign up now to get your paddle and battle!
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We have 2 Monster SUPS available from 8.30am until 4.30pm*
Up for a day adventuring the oceans at your own pace, while working your upper body and your core? Well grab your paddle and hop into one of our Malibu kayaks. Take yourself on your own sea safari, to watching the world from a different perspective. Our flat, clear waters makes it ideal to see what’s happening below you. Look carefully and you may find some jumping fish, starfish or if you're lucky, some turtles. Our single or double kayaks all have adjustable backrests and there are plenty of life jackets available.
Our kayaks are a great activity for the whole family, or if you just need a solo break!
Check out more activities for our sailors and non-sailors guests, to entertain you during a break from a lesson, or just enjoy this paradise even more.
Feel free to ask one of our helpful staff to book a tour or sign you up for an activity once you get here.
If you’re a fish, im a fish. Submerge yourself in some of the most beautiful underwater life you may have ever seen. With many of the best snorkeling spots on the island nearby, such as Malmok, Boca Catalina and Arashi, our snorkeling option is a top pick amongst our customers. We will provide you with high quality snorkeling equipment available for daily, or longer-term rentals. Looking for that leatherback turtle, eel or blowfish? You’ve found the perfect spot! For those who aren't as comfortable in the deep blue, we have life jackets available in all sizes.
Snorkeling Gear Rates
2 HOURS RENTAL
24 HOURS RENTAL
Hobie Cat Sailing
Any time is sailing time! Whether you are an experienced sailor or just love the idea of gliding around the water, hobie cat sailing is for everyone! Feel the wind in your hair and splash of the ocean on your back. We provide rentals with or without a captain. Our knowledgeable staff can give you a quick sailing recap, answering any questions you may have or, for your convenience they can come along with you for the ride. Our hobie cat adventures are another of our favorites amongst our guests. The ease and comfort of the large boat makes it a breeze for anyone looking for a day on the water. As you head out, keep an eye out for our beautiful sea life. The clarity of the water will allow you to spot some of the oceans most beautiful and treasured creatures, such as turtles and starfish. Whether you're up for a high speed sail to get your adrenaline shot or prefer to take it easy-you are in control! Take the boat for a refreshing, rejuvenating or romantic sailing trip. Tip: bring snorkeling gear so you can jump overboard for some snorkeling fun.
Hobie Cat Sailing Rates
What do you get when you combine your favorite parts of snorkeling and kayaking? Well a Zayak of course. Be one of the first to enjoy this new experience, allowing you to see clearly under the water without the hassle of a snorkel and mask. It is a kayak with a glass bottom, that allows you to observe the marine flora and fauna without having to fully submerge-sounds good, right?
What is great about the Zayak, is that no previous experience is required and being suitable for children older than 3 years old, and persons with physical limitations, it is currently the easiest and most practical way of practicing snorkeling.
So immerse yourself in the underwater world, while floating comfortably on top of the water.
Looking to get in shape or just enjoy and have fun? The Water Bikes are perfect for your pedals, while you can appreciate our amazing view and have a chat with a friend. Take a breath and seize the day with this awesome activity!
Water Bike Rates
Float away in paradise. Can you imagine any better feeling than floating above the crystal blue, flat waters of Aruba, feeling the warm sun on your skin, and watching the white sandy shores from a distance? Well, hire your float and jump in! Relax, refresh and recharge , all at your own pace!
What better way to fully embrace being in the Caribbean than taking a yoga class on the water? It’s a challenge, but you'll be anchored with your board, and you may surprise yourself at how well you do.
Enjoy an uninterrupted ocean view while one of our enthusiastic teachers takes you out for this exceptional experience. The goal of this yoga class on the water is to feel absolutely liberated, free your mind and absorb the serenity of the ocean. Our teachers are all certified yoga instructor with plenty of experience, and available to help whenever you need.
Remember, falling is all part of the experience, and our soft inflatable boards are perfectly designed to keep you safe. Our SUP yoga classes are available for all levels, from yoga novice to instructor, it’s an individual journey and there is always something to learn.
SUP Yoga Rates
1 PERSON, 1 HOUR
2 PEOPLE, 1 HOUR
3 PEOPLE, 1 HOUR
Working out your Pilates session while keeping your balance with an ocean view: Barbara Franke, our locally famous Pilates teacher, is the first one that shifted the work out to our paddleboards. Having speed in her classes, Barbara will let you experience how to combine balance and strength while enjoying the sensation of being out on the flat, blue waters of Aruba.
SUP Pilates Rate
At Vela Sports Aruba we have our certified yoga teachers Nathalie Vriesde, Annabel Westerop and Adriana Stan teaching Beach Yoga classes and Paddle board Yoga classes. Whether you’re an experienced Yogi, or you would like to take a class to stretch before or after a windsurfing or kite surfing session, you’ll do fine in one of our classes as they are open for all levels.
Beach Yoga Rates
1 PERSON, 1 HOUR
2 PEOPLE, 1 HOUR
3 PEOPLE, 1 HOUR
Put your feet in the sand, wear your beach wear and bring a bottle of water. That is all you need for a heavy duty work out on the beach. One of our two trained-to-core instructors Veronique Antens and Glen Arthur will make you sweat “like you can’t sweat no more”. Having a whole encyclopedia of playful exercises, they will make you work with your own body weight, making you toned, lean and strong. Or as Glen likes to claim: ‘No mercy on the body’. Of course, the beach boot camp will be modified to your preferences to make it fun for everyone. Whether you like it high intensity or building muscles, they will let you do the exercises that fits your favorites!
Beach Bootcamp Rates
1 PERSON, 1 HOUR
2 PEOPLE, 1 HOUR
3 PEOPLE, 1 HOUR