Lazy River, Marriott, Aruba

The Marriott Surf Club in Aruba has a feature called the Lazy River built into the swimming pool. A current carries you around a loop. You can float along, enjoying the Aruba sunshine without exerting yourself. Here’s a relaxing video to show you what it looks like.

This being December, it’s nice to see a video like that, if for no other reason, to thaw your bones. Bon dia.

Underwater Airplanes, Aruba

A couple of airplanes were intentionally sunk in Aruba to make scuba diving sites. My friends Kent, Stuart, and Kat are avid snorkelers and divers as you know from reading The Bent Page. They were courteous enough to provide some footage so all of us who don’t breathe well under water could have a look. Check it out:

In all my years of reef building, I never sank any airplanes. Still, they make an interesting dive site, something completely different from the usual assortment of shipwrecks and such. More to come, so stay tuned.

Aruba Bob Snorkeling, video

You won’t meet a guy more friendly than Kent, better known as Aruba Bob. He’s been snorkeling around the island for more than 15 years and takes you on a personal tour through the water. Here’s my interview with him, including a look at some of the sea life you’ll see on one of his adventures.

Those “water scooters” make the snorkeling trip at Mangel Halto twice the fun. You can relax and soar along atop the sea while checking out the sea life. Given the small groups and personalized nature of the snorkel adventure with Kent and his friend, Stuart, you’re bound to have the best time. Enjoy the ocean responsibly.

Scuba Subway

In my past career, I built artificial reefs by sinking ships and concrete pipe among other materials. In the early 2000’s, New York City decided to dispose of some of their obsolete subway cars by deploying them in the ocean for the purpose of building reefs. They were distributed down the east coast, some as far as South Carolina, where the following footage was taken. Scuba dive on the subway line to Davey Jones’ locker.

Amazing footage! The sea turtle was particularly impressive as were the numbers of fish seen only ten months after deployment. Reef building is good for the environment. It creates new habitat that forms the basis for the entire marine ecosystem. This video is proof.