Experience jet-propelled backpacking in Aruba

Written by FE Online | Mumbai | Updated: Apr 24 2014, 00:14am hrs
ArubaThis hi-tech thrill, JetLev, gives visitors the chance to soar 30 feet into the air and hover over the water.
Aruba, an island nation located in southern Caribbean is famous for its year-round sunshine and white sand beaches, but Aruba is also the location for James Bond-style thrills. Flying like Bond with a jet-propelled backpack is the latest craze to hit Arubas beaches, offering holidaymakers an adrenalin-fuelled break from sunbathing or sampling the islands cocktails.

This hi-tech thrill, JetLev, gives visitors the chance to soar 30 feet into the air and hover over the water. It uses a water-propelled jetpack, with the system powered by a floating 225 horsepower unit, pumping up to 1,000 gallons of water per minute. This unit is connected to the users back pack by a hose. The jetpacks throttle can be controlled remotely by the flight-instructor who will guide the rider on how to use the controls during their initial flight. Every user is given a thorough briefing by a certified instructor, who explains its safe use and who is also able to communicate with the user during the flight.

Kite boarding is also growing in popularity, having been introduced to the island in the late 1990s. Fishermans Huts, just north of the main hotel area on Palm Beach, is the venue for learning and honing the sport that pulls surfers on small boards by soaring kites.

Scuba divers can find ample opportunities to experience a night dive off Aruba. A number of operators provide night dives and twice a year, during the full moon months of September and October, night divers can experience a magical experience watching the coral spawning. Several surf breaks, most of them located along the north coast of the island, provide an ample supply of ride-able waves.

It is said that if you can surf in Aruba, you can surf most anywhere, as the rapid beach-break requires experience and finesse to jump in and surf the quick but exhilarating ride. Several times a year, the usually calm surf near Arashi Beach is visited by great sets of swells perfect for long boards and extended rides.