Snorkeltrip on the Arusun
This 65-foot catamaran is your ticket to the best snorkel sites on the island. We will take you to the Boca Catalina Bay or Malmok reef and the Antilla shipwreck. These reefs are perfect for those who have never snorkeled before; shallow calm water and plenty to see. After practicing here we will take you to the largest WW II shipwreck of the Caribbean, the Antilla. This 400 foot freighter was scuttled 1th of May 1940.
The Antilla is lying on her port side in approximately 50 foot of water, but the top of the boat just barely misses the surface! We provide you with snorkel equipment and instruction. On board we will serve you with alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, some light snacks and off course music. All ingredients to guarantee you a GREAT time on board!!
History of the Arusun
We are proud to present you some history of our beautiful catamaran. This Formula II Ocean Racing Catamaran was build in 1984-1985 by a design of Rod McAlpine-Downie. The boat is 60 feet long and is specially build to stand heavy weather. Named as “British Airways” and owned by the well known master sailor from Great-Britain, Robin Knox-Johnston, she started her racing career and proved to be a fast ship: 4th in the TwoStar Race, 3rd in the Round Britain Race 1st in her class Monaco-New York, 1st in her class World Championship 1986. She crossed the Atlantic ocean from west to east in just 10.5 days: a World record back then.
Then she was sold to Dutch sailor Henk de Velde. He named her “Alisun J&B”, after his sponsors. He had bought her to sail the world. Single handed and non-stop, in a record breaking 150 days. That was the plan, but after some serious damage he managed to round the world in 158 days. During the trip, he wrote a book about it: “Een sfeer van onrust” [An atmosphere of restlessness], unfortunately out of print now.
As homage to her legendary past we decided that her name must have the familiar sound of “ALISUN” and also have a link to our beloved and sunny island Aruba. That is the reason why we rebaptized her “ARUSUN”. Off course after her career as racing boat we made the boat more tourist friendly (including a bar and sun-roof) but it still feels like the boat it used to be!
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