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    I didn't quite go the route of Divemaster, but I spent a few decades doing scuba on every vacation. But I haven't been for a while, since the standard diving where I am at is ice diving. That makes one appreciate the Caribbean and Pacific.

    From my observation of my girlfriend's comfort in the water at Easter Island, I think it will be some time before I can get her diving. But I figure taking her snorkeling, along with the submarine dive, might get her interested. We'll see.

    I do think it will be some time before I take her down below 100 feet, though. :^)

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    Have a great trip!! Enjoy!!
    Snorkel Mangel Halto, day or night with a waterscooter. Check out our website. E-mail Stuart at arubabob@live.com or call Stuart local: 745-7459 Or visit: www.arubabobsnorkeling.com 50th trip Dec 11, 2017

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    My husband says I have too many things planned for our 12 day trip, and he just wants some days to relax. Aside from our vow renewal and day after photographs, I've only planned two snorkeling excursions and one half day jeep tour. I thought I was doing good, but that is 5 out of our 12 days with planned activities. So I have been cut off, and everything else will just happen when we get down there.

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    For her birthday....... hang out on the beach for the morning.... hold hands a lot.... do a nice couples massage in the afternoon and how about Mme J's for a very romantic dinner! If she's anything like my DW..... it's an ace of a plan!

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    Also, speaking from a female who LOVES her beach time, there is nothing more relaxing than spending the entire day on the beach. Reading, napping, dipping in the ocean, listening to music, listening to the waves, drinking fruity drinks, and maybe napping again - sounds like a perfect day until time to get ready for dinner.

    I don't know if they have these in Aruba, but our most favorite beach day was at a Sandals Resort in Jamaica. We spent my husband's 30th birthday on a private bed on the beach. We had a butler all day bringing us food and drinks, and we didn't leave the beach except to potty. It was the most relaxing day.
    Amy & Dave

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    Looks like some changes to my plans. I did decide to cut back activities on a few days, to just relax at the beach. When I gave my girlfriend the alternatives of just hanging on the beach versus going horseback riding or riding ATVs, she proposed swimming lessons! We were on the beach at Easter Island a few months back and she is definitely not completely comfortable in the water. So, with that in mind, I think I'll scrap the plan for going snorkeling and make arrangements for a few lessons in a pool (I'm still waiting to hear back from Aqua Windie). We can always do something else if she gets tired of the lessons. At worst, she'll learn something that she can carry forward with.

    I'm still going to keep the submarine ride for one day. I may try to squeeze in a couple's massage on one of the next couple of "free" days. Our last full day will be driving around the island in a rented Jeep, perhaps ending up at Baby Beach.

    And, for her birthday, I'm hoping a morning in a spa/salon, lunch at the Window on Aruba, a helicopter tour of the island, shopping downtown, and dinner at Passions on the Beach will have its desired effect.

    Thanks for all of the suggestions.

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    I got my husband swim lessons to prepare for our trip to Aruba this year. We've been to Bermuda, Jamaica, the Bahamas, and Mexico...and he's only just drifted in the water in areas where he can stand. Now he can snorkel and dive and enjoy the water with me, and I'm so excited to see him in Aruba!

    I'm sure she will love the lessons, and maybe you could continue them once you get back home to ensure she's really comfortable in the water for your next trip.

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    I'm still working on getting the lessons arranged. Hopefully I can get 2 or 3 sessions arranged. Crossing my fingers.

    As for the next trip, I'm hoping we don't put that to use. I really don't want to see her swimming in the Seine anytime soon. :^)

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    I'm with Chadd.
    Let that island clock creep in and take over.
    One of the most memorable nights I ever shared with my wife in Aruba, we had our island sitter Fabiola (gosh my kids miss her since they've gotten past the sitter stage) watch the kids and we headed out for a great meal, realizing we had told Fabiola we would be back in a few hours but only used one hour we opted to stroll the beach, tired we found a couple of beach chairs at the waters edge and sat barefoot, passing small talk as the sea lapped against our ankles. I remember a small island dog sat beneath our chairs and hung with us as we shared the time, just digging on the island vibe, eventually returning to our kids, late and content.

    Sometimes it's not all the notes but the space in between them that makes the music.

    Ralph

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    Plans sure change. Some of my schedule is working. The dinners are going as planned. But, the events - not quite. The Atlantis sub ride went well. She enjoyed it enough that we went to De Palm Island and did the Sea-Trek walk. That involves putting on a big helmet and walking around on the bottom of the lagoon. No training and easy to do. Like simple scuba diving.

    I had arrange for swimming classes. But the instructor was sick, so that went out the window. That did give time for Sea-trek though.

    Helicopter flight - nope. It was down for maintenance. I suppose missing a flight is better than the alternative of finding out maintenace was needed.

    So, not everything was perfect. But, in the end, it doesn't matter. Enough is going well that I can't complain. I just hope I can find everything today, when we drive around the island in a Jeep.

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