The Sun Dolphin Aruba 10 is a popular 10 ft. sit-in hard shell kayak, consistently highly rated by Amazon customers. This yak is in the low to medium price range, so it is often chosen by beginners and occasional paddlers.
The Aruba weighs 40 pounds and is equipped with towing handles on both bow and stern, so one person can handle loading, unloading and launching this model without a great deal of effort.
The Aruba’s brilliantly designed high-density polyethylene hull optimizes both tracking and turns, a rare combination with smaller, lightweight kayaks.
The Aruba 10 accommodates up to 250 pounds, so you can pack a lot of gear in the stern-side covered dry well storage compartment. The large open cockpit makes boarding and unloading a breeze. A paddle leash ships with the boat so you will never lose your oar while out on the water.
An adjustable padded seat and protective thigh pads ensure that you stay comfortable during longer excursions. The water bottle holder is easily within reach while you sit in the cockpit and paddle.
The Aruba 10 is available in four safety colors: Lime green, ocean blue, neon orange and bright pink. This durable solo expedition and touring kayak will last for years with normal use.
What Customers Say
One yakking novice who posted a very favorable Sun Dolphin Aruba 10 review stated that the boat is perfect for her small size. She is able to load the Aruba onto the top of her Jeep, and then easily unload the yak at waterside. She also notes that the Aruba feels very solid and stable, and she experiences no fear of tipping over in the water.
Another contented customer states that the Aruba 10 is the perfect kayak for streams, lakes and rivers. He gives the Aruba a rating of five out of five stars, but adds the caveat that this kayak is not really optimal for whitewater trips.
This reviewer indicates that he uses his Aruba 10 for fishing as he can store his fishing gear in the dry well. He made some inexpensive additions to the boat, including a rod holder and a few more bungees, and he considers the Aruba 10 to be a “great boat for the price.”
Very few less than favorable reviewers are critical of the Aruba. A few indicate that the kayak is not well suited for rough, rocky creek bottoms or upper level rapids. The boat can crack with too much abuse to the bottom.
That said, most customers agree that the Aruba is a great recreational yak for cruising calm lakes, easy streams and mellow rivers. A few purchasers have even tested the weight limits, exceeding the recommended 250 pound, with reported success.
Weekend kayakers appreciate the easy-to-transport, lightweight body. Anglers like the fact that you get a lot of boat for the price when compared to higher end fishing kayaks.
The Sun Dolphin Aruba usually makes an appearance on Amazon’s Top Rated and Bestsellers lists, as well as many other top listicles. In addition to our meta-review of customers’ opinions, we personally evaluated the Aruba on five dimensions: Quality, Durability, Speed, Maneuverability and Price.
On a five-star scale, the Sun Dolphin Aruba 10 scores an overall 4.5 stars in our review.
Our meta-review of the Sun Dolphin Aruba 10 concludes that this kayak is an excellent choice for new yakkers who want to experience the sport, as well as seasoned navigators who are searching for a lower priced, but very well made boat.
The majority of reviewers agree that the Aruba 10 is an excellent kayak for the price. Most buyers are very content with their purchasing decision, and have nothing but kudos for the Aruba 10.