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Aruba: De Palm Island Day Trip

1. Aruba: De Palm Island Day Trip

Spend a day in paradise with a trip to De Palm Island with all-inclusive access to enjoy everything the island has to offer. Go snorkeling, take a banana boat ride, visit the water park, or just relax with authentic Caribbean fare and drinks. Once you arrive on the island, the day will be yours to pick whichever activities you please. Set out for an adventurous banana boat ride, or grab a snorkel for an up-close look at the stunning local marine life. Slip down a water slide or take it easy with a massage or some lounge time in a shaded cabana. Kids can take part in the new water park, with two body-drop slides. Whether you want to explore the island and surrounding coral reefs or relax on the beach by the open bar and buffet, De Palm Island has something for everyone.

Noord: Happy Hour Sunset Cruise

2. Noord: Happy Hour Sunset Cruise

After a day exploring the island or relaxing on the beach, take a relaxing cruise along the coastline to finish your day. Watch a beautiful sunset on the Caribbean Sea and see Aruba’s spectacular coastline and unique views of the California Lighthouse. The Octopus catamaran is known for it’s lounge seats all with sea view. The seats all have soft cushions for the best comfort. Enjoy cocktails and snacks delivered to you by the crew. Choose any cocktail you like and enjoy all kinds of tropical fruit, snacks, and fresh baked bread. As you sail along the coast, enjoy an evening of serene beauty as the sun sets. Revel in the beauty of the Caribbean Sea as the water changes from sparkling shades of aqua blue to the shimmering reflection of the night.

Aruba: Seaworld Explorer Semi-Submarine Tour

3. Aruba: Seaworld Explorer Semi-Submarine Tour

You will begin by departing from Oranjestad's De Palm Pier, from where you will be taken out to the Seaworld Explorer to meet your knowlegeable guide. Once having arrived, your guide will share historical and ecological facts about the sights as you pass through the turquoise waters of Aruba. The best part of your tour will be that you get to explore the amazing underwater environment with dry clothing and in an air-conditioned vessel. Your submarine will also come complete with glassed-in and submerged viewing spaces. You will be able to see the rich see life of the Arashi Reef, which is filled with tropical fish and other marine life, as you hear insightful commentary from your guide about the types of coral and fish you see. Your next stop will be the Antilla, a 423-foot (128-meter) German ship that sunk during World War II. This shipwreck is one of the largest ship wrecks in the Caribbean, and you will have time to snap photos of the colossal boat and its marine inhabitants as your guide details the history of the ship.

Aruba: Sailing and Snorkeling Experience with Drinks

4. Aruba: Sailing and Snorkeling Experience with Drinks

Visit two of Aruba's most prominent snorkeling spots on a tranquil cruise. The catamaran has everything you could need for a fun-filled adventure from snorkeling equipment, to sunbathing trampolines, to plenty of drinks and snacks.  The first stop, Boca Catalina Bay, includes the island's most beautiful cove. Grab a mask and snorkel and discover the tremendous diversity of colorful fish and other marine life. Next, cast off towards the famous shipwreck of the "SS Antilla," a German cargo ship that was sunk in 1940 during World War II. The Antilla is the largest shipwreck in the Caribbean and is very accessible to snorkelers. In the last half-century, the ship has been covered by tube sponges and coral formations, becoming the permanent residence of tropical fish, shrimp, lobsters, and orange anemones. It is truly an unforgettable snorkeling experience.

Aruba: Atlantis Submarine Expedition

5. Aruba: Atlantis Submarine Expedition

Voyage deep into the tropical waters of Aruba on a submarine voyage. After heading out on the water, you’ll dive up to 130 feet into the Caribbean Sea, feasting your eyes on the technicolor displays surrounding you. Marvel at the Barcadera Reef, replete with brain coral and massive sea fans, as your expert guide narrates the sea life by which you pass. Sitting in air-conditioned comfort, move between the best spots on the reef to spot tropical fish or moray eels. Pass by shipwrecks, including the WWII-era German Antilla, studded with coral and colorful sea vegetation. Explore the reef as is only possible in a submersible vessel, returning to the surface after an hour-long voyage.

Aruba: 4-Course Dinner Cruise

6. Aruba: 4-Course Dinner Cruise

The clear waters of the Caribbean Sea provide the perfect backdrop for a romantic evening aboard the Monforte III, a luxury vessel that sets sail along the rugged west coast of the island.  The professional crew will work tirelessly to make sure every moment exceeds your expectations and the executive chef will prepare an exquisite 4-course meal onboard. While you dine, listen to romantic live music on deck. Sip on handcrafted cocktails and admire the transition from sundown to the evening stars. Enjoy unlimited premium beverages and spend a special night dining on an expertly prepared gourmet meal while taking in the gorgeous views.

Aruba: Discover the Cave Pool in a UTV Adventure

7. Aruba: Discover the Cave Pool in a UTV Adventure

Navigate the rugged trails and discover Aruba's best sights with the help of an experienced guide.   Stops include the Cave Pool, Baby Bridge, Bushiribana Gold Mine Ruins, and Blackstone Beach. Cool off with a refreshing swim and try the local coconut water, included in the tour.   The adventure begins with pickup from your hotel in an air-conditioned van. You will then be taken to the depot to pick up your own UTV (utility task vehicle). All equipment will be provided; all you need is your sense of adventure. A knowledgeable guide will accompany you at all times, providing safety instructions as well as information on the local sights

Aruba: Boat Trip with Snorkeling and Open Bar

8. Aruba: Boat Trip with Snorkeling and Open Bar

Kick off your sailing and snorkeling trip off the coast of Aruba with a convenient hotel pick-up, followed by a scenic sea cruise aboard a 70-foot catamaran. Sit back and relax as your crew transports you across stunning blue waters while you soak up the sun and sip on tropical cocktails. Spend time at various snorkeling sites, including the coral-laden Antilla Shipwreck and Boca Catalina. Snack on assorted sandwiches and enjoy the open bar aboard the boat.

Oranjestad: Discover Diving Course for Non-Certified Divers

9. Oranjestad: Discover Diving Course for Non-Certified Divers

Explore the underwater world with this introduction to diving course with hotel pickup and drop-off in Oranjestad. Get some fundamental dive training to help you decide if you want to pursue diving further. Identify up to 20 species of fish on a dive at the Mangel Halto Reef. Enjoy the convienice of being picked up from your accommodation in Oranjestad and relax on the ride to the dive center. Watch an engaging introduction video and read from the PADI program book. Take a quick quiz to test your new skills.  Get a certificate of completion for the Discover Dive program. Try out some of your skills with a dive professional in the shallow water. Gear up and head out to the Mangel Halto Reef for your dive. Feel confident in the water with the help of your instructor.  Look for colorful fish and marine life like octopus and cuttlefish. After your dive adventure, return to your accommodation in Oranjestad. 

Palm Beach: Champagne Brunch and Aqua Safari

10. Palm Beach: Champagne Brunch and Aqua Safari

After gathering at the Pelican Pier, meet your crew and board your vessel. From there, begin your experience receiving an up-close view of nature, leaving your worries behind as you indulge in refreshing mimosas on a custom-built catamaran. Your vessel comes fully equipped with sunbathing trampolines and shaded areas, and whilst out on the water you are served a savory breakfast on board. Sip a mixed drink whilst enjoying your delicious seafood paella lunch, and go snorkeling at several of the best spots in Aruba. Some highlights include Boca Catalina, the Antilla Shipwreck, and the Malmok Reef. Your relaxing and colorful day out on the water later concludes as you return back to the tour starting location.

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What people are saying about Aruba

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 1,061 reviews

Although there are bigger boats with fancier things, you will never meet a nicer crew. We had a great time aboard the octopus and absolutely some great sandwiches!. Ok well maybe not great but damn good lol.

Highly recommended. Just the trip there by boat was great! Seen a lot on board the submarine, schools of fish, coral, shipwrecks. Everyone should experience this.

This was an amazing experience for my family. All four of us enjoyed it. It was great! This experience gave my family lasting memories ! Our guide was amazing.

Great experience! The driver was really nice , professional and very helpful.

Food was delicious and the staff were wonderful. I highly recommend.