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Aruba: Atlantis Submarine Expedition

1. 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.

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From Oranjestad: Full-Day Island Jeep Safari Tour

2. From Oranjestad: Full-Day Island Jeep Safari Tour

Join a fun-filled guided Safari, designed to showcase the rugged and unseen beauty of Aruba. Journey to places only accessible by four-wheel drive and witness one of the highest viewpoints overlooking the island. After pickup at your hotel or Cruise Terminal, make your way to several stops: California Lighthouse, Wish Garden, Chapel of Alto Vista, Shark's Mouth, Bushiribana Gold Mill Ruins, Natural Bridge, Arikok National Park, Indian Caves, and San Nicolas. Enjoy the chance to swim and snorkel at the famous Natural Pool and Baby Beach. Tour Aruba in the state-of-the-art African-style Land Rover with extra cushioning and exceptional suspension, guaranteeing a comfortable journey around the island.

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2-Hour Horseback Riding Tour in Aruba

3. 2-Hour Horseback Riding Tour in Aruba

On this 2-hour tour you will enjoy horseback riding at Rancho Notorious in Aruba. The ranch is situated a short 5 minutes from the high rise hotels and approximately 10 minutes from the docks. The company van will take you to the ranch where you will get instructions from the guides, who will than assist you getting on your horse. And then you're off on your 2-hour guided ride (with a stop). Through a dry riverbed in the Aruban countryside, filled with typical Aruban flora and fauna, you will reach the northeast coast where giant waves crash onto the rocky lava/coral shore. After a short stop on a beach there is the opportunity to gallop on dunes of white sand.

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Aruba: Boat Trip with Snorkeling and Open Bar

4. 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.

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Aruba: Seaworld Explorer Semi-Submarine Tour

5. 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.

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Aruba: Natural Pool and Cave Jeep Safari

6. Aruba: Natural Pool and Cave Jeep Safari

This fun-filled guided Safari adventure is designed to showcases the rugged and unseen beauty of Aruba. Travel by jeep, and marvel at your surroundings on this award-winning tour. The off-road journey will take you near to one of the highest viewpoints overlooking the island, places only accessible by 4-wheel-drive. Relax in the state-of-the-art vehicle, equipped with added cushioning for extreme comfort. Stop-off at the Natural Bridge, the Gold Mill Ruins, and the Arikok National Park. Also admire the Ayo Rock formations and Arikok Hill in all its glory. Take a dip in a natural pool to cool-off from the sun. Enjoy a spot of snorkeling, seeing the vivid colored fish that populate this region. This tour is led by a professional driver guide, with your comfort and safety being of prime importance. Sit back and enjoy the ride!

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UTV Adventure Morning Tour

7. UTV Adventure Morning Tour

After a safety briefing on how to operate your UTV (utility task vehicle or side-by-side), your experienced guide will take you through some local neighborhoods on your way to the Aruba Natural Bridge. Next, you will get a chance to find some gold at the Bushiribana gold mine ruins and afterwards you will visit the famous Ayo Rock Formations where you can see some ancient Indian drawings left behind by the original inhabitants of Aruba.  You will then put your driving to the test as you enter the Arikok National Park where your off-road adventure starts. The Arikok National Park is a great place to enjoy Aruba’s dramatic landscapes. It is home to priceless gems and wildlife such as the Aruban burrowing owl (Shoco) and Aruba rattlesnake. Your last stop will be inside the National Park at one of Aruba’s most popular attractions, the Natural Pool. The Natural Pool or "conchi" is a hidden pool on the windward coast surrounded by rocks, and is the perfect getaway for a moment of total relaxation. You will have the opportunity to swim in the Natural Pool (if weather conditions permit) while you enjoy this spectacular attraction. After this stop you will do some more off-roading as you head back to the starting point of the tour.

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Discover the Island of Aruba: 4-Hour Bus Tour & Snorkel

8. Discover the Island of Aruba: 4-Hour Bus Tour & Snorkel

Your first stop will take you to the Aloe Vera Factory and Museum. Aloe, first introduced to the island in 1840, became a very important part of Aruba's history. At one point Aruba was the largest exporter of Aloe in the world with almost two-thirds of the island covered in plants. Next you will visit the Casibari Rock Formation, a cluster of huge rocks that inexplicably rises up from the desert soil to create an unusual setting, and then you will continue to the Natural Bridge, a formation of coral limestone cut by years of pounding surf, and then to the Alto Vista Chapel, built on the site of the first Catholic church in Aruba in 1750. Your next stop will be at the famous California Light House, named after a ship called the California, which has the distinction of having received distress signals from the Titanic as she went down in icy waters in 1912. This area offers some of the most beautiful scenic views of Aruba. Your final stop will be at Arashi Beach, famous for its beautiful white sand and great snorkeling.

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3-Hour Aruba Highlights Guided Tour

9. 3-Hour Aruba Highlights Guided Tour

Explore the many delights of Aruba in just 3 hours, aboard an air-conditioned bus. Your friendly and professional tour guide will show you the attractions and natural landmarks of Aruba, offering a fun and informative commentary. Visit the Aloe Vera Factory and Museum. Aloe, first introduced to the island in 1840, became a very important part of Aruba's history. At one point Aruba was the largest exporter of Aloe in the world with almost two-thirds of the island covered in plants. Take a trip to the Casibari Rock Formation–one of Aruba’s famous natural wonders. the Casibari Rock Formation. The Government of Aruba has created walking trails and steps through the rocks, allowing hikers to reach the top to obtain breathtaking views of the island. A must-see destination is the Natural Bridge, a formation of coral limestone cut by years of pounding surf. It was one of the largest natural spans in the world, standing 23 feet above sea level and spanning more than 100 feet across until it collapsed in 2005. Stop-off at the California Light House. This area offers some of the most beautiful scenic views of Aruba.

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Noord: Scenic Aruba Self-Guided Driving Audio Tour

10. Noord: Scenic Aruba Self-Guided Driving Audio Tour

Explore Aruba Island with a self-guided audio and GPS tour that provides flexibility, safety, and value. Hop in your car, set the app up on your phone, and get started. All audio plays automatically based on locations like the California Lighthouse, Boca Catalina bay, and Ayo rock formation. Drive to the California Lighthouse located at Hudishibana near Arashi Beach on the northwest tip of Aruba. Move forward to Boca Catalina bay that offers a white sand beach area with some makeshift beach huts to protect you from the sun. The Casibari Rock Formation is located towards the center of the island north of the Hooiberg. See rocks composed of quartz diorite. Evidence of prehistoric rock drawings is still visible at the formation. Discover the history of the Gold Mine Ranch. It was 1824 when gold was first found in Aruba. Hooiberg is a 165 m high volcanic formation on the island of Aruba, located almost in the center of the island and can be seen from virtually anywhere on the island. As you drive past beautiful beaches and bays, learn about the piratical adventures which once swept through these crystal-clear waters during piracy’s Golden Age.

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Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 502 reviews

Worth the price of admission. If you never been on a submarine it's a different experience. Well organized. Short ride to the sub, more photo opportunities. Great opportunities for some great photographs underwater. Tight fit, but what do you expect.

Great way to see a lot of the island and meet its fuzziest residents. The Donkey Sanctuary and Ostrich Farm have great guides that teach you all about the animals and all three sites let you meet the animals up close.

Amazing tour covering the highlights of Aruba. Loved our guide, Uncle Johnny. Expect a long day and know you’re in great hands with ABC tours.

Good trip, entertaining guide, and if you are uneasy underneath, you can walk up at anytime to the surface of the ship

Great tour!! Our Tour Guide Johann was also awesome! It was a Perfect afternoon! Thank you!!