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Aruba: Seaworld Explorer Semi-Submarine Tour

1. 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.

3-Hour Aruba Highlights Guided Tour

2. 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.

Noord: Scenic Aruba Self-Guided Driving Audio Tour

3. 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.

Paradera: Aruba Ostrich Farm Entrance with Tour and Lunch

4. Paradera: Aruba Ostrich Farm Entrance with Tour and Lunch

Although Africa is the native land of the ostrich, this pre-historic bird finds a perfect home amidst the rugged landscape of Aruba. At the Ostrich Farm, explore the sprawling grounds and discover a 40-count herd of the largest bird species in the world, alongside their Australian relatives, the emu. After entering the complex, join a guided tour, departing every half hour, to learn about the physiology and habits of the other-worldly birds. Learn about their survival instincts through information from your guide, as well as close-up encounters with the birds. Exploring the grounds, marvel at a bevy of other species before heading to lunch, with a beer or smoothie included. Take in panoramic views of the island’s north coast, reflecting on the spate of natural diversity that you have witnessed over the course of the day.

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What people are saying about Oranjestad

My husband and I recently took this tour and we loved it. We were fascinated by all of the varieties of fish we saw. We also got to see a crab and a marine turtle up close as we hovered over a reef. The sunken ship was really interesting as well. The guide's descriptions of places and historic events was great. I would definitely recommend this tour. As an aside, my husband is 62 and disabled. He has trouble with balance and walking but he was fine. This was a fun and comfortable tour.

This is a great guide with lots of details about Aruba and its history. It took us to places we would never discover otherwise. It’s quite amazing how many different things can a small island fit. The self-paced drive-around type of experience worked for us extremely well. Total time from start to finish was about three hours. We stopped at some places to get from the car to explore more. The app was easy to use, too.

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

It was excellent my tour guide Angie was lovely and so was Brian they were so awesome

Very educational and got to see a lot of fish, sea turtles and the ship wreck.