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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.

Aruba: Atlantis Submarine Expedition

2. 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: Off-Road Natural Pool Safari

3. Aruba: Off-Road Natural Pool Safari

Begin your tour with convenient hotel pickup before being transferred to the departure location for a safety briefing and orientation with your guide. Each open-air vehicle has room for eight passengers, making it ideal for traveling with a group. You'll have the option of choosing whether you'd like to drive or be a passenger, before taking off in caravan formation with your guide in the lead. Your capable 4WD vehicle will gives you access to parts of the coastline and the rugged interior of Aruba that traditional tours can't visit. Along the way to the Arikok National Park, you'll pass the California Lighthouse as well as the remnants of a natural bridge. As you travel, listen to informative commentary from your guide at the many stops. At the Natural Pool you'll be able to use snorkeling equipment provided to explore the underwater world in the volcanic rock pool. Your tour later ends with convenient drop-off back to your hotel.

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

4. 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.

UTV Adventure Morning Tour

5. 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.

Aruba Arikok National Park Hiking Tour

6. Aruba Arikok National Park Hiking Tour

This is the best way to discover the real Aruba. Nearly 20% of Aruba is a designated National Park and home to a long list of animal species and plant life. The Arikok National Park is a great place to enjoy the dramatic landscapes. The Visitors’ Center has a modern sustainable design and houses an exhibit of Aruba’s endemic animals such as the Aruban whiptail lizard (cododo), Aruban cat eye snake (santanero) and endangered rattle snake (cascabel). Park rangers will escort you on this hike that showcases fascinating flora and fauna and interesting historical sites. The Arikok National Park is home to priceless gems that are rare because they are indigenous to the island. The Aruban burrowing owl (Shoco), Aruban rattlesnake, Aruban whiptail lizar, and Aruban parakeet (Prikishi) can be found in the Aruba National Park where they live together with the native flora and fauna supported by the protected unusual land formations made from lava, quartz diorite and limestone.

Aruba: Beach Hopping Snorkeling Tour

7. Aruba: Beach Hopping Snorkeling Tour

Spend the morning relaxing in the tropical waters of the Caribbean Sea and marvel at the marine life on an amazing snorkeling adventure. Benefit from pick-up at your hotel or cruise ship, and then head to the secluded beach of Mangel Halto by open-top bus. Sink your toes in the powder white sand and put on the provided snorkeling equipment to venture out into the calm water. Get some time to relax in the sun at Baby Beach and experience the laid-back vibe of one of Aruba's most popular retreats. Go for another snorkel if you desire and swim with the schools of colorful fish that flit beneath the waves. Head back to your hotel or the cruise ship terminal in the early afternoon.

Aruba: All-Inclusive Morning Pirate Ship Sail

8. Aruba: All-Inclusive Morning Pirate Ship Sail

After gathering at Hadicurari Beach, your morning sailing trip on a pirate ship begins. Glide along the Palm Beach Coast whilst passing some of Aruba’s most exquisite white sandy beaches. Gaze off the bow with a cold tropical drink as you scan the seas for Aruba’s colorful and exotic fish. Later, snorkel at one of the Caribbean Sea’s largest shipwrecks, before sailing to the tranquil Boca Catalina Bay. There you can snorkel in the bay or do a trick or two whilst rope jumping into the crystal clear waters, as the ever-helpful crew prepares a delicious lunch or snacks. Following your sailing adventure, return to your tour meeting point at Hadicurari Beach.

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What people are saying about Oranjestad

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 46 reviews

Very fascinating experience of under the sea life. We saw some sink boats, amazing corals, colorful fish and turtles. It’s must do activity.

The tour guides were funny and very helpful. Hang on tight it’s a bumpy ride but 100% worth it. Natural pool was an amazing experience.

Had a wonderful day with our driver, tour guide and lifeguard. Uri really made the trip fun. Highly recommend.

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

Everything was well organized and the two stops were almost to ourselves.