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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.

UTV Adventure Afternoon Tour

2. UTV Adventure Afternoon Tour

After a safety operations briefing on how to operate your vehicle, your experienced guide will take you through some local neighborhoods on your way to the Arikok National Park. Once you enter the Arikok National Park your off road adventure starts. The Arikok National Park is home to priceless gems and is a great place to enjoy Aruba’s dramatic landscapes. In the park you will visit the Fontein Cave. The Fontein Cave is well known for its indigenous Arawak drawings, which were decoratively etched by Amerindians on the stones walls and flatter roof portion of the cave. The entrance which is open for visitors, is 4 meters (13 ft) in height and extends to a depth of 50 meters (160 ft). Long tongued bats nestle in the holes of the cave.  Next will be a short stop at one of Aruba’s largest sand dunes at Boca Prins. Feel like a kid again and play in the sand surrounded by a picturesque landscape along the beautiful Northern coast of Aruba. Your last stop will take you to one of Aruba’s most popular attractions the Natural Pool. A hidden pool on the windward coast surrounded by rocks and is a perfect getaway for a moment of total relaxation. On the way to and from the Natural Pool you will really get to experience a true off-road experience which our state of the art UTVs are perfectly equipped to handle. The location of the pool is surrounded by some of Aruba’s most rugged terrain, so visitors truly get the feeling of having discovered something when their eyes focus on the site. Diving from the rock cliffs into the protected pool of ocean water is the main reason why so many venture here off the beaten path. If weather permits, you will have the opportunity to swim in the Natural Pool.

Meet the Animals of Aruba Tour

3. Meet the Animals of Aruba Tour

On this family-friendly animal encounter tour, first visit the Aruba Ostrich Farm. Meet its 80- count flock of the largest living species of bird in the world. Visitors are encouraged to partake in a guided tour of the farm, inhabited by both ostriches and their flightless Australian relatives, emus. The tour provides the opportunity to learn about the natural behavior and survival instincts of these amazing creatures through detailed information as well as personal encounters with the birds. Next you will get the opportunity to mingle with some real locals at the Donkey Sanctuary. Founded in 1997 as a non-profit and completely volunteer run organization, their mission is simple: save the donkeys. Although not originally native to the small island of Aruba, they have existed here for 500 years having been the primary mode of transportation until cars began to be introduced on the island in increasing numbers. At that point, many Arubans no longer had the need for their formerly beloved donkey, and sadly in the 1970s, a dangerous and rapidly spreading illness nearly caused their extinction leaving behind a population of only 20 wild donkeys. Lastly, visit Philip’s Animal Garden. After years of saving and adopting abused and abandoned animals, Philip Merryweather has turned his love for animals into a world-class shelter and rehabilitation center. Philip’s Animal Garden is offering up interactive and educational tours, where you can enjoy an up-close and personal experience with over 50 species of exotic animals from around the world. Visitors are invited to see, touch and even feed some of the garden’s inhabitants.

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.

Oranjestad: Discover Diving Course for Non-Certified Divers

5. 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. 

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What people are saying about Oranjestad

This was a great tour to get to see 3 of the animal attractions on the island. Much easier than renting a car and cheaper than taking a taxi to each location. The donkey sanctuary was a delight. Really fun to feed and pet the donkeys and learn about the history of them. Ostrich farm was great. Seeing and feeding them, our guide there was very informative and fun. the baby ostrich is adorable. The animal park is a nice walk around feeding some animals and just looking at others. I appreciate they don't allow the animals that need special diets to just eat anything. Our tour guide (I'm so sorry I've forgotten your name) was great. Gave us lots of info in a casual friendly way. Felt like being shown the island by a real friend. Our group was super small, just 4 of us which was great because it felt like a private tour without the cost and I'm happy they didn't cancel because they didn't reach a minimum participant #. Overall 5 star and I would book more thru thru this company

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.

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

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