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Aruba: Off-Road Natural Pool Safari

1. 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.

Aruba Arikok National Park Hiking Tour

2. 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.

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.

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What people are saying about Oranjestad

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 6 reviews

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

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.

Kelly was our guide and was very personable! My husband and I are fairly fit people and he moved at a comfortable pace for us. He knew a lot about the flora/fauna and was willing to answer any questions we had.

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.

Really fun- Dave and OKT were great! We botched up our meeting place and they came and got us when we figured it! Very neat trip