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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.

3-Hour Aruba Highlights Guided Tour

4. 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.

Aruba Arikok National Park Hiking Tour

5. 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

6. 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.

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.

UTV Adventure Afternoon Tour

8. 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.

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

9. 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.

Aruba: Beach Hopping Snorkeling Tour

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Oranjestad

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 76 reviews

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.

Highly recommended. Just the trip there by boat was great! Seen a lot on board the submarine, schools of fish, coral, shipwrecks. Everyone should experience this.

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

It was great and our kids really enjoyed! We got to see all kind of fish and turtles!

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