Our most recommended things to do in Aruba
1. From Oranjestad: Full-Day Island Jeep Safari Tour
This fun-filled guided Safari adventure is designed to showcase the rugged and unseen beauty of Aruba. The 4x4 journey will take you to one of the highest viewpoints overlooking the island and to places only accessible by a four-wheel drive. Your full-day tour starts with a pick-up service at the hotel or the Cruise Terminal. The expedition will include several stops: California Lighthouse, Wish Garden, Chapel of Alto Vista, Shark's Mouth, Bushiribana Gold Mill Ruins, Natural Bridge, Arikok National Park, Indian Caves, and San Nicolas. You will have the chance to go swimming and snorkeling at the famous Natural Pool and Baby Beach. Enjoy driving around Aruba in the state-of-the-art African-style Land Rover featuring extra cushioning for added comfort. Your ride includes exceptional suspension, guaranteeing a comfortable journey around the island.
Tour guides Big G, Donny, and Suri were amazing. They all have a great sense of humor. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone.
2. 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 Ca...
This was a very pleasant experience. it wasn't quite 2 hours as advertised, and if you're prone to getting sea sick, take something prior or maybe skip this. even my husband, who never feels queasy on the water was feeling rough after this one. The sights are hit or miss depending on the clarity of the water and some other factors, and there was no real "Oooh!!" factor, but it was a nice day out, the guides were very personable and it was a unique experience. Little ones, especially, I think would enjoy just seeing the schools of fish passing by. If you're lacking something to do and want a quick, cute diversion, this is for you. If you get sea sick or are looking for a WOW type event or a real underwater adventure, maybe skip this one.
3. Aruba Arikok National Park & Beach Horse Riding Private Tour
Experience a wonderful horseback adventure in the Arikok National Park that is exciting, fun, and romantic. Start off in the wilderness of Arikok National Park. As soon as you leave the Ranch, take in the beautiful scenery Aruba has to offer. Ride along the beach, and experience the strong breeze and waves around you. Pass the highlights of the North-East island including Lovers Cove, Wish Garden, White Sand Dunes, Safire Hill, Local Fisherman's Huts, the Hidden Valley and Lagoon. Experience Enjoy the personal attention from your guide during a private tour that ensures safety first and fun at all times.
This was an amazing experience! We were picked up outside our hotel 15 minutes before our tour started. We went on the 10:30AM tour and it was perfect because it did not get hot until the very end when we were heading back to the ranch. Rock was a very fun guide and made sure we were safe the entire time. We were able to see the desert and go down to the ocean. If you are an experienced rider, you are able to canter on the beach. I would recommend this tour to anyone that has an interest in seeing a different side of the island other than the resort/hotel side.
4. 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.
Highly recommend! My wife is afraid of the water and this was an excellent way to see the fish around the reefs!
5. Aruba: 4-Course Dinner Cruise
The clear waters of the Caribbean Sea provide the perfect backdrop for a romantic evening aboard the Monforte III, a luxury vessel that sets sail along the rugged west coast of the island. The professional crew will work tirelessly to make sure every moment exceeds your expectations and the executive chef will prepare an exquisite 4-course meal onboard. While you dine, listen to romantic live music on deck. Sip on handcrafted cocktails and admire the transition from sundown to the evening stars. Enjoy unlimited premium beverages and spend a special night dining on an expertly prepared gourmet meal while taking in the gorgeous views.
The crew we had was amazing. They were very caring & polite. The food & beverages were excellent. Highly recommended.
6. Aruba: Boat Trip with Snorkeling and Open Bar
Kick off your sailing and snorkeling trip off the coast of Aruba with a convenient hotel pick-up, followed by a scenic sea cruise aboard a 70-foot catamaran. Sit back and relax as your crew transports you across stunning blue waters while you soak up the sun and sip on tropical cocktails. Spend time at various snorkeling sites, including the coral-laden Antilla Shipwreck and Boca Catalina. Snack on assorted sandwiches and enjoy the open bar aboard the boat.
This was one of the most enjoyable things we did in Aruba. Snorkeling was so nice water so clear. Lunch was good, rum punch was so tasty. Great tour guides. Can’t wait to go again. Don’t forget your towel and reef friendly sunscreen.
7. 2-Hour Horseback Riding Tour in Aruba
On this 2-hour tour you will enjoy horseback riding at Rancho Notorious in Aruba. The ranch is situated a short 5 minutes from the high rise hotels and approximately 10 minutes from the docks. The company van will take you to the ranch where you will get instructions from the guides, who will than assist you getting on your horse. And then you're off on your 2-hour guided ride (with a stop). Through a dry riverbed in the Aruban countryside, filled with typical Aruban flora and fauna, you will reach the northeast coast where giant waves crash onto the rocky lava/coral shore. After a short stop on a beach there is the opportunity to gallop on dunes of white sand.
Amazing experience, our tour guide Nestor was so much fun and you can tell how much he loves his job and how much he loves and takes care of his horses! Highly recommend while on vacation in Aruba
8. Noord: Happy Hour Sunset Cruise
After a day exploring the island or relaxing on the beach, take a relaxing cruise along the coastline to finish your day. Watch a beautiful sunset on the Caribbean Sea and see Aruba’s spectacular coastline and unique views of the California Lighthouse. The Octopus catamaran is known for it’s lounge seats all with sea view. The seats all have soft cushions for the best comfort. Enjoy cocktails and snacks delivered to you by the crew. Choose any cocktail you like and enjoy all kinds of tropical fruit, snacks, and fresh baked bread. As you sail along the coast, enjoy an evening of serene beauty as the sun sets. Revel in the beauty of the Caribbean Sea as the water changes from sparkling shades of aqua blue to the shimmering reflection of the night.
It was a friendly atmosphere. Martin our captain was professional and safe. Chelsea Marell did a great job. They kept the snacks and the drinks coming. I will do this cruise again.
9. 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 ...
Jason Bird was an excellent tour guide (and photographer I may add ). He was very knowledgeable, the tour was excellent! I highly recommend to anyone to take this tour. You will not be disappointed!!!
10. Noord: Afternoon Sailing Trip with Snorkeling and Open Bar
The afternoon begins with a meet and greet with your friendly crew as you board the boat. Grab a drink from the open bar then soak up views of the coastline as you set sail to the first stop of the day. Arrive at the shipwreck of SS Antilla, a sunken ship from World War II, and learn about this fascinating site from your local guide. Next, pop on your snorkel gear and enjoy a refreshing dip in the ocean as you go snorkeling in search of colorful marine life, and a closer look at the shipwreck. Once you’ve worked up a bit of an appetite, head back onboard for lunch as well as more refreshments from the open bar. After lunch, head towards the tour's second destination, Boca Catalina Bay. Along the way, listen to a brief history lesson about the location then enjoy free time to snorkel in the bay and discover its’ underwater wonders. At the end of an unforgettable afternoon, relax on boa...
Our trip with Octopus was great experience! The crew is very friendly and relaxed. The boat itself was comfortable and offered shade. They provided unlimited drinks, several snack options, and snorkeling gear. They take you to two spots to snorkel. We definitely enjoyed the calmer snorkeling area as it provided more space to swim around and and clearer water to see the marine life below. We will definitely be back and would most definitely recommend to anyone wanting a relaxing and fun filled day on the water!
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