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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.

From Oranjestad: Full-Day Island Jeep Safari Tour

3. From Oranjestad: Full-Day Island Jeep Safari Tour

Join a fun-filled guided Safari, designed to showcase the rugged and unseen beauty of Aruba. Journey to places only accessible by four-wheel drive and witness one of the highest viewpoints overlooking the island. Be escorted to several stops: California Lighthouse, Wish Garden, Chapel of Alto Vista, Bushiribana Gold Mill Ruins, Natural Bridge, Arikok National Park, Indian Caves, and San Nicolas. Enjoy the chance to swim and snorkel at the famous Natural Pool and Baby Beach. Tour Aruba in the state-of-the-art African-style Land Cruiser with extra cushioning and exceptional suspension, guaranteeing a comfortable journey around the island.

Aruba: Natural Pool and Cave Jeep Safari

4. Aruba: Natural Pool and Cave Jeep Safari

This fun-filled guided Safari adventure is designed to showcases the rugged and unseen beauty of Aruba. Travel by jeep, and marvel at your surroundings on this award-winning tour. The off-road journey will take you near to one of the highest viewpoints overlooking the island, places only accessible by 4-wheel-drive. Relax in the state-of-the-art vehicle, equipped with added cushioning for extreme comfort. Stop-off at the Natural Bridge, the Gold Mill Ruins, and the Arikok National Park. Also admire the Ayo Rock formations and Arikok Hill in all its glory. Take a dip in a natural pool to cool-off from the sun. Enjoy a spot of snorkeling, seeing the vivid colored fish that populate this region. This tour is led by a professional driver guide, with your comfort and safety being of prime importance. Sit back and enjoy the ride!

Aruba: Horseback Ride Tour to Wariruri Beach

5. Aruba: Horseback Ride Tour to Wariruri Beach

The tour starts at Rancho Amistad, from there we will ride through nature all the way to Wariruri Beach. On our way there we will see many different landscapes including cactus, typical trees from Aruba called Dividivi and Watapana. With luck we will see all different sorts of animals including Aruba´s Kinikini and Trupial birds, lizards and iguanas. As we approach the shores of the sea we will arrive at a beautiful Little Natural Bridge where you can take a picture in a natural setting with the breeze of the sea. We want the visitor to enjoy and connect with nature without damaging it.

Aruba: Off-Road Natural Pool Safari

6. 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.

Oranjestad: Mangel Halto and Baby Beach Snorkeling Tour

7. Oranjestad: Mangel Halto and Baby Beach Snorkeling Tour

We will pick you up at your Hotel, we will go to the Diving Center. The Snorkeling instructor will give you an explanation of how to use the Snorkeling equipment, with all the Safety Measures. You will enjoy beautiful turquoise blue waters, shallow waters, you will see coral reef and a variety of fish, Angel fish, Parrot fish, Trumpet fish, Sergeant Major Surgeonfish, Oysters, Octopus, Turtles, Sea urchins Starfish, Sea cucumber. At the end we will have water, cookies, banana.

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.

Aruba: Boat Trip with Snorkeling and Open Bar

9. 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.

2-Hour Horseback Riding Tour in Aruba

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Oranjestad

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4.7 / 5

based on 788 reviews

Such a great excursion. We had a blast. Our family had 14 in the group. JD was the best guide. He taught us a lot about the island. Took a ton of pics for us. Lunch was yummy. The ride in the national park is very bumpy. This is a must do excursion in Aruba!

It was a very fun experience! Baby beach and Mangel Halto just has breathtaking views and very clear water which is perfect for water activities. Our instructor and driver was super friendly and patient. I will come back and book them again in the future.

Great opportunity to learn, see, and enjoy the underwater world of Aruba. The submarine is perfect way to do all that. The extra bonus is getting to it by boat and enjoy the seabreez for 15 -20 min each way.

The crew were knowledgeable and entertaining. The underwater views were amazing. Highly recommended!

Amazing aloud alone time great hosts friendly safe loved it