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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: Boat Trip with Snorkeling and Open Bar

3. 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.

Aruba: Off-Road Natural Pool Safari

4. 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: Round-Trip Airport Transfer

5. Aruba: Round-Trip Airport Transfer

Book ahead with this Aruba airport transfer, providing flight and hotel details (Eagle Beach or Palm Beach only). Once your plane touches down at Queen Beatrix International Airport, your vacation can begin. Meet your driver who will you to stow your luggage and step aboard the deluxe transfer bus. Enjoy the scenery on the way to your hotel. You’ll be able to get into island mode right away. On the last day of your vacation, the return transfer will show up at the appointed time. With plenty of time to catch your departing flight, ejnoy some final moments of relaxation as someone else handles the airport logistics.

Aruba Arikok National Park Hiking Tour

6. 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.

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.

Aruba: Beach Hopping Snorkeling Tour

8. 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.

3-Hour Aruba Highlights Guided Tour

9. 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.

Reina Beatrix Airport: Round-Trip Shared Transfer

10. Reina Beatrix Airport: Round-Trip Shared Transfer

Start your Aruba vacation off right with a professional and friendly transfer from the airport to your lodging. Arrive at Reina Beatrix Airport and meet the friendly staff who will transport you to your destination in Aruba. The staff is not only steeped in the warmth of Aruban hospitality, but they are multilingual as well to better assist you. Enjoy your time passing the beautiful scenery in an air-conditioned vehicle and relax as you are driven to your lodging. Since this shuttle service is round-trip, simply call your driver the day before your departure to see when your return transfer pick-up time will be.

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What people are saying about Oranjestad

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 604 reviews

Reassured me to feel safe on the horse even though i was terrified, made conversation and made me laugh so i felt comfortable and take my mind off the fear. Excellent service 10/10 recommend they are amazing. The views were amazing as well

Was better then I expected given the large crowd. The crew were fun, entertaining, and laid back. Would recommend to most people looking for a fun excursion while on the island.

Great experience! We are beginners and we did a great job. Everything was perfectly guiding. Would definitely do this trip again on my next vacation.

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

Best experience ever the horses are amazing and the hosts wonderful!!