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Noord: Arikok National Park Tour with Beach Horse Ride

1. Noord: Arikok National Park Tour with Beach Horse Ride

Escape the on a local adventure with this horseback riding tour in the Arikok National Park from Noord. Get to know Aruba off the beaten path on this guided horseback riding tour. Take in the best views of both countryside and beach. Be picked up from your hotel if you don't have your own means of transportation. Your own personal tour guide will be outside the main lobby of your resort at the time indicated on your confirmation e-mail. Head to the ranch and meet your horse. Leave the ranch by making your way through the countryside in an extended part of the Natural Park. Keep an eye out for locals working at the lagoons. Depending on the season this part of the trail may look like a desert. During other seasons it may be lush green and covered with vegetation. One thing is for sure, you're surrounded by cacti and rocks and Aruba's famous trade winds. The elevation hills provide scenic views of the island before continuing down to ride along the beach. 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. Enjoy the personal attention from your guide during a private tour that ensures safety first and fun at all times.

Aruba: 4-Course Dinner Cruise

2. 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.

Aruba: De Palm Island Day Trip

3. Aruba: De Palm Island Day Trip

Spend a day in paradise with a trip to De Palm Island with all-inclusive access to enjoy everything the island has to offer. Go snorkeling, take a banana boat ride, visit the water park, or just relax with authentic Caribbean fare and drinks. Once you arrive on the island, the day will be yours to pick whichever activities you please. Set out for an adventurous banana boat ride, or grab a snorkel for an up-close look at the stunning local marine life. Slip down a water slide or take it easy with a massage or some lounge time in a shaded cabana. Kids can take part in the new water park, with two body-drop slides. Whether you want to explore the island and surrounding coral reefs or relax on the beach by the open bar and buffet, De Palm Island has something for everyone.

Aruba: Atlantis Submarine Expedition

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.

Aruba: Seaworld Explorer Semi-Submarine Tour

5. 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: Natural Pool and Cave Jeep Safari

6. 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!

From Oranjestad: Full-Day Island Jeep Safari Tour

7. 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: Catamaran Cruise and Snorkeling Adventure

8. Aruba: Catamaran Cruise and Snorkeling Adventure

Set sail to your snorkeling adventure in Aruba on board the Dolphin catamaran cruise, fully equipped with everything necessary to make the most of your visit to this Caribbean island. Enjoy the open bar with Caribbean cocktails, mixed drinks and juices, while sailing along the beautiful coastline of Aruba with your professional captain and crew. The musical setting will set a Caribbean mood. Your first snorkeling stop is the famous Antilla German freighter wreck. This spectacular 450-foot-long World War II wreck is so big, that it almost raises outside the water. Next, you'll visit the beautiful Catalina Bay where you can explore the shallow reef with plenty of colorful fish to admire. At this stop on the shallow bay, you can have plenty of fun with the recreational activities, including the exciting rope swing and spinning water slide. Before sailing back, the crew will bring you a light lunch while you keep making the most of the open bar. Once back on shore, you'll get your free I Love Aruba T-shirt as a souvenir for visiting Aruba.

UTV Adventure Afternoon Tour

9. 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: Horseback Ride Tour to Wariruri Beach

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Aruba

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4.7 / 5

based on 1,286 reviews

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.

Everything went smooth. Great tour. Very informative. We are not riders and Rock was excellent and made us feel safe. The horses were very well behaved and new the tour.

Very pleasant horses and a scenic tour made for a memorable journey.

Great space. Lots to do. Great for parents with kids too