Things to do in Aruba

Our most recommended things to do in Aruba

From Oranjestad: Full-Day Island Jeep Safari Tour

1. 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. After pickup at your hotel or Cruise Terminal, make your way to 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. 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 Rover with extra cushioning and exceptional suspension, guaranteeing a comfortable journey around the island.

Aruba: Catamaran Cruise and Snorkeling Adventure

2. 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.

Noord: Happy Hour Sunset Cruise

3. 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.

Aruba: De Palm Island Day Trip

4. 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 Arikok National Park & Beach Horse Riding

5. Aruba Arikok National Park & Beach Horse Riding

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: 2-Hour Sunset Sailing Excursion

6. Aruba: 2-Hour Sunset Sailing Excursion

On this 2-hour sailing excursion, experience spectacular views aboard a luxurious catamaran with an open bar and light snacks. Experience the fading afternoon light on the sundeck, duck below decks, or relax on the netting between the catamaran's two hulls.  Enjoy the company of friendly crew members on board that will entertain you during the trip while you dance the night away, making your trip a true pleasure.

Aruba: Horseback Ride Tour to Wariruri Beach

7. 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.

Palm Beach: Champagne Brunch and Aqua Safari

8. Palm Beach: Champagne Brunch and Aqua Safari

After gathering at the Pelican Pier, meet your crew and board your vessel. From there, begin your experience receiving an up-close view of nature, leaving your worries behind as you indulge in refreshing mimosas on a custom-built catamaran. Your vessel comes fully equipped with sunbathing trampolines and shaded areas, and whilst out on the water you are served a savory breakfast on board. Sip a mixed drink whilst enjoying your delicious seafood paella lunch, and go snorkeling at several of the best spots in Aruba. Some highlights include Boca Catalina, the Antilla Shipwreck, and the Malmok Reef. Your relaxing and colorful day out on the water later concludes as you return back to the tour starting location.

Aruba: Seaworld Explorer Semi-Submarine Tour

9. 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: 4-Course Dinner Cruise

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Aruba

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 1,061 reviews

I Absolutely loved my horseback riding experience. The guides were excellent at communicating with me leading up to the event. They sent me very clear instructions on how to get there. (I drove myself, but they have a pick up option as well). And you can tell the horses are well taken care of and very loved by their owners.

Josh has been the most knowledgable, most professional and most fun guide I have seen in Aruba. He goes above and beyond to make sure you have a great time while hiking in the national park. I highly recommend him and this tour. Drivers are also very professional and polite people so you will definitely enjoy this tour!

Truly exciting and I learned so much about Aruba courtesy of our fabulous driver, Big G! He, Johnathan, and Ryan kept us entertained, informed, safe, and well fed on this adventure. Jellybean, I think was her name, served a fantastic lunch!

This was a phenomenal excursion and our guides boss lady and Andrew made it so much fun and exciting and also educational. There non stop laughs and felt like you were with family even though we were all strangers.

Sign with my name once outside of luggage area. Shuttle was there within 5 minutes. Driver super friendly with ideas for dining. Quick trip to our hotel. Highly recommend