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Aruba: 4-Course Dinner Cruise

1. 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: 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: Seaworld Explorer Semi-Submarine Tour

3. 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.

Noord: Happy Hour Sunset Cruise

4. 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

5. 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.

Noord: Afternoon Sailing Trip with Snorkeling and Open Bar

6. 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 board the boat with one final cocktail, and admire the views as you return to Noord.

Aruba: Sailing and Snorkeling Experience with Drinks

7. Aruba: Sailing and Snorkeling Experience with Drinks

Visit two of Aruba's most prominent snorkeling spots on a tranquil cruise. The catamaran has everything you could need for a fun-filled adventure from snorkeling equipment, to sunbathing trampolines, to plenty of drinks and snacks.  The first stop, Boca Catalina Bay, includes the island's most beautiful cove. Grab a mask and snorkel and discover the tremendous diversity of colorful fish and other marine life. Next, cast off towards the famous shipwreck of the "SS Antilla," a German cargo ship that was sunk in 1940 during World War II. The Antilla is the largest shipwreck in the Caribbean and is very accessible to snorkelers. In the last half-century, the ship has been covered by tube sponges and coral formations, becoming the permanent residence of tropical fish, shrimp, lobsters, and orange anemones. It is truly an unforgettable snorkeling experience.

Aruba: 2-Hour Sunset Sailing Excursion

8. 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: 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.

Aruba: Catamaran Snorkeling Adventure

10. Aruba: Catamaran Snorkeling Adventure

Discover the beauty of the sea in this half-day Aruba snorkeling trip aboard a 70-foot catamaran. Dive into the water and see all the teeming life that thrives beneath the surface at Antilla Shipwreck, Boca Catalina, and the Arashi reef. Start your day with a driver picking you up from the comfort of your accommodation. Embark on your catamaran and kick back and relax as your professional crew transports you across stunning blue waters while you soak up the sun and sip on tropical cocktails. Swim through the cool water and explore an underwater world. Feel closer to history as you swim above the SS Antilla shipwreck from World War II. Enjoy the savory onboard lunch prepared by top chefs and an open bar.

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What people are saying about Aruba

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 1,061 reviews

Kelly was our guide and was very personable! My husband and I are fairly fit people and he moved at a comfortable pace for us. He knew a lot about the flora/fauna and was willing to answer any questions we had.

Trip was very good. Especially the big water slide and the snorkeling. Food was perfect. In short terms was very good. Love it. Looking to visit soon again.

Our guide was so good and made the whole experience so comfortable. The transport was excellent and no delays.

An amazing way to see Arubas underwater life, spend some time on the boat and relax as well.

Very nice. Food great. Beautiful sunset. Singer great. Was fun