Oranjestad Outdoor activities

Our most recommended Oranjestad Outdoor activities

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: Horseback Ride Tour to Wariruri Beach

2. 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: 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.

Aruba: Boat Trip with Snorkeling and Open Bar

4. 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: Atlantis Submarine Expedition

5. 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: 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.

Aruba: Natural Pool and Cave Jeep Safari

7. 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 Arikok National Park Hiking Tour

8. 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.

Aruba: Beach Hopping Snorkeling Tour

9. 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.

Meet the Animals of Aruba Tour

10. Meet the Animals of Aruba Tour

On this family-friendly animal encounter tour, first visit the Aruba Ostrich Farm. Meet its 80- count flock of the largest living species of bird in the world. Visitors are encouraged to partake in a guided tour of the farm, inhabited by both ostriches and their flightless Australian relatives, emus. The tour provides the opportunity to learn about the natural behavior and survival instincts of these amazing creatures through detailed information as well as personal encounters with the birds. Next you will get the opportunity to mingle with some real locals at the Donkey Sanctuary. Founded in 1997 as a non-profit and completely volunteer run organization, their mission is simple: save the donkeys. Although not originally native to the small island of Aruba, they have existed here for 500 years having been the primary mode of transportation until cars began to be introduced on the island in increasing numbers. At that point, many Arubans no longer had the need for their formerly beloved donkey, and sadly in the 1970s, a dangerous and rapidly spreading illness nearly caused their extinction leaving behind a population of only 20 wild donkeys. Lastly, visit Philip’s Animal Garden. After years of saving and adopting abused and abandoned animals, Philip Merryweather has turned his love for animals into a world-class shelter and rehabilitation center. Philip’s Animal Garden is offering up interactive and educational tours, where you can enjoy an up-close and personal experience with over 50 species of exotic animals from around the world. Visitors are invited to see, touch and even feed some of the garden’s inhabitants.

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What people are saying about Oranjestad

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!

Highly recommend! If you’ve been on other submarine tours, trust me this one is better. There are non stop sites to see, various different marine life, coral and a shipwreck! The sub is air conditioned so that it’s a plus as well as a must!

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.