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Tours in Aruba

Countryside and Hidden Lagoon Trail Ride

What a fun way to see the natural terrain of Aruba, on horseback in groups no larger than 14 guests. You will be transferred from downtown to the stables. After a safety briefing, you will be assigned a horse and head out on a trail ride through the "Cunucu" or Aruban countryside. As this tour does not cross streets or include galloping, it is a perfect ride for children or beginners. Helmets are also provided. One sure highlight of the tour is the visit to the hidden lagoon where the local residents—donkeys, iguanas, parakeets and more—can be spotted. You will see that many of them like having their picture taken. Total ride time is approximately one hour. Due to the tropical climate, the horses in Aruba are much smaller than the horses in the USA or Europe. The following horse types can be found: Paso Fino, Trocha, Trotton, and the South American Quarter Horse.

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Aruba Private Half Day Fishing Charter

Spend a some time on a Private Half-Day Fishing Charter with your professional crew aboard a Bertram or Hatteras offshore fishing boat taking advantage of Aruba's impressive variety of fish species, including blue and white marlin, sailfish, wahoo, mahi mahi, yellowfin and blackfin tuna, and amberjack. Bluewater species are available year round in Aruba. January, February and March are top months for wahoo, yellowfin tuna and blackfin tuna. February is an excellent month for big dolphin and both blue and white marlin. April offers a mixed bag, while May catches are mostly dolphin and blackfin tuna with a few wahoo and yellowfin tuna sprinkled in. In the month of June, bonito, yellowfin and wahoo are available, and in August, you can virtually catch anything. Sailfish start to show up in August or early September, with the months of October and November being the peak period for sailfish.

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Aruba Half Day 4x4 Jeep Safari

In this outstanding tour of Aruba, you'll enjoy a unique (and bumpy) off-road excursion of Aruba's highlights in a four-wheel-drive Jeep. The two-door Jeep provides access to numerous outstanding locations not accessible by standard vehicles. The Jeeps are automatic and hold four guests only. If you have fewer than four in your group, your guide will match you up with others. Guests drive their own Jeeps and there will be several chances to stop and switch drivers. Guests wanting a private Jeep will need to purchase all four seats. Follow your professional and friendly tour guide as they lead you on a comprehensive tour where you will visit the California Lighthouse, named after a steamship that sank nearby in 1891. Your next stop will be Alto Vista Chapel, The chapel was built on the site of the first Catholic church built in Aruba in 1750 by a Spanish missionary. It is a special place for peace and contemplation, surrounded by the Aruban countryside. Next you will travel to 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. Nearby is the Baby Bridge. You will pass the remains of the Bushiribana gold mine ruins on your way to see the famous Ayo monolithic Rock Formation and Indian drawings.

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Aruba Mountain Bike & Snorkel Adventure

Discover the historic and natural treasures of Aruba by mountain bike. Ride along the majestic ocean and see an incredible variety of exciting sites from this unique perspective. The ride will be tailored to your skill level and will be led by your professional tour guide. Pedal through the Aruban "Cunucu" or countryside along genuine donkey trails up to the Alto Vista Chapel (1750) on a state-of-the-art Trek aluminum mountain bike. Wind your way down along the northeast coast, where you'll enjoy the sounds and views of the waves crashing wildly onto the rocky shore. With the northeastern Caribbean wind at your back, you'll pass the Tierra Del Sol Golf Course and the Coral Plateau, home of the California Lighthouse, named after a steamship that sank nearby in 1891. Here, you'll have a chance to stretch your legs and take pictures of the magnificent views. After descending from the lighthouse you'll pass Arashi Beach and arrive at Boca Catalina for the next part of this great tour. Put on your snorkeling gear and enter the crystal-clear tropical water for an amazing view of the abundant tropical fish and marine life. After your snorkel, climb back onto your bike and head back to the "Cunucu."

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Aruba Sail & Snorkel

After you arrive at the Palm Beach meeting point, you will board a tender for your ride from the beach out to your waiting 42-foot trimaran sailing yacht. Once on board, you will enjoy the freedom of sailing and discover the thrill of Aruba's constant and soothing trade winds as you sail along the scenic coast for approximately one hour with no more than 40 guests. The multihull yacht design offers you a smooth and stable ride, while you lounge on our spacious decks and experience our gracious hospitality and friendly captain and crew. Sail to the famous Antilla shipwreck, home to millions of tropical sea dwellers. The Antilla, which sank more than 60 years ago, remains completely intact and is widely regarded as one of the best sunken shipwrecks in the Caribbean. Here, you will have approximately 45 minutes of snorkeling. Depending on weather and sea conditions that day, you will then sail to one of the vibrant local reefs for an additional 45 minutes of snorkeling, where you can see the reef and its inhabitants. Your trip also includes snacks and complimentary beverages, including an open bar. Snorkel equipment and a free lesson are also included in your tour. Please note: Tour departs from the Palm Beach area, not downtown. The taxi is not included in the tour price. Approximate taxi fare is $14.00.

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Delphi Watersports

Delphi Watersports was founded in 1992 by Robert and Grace Leeuwe. Over the years it has evolved into a fully developed Watersports Company that offers all types of Watersports- and many Adventure activities on Aruba! Thousands of clients from all over the world have already experienced our personalized service and diversity in watersports and adventure activities, enjoying our family type atmosphere while being served by our professional staff. Let us personally welcome you at Delphi Watersports located on the beach in front of the Hyatt Regency Hotel and the Playa Linda Resort! Come and join us...and Experience the Difference!

Boegoeroei 11, Noord Aruba , D.W.I , 00297 5877137

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Jun 04, 2014
Aruba was amazing. We stopped by this company and took a ride on the tube ride. it was a lot of fun. thanks for the tip. we cant wait to go back to Aruba next year.

Jun 24, 2012
Delphi was one of the best water sports companies i have ever seen. they are very professional and have alot of great equipment. really nice staff. they made our day great!

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Aruba Two Tank Certified Scuba Dive

Diving in Aruba is famous for the spectacular shipwrecks and interesting coral formations that dominate Aruba’s underwater playground. This Two-Tank Certified Scuba Dive excursion includes the 400-foot Antilla wreck—the largest wreck in the Caribbean. Aruba’s waters are rich in exotic marine life, including stingrays, moray eels, manta rays, barracudas and yellow tail. A large, shallow sand plateau surrounds Aruba, making boat travel the most convenient method of reaching the offshore reefs. Interesting coral formations are found from shallow water depths of 20 to 100 feet, with little or no current and flat surface conditions. After being picked up at the cruise pier, you will be taken to the boat where you will set off on your adventure. Depending on sea and weather conditions that day, your captain will take you to the two best sites for your dives. After the dives, you will be returned to your cruise pier. Your Aruba underwater excursion includes all equipment needed including tanks, BCD, regulator, mask and fins. Wet suits are not included and can be rented at the shop.

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Atlantis Adventures

The Atlantis Submarines Expedition Tour begins at the Adventure Center in downtown Oranjestad where you will take a short transfer to the submarine onboard our shuttle vessel SubSeeker. You will have the opportunity to get an up close view of exotic marine life while diving to depths up to 130 feet. Be amazed by colorful schools of tropical fish, huge sponge gardens, the mystical beauties of the coral fields and two sunken wrecks.

L.G. Smith Boulevard 162 Oranjestad , 297-58-37077

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Trikes Aruba

Are you ready to discover the island of Aruba in a sensational way? Touring with Trikes Aruba is an unforgettable adventure - fresh air, fun and an overwhelming sense of freedom while enjoying the sun, the island and its nature. We offer well maintained high quality rental Trikes - you will be surprised with the comfort and freedom that these bikes offer. Trikes Aruba is the place to be!

, +297-594-3600

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Pelican Adventures

Blend in with nature, leave your worries behind and join us on one of our custom-built catamarans, equipped with sunbathing trampolines & shaded areas. Relax and refresh while enjoying food and drinks with the mellow rhythms of the Caribbean wafting from our first-rate sound system. Try snorkeling or experience the exhilaration of 3rd lung during three stops exploring the magical under water world!

Aruba , 297-587-2302

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Jads Dive Center

We have a new custom-made 36 ft dive boat, full scuba equipment rental (excellent condition; weight integrated), digital underwater camera rentals, Bar & Grill, brand new airconditioned ocean side classroom, napping diver room, fleet of buses, Dive Shop (t-shirts, equipment, masks) and more. Offering over 24+ dive sites, JADS has the widest selection of dive sites on the island.

Aruba , 297-584-6070

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ABC Jeep Safari

A young, innovative tour company, ABC Tours scores high with its professional, friendly guides and fun-filled excursions. Our customers are our primary focus, and it has made us the most talked-about, off-road family adventure in Aruba. We provide an experience unmatched by any of our competitors, and stand by our slogan: "We guarantee to heighten your expectations!"

Schotlandstraat 61 Aruba , 1 888 815 3577

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Aug 31, 2012
Looks like fun!

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Red Sail Sports Aruba

Red Sail Sports Aruba is the most complete diving and watersports center in Aruba and offers the highest standards of service to its guests. We have established three full-service dive and watersports centers - one at the Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort & Casino, the second at the Aruba Marriott Resort, and the third at the Renaissance Aruba Beach Resort. Reservations for diving in Aruba must be made on board your cruise ship so please contact your Activities Coordinator.

L.G. Smith Boulevard 17 Oranjestad , 297-586-1603

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Kukoo Kunuku

Our wacky, whimsical one of a kind, unique hand painted buses are rated #1 by E-Entertainment Television. This original Bar Hopping Tour is the BEST on the island. Dress Kukoo Kasual and get ready to shake your maracas and be prepared for the Parranda. The perfect way for the young and the restless and the old and the reckless to spend an evening in Paradise. Book early because you don't want to miss this bus!

Aruba , 297-586-2010

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May 27, 2012
This tour was as crazy as it looks. riding in that bus was so funny and the tour was a blast. great time. we loved the koko kunuku team....

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aquaXotic Sports Aruba

Offering watersports activties, parasailing, jet skies rentals, jet boat rentals, shoreline boat rides, private snorkel tours, banana boat rides and tube rides. Visit our website www.aquaxoticaruba.com.

Eagle Beach ORANJESTAD , 297-735-8779

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Speaking of tours i have to mention another great place to enjoy yourself. Aruba, if you haven't been book something, if you have you know the beaches there are among the best. Palm island is incredible and palm beach has got miles of white sand and some of the most incredible blue water your eyes have seen. To get to Palm Beach in Aruba you can take a $10 taxi ride from the ship or just across the street from the port you can take the local bus to the beach for about $3 per person. Ask the bus driver to stop and Palm Beach. When you are there look for Delphi Watersports. They will show you a good time.

Feb 06, 2014

Today we visited Delphi Watersports in Aruba. This is a great company offering all sorts of watersport activities. take one of the local buses across the street from the cruise terminal and get of at Palm beach area. You will have a great time

Jun 07, 2012

Have been 8 times on Aruba. The best watersports company on Aruba is Delphi Watersports. Most variety, competitive prices, and a great team! They are located in front of the Hyatt Regency. Have fun!

May 27, 2012

Jolly Pirates sail & snorkel tour was the best.

Jun 25, 2010
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Aruba Overview
 

Aruba has Beaches, shopping, casinos, water sports, restaurants, high-energy nightlife and very friendly people are Aruba's foremost attractions. If you enjoy good beaches, gambling and quality shopping, Aruba is for you.


Aruba is a good choice for people who like comfortable high-rise hotels, glitzy Las Vegas-style casinos and beautiful white-sand beaches.
 

There is an abundance of things to do - sunbathing, world-class windsurfing and waterskiing by day and discos, cabarets, dinner shows and high-stakes gambling at night.
 

The island of Aruba is modern and highly developed, with a desert-like landscape of cacti and wind-bent divi-divi trees.


Although Aruba, the western-most Leeward Island, was acquired by the Dutch in the 17th century, it's no longer officially a member of the Netherlands Antilles group. Since 1986, it has been considered a separate entity within the Kingdom of the Netherlands.


Nonetheless, its proximity to Bonaire and Curacao, the other traditional members of the Dutch Antilles, leads many people to lump them all together.
Actually, all three islands have been as much influenced by Venezuela (only 15 mi/24 km away from Aruba) as by the Netherlands.


The area and its Arawak inhabitants were discovered by the Spaniards in 1499 but only the mainland was developed. The Dutch claimed Aruba in 1634 but no European settlers arrived until 1754.


Gold was found in 1824, an oil refinery was built in 1924. Tourists began arriving in the 1960s, and their numbers have nearly doubled in the past seven years. Its now one of the most popular destinations in the Caribbean.


More than two dozen resort hotels now dot the beaches, particularly on the north-western side of the island at Palm Beach. There has been a moratorium on new hotel construction for some time.


The islanders are very friendly, and almost everyone speaks English, Spanish and Dutch, as well as Papiamento (a mixture of African, Dutch, English, Portuguese, Indian and Spanish idioms).
 

When to go to Aruba
 

Aruba's temperatures vary little year round and the humidity is very low. The average day temperatures are in the 70s-80s F/23-32 C, with nights in the 60s-70s F/15-27 C. It's rainy November-February but the rain seldom lasts longer than half an hour.
The coolest months are January and February, and the hottest are August and September. The island is outside the hurricane belt so its one of the best islands to visit during July-October, when the rest of the Caribbean is threatened,


Aruba is one of the Leeward islands, which means trade winds blow fairly steadily from the north-east (the breezes can be refreshing, but you'll have to hang on to your hat at the beach).


There is no need to buy bottled water in Aruba. The island's tap water is pure and refreshing, distilled in the world's second largest saltwater desalination plant.
Oil is refined on the island's south-west coast and a by-product of this process is abundant pure drinking water and electricity.
 

Electricity
Power failure is rare and the island has adopted the North American voltage standard of 110 A.C. (60 cycles), the same as in the United States and Canada.

Aruba has a tremendous variety of restaurants, including Asian, Indonesian, Dutch, French and Italian. Excellent local food can be found at many of Aruba's cafes. Island staples are meat and seafood and a variety of vegetables and fruits.
 

Try to hear a band that plays the tumba, a musical form indigenous to the Netherlands Antilles. It's related to the rumba and has a distinctive Latin sound.
More than 300 bird species can be spied on Aruba, including the orange trupiaal, the prikichi parrot and the yellow-bellied barika geel.


Although the island is dry & barren, you will find some beautiful palm trees on beaches and surrounding hotels, thanks to intensive landscaping.
 

U.S. citizens form the single largest group of visitors to Aruba. The second largest contingent is from nearby Venezuela.
 

Aruba Carnival, highlighted by a Grand Parade, is held the Sunday before Lent. Costumes, dances, music and culture are on display during the festivity. Some compete to become the Carnival's Prince and his aide, Pancho. Selected on the basis of their ability to tell the best jokes, the Prince and Pancho lead many parades.
Aruba's annual Jazz and Latin Music Festival is held in June.
Aruba is considered a major drug trans-shipment point because of its proximity to South America. Penalties for possession, use and dealing in drugs are stiff.
Public Holidays: 1 Jan (New Year's Day), 25 Jan (Commemoration Birthday of G. F. Croes), Carnival Monday, 18 Mar (Aruba Flag Day), Good Friday, Easter Monday, 30 Apr (Queen's Birthday), 1 May (Labor Day), Ascension, 25 Dec (Christmas Day) and 26 Dec (Boxing Day).
 

Aruba attractions - see Aruba Tours

Because the island is only 19miles/30km long and 6miles/10km wide, logistics present no problem when planning an itinerary. You can see all the sights in two days, using Oranjestad as a base.
 

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The beaches of Aruba are among the best in the Caribbean. You'll find the calmest water and the biggest crowds on the west side of the island near the major resorts.
Beaches on the east side have fewer people but trade winds can be very strong, particularly in the afternoon.
 

Shopping in Aruba -see our shopping section 
 

Shopping Hours: Mon-Sat 8 am -6 pm. Some shopkeepers close for an hour or so around noon for lunch. Some shops are open on Sundays and holidays if cruise ships are in port.


Though Aruba is not a duty-free port, the duty on most items is so low that shoppers often find discounts on all sorts of high-quality goods.
 

Popular items are Dutch products, including Delft ceramics, wooden shoes and fine cheeses and chocolates; good value in designer leather goods; Madeira embroidery; Indonesian crafts; and wood carvings, linens, crystal and perfumes from both South America and Europe.
 

You'll also see aloe, grown and processed locally, in every conceivable form, from soap to skin toners.
 

If there are boats from Venezuela or other islands in port, be sure to stroll along the harbor, just off the square, to see displays of produce and freshly caught fish and to take in a bit of local color.
Aruba has some locally made handicrafts.


The most popular island in the Dutch Caribbean, Aruba draws droves of honeymooners and sun worshippers to its sandy shores. This small, 20-mile long island dances to salsa, dines on red snapper, gambles in glitzy casinos, and surfs and sunbathes year-round. Aruba's past unfolds in the Dutch architecture of its bustling capital, Oranjestad, and on a hike past the abandoned gold mines in Arikok National Park. Platinum-blonde sandy beaches line its west coast, but the east coast is rugged, with craggy limestone cliffs, sand dunes, and crashing breakers.

Things to Do in Aruba

Some of Aruba's best white sugary stretches are found on the western and southern shores, including Palm Beach and Eagle Beach. For something secluded, head for the shallow, half-moon cove of Baby Beach, where the locals go. Slip through the heart-shaped entrance of the Tunnel of Love cave system in Arikok National Park, picnic on a boat, then dive with parrot fish around rusting wrecks. East of Oranjestad, trek around the mysterious Ayo and Casibari rock formations and see the wind-swept Divi-divi trees.

Aruba Nightlife and Entertainment

 

At night, the air is filled with the infectious sounds of salsa, reggaeton, meringue, and the island's own Tumba in Oranjestad. Down an Aruban Sunset cocktail at Mambo Jambo, one of the island's liveliest clubs, or don heels for a waltz at Bon Bini Festival every Tuesday at Fort Zoutman. Play a game of Caribbean stud poker at one of its casinos. Remember: Locals love to dress up and don't appreciate beachwear in the clubs.

Aruba Restaurants and Dining

 

Dining in Aruba is nothing short of indulgencs and romance. Its proximity to South America brings escabeche and Spanish spices. Stewed green papaya is a specialty, as is crispy-yet-soft corn bread. Fresh seafood is abundant, especially in the comfortable confines of Old Fisherman, an island institution. Whether you dine at a beachside bar in Palm Beach, or an opulent antique house in Oranjestad, you are guaranteed to stagger back to your hotel room sated and happy.

 

 
 

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