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   Friday, October 31, 2014 

European Union Netherlands Aruba Aruba: Things to Do  

See also Oranjestad Attractions / Things to Do
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 Attractions     

There are miles and miles of beaches lined with tall cascading palm trees. White sand and pastel colored water, soft breezes and golden sunlight kisses you as you enjoy the beauty of this small but big-hearted island. Excitement and adventure with a natural calm atmosphere can be had anywhere on the island. Feel free and alive as you discard the stress of everyday work life and enjoy the friendly and gracious culture, in the magnificent beauty of Aruba. Aruba is 20 miles long and there is continuous array of adventure, something to meet the taste of everyone in this "One happy island”. The welcome is always as warm as the weather, all year round.

Cycling:

Enjoy the exotic interior on a mountain bike, getting a first hand view of the natural beauty of this mainly flat desert island. Because the temperature is generally warm, it is advisable that you take along enough water to take you through the length of your trip. Arrangements can be made through your hotel, for the rental of bikes and companies that organize group tours.

Ride the sand dunes and the desert plains and other exotic locations. Arrangements can be made through the hotel for horseback riding. Take the challenge of playing on one of the best courses in the Caribbean. Play an 18 hole with either a magnificent sunset on your back or the soft rushing serenade of a waterfall.

Aruba Golf Club:

Arrangements can be made through your hotel. Located near San Nicolaas featuring a 9-hole course and 20 sand traps and 5 water traps.

Land tours:

Tours are organized to the California Lighthouse, the Alto Vista Chapel, and the Guadirikiri Caves and to a private island. Tours are organized into groups of 10 or more 4 wheels drives and keeps together for the length of the tour. A sumptuous lunch is usually provided and some of the tour sites may have the opportunity to do snorkeling and diving. The tour guide will provide a narrated historical background of the sites that is visited.

Underwater Tours:

Atlantis Submarine:

An exhilarating one of a kind adventure under the sea. View the underworld from the belly of 46 passengers submarine 150 feet below the surface. A state of the art submarine board the Atlantis and admire the wonderful world of marine life, Orange Elephant Ear, and Strawberry Vase Sponge gardens can be seen forming underwater bouquets of pastel colors. The hour long narrated tour will thrill you with the stories of wrecks. A dive certificate is presented at the end of each tour to everyone as proof that you have taken this submarine tour.

Sea Trek A 20 feet walk under the sea. A Special helmet is used to prevent your head and face from getting wet. Glide through the aqua coloured water, encountering the variety of marine life. This is a great treat for the venturer.

Water Sports:

Admire the landscape from a different angle, from 600 ft high in the air with the breeze blowing against you face while you are gliding over the aqua coloured waters. Feel the thrill of flying as you glide unhindered for just about 15 minutes. This is an experience you will never forget.

Choose from a moonlight dinner cruise, or an excitable party onboard a boat of your choice. The supple trade winds will transport your catamaran, trimarin or ketch along the coastline; experience the pleasure of a late night swim in the warm, sun-kissed waters of the ocean.

  • A 4-hour night tour. Drinks are provided.

The Geertruide M: A romantic sunset dinner and dance cruise. A buffet, dinner and drinks are provided for $100.00 U.S.

Balia: Offers the option of sailing and snorkeling, sunset trips, or your fantasy on the water.

Seaster:

Casino Night Las Vegas style. Be treated to a sunset with an open bar and a seafood dinner from the top restaurant, and then play the tables into the early hours of the morning.

Sunset Sailing Adventure:

Enjoy the scenic coastline by moonlight or sunset while dancing to the sweet melodic sound of the islands.

No matter how excellent or how poor your skills are in fishing, you will be rewarded with a catch on your excursion. Aruba waters have an abundance of game fish such as white and Blue Marlin, Wahoo, Shark and Kingfish. Bring in your catch and you will find that many restaurants will oblige you by preparing your catch of the day. Arrangements can be made through your hotel activity desk or De Palm Tours or with the captain of the boat you chose to take you out. You can find many available boats along the docks.

Available Boats:

  • Captain Croes - Ph. 297-878670
  • All day - $500.00 U.S.
  • Half day - $240.00 U.S.

  • La Tanga Capt. Rasmijn 35 ft. - Ph: 297-846825
  • All day - $480.00 U.S. snacks included
  • Half day - $240.00 U.S. snacks and equipment included
  • Sea Doll - Capt. Jack Christiaans
  • - Ph: 297-824478
  • All day - $460.00 U.S. snacks and equipment included
  • Half-Day - $230.00 U.S. snacks and equipment included
  • Mahi Mahi - 42 ft. - Ph: 297-870538

All day - $450.00 U.S. refreshments and equipment included


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