Aruba Island Excursions

Aruba Island Excursions
The island of Aruba lies in the southern Caribbean less than 20 miles from the coast of Venezuela and is a popular destination for seasoned travelers and casual tourists alike. Boasting an average temperature of 82 degrees Fahrenheit and fewer than 20 inches of annual rainfall, Aruba offers visitors a tropical setting in which to enjoy a wide range of excursions at every activity level.

Scuba Diving

S.E.Aruba Fly 'n Dive offers introductory lessons and certification courses for those who wish to learn how to dive open waters. Also available are daily boat trips to the western side of Aruba, where certified divers will find coral reefs, abundant marine life and shipwrecks to explore. Two favorite wrecks among divers is Jane C and a German WWII freighter named Antilla. Reservations are strongly suggested.

S.E. Aruba Fly 'n Dive
LG Smith Blvd 1-A
+011-297-588-1150
se-aruba.com

Kayaking

For those who prefer to stay at the surface, kayak excursions are provided by Aruba Kayak Adventure. Guided daily tours include transportation and lessons for those who would like them. Expeditions begin on Aruba's south coast near the town of Savaneta and include mangrove forests, scenic lagoons and caves. Private tours are available as well as combination snorkeling/kayaking trips.

Aruba Kayak Adventure
Ponton 90, Oranjestad
+011-297-582-5520
arubawavedancer.com/arubakayak

Submarine Tour

Visitors who would like to stay dry while viewing Aruba's spectacular underwater treasures can do so with Atlantis Submarines. Daily tours take travelers to a depth of 130 feet in an air conditioned submarine to view the island's coral reefs, sponge gardens and a pair of sunken wrecks. Atlantis Submarines also operates the Seaworld Explorer semi-submarine that affords visitors underwater views from a more moderate depth of 5 feet.

Atlantis Submarines
Schotlandstraat 49
T.M.T. Center
+011-297-588-6881
atlantisadventures.com

Horseback Riding

Visitors also have the opportunity to spend the day horseback riding through Aruba's tropical forests and along Wariruri Beach. As of March 2010, tours begin at 9 a.m. and orientations are available for those who are new to riding or feel the need to brush up on their equine skills. There are two tours available; the first runs 2.5 hours and visits Wariruri Beach Cove and the Bushiribana gold mill ruins. The second tour visits the same spots, but includes the Aruba Ostrich Farm. When booking, consider that riders must be at least 6 years old and weigh no more than 250 pounds.

Rancho Ponderosa Aruba
Papaya 30
Paradera
+011-297-587-1142
rancholaponderosaaruba.com

Bus Tour

Explore Aruba Adventure operates bus tours for those who may prefer a less physically active day. A 4.5 hour excursion is offered to Alto Vista Chapel, California Lighthouse and the pristine Baby Beach. Snorkeling equipment is included for those who would like to swim and explore while at the beach. Explore Aruba Adventure also operates a nighttime barhopping excursion to three popular area bars: Tumazu, La Ronda and Carlos 'n Charlie's.

Explore Aruba Adventure
Explore ArubaWabistraat 1
Oranjestad
+011-297-993-0757
bananabusaruba.com

Article Written By Evan Selinske

Evan Selinske began writing professionally in 2009, covering travel and lifestyle for several online publications. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in writing and literature from SUNY Empire State College.

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