With its laid-back, island vibe, Aruba is certainly an ideal place to simply relax, but it also promises a bounty of natural, historical, and cultural attractions well worth seeking out. We encourage you and your group to embrace your sense of adventure and discover these many wonders of Aruba, both by land and by sea. Of course, if you get lost while out and about, Aruba's famous divi-divi trees will point the way back to the hotels!
Aruba's desert countryside, or cunucu, proves highly unusual with its towering cactai, massive boulders, and curious critters. Explore the surreal topography by bus or Jeep, on mountain bike or horseback, or even on a Harley! Guided tours include an eco-sensitive walking tour of Arikok National Park—a protected nature preserve covering 20% of the Island. You can even tour the park by moonlight!
The Bubali Bird Sanctuary inspires birdwatchers of all levels, while the Butterfly Farm, the Ostrich Farm, and the Donkey Sanctuary delight animal lovers of all ages. Golfers who opt to play at the Island's oldest course will enjoy its distinctive desert landscape and encounters with indigenous burrowing owls, roaming herds of wild goats, and other interesting desert wildlife. Several caves featuring natural skylights and ancient petroglyphs make for an intriguing spelunking adventure. Historic attractions include the California Lighthouse, Lourdes Grotto, Alto Vista Chapel, and an age-old cunucu house. For a lovely panoramic view, climb the 500-plus steps up Mount Hooiberg, or take a helicopter tour for an awesome aerial perspective of the Island.
Of course, Aruba's outstanding beaches promise fabulous swimming, but that's only the beginning of the long list of wonderful water activities found on Aruba. Numerous coral reefs teeming with all sorts of interesting creatures promise superb snorkeling. Divers can enjoy exploring some of the best underwater wrecks in the entire Caribbean, including the Antilla Wreck. At De Palm Island, non-divers can try SNUBA for a unique scuba-like experience, while non-swimmers are invited to trek along the sea floor aided by an "air helmet." Submarine and glass-bottom boat tours take passengers beneath the waves to experience Aruba's underwater world while staying dry.
A number of watersports operators offer activities ranging from deep-sea fishing, parasailing, wave running, and banana boating to romantic sunset sails and dinner cruises. You can also kayak through lush mangroves filled with tropical birds, visit the stunning Natural Pool on the rocky north coast, or spend the day with the family at one of the Island's water parks. And of course, no visit to Aruba is complete without learning how to windsurf at the world-famous Fisherman's Huts. Here, extreme sports enthusiasts are also invited to give the increasingly popular sport of kitesurfing a whirl.