Top 8 Things to Do in Aruba

Aruba is one of the most iconic of the Caribbean Islands. With year-round sunshine, picturesque white sandy beaches and glistening turquoise waters, the island exceeds all expectations of a tropical paradise. Certainly lounging on the beach and going for a swim are quintessential activities during a cruise to Aruba, but if you are preparing for your first visit to the island, you are in for a treat. Aruba offers an extensive amount of activities beyond the beaches. Whether you are taking a cruise vacation with your friends, grandparents or young children, this Caribbean paradise has plenty of activities for people of all ages.

Discover the Caribbean Sea

1. Sailaway Snorkel and Beach Cruise

Can’t get enough of that sparkling turquoise water? The Sailaway Snorkel and Beach Cruise adventure is designed to add structure and excitement to a day on the beach. Climb aboard a catamaran and set sail along Aruba’s coastline for an unforgettable aquatic experience. When you arrive at the shallow coral reefs, snorkel alongside schools of tropical fish in clear waters while taking in the breathtaking views of the beach in the distance.

people snorkeling among the coral reefs in aruba while others are onboard a catamaran

2. Atlantis Submarine

The Atlantis Submarine excursion is a must-have experience. The submarine is approved by the U.S. Coast Guard and can descend to depths of 130 feet. Nestled securely inside the submarine, you can view the exciting underwater world of Aruba’s coastline up close and personal through a number of large windows without ever getting wet. The sub visits one of two locations, either a sunken sailboat or a mysterious sunken airplane. These ruins are explored in-depth during the 50-minute narrated tour while passing by large schools of colorful fish and enchanting underwater sponge gardens.

kids and adults onboard atlantis submarine viewing the underwater world of arubas coast line

3. Sunset Cocktail Cruise

Kick back and relax with a delicious tropical cocktail as you sail off into the sunset on a Sunset Cocktail Cruise. The majestic colors of the sunset along the coastline make for an exquisite backdrop for vacation photographs, as do the sites of historic landmarks and visions of the beaches in the distance.

people enjoying tropical cocktails during a cruise on a catamaran off the coast of aruba

Explore the Island

4. Kukoo Kunuku Open Air Bus and Beach Break

If you have a sightseeing adventure in mind, look no further than the Kukoo Kunuku Open Air Bus and Beach Break excursion. The vibrantly colored bus certainly hints at the excitement of the tour while the full schedule of pit stops ensures that you make the most of your time in Aruba. View the colorful homes that make up the local villages and explore some of the most iconic landmarks on the island. After exploring the island’s breathtaking countryside, prepare for hours of uninterrupted fun in the sun on exotic beaches.

tourist taking a ride on the kukoo kunuki open air bus in aruba

5. Downtown Aruba Walking and Tasting Tour

Eager to mingle with the locals and learn about their culture? Hit the streets of downtown Oranjestad, the capital of Aruba, for the Downtown Walking and Tasting Tour. This interactive tour allows you to connect with residents while exploring local museums and historic sites on foot. As well as learning about the island’s culture and traditions, you also have the opportunity to taste authentic food like pastechi and pan bati.

group of friends trying pan bati at a restaurant in aruba

6. Natural Bridge, Butterflies and Beach Break

Nature lovers can rejoice at the Natural Bridge, Butterflies and Beach Break adventure. Focused on viewing the natural wonders of Aruba, you are transported around the island on a bus. You are presented with a number of opportunities to take photographs of the various sites along the way to preserve memories of your travel to Aruba. The excursion includes a stop at a butterfly garden and a scheduled beach break where you can explore nature and freely frolic in the sand.

a beautiful orange and black butterfly in aruba’s butterfly garden

7. North Coast Jeep Safari

The northern coast of the Dutch island is vastly different than the southern coast. While the southern end is chocked full of beaches and palm trees, the northern portion is comprised of massive rocks and an overall desert like landscape. Head North on an off-road North Coast Jeep Safari to explore this lesser known side of Aruba. With several stops along the way, including a visit to the island’s donkey sanctuary, this adventure gives you a different view of Aruba.

tourist taking a safari tour of the north coast of aruba on the back of a jeep

8. Best of Aruba Island Tour

The Best of Aruba Island Tour showcases the greatest sightseeing experiences on the island. From coveted locations such as collapsed bridges and rock formations to historic buildings, there is an endless variety of opportunities for guided exploration. Tours are conducted in an air-conditioned coach to ensure optimal comfort on even the warmest days. An experienced guide aims to provide valuable educational information about each of the destinations, while also ensuring an entertaining experience.

california lighthouse in aruba

With a diverse geographical composition, from awe-inspiring desert landscapes to pristine tropical beaches, Aruba is a popular Caribbean cruise destination for travelers of all ages. Whether you’re on a romantic honeymoon, college vacation or a family cruise, the island has no shortage of enthralling activities. Explore all that Aruba has to offer on an adventure of your choice, whether you prefer an off-road vehicle, a snorkeling experience or the comforts of a secure submarine. You will quickly come to realize why Aruba is considered the hidden gem of the Caribbean.