Reviewer: Tina Louise Brotz
This tour really showed us island highlights. The highlight was the aloe vera factory. We were given the history of their aloe industry while we visited the aloe plantation. After the factory tour, we were able to purchase items from the gift shop. The chapel, mountaintop lookout and all the other places were really nice. It was educational, but the tour guide made it fun.
Reviewer: ghislaine martin
Tour guide was very funny and informative
Reviewer: Steve Vetter
The tour was good, interesting and our driver/guide was an informative fellow who kept us intrigued facts and jokes along the way. I enjoyed this tour.
Enjoyed this tour very much. Very informative. Enjoyed the Aloe Factory, The beach was wonderful,look forward to returning to Aruba!
Reviewer: Preethi Moraes
Aruba was beautiful. We got to know so much about Aruba in a very short time. Our guide was amazing. Liked the Aloe factory tour and the rock formation. I only wish they would have taken us to a better beach other than Arashi as this beach had so many small rocks and it was difficult to get into the water. Other than that it was a beautiful experience
Reviewer: Peter handy
Interesting coastal tour .We chose to skip the beach part as we wanted to return to the ship watch the carnival which was so colourful and noisy.Loved this place.
Reviewer: Ralph Mowat
Aruba is different from the other islands. The Ayo Rock Formations is great, the California lighthouse is beautiful. The landscape on the East side of the island is rocky and barren. There are many Cactus plants all over the island. The beach is great and the water is clear and warm.
Reviewer: Valerie Malanchen
The tour was well paced and covered a large part of the island ...the air conditioned bus was a new model and was comfortable...the driver was friendly, comical, and narrated the trip well...he accommodated people who wanted to snorkel at the beach while taken others back to port ...you will not be disappointed ...
Reviewer: Merrilyn & Steen Laursen
We saw and did so many things on this tour-highlights were climbing to the top of the Casibara Rocks, viewing the Natural Bridge, and eating Dutch waffles. We'd recommend it for sure.
Aruba is very scenic place.tour was very informative and had many stops.be careful if your their on a Sunday. Most shops are closed as was the Aloe Vera factory.
Reviewer: Sonali Kimber
The Aloe Vera Factory and Museum was educational and interesting. Sitting comfortably in an A/C bus, we took in the many scenic views and key landmarks of Aruba. It was nice to end the tour with a refreshing swim at Arashi Beach.
Reviewer: Terry Thomas
Excellent tour. Very informative with lots of interesting and fun stops. Driver was very knowledgeable and friendly.
Reviewer: s chotiwani
great sightseeing tours, wish we had more times spent on the beach
Reviewer: DORY YANG
We had a wonderful time exploring Aruba ... visiting various points of interests with narration along the way. The van was clean and spacious. We were given ample time to see and experience the sites and were never rushed. A nice way to spend a day trip from the cruise ship terminal.
Reviewer: Phil Adams
Got to see many sights on this tour--the natural bridge (that actually collapsed during a previous hurricane), the California lighthouse, the rock formations, interesting aloe vera field and factory tour, and about an hour on the beach.
Had a great time and enjoyed the narration provided by our driver Clifford.
Reviewer: Granddad Mike
The driver/guide kept our interest and was a skilled driver. It was amazing how he got that big city type bus in tight areas. Warning...be prepared to be sandblasted at the beach! Winds in Aruba are 30+ mph.
Reviewer: Dixie McAllister
This tour covered a lot of diverse things. It is good to get a feel for the area. We were pleased to be in a big bus with air conditioning! We saw many old buses with the windows open and felt for those people. It is very hot there. We enjoyed it.
Reviewer: Patricia Bruzzese
This was an excellent tour. Very good tour guide as well saw alot of Aruba. Enjoyed Aloe vera store and all the scenery. The guide was very informative and the beach we went to was very nice and he gave us a good two hours there even though we were a bit behind. I would recommend this tour.
Reviewer: Elsbeth Abadi
Was wonderful,the bus picked us up write at the gangway the guide was very informative,very polite,trop us of at the beach and picked us up on time.
Reviewer: Erin Apostol
Visited several sites on the island. Our guide was friendly , proud and interested in giving information about the Home island.
Reviewer: Judith Kiger
We had been to Aruba twice before but never took any of the tours. We enjoyed learning more about the area and the guide was fantastic
Reviewer: Marybeth Nelson
Pro: Interesting island. Enjoyed the Ayo rock formations and the natural bridge stop. Arashi beach was clean and a bit crowded, probably due to families celebrating Carnival. Cons: The guide did not know that the aloe factory would be closed as were the restrooms at the beach - all because of Carnival. We were unable to get reliable information from our guide or our ship as to what was opened or closed during our visit. Would recommend this tour at another date.
Reviewer: Susan Hurley
We were lucky to be in a group of only 9. The sights were great. Our guide took us to places that were not even listed in the excursion information. Beach time was great. Only wish we had been able to get there early enough to rent an umbrella! Overall well worth the money
Reviewer: Sarah Shoulders
Nice overall view of the island on an air conditioned bus. Great driver who even had cold, bottled water for us.
Reviewer: Nicole Girard
Our group was all agreeing that the tour was excellent
Reviewer: Cindy Young
Gary was wonderful. So personable and easy going with great insight on Aruba. The cold water was very much appreciated on the warm day. Enjoyed the Natural Bridge, Aloe Factory, light house and most of all the BEAUTIFUL beach. Although the waves were strong we just enjoyed the view. Would highly recommend this tour!
I really enjoy it, and the beaches very crystal clear
Reviewer: Mimi Lazar
Our guide was well informed and pleasant. Who knew that Aruba wasn't all beaches! Good to see both some of the interior of the island as well as the North coast.
We visited Aruba a few years ago and hesitated to tour again, but were so glad we did this one! The only thing we would have changed is the time allotted for the beach. After touring, there was only 1 hour left for beach time...just not enough to even bother to get wet....gorgeous beach! Love Aruba!
Reviewer: George colbourne
Great exposure to Aruba
This tour was a very informative overview of Aruba. Our guide, Clifford, was outstanding. We went to all of the points of interest promised and had enough time to spend one hour at the beach. Make sure to wear your bathing suit under comfortable clothe and to wear water shoes since the beach is rocky.
Reviewer: Ann Davis
Reviewer: Peter J Rojas
We had not been to Aruba for more than 15 years, and it was nice to re-visit the island with this bus tour. The tour took us to the Aloe factory, which was very interesting. The rest of the island is relatively barren, but the 7 mile beaches area is very nicely populated with excellent hotels, shops, and restaurants. The roads really need some maintenance, though.
Reviewer: Dawn Manning
I really enjoyed this tour of this fascinating island. We seemed to have driven around most of the island and it was amazing how much the landscape changed throughout the tour. The only drawback was having one person doing the driving and conducting the tour. From a safety perspective I would rather have 2 people so that the driver doesn't need to be distracted. The driver however was very informative explaining history and current living conditions on the island. I'm glad I chose the beach stay at the end of the tour. It was only an hour but I really appreciated being able to enjoy time at such a beautiful beach. It definitely makes me want to return to Aruba for a longer stay.
Had a great time on this tour. Our tour guide and driver, Clifford, was quite entertaining and informative.
Reviewer: Susan Anderson
We enjoyed this tour but did not go swimming as we had planned. the tour guide allowed people to choose to go swimming or go back to the ship. He would collect the swimmers later on. as we wanted to shop we chose to go back to the ship. We would have appreciated less time in some places that we stopped and more time for all passengers to go to the beach so that we arrived back at the ship with time to do some shopping.
Reviewer: Larry R Shaw
Good Tour. Rained really hard the day we were in Aruba. Many excursions cancelled but ours was not. Bus driver very good at showing sights and giving history of the island. Didn't get to do the Aloe Vera factory as the folks to meet us there were not able to get in due to weather but was still glad we got to do the tour.
Reviewer: Dianna Degrave
The tour guild was very detailed and pointed out thing you would miss if you went on your own.
Reviewer: Marsha nager
Our Guide Cifford was fabulous. He was very entertaining and we covered a lot of ground. Loved the fact he loves his amazing island and showed us the main landmarks but other things that you would never find on your own. Loved the house with the cactus fencing.....wild.
This was a great excursion! The tour guide was knowledgeable and entertaining. This is a great way to see the Islandand visit the high lights which included the man made bridge, the lighthouse, the rock formation, and a stop at the Aloe Vera plant. We did the early tour and spent the rest of the day at the beach. Highly recommended.
Reviewer: Jose Amado
Our tour guide was excellent, very friendly and with great knowledge. One think I really noticed is that he cares much about the safety of the tourists under his wings. I'll look forward for the same guide again in the future
This excursion allowed us to see a lot in Aruba. The aloe vera museum/factory tour was boring. The lighthouse, church, natural bridge and dessert tours were good. We paid extra to stay an hour at the beach, it was beautiful. Also the tour guide was good and the bus was very new and had A/C.
Reviewer: R. Bligen
the tour guide was great. Knowledgeable and friendly. small intimate group without a big crowd. Great value Great experience Highly recommended
Reviewer: self cruise planner
Guide was exceptional and well organized. Gave us great information and we had plenty of time to enjoy the beautiful beach at the end and even snorkeled.
Great scenic of Aruba and driver very good tour operator.
Reviewer: Love to explore
Really liked visiting all the cultural attractions with the opportunity to get off the bus and explore or not! Our guide was very knowledgeable and the quality PA system on the bus made it very easy to hear! Having the beach time after the tour was a great ending!
Reviewer: Barb and Jon
The guide was very informative and personable. He really knew the history of the island and his commentary included personal anecdotes that helped us understand the culture of the people. He was very accommodating to us, most of us decided that we did not want to go to the beach at the end of the day, while 3 people decided to ""stay with the program"". He took us back to the ship, and went back to pick up those who went to the beach.
Guide had very good information and delivered it well.
Reviewer: Carol ann
Everything was great. The guide. The tour. It was t the guides fault. It was a new excursion for him. He forgot to give us the snorkel gear. But we did get to go swimming and he picked us up n time to return to our ship
The tour went very smoothly. We were met on time and well organized. Our guide, Clifford, was personable and well spoken and kept things fun. It was a very good overview of Aruba but we could do without the factory tour/shopping stop and focus more on actual Aruba.
Reviewer: Missionary Gma
Island was very dry and lighthouse was being refurbished so had scaffolding all the way up and although guide pointed out many cool sites - he only stopped for a few - so not many pics or time to explore - just rode around.
I enjoy the tour on the January 13, 2016. The reason that I didn't give five stars to it could be viewed more as a recomendation to the company that planned it. Our ship was in the port of Oranjestad from 8 am to 7:45 pm. The natural landmarks and attractions of Aruba were shown to us for 4 hours and 30 minutes. My personal preferrence always is to utilize my time to a greater extend (e.g. probably there could be another tour which could include also a little more time, dedicated to Ayo rock formations with photo op; Ostrich or Butterfly farm; short intruduction to the relics Fort Zoutman, Willem III Tour; or even more time at the beach).
I really enjoyed the tour of Aruba and was glad to see what we did. I learned a lot of the history and found the tour guide to be entertaining.
This was a very informative tour of the island, got to see various ways of life and much of the scenery.
Reviewer: Can't remember.
Good variety of places, good transportation and good guide.
Reviewer: Carol Ann
My sister and I had a delightful trip.
Aruba was surprisingly different, dry arid, not what you would expect for an island.
The Explore Aruba tour was a fun excursion. We met our guide and was driven to the Aloe Vera factory. Once we got to the Aloe Vera factory, we were given a nice tour of how the aloe is extracted from the plant and of course ended up in the gift shop at the end. We then boarded our bus and toured the Casibari Rock Formations (was crowded but great for pictures) and the Natural Bridge/Baby Bridge (neat, more great pictures). We then went to the chapel and the California Light House. The light house was pretty neat as we could see quite a bit of the island from there. Lastly we went to Arashi Beach. This was absolutely beautiful, however, we only had a half an hour at the beach which wasn't enough. There were no facilities/bathrooms open at the beach so some of us were anxious to get back. All in all, this was a decent tour but not outstanding. We really wished we could have spent a little more time at the beach. A warning from the guides that there were no restrooms at Arashi Beach would have been nice too. Other than that, this was enjoyable. Our guide was knowledgeable and very good.
good guide , on time for different activitis , good information from the guide
I would certainly take another tour with this company. Had so much fun and lots of information about Aruba.
Reviewer: Helen K
Reviewer: Nan A
The Guide was very knowledgeable. The scenery was beautiful. Great way to see Aruba in a short period of time. Bus was comfortable. Would recommend it
Had been to Aruba before, but only to the beach. This was a great way to see a bit of the ""other stuff"" before being dropped off at a beach, which is what Aruba is all about, after all!
Campbell was great! The tour was very well organized. We saw a lot of interesting things and made a number of stops for photos or to explore. The hour long beach stop at the end was just the right amount of time for a brief dip in the ocean and to soak in some rays.
We did the Explore Aruba Tour.We really liked our guide/driver. We enjoyed all of our stops. We were fascinated by how dry it was and all that cactus! We really liked the Aloe Vera factory, Casibari Rock Formation and the Natural Bridge. Even though the bridge has fallen the area is very beautiful & rugged The California Lighthouse stop ended up being mostly a place to change for the beach; as we didn't know there were no facilities at Arashi. The beach at Arashi was nice too The only thing we didn't like was wasting time at the beginning picking up other clients from different hotels.
Reviewer: Jack & Carol
We had never been to Aruba so this was a good opportunity to see the island. We enjoyed our tour. The guide was informative but constantly talked about tipping him and the driver.
Reviewer: Ellen and Scott Travel Team
We have participated in several other Shore Excursion trips on other Caribbean Islands. They have been consistently well run and very interesting.
Reviewer: Capt. Ron
Best way to see island
Our bus driver/guide, Campbell, was incredible!! The deluxe, air-conditioned bus was a plus! Campbell was extremely knowledgeable, polite, patient, safe, and obviously experienced! Highly recommend using this service!!
Our trip was an island tour of Aruba. Both the bus and the driver/guide were excellent. We saw all of the beautiful island and its landmarks and were taken to a lovely beach for swimming/snorkelling to finish the day. The driver said he would come back in an hour and true to his word, he did. It was a nice relaxing end to a great day and snorkeling equipment was given free. I would recommend this tour. A free drink was also given at one of the stops to help us cool down in the 85 degree heat. Lovely weather, lovely island.
Would like more time at the beaches.
Reviewer: Al and Barb
Couldn't ask for more
This excursion was a good way to see Aruba's highlights. I loved climbing the rock formation and seeing the natural bridge area and countryside. The aloe vera factory was interesting and informative. The tour guide for this excursion was friendly and knowledgeable. The beach was nice and not too crowded, and my husband had enough time to do some snorkeling there. I like that the tour didn't take up all the time we were in port, so we still had the chance to shop in the downtown area near the ship later in the day.
Great tour I highly recomend it for the price!
Had a terrific experience! Great tour around the island. Lots of time to appreciate everything that was promised. Never felt rushed.
We enjoyed this tour that showed us many aspects of the island, which is very clean and colorful. The guide was very informative and told us a lot about the history of Aruba. We enjoyed all the the stops, including the Aloe factory where we were able to purchase their pure Aloe products. My DH liked the beach where there is an old structure that was once used to store gold. He followed a tradition of using the stones there to make an icon for love, wealth, and the health to enjoy both! Note: Aruba can be very windy!