There is a "hidden Aruba," and you'll discover it on this excellent full-day tour of the island by four-wheel-drive Jeep. The four-door Jeep provides access to numerous outstanding locations not accessible by standard vehicles. The Jeeps are automatic and hold four guests only. If you have fewer than four in your group, your guide will match you up with others. Guests drive their own Jeeps and there will be several chances to stop and switch drivers. Guests wanting a private Jeep will need to purchase all four seats.
Follow your professional and friendly tour guide as they lead you on a comprehensive tour where you will visit the California Lighthouse, named after a ship called the Californian, which has the distinction of having received distress signals from the Titanic as she went down in icy waters in 1912.
After the California Light House, you will make a short stop at the Rock Garden, a garden of stacked rocks created by tourists like you over the years. This stop also gives a great view of the rough North Coast.
Your next stop will be Alto Vista Chapel. The chapel was built on the site of the first Catholic church built in Aruba in 1750 by a Spanish missionary. It is a special place for peace and contemplation, surrounded by the Aruban countryside.
No tour of Aruba would be complete without viewing its many natural wonders. Your Jeep will take you to the famous Natural Bridge, a formation of coral limestone cut by years of pounding surf. It was one of the largest natural spans in the world, standing 23 feet above sea level and spanning more than 100 feet across until it collapsed in 2005. Nearby is the Baby Bridge, a smaller version of the Natural Bridge.
After your visit to the bridge, you will get a chance to find some gold at the Bushiribana gold mine ruins. The Bushiribana smelter was built in 1872 by the Aruba Island Gold Mining Company to extract gold from the ore that was being mined in the nearby hills of Ceru Plat. It operated for ten years.
You will also visit the Ayo Rock Formation, where you can see ancient Indian drawings left behind by the original inhabitants of Aruba. Lunch and refreshments will then be served in a local restaurant. After lunch, you will drive through the famous Frenchmen's Pass on your way to Baby Beach for some spectacular swimming in the crystal-clear waters of Aruba. Popular for its clear blue waters inside a calm bay, Baby Beach has been a long time favorite among visitors to our island. Snorkel gear is available for rental as well.
Reviewer: Harold Johnson
The all day jeep excursion was wonderful! We started off with a small group of jeeps, five including the guide, and went to the lighthouse and old chapel in the morning. We then spent a lot of time exploring the state park and went by the natural bridge. At every stop our guide was very informative and had drinks and ice for everyone in the group. Having been to Aruba many times, our group was glad to get an "educated" tour and see thing not previously discovered. We traveled along the shoreline and witnessed the stacked stones. As the afternoon hit, all of the jeeps except ours went back, we had the only all day tour so we had a personal guide. We went to lunch at a wonderful local barbeque restaurant. After lunch we went to Baby beach for a relaxing afternoon of swimming and sun. The experience was great and an excellent value.
Reviewer: Michelle Hickman
We met the excursion group right outside the ship. We were taken by bus to the jeeps and our adventure began. Ronald was our guide and he truly loved his island and sharing its history with us. He never made us feel rushed at our stops. Each time we did stop he would bring out a bucket and pick up any trash left by others. The jeeps were open topped and the off roading part was so much fun. Although you could use the cover for the jeep when it started to rain we didn't as it was very refreshing . The rain passed very quickly. We hit several mud holes even making the trip more exciting. Be prepared to get dirty. They provided the best water we have ever drank. They also had soda available for those who wanted it. We would definitely recommend this excursion. This excursion was the highlight of our cruise.
This tour was beyond what we expected!!! They pick you up at the cruise port and take you to the jeeps. We were blessed with the BEST tour guide named HUGO. He was very informative ,entertaining and kind. We got to see all the highlights of Aruba. Sightseeing, food, beach, and snorkeling.plenty of photo ops along the way. He also supplied water and soda. Restroom stops also. We wouldn't change a thing!!!
Reviewer: Chief Bn. 49
Both my wife and I really enjoyed this excursion and we are both in our late 60's.