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Oranjestad, Aruba

The Ultimate Guide to Exploring Aruba During Your Cruise

Aruba, a jewel in the Caribbean Sea, beckons with its pristine beaches, vibrant culture, and diverse activities for cruise passengers of all ages. Whether you seek thrilling adventures or tranquil relaxation, this island paradise has it all. Let’s explore the top things to do in Aruba during your cruise with Holland America Line.

Chairs aligned on the shoreline in Palm Beach, Aruba

Beach Experiences

Aruba’s reputation as a haven for beach enthusiasts is well-deserved. Its powdery white sands, crystal-clear waters, and gentle breezes enchant cruise passengers, promising a day of sun-soaked bliss. Embark on one of these unforgettable beach excursions for an unparalleled seaside experience.

  • Kukoo Island Discovery & Beach Getaway: Hop aboard the famous Kukoo Kunuku party bus and visit Aruba’s top landmarks, including the Alta Vista Chapel and the California Lighthouse, before arriving at a beautiful white-sand beach for a swim, snorkel, or some quality R&R.
  • Catamaran Snorkel & Beach Getaway: Sail to the west point of the island for a swim or snorkel in crystal-clear waters teeming with tropical fish before continuing to Aruba’s iconic Palm Beach. Stroll the picturesque beach and relax on a lounge chair as you sip unlimited drinks.
  • Segway, Beach & Snorkel Adventure: Explore Aruba on a Segway, gliding along scenic roads and paved paths to the California Lighthouse, where you can take in spectacular views of the island and coastline. After your Segway tour, relax on Arashi Beach and cool off with a swim.
Tourists on a sightseeing tour in Aruba.

Sightseeing Tours

Beyond its beaches, Aruba is a treasure trove of cultural experiences and natural wonders. Its colorful history, delectable cuisine, and intriguing locales provide ample scope for exploration. Discover the island’s hidden gems with these captivating sightseeing tours.

  • Aruba Walking & Tasting Tour: Treat your senses to the sights and flavors of Aruba, a melting pot of cultures. Take a guided walk past monuments and historic sites in downtown Oranjestad, sample local delicacies, and immerse yourself in the island's rich history.
  • Aruba Town & Countryside: Explore Aruba from the comfort of an air-conditioned motorcoach. Cruise along the coast with stops at the California Lighthouse, Alto Vista Chapel, the ruins of the landmark natural bridge, and the Casibari Rock Formations.
  • The Hidden Gems of Aruba: Take a tour off the beaten path and uncover the lesser-known treasures of Aruba. Explore wondrous caves, massive rock formations, and more as you learn about the island’s fascinating history.
People snorkeling near a catamaran on an Aruba cruise excursion.

Underwater Adventures

Aruba's underwater world is a realm of dreams and wonder. Shimmering fish dart between vibrant corals, and age-old shipwrecks narrate tales of the past. Dive into these ethereal depths with our underwater excursions, offering a unique exploration of nature’s hidden marvels.

  • Atlantis Submarine Underwater Adventure & Shipwreck Exploration: Board the Atlantis submarine for a mesmerizing journey into the deep. Explore mysterious wrecks and marvel at up-close views of exotic marine life, including tropical fish, huge sponge gardens, and coral fields.
  • Sailing & Snorkeling Cruise: Soak in the beauty of Aruba’s coastline and the riches of its underwater world on this scenic cruise. Sail to Boca Catalina for some reef snorkeling, then head to the famous Antilla shipwreck to explore this popular snorkel site.
  • Aruba Certified Two-Tank Scuba: Experienced divers have the opportunity to explore two fascinating shipwrecks: the Antilla and the Pedernalis, both of which are covered in coral formations and teeming with tropical fish.

Explore More Aruba Shore Excursions

Aruba's treasures go well beyond its sun-kissed shores. Whether you’re looking for family-friendly activities, cultural immersion, or one-of-a-kind adventures, the island delivers. Explore our full range of Aruba shore excursions to find the ideal experiences to elevate your cruise journey.

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Book Your Dream Cruise Today

Aruba is a paradise waiting to be explored—and a Holland America Line cruise provides the perfect gateway to this Caribbean gem. Ready to set sail on a tropical adventure? Explore our Aruba cruise itineraries and book the cruise of a lifetime with Holland America today.