Run and book the Outback and Natural Pools adventure by Jeep! It's a raucous ride through the deserted outback of Arikok State Park and a tour through the bat caves and breathtakingly spectacular coastline and dip in the amazing natural pools. This tour was the highlight of the cruise.
We rented a car and went on our own. It's a short drive from Orenjestad and well worth it. It's a beautiful park with varied scenery: hills, desert, shrubbery, shoreline, dunes, rocky formations, and a cave with indigenous paintings.
After a pleasant 40 minute De Palm Tours drive through the desert landscape of very low brush and tall cactus; well narrated by Gino. Arriving at "trail head" we were met by a park guide for a leisurely stroll down a paved or manicured pebble path to an old farmhouse being reconditioned using cactus skeletons and mud mixed with grass. Gino provided better commentary of the countryside's plants and animals (bats, birds and lizards) then the park guide. Passengers from two Princess ships were crammed into the bus and tour. There should have been more guides and smaller groups for the tour. Then we were off to a pleasant beach for a quick swim and back to the ship with no time for shopping (fine with us).