Aruba Island Tour Excursion Reviews
Aruba is very clean and attractive and pretty much as usual.
We did the Best of Aruba excursion. This took you on an air conditioned narrated bus ride through the island with stops at the California Lighthouse, the Aloe Vera shop, Casibari Rock formation and the Natural Bridge ruins . The description for this excursion said there would be beach time at the end. Well beach time meant 15 minutes to take pictures. If you are 60+, this an excursion for you.
Aruba's Natural Wonders, AR28. We started off with a visit to a butterfly farm where we learned about a few species of butterflies and their life cycle. This is a great place to take slow motion videos of butterflies. Next we went to visit some rock formation and Indian rock paintings in a park, half guided and half on your own. Then we went to see the "famous" coral bridge which had actually collapsed a few years ago due to erosion! There is a new bridge being carved by the pounding waves, but this will take several years. And, you have to pay to use the bathroom at the gift shop.
All part of the jeep tour
The cruise line actually gave us 1/2 our money back because everyone on the tour complained to the excursion desk. The tour was useless, and we left an hour late because we had to wait on a large family who couldn't seem to show up on time.
not worth the money
Aruba was nice and we did not book the tour on the ship. As you are getting off the ship you will find tons of people offering tours. We found a guy doing them for $15 a person and we were gone for 4 hours. We went to the lighthouse, the "Stonehenge" area on the island, the Aloe factory all through the higher end of the island and got to go to Palm beach for two hours. A tour similar on the ship would have been 70.00. My kids were very surprised at how desolate the island was. You will see tons of cactus and dirt. Very little grass is on the island and there is only one cow on the entire island. The beaches are beautiful but do not expect a plush, tropical flowered island or you will be disappointed.
Sonny Binns tours in Aruba, very interesting. He has a air conditioned van, clean, comfortable and he is entertaining. He has a mic on him so you are able to hear him clearly well he drives you around city. He takes you to so every interesting places that you would not see on just any tour. Port pick up and drop off. Loved this tour!!!
Probably our favorite port. Our plans were to shop a bit, then go to a beach. Shopping took a little longer than expected, so we opted to take a 2 hour island tour on an open air party bus. It was 20 US per person. Made several stops, including a bathroom/snack break at a local convenience store. The bus stopped at California Lighthouse and Palm Beach, if you wanted to swim...beautiful, stark white, powdery sandy beach. We were pushed for time at this point, so we skipped the beach. Still, a nice way to see the island. It surprised me as to how arid a climate Aruba has....I was expecting a lush, green tropical setting...not so. Its very dry. Reminds me of Arizona surrounded by the ocean.
If you are shopping for jewelry or watches, I recommend Sean Jewelers, https://www.facebook.com/seanpauljewelers ....ask anyone where it is. Very good prices and service...By the way, I get no kickback. They're just good people.
Had an awesome with our guide Carlos who was a laugh a minute and always laughing, joking, and giving us a little insight about Aruba. The church and it's grounds were interesting, the town was alright and the beach was lovely. There was plenty of beachtime, and a lot of crazy and silly fun with our maracas and the locals who were fun enough to give us a wave as the crazy tourists went by hollering and shaking their maracas. Lots of fun for a family with kids and those who are young at heart!
p and outside there were buses for tours. We took a tour for $20.00 each it took us around and then dropped us off the beach then we got picked up and back to ship
We just paid $20/pp when we got off boat to tour guide...he took us on a/c bus all around island & told us all about it. Stopped 3 places / took photos then went to a beach for 2 hrs before shopping going back to boat.
We did a tour, Island Highlights. We went to some natural formations and a lighthouse, which for the price I thought was a waste of time. The local guide did his best but overall was pretty disappointed. First stop was to Baby Natural Bridge, which is the smaller of 2 natural bridges. Natural rock bridge. The larger bridge washed away 2 wks earlier. There were black rocks there, probably from volcano that were strewn around. And a very small walkway near dangerous tides coming in. Not much to see. Then we visit a rock garden, which was kinda neat and you can walk up to a platform and take pictures. This was the only bathroom break on tour, and like the gross bathroom you find at a gas station in the middle of nowhere. There was no soap! You'd be smart to bring tissue before you leave. Apparently Aruba produces water from the ocean, so it's costly and they charge you for the toilet. Next stop is Lighthouse, and 2 mos ago somebody jumped from the top and now noone can go up and take pictures! I picked this tour because I thought it would be good for pictures, but not real good if highest point of the island (lighthouse) you cannot access for that. Then we have a beach break which was cut short 30 minutes! I can only guess because of their busy schedule that day, even though we paid for more time. Rushed was not real enjoyable. The beach was great too, calm and perfect weather. If you want you can take a taxi or bus back to pier, which seemed pretty accessible because there's major hotels in walking distance. I bought a coffee cup in town. I forgot that the light ones are crap, they're a sand composite. There was better shopping in the terminal. I complained about our tour. There were similar tours, and all of them say "photo opp" for lighthouse. What point is there to go even if it some historical building if you can't go in. Therefore we sat there for 10 minutes, and no worthy pics. The woman at the tour desk was basically saying oh well it's a small island so I'm sorry Maam perhaps there's not much to see. But not tell you about changes to what's available so you can be ripped off $110. There was also a large national park in town, which seemed very interesting.
As usual, this company did an excellent job. We had a good guide and saw the highlights of the island. I highly recommend Shore Excursion Group.
Wonderful overview of the Island of Aruba. Sonny was the guide and he told us interesting tidbits of history, culture, cost of living there etc. I would highly recommend Sonny Binns Tours.
My favorite stop of the tour, and one I didn't want to leave. Incredibly beautiful island with some awesome beaches. We booked a private tour of the island through HF Tours, which gave us a driver and guide for the 5 of us for the day to take us where ever we wanted, all for $65/pp. We absolutely loved it. We stopped at Phillip's Animal Garden to tour the sanctuary, went to the donkey preserve, drove to natural bridge, and made a few other stops along the way. We got to see quite a bit of the island, and didn't have to deal with the normal tour stops where they're trying to push expensive trinkets on you. Our guide was very helpful in pointing out places that were overpriced and places we could get the same items far cheaper at. I can't say enough about HF Tours and Aruba in general. It's at the top of my list of places I want to go back to visit.
perfunctory tour leading to the tour guide's favorite shops. skip this in favor of private tours where the guide is more interested in giving you a history and geography lesson about their island.
Area is surrounded by beautiful water but the island was disappointing. I was surprised that it was full of cactus and dry.
The tour was exceptional. Our tour guide and bus driver 'Uncle Ben" was not only very informative but was a comedian! We not only had a great tour of the island and the different area. He made you want to come back and stay longer on HIS island.
So so so so beautiful. We took a tour with someone by the port it was $15 per person and he took us all around the island to see it. I was so surprised by the fact that in the middle of the island away from the beach it is like a desert. Catus and rocks were everywhere. I would have loved to gone snorkeling here but you had to go out by a catameran the beaches were too busy with boats to see anything. Also I talked to another couple who said the water was cloudy where they went out snorkeling.
Aruba was the next and last port to visit. The downside is that this was the fourth port to visit in four days. Docking closer to the downtown area than that of Curacao, walking to the smaller shopping district is easy. Aruba is also clean and safe to get around in. Our only tour of the ports was here in Aruba. Starting with a tour of the Island we saw the natural bridge formations on the far side of the island, one smaller bridge that is still intact, and a much larger bridge that collapsed back a few years ago. The guide showed us cashew fruit where the nut grows outside of the fruit. A stop at the California lighthouse preceded an hour long stay at Eagle beach. Aruba is noted for its long, white sandy beaches and warm, clear water. While amazing to swim in and enjoy, what they dont tell you is that Aruba is very windy, similar to experience in Maui. The trade winds blow strong all day, billowing up the sand and causing some small swells in the water. The beaches also dont have any coral so there is very limited fish and sealife to see underwater. Still, the beach and water is amazing to play in. Shopping around the port is a fraction of what was experienced in Curacao.
Basically a private tour throughout the island (the other group cancelled due to illness). The tour guides were great, would highly recommend this company.
We booked the Best of Aruba with the ship. Good tour for a decent price.
The tour guide was comical, bilingual and a joy to listen to. We gave us much information on his homeland including tidbits such as the cost of living, etc.
We did the See and Sea tour, and Maira was our guide. She was wonderful--very interesting and very fun to be around. This tour goes in a semi-submersible so that you can see the fish. That was cool! Then, you go to the lighthouse, which has a beautiful restaurant that overlooks the ocean as well as goats and pretty lizards. Yep! I can't believe I just called a lizard pretty, but they have turquoise coloring, and they are kind of cute. Then, we saw a natural bridge, which was lovely. Then, we climbed the steps to be on top of some rocks that overlook part of the island, which provided a lovely view. There are a lot of cactus, so it was interesting. FYI, we did not see this, but Maira mentioned that boa constrictors are an invasive species on the island.
Did a private 3 hour tour with Bully who had been recommended several times on the Aruba board. Bully was great and took us to all of the key things to see in Aruba. We would recommend him to anyone that wants a more private tour of Aruba
For this cruise we took advantage of an opportunity to join a privately organized tour of the "other side of Aruba," with rugged coastline and interesting rock formations that reminded me more of the Antrim Coast in Northern Ireland than a deep southern Caribbean island with a dessert climate (except for the cactus). The tour itself was quite interesting and allowed us to see the remains of the Natural Bridge and the Lighthouse, among other sights before we were dropped off in town to do a little shopping before walking back to the ship.