Open air bus. Bumpy, dusty, bone jarring ride. One passenger asked if our driver was AIMING at potholes on purpose. 10 minute stops at a three island "highlights" but I only remember the lighthouse, where he only stopped for 5 minutes. The tour included a boat ride back to the ship and he kept telling us that we had to hurry because the boat was waiting for us. When we got to the boat, they wouldnt let us board for 25 minutes. Huh? We do not recomend this tour.
Nightmare getting off ship. We had to gather in hot reflections restaurant with all other tours then they took you off by tour which ended up being a long mass of people with everyone still trying to get off first. Then we still had to find group in building and then bus. Would have been easier to just meet outside. Tour good as we had never been. Beach disappointing as this was the port I was most excited about.
this was also part of the same ship tour: Natural wonders. We went past the mining camp ( no stop), and saw the sign for the California lighhouse (no stop or sighting). What they did take us to was this: Ayo Rock Formation -boulders adorned with 1500-year-old Indian rock paintings, and the collapsed Natural Bridge. We walked around the rocks a bit. Beautiful scenery at the bridge, rock portion similar to US Western petroglyphs.
We weren't offered any water on this hot portion of the tour and my husband wanted to use the bathroom at the natural bridge site and was told it cost a dollar. Tourist rip off at it's best
Great bus tour with talk of island. 4 stops too! I short hiking area of the 2nd tallest island rock, Natural Bridges, Lighthouse (if you want to tour it - that's a separate excursion) and a less populated beach of beautiful white sand and blue water (not clear - but cloudy-white-sand-water). and many free hut-umbrellas for shade.
This excursion was provided by DePalm Tours and our tour guide Ryan was awesome. We saw many highlights of the island and even though the tour is limited on time it does give you a great overview of island. We know we will return to Aruba for a vacation.
We really enjoyed our Best of Aruba tour. We stopped off at the Casibari Rock Formations and climbed all the way to the top for an incredible view of the island before slowing picking our way down the stairs. Then we drove by the gold mill ruins before driving to the Baby Natural Bridge where we were able to get out and take some pictures. Such rugged beauty and it was really windy with some impressive waves to boot. We drove to the California Lighthouse which was interesting to see, although you can't go inside it. I would rather go to a lighthouse in California that you CAN climb ;o) Our last stop was the Aruba Aloe Factory where we were shown how the aloe is harvested and treated. It was very interesting to see and touch the inside of the aloe plant. This is also a shopping opportunity for people. We didn't buy anything here.
I as scheduled to do A certified scuba dive but we arrived to late into port so it was cancelled. Instead we set up for a land tour by bus and that was discounted but was a waste of money. BArely saw anything, yup the bus rode by stuff and told you want it was but it was like being in fast motion. "On the left there is this, o the right there is that, oh we must move on..." It grew dark fast and that was the end of the cruise......waste of money! Huge waste. Greed on the part of Carnival and the tour operator. Not great trying to see stuff in the pitch black. Was I even i Aruba??
We found brave heart sightseeing tour in port. What a great tour. We went everywhere south and north. Stopping at each site. Never rushed. And he would pull over anywhere if we wanted to see something closer. Felt we saw the entire island. Loved Aruba and can not wait to go back.
Aruba is a lovely island. It gets a lot of money through tourism due to a big appeal from americans. Some parts due feel like Las Vegas as there are enormous hotel/casino complexes. As with Curacao, there is a big shopping village in town. We opted for a local island tour as soon as we got off the ship and it was excellent. $20 each and we saw a few sights around the island and then they dropped us off at Eagle Beach for 2 hours and collected us after. Eagle Beach is very nice, but if you want sun beds prices vary massively. We got 2 for $10, others told us they got 2 for $30 or even $40!!
Driven by coach to Ayo Rock Formations for brief stop, then onto the coast where the Natural bridge used to be before it's collapse & then onto California Lighthouse. Coach driver provided us with lots of information throughout the trip. We were then dropped at a beach for an hour before returning to the port. The trip lasted about 4 hours in total. Enjoyable trip.
Fabulous guide, lots of really neat things to see and do on this island.
Tour was just a bit too short.
Due to the recent heavy rain, we couldn't see baby bridge, so we got to visit Eagle beach for half an hour.
Taxis are pretty expensive on this island!
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