Aruba Beach Excursion Reviews

Spend your day relaxing on the picturesque shores of Aruba. Framed by palm trees and crystal-clear waters, these beaches are the definition of paradise.
DePalm Island.  Too early (7 AM), too cold, too bleak.
DePalm Island.  Too early (7 AM), too cold, too bleak. Tried snorkeling but emerged freezing after only 5 minutes. Dead coral is depressing. Nothing to eat or drink for 2 1/2 hours. Nothing to do if you weren't in the water. ... Read More
DePalm Island.  Too early (7 AM), too cold, too bleak. Tried snorkeling but emerged freezing after only 5 minutes. Dead coral is depressing. Nothing to eat or drink for 2 1/2 hours. Nothing to do if you weren't in the water. Eventually a so-so buffet, but who wants to eat lunch at 10:30 in the morning? Had to be back on the boat by 12. In general, a waste of time. Read Less
Sail Date February 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Wish we had done earlier morning trip, by the time we hit the beach in the late afternoon it was ...
Wish we had done earlier morning trip, by the time we hit the beach in the late afternoon it was too hot for us. Driver took a bunch of folks back to the ship after dropping off beach goers.
Wish we had done earlier morning trip, by the time we hit the beach in the late afternoon it was too hot for us. Driver took a bunch of folks back to the ship after dropping off beach goers. Read Less
Sail Date December 2014
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Bad weather didn't allow us to visit the 2 planned snorkel spots.
Bad weather didn't allow us to visit the 2 planned snorkel spots. A 15% discount returned to us, we thought it should have been more. Catamaran ride to Palm Beach. Beautiful! The staff were friendly, they kept the rum punch flowing, ... Read More
Bad weather didn't allow us to visit the 2 planned snorkel spots. A 15% discount returned to us, we thought it should have been more. Catamaran ride to Palm Beach. Beautiful! The staff were friendly, they kept the rum punch flowing, and were always available to answer questions. The lunch on the pier was not very tasty, but a fun experience. There was also free WIFI! Beautiful beach, nice people, tasty drinks=a great day at the beach! Read Less
Sail Date December 2014
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
All part of the jeep tour
All part of the jeep tour
All part of the jeep tour Read Less
Sail Date December 2014
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
This was a beach break with a buffet meal.
This was a beach break with a buffet meal. The ship docked at 2 PM and we had to take a bus to the beach at 2:30. We were on Bus #14 which had no air-conditioning and the bus would not leave until every seat was occupied. We did not arrive ... Read More
This was a beach break with a buffet meal. The ship docked at 2 PM and we had to take a bus to the beach at 2:30. We were on Bus #14 which had no air-conditioning and the bus would not leave until every seat was occupied. We did not arrive at the beach until 3:15 so we headed to the beach to get loungers in the shade and go for a swim. My husband went off snorkelling. By the time I headed to the buffet it was 3:50 PM and I found out that it closed at 4 PM. I basically got leftovers and no desert. I would not recommend this excursion. The beach was nearly all rocks and coral. It would be very easy to fall or twist your ankle getting into the water. Read Less
Sail Date March 2014
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
Good fun with transport in open air bus.
Good fun with transport in open air bus. Beaches very clean with pristine waters and sandy bottoms.Cheap beer, its all good.
Good fun with transport in open air bus. Beaches very clean with pristine waters and sandy bottoms.Cheap beer, its all good. Read Less
Sail Date December 2013
Shore Excursion Provider: MSC Cruises
This port was absolutely awesome.
This port was absolutely awesome. We took a cab to De Palm Beach and rented an umbrella and chairs and even tried tubing behind a speedboat! The water is turquoise but not so clear due to the high number of swimmers in the area. We enjoyed ... Read More
This port was absolutely awesome. We took a cab to De Palm Beach and rented an umbrella and chairs and even tried tubing behind a speedboat! The water is turquoise but not so clear due to the high number of swimmers in the area. We enjoyed a day at the beach sipping on drinks, swimming, and letting that cool island breeze relax us. The cab drivers and locals are extremely friendly and fun to talk to. Can't say enough good things about this port! Read Less
Sail Date November 2013
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
Aruba is beautiful.
Aruba is beautiful. Moomba beach was great. Food and beverage available along with little shops. I only wish we had a longer stay at the beach.
Aruba is beautiful. Moomba beach was great. Food and beverage available along with little shops. I only wish we had a longer stay at the beach. Read Less
Sail Date November 2013
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
The Kuckoo Kanukoo Beach Break takes you to some of the island highlights and then ends at Palm ...
The Kuckoo Kanukoo Beach Break takes you to some of the island highlights and then ends at Palm Beach. You get a lounger but no umbrella so you have to move it into the shade if you don’t want the sun - not a big deal. Good way to spend ... Read More
The Kuckoo Kanukoo Beach Break takes you to some of the island highlights and then ends at Palm Beach. You get a lounger but no umbrella so you have to move it into the shade if you don’t want the sun - not a big deal. Good way to spend a few hours. Read Less
Sail Date November 2013
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Beautiful beaches on this island, you cannot go wrong by visiting the beach.
Beautiful beaches on this island, you cannot go wrong by visiting the beach.
Beautiful beaches on this island, you cannot go wrong by visiting the beach. Read Less
Sail Date April 2013
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Poor beaches, one with facilities not open
Poor beaches, one with facilities not open
Poor beaches, one with facilities not open Read Less
Sail Date March 2013
Shore Excursion Provider: Oceania Cruises
We booked the private island excursion in Aruba and it was our favorite day.
We booked the private island excursion in Aruba and it was our favorite day. Not crowded at all and as much food and drink as you desired. Activities included snorkeling, banana boat rides and a small water slide park. The beach was ... Read More
We booked the private island excursion in Aruba and it was our favorite day. Not crowded at all and as much food and drink as you desired. Activities included snorkeling, banana boat rides and a small water slide park. The beach was BEAUTIFUL. We had a great time that passed way too quickly. We got to the island by bus and ferry and it was pretty painless. We were back early enough to do a little shopping before getting back on ship. Read Less
Sail Date February 2013
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
DePalm Island was very nice.
DePalm Island was very nice. Great snorkling, drinks were good, as well as the food. The banana boat ride was a blast. Great time.
DePalm Island was very nice. Great snorkling, drinks were good, as well as the food. The banana boat ride was a blast. Great time. Read Less
Sail Date February 2013
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
De Palm Island - all inclusive - snorkel, lunch
De Palm Island - all inclusive - snorkel, lunch
De Palm Island - all inclusive - snorkel, lunch Read Less
Sail Date February 2013
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
DePalm Island Snorkel: The trip was well organized and they had it together on the island.
DePalm Island Snorkel: The trip was well organized and they had it together on the island. Plenty of food and cocktails to order. Beach and snorkel were excellent. I did not feel that I was getting a great deal of culture as this was ... Read More
DePalm Island Snorkel: The trip was well organized and they had it together on the island. Plenty of food and cocktails to order. Beach and snorkel were excellent. I did not feel that I was getting a great deal of culture as this was my first time to Aruba and the island is sort of man-made amusement but for a short time in port I do not know where it could have been better spent. Read Less
Sail Date January 2013
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
I went on Best of Aruba plus Beach Break.
I went on Best of Aruba plus Beach Break. Everyone was off the ship and on the motor coach about 45 minutes early, so we left early. We got 45 minutes extra because we still got back as scheduled! We went to rock formations, and the ... Read More
I went on Best of Aruba plus Beach Break. Everyone was off the ship and on the motor coach about 45 minutes early, so we left early. We got 45 minutes extra because we still got back as scheduled! We went to rock formations, and the natural bridge. Neat to see the neighborhoods. Very informational and friendly guide/driver. We saw the lighthouse - it's a lighthouse. The key part of the excursion was the beach. Two hours at a beach that offered something for everyone. I spent $3 on a beach chair for my stuff and then spent 90 minutes in the water. Sandy and beautiful. There was a restaurant and bar and all kinds of water sports if you were interested, from para sailing to big inflatable things that a powerboat would drag you on. I thought the tour included the aloe plant farm, but we didn't go there, but really, if I were doing it again, it would be full time at the beach. Read Less
Sail Date January 2013
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
Rented a car in port from a local car rental place for $50 for the day.
Rented a car in port from a local car rental place for $50 for the day. Nice enough car with AC. Went to baby beach and did a little sight seeing. Nice little beach with locals playing in the water. Very blue water!! Little cool out ... Read More
Rented a car in port from a local car rental place for $50 for the day. Nice enough car with AC. Went to baby beach and did a little sight seeing. Nice little beach with locals playing in the water. Very blue water!! Little cool out so the ladies didn't go swimming. Went down the coast and went to the natural bridge area. Some incredible scenery with the huge waves crashing on shore. Continued on to see the casabari rock formations which was pretty neat. Rough stairs and climbing might not be for the elderly at this spot. Huge boulders in the middle of a neighborhood. Headed up to the Arashi beach area. Nice spot with pretty water but unfortunately every time we got out to go swimming after this point it rained on us. Girls wanted none of that so we skipped most of the beach time we had been hoping for. Beautiful sandy beaches that are definitely worth seeing. Note if you rent a car; the roads have little to no road markers which make navigatin even with a map very difficult. Wasted at least an hour of the day getting lost on the roads. Ugh!! Good thing we were in port til 10 PM. Read Less
Sail Date January 2013
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
We took a cab to de palm pier and went Tubing!
We took a cab to de palm pier and went Tubing! Was 20$/ person and our family of 4 loved it! The driver took pictures for us, and went at a pace suitable for our small children. We later walked around near port- nearby the little market ... Read More
We took a cab to de palm pier and went Tubing! Was 20$/ person and our family of 4 loved it! The driver took pictures for us, and went at a pace suitable for our small children. We later walked around near port- nearby the little market is a great place to buy Caribbean souvenirs- 4/$1.00!! Later wished we bought more there. Read Less
Sail Date December 2012
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Save your money and take a taxi instead.
Save your money and take a taxi instead. Much cheaper and better service. Aruba is beautiful with their velvet sand and majestic beaches.
Save your money and take a taxi instead. Much cheaper and better service. Aruba is beautiful with their velvet sand and majestic beaches. Read Less
Sail Date December 2012
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
No fault of the tour operator, just that it was very windy with rough surf making for a poor beach ...
No fault of the tour operator, just that it was very windy with rough surf making for a poor beach experience.
No fault of the tour operator, just that it was very windy with rough surf making for a poor beach experience. Read Less
Sail Date December 2012
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Went to De Palm island and loved it.
Went to De Palm island and loved it. Wish we could have stayed longer. Good food, everyone got a beach chair, life guards watching people, lots to do, beautiful scenery and fish
Went to De Palm island and loved it. Wish we could have stayed longer. Good food, everyone got a beach chair, life guards watching people, lots to do, beautiful scenery and fish Read Less
Sail Date December 2012
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line