Things to Do
With its sparkling warm turquoise waters filled with an abundance of bright tropical fish, Aruba is a popular spot for scuba-diving. Home to over 40 dive sites, including a variety of reefs and wrecks, and featuring a sunken aeroplane from WW II, there's plenty on offer for the dive enthusiast.
Aruba boasts sheltered bays with warm clear water, constant sunshine and breezes from the trade winds - all perfect ingredients for windsurfing. From beginners' tuition on the calm east coast, to expert terrain on the more rugged west of the island, conditions are perfect for all levels, with a number of schools and centres offering lessons and equipment all over the island.
In addition to windsurfing, the miles of white sandy beaches and calm lagoons offer great condiitons for many other water sports. Choose from kitesurfing, jet-skiing, water-skiing, banana-boat rides, parasailing and kayaking. Fishing trips are popular here, with half and full-day tours available.
A great way to see the island is by sail boat, with the calm blue waters providing the perfect setting for an experience out at sea. Let the trade winds carry you around the island, on a chartered yacht or catamaran cruise, whilst relaxing in the Caribbean sunshine and enjoying the views.
Enjoy a sunset ride along the beach, a nature trail through an old coconut plantation or a trek along the rugged shores of the north coast - horseback rides are an ideal way to see the charm and beauty of the island, whilst taking in some of its popular sights and experiencing its varied terrain.
Explore Aruba on a scenic bus tour, which takes in some of the most interesting sights of the island or cross the rugged landscape on a 4x4 jeep excursion. Descend to the depths of the seas on a popular submarine tour, enjoying stunning views of the oceans' coral reefs, wrecks and marine life.
Mountain-biking and hiking along the coast and through Aruba's desert terrain, passing sand dunes and rugged cliffs, are a great way to explore the island, with other relaxing ways to pass the time whilst on holiday including golf, bowling and tennis.