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Things to Do in Aruba

Aruba: Where You Never Run Out of Things to Do

Aruba is for everyone - the timid, the loner, the social butterfly, the water sports lover, the cultural buff, the dancer. No wonder Aruba is one of the top tourist destinations in the world. People come to Aruba for many reasons, but mostly they come because they want to have the best Aruba vacation of their life!

Let's look at some of the things you can do in Aruba, beginning with the water. Aruba's got plenty of water plus sand, wind, furious and gentle waves, and the perfect spots for trying out your dare-and-do skills. Aruba's beaches are awesome.

Aruba water sports companies continue to thrive in the island. They'll help you organize sports activities for the whole family. One such outfit is JAD's Dive Center in San Nicolas. They like to work in small groups so they can personalize the diving experience of their customers.

Guests can go boat diving from a 36' vessel and when they're hungry, JAD's has a bar and grill to end your day. Address: Seroe Colorado 245E, Baby Beach, San Nicolas (tel: +297-584-6070).

Strea Charters - this husband and wife team will find you a place to snorkel and swim; if you're feeling timid, they can take you on an intimate boat tour along Aruba's coastline. They have activities for kids and can organize dinner cruises. You can make special arrangements by calling (00297) 7320108. Strea Charters is located at the Surfside Marina Pier in Oranjestad.

Dive Aruba - a man by the name of Clive seems to be popular among the tourists. He owns a boat that can hold about 7 people. If you want to get certified as an open water scuba diver, Clive can also do that for you. Call 011-297-582-7337. Dive Aruba is in Oranjestad (Williamstraat # 8).

Palm Pleasure Snorkel Adventure - the folks at Palm Pleasure will take you to three of their favorite snorkelling places including the Antille shipwreck just off Aruba's newest catamaran. After snorkelling, you can snuba - a combination of scuba and snorkelling. They'll serve you lunch prepared by the island's top chefs. Enjoy their guided and private underwater tours.

Of course, if you're the type of traveller who'd rather sit back and listen to tour guides as you take in the scenery and panoramic views, you can join an organized tour.

Organized Tours in Aruba- Here's a few you can try:

Discover Aruba Tour - this is a half day tour and will give you a bird's eye view of Aruba cultureAruba-Natural-Bridge and nature. You'll be with other tourists in a comfortable, air conditioned bus and you'll be treated to desert views, cunucu homes, and to the Baby Natural Bridge, Ayo Rock Formation and Lourdes Grotto. You have about three stops: Bushiribana Gold Mill ruins, California Lighthouse and Alto Vista Chapel. Towards the end of the tour, you'll be given snorkelling equipment for a cool splash at Baby Beach. Tour includes the bus ride, soda, snacks and snorkel equipment. Cost: about $60.00 per person.

Aruba Safari Jeep Tour - for about $85.00 this isn't a bad tour, especially if you like the outbacks. Tour stops at the Bushiribana Gold Mill ruins and in De Palm Island. The tour lasts about five hours and includes refreshments. Not included in the cost are meals, tips, and optional activities.

Land Tour of Aruba - you need to book this tour eight days in advance. Call toll free 800-719-2171. You'll be picked up and dropped off. On the agenda: California Lighthouse, Alto Vista Chapel, Bushiribana Ruins, Natural Bridge, Ayo Rock Formation, Aruba-Horseback-ridingFrenchman Pass, Balashi Gold Mill Ruins, Baby Beach and Oranjestad. Bring your swimsuit, sun screen and camera, and a change of clothes!

And if you're feeling adventurous, why not try...

Submarine Expedition, Oranjestad - don't worry, it's not a full day tour. You'll get about an hour and a half to spend with exotic marine life, down below - you'll be descending to about 120 feet in a submarine - this is where another world awaits you: bright colored tropical fish, sponge gardens and lovely corals. You'll also get to see Aruba's mysterious underwater arena with the two popular ship wrecks. An experienced pilot will be directing the submarine so you can enjoy and marvel at the underworld. The submarine is approved by the US Coast Guard and accommodates 48 people.

This submarine tour must be reserved two days in advance. Call 800-719-2171. Price per adult: about $105.00 (cheaper if you book online and take advantage of the Internet rate).

During the day, no matter what activity you're doing in Aruba, what you hear people talk about most is where they ate the night before, and what Aruban restaurant they're going to next.