What can be more fun than an off-road safari adventure in Aruba? I don’t think very much!
I was recently blessed to visit the beautiful Caribbean island of Aruba for a one day stop on a cruise with Princess Cruises. Prior to boarding the ship, I reserved my spot with DePalm Tours for a five-hour off-road safari adventure. Wow! What fun times it was! Although I only had one day to explore this beautiful island, I felt like I was able to take in the best that it had to offer thanks to DePalm Tours.
We were picked up at where our ship was docked and taken to the office location of DePalm Tours, where we were introduced to our guides, Matthew (with two t’s) and Oko. We were given the rules of the road and briefed on what we would be seeing and what to expect while out on our adventure. We then boarded our jeep and we were off!
Casibari Rock Formations
Our first stop was the Casibari Rock Formation where we had the opportunity to climb an easy 140 feet. Once reaching the top, I was confronted with the most breathtaking view of the of the island.
Once I had the opportunity to take in this beauty, I boarded the jeep and we continued on. The bumps along the way to our next stop gave a small taste of what was yet to come.
Our second stop was even more breathtaking than the first. We were given the opportunity to explore one of the several natural bridges in Aruba, known as the Baby Bridge. The colour of the ocean and the rock formations was a sight to see.
It is in this area of the island that the rocks are stacked in the thoughts that this will bring good luck. This is a practice that the local tourist board is attempting to stop.
There was also a spot where we could sample the local beer, Balashi (for a small fee), which was a bonus. Of course, I couldn’t let this opportunity pass me by, after all it was hot out.
After this stop, the real fun began. We continued on along the coast of the Caribbean Sea and we bounced around like rag dolls. What a blast! Me being the rebel that I am, chose to sit in the rear of the jeep so that I could experience the maximum amount of bumps as possible.
Alto Vista Chapel
The next stop was at a small chapel known as the Alto Vista Chapel, meaning “Pilgrims Church”, which is located right on the ocean side.
The original chapel was built in the 1750’s by a Venezuelan missionary, and the church that currently stands was built in 1952.
Next stop was the California lighthouse, which was named after the ship that sunk in 1891. If you are feeling energetic, the lighthouse is open to the public to climb.
Last, but not least, we stopped at Arashi Beach, which is known for its world-class swimming and snorkeling. There was a great little bar at this beach where you could sit back and enjoy the island breeze and a cold one…..or maybe two.
Thank you for joining me on my off-road safari adventure. If ever in Aruba, I highly recommend that you contact DePalm Tours to experience your own off-road safari adventure. They have a tour to suit the solo traveler, families, and old and young alike.
“One Happy Island”
I would love to hear what your favourite Aruba adventures are.
SAFE & HAPPY TRAVELS!