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Beach & Cave Island Tour

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icon6 hours 30 minutes  (approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
iconOffered in: English and 2 more

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Overview

Drive around Aruba aboard an open-air converted school bus decked out in tropical-themed Caribbean colors. You’ll see island highlights narrated by an informative guide while you sip rim punch between stops. Visit the California Lighthouse, the Natural Bridge and Guadirikiri Caves in Arikok National Park. Swim in the calm waters of Baby Beach and feast on a restaurant barbecue lunch during your 6.5-hour tour, including round-trip hotel transport.
  • Travel around the island in a colorful, open-air bus with a knowledgeable local guide
  • Enjoy a BBQ lunch at La Granja restaurant
  • Go swimming in the tranquil waters of Baby Beach
  • Unlimited rum punch and other beverages on the bus and hotel transport are included
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Hotel pickup and drop-off
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9:30 AM
Tour departs from most Aruba hotels
Visit Aruba’s most popular landmarks aboard a brightly colored converted school bus and enjoy the tropical island breeze through large open windows. Meet your guide at hotel pickup and listen to fascinating facts about the Caribbean island as you sip unlimited beverages (soda, rum punch, fruit punch and water) on board.

Your tour provides a closer look at attractions like Arashi Beach, the California Lighthouse and Tierra del Sol Country Club and Resort, located at Aruba’s northwest coast. Snap photos from your perch or disembark to stretch your legs. 

Driving south along the island’s eastern coastline, you’ll visit Alto Vista Chapel, the ruins of the 19th-century Bushiribana gold mine and the remains of the Natural Bridge — a limestone formation that collapsed in 2005. 

Around midday, enjoy a barbecue lunch served at La Granja restaurant. 

Get a glimpse of the mysterious Ayo rock formations before heading to Arikok National Park to see the Amerindian petroglyphs at Guadirikiri Caves. Take a 15-minute guided tour inside one of the caves, whose two chambers are illuminated by sunlight streaming down through holes in the ceiling. 

Arriving at Aruba’s southern end, finish with 45 minutes of free time at Baby Beach. Swim in the shallow waters of the tranquil lagoon; if you wish to further explore the marine life, snorkel gear is available to rent (own expense).

 Your 6.5-hour tour ends with hotel drop-off in the late afternoon.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
California Lighthouse and Sasariwichi Dunes
Our tour guide will give a small brief of the history from the California Lighthouse, You will have approximately 10 to 15 minutes to walk around and to take nice memorable pictures.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Baby Beach
This is the last stop for a nice dip in.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Guadirikiri Caves
The tour guide will give a small briefing of the history and you will climb in the cave for some nice pictures while walk in with the tour guide.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Natural Bridge
Tour guide will give a small briefing of the place and you can take nice memorable pictures while walking with the tour guide.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Alto Vista Chapel
The tour guide will give a small briefing of the Chapel, you will be able to can go inside the Chapel to make some nice memorable pictures, also you can walk around to enjoy the nice breeze and for some more pictures.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Arashi Beach
Arashi Beach is a nice beach that we will drive by just to make some nice pictures.
Stop At:  
Ayo Rock Formations
Ayo rock Formations are monolithic rock boulders, The tour guide will give a small briefing of the nice place and you can climb up for a nice view and some memorable pictures.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Pelican Adventures
Bus will leave for pickup starting at 8:00 am.
Pass By:  
Arikok National Park
The National Park takes you on a memorable journey of the islands past offering unique geological, cultural and historical sites, The tour guide will give you a small briefing while driving into the park.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Bring a swimsuit and towel if you'd like to swim at Baby Beach
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Pelican Aruba
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Beach & Cave Island Tour ?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
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Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Beach & Cave Island Tour ?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Beach & Cave Island Tour ?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Beach & Cave Island Tour ?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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  • "Ride was an old school bus with windows removed.Island is always windy, but it helps keep the heat down." See review

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star-4
A good tour of the island
Mark_K
, Jul 2022
So, this was a nice tour, but not exactly as advertised. Tour timing info not well coordinated with Pelican, and we got our pickup window that morning. Turns out we were the first pickup, so Viktor (bus driver/tour guide) showed up at our resort at 9:05. He seemed a bit torqued about us not being ready at 9:05 (I was, but the rest of my party took a few minutes) and we boarded the 32 year old school bus by 9:10. We then spent the next hour or so stopping at the other resorts picking up passengers. Some resorts we hit more than once. Somewhere between 10:00 and 10:30, the tour was finally underway. Viktor changed from bus driver into tour guide, describing what the tour would entail and clarifying the drinks/lunch. Drinks were not unlimited, but two per person for the tour. Tour stops were 10 minutes to exit the bus, take pictures, and climb back on the bus. After covering the logistics, he started describing the more affluent neighborhoods we drove through (a little jealous?) on our way to the first stop, the California Lighthouse. A nice view on the north end of the island, but it was being painted during our visit. Oh, and it'll cost you $5 to climb it. Next stop Alto Vista Chapel, with Viktor describing the markers leading up to the chapel. Our next stop was the Natural Bridge, which included passing by the Bushiribana gold processing center (twice). Unfortunately, the Natural Bridge collapsed a few years back, but still a beautiful setting. They have a little tourist shop, if you needed a quick beverage and $2 restrooms. Next was a quick drive by of Ayo Rock Formation. Spoiler alert - King Kong is the answer to Viktor's trivia question. Next was lunch at La Granja (BBQ and Peruvian Chicken) - about 25-30 minutes. The food was pretty good, and short lines at the restroom. Next stop Guadirikiri Caves in Arikok National Park, driving by the Windmills that provide about 20% of the islands power (the other 80% is mostly fuel oil). The caves aren't very deep, but plenty of places for a good pic or two. And, yes there are bats. After about 25-30 minutes, we headed to our last tour stop, Baby Beach, at the south end of the island. A great spot to go the beach, despite being surrounded by a refinery, phosphate mining and the island's only jail. After an hour at Baby Beach, we climbed back on the bus, and traveled back toward our resort. Since we arrived at our resort around 2:45, the total tour was a little under 6 hours, but we did cover most of the island. Despite being an old bus, without the windows, lack of AC wasn't an issue. Many of the roads we drove on were dirt, and definitely had a backwoods (read small) feel to them. Could have used a little more time at some of the early stops, but otherwise a decent outing.
star-5
Ultimate Girls Trip
Nelle_B
, Jul 2022
The tour guy was very informative. We were able to see and learn about so many things My highlight was the cave with the bats!. So fun.
star-5
Fun times!
Frezer_N
, Jun 2022
The tour guide was amazing! Took us all over the island and gave a lot of insight into its history!!
star-5
Recommend- tour of the Island at a nice pace
Ella_P
, May 2022
This tour was a great way to see the Island! the atmosphere was nice, the ride was relaxed and our guide was great and gave us interesting information about Aruba throughout the day. plus sodas and good lunch included. Baby beach was azaming!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
James!! We love you
Madison_M
, Jan 2022
James was our tour guide for the day and he was amazing! He was able to give the guide in multiple languages and even turned around to get my glasses that fell out of the window (my fault). He was kind enough to show us local bars and hotspots after the tour. 100% recommend :)
star-5
Fun on the Island Toue
Sharon_J
, Sep 2021
I had a great time in the cave and at baby beach...the Johnson Crew had a great day! The food was good and fulfilling!
star-5
Great Tour
Nicole_S
, Jan 2021
Wonderful Experience, Victor was great, very informative and funny. Lunch and Drinks are included in the tour.
star-5
Awesome
Alanna_C
, Nov 2020
It was a group of eight, we had a great time with our tour guide Victor. The rum punch got better at every stop.
star-4
Fun tour.
Amiee_W
, Feb 2020
Fun tour. Baby beach was wonderful but would be even better with snorkeling equipment. Lunch was very tasty and filling.
star-4
See Aruba away from the resorts
Robert_D
, Feb 2020
Fun music on the bus. Great tour guide/driver. Rum punch was not so delicious but cold soda and water were available. Great local place for lunch stop. Very fun tour.
star-5
A most do
Salvador C
, Nov 2019
This tour was amazing, guides were friendly and knowledgeable of they're history, I do definitely recommend this activity!
star-5
Non stop FUN!
Kelli_B
, Sep 2019
I'd highly recommend this tour. Once we had everyone picked up we went from one attraction to the next as Victor gave us all the history, facts and information. We had a really fun group of people in the bus so that added to the fun too. The caves were fascinating with some bats flying around... Was great to see so much in a short day! We enjoyed this tour and Victor was the best!
star-5
beach and caves
Jocelyne_l
, Aug 2019
very nice tour,loved baby beach and going into the cave,Tony our tour guide was very helpful telling us about Aruba and showing us things that were not on the tour.Lunch was surprisingly very good.
star-5
Best Possible Tour of Aruba!!
Maja_G
, Jul 2019
I can’t imagine a better tour of Aruba! We drove around the entire island stopping at all the popular tourist abstractions. Tony was a fabulous guide! Lunch was delicious. It was a perfect day! 🙂🙂🙂
star-4
Everything was good but didn't go to Arashi Beach
Nahid_S
, Jul 2019
Tour guide James was awesome and very funny and friendly. We did all of those things they mentioned in the list, except for Arashi beach. I was actually looking forward to that.
star-5
Party Bus
Dawn_S
, May 2019
Lots of fun. Exactly as promised. Tony was polite, helpful, interesting, and knowledgeable. Hold on to your hats on the open air bus!
star-5
Busy, Bumpy but Fun
Monica_V
, May 2019
Ride was an old school bus with windows removed.Island is always windy, but it helps keep the heat down. Terrain in area is very bumpy, so be prepared. Guide/Driver James was very nice and supplied lots of info about the area as we drove. Stops at various attractions were brief, but long enough to see everything. Driver supplied soft drinks and rum punch at several stops. First stop, Lighthouse was interesting but we did not climb to top. Scenery is incredible. Stop at Chapel was brief but short walk through the bike trails reveals many types of cactus Visit to North Shore of island was like visiting the moon. Tour through cave was interesting. Stop at Natural bridge allowed restroom break and scenic photos. Trip to AYO rock formations- saw 1000 year old cave drawings. Lunch stop at restaurant. Food was mediocre chicken, ribs, rice, etc. Opportunity to change into swimsuit given during lunch break. National park road was very bumpy, but again lots of great scenery. Saw windmills, wild goats and donkeys in national park. Final stop at Baby beach included about 1 hour to swim. (got sunburned from that) All in all a busy, but enjoyable trip. James was a great guide/driver.
star-5
Excellent tour
Louis A
, Nov 2018
Went to some areas that I did not see on another tour from a few years ago, so it filled in those gaps. Driver / tour guide was very knowledgeable and professional. Had a great time.
star-5
Great day touring the island!!!
Claudi_S
, Jul 2018
This was a great tour to see so many sites that we hadn't seen on our first visit. There was so much to see and it was fun for all.
star-5
Really cool, exactly as described...
Calen C
, Mar 2018
Really cool, exactly as described, really informative tour guide! So much fun would completely recommend it!

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