Eco-friendly hike & snorkel excursion

Magical Mangrove Forest and an Excellent Coral Reef

Practical details

Pickup time: 7:30am

Private group size: 1 – 5 *
* For larger groups please contact us

Duration: about 5 hours (hiking + snorkeling)

Highlights: Mangrove forest · Gold mill ruins · bird life · pristine coral reef · 100% private · all-inclusive · family-friendly

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What to expect

Get up close and personal with Aruba’s wildlife in a way that’s currently unique on the island. We’ll start our hike at the Balashi gold mill ruins, where you’ll learn all about its history and enjoy a great view from Spanish Lagoon. You’ll then venture into the surrounding hills and mangroves, where you’ll enjoy Aruba’s local birds and flora.

After the hike you can cool off at Mangel Halto, snorkeling past healthy coral reefs under guidance of an experienced, EFR certified guide. You can expect a private experience that is 100% catered to the pereference and experience level of your group. The activities are extremely versatile and can be adapted on the spot if you decide to take it easy, or want to look for more adventure.

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Rather book the hike or snorkel separately?

Hike only: Mangrove forest
Snorkeling only: Pristine coral reef

Jaclynkp
Jaclynkp
@jaclynkp
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We really enjoyed this private hike and snorkel excursion. The hike gave us a chance to see more of the island with our knowledgeable tour guide, Rob. A good mix of nature and exercise! A surprise trip to the Donkey Sanctuary gave us more insight to the islands history and a chance to spend time with donkeys, peacocks, and roosters. ending with a snorkeling adventure where we saw plenty of underwater “friends”! Would recommend.
Jason S
Jason S
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We really enjoyed our time with Rob! We figured the mangrove hike would be an underrated excursion, and we weren't wrong. The hike took us through several different biomes, from the mangrove swamp to sand flats to xeric upland shrublands. Wildlife we saw included threatened burrowing owls, and the native eagle. Flora in bloom ran from aloes to passionflowers to barrel cactus. Afterwards, we did the reef snorkel, which was certainly the best-equipped snorkel I'd done. Rob had modern, higher-tech, easy-to-use equipment that looked brand new. He led us down a current over a reef not far offshore. It was enjoyable to drift with the current and watch the colorful tropical fish.
Redbeardedghost
Redbeardedghost
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Incredible tour! I couldn't have been happier. I'm not a very experienced snorkeler and my wife had never even put on flippers but Rob took great care of us and made sure we felt comfortable. The spot he took us to was beautiful too, we were the only people out at the reef. Saw some incredible sea life and had a blast. The hike was awesome too, through some mangroves and part of the arid side of Aruba. We saw lots of birds. Rob answered all of my questions about the island and took the time to explain everything. This was a great tour and I recommend it to anyone from the first-timer to the experienced snorkeler. So much better than getting on one of those giant boats with 50 other people.
Julie M
Julie M
@Q6534DNjuliem
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Great private tour with Rob from Fins and Feet, I highly recommend this activity, which includes a hike of the Spanish Lagoon area and snorkeling in a secluded area leading out to a coral reef. One of the best things for me personally was Rob’s 7-year experience as a Dive Master. I hadn’t snorkeled in a long time, and he was able to provide reassurance, practical tips, and equipment that allowed me to relax and fully experience the beautiful aquatic life off the coast of Aruba. Not only did he come equipped with the right snorkeling gear and safety equipment, he had water, fruit, granola bars, and sandwiches to keep us adequately hydrated and energized. Loved having photos of us hiking and snorkeling, too. He’s also just a heck of a nice young man, and my husband and I wish him and his girlfriend all the best as they continue to build their fledgling company. Thanks Rob!!
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