Eco-friendly sunrise hike
Amazing Ocean Sunrise at Aruba's Natural Pool
Pickup time: 5:20am
Duration: about 3h (excl. driving time)
Highlights: Natural Pool · ocean sunrise · starry night sky · north coast cliffs · Arikok National Park · 100% private · all-inclusive · workout
Start your hike in the dark - below a starry night sky without light pollution - as your private guide leads you along the coast. You'll pass by beautiful bays and beaches and end up at the Natural Pool, where you can watch the sun rise from the ocean.
During the day, the Natural Pool is often crowded by large groups of tourists. On this early-morning tour, however, you get a chance to enjoy the Natural Pool completely by yourself. Enjoy the Natural Pool's raw natural beauty: float around, jump off some rocks or snorkel around and look at the fish!
Day pass to Arikok National Park (valued $11 pp)
Complimentary pickup and drop off
Snacks & beverages
Use of flash lights
Use of snorkel gear
Use of reef-safe sunscreen
What should I bring?
- Sturdy, closed shoes
- Hat and/or sunglasses
- Swimwear (optional)
"Gorgeous sunrise hike with knowledgable guide
Rob picked us up right on time and was very knowledgeable and friendly. SUV was clean and comfortable. He had hiking backpacks all ready for us with a towel, snorkeling gear, water, and snacks. He pointed out different animals and plants along the hike and was able to answer all my Aruban biology-related questions. The sunrise was magical despite it being a bit cloudy. And having the park/ocean to ourselves was priceless. The water was too rough to swim in the natural pool, but that didn't take away from the experience. Just watching the large waves crash into the rocks was breathtaking. We saw eagles, turtle nesting sites, and wild goats climbing the rocky terrain. Overall a truly great excursion!"
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ - rebeccacD5300SV
"Didn't want this to end
This tour was AMAZING! From pick up to drop off the guides Rob and Monica we’re fantastic. We came with a bag of our own stuff, but They provided us with our own backpacks filled with a towel, water bottle, apple, granola bars, And flash light. They Didn’t miss a thing. It rained on us for our hike, but this just added to the adventure. Rob and Monica were so nice and friendly and made sure to point out everything we were seeing. They took videos and pictures of us with their own camera and ours and will send the ones they took of us via email (no extra charge)! Rob is an expert at snorkeling and diving doing over 3,000 dives so we felt very safe and gave us pointers on snorkeling. We never saw another person on the entire tour. Doing the sunrise hike is a huge pro because you’re not there with 50-100 other people which adds to your overall experience. Snorkeling at the natural pool was so fun and We saw a lot more fish than we expected to see, even an eel! On the way back we stopped and took some pictures in the day light and even stopped off at Moro Beach and my husband and Monica jumped off the cliff!! Rob told us exactly how to do it and caught it all on video! My husband loved it! On the drive home they surprised us with a stop at Shoco Shack to eat panchitos (What the locals eat for breakfast) which are kind of like a toaster strudel without the frosting filled with cheese, ham and cheese, pizza, etc. They were delicious and it was such a special touch they went above and beyond to give us an experience we will never forget!"
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ - CarribeanDreaming815
This is a must do. So many people look for the the perfect sunset, but sunrise is more magical and sets the ton for the day. Rob picked us up at our hotel at 4:45 am and we were off to the park. Rob was very personable and answered all the (MANY) questions I had! We started the hike towards the natural pool and Rob made sure to lead the way - since it was still dark - to make sure any bumpy spots were seen and obvious. Rob made sure to explain different facts about the island and is very knowledgeable! Once at the end, we watched the most beautiful sunrise before heading to the natural pool; which was amazing! Booking with Rob allows you to be the first in the park and (weather permitting) the only ones in the natural pool! As we swam around we encountered so many different kinds of fish & the abundance was so beautiful! As we were wrapping up, the masses piled in; thankful we beat the crowds! Waking up early is worth it when you have the place to yourself! On the way out Rob made sure to explain different things about the park, it’s history and other tidbits about the nature and beaches around (you pass two beaches in and can see them on way out!). I would suggest hiking shoes or a sturdy pear of tennis shoes as the terrain changes from rocks to beach and back again. The hills are no joke and it’s about 4 miles total the way back is uphill a good bit. Good little workout on way back to truck. When we got back to the truck, we had fresh, delicious watermelon which just hit the spot after the work we put in! 10 out of 10! Will definitely do again! Also, Rob’s girlfriend and partner Miranka was so helpful and responded to all of my messages quickly and with all the answers we were looking for! Thank you all so much for everything! Don’t hesitate, book, NOW!"
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ - jaxanna05
"Have the Natural Pool to yourselves at the most beautiful time of day!
Miranka & Rob are the real deal and deserve massive props for following their dreams to start this business! We prefer to support small business operators as often as we can, and it definitely paid off because these two do their utmost to provide an experience to make your trip to remember for a lifetime. It was easily the highlight of this trip to Aruba and we love everything about Aruba! Put this at the top of your list of bookings over big group tours. You're not going to see half as much on one of those, this is eco-friendly, and it's the only way to have the Natural Pool to yourselves! It truly will just be your group and your guide, so in our case it was just the two of us and Rob there in stunning beauty and quiet. Not only the destination was wonderful with perfect timing for sunrise, but we really enjoyed the great hike out and back, talking among us, having time for great pictures, and seeing the back country up close. And to finish it off, Miranka indeed does make **fantastic** sandwiches. I fail to have sufficient words to recommend this highly enough. One other note: if you think there's risk in NOT putting your spend toward a corporate operator, check out the Fins & Feet website to check for yourselves and believe me when I say you'll be put at ease the moment you meet Rob when he arrives to pick you up. Go have a fantastic time!"
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ - sablespecter