Aruba’s Natural Pool is an attraction that takes a bit of work to get to but is completely worth the effort. As tempting as it is to rent a Jeep and attempt to drive to the pool yourself, don’t do it. Why? None of the island’s car rental company’s will cover any of the damage you could cause to the car (in fact, even if you get the car rental company’s extra insurance, there is a clause that specifically excludes any Natural Pool trips). Also, it’s very easy to get lost; the dirt load leading up to the pool is all dirt, very very rocky and windy and full of holes. Wouldn’t it be easier to just take a tour and sit back and enjoy the scenery?
So what exactly is the Natural Pool and why do so many people take the time to visit it? In short, it’s just a very cool place! The pool is connected to the ocean but it’s surrounded by a lunar landscape of ragged rocks, so it feels as though you are cut off from the ocean entirely. The water inside the pool is perfectly calm and incredibly clear, so be sure to bring your snorkel gear.
Several Aruba tour companies including De Palm and ABC Tours offer half day and full day tours with stops at the Natural Pool. Full day tours are very long and tiring, though they’re generally not that much more expensive than the half day tours.
IF YOU GO: Take a morning tour, or if you can arrange one, a private tour that gets you to the pool before 11am. The crowds tend to come in around noon, so if you get there earlier, you’ll have some private time to snorkel and relax. Don’t rent a car and do this yourself! It’s just not worth the risk. Half day and full day tours range in price from about $75-$100 per person and include multiple stops at other attractions. Wear water shoes!