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Sunrise hike and bites in paradise
Sunrise hike and bites by Pa’lante Aruba is known for sun, sand, and sea but there is so much more to do and see. Join us to discover part of Aruba’s nature, history, and culture through a sunrise hike in Aruba’s National Park. The tour starts in the parking lot of the National Park’s Visitor Center. You can reach there by car or taxi. Upon arrival you will receive your day pass to the National Park. We will hike towards ‘Cunucu Arikok’ on the hiking path and will continue the path towards Arikok Hill, the 2nd highest point on the island. While we will not actually climb Arikok Hill, our first stop will be halfway through this path where we will catch the sun rising over the hills accompanied by some coffee or tea and bites. We will go back downhill to enter the ‘Cunucu Arikok’ area where we will stop to see an old Adobe Aruban House and learn more about the area. We will hike along the same path to go back towards the Visitor Center where the tour will end. If you are interested in exploring additional areas of the park you can do this with your day pass. If you need to go back by taxi, this can be arranged from the Visitor center.
Preparing a local Portuguese pinchos with a grandma
Cut and Prepare the meat, the best way to go on the skewers. Getting to know the secrets of spices to make the Best and delicious Portuguese meat on the skewers (espeto)on the barbecue grill. Grandma will prepare pão de caco, portugues bread, arabic style bread to accompany this delicious dish. Grandma will teach you how to prepare Poncha, a delicious drink that’s traditional from Madeira made in Aruba by the lovely guests After dinner you can enjoy a relaxing atmosphere with Portuguese music and family at my house in my rocky garden with open ceiling and candles. Ask Grandma for an exception if you don’t eat meat. She will prepare cod fish Portuguese style instead. Grandma’s kitchen is fully airconditioned and has an open ceiling designed by Grandma. Come and admire this fenomenal ceiling while learning how to cook Portuguese style food by a local from Madeira(Portugal) origin.
Caribbean Cooking Class with ChefandSteward
Arrive to my house, be greeted with a tasty and refreshing mocktail and the sounds of Caribbean music in the background, gather around my kitchen island as I introduce myself and share a brief history of the foods of the Caribbean including Jamaica and Aruba and the menu of the day. You are getting insider access to Caribbean cooking, family style (as opposed to restaurant style). The Caribbean home is a very sacred space open only to family. You are getting the rare privilege to join ours. You will be assigned to different tasks in order to help to prep and cook. We will chat and laugh and dance and make merriment as we cook. Once the food is cooked, you will sit and eat together. Please let me know if you have any allergies. This is not a nut-free house. For those who book after October 15, 2022, free souvenirs are included in the experience and will be invited to join our membership club.
Kayak at Mangel Halto's coastline, reef and Spanish Lagoon
Kayaking and snorkeling at the Mangel Halto is a unique experience. Mangel Halto is known for its crystal clear water and beautiful marine life. We will start the tour by kayaking to the reefs where I give an explanation of the area and we will get a chance to snorkel at the reef. After that we will kayak to the Spanish Lagoon and explore the area by kayak. We will finish the tour back at the starting place at Mangel Halto beach.
Natural pool morning walk, swimming at secluded beach/pool
During this morning's walking experience, we will meet, or pick up will be available upon request for a maximum of 4 people. We will begin our walk with our first view of the spectacular rugged northern coast, we will continue on the isolated path through the countryside of the island where I will be point out the various indigenous plants & animals as well as the gold and local history and teaching you some Papiamento (our local language) and expressions. At this point we reach the northern dunes where we may be able to spot sea turtles nesting. This is the most unique beach on the island, which you need to see it for yourself. It is an off the beaten path. We will continue our way to the famous natural pool. We'll be the first swimmers before all the packed jeep rides head to the pool. This is the only way that is not motorized or using an animal to get to the natural pool. There are no tourist companies offering this walk, so you will be out of the tourist path. This is an easy and relaxing walk through an area that is relatively undiscovered & secluded where you will hardly find anyone else on the way all surrounded by the local flora and fauna. All levels are welcome as this is a very relaxing morning walk. Other days are available upon request. Tour companies charged over $100 to visit this site.
Eco Living Aruba Desert Bee Experience
We will meet at the Eco Living Shop where I will show you my workshop as well as some of the tools I use to make Bee Boxes and process the Bees wax. We will then proceed to the "Bee Nursery" where I will discuss how I raise Bees as well as how I manage them at the "Bee Nursery". We will then travel to a few locations where I have the Bees. I will point out the different flora in the area that may affect the flavor of the honey. Some of the locations are residential so you may also meet some of the locals that help host my Bee Hives. We will gather some honey at the different locations and do a tasting back at the "Bee Nursery". You will also be able to see and purchase some of the products that we make from what the Bees provide us. Other things to note I will have water available for drinking. Please be aware that Aruba is a very warm climate so expect to sweat a bit. Bring a towel with you in case you want to jump in the ocean for a swim to cool off.
Downtown Oranjestad & Coastal Trip by E-Bike
I am offering a special tour where you will experience Aruba differently on an electric bike. Our capital Oranjestad has it's own charm. We will get to explore and experience Colorful Neo Baroque Colonial Buildings, Historical Plaza's, Historical Landmarks and so much more. After that we will will ride towards the Coastal Areas of Surfside Beach, Bushiri Beach, Druif Beach & Eagle Beach bike trails. We will make a stop at the lush “Bubali Bird Sanctuary” protected area where you will enjoy some beautiful scenic views, we will also ride in the hotel area. You will have 30 minutes to either make a swim stop at Eagle Beach or simply grab a refreshment, meal and/or coffee in the hotel area before we head back. Ps. We can adapt the starting time if there are no bookings yet. Cruise ship passengers must provide the following information: ship name, docking time, disembarkation time and re-boarding time.
Beach Yoga practice by YariYoga, morning or sunset
Come and meet us in a hidden corner of Eagle Beach. Eagle beach has been rated on the top 10th in the world. I offer a unique yoga experience with the best yoga studio as background, the beach with white soft sand and the view to the ocean. Pure Nature! Imagine this: you see different shades of blue, feeling the white soft sand beach, feel the trade winds passing by, watch pelicans and seagulls flying by while you are practicing your yoga poses. All levels are welcome. I offer a fusion yoga which is suitable for all levels with variations for everyone. We offer morning or sunset practice. Please check our calendar for times and days available for each practice. Other days, hours, different location or pick up can be arranged upon request as private class or depends on the amount of yogis. Swimming is optional after the yoga class, swimming is at your own risk. One thing that sets this experience apart from the rest is that there is no yoga studio that offer yoga practice on the beach. Namaste! See you at the Beach YariYoga Other things to note Please take in consideration that this is an outdoor activity which means you will be in contact with the natural elements such as the sand, surrounding sounds, wind, you may have some sunlight which depends due that we will be under a tree.
Fun Snorkeling at Mangel Halto & Tres trapi beach Aruba
We start at Mangel Halto beach were we will have all the gear that we need to go snorkeling. We start with a briefing of the tour and what we might see under water. Then we head out to the beach at Mangel Halto a locals beach and we do the the snorkeling tour. Then we go to Tres Trapi and swim with the turtles in the wild. We offer pick up and drop off service at extra cost any were in Aruba.
Professional Snorkeling Mangel Halto
You will jump right into the action of our daily PADI DISCOVER SNORKELING . The only Professional Snorkeling and PADI dive Center in Mangel Halto (NAUTILUS DIVE CENTER ARUBA). Swimming in the calm waters along MANGEL HALTO Beach, beginner and advanced snorkelers enjoy this turquoise-blues imbued paradise, well known for its crystal, clear shallow snorkel areas. We seek the adventure where others only dream. Amazing coral reefs. Colorful fishes: Parrotfish, Triggerfish, Pufferfish, Angelfish, Damselfish, Surgeonfish, Yellowtail Snapper, Grouper, Blue tang , Trumpetfish, Trunkfish, Wrasse, Butterflyfish. Crustaceans: Hermit Crab, Edible Crab, Lobster. Molluscs: Oyster, Scallop, Octopus, Squid. Echinoderms: Sea Stars, Sea Cucumbers, Sea urchins, Sand dollars. Who knows, you might even be lucky enough to swim alongside a Green Sea Turtle. First , Briefing of the tour , Creature Identification (flip chart), How to use equipment (Mask, Fins, Snorkel, Vest) and Procedures in Nautilus Dive Center. PADI MASTER INSTRUCTOR AND DIVEMASTERS . 26 years of experience. Second , we head out to the beach at Mangel Halto .Then we go back to Nautilus Resort where we have water, bananas or cookies,showers and bedrooms to offer our guests, It is in front of the beach. We offer pick up and drop off service anywhere in Aruba.
See the southeast of Aruba by kayak
"Explore the southeast of Aruba by kayak" Because the Tour has an different start and end location, we will meet at the our end destination in Balashi. Together depending on the size of the group(max 7) I will arrange transport to the starting point Cura cabai. After a brief explanation on the equipment, conditions and the stops we will start our journey. We will kayak down wind for an easier ride to see : Savaneta area: to pass by the famous Zeerovers restaurant, Pos Chikito area, Isla de oro, Mangel halto, several rifs (small islands) of aruba (where some locals spent there free time). There is always an chance to see sea turtles, breeding birds and other animals during the tour. Along the way we are able to take as many stops as you wish, typically 3 stops are taken to make some photos and where I will be able to provide for some small snacks and refreshments. It is okay to bring along you're own refreshments or snacks. Snorkeling is not part of the trip. The afternoon session will experience an sunset on the water or island at the end of the tour. Other things to note You need to be able to swim, not afraid of dark blue ocean water. Weather conditions can change the sea and waves behavior and our break stops. Transportation challenges to get to the meeting point, msg me.
Full Moon E-Bike Ride Experience
I am offering a special tour where you will experience the incredible Full Moon rising in Aruba on an electric bike. We will ride along the bike trails on Seri Tijshi towards the protected area of Spanish Lagoon, part of Arikok National Park, where you will enjoy some beautiful scenic views. We will make a stunning stop over the water, where you can take a look at all the bridges which connect our two island halves, “Pabow di Brug” i “Pariba di Brug”. Afterwards, our ride takes you towards the lush Frechman’s Pass and the historic Balashi Gold Mill Ruins before we head back.
Garden Dream Catcher Workshop with Mimosas
Upon arrival, you will be welcomed into our Garden where we will host the Workshop. There will be some light finger foods and Mimosas for you to enjoy. Non-alcoholic drinks will also be available. Each guest will then be able to pick out the colors they want for their Dreamcatcher. They will also be provided with all the remaining materials they will need to complete one. There will be scissors and hot glue guns, so the guest don't need to bring anything. Just their creativity and enthusiasm. I will then demonstrate how to begin weaving the inner web. I will help those who need extra assistance and allow everyone to go at their own pace. Next, I will show examples of how to add the finishing embellishments such as string, ribbon, yarn, beads and feathers and each guest can create their own dreamcatcher using their own personal style preferences. It will be a very comfortable and calming environment and my goal for the event is to help make everyone feel relaxed and be able to make a nice crafting memory they will cherish for years to come. I always say this at all my workshops, please remember if this is your first time making it, that you are not here for perfection, you are here to learn something new. Be gentle with yourself and don't worry to much about the results. Just have fun and enjoy the process.
The San Nicolas Culture Heritage E-Bike Experience
I am offering a special tour where you will experience Aruba differently on an electric bike. We will ride along the Linear Park bike trails around the airport and Seroe Tijshi area and there might be a chance we will get to see a plane depart or land in Aruba. Meanwhile you will also get to experience nice sounds of nature while riding towards the protected area of Spanish Lagoon, part of Arikok National Park, where you will enjoy some beautiful scenic views. We will make a stunning stop over the water, where you can take a look at all the bridges which connect our two island halves, “Pabow di Brug” i “Pariba di Brug”. Afterwards, our ride takes you towards the charming coastal areas of the Spanish Lagoon, Mangel Halto, Santo Largo, Savaneta and as we are entering San Nicolas through Zeewijk you will start to see the ruins of the Oil Refinery that was once “Lago”, one of the biggest and most important refineries in the world during World War II. When we arrive in San Nicolas City Centre. You will have 1 to 2 hours to explore on your own the beautiful Artsy Murals, visit the Community Museum or the Industrial Museum in San Nicolaas or simply grab a refreshment, meal and/or coffee before we head back. Ps. We can adapt the starting time if there are no bookings yet. Cruise ship passengers must provide the following information: ship name, disembarkation time and boarding time.