After 2 days at sea we had our first port stop in Aruba. It has been many years since we have been to Aruba and we decided to take an ATV tour around the island with Kini Kini Tours – www.kinikinitour.com. The weather was beautiful and we were able to see most of the island during our 5 hour tour. It was a very personalized tour with just 8 people from our cruise group and one other cruise couple who we quickly became friends with. Our first stop was a small old chapel outside the main city where thousands would walk miles from the center of town for several miles and stop at each of the signs of the cross to pray. We traveled along the seaside for much of the tour and had an opportunity to see some of the natural rock bridges created by nature over time.
We stopped at the ruins of an old building where the Spanish stored their gold before taking it back to Spain. In front of these ruins you will see many stone stacks that were originally used by fisherman to mark good fishing spots but people after seeing these stone stacks decided to build their own for good luck. We built a few while we were there for our own good luck. The views along the seaside were great with the water crashing into the coral rocks all along the shore. Our next stop was a National Park on the island, which takes up about a third of the island. The paths in this park were extremely rocky and we were amazed our ATV’s could handle this tough terrain as we were shaken about in our seats. While in the National Park we visited a Natural Pool that was created by some rock formations preventing the waves and surf to get into the pool. The water was crystal clear and many visitors/locals went to this pool to swim. After our tour we stopped at the Old Fisherman and had a light snack before we boarded our ship. The last photo you see shows the marina in the city that we could view from the ship. We enjoyed out visit to Aruba!