Very popular and very frequented is the Natural Pool. What is this Natural Pool you ask? On the northeastern side of Aruba, the wild side, the wavy side, there is a particular spot where the rocks have a very peculiar shape, in where you’ll find a small pool of calm water. What makes it very characteristic is that there is a wall or natural rock surrounding the small pool of calm water, preventing currents and waves from coming in. You can swim and snorkel at the Natural Pool.
When people arrive on the island of Aruba, one of the sites high on the list to visit is the Natural Pool. The Natural Pool is located in the National Park Arikok (pronunciation: ah-ree-cock). Access to the National Park is free for the time being.
The ride to the Natural Pool is pretty intense. Regular vehicles cannot reach it. The only way to attempt to go on your own is by renting a 4×4 vehicle. Beware that many, if not all, rental companies do not cover any damage you might incur on the vehicle on your way to the Natural Pool. In case of damage or towing, you’ll have to pay the bill in full.
The best suggestion I can give is, to take an organized tour to the Natural Pool. There are various daily scheduled trips on off road safaris, horseback riding and all terrain vehicles (ATV). Off road safari is the ‘easiest’ way to get there, and ATV the ‘hardest’.
Walking is also a possibility. I see people walking there everyday. From the entrance of the National Park to the pool, it takes almost an hour to walk. Be well prepared when you take that walk by taking plenty water, having good shoos and by putting plenty son protection. Maybe if I see you walking there I might be willing to give you a ride.
Sometimes the water on the northeastern side can get very choppy. The waves get so big that not even the walls surrounding the pool can prevent the waves from crashing hard inside. If this happens, make sure you do not enter the pool. It can be very dangerous if one of these wave grabs you and hits you against a rock or tosses you out of the pool.
A frequently asked question about the Natural Pool is: how big is the Natural Pool?
It is shaped somewhat like a circle, the widest is about 7 meters (23 feet) long and 6 meters (20 feet) wide. The depth around the entrance is about 1,5 meters (5 feet) and somewhere in the middle it can get around 5 meters (17 feet). These are all estimates. One of these days I’m going to go early morning to the Natural Pool and measure it precisely. Stand by for that.
The Natural Pool is a great site. Hope to see you there.
Former Aruba tour guide, trying to provide value to Aruba travelers.