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The Natural Pool, also known as “Conchi” in Papaimiento, is a small, naturally occurring pool on the rugged, rocky, volcanic coastline of Aruba. Located in Arikok National Park, getting here is half the fun and adds an element of adventure to your vacation. If you want to take a break from sipping tropical drinks in the shade of a palm tree, consider a visit to the Natural Pool.

Don’t think it’s worth it? Check out our photos below!

How to get to the Natural Pool

There are two ways to get to Natural Pool. The most common way is to enter Arikok National Park and hire a guide with a 4×4 or ATV vehicle to drive you out to the pool. You can drive your own 4×4 but you need to make sure you have authorization from your rental car company. This is a tricky road to drive so don’t underestimate it!

The second way to get to Natural Pool is to drive to Daimari Beach and hike to the Pool from here. This is what we did. And it was a great experience.

Getting to Daimari Beach

Accessing the Natural Pool from Daimari Beach requires you to enter Arikok National Park from an unauthorized access. There is a fee to enter the park ($11 per person as of October 2020, children under 17 years old are free), but there is no ticket booth or park ranger at the Daimari Beach entrance. Therefore, you should visit the Arikok National Park visitor center first, pay your fee, and then drive out to Daimari Beach. It is a seven minute drive between the visitor center and the start of the dirt road that takes you out to Daimari Beach.

The road to Daimari Beach is a rough, dirt road lined with cacti. This part of Aruba looks nothing like the western side, with its long, white sandy beaches and resorts. Getting to see this side of Aruba is one of the best parts of making this excursion.

Aruba Desert

Driving to Daimari Beach Natural Pool

To drive this road, a 4×4 is ideal. However, we did this in a SUV (a Kia Sportage) and had no problems. I would not recommend making this drive in a car. There are several steep hills and the roads are rutted and very rough. You don’t want to risk getting stranded out here!

Please note: the above photo shows the road in relatively good condition. There are sections of the road that are very rutted and rocky.

Before leaving your hotel, put Daimari Beach and the Arikok National Park visitor center into Google Maps. Cache this route on your phone and follow this map to drive from the visitor center to Daimari Beach.

The dirt road ends on top of a hill, overlooking Rancho Daimari. Park your car at the top of the hill. From here, you can see Daimari Beach.

Daimari Beach Aruba

Hiking to the Natural Pool

Here is a map of the hiking trail to Natural Pool. 

Map to Natural Pool

Walk down the steep dirt road, pass Rancho Daimari, and enter Arikok National Park. Follow the wide, dirt trail out to the coastline.

If you like, you can make a detour to Daimari Beach. It’s a pretty spot and most likely you will have it all to yourself. The water here is extremely rough, so it is not a spot to go swimming. Plus, the beach is littered with trash and kelp. You can make this a quick visit or just keep going. The next beach is phenomenal!

Daimari Beach Natural Pool

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Hiking in Aruba Natural Pool

Follow the trail south along the coast. You will hike up a huge sand dune that is blinding in its brilliance on a sunny day. This would be an excellent spot to go sandboarding!

Sand Dune Aruba Natural Pool

 

From the top of this dune, the view opens open to the most spectacular view of this hike. This second beach is a beauty.

Hiking to Natural Pool Aruba

Feel free to linger here or continue on the Natural Pool. You’re not too far away now.

To continue on the trail, walk across the beach, picking up the trail on the other side.

No Cliff Jumping

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The terrain changes yet again. Now, the coastline is lined with jagged, black volcanic rock. It’s windy, it’s warm, it’s Aruba! One of the best parts about doing this hike is to see how much the landscape changes in just a short distance.

Hiking Aruba Natural Pool

Swimming in the Natural Pool

The Natural Pool is a small, secluded, protected pool amidst all of that volcanic rock. This is a great place for swimming and snorkeling.

Kara and Tim Aruba Natural Pool

Natural Pool Aruba

Be careful climbing into and out of the Pool. The wet rocks are slippery and can be treacherous.For the most part, the Natural Pool is safe for swimming. However, the Pool may close during high surf and high winds, when the water gets too rough for swimming.

Enjoy your swim and have a great time snorkeling. Keep a lookout for the crabs that walk on the rocks. They are so cool!

Aruba Crab

After you had your fill of the Natural Pool, return to your vehicle the same way you came.

Things to Know Before You Go

Allow three to four hours for this entire excursion. Most people stay at the Natural Pool for 30 to 45 minutes. It is roughly one mile of walking between Daimari Beach and the Natural Pool.

Make sure you are wearing sunscreen! You will be in the sun the entire time.

Bring lots of water, at least one liter per person.

Wear sturdy shoes. Tennis shoes or hiking shoes are ideal. Our daughter did the entire walk in water shoes without a problem.

So, what if you don’t want to go hiking?

You can join a tour. There are Jeep tours and ATV tours that will drive you out to the Natural Pool.

Here are three companies offering tours to the Natural Pool:

Or, you can join one of these tours:

 

What to do next?

Continue your exploration of Arikok National Park. Re-enter the park at the visitor center. Other places worth visiting are Fontein and Quadirikiri Caves and another beautiful beach, Boca Prins.

You can also head north and visit Andicuri Beach and Blackstone Beach.


Do you have any questions or comments? Let us know in the comment section below!

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  1. Avatar for Ann
    Ann

    This was a fantastic help to us, thank you!
    We followed the instructions in a prior comment and stayed to the left at the first dune, more or less hugging the shore line. I was then THRILLED to learn this route completely avoided the (much dreaded) 96 steps down to the pool area! The pool itself was glorious…I literally had to force myself out of the water just so I’d have the energy to make the hike back to the car. (35 min there, 45 min back, lol) Truly a must do in Aruba!

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    Roxy

    Hello, thanks for the information! My husband & I are stopping in Aruba on a cruise next month. We were there last year for our honeymoon & took a tour there but didn’t get to spend as much time as we would have liked so we’re planning on going on our own. Do you know if in 2021 they allow ATV’s into the park or just jeeps/vehicles now?
    Thank you!

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    Leann

    Thanks for this article! I want to get to the natural pool this way. One question, after you returned to your car, you went back to the Arikok vistor center and visited Fontein and Quadirikiri Caves on the same day? Did you go to those two caves on foot? Thanks!!

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      Julie

      We never went to the caves ourselves, but I mentioned them just so people are aware that they are there. It looks like you can drive right to each of them. Cheers, Julie

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    Aliya

    Great article! Thanks for very detailed tips. I’d like to do this rather than being part of a large tourist group and you don’t get to enjoy it and have to be rushed. Where would you recommend to park if we rent a regular car? Thank you!

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      Julie

      If you rent a regular rental car, I don’t recommend driving down this long, rough road. You would probably have to park in the town where the road starts, which looks to be near the Chopper Doctor on Google Maps. I am not sure about parking in this town, and it would be a 2 km walk one way just to get to the start of the hike. I’m not sure that it would be worth the extra walking on the road to get to Natural Pool this way. But that’s the best way that I can think to do this if you have a regular rental car. Cheers, Julie

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    Weiyan Chen

    Great article.
    I am going there next month. I will rent a 4×4 and follow your instruction here. Is it safe to park on the top of the hill?
    I am wondering if I could drive further, eg driving down the hill to the trail or park the car at the front of ranch, to save some walking?

    Thanks,

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      Julie

      We parked on top of the hill because it’s a very steep road down to the trail, and it actually seemed easier to walk it rather than drive it. When you get there, you can make your own assessment. Cheers, Julie

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    Michele

    Our family of 4 did this hike today and were confident in where we were going because of the great description provided, so thank you! We only saw one other couple who turned back early. Beautiful hike, great views! Bring plenty of water!

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    Annelien D'Hondt

    Hello,

    I was wondering how long it takes to get to the Natural Pool from Daimari Beach one way?
    Thank you in advance !!

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    Amy G

    We just got back from Aruba and was so excited to find this blog and specifically hiking to the Natural Pool. Locals will tell you, you can’t get there on foot – but following your instructions made it very easy! You certainly can hike and it’s very rewarding. We packed our camelback and some snacks and rented an SUV just for the day. Getting to Daimari Beach is easier than I anticipated (technically I don’t think you even have to pay admission to the National Park – but we did go there first – $22 & kids under 17 are free). There are a couple of spots where it is pretty steep and rocky- especially getting down from the Daimari Beach parking. My husband and I are 48 and 2 older teenagers. I like that you can take your time getting there and then spend as much time at the Natural Pool as you want. We got there right before noon and it was SUPER busy, but at about noon all the tourists disappeared and we had the pool all to ourselves. Afterward, we drove all around the park. One other part we enjoyed per a local guide……down from the artifact cave – there is a small stream where you can soak your feet for a “Fish Pedicure.” We sat there for quite a while and laughed as the fish nibbled our tired toes. Enjoyed watching lots of goats there too!! Thanks again for your awesome blog! Wishing you many more Adventure Days to write about 🙂

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      Julie

      Hello Amy. I love the “fish pedicure”…had no idea about that! I’m glad we could help you out and happy travels! Cheers, Julie

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    craig

    Great article. We will be there next week and this is the route we’ll be taking to the pool! One question- When you park your car on top of the hill overlooking Rancho Daimari and get down to the coast, do you walk to the right or left if you are facing the water?

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      Julie

      Once you walk down the hill, follow the dirt road past the ranch towards the coast. The road comes to an end but the trail continues. It quickly comes to a fork. Take the fork to the left to go to Daimari Beach, take the fork to the right to go to Natural Pool. The dirt roadn and the trails are easy to follow once you are there (it seems more obscure now looking online…we thought the same thing before we went). Cheers, Julie

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    Loren

    My cousin and I – both 50 yr old women – did this hike. It was wonderful! The trek was certainly doable for us, as we took it slow and casual. The drive to the “parking” spot above Daimari Beach was pretty easy and can be done in a regular car. One little change that we made was that you can go around (to the left) of the big sand dune instead of up and over it. The horses from the ranch go that way and we just followed their trail. The hike is absolutely gorgeous and was a highlight of our Aruba trip. The locals were pretty shocked that we hiked to the Natural Pool, but it really was an incredible hike. Thank you for letting us in on it!

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      Julie

      I am glad you had such a great time! Thanks for sharing that alternative route…sounds like a little easier way to go. Cheers, Julie

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