Natural Pool Aruba

Adventure in Aruba: How to Visit Natural Pool

Julie Aruba 29 Comments

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 January 2018, 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

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

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

Kara in Aruba

Hiking in Aruba

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

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

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 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:

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.

Post updated January 2018.


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

 

Comments 29

  1. 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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  2. 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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      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

  3. 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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      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

  4. 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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      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

  5. Excellent guide! Many thanks, the natural pool was a little rough, but we found a couple little pools on the way back to the car! Thank you very much!

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  6. I will be there tomorrow.
    I am over 50 ,but am Not skinny.

    Do u think I could handle getting in and out of the Natural pool with surf shoes?

    I did go to the Baths in BVI.

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  7. Hi Julie. I found your info while searching for alternative ways to the pool. I have a bad back and rugged terrain is not my thing! Your suggestion was INCREDIBLE. We did it yesterday and it was awesome. We loved the hike. The pool. And the beaches in between. So thankful for your help. Hotel was pushing a hero for 200.00 also the hike is very doable. I’d say intermediate. But very doable. THANK you again. Nancy Ernie and Gillian. From Los Angeles.

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  8. Hi! Great blog! Planning a trip to Aruba in October and this is definitely on our to-do list! Few questions – We have 6 of us, ages 28-63, all in decent shape, but wanted to know approx. how far the walk is from car to natural pool? Also, we have a mini van (needed to fit all in one car) – do you think we’ll have any issues getting to the parking spot? Your help is much appreciated!

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      Hello. It’s roughly a one mile walk one way between where you park and the Natural Pool. The road to get there is a dirt road, and it is hilly with spots that are uneven and bumpy. A minivan may have trouble on this road. If you take the minivan you risk getting stuck on one of the steep, uneven roads to get to where you park. You are better off renting a SUV with 3rd row seating if this is something you want to do. You don’t need a 4×4 but you do need a car that has a lot of clearance. Cheers, Julie

  9. Hi Julie. Thank you for taking the time to write this up. Several locals told us it was nearly impossible to reach the natural pool on foot. But thanks to your article we knew otherwise and had a great day yesterday as we journeyed to the fabled destination following your directions. It was beautiful and a great adventure. The hike was not bad at all (All 4 of us were in water shoes. My wife and two daughters ages 13 and 11 were with me) and you were spot on about the beaches and terrain etc. I don’t think we would have tried this if I hadn’t seen your write up and we loved the natural pool. The entire East side of Aruba is amazing. So from our family to yours… Thanks! (PS… Do you go to Aruba a lot? We found another natural pool in a cave that is much easier to get to and not well known)

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      Awesome!! So glad we could help you out. We were only in Aruba for three days and loved the east side of the island. But no, we don’t go to Aruba a lot. Honestly, we aren’t big beach people, we just wanted Tyler and Kara to have a quick, island experience over President’s weekend. The cave sounds fascinating! We love little known places like that. It’s always fun exploring and getting away from the crowds. Cheers, Julie

    2. Hi Andy. What’s the name of the other natural pool that you found in a cave?? We would love to visit it during our time in Aruba.

  10. Hi! Thank you for sharing all of this wonderful information! I have a question for you…we plan to visit Aruba soon. when is the best time to go between Jan-April? I’m torn between going all-inclusive at a resort, or doing our own air, book a airbnb, and eating at local joints. Any tips on this? Thanks in advance!

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      We were in Aruba at the end of February and it was great…warm and sunny every day. In January, it’s a little cooler with slightly more rain. In March and April it continues to get warmer and drier, but it may get more crowded with Spring Break holidays. Between picking all inclusive vs airbnb, choose whichever one you’d feel more comfortable with. All inclusive is easier to plan, but going out on your own allows you to try more restaurants. Personally, we love trying the local spots, but that is just our traveling style. There’s no right or wrong answer, just do whatever you want to make your holiday the most enjoyable for you. Cheers, Julie

  11. My husband and I will be visiting Aruba this summer. Your trek to the natural pool intrigues us. Did the rental company give you permission to go off-road?

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      Technically, no, although they never stated that we couldn’t take it off-road. We did have the car washed before returning it and no questions were asked. – Julie

  12. Hi guys, just wanted to say thanks for your great write up. Much easier to follow than others I found. Me and my wife are enjoying our honeymoon here in Aruba and we enjoyed our trek to the natural pool this past Saturday.

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  13. Thank you SO MUCH for this outstanding write up of access to the Natural Pool! I plan on following these tips on our honeymoon this coming October.

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