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Seaworld Explorer Semi-Submarine

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icon1 hour 30 minutes  (Approx.)
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Go below the water without getting wet with this 90-minute semi-submarine excursion from Aruba. Safe and dry in the hull, get views of the underwater world, including the Arashi Reef and The Antilla, a WWII German shipwreck.
  • 90-minute semi-submarine cruise from Oranjestad
  • Get underwater views on this semi-submarine tour in Aruba
  • See the Antilla, the largest shipwreck in the Caribbean
  • Visit the famous Arashi Reef
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90 minute Semi-Submarine Tour
Local taxes
Gratuities
Food and drinks
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

J.E. Irausquin Blvd 1, Aruba

De Palm Pier is located on Palm Beach, between the Hilton Resort and RIU Palace. https://goo.gl/maps/xcsoWERwcfWMoMkH8

Departure Time

11:30 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Find your way to Oranjestad's the De Palm Pier in time for the tour's 11:30am departure. 

Board a transfer boat bound for the Seaworld Explorer, waiting for your group near Aruba's Arashi Reef. Once you climb into the semi-sub, descend into the glassed-in viewing space, submerged just under the surface of the water. Your captain will navigate around the teeming reef, providing commentary about the underwater world. A marine expert is on hand to answer any questions. 

Move on to the Antilla, a 423-foot (128 meter) German freighter destroyed during World War II. Now only partially submerged in about 60 feet (20 meters) of water, it is a popular place for both underwater animals and bird life. 

Return to shore after 90 minutes.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
The Antilla
This 400-foot-long ship is one of the largest wrecks in the Caribbean.
Duration: 25 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
De Palm Pier
Check-in and board shuttle to the Semi-submarine
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Arashi Beach
Arashi Reef: one of the best place to snorkel, with soft water currents and a variety of marine life. You can also see from here the California Lighthouse.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 7 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for child aged 1 and under
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 44 travelers
  • OPERATED BY De Palm Tours N.V.
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is a Semi-Submarine?
A:This vessel, which was originally used for research on Australia's Great Barrier Reef, remains above sea level at all times, while its hull, which sits 5 feet below the surface, provides spectacular viewing of the undersea wonderland around Aruba.
May 2021
Q:
Is the submarine air-conditioned during the Seaworld Explorer Semi-Submarine?
A:Yes - the vessel is air-conditioned for your comfort.
May 2021
Q:
Where is the departure location for the Seaworld Explorer Semi-Submarine?
A:The meeting location for the expedition is De Palm Pier, J.E. Irausquin Blvd 1, Aruba. De Palm Pier is located on Palm Beach, between the Hilton Resort and RIU Palace.
Nov 2021
Q:
How early should I arrive for the Seaworld Explorer Semi-Submarine?
A:Please check in at the Atlantis Store at least 30 minutes before departure time.
May 2021
Q:
Are there any restrictions on participating in the Seaworld Explorer Semi-Submarine?
A:There are no age restrictions. All guests must be able to climb stairs.
May 2021
Q:
Can I bring my small child on the Seaworld Explorer Semi-Submarine?
A:Yes, children under 2 years old may travel as free lap infants. If you plan to bring a lap child, please specify in the "Special Requirements" box at checkout.
May 2021
Q:
What should I wear for the Seaworld Explorer Semi-Submarine?
A:The semi-submarine is air-conditioned, wear casual clothing and comfortable walking shoes.
May 2021
Q:
What will we see during the Seaworld Explorer Semi-Submarine?
A:You will see the Barcadera Reef with lots of fish, lobster, and moray eels as well as several different shipwrecks. The crew will provide commentary to learn all about the marine life, ecosystem, and history of the areas visited.
May 2021
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Seaworld Explorer Semi-Submarine?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Seaworld Explorer Semi-Submarine.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Seaworld Explorer Semi-Submarine?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Seaworld Explorer Semi-Submarine.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Seaworld Explorer Semi-Submarine?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Seaworld Explorer Semi-Submarine.

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Traveler Tips


  • "This is the perfect adventure for young children and those unable to dive." See review
  • "If you're adults traveling without children, I would recommend you snorkel instead for viewing fish and the Antilla Shipwreck." See review

Reviews

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212 Reviews

Reviews by Viator travelers

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star-5
Awesome Aruba Adventure
Cathy_M
, Nov 2021
The Crew was knowledgeable and fun. The captain circled around to make sure that each side of the sub was able to get good views. The weather was beautiful!
star-5
Sea ship fun!
James_K
, Nov 2021
The sunken ship was amazing to see. Great tour guides and great spots. If you get sea sick I don’t recommend otherwise it’s a great time!
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Hi James, We are happy you enjoyed it! See you soon!
star-5
Amazing experience
Ashley_D
, Nov 2021
Definitely a sight to see and a memorable experience. I enjoyed seeing the different types of sea creatures.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Hi Ashley, Thank you for the awesome review! We are glad you enjoyed the tour!
star-5
Perfection
Beth_T
, Oct 2021
This is a MUST do!!!!!! It was absolutely AMAZING!!!!! And Angie our guide was the BEST!!!! Hey Angie, it tastes like chicken LOL!!!!
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Hi Beth, Thank you for the awesome review, stay safe!
star-4
Great experience but I...
Donna_C
, Oct 2021
Great experience but I got a little sea sick..the crew onboard were amazing with ice packs and care until I felt better.. Amazing underwater trip- shipwreck, turtles,coral and tons of fish!
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Hi Donna, We hope you are feeling better now! Thank you for sharing your experience with us!
star-5
A journey underwater
Alisa_R
, Oct 2021
The divers are very soothing. The pictures underwater was so creative . So happy i did this. No regrets!!!
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Hi Alisa, Awesome! Thank you for the awesome review!
star-3
Just my experience
Jennifer_R
, Sep 2021
Do not go by the address that is listed under the FAQ as the departure area. It’s incorrect! The tickets don’t tell you where to go. It departs from the De Palm Pier in between the Riu and Hilton. We boarded the shuttle/ferry to get to the semi-submarine. We got to it and found out the AC was broken, so we never boarded. The crew, though, was fantastic and apologized immensely for the mechanical issue. Thankfully, the refund is pending with no issues so far.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Thank you for bringing this issue forward. We apologize for the inconvenience and we are at you service. Please contact us at contact@depalmtours.com if you have any issues
star-5
Awesome and affordable
ATl
, Sep 2021
It was our first trip here to Aruba and Angie was the best guide we could have been blessed with. She showed us how beautiful the underwater experience is. It was priced very nice and there was exceptional air conditioning. Much love and God bless from the Atlanta Girls <3
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Hi, Thank you for the awesome review!
star-5
Under the Sea
sobella710
, Sep 2021
Angie was WONDERFUL!!!! I am claustrophobic and I felt fine. This excursion is a MUST! Thank you ! Debra
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Hi, We are happy you enjoyed the tour! Thank you so much for sharing!
star-1
Disappointing
Aimee_W
, Sep 2021
Not a whole lot to see if you’re looking to see sea animals and seemed almost child like, disappointing for our group of friends.

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