Aruba’s Natural Pool, An Amazing Aquatic Adventure
Aruba is known for its clear water, relaxing beaches, and gorgeous landscapes, but there is one location that is both remote yet popular with guests and locals alike—the Natural Pool.
Located on a deserted stretch of coastline on the eastern shore, the tranquil water is surrounded by a unique rock formation comprised of volcanic stone circles.
Also called Conchi (bowl) or Cura di Tortuga (Turtles Cove), the area around the pool is some of the most rugged terrain in the area, offering a little adventure as you travel to find it inside Aruba’s Arikok National Park.
Some visitors trek by foot while others opt for horseback or 4×4 vehicles to make their discovery. The secluded pool’s only access is a dirt road that is often washed out or filled with large, precarious rocks.
As you traverse the trail, you will also have a view of Sero Arikok Volcano. Make sure you have great walking shoes and plenty of water, especially when traveling in the afternoon heat.
Once at the pool, be ready for a few flights of steps that descend to the shore of the water. Small snacks and drinks are sold at the top of these stairs if you need to refuel before heading down.
Once you reach the water, you will be greeted by a serene oval shaped pool about 20 feet long and 25 feet wide.
Technically there are two pools in the rock formation: the main lower one and a tiny upper shallow pool.
The main larger pool is about 17 feet deep at its deepest point, making it perfect for swimming and cliff jumping, and only one small area is shallow enough to stand in.
Be careful near the edge, however. The rocks do get slippery and the tide will crash over the rocks surrounding the Natural Pool.