Natural Pool
Natural Pool
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A "conchi" or swimmable pool nestled amidst massive rocks on the northeast coast of Aruba.
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  • Khayla Trego
    Holland, Ohio34 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Rough Ride and Gorgeous Views
    This was an awesome experience. Do not attempt to get back here on your own unless you are an experienced driver with 4 wheel capabilities. We visited with a tour. It's a beautiful location and there was a guide that showed us where we could jump in. The waves were rough on the day we visited so snorkeling in the natural pool wasn't easy to see.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 5, 2023
  • aafitzge
    Indianapolis, Indiana22 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    An Adventure
    My husband and I chose to rent a jeep and drive the approx 40 minutes into the park to the natural pool. We have never done anything like that before and it was quite bumpy. It was worth it because we beat all the tours in (arrive at open at 0800) and had the pool to ourselves for a while. Worth it!!!!! PIctures don't do it justice.
    Visited May 2023
    Written May 28, 2023
  • SHussain2019
    14 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful, but manage your expectations
    Beautiful, but conditions were not exactly calm with the wind & current, so it felt a bit dicey. Rocks are slippery, so water shoes with good traction are recommended. I took 2 kids - a 13 year old and a 9 year old and the 9 year old felt it was too rough. We went with a tour group and would not have attempted to drive here on our own - it was a really rough ride and that was in a 4x4 with a capable driver.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 18, 2023
  • bh0762
    Worcester, Massachusetts57 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Super cool experience
    It takes a bit of logistical planning to get there. No matter how you plan to get to the pool, you must stop and buy a reasonably priced ticket to the entire park. From there, you could walk in theory. From what I understand, it is a 3.5-mile walk. From what I know, it is a desert, very rocky, and pretty steep to get to, so...( if you decide to walk, please do not take your kids. It would be horrible for them and make them hate trekking for life) I rented a 4x4 vehicle, so I drove there, but I saw 4x4 capable tours that can get you there too. Anyway, this pool is a hidden gem. From where you park, you will need to walk down some stairs, so even if you drive there, it is not going to be accessible by those unable to walk easily on their own. I highly recommend water shoes (I did not have them, but I will next time) because you have to climb over some rocks actually to enter the pool. I recommend, after entering the pool swimming to the ledge opposite and jumping from the rocks into the pool. It was a great ride up there as well, but there is an entire park that I recommend you see in addition to this pool, so save this for last so you can cool off before driving back to your hotel.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 16, 2023
  • Donald Gentry
    Fishers, Indiana6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Natural Pool with rented Jeep
    We rented an Adventure Jeep from Royal Car Rental and had a great experience. The road to the Natural Pool via Arikok National Park is definitely a true “off-road” experience but definitely worth the trip. The road was well-marked and we had no issues getting there in our rented Jeep. There are a couple spots that get a little “dicey” and it’s certainly a very rough ride out there. The Natural Pool is well worth it though, as it’s one of most incredible natural places you’ll ever visit.
    Visited September 2023
    Written September 27, 2023
  • Elise G
    Hudson River Valley, New York1,124 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Was I dreaming?
    Dreamy! That is the word! What a delight it was to explore the Conchi Pools! I know that many take tours there. If one drives in by a jeep is the easier route. We chose to hike the 2.5 miles from the Rancho Parking area, which I prefer. Walking along the east coast, passing various beaches was well worth the effort. It gave me a sense of the landscape, which is truly extraordinary. The coastal trail offers views of a much rougher coast than the west coast. The coral cliffs were like no other. Another benefit to hiking in is that we were not on a timeline. We could enjoy the pools for as long or short as we wanted. To this end, there were periods of time that we had the pools to ourselves. That is where, “dreamy” comes in. It really doesn’t get much better than being alone, floating and snorkeling in such a natural treasure. After the main pool, I encourage you to do a bit of climbing a smaller pool that is like a hot tub! This area is part of the Arikok National Park. One can purchase a park pass from one of two locations (the visitor center or the south entrance). To get to the parking area, one needs to drive out of the park, and then back in. Things to bring: lots of drinking water for the hike, water shoes to make it easier, snorkel and mask to enjoy the sea life. If hiking, proper footwear is necessary (no flip-flops or flimsy sandals). Spending time both hiking into the Conchi Pool and luxuriating in the pools is a wonderful way to experience Aruba away from the concrete jungles of the resorts, condominiums and hotels.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 5, 2024
  • Audrey C
    Mercer Island, Washington15 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing place with amazing views and waves
    I would recommend anyone who is healthy enough to walk down 20-40 stairs up and down should come here. This was absolutely gorgeous and been my favorite thing to do in Aruba. If you do not have a 4x4 car you will not be able to drive yourself and will need to take a tour or utv tour. Apple Maps took us to the wrong spot when looking up the natural pool, make sure to look up Arikok visitor center and they will give you a map of how to get to the natural pool!
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 14, 2024
  • Matt R
    Ontario, Canada20 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Neat place
    This is a neat spot. Almost impossible to find on your own. Do not recommended getting there on your own. No maps and no signs to help you as well as the GPS took us everywhere except the road to the pool. Once there it was fun but pay the tour operators and bit the bullet.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 4, 2024
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paxa
Washington DC, DC6,861 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
We came here on a jeep tour and got here in mid afternoon. The place was totally packed with a line over the slippery rocks to get into the pool and the pool itself was like a bowl of wonton soup, filled with people all bumping into each other. No doubt this would be a nice place to visit and swim when less crowded but as it was it was not pleasant. So choose you timing more carefully, morning is probably better and if you could avoid being here at the same time as large group tours. From the parking lot there are about 90 steps growing down to the rocky beach. Best to wear water shoes - would make it much easier getting in and out of the pool on the slippery rocks.
Written January 13, 2020
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Taylor M
New York City, NY19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Couples
I HIGHLY recommend going with a guide / tour unless you are very experienced with off-roading. It is not easy to get to. From where you park there is a long staircase down to the natural pool. It’s somewhat difficult if you have mobility issues (uneven steps, etc).

At the pool itself you can leave a towel , etc on some rocks but there is no formal place to leave anything. I recommend leaving what you can in the car.

To enter the pool itself you need to climb over a lot of slippery rocks. Definitely wear tevas or water shoes.

Within the pool there are lots of fish to see. I recommend snorkels or goggles.

The pool is deep in the middle and the swimming was not easy. This is not for young kids. A wave came in when I was there and threw a girl outside of the pool (she was ok).

I liked going with a tour because they would advise if it was too dangerous to swim. I recommend ABC tours if you choose a tour.
Written May 14, 2021
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Elle H
7 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020
My husband I did not rent a 4 x 4 vehicle but we wanted to visit the Conchi Natural Pool without buying a tour so we hiked from the Arikok Visitor Center to the pool and back! We are decent hikers and this hike was tougher than expected. There were some hills to climb and it was very rocky. We wore hiking/water sandals (TEVAs) which may have been part of the difficulty instead of closed toed shoes. We had a cloudy day which was perfect for hiking in the heat, I'm sure it would have been more difficult with the sun beating down on us. Bring plenty of water and snorkeling gear to swim in the pool! Aruba was not crowded in general due to COVID but we were the ONLY ones on the hike to and from the pool, taking about 1.5 hours each way. There were others at the pool who drove to a closer area and also others on horseback tours. The pool was small but had some pretty fish and the lifeguard was very friendly and helpful at showing us the leg of a hidden octopus.
Written November 15, 2020
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Frank C
Palm Harbor, FL2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
We rented a Jeep (don’t rent from Thrift Car Rental) and completed a self guided tour off the island in one day. Natural Pools was the last stop but the 30 min train ride was difficult. Remember you’ll need to purchase a entry pass at the park gate…under 18 is free.
Written November 23, 2022
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bh0762
Worcester, MA57 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
It takes a bit of logistical planning to get there. No matter how you plan to get to the pool, you must stop and buy a reasonably priced ticket to the entire park. From there, you could walk in theory. From what I understand, it is a 3.5-mile walk. From what I know, it is a desert, very rocky, and pretty steep to get to, so...( if you decide to walk, please do not take your kids. It would be horrible for them and make them hate trekking for life) I rented a 4x4 vehicle, so I drove there, but I saw 4x4 capable tours that can get you there too. Anyway, this pool is a hidden gem. From where you park, you will need to walk down some stairs, so even if you drive there, it is not going to be accessible by those unable to walk easily on their own. I highly recommend water shoes (I did not have them, but I will next time) because you have to climb over some rocks actually to enter the pool. I recommend, after entering the pool swimming to the ledge opposite and jumping from the rocks into the pool. It was a great ride up there as well, but there is an entire park that I recommend you see in addition to this pool, so save this for last so you can cool off before driving back to your hotel.
Written September 16, 2023
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Roger L
Sucre, Bolivia14 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022 • Couples
Please don’t use the short hike from Daimari without first paying for admission at the NP office and getting the yellow wrist band. There is now a ranger stationed at the pool who’s job it is to check for that, and we saw him be badly verbally abused by a tourist for disallowing him from entering from Daimari without a band. The ranger, who was a really good guy, was very upset for having been harangued (with profanity) and threatened for doing his job.

The pool was a little disappointing, to be honest, after having done a lot of snorkeling elsewhere. Just a novelty, and probably only good with a lower tide.
Written February 10, 2022
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Kathi E
28 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Friends
We went this week(5/2/2023) to the pool. we went via a open jeep tour ( more on that in another review). First of to get to the pool, it is a HIKE! Either by foot or by 4WD (ONLY). Your kidney and neck from the whiplash will be feeling it. You can only get there via off road vehicles. Once there it is about a 100 rock steps down to the area. Due to the windy season( March thru August) they are having right now the surf there was extremely rough. And since the pool is surrounded by sharp lava rocks and you have to climb into it, make sure you can hike, climb and are in shape. The warning the tours companies give you are no joke. This is NOT a walk into the pool from the beach situation as i thought it would be. I'm in fairly decent shape except for my knee's and I opted not to try. There was no snorkeling as the surf had the water churned up pretty good so you could not see anything anyway. And there was about 25 people in it. when we go back I will visit it again because the scenery around it is cool. The best time to try I would say would be August thru October. The water color is beautiful though and the temperature is kind perfect, not too hot and not too cold. There are also some really cool tide pools there. So I do recommend going just don't be too bummed if it isn't what you expected. The hike it IF you are an avid experienced hiker would be great. Lots of landscape stuff to see and an easy challenge.
Written May 6, 2023
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Wayne B
Midlothian, VA199 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
This is a favorite stop for many tours of the island. We rented a 4x4 and drove here on our own, so we could spend as much time as we wanted. The steps down/up from the pool to the parking area can be rough, especially if you're out of shape, but they're obviously working on building better steps to this area and their work should make this better for everyone in the future! Getting to the pool itself can be tricky. The rocks are very slick and jagged. If you don't have tough feet, I'd recommend water shoes. There are some cool smaller fish that are within the pool and often some waves will crash over the rocks adding to the excitement of the spot. It is a natural pool, but don't assume it's shallow. The water is certainly deep in a few spots (probably 10-12'). Worth the trip!
Written August 20, 2022
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Batman45
Wesley Chapel, FL77 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020 • Couples
This is a wonderful spot that’s not filled with tourists. Hard to get too which means it’s un spoilt. Wooden ladder to access the pool. Would not recommend if you have any back issues, knee issues or anything else that may hamper you from jumping 6 feet into a shallow sand bottom pool. The coral rocks are quite slippery and have to be negotiated in and out. That being said it’s a very beautiful spot.
Written December 21, 2020
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Darren N
Locust Grove, GA158 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Couples
It’s a really great experience but I would really recommend taking a tour because it’s really rough roads. You will need to be an experienced off roader. Just looking at the trails, it’s probably easy to get lost.

Hit up ABC tours because we had an aMaxing time with them and ask for uncle Johnny.
Written May 16, 2021
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