Hike to this remote and rugged natural pool, where wild ocean waves crash into the volcanic rocks.
Set on a secluded and difficult-to-access stretch of coastline, the Conchi Natural Pool is one of Aruba’s most picturesque natural sites. Embark on a four-wheel drive tour to reach this deserted and empty pocket of the island where the awe-inspiring power and beauty of nature is at its most evident.
The natural pool is formed by a border of craggy rock, which cuts off the pool from the surrounding ocean. The pool may be calm and still or waves may crash in over the rocks depending on the conditions during your visit.
Enlist the services of a local guide to help you find the pool as the isolated setting, rocky terrain and off-road trails can make it difficult to access. During a tour, you’ll be driven close in a four-wheel drive or an all-terrain vehicle, before disembarking and trekking down a steep and uneven path on foot. Horseback tours are also offered by some operators.
Although the journey there is quite treacherous, the stunning pool is worth the effort. Bring along your bathing suit; if the waters are calm, you may be able to enter the pool and even go snorkeling. Be sure to use water shoes though as the rocks are notoriously slippery. Swim out to the far edge of the pool and peer over the rocky edges to see the ocean beyond and look for tropical fish swimming in the water below.
When the wind is stronger and conditions rougher, you can safely observe the enormous waves crashing in over the rocks from the pool’s edge. Photography enthusiasts will want to bring along a camera to try and capture the gorgeous scene. Because of its isolated setting, the pool is rarely busy, so you can enjoy the experience at your leisure.
Conchi Natural Pool is located on the northeast tip of Arikok National Park. It is best visited as part of a guided tour. Ask your hotel to help you arrange one or check with tour operators online or in town.