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Don’t be fooled by the photos you see online. This rock might look underwhelming in pictures, but I strongly consider you to give it a chance. I visited the Casibari Aruban Rock Formation as part of a bus trip with El Tours Aruba. If not for the tour, we probably would not have put any extra effort into visiting this spot. Surprisingly, it turned out to be one of my favorite attractions on the island! The rock formation is made of tonalite and is a natural result of volcanic activity many years ago.
The rock formation is surrounded by a cacti garden, which is lovely to walk through on its own, if you aren’t a fan of heights. We stopped to take a few photos in the garden. We found some interesting rock formations and the largest cactus I have ever seen.
After snapping a few photos, I climbed a few steps to the top of this rock formation. The climb up really only takes a few minutes, probably about 5. There is a rockier path which requires some flexibility and maneuvering or a set of stairs on the backside of the rock which is a little friendlier to climbers. Once you reach the top you have a breathtaking view of the garden below, haystack mountain, the villages of Aruba, and the island! It’s quit windy up top though, so don’t bring your hat.
The top of the rock is not large and you probably won’t spend too much time up there. I’ve seen people refer to this destination as a day trip. We only spent about 15 minutes there, but you could certainly stay a bit longer to explore the gardens. After exploring the site, you might choose to grab a bite at the Casibari Cafe across the street where you can dine atop another large boulder in the desert.
Have you visited the Casibari Aruban Rock Formation?