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Outside of the tourist area, the island of Aruba exhibited a rich and varied landscape, a topography unique for a Caribbean island. Some areas are only accessible by four wheel drive vehicle. (adapted from CIA, World Factbook)
 

Casibari Boulders Clusters of huge tonalite boulders sit together in an area just north of Hooiberg. A climb to the top affords a view across the island.

Three primary geological formations shape the island of Aruba: the Aruba lava formation, quartz diorite formation and limestone formations.
 

One-fifth of the island is dedicated to Arikok National Park which preserves the habitat of the indigenous plants and animals, such as the burrowing owl, the cat-eye snake and various lizards.
 

The beaches of the north coast are rugged, windy and secluded. They are protected as turtle nesting grounds.

The winds in this area have formed large rolling sand dunes. A wind mill farm here provides a large proportion of the island's energy.

 

Feral goats and donkeys graze on the wild lands.

Divi-divi trees and cacti dot the craggy desert landscape.
 

The cave formations of Fontein, Guadirikiri and Hulibi have stalactites and stalagmites, resident bats and Indian petrogylphs.

The wild north shore is characterized by natural bridges and coves carved out of limestone.