If you are planning to come to Aruba, going snorkeling or diving is a must! There are so many beautiful underwater spots to explore. Here are some of my favorites, enjoy!
1: Tres trapi
Describe this location in one word? Magical. The water here is so clear that you can stand on the rocks and see fish swim below you in the water! The water here is also extremely calm, it’s the perfect spot to just grab your snorkeling gear and float around 😀
One more thing.. if you go a little further into the water, you can find up to 30 starfish!! They are so beautiful and they come in all kinds of shapes and sizes. TIP: starfish don’t die immediately after you take them out of the water but its better to not take them out at all. Also if you do pick them up, never put them back upside down. Of course there are plenty of fish here too and sometimes you can even see sea turtles or squids 😀
Location: Tres Trapi is located near Malmok Beach. You have to drive to the north side of the island, as if you’re going to the California Lighthouse. Before you reach Arashi beach you will see a yellow house on your left. Tres Trapi is next to this yellow house (you can see the yellow house in the first picture).
2: Mangel Halto
You can find beautiful coral here and hundreds of different fish, therefore this location is super colorful. There is also a ship wreck on the bottom but this is really deep (I’ve never dove to it before but I think it’s around 25 feet deep or more) I would not recommend this spot to snorkel beginners since the water is more rough here and there is a lot of current. If you do have more experience, this is definitely a spot to check out TIP: there are tours which you can book to snorkel in groups, this would be much safer than going out alone.
Shawn Oduber freediving at the ship wreck at Mangel Halto
3: Baby beach
This is a more family friendly spot. Bring some old bread and throw this into the water, you will have so many fish swimming around you! This is definitely recommended if you have kids that like fish. TIP: there will be lots of fish and there is a chance that they will accidentally touch you, so if you are scared of fish, do not throw bread. Also there aren’t lots of different fish species and you can’t go very far into the water. One fish I hope you will see is the Trunk fish. They are super curious and if you lay still they will sometimes swim up to you!
Little Trunk fish trying to swim up to me 😀
4: The Antilla Wreck
This is a sunken World War II ship which is located near the north end of Aruba. The wreck is visible from the surface for snorkelers and there is a good amount of fish to see too. (The Antilla wreck is 400 feet long!) You can only reach this spot by booking a boat tour. TIP: Swimming to this spot is really not an option! there are lots of boats who drive by and there is strong current. I took a boat tour with the Jolly Pirates. The crew on board was super friendly, there was music and people were dancing and the food was amazing! (super important hihi) We stopped at the Antilla wreck but also at 2 other snorkeling spots, I definitely recommend the Jolly Pirates! This spot was a bit harder to take pictures at but in real life its super beautiful!
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Special thanks to my boy Key van Thull for the underwater pictures!