My 4 favorite snorkeling spots

My 4 favorite snorkeling spots

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 ?

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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 ?

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Sand dollars ?

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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.

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Shawn Oduber freediving at the ship wreck at Mangel Halto

Click for location of 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!

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Birds enjoying the beach as well ?

Little Trunk fish trying to swim up to me ?

Click for location of Baby Beach

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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The Jolly Pirates ship!

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Into the deep

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Key on the rope swing ?

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Hope u like the post:) Which are your favorite snorkeling spots?

xx Jenna

Special thanks to my boy Key van Thull for the underwater pictures!

 

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15 Comments

  1. July 18, 2016 / 11:10 am

    Absolutely wonderful post….beautiful description…I think it will be useful explain some info about the address and exactly location of this spots for the foreign people

    • Jenna
      Author
      July 18, 2016 / 11:47 am

      Hi Ricardo,

      Thanks for the tip! I added the locations πŸ™‚

      XX Jenna

    • Pam
      July 20, 2016 / 7:55 am

      Been to baby beach. Very nice

  2. Tamara
    July 18, 2016 / 3:31 pm

    What is the name of the camara you used for the underwater pictures? πŸ™‚

    • Jenna
      Author
      July 18, 2016 / 5:28 pm

      Hi Tamara,

      I used a Go pro Hero 4 black edition, hope this helps!

      Xx Jenna

  3. Jeff
    July 18, 2016 / 5:58 pm

    Enjoyed the blog and the cool photos!

  4. Karen
    July 19, 2016 / 8:51 am

    Thank you for sharing… I have snorkelled many times in Aruba in just those locations. You captured all my favourite spots…cant wait to go back!! Good tips for first time visitors.

  5. Bea Dunsford
    July 19, 2016 / 4:52 pm

    You should try it in Maui. It is like swimming in an aquarium.

    • Jenna
      Author
      July 19, 2016 / 10:15 pm

      That sounds amazing, would love to go to Maui one day!

  6. July 20, 2016 / 7:26 am

    Hi Jenna,
    Thanks for your lovely tips about snorkling Aruba! Very nice photos also!! Makes me want to jump in right away! πŸ™‚

  7. Tao
    August 30, 2018 / 9:42 am

    Do you really need to touch these marine creatures? Leave them alone because you are just a visitor for them. Ocean is their home.

    • Jenna
      Author
      August 30, 2018 / 12:02 pm

      Do you really need to judge my actions? Animals have always been my biggest passion and I would never harm them. Sand dollars aren’t alive, they are like shells. Tons of times I spent my day at the beach returning sea stars from the shallow where they are put by other people and I bring them to the deep so other people don’t find them and play with them.

  8. November 1, 2019 / 10:47 pm

    Hello Jenna,
    Thanks so much for sharing, these tips and pics were amazing… my family and I will be going to Aruba first time in JAN 2020 by cruise and have been researching where to go and what to do… I LOVE snorkeling too, I’m finding too many things and since you grew up there maybe you can help me with some bumps in the road as to “planning” better? Could you spare some time and contact me by email? I’d really appreciate it…

    Right now I’m divided, being Baby Beach and Arashi/Tres trapi are two extremes… One or the other I’d get visit in the “morning” and the other by afternoon… which one would you say I should get to as to see the star fishes or they say there’s turtles by Baby Beach but I expect there would be more activity in the morning at both but impossible to get to them both in the morning right?

    THANKS AGAIN for sharing and hope to hear from you soon!
    Nilda from Florida USA

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