Snorkel in Aruba?
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It sounds like only snorkeling off of a boat, not from the beach? Any excursions recommended?Check for excursions from the cruise line first . Then search on line.
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It sounds like only snorkeling off of a boat, not from the beach? Any excursions recommended?Not true at all. In fact, on one of my snorkel ventures I was told by the snorkel leader to get back on the boat. Except I wasn't a passenger on the boat; we were at the same spot that I accessed from the shore.
Just not sure about the logistics involved in Aruba from a cruise ship in terms of timing, transportation, etc.
www.shorediving.com is a good website for reference. Go through the pages to Aruba. I thought the Boca Catalina and Catalina cove were darn good.
But perhaps for the sake of ease go on a boat tour? Via the ship?
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On the south end of the island is a little lagoon named Baby Beach. While not much on the calm lagoon side, if you go out into the open water there is some nice snorkeling there...however the waves can be rough at that point.
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My family snorkeled last summer from the beach in Aruba. We took the local bus which was only a couple dollars for the entire day. It was clean and extremely safe. A lot of tourists use the public bus. We asked the locals where the best snorkel beach was and the bus dropped us off right in front of it. I don't remember the name of the beach but we could see the Catamarans that people paid big bucks to get there on. They were swimming right next to us! Best day ever! Just ask at the info desk at the port, they were happy to help us. Good Luck!
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Oh, I forgot to tell you that this is from the beach too.
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It sounds like only snorkeling off of a boat, not from the beach? Any excursions recommended?Some of our best snorkeling in the Caribbean has been right off the beach at Boca Catalina. We always take a cab there (I think about $20) but quick ride, and then the public bus back. You can see the bus heading past you up to the light house and then you have about 10 minutes to get up there and it does the loop and comes back. Watch out though, we were there on a Sunday once and the bus didn't run!
We have seen turtles, squid, octopus, and tons of fish there. Great snorkeling and easy to get to. Highly recommend it.
Should also mention - try to go early. If you get there before all the snorkel boat tours start showing up you are more likely to see the good stuff. The turtles we saw took off as soon as the boats showed up.
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