Snorkeling in Aruba

Colorful Corals and a Historic Wreck

The clear Caribbean waters that wash the shores of Aruba provide a warm and inviting aquatic playground for swimmers and snorkelers. Colorful coral reefs and historic shipwrecks lie close to shore and are suitable for persons of all ages and skill levels. Snorkel adventures can begin right off the beach, or from the deck of a boat moored in a quiet cove. First-timers and veterans alike can take advantage of tour options that combine visits to a number of the island's top sites with added enticements such as beachside barbecues, sailing adventures and guided tours of the reef.

Highlights

  • Best for: Beach lovers, spa and watersports fans and soft adventurers
  • Best season to visit: Year-round, as it's below the hurricane belt
  • Weather: Steady trade winds, sunny and dry winters in the 70s, 80s in the summer, with occasional afternoon or evening showers

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Snorkeling in Aruba Overview

Aruba's southern coast has the calmest, clearest waters for snorkeling. While many sites are accessible from shore, boats provide the easiest access to a number of favorite sites. Some reefs rise to within a few feet of the surface for up-close viewing of corals, sea fans and tropical fish. Deeper reefs and some shipwrecks are still clearly visible from the surface.

Aruba Snorkeling Tips

If you are new to snorkeling, most tour operators will provide basic instructions. One of the keys to enjoying the view is to keep your mask from fogging, which is done by rinsing it thoroughly and then applying a thin coating of defogging solution before entering the water. Most boats will provide defog,

Best Places to Snorkel in Aruba

The scattered remains of the historic Antilla shipwreck are clearly visible from the surface. Angelfish and blue tanks fit through the remains of a lost airplane at Arashi Reef, while the nearby coral gardens are decorated in brightly colored sea fans and sponges. Boca Catalina is one of the fishiest locations in Aruba, home to French angelfish, damselfish, yellowtail, goatfish, cowfish, parrotfish, butterfly fish more.

What to Pack for Snorkeling in Aruba

A mesh carrying bag to hold your personal snorkel gear or to keep track of the set provided by a tour operator. A dry bag or box for items such as keys, smartphones and wallets. Towels may be provided, but it doesn't hurt to bring your own, along with sun block and shoes that can get wet.

Specials

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Divi Dutch Village Beach Resort

BEST RATES includes 77 night king efficiency accommodations, 5 days of 2-tank boat dives, free WiFi, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges. Valid through 12/13/17. Options to add on Snorkeling or Jeep Adventures.
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Divi Aruba Phoenix Beach Resort

ARUBA - BEST RATE includes 7 night studio accommodations, free WiFi, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges. Valid 4/17/17-6/20/17. Add $239 per person for travel 6/24/17-12/19/17. Options to add on Snorkeling or Jeep Adventures. Options to add on Snorkeling or Jeep Adventures.
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From $939 per person double occupancy

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Divi Village Golf & Beach Resort

ARUBA - BEST RATE includes 7 night studio suite accommodations, 5 days of 2-tank boat dives, free WiFi, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges. Valid 8/12/17-12/22/17. Options to add on Snorkeling or Jeep Adventures.
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Resorts

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Manchebo Beach Resort & Spa

Tucked along Aruba’s spectacularly beautiful and blissfully quieter Eagle Beach, Manchebo Beach Resort & Spa is a treasured retreat among Aruba resorts – its 50-year-history making it one of the island’s most revered resorts. Here, longtime guests mingle with a new generation of wellness-conscious travelers who are drawn to this intimate oceanfront oasis as much for its setting as its thoughtful grasp of island culture and cuisine and modern-day services and amenities.
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Brickell Bay Beach Club & Spa

Brickell Bay Beach Club is located on the beautiful white sand beaches of Palm Beach. With only 98 rooms and suites, guests will enjoy a high level of personalized service and convenient amenities including onsite restaurants and bars, room service, complimentary breakfast and free WiFi. The resort is centrally located with a wide array of top-rated restaurants, casinos and live shows within easy walking distance.
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Divi Dutch Village Beach Resort

Nestled in a delightful tropical garden dotted with freshwater pools, the Divi Dutch Village Resort is an intimate all-suite resort in the Divi Aruba resort collection—a serene spot with oversized rooms and quiet escapes—perfect for families with all generations. Diving provided by S.E. Aruba Fly ‘n Dive.
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Divi Aruba Phoenix Beach Resort

Situated on Aruba’s famed Palm Beach, the Aruba Phoenix Beach Resort offers spacious beachfront studio, one and two- bedroom suites with full kitchens, picture windows and private balconies. Additional amenities include three pools, fitness center, spa, casual and gourmet dining and swim-up bar. Scuba diving provided by S.E. Aruba Fly n Dive.
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Divi Village Golf & Beach Resort

Steps from Aruba’s white sand beaches, the Divi Village Golf Resort offers three restaurants, three pools, tennis courts, oceanfront fitness center, rock climbing wall, and a featured Links golf course. The resort offers large studio and one or two bedroom suites with full kitchens. Free shuttle to nearby casino. Diving with S.E. Aruba Fly ‘n Dive.
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Barcelo Aruba

Experience an all-inclusive scuba diving vacation set amid the pristine white sands of Aruba’s famed Palm Beach. The Barceló Aruba offers 398 rooms and suites and a Vegas-style casino onsite as well as a wide array of all-inclusive activities to fill the days and nights.
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The Mill Resort & Suites Aruba

This tropical oasis of authentic Aruba hospitality is set amid the island’s Palm Beach high-rise and casino resorts. The palm-shaded pool is a tranquil getaway at the heart of the resort. Spacious rooms and suites, some with private hot tubs and most with a full kitchen, are just across the street from the beach with complimentary shuttle service. Diving with Unique Sports of Aruba.
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Passport and/or Visa Requirements

Entry Requirements: The U.S. Department of State requires that all travelers to and from the Caribbean have a passport valid for at least 6 months from the date of return from the destination. U.S. and Canadian citizens do not need a visa. For more info visit the USDoS website. EXIT REQUIREMENTS: All persons leaving Aruba must pay a Government Departure Tax of approximately USD $37.50, which may be included in your ticket.

Immunizations

No immunizations are required for travelers from the U.S., Canada or Great Britian. Check with your doctor and the Centers for Disease Control on recommended vaccinations for travel at CDC Aruba.

Culture and Customs

For a prime example of Aruba's melting-pot society, try a local favorite: Keshi Yena. Made from a hollowed-out sphere of Edam cheese filled with local meats, vegetables and island spices, it combines Dutch, Spanish, and African influences into a soothingly savory yet slightly spicy mix. Ditto for island culture. Dutch is the official language, but school children also learn Spanish and English, and you may hear the lilting tones of Papiamento, which is a local mash-up that borrows from all three and adds a bit of Portuguese and French, finished off with Arawak Indian and African influences. There's still plenty of Dutch practicality in the Aruban character, but this is also an island that likes a party. Carnival, locally called Bacchanalia, takes over the island from January through the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. Aruba is also the only country to celebrates Dia Di San Juan with singing and dancing, and the New Year celebration known as Dandee has its roots in the Papiamento word for carousing. Aruban's love music, and the local beat, called socarengue, is accompanied with a sensual dance.

Electricity, Phone and Internet Access

Electricity in Aruba is 110 volts, 60 cycles (same as U.S.)

Aruba's country code is 297 and direct dial service is reliable. Check with your cell phone service provider for information on calling and data usage in Aruba. High-speed internet service is readily available.

Water Quality

Desalinated, filtered tap water is safe to drink. Bottled water is readily available for sale.

Language & Currency

Dutch is the official language of Aruba. English and Spanish are widely spoken.

The local currency is the Aruban Florin (AFG). Most local businesses accept U.S. Dollars and major credit cards

Time

Aruba is in the Atlantic Time Zone (AST) and does not observe Daylight Savings Time. Aruba is four hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (-4 GMT).

Location, Size and Population

Aruba is 21 miles long and 6 miles wide, a total of about 75 square miles. Aruba is one of the Lesser Antilles located below the hurricane belt in the Southernmost end of the Caribbean roughly 18 miles off the coast of Venezuela. The population of Aruba is approximately 104,263 (2016).