Manchebo is an excellent destination for snorkelers because so many great spots are easily accessible right from the beach. This means if you have your own equipment you can pull it out and take a glimpse at what's beneath the surface of the sea at any time.
This area of the island encourages people with motorized watersports equipment to go elsewhere, which makes it ideal for snorkelers. There are plenty of tour operators who are willing to show their guests where the best sites to see are, so if you are still honing your skills, you'll still have the opportunity to go underwater exploring. Many tour guides will take you out to offshore snorkeling destinations, but no matter where you end up, the water is typically crystal clear which means great visibility at greater depths.
Most snorkelers want to know what types of sea creatures they'll encounter in the area. While it will vary day to day, typically it is barracudas, sting rays, eagle rays, and other brightly colored reef fish that make their home here. Perhaps more important than what you'll see when you visit these waters is what you'll experience. Snorkelers are often drawn by the escape that clear waters and awe-inspiring sites offer to them, but in order to achieve this you need just the right kinds of conditions.
Aruba has been known for its rather rough waters and windy coditions. Although this mostly pertains to the island's east coast, it is still important that you survey the area you plan to snorkel to determine if it is safe. If you have any doubt, or see one too many large waves, don't take any chances. If you are not confident in your ability to make this decision, one of the tours mentioned here may be ideal for you.
If you're ready to explore what's below the surface you might enjoy visiting Renaissance Island. The main draw to this private island is not the snorkeling opportunities, but it is certainly a perk. The rock barrier can be rough, so avoid it, but the adult beach has some great snorkeling right from the shore. This snorkeling site is located easily reached by taxi Southeast of central Manchebo.
The table below lists more information about 2 of the most popular locations where you can enjoy snorkeling in this area.
|Renaissance Island||3.5 mi. Southeast of Central Manchebo|
|5.9 mi. Southeast of Central Manchebo|
If you looking for a place that offers snorkeling gear, excursions or similar services, you should check out Blue Melody Snorkeling Rentals. Offering small group trips, this operator treats its guests to snacks and drinks while they sail to the snorkeling spot. There, they will anchor the boat and turn off the engine so you can enjoy peace and quite as you snorkel and swim in the lagoon of Catalina Bay. They are found in northern Manchebo.
A second company that offers snorkeling related services is Aqua Windies Snorkeling. Snorkeling the reefs of Aruba with this personalized tour, headed by an instructor who really knows the area. Included in the trip is transportation to the south coast, soft drinks, and snacks.
A third place to consider is Aruba Watersports Center Snorkeling. Experience snorkeling like never before on the Arusun, a 65-foot catamaran that will take you to the best snorkel sports of Aruba. They're situated in Palm Beach, a short distance away North-Northeast of central Manchebo.
Some information concerning 6 firms that offer services related to snorkeling are listed below.
|Watersports Equipment Shop||(297) 583-5669||0.5 mi. Northeast of Central Manchebo|
|Aqua Windies Snorkeling||Snorkeling Equipment Rental Service||(297) 583-5669||0.5 mi. Northeast of Central Manchebo|
|Aruba Watersports Center Snorkeling||Snorkeling Tour Operator||(297) 586-6613||2.4 mi. North-Northeast of Central Manchebo|
|Blue Melody Snorkeling Rentals||Snorkeling Equipment Rental Service||(297) 593-1554||2.9 mi. North-Northeast of Central Manchebo|
|Red Sail Sports Shop||Snorkeling Equipment Rental Service||(297) 586-1603||2.4 mi. North-Northeast of Central Manchebo|
|SEAruba Fly 'n Dive||Snorkeling Tour Operator||(297) 588-1150||3.1 mi. Southeast of Central Manchebo|
To learn more about snorkeling, including tips and suggestions for both "old pros" and beginners, read this exhaustive discussion of snorkeling in the Caribbean.
The waters of Manchebo promote the sport of snorkeling with their great visibility and abundance of friendly sea life. If you've never been snorkeling before, this is a great place to start, and if you have participating in this activity that is both peaceful and exciting all at once, no convincing is necessary – you're probably already making room in your schedule to go again.
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