Snorkeling Around Noord

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If you ask a local where to go snorkeling, more often than not, they'll point out one of their favorite spots in Noord.  Even the best rated snorkeling tours all operate out of the area, so whether you plan to go it alone or want to hire a pro to show you the ropes, you'll be in good hands in Noord.

No matter how you plan to get out and explore local marine life, you'll find the offerings to be bountiful.  The Noord area tends to have more rock formations than coral, though the hard and soft corals can be found regularly as well.  As far as fish species are concerned, be on the look out for surgeonfish, wrasses, octopus, cuttlefish, sea snacks, urchins, crabs, squid, and more. 

While the overlying goal of snorkeling is to see all of those beautiful creatures listed above, there is also a great deal of importance held in the peaceful nature of the sport.  For many, the quiet and escapism is what draws them to snorkeling, but with Aruba, you'll have pay attention to current conditions in order to achieve this.  

Noord is located along Aruba's west coast, which is for sure the calmer of the two longer stretches of coastline.  The east coast is often extremely windy and experiences choppy waters – something you don't want when you're snorkeling, however, it is still important to keep this in mind as you head out for a day of snorkeling.  If the winds change direction, it can be Noord's waters that will give you a touch time.  Keep the winds and the currents in mind as you plan your snorkeling trip, and it you can, hire a snorkeling guide who will be even more aware of these conditions simply because of their experience.  

Snorkeling Sites

If you're looking forward to seeing what's below the surface you should consider a visit to Malmok Beach. This is a favorite spot for snorkeling both by tour guides and those who are going it alone. Early in the morning is the best time to visit if you want to avoid the crowds, and you'll find the best snorkeling to be done along the rocky part of the shoreline. This snorkeling site is situated easily reached by taxi North-Northwest of central Noord.

Boca Catalina is another snorkeling spot you might enjoy. A great snorkeling destination not only for the fish, coral, and sponges; but also because of the unique boulders as well. This location is also great because the fish are friendly and depths range from two to five feet, but visibility can vary.

A third site to consider is Antilla. This amazing site is a World War II ship that sunk offshore at the north end of the island. Although you cannot see the entire wreck from a snorkeling vantage point, enough of it is shallow and visible, making this a highly recommended excursion. The wreck is 400 feet long, and if you move towards the bow, that is where you will have the best visibility.

A fourth location where you can go snorkeling is Arashi Beach. This is a recommended snorkeling destination because there are different spots that appeal to various skill levels If you're new to the sport, stick to the left end, but if you're advanced, stick to the right. The reef runs parallel to the shore and includes elkhorn and star coral, rainbow fish, butterflyfish, chub, eels, goatfish, jack, parrotfish, squirrelfish, surgeonfish, tang, and more. If you want to experience it for yourself, this site is located easily reached by taxi North-Northwest of central Noord.

The following table offers a few details regarding 4 of the best places where you can enjoy snorkeling in this area.

Snorkeling Sites Near Noord
Site Location
Malmok Beach 2.9 mi. North-Northwest of Central Noord
Boca Catalina 3.1 mi. North-Northwest of Central Noord
Antilla 3.1 mi. Northwest of Central Noord
Arashi Beach 3.9 mi. North-Northwest of Central Noord

Snorkeling Services

If you're looking for someone that offers snorkeling gear, excursions or similar services, you should check out Octopus Aruba. Snorkel in style with Octopus Catamaran, offering delicious food and drink along with great instruction and exploration. They are located within Noord.

A second place that offers snorkeling related services is Seabob Aruba. Snorkeling tours visit Antilla Shipwreck, Boca Catalina, and Malmok. You can see the beautiful underwaterscape, exotic marine life, and forgotten vessels. Your tour includes a seabob f5s, knowledgeable guides, transportation, wet suits, diving masks, and water bottles.

A third place to consider is Sailaway Tours. The ship is 110 feet long and 24 feet wide, enabling up to 74 guests to climb on deck. It features a full bar and bar top so guests have fun whether they are on or off the boat. They're located within the vicinity of Palm Beach, a short distance away Northwest of central Noord.

Glance through the table just below if you want information with regard to 3 companies that provide snorkeling related services.

Snorkeling Services Near Noord
Name Phone Location
Octopus Aruba (297) 560-6565 1.1 mi. Northwest of Central Noord
Sailaway Tours (297) 739-9000 1.2 mi. Northwest of Central Noord
Seabob Aruba (297) 747-3023 Palm Beach, 1.0 mi. Northwest of Central Noord

For more information about snorkeling, including tips and suggestions for beginners and "pros" check out this exhaustive guide to snorkeling in the Caribbean.

With plenty of shallow coastal areas teeming with sea life, Noord is a great destination for snorkelers.  You can hire a tour guide for a full day of fun, or go it alone and move at your own pace.  Either way, you're sure to have a great time snorkeling in this area of the island.  


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