Snorkeling Around Palm Beach

While you can certainly take to the beach and snorkel on your own, most people who plan to don a mask and fins in Palm Beach sign up for a day of sailing and snorkeling that promotes not only the magic of the world beneath the surface of the sea, but also a day of relaxation as well.

Both reef systems and ship wrecks are within easy reach when you stay in Palm Beach, encouraging visitors to view several different sites during their time on the island. In fact, tours regularly take off from the most popular wreck site, the famed Wreck of the Antilla, directly from Palm Beach.  Guides can explain the history and what you're looking at, while you may have more time to visit with the fish when you go on your own.  There are many pros and cons to each option.  Either way, you'll likely encounter a huge variety of colorful fish, soft and hard corals, eels, urchins, sponges, and much more. 

While you won't have to worry about this with a guide who is knowledgeable enough about local conditions to know when to say “not today,” Aruba is known for having some pretty windy days and rough water conditions.  Typically, it is the east coast that has to deal with the issue, but the west coast – which includes Palm Beach – is not exempt.  If the water looks choppy, save snorkeling for another day.

Snorkeling Sites

If you're ready to explore below the water's 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 located a short distance away North of central Palm Beach.

Antilla is another option. 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 third site to consider is Boca Catalina. 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 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 check it out, this site is situated easily reached by taxi North-Northwest of central Palm Beach.

Some basic details about 4 of the best locations where you can go snorkeling in this area are listed in the following chart.

Snorkeling Sites Near Palm Beach
Site Location
Malmok Beach 2.1 mi. North of Central Palm Beach
Antilla 2.3 mi. North-Northwest of Central Palm Beach
Boca Catalina 2.4 mi. North of Central Palm Beach
Arashi Beach 3.1 mi. North-Northwest of Central Palm Beach

Snorkeling Boat Trips

Jolly Pirates

Some people believe the most enjoyable snorkeling is experienced away from the shore.

If you want to combine some snorkeling with a boating adventure, you might want to contact Red Sail Sports. What began as an equipment shop quickly morphed into one of the most popular sailing and watersports companies on the island. If you're interesting in exploring off land, Red Sail Sports has the experienced team you need to get started.

Another option to consider is Black Pearl Sailing. Whether you prefer a daytime sail around the lagoon or a romantic sunset trip coupled with champagne, this sailing charter specializes in small group tours and creating the most relaxing day of your life. They're located in Palm Beach.

Still another option is Snorkeling Aruba. Snorkeling trips take pace aboard a 26-foot Bayliner Deck Boat. Standard tours are two hours long, but they can work with you to customize your trip.

Some information with regard to boat trip providers that offer snorkeling are displayed directly below.

Day Sails and Boat Trips In Palm Beach
Name Phone Location
Black Pearl Sailing (297) 593-1554 0.5 mi. North of Central Palm Beach
Jolly Pirates (297) 586-8107 0.4 mi. North of Central Palm Beach
Pelican Adventures (297) 587-2302 0.2 mi. North of Central Palm Beach
Red Sail Sports (297) 586-1603 Central Palm Beach
Snorkeling Aruba (297) 592-6373 0.2 mi. Southeast of Central Palm Beach

Snorkeling Services

Blue Melody Snorkeling Rentals

If you're looking for someone that offers snorkel rentals, excursions, or similar services, you can check with 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 within Palm Beach.

A second company catering to snorkelers is Red Sail Sports Shop. You can rent a snorkeling vest, mask and snorkel, and fins on a daily basis. They have a wide selection of equipment so it should be no problem to get the right fit and brand that you prefer. If a guided tour is ideal for you, they offer a Luncheon Snorkel Sail on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9:15 a.m.

A third option is Aruba Watersports Center Snorkeling. This fun filling trip will have everyone smiling as the boat sails to stunning snorkel sites all around the island of Aruba. Depending on the day, the captain will sail to either Boca Catalina Bay or Malmok reef and the famous Antilla shipwreck site. They're found in the heart of Palm Beach.

A few details with regard to 6 companies that offer snorkeling related services are summarized here:

Snorkeling Services In And Around Palm Beach
Name Type Phone Location
Aqua Windies Watersports Equipment Shop (297) 583-5669 2.0 mi. South-Southwest of Central Palm Beach
Aqua Windies Snorkeling Snorkeling Equipment Rental Service (297) 583-5669 2.0 mi. South-Southwest of Central Palm Beach
Aruba Watersports Center Snorkeling Snorkeling Tour Operator (297) 586-6613 Central Palm Beach
Blue Melody Snorkeling Rentals Snorkeling Equipment Rental Service (297) 593-1554 0.5 mi. North of Central Palm Beach
Red Sail Sports Shop Snorkeling Equipment Rental Service (297) 586-1603 Central Palm Beach
SEAruba Fly 'n Dive Snorkeling Tour Operator (297) 588-1150 4.5 mi. South of Central Palm Beach

To learn more concerning snorkeling, including helpful suggestions and tips for beginners and "pros" read our detailed guide to snorkeling in the Caribbean.

Whether you opt for a day of sailing that includes lots of snorkeling, or you want to focus all of your attention of local sea life while going at your own pace, Palm Beach offers up plenty of opportunity for those who want to get in some snorkeling during their visit.


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