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 see what's below the surface you might enjoy 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 found 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 place 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're interested, you'll find this site found easily reached by taxi North-Northwest of central Palm Beach.

Check out the following table for information concerning 4 of the best places to experience snorkeling in this area.

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'd like to snorkel during a boat trip, you can check with 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 worth investigating is Black Pearl Sailing. Sail around the lagoon, sunbathe, do a little snorkeling, and simply relax when you sign up for one of two daily small group trips. Their romantic sunset sail includes cocktails and their famous grilled cheese sandwiches -- the perfect way to enjoy a spectacular light show on the water. They're found in Palm Beach.

Still another option is Snorkeling Aruba. No one does snorkeling like this tour operator, which has several trips a day that include free pick up from your beach, your gear, snacks and drinks.

Take a look at the table below for information concerning boat operators that offer snorkeling.

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 looking for a business that offers snorkeling gear, 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 in Palm Beach.

Another company worth knowing about 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. In both areas, snorkelers of all levels can have a great time in the water, as there are minimal waves and many colorful reefs to explore.

A third option is Red Sail Sports Shop. One of the best recommended sailing and diving operations in Aruba, this shop has another great activity up their sleeve: snorkeling! Not only can you rent equipment and strike out on your own, but two of their regular sailing trips center around the sport. They're found in the heart of Palm Beach.

Some key facts about 6 companies that offer snorkeling related services are provided 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 (973) 388-7900 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 both "old pros" and beginners, read this detailed Caribbean snorkeling article.

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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