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 situated 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.

Summary information concerning 4 of the best places where you can enjoy snorkeling in this area are listed right below.

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

For some people, the most enjoyable snorkeling is located off shore.

If you're ready to go snorkeling during a boating adventure, you can check with Red Sail Sports. The shop offers a wide range of activities both on land and in the ocean, such as snorkeling, diving, and boating to horseback riding. Their most popular offerings are the snorkeling sails, of which there are several different excursions.

Another option to consider 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 situated 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 key facts with regard to boat trip providers that provide snorkeling opportunities are provided in the table 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

Aruba Watersports Center Snorkeling

If you're looking for a business offering snorkeling excursions, rentals, or other services, you might want to check with 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 are situated in the heart of Palm Beach.

Another company worth knowing about is 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.

A third option is Octopus Aruba. The four Catamaran trips offer wonderful refreshments such as mimosas and wine. You can visit famous sites like the Antilla wreck or view the California Lighthouse. They're located in Palm Beach.

Some key facts with regard to 6 companies that offer services related to snorkeling are provided down below.

Snorkeling Services In Palm Beach
Name Type Phone Location
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
Fun 4 Evry 1 Snorkeling Snorkeling Tour Operator (297) 593-2747 Central Palm Beach
Mi Dushi Snorkeling Tour Operator (297) 640-3000 0.5 mi. North of Central Palm Beach
Octopus Aruba Snorkeling Tour Operator (297) 560-6565 0.2 mi. North of Central Palm Beach
Red Sail Sports Shop Snorkeling Equipment Rental Service (297) 586-1603 Central Palm Beach

For more information concerning snorkeling, including tips and suggestions for beginners and "pros" check out this exhaustive Caribbean snorkeling page.

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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