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'd like to see below the water's surface you might want to visit 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 snorkeling spot you might enjoy. 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're interested, this site is located easily reached by taxi North-Northwest of central Palm Beach.

The chart below lists a few details regarding 4 of the best locations where you can 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

Some people believe the most enjoyable snorkeling is located off shore.

If you're hoping to go snorkeling during a boat trip, you might want to 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 to investigate 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. They're found within Palm Beach.

Still another option is Pelican Adventures. All trips leave from the the Pelican Pier. They offer two and a half hour snorkeling cruises, two hour sunset cruises, two hour dinner cruises, a two hour "Holy Guacamole Fiesta Cruise", and a four and a half hour champagne brunch cruise.

View the following table to see day sails and boat trips that offer snorkeling opportunities.

Day Sails and Boat Trips In Palm Beach
Name Phone Location
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

If you're looking for a place that offers snorkel rentals, excursions, or similar services, you should check out 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. They are located in the heart of Palm Beach.

Another company worth knowing about is Aruba Watersports Center. The Arusun Snorkeling Tour brings guests to the Antilla Shipwreck to view the largest World War II shipwreck in the Caribbean as well as either Malmok Reef or Boca Catalina Bay. The trip takes place aboard a 65-foot catamaran and includes music, snacks, and non-alcoholic beverages.

A third place to consider 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. They're located within Eagle Beach, a short distance away South-Southwest of central Palm Beach.

Some information concerning 4 places that provide snorkeling related services are provided directly below.

Snorkeling Services In And Around Palm Beach
Name Phone Location
Aqua Windies Snorkeling (297) 583-5669 2.0 mi. South-Southwest of Central Palm Beach
Aruba Watersports Center (297) 586-6613 0.1 mi. North-Northwest of Central Palm Beach
Blue Melody Snorkeling Rentals (297) 593-1554 1.7 mi. South-Southwest of Central Palm Beach
Red Sail Sports Shop (297) 586-1603 Central Palm Beach

For more information concerning snorkeling, including suggestions and helpful tips for beginners and "pros" check out our comprehensive 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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