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    I need your opinion for snorkeling with youngsters

    My kids are asking, they want to do some snorkeling on our upcoming trip in November. I'm looking for shallows, some rock with life and minimal currents. I know there a lot of you Arubalites that could make some good suggestions.

    Thx....Mark

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    practice in hotel pool LOTS.
    in fact if there is an indoor pool in your town (a Y, Boys/Girls Club, Rec ctr) get them in and practice there 1st.

    in aruba, baby beach would be "the" place you should take the kids!
    (weekends are very busy there so go weekdays)

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    Thanks A!

    I have had them in my pool here at home already. They are ready for the saltwater challenge! I was thinking along the same lines as you, baby beach. I'll have Bully take us there.

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    Boca Catalina is another great option. Water is shallow and no strong currents. Just returned from Aruba and snorkeled several times at Boca. Quite a few kids, too. It's a small beach, but lots of fish even close to shore. Enjoy!

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    I would suggest Malmok. Just after the place on the left there is a parking area, a couple of Palapas, and a sandy entrance to the water.
    Just off shore to the right they will see a lot of small fish and the odd bigger ones.
    It is not too deep and ussually no current.

    We go there and swim out towards where the boats go.
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    I have two boys who 10&12 who started snorkeling several years ago in Aruba. We found Boca Catalina was the best place to start. Baby Beach gets crowded and visibility can be poor. Have them wear a vest and hold hands and you will be fine. They also make a lamited card with all of the fish you will see. Great to look at during and after your snorkel trips. Here is the link to the spot. Scroll down to the "right Entry" This is easy top enter and exit.

    Good Luck

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    Baby beach will be a good fare for me, but for me Boca Catalina is a great option, you will enjoy snorkeling and you will see a lot. Like Andrea say, let them get practice first and let them wear a vest. See you soon and the Balashi a ready start cooling.

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    Thanks everyone. Sounds like I'll try Boca Catalina first.

    Bully, would you just drop us off for a few hours I'm guessing? We should probably pack some snacks and drinks, etc for our excursion.

    Awesome! We are all looking forward to it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by arubamark View Post
    My kids are asking, they want to do some snorkeling on our upcoming trip in November. I'm looking for shallows, some rock with life and minimal currents. I know there a lot of you Arubalites that could make some good suggestions.

    Thx....Mark
    hmmm...marko, what about the private island ????

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    Hey Cindy how have you been? I hope all is well with you and the family.

    The private island on the inside is usually isn't that clear the nicer part is on the other side of the rocks abut the water is much more choppy and there are currents that run pretty strong. It's good for me but no the kids. They will probably still bring their masks and snorkels to the island I'm sure they don't care about clarity to much.

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