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    Senior Member Arubalisa's Avatar
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    Snorkeling Catalina Cove

    For a number of years, the entry at Catalina Cove was much too rocky to easily enter and exit the water.
    Much to our delight and surprise at the end of December there was a beautiful sandy entry.

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    nice photos
    back in May we found the entry somewhat easier, but not as easy as your photos show!
    thanks

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    Nice. I will have to get up early on my next trip in June to try it out. The buses run there though I think every hour on the hour or every 2 hours I don't remember but I know you have to time it perfectly because if you ready to leave in 5 minutes and miss the bus, you may have to wait another hour.

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    Looks amazing
    Jacki ~ loving Aruba from NJ

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    That is a great place to snorkel. My wife and I enter here and snorkel to Arashi and back. There are a ton of different fish and it is fairly easy to swim in this area.

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    We paid a lot of money to go out with Jolly Pirates this trip and it was a lot of fun. I HIGHLY recommend it as a group activity.

    Snorkeling from shore though is MUCH cheaper . It was a great experience with lots to see underwater and the bonus was spending some quality time together with my brother.

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    Beautiful pics!

    Is Catalina cove is just north about 300m of Boca Catalina? If so, the last two July's, I was able to find several sand trails to wade through to get to hot snorkel spots. My fins however are short (surf or swimming fins), and easy to walk with, both on the dryland and water.

    I don't know why scuba/snorkeling equipment includes those extremely long fins, I can maneuver around quite fine with short ones.

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    Love Catalina Cove, we snorkel there every year!

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    Quote Originally Posted by __steve__ View Post
    Beautiful pics!

    Is Catalina cove is just north about 300m of Boca Catalina? If so, the last two July's, I was able to find several sand trails to wade through to get to hot snorkel spots. My fins however are short (surf or swimming fins), and easy to walk with, both on the dryland and water.

    I don't know why scuba/snorkeling equipment includes those extremely long fins, I can maneuver around quite fine with short ones.
    Yes, that is Catalina Cove. Next beach north is Arashi

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arubalisa View Post
    Yes, that is Catalina Cove. Next beach north is Arashi
    That's my favorite swim/snorkel location due to ease of access and convenience. I either start from Arashi then travel to Boca Catalina, or start at Malmok and swim to Boca Catalina. Excellent for both OW swimming and snorkeling. The conditions are good most of the time.

    Between Arashi and B Calalina is a boulder bed which houses a community of French Angelfish:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sYLNm0_h3Ps

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