Greetings! I will be staying at the Divi Dutch village my first trip to Aruba. Are there any places to snorkel from shore close by? I will be renting a car so actually any suggestions for good shore snorkeling would be appreciated.
Have fins, will travel.
Boca Catalina Beach
Mangel Halto for Snorkeling
We rented from Red Sail in front of the Marriott Ocean Club. Next time, we'll buy a set before we get there. The gear from Red Sail is actually fine, but by the time you rent for a few days, you might as well own them.
Like Arubalisa said, Boca Catalina Beach is a great snorkeling spot. It's not marked from the road like Arashi Beach or Baby Beach, but the hotel can tell you how to get there. You will be over coral about 50 feet from shore, with lots of great fish and clear water.
If you have a car, it's worth a trip to Baby Beach as well. The snorkeling isn't as interesting as it is at Catalina or Arashi, but it's very easy to do since it's so shallow.
Just got back, and highly recommend Boca Catalina, Catalina Cove, and Malmok. Nice and shallow, but do be aware of the current. It can be a tiring (but still safe) swim back if you let the current take you too far north. Look for the tour boat (Jolly Pirates, etc.) and you will know you are there.
If you get hooked on snorkeling it is a good investment to buy your own gear, and take it with you.It is inexpensive and you get exactly what you want. There are some good websites ie LeisurePro that sell quality at good prices. . the snorkeling off the beaches in Aruba is great, Have fun