Snorkel packages and tours are the great way to enjoy the best snorkeling spots around Aruba. You will not find much live coral reef while snorkeling in Aruba, but you will see lots of colorful tropical fish.
Most beaches are free and open to the public, but getting to the best reefs and snorkel spots can cost a little more. Check out our favorite free places to snorkel.
Basic, no-frills snorkel tours start at $45 per person. But our favorites included cocktails and/or food, (lunch or snacks) for a little more. The cost also depends on how long you plan to be out, how many sites your tour guide visits, and other activities included in the snorkel packages.
Below are our top picks for every price range. (Please understand that the prices listed on this page were accurate at the time of this writing, but are subject to change.)
Always bring your printed vouchers with you. It is also suggested that you confirm any tour reservations a day or so beforehand. I usually confirm any prepaid activities the day I arrive on the island.
This is a basic half-day tour. You will visit both Mangel Halto Beach and Baby Beach by land. This is not a boat tour, so you will have to wade out to the snorkel spots, but it does include use of snorkeling equipment and hotel pickup and drop-off.
This is a great deal if you would like to visit other beaches other than those near the hotels. Mangel Halto Beach is near Savaneta and Baby Beach is at the Southern tip of the island
This is a two and a half hour cruise on a 65-foot (20-meter) catamaran named the Arunsun and includes snacks and drinks. You will stop to snorkel at the Antilla Shipwreck and Boca Catalina Bay. Snorkel gear and hotel pickup and drop-off is included.
This 3 hour boat excursion departs from the Hadicurari Pier near the Marriott Surf Club, a short walk from most High Rise Hotels. Snorkel in the clear, calm waters of Boca Catalina, a spot that is appropriate for all levels of experience. This snorkel package includes snorkel instruction, use of snorkeling equipment, snacks and unlimited drinks. It DOES NOT include hotel pickup or drop-off.
This cruise departs from Aruba's De Palm Pier, between the Hilton Aruba and the RIU Palace. Hotel pickup or drop-off is NOT INCLUDED. This is a half-day cruise (Four and a half hours) and makes stops at Antilla Shipwreck, Malmok Reef, and Boca Catalina. Equipment included. Enjoy complimentary lunch on board after your cruise.
Includes hotel pickup and drop-off from your Palm Beach Hotel. (If you are not staying at these major hotels, please contact Red Sail directly to schedule a transfer.) Set sail aboard a luxury catamaran and make stops at 3 snorkel spots including Catalina Bay the famous SS Antilla Shipwreck. A swimming ladder and fun waterslide make it easy for passengers to get into the water. Includes snorkel instruction, equipment, A deli-style lunch and fully stocked open bar.
This four and a half hour tour departs from Pelican Pier Bar located on Palm Beach between the Holiday Inn Resort and the Playa Linda Beach Resort. It DOES NOT include hotel pickup or drop off.
Start the cruise off with mimosa paired with a light breakfast. (Coffee, tea or juice are also available.) This tour stops at 3 snorkeling spots, and will be given the opportunity to try the ‘third lung’ system that allows you to explore deeper territory underwater while breathing through a tube connected to an air supply on the water’s surface. Champagne is served with gourmet sandwiches and fresh fruit for lunch before returning to Pelican Pier.
This cruise departs from MooMba Beach near the Marriott Surf Club. You will spend four hours Aboard an 85-foot (26-meter) teak schooner during the morning Pirate cruise. You will stop at three snorkeling - the Antilla Shipwreck, Malmok Reef, and Boca Catalina. Use their complimentary equipment, or enjoy jumping from the rope swing. A BBQ lunch and open bar is included. But DOES NOT include hotel pickup and drop-off.
This cruise departs from MooMba Beach near the Marriott Surf Club. This is a three hour afternoon snorkel package on the "Pirate Ship", an 85-foot teak schooner. You will stop at the Antilla Shipwreck, Malmok Reef, and Boca Catalina to snorkel or show off your rope swing moves. Drinks and use of equipment is included. But DOES NOT include hotel pickup and drop-off.
On this four and a half hour open-air, 4x4 off-road tour, you will visit two of Aruba's famous landmarks, the Gold Mill Ruins, and Natural Bridge, and you will have an hour to snorkel around the volcanic rock and coral of the Natural Pool inside Arikok National Park. Entry fee to the National Park, cold beverages, and round-trip hotel transport are included. (Hot lunch is served during morning tour.)
If you are visiting Aruba by cruise ship, click here for the "Shore Excursion" package for this tour, covered by Viator’s worry-free policy that guarantees on-time return to your ship. Choose either a morning or afternoon tour to suit your cruise schedule.
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