This is the same tour as above (catamaran). The snorkeling was ok, but not great. There were several other boats in the same area and each tried to keep their passengers in one area, but it was difficult. The waves and wind were pretty strong which made snorkeling effortful. If you are not a strong swimmer, opt for the life vest, which is not bulky but will make your swim more pleasant.
The fish were better at the first stop than at the shipwreck. The wreck was far enough below water that many of the fish were hard to see.
The staff on the boat were friendly and lots of fun. 2 of the ship's photographers came along too and were taking lots of photos. If this seems like something you'd like, try to find out if there is a sale on the all-inclusive photo package. Then you get all the photos with you in them (photo bombing encouraged!).
Fun snorkeling trip followed by a brief beach visit. Neither are extremely long, less than an hour, but that was fine for us, maybe not for others. Good crew on boat, and lots of rum freely flowing after the snorkeling, they even brought it up on the beach for us!
Two snorkel stops, but with wind the water was not very clear. The boat we were on was called the Arusun. It's a little old, but they did offer endless cocktails and other drinks as well as fresh fruit and tuna/chicken salad wraps.
We booked on our own the Jolly Pirate. This also included snorkeling which was OK. Not a lot of instruction so probably not the best for first timers. My kids loved the rope swing. This was more of a party excursion than a serious snorkeling trip.
Moomba beach was also very cool to hang out at. Lunch in the restaurant was good.
We booked the Sailaway Beach See and Snorkel excursion through Royal Caribbean. We were able to walk from the ship to a catamaran waiting at the port. We took the catamaran to two snorkel sights, including the Antilla shipwreck which was a VERY cool experience! Included in the excursion was a BBQ lunch on Palm Beach (ribs, macaroni salad, baked beans, fruit cup, roll), approximately an hour or so of beach time, and then an open bar on the catamaran ride back to port. The catamaran crew even came into the beach restaurant and roamed the beach serving rum punch to the guests. The crew was absolutely outstanding; they were funny, safety-minded, and entertaining. Their main goal was to ensure our safety while also ensuring that we had the time of our lives. We absolutely LOVED this excursion and would do it again either through the cruise ship or through the company privately when we return to Aruba some day (as we WILL return ... it is GORGEOUS).
Catamaran sail and snorkel with lunch and beach. Good crew with good instruction. They made sure to count before and after each snorkeling stop. Lunch was at Eagle beach - no choice in what you got - just ok. There were reserved beach chairs for us and the rum punch kept coming. Nice bus ride back to ship with informative driver.
Went on a catamaran for snorkeling. It took us to 2 reefs, one of which was a ship wreck. Snorkeling was beautiful, but was windy, as is usual in these islands, which caused the water to be a little rough.
The boat was worn out. The crew seemed indifferent. The paint was missing or worn.The Ladies rest room was partly roped off. We learned that the flooring underneath had rotted out and was unsafe. Loud music and some rum punch but no interaction from the crew. There was limited room to get out of the sun. The crew had piled the snorkeling gear there so few could use the area.
We booked a snorkeling excursion with Jolly Pirates. The instructions for getting to MooMba Beach were clear and we made it in plenty of time. The crew were all friendly and funny, and knowledgeable about Aruba. We were taken to three areas for snorkeling and given a delicious lunch (as well as an open bar which had juice, water, and rum drinks). We were taken back to MooMba Beach and had a great time relaxing in the warm, beautiful water.
Fun 1/2 day trip with the pirates. Open bar, good snorkeling, yummy lunch. That really covers it! Oh, and my boys loved using the rope swing. And one of the pirates would take girls on a piggy-back rope swing and do a back flip! Fun to watch.
Went sailing to a couple of different snorkel spots, then they took us to a restaurant on a pier for a fantastic lunch. Then we had some time at the beach. Great day. And yes a little shopping before you get back on board.
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