Aruba Snorkeling Excursion Reviews
We did the catamaran sail and snorkel excursion. It was very typical, snorkel first then enjoy rum punch on the ride back. A short walk from the cruise terminal and onto the catamaran. There were two snorkel locations. The first was in shallow water and we were able to see some fish. The second was at the German shipwreck, but the water was much deeper and murky, thus we only saw a small portion of the ship. The catamaran ride ended at a beach BBQ restaurant where we were served a mediocre meal. Then there was about 45 minutes to kill on the beach. This was right at sunset, so it was getting too cold to enjoy the water or lay out. The views were nice, however. From here, it was a bus ride back to the cruise ship.
Very difficult getting a taxi at the port in Aruba. Had to go out to the main street and got lucky to get a taxi out to Mambo beach. They made a big deal about not being wet in the taxis--bring a change of clothes so this isn't an issue. We enjoyed snorkeling the Antilla before all the crowds. We saw plenty of tropical fishes and star fishes. Capt. Rene was great. I would figure out a way to book transportation before you go. Taxis are in limited supply. At least book a later excursion so you have plenty of time to get there. It was windy and low 80s. Got sunburned. Credit cards were ok for beach activities on Mambo Beach. We grabbed a taxi back from the lobby of the Holiday Inn which is right there.
In Aruba we took the Carnival Catamaran and Snorkel. I would give it a 3 out of 5. The snorkeling was murky but the Antilla wreck was good especially if you can free dive. The crew were also interactive and fun.
We arrived on a cloudy, windy day and met our excursion in the arrival terminal. They informed us that the wind made visibility reduced and offered us a refund. They reported visibility of 30' so we decided to go anyway, expecting no more than a nice boat ride and swim. The first site was a small reef with typical Caribbean fish. It was shallow enough that the reduced visibility was not a big issue. The second site was Aruba's standard wreck stop. The wreck lies in 60 feet of water, and the seas were rougher by this time. We swam the length of the wreck getting brief glimpses of some parts. The catamaran was large and the crew was friendly and helpful. I have never seen a great snorkeling site on Aruba and this experience was did not change that view. We enjoyed our excursion and greatly appreciated the crews honesty in informing us of conditions before hand.
Want to swim in a fish tank? Look up Aruba Bob Snorkeling. A total of five people on this excursion. Most amazing snorkeling we've ever done. Try tripadvisor versus packing yourself with 60 others on a bus.
the weather was bad so we were unable to visit the 2 snorkel spots.
Wanted to do the swim, sail, swing snorkel but it was cancelled. Took the boat ride and snorkeled. Was awesome. Saw a ship wreck and lots of fish. Drinks served on boat on the way back. Great time!
We did the "Sailaway Beach & Snorkel Cruise". It was so much fun! The first place we snorkeled was just okay. The second was a sunken ship that was so incredible. We went to the beach after snorkeling and had lunch. It was nice but would have like to spend a little more time at the beach. The crew was so awesome! Captain Johan, Mac and Arthur were so much fun! If you have a chance to take the Pelican catamaran for a trip with them, do it! You will not be disappointed!
This was one of the best ship's excursions I've ever been on. We walked straight from the ship onto the Catamaran...no bus! We took off for the two snorkel sites and the ship staff was wonderful. They were friendly and professional and offered non alcoholic drinks during the entire trip out there. After the snorkeling the bar was open and they had all kinds of cocktails. They drove us to a dock and pulled up right to a restaurant. We literally stepped out of the catamaran and into a restaurant and they handed us a plate with barbecue food that was pretty good. We then had about 40 minutes to enjoy the gorgeous beach. They had chairs just for us and came around offering us the free drinks the whole time. There really isn't one thing they could have done better. This was with Pelican tours via the ship so if you book this, ask if this is the company they are still using.
We had a great time and we saw some different types of fish beyond a normal excursion
Atlantis shipwreck snorkel trip, a little bit bumpy and windy but still enjoyable
I wish we could have spent more time in this port. Next time!
Took an enjoyable boat ride to a snorkeling spot (lots of fish and coral), then to the sunken ship. The water was choppy at the sunken ship and very deep. It was also crowded with other boats and divers present. Many of the older and more feeble people on the excursion stayed on the boat and just watched others snorkel(a very smart choice). We had a great time on the boat ride back with complementary rum punches!
Walked around the shops in Aruba (lots to choose from) and ate a little snack. A very enjoyable day!