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!