Aruba Snorkeling Excursion Reviews

Aruba offers some of the finest offshore locations to experience the island's small coral bays and vibrantly colored fish. Beginners and experienced snorkelers alike will love the experience.
If the snorkel tour company says plan A is too rough and they will give you 10% back to do plan B, ...
If the snorkel tour company says plan A is too rough and they will give you 10% back to do plan B, then say no and get 100% refund. We did plan B which took you by the dump with burning garbage to snorkel in very rough water. The lunch at ... Read More
If the snorkel tour company says plan A is too rough and they will give you 10% back to do plan B, then say no and get 100% refund. We did plan B which took you by the dump with burning garbage to snorkel in very rough water. The lunch at the beach restaurant was replaced with containers of food on the catamaran. Granted the crew did the best they could for the conditions but it was not worth the money. Didn't see very many fish either. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Things were a little chaotic because all the ships tours met in the terminal at the same time, but ...
Things were a little chaotic because all the ships tours met in the terminal at the same time, but once we checked in and were picked up by the guide, we walked to a catamaran and sailed away. They took us snorkeling and for a brief hotel ... Read More
Things were a little chaotic because all the ships tours met in the terminal at the same time, but once we checked in and were picked up by the guide, we walked to a catamaran and sailed away. They took us snorkeling and for a brief hotel beach stop. It was a very enjoyable experience. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
I had heard that snorkeling in Aruba was dodgy, and that was completely correct.
I had heard that snorkeling in Aruba was dodgy, and that was completely correct. This was a two-site snorkel, in Catalina Beach and at the wreck of the Antilla. Both sites had very, very strong current and were (in my opinion, as someone ... Read More
I had heard that snorkeling in Aruba was dodgy, and that was completely correct. This was a two-site snorkel, in Catalina Beach and at the wreck of the Antilla. Both sites had very, very strong current and were (in my opinion, as someone who grew up snorkeling around the world) were NOT safe choices for kids or beginners. While most folks did okay on the first snorkel, there was a lot of fighting the current and people who weren't strong swimmers or were with kids really had a lot of trouble. The wreck snorkel was absolutely not safe at all, and shouldn't have been attempted in the first place -- the crew had to dive in and pull 5-6 grown adults back to the boat due to the strong current they had to swim against. While we didn't have a great day and the wind and choppy water contributed to the problem, I wouldn't book this excursion unless everyone in your party is a strong swimmer and experienced snorkeling in tough conditions. I wish we'd chosen to do something else in Aruba. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
We took a catamaran snorkel tour.
We took a catamaran snorkel tour. It was amazing. The crew was great. The snorkeling was good and the rum punch on the way back was really good.
We took a catamaran snorkel tour. It was amazing. The crew was great. The snorkeling was good and the rum punch on the way back was really good. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
So cool!
So cool! We got to snorkel over a reef that was teeming with life as well as over the wreck of a WWII German freighter. It was really awesome!
So cool! We got to snorkel over a reef that was teeming with life as well as over the wreck of a WWII German freighter. It was really awesome! Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Catamaran crew captain were great.Snorkeled the wreck of a WWII German freighter.
Catamaran crew captain were great.Snorkeled the wreck of a WWII German freighter. Plenty of colorful fish
Catamaran crew captain were great.Snorkeled the wreck of a WWII German freighter. Plenty of colorful fish Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Nice boat, friendly crew.
Nice boat, friendly crew. No complaints! Would use them again!
Nice boat, friendly crew. No complaints! Would use them again! Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Fun day on a catamaran.
Fun day on a catamaran. Snorkeling here was colder and not as scenic as Bonaire, but still amazing. The variety of fish was just incredible. The crew took great care of us and helped my daughter out every step of the way, as she was in ... Read More
Fun day on a catamaran. Snorkeling here was colder and not as scenic as Bonaire, but still amazing. The variety of fish was just incredible. The crew took great care of us and helped my daughter out every step of the way, as she was in a boot for a high ankle sprain. Great excursion! Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
The catamaran snorkel and sail was a wonderful way to celebrate our last port and to celebrate our ...
The catamaran snorkel and sail was a wonderful way to celebrate our last port and to celebrate our 50th anniversary. The staff was fabulous and even though we didn't snorkel, we enjoyed the cruising along the beautiful Aruba waters ... Read More
The catamaran snorkel and sail was a wonderful way to celebrate our last port and to celebrate our 50th anniversary. The staff was fabulous and even though we didn't snorkel, we enjoyed the cruising along the beautiful Aruba waters and seeing thr different homes along the coast. With the music and rum punch flowing, it was fabulous! Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
To many catamarans and people not enough fish.
To many catamarans and people not enough fish.
To many catamarans and people not enough fish. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
The catamaran was so fun as were the snorkeling stops.
The catamaran was so fun as were the snorkeling stops. The beach area where we ended was also fun and a nice area. Well run excursion over all.
The catamaran was so fun as were the snorkeling stops. The beach area where we ended was also fun and a nice area. Well run excursion over all. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Sail and Snorkel Catameran.
Sail and Snorkel Catameran. Very nice water was a little cool but saw lots of fish and enjoyed the sail.
Sail and Snorkel Catameran. Very nice water was a little cool but saw lots of fish and enjoyed the sail. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Catamaran was great and staff was awesome.
Catamaran was great and staff was awesome. Current was strong so snorkeling was difficult. Truly enjoyed this excursion!!
Catamaran was great and staff was awesome. Current was strong so snorkeling was difficult. Truly enjoyed this excursion!! Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Snorkeling area was in shallow (4 ft.
Snorkeling area was in shallow (4 ft. deep) water, and wind/waves made it rough enough that my wife gave up after only 10 minutes. This outing would be more suited th families with younger children.
Snorkeling area was in shallow (4 ft. deep) water, and wind/waves made it rough enough that my wife gave up after only 10 minutes. This outing would be more suited th families with younger children. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: MSC Cruises
Recommend Full Throttle, but ONLY IF you enjoy going fast on a small boat.
Recommend Full Throttle, but ONLY IF you enjoy going fast on a small boat. Back problems? I'd avoid this then.
Recommend Full Throttle, but ONLY IF you enjoy going fast on a small boat. Back problems? I'd avoid this then. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
Great morning tour.
Great morning tour. Loved the rum punch and the crew.
Great morning tour. Loved the rum punch and the crew. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Sail Aboard the Mi-Dushi was great.
Sail Aboard the Mi-Dushi was great. Three different sites along with lunch. Wind made for a rough 2nd site. You really need to know how to swim for 2nd site.
Sail Aboard the Mi-Dushi was great. Three different sites along with lunch. Wind made for a rough 2nd site. You really need to know how to swim for 2nd site. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
De Palm Island- free wifi on the island, snorkeling was some of the brightest color fish we have ...
De Palm Island- free wifi on the island, snorkeling was some of the brightest color fish we have seen. Free- snorkel, food, bannana boat ride, zip line and air bounce
De Palm Island- free wifi on the island, snorkeling was some of the brightest color fish we have seen. Free- snorkel, food, bannana boat ride, zip line and air bounce Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
This was our first time booking through cruise line and not directly.
This was our first time booking through cruise line and not directly. Won't do it again. The tour was okay. It was the sailaway through Pelican Adventures. In past snorkel trips the crew was in the water with you feeding the fish ... Read More
This was our first time booking through cruise line and not directly. Won't do it again. The tour was okay. It was the sailaway through Pelican Adventures. In past snorkel trips the crew was in the water with you feeding the fish diving down and pointing things out, bringing sea life back up to see etc. Nothing was done here. Maybe because it was so huge with over 100 people. The second stop was very rough and we sat on the boat watching people struggle to get out of the choppy water and up the ladder and there was no crew members around to grab their fins and assist. The rum punch didn't start until after snorkeling. After the second stop we got 90 minutes on a beach with a restaurant and had a chicken and rib bbq dinner. That was pretty good. The crew made drinks and brought up on the beach to us. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
friendly staff fun rope swing great ship wreck
friendly staff fun rope swing great ship wreck
friendly staff fun rope swing great ship wreck Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Jolly Roger snorkel cruise.
Jolly Roger snorkel cruise. 3 snorkel sites – the Attila shipwreck and 2 shallow water snorkel spots. Good ship and crew with snack and drink and good snorkeling for novices and intermediates. I would recommend this for snorkelers ... Read More
Jolly Roger snorkel cruise. 3 snorkel sites – the Attila shipwreck and 2 shallow water snorkel spots. Good ship and crew with snack and drink and good snorkeling for novices and intermediates. I would recommend this for snorkelers even though I sat out the Attila part of it due to rough water. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Snorkeled in a couple of great spots including the sunken German ship.
Snorkeled in a couple of great spots including the sunken German ship. Had fun.
Snorkeled in a couple of great spots including the sunken German ship. Had fun. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Did the Catamaran sail/snorkeling tour.
Did the Catamaran sail/snorkeling tour. it was a lot of fun. Went to both a shallow reef where we saw lots of beautiful fish and another site where we were able to snorkel over a wreck. That was very interesting. The catamaran was ... Read More
Did the Catamaran sail/snorkeling tour. it was a lot of fun. Went to both a shallow reef where we saw lots of beautiful fish and another site where we were able to snorkel over a wreck. That was very interesting. The catamaran was great, guides were nice, drinks were served on the return. Was a lot of fun. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
The Black Pearl sunset cruise was super chill and relaxing.
The Black Pearl sunset cruise was super chill and relaxing. Not a hyped up booze cruise. Snorkeled at 2 spots before sunset. Delicious cocktails and cheese sandwiches included!
The Black Pearl sunset cruise was super chill and relaxing. Not a hyped up booze cruise. Snorkeled at 2 spots before sunset. Delicious cocktails and cheese sandwiches included! Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Snorkeling in Aruba: We booked Sailaway tours and were looking forward to a great day.
Snorkeling in Aruba: We booked Sailaway tours and were looking forward to a great day. We took a taxi and it cost $16.00 per taxi. There were 7 of us and they were not able to take more than 5 people per taxi so we had to get two. ... Read More
Snorkeling in Aruba: We booked Sailaway tours and were looking forward to a great day. We took a taxi and it cost $16.00 per taxi. There were 7 of us and they were not able to take more than 5 people per taxi so we had to get two. They told us to get there at 8:30 and we would sail at 9:30. My husband recently had knee surgery and we wanted to make sure he had a good spot to sit on the boat. We wanted to make sure he was comfortable. We got there right at 8:30. When we got there they asked me why were there so early. We waited for about 45 minutes and then they got us ready to go. We had to get into a smaller boat which took us to the boat for our tour. The smaller boat was not too small, and it was not hard to get in to it. It was a little challenging to get into the large boat, but too difficult. Once on board we choose our spot and settled in. The girls got onto the nets at the front of the boat. It was fun, but the ropes are not as comfortable as the netting on a catamaran. Make sure you have something to sit on or a dress over your bathing suit. The bar opened the minute we left port and the party started. We stopped at 3 different spots to snorkel. I enjoyed all three spots. The rope swing was opened during the 3rd stop. I didn’t get to try it because it was open while I was snorkeling. But a couple people from my group tried it and had fun. After the 3rd spot they had lunch ready. I was very surprised at how much I enjoyed the lunch. The chicken was so good! The rice was excellent. We all really enjoyed it. The staff on board were great and we had a great time. I would sail with Sailaway again. When we got back to ended up taking a bus pack to the port. It was only $3.00 per person. Much cheaper than the taxi’s. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line