For beginning or first-time scuba divers, there’s an arrange of diving centers that offer excellent diving lessons, guided scuba dives, including the most respected and sought-after PADI certifications. Advanced divers are able to build up their diving experience at more challenging and deeper dive sites or with Adventure or Advanced Open Water Courses from Palm Beach Divers Aruba.
If snorkeling is more up your alley, deciding where to make reservations can trigger a headache if it’s not clear what kind of snorkeling adventure you’re looking for. Buying or renting snorkeling gear at your resort and plunging into the nearest waters is an option. But what about an adventurous sailing trip past colorful reefs and shipwrecks to explore? De Palm Tours has a couple of exciting snorkeling expeditions, even for the youngest snorkelers. Or check out the more intimate snorkeling tours we’ve included in this list. Happy finning!
Try Mi Dushi’s “Taste of Aruba” sailing and snorkeling adventure. You will depart in the morning and feast on fresh baked goods and mimosas. Next, learn to snorkel and take a tour to the sunken WWII German freighter “Antilla.” Then settle down for a lunch of Chicken Leg, Grouper with creole sauce, Caribbean Rice, Tomato Cucumber Salad, Fruit Skewer and bread. There is a complimentary premium open bar and all equipment and instruction are included. Don’t miss Mi Dushi’s famous rope swing and romantic hammock. And if you just can’t get enough of this authentic sailing ship, jump on board of Mi Dushi’s Sunset Happy Hour Cruise and party on.
Recommended for Scuba Diving & Snorkeling because: Mi Dushi Sailing & Snorkeling has the friendliest crew, delicious food, excellent snorkeling adventures and The Rope Swing!
Liliana’s expert tip: For an online discount on your adventure, visit midushi.com
Working with smaller groups than many of the other snorkeling operators on Aruba, Roberto’s takes visitors to some of the best sites on the northwestern coast. Check out Arashi reef, Malmok, Boca Catalina or the wreck of the Antilla, and enjoy sandwiches, fruit and beverages on board of the Sea Venture catamaran. In operation since 1996, this family business has earned a great reputation, and reservations are recommended for all trips because they book up fast. Private charters are also available, and so are deep sea fishing trips, tubing and banana boat rides, kayak rentals, Waverunners, parasailing and scuba diving adventures.
Recommended for Scuba Diving & Snorkeling because: Roberto’s Watersports offers relaxing tours and real sailing, plus thrilling water sport rides and adventures at very reasonable prices.
Liliana’s expert tip: For private parties, Roberto’s Watersports has a great package. Call for details.
S.E.Aruba Fly ‘n Dive offers regularly scheduled two-tank dives plus a wealth of specialty dives and PADI courses. Groups range from 4-14 divers so you’ll never have a dive that’s too crowded, and the shop rents and sells all scuba and snorkel equipment. S.E.Aruba also offers Fly ‘n Dive packages – take a quick flight to one of the neighboring Caribbean islands for some additional dive opportunities, or stay in Aruba and discover the most beautiful sites together with S.E.Aruba Fly ‘n Dive skilled and friendly team. And if one day is not enough, go for a three day (or more) dive package deal.
Recommended for Scuba Diving & Snorkeling because: S.E.Aruba Fly ‘n Dive offers an extensive list of diving possibilities at all levels, that’s why they’re a favorite diving center among locals and tourists.
Liliana’s expert tip: For underwater cameras or an overview of the local marine life on slate or in an encyclopedia, S.E.Aruba Fly ‘n Dive is glad to help out.
Red Sail Sports Aruba operates nine full-service dive and water sports centers: at the Hyatt Regency, the Marriott (3), Renaissance Island, La Cabana Beach Resort & Casino, Amsterdam Manor, The Village (in front of the Radisson) and in the Port Of Call mall in downtown Oranjestad. Since first opening in 1989, the company has acquired a fleet of dive boats and catamarans accommodating 24-125 people; a variety of tours are offered on these boats, from snorkeling and scuba diving trips to sunset cocktail cruises and deep sea fishing charters. Additionally, they rent every conceivable piece of equipment you might need for having fun in the sun.
Recommended for Scuba Diving & Snorkeling because: Red Sail Sports Aruba has all you need to have a fabulous time out on, or under the water.
Liliana’s expert tip: Floats, Waverunners, snorkel sets, motorboats, banana boats, a JETLEV… you name it, they’ve got it.
This small family operated dive and snorkel center, started out as a hobby and kept on growing till it became one of the most popular places for locals and tourists to learn how to dive, snorkel, swim and even do some aqua fitness. Aqua Windie’s not only offers the largest selection of dive and snorkel equipment on the island in their well-stocked shop, these people mean business! From Discovering Scuba Diving till Advanced Open Water courses and affordable snorkel trips, to swimming classes for all ages. Curious? Visit Aqua Windie’s to find out more. It’s located next to the Dr. Horacio Oduber Hospital.
Recommended for Scuba Diving & Snorkeling because: Aqua Windie’s is certainly not the only PADI dive center in Aruba, but it’s definitely among the friendliest and more experienced ones.
Liliana’s expert tip: Every Sunday from 3.00 pm till 4.00 pm Aqua Windie’s offers a free, Try Diving clinic in their 25m / 80ft long pool. No appointment needed, just stop by, watch and who knows… Maybe even go under!
De Palm Tours, Aruba’s largest tour company, has been operating on the island for over 40 years. Every possible activity can be arranged. Popular tours include the Palm Pleasure Snorkel Adventure; a half-day sailing and snorkeling expedition that offers lunch, an open bar, all snorkeling equipment, and the option to upgrade to a SNUBA dive experience (no dive certification required); the Sea Trek Underwater Helmet Walk at De Palm Island is another favorite underwater adventure for swimmers and snorkelers who want to plunge into the deep without needing scuba diving lessons and certificates. Not even the water-shy can escape a dive into the ocean, but they are able to stay dry with De Palm’s Atlantis Submarine Expedition, or the Sea Explorer.
Recommended for Scuba Diving & Snorkeling because: De Palm Tours has so many wonderful water sports activities to keep the whole family (or couples) thrilled.
Liliana’s expert tip: Children from ages 4-7 are also able to participate with the new SNUBA Doo unique underwater adventure (available at De Palm Island)
Ever since former dive school Diveversity Aruba handed the reins over to the new team, nowadays known as Palm Beach Divers, the venture stayed true to its purpose of providing personalized, professional and environmentally responsible diving experiences to its customers: certified divers and newbies. With two brand new Touring 36 boats, Palm Beach Divers is able to offer faster access to the various dive sites and therefore more underwater fun time. Going for your PADI certification, or the best dive sites around the island? Get your dive gear on and join seasoned dive masters Cevin and Mark for day or night dives, refresher or adventure courses, or maybe just for a boating trip and snorkeling.
Recommended for Scuba Diving & Snorkeling because: Palm Beach Divers provides smaller group dives, faster boat transportation and an ecofriendly approach to keep the marine life alive.
Liliana’s expert tip: Palm Beach Divers offers a private by-appointment-only Lionfish hunting trip.
Captain Rene welcomes you aboard his 26 foot Bayliner deck boat called Rendezvous for an unforgettable encounter with Aruba’s precious marine life. Compared to other snorkeling operators, Private Snorkeling Aruba offers the intimacy of smaller groups and private tours, and the flexibility to customize your own trip based on snorkeling sites, desired food and beverages, special occasions, length of the tour, and preferred time of the day. Whether it’s morning, noon, afternoon or sunset, a birthday or a wedding celebration, there is no better way to take the family out for a day of snorkeling, underwater touring, tropical fish watching, and island sailing.
Recommended for Scuba Diving & Snorkeling because: Private Snorkeling Aruba is one of the few operators on the island where guests can arrange a personalized snorkeling tour.
Liliana’s expert tip: Moomba Beach is just a short taxi ride from the cruise ship terminal, if passengers (who receive a $20 discount) want to include a snorkeling trip with Captain Renee on their island touring plan.
Happy Divers Aruba prides itself on being a small dive company that listens to the needs of its diving customers. By focusing on personal attention and patience, divers are able to enjoy the highest quality of diving and lots of fun. Whether you’re a beginner or a professional diver, a small group, a couple, or on your own, Happy Divers Aruba’s owner and instructor Jeffrey Kost is more than happy to share his Aruba experiences with anyone who wants to get to know Aruba from the inside out. That’s why Happy Divers Aruba offers the best of both worlds; on land and under the sea.
Recommended for Scuba Diving & Snorkeling because: Happy Divers Aruba do not carry their name in vain, these master divers have earned themselves this great reputation.
Liliana’s expert tip: Forgot your camera? Don’t worry, Happy Divers Aruba always brings a camera along, and will give you all your diving pictures for FREE!
Pure Diving Aruba means serious business when this team of underwater experts decided to join the island’s diving pack. Apart from diving lessons and unique marine life adventures, Pure Diving Aruba offers its clients invaluable insights into nature preservation. Building eco-friendly toilets, banning plastic bottles and straws, promoting reef-friendly sunscreens, organizing activities to help protect Aruba’s coral reefs and combating the invasive lionfish defines only a couple of Pure Diving Aruba’s daily responsibilities. And although having unforgettable underwater experiences remains of utmost importance, combining pleasure with environmental awareness is absolutely the only way to go, if we want to keep enjoying the beauty of nature in times to come.
Recommended for Scuba Diving & Snorkeling because: Pure Diving Aruba is a perfect addition to Aruba’s diving scene when it comes to preserving the most essential part of underwater entertainment: marine life.
Liliana’s expert tip: Check out Pure Diving Aruba’s Fluorescent Night Dive for an out-of-this-world experience (includes special UV night diving gear).