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Snorkeling From Shore

toronto
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Snorkeling From Shore

I've been researching the best snorkeling spots from shore in Aruba. We won't have a car so are hoping to take the local buses to as many as we can manage. It looks like Arashi Beach, Malmok, Boca Catalina and Catalina Cove won't be a problem to get to by bus. Can we get to Mangel Halto Reef and/or Baby Beach by bus? If so, does anyone know which buses to take? I have also read that theft on the beach can be a problem at Manel Halto. Has anyone encountered this? Thanks all.

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1. Re: Snorkeling From Shore

Do not believe it is possible to get to Baby Beach by the bus. However it is possible to get to Mangel Halto if you take the Line 8 bus to Pos Chiquito - however we do not recommend doing that. Check out the Bus routes at the link indicated below and plan accordingly. If you have your heart set on doing a South Shore visit, some of the organized tours can take you to Baby Beach and some of the snorkeling cruises can take you to either Mike's Reef or possibly Mangel Halto (not sure about that). Of the two choices - would recommend a snorkeling cruise over a visit to Baby Beach.

Check out the below:

http://arubus.com/routes/

Have a good vacation.

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2. Re: Snorkeling From Shore

Forgot to mention - the North side beaches you listed are accessible by bus.

Again, see the bus route map/schedule previously cited for specifics.

toronto
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Thanks for your quick reply OMNI....We'll be going on a Catamaran snorkeling trip with Depalm Tours one day and a private island tour on another. Maybe we'll get the island tour to take us down to Baby Beach for a quick visit and just stick to taking the bus up to the northern snorkeling sites. After all, we want to spend some time lazing around the Tamarijn.

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4. Re: Snorkeling From Shore

DePalm snorkeling cruise will most likely take you to some of the northern beach sites that you mention in your original message and they usually stop at the Antilla wreck site as well.

There are some snorkeling cruises that do part of the south shore areas and one that would be highly recommended can be viewed at:

tranquiloaruba.com/tours/…

The Tranquillo snorkeling adventure would be sufficiently different from the DePalm one to, at least, warrant looking at it.

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Mangel Halto has some of the best shore snorkeling as does Boca Catalina and northward. Buses do go to Pos Chiquito, where Mangel Halto is located, so that shouldn't be a problem.

toronto
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6. Re: Snorkeling From Shore

If we take a bus to Pos Chiquito, how do we get to Mangel Halto from there? Are there signs?

Lexington...
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If you look at the bus route map, you can get a fairly good idea of the distance from Pos Chiquito to Mangel Halto (not much) - which is a distance that might as well be walked. It has been a while since we have been there and we do not recall what the signage, if any, was like or know how that may have changed over time since our last visit. Enjoy whatever you do.

Edited: 28 December 2013, 22:07
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8. Re: Snorkeling From Shore

You know, with all the money you are going to be spending on buses and cabs to get to these snorkel spots, not to mention getting to and from the airport, why not instead just rent a car? You can rent a car VERY reasonably in Aruba. I never spend more than about $200 for the week (which is about the same as I spent for my first trip back in 1986). Anyway, with your own car it's VERY easy to get to all the best snorkel spots, such as Mangel Halto, Baby Beach, Arashi, and Boca Catalina, plus there are plenty of other places to explore. We always bring our own snorkel gear and do plenty of off shore snorkeling. Mangel Halto is absolutely the best!

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If you are interested in doing a snorkel tour from the shore I would suggest you look into Aruba Bob. We had a wonderful trip with him last year.

http://www.arubabobsnorkeling.com/

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10. Re: Snorkeling From Shore

We too have vacationed in Aruba both with and without a car, as you are finding with your research the bus system is very good. On trips where we elected not to get a car, we always make an exception and rent one for a day in order to go to Baby Beach, wouldn't miss it. We take advantage of having the car to go for dinner at the Flying Fish Bone.