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Boca Catalina

Noord, Aruba
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Aruba Palm Pleasure Snorkel Adventure
Ranked #2 of 9 Attractions in Noord
Type: Beaches, Outdoors
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Type: Beaches, Outdoors
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

This is the best beach in Aruba Best to snorkeling That's why all the tours stops there Not any amenity but the beach is the best Need to go prepared but worth it A sure stop in Aruba

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Barnegat, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

Save $65 pp by going to Aruba's most popular snorkeling spot via car or cab. The boats are moored 150 feet off the beach and the snorkelers from the boats head toward the beach. The dark reefs are teeming with hundreds of varieties of sea life, the best snorkeling is in front of the big white building. There are a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

Boca Catalina in Aruba is a small, secluded bay in the Malmok Beach area. The white sandy beach is accessible by steps and ample parking space is available alongside the main road. The crystal clear and calm waters make this the perfect location for a private swim and snorkeling in Aruba.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014 via mobile

The snorkeling here is great. All the tours come out to this spot. You will need to swim out about 30 yards to get a look at some amazing fish. We took a cab for our hotel in the high rise area. We tried to take the bus back but ended up flagging down a cab. The bus only comes... More 

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Albion, MI
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

Beautiful beach and fantastic snorkeling area. Saw some little fish and some bigger ones. NIce variety including a sea snake, octopus and many other smaller fish. Fairly calm if you don't stray far from shore, more experienced snorkelers who venture out further might bigger coral reefs.

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Providence, Rhode Island
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

Beautiful fish and good depth. I could swim down to the bottom and be close to the fish. Despite being in front of someone's house, it was amazing

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

This is a great spot to snorkel on your own. Bring your own equipment or buy some form one of the shops (don't bother renting). The main island your ships stop here since its a perfect spot to see lots of sea life. Certainly worth the visit.

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Las Cruces, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

We could have stayed for hours and gone back for another day - Next year! The reef was loaded with thousands of fish, and we even spotted a manta ray!

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

We snorkeled here 3 of the 5 days we were in Aruba. Follow the beach road north to the lighthouse. At the beautiful yellow house (I assume it is a b&b) turn left and park in the little parking area. This area is specifically used by snorkelers. There a a couple of palapas and a nice tree to provide shade.... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

When we landed in Aruba at the Cruise port, we went straight to the tourist booth and got a map of Aruba. The local bus stop is right across the street and the bus driver took US bills and even gave change. It was $2.30 each to go to this beach, which was less than 30 minutes away. Got off... More 

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