Octopus Sailing Charters
Octopus Sailing Charters
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Scuba & Snorkelling • Boat Tours • Water Sports • Private Tours
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8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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Octopus Aruba Sailing, Snorkeling, Sunset & Private Tours Boat Rentals with & without captain Morning Champagne Brunch Tours Special celebrations
Palm - Eagle Beach, Aruba
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2022

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Tours and Tickets by Octopus Sailing Charters
Lunch Cruises
3 hours
Free cancellation
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Recommended by 95% of travelers
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$69.99
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Sunset Cruises
2 hours
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Recommended by 92% of travelers
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$79.99
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Breakfast Cruises
3 hours
Free cancellation
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Recommended by 94% of travelers
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$89.99
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Catamaran Cruises
2–3 hours
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Recommended by 93% of travelers
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$1,185.84
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5.0
2,395 reviews
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Very good
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Poor
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vosksusan
Katonah, NY19 contributions
Mar 2022
There were 6 of us and we booked a 3 hour private boat trip to snorkel and explore. Pam took our call and was helpful and honest and the online booking process was seamless (also appreciated being able to use a credit card). The boat picked us up right on the beach in front of our hotel and our captain, Gio, absolutely made our afternoon. He was great fun with a terrific personality and great sense of humor as well as a deep knowledge of the history and sites of Aruba. We went to 3 different sites to snorkel and Gio made sure to avoid the (MUCH) larger catamarans and party boats so that we had them to ourselves. The first was a reef with a myriad of colorful fish and coral. The 2nd was the Antilles wreck. Gio shared the interesting history of this site and allowed us to snorkel above its entire length (not possible on bigger excusions). Finally he took us to an area where we swam with many sea turtles and showed us a neat little secret passage in the reef to swim through. Also of note, we were given brand new, novel mask-snorkel equpment that was self contained and did not require a mouthpiece!
Finished our afternoon with a scenic ride along the coast where he pointed out sites of interest and enjoyed a delicious (and complementary) rum punch. BEST. DAY!!!!
Written March 11, 2022
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Thank you so much for taking the time out to leave such a nice review! We are happy to hear you had such a wonderful time with us.It is our prerogative to make sure our guests have a great experience from the booking stage to the end of the trip and beyond! Our crew makes sure that everyone is having a great time and give you the best high quality service and that's what we love about them :-) We are looking forward to welcoming you on the Octopus again in the near future!
Written September 22, 2022
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N248ZHlindsayb
1 contribution
Sep 2020
We were looking for something different and more private to do after having been on big group excursions. The donut boat was lots of fun, we appreciated being able to set our own time and agenda rather than feeling hurried and herded in a large group, and we were thankful we opted to hire a knowledgeable captain/guide through the easy online booking process! We spent 3 hours cruising the beautiful coast between our hotel on Palm Beach and the California Lighthouse. It was just the right amount of time! Our guide was very accommodating and stopped at three very unique snorkeling spots (one had lots of starfish, one had the most amazing coral, and one had a million different types of brilliant fish and eels and lobsters), which we probably wouldn’t have found on our own. Our one and only complaint was that the guide was supposed to pick us up on the beach directly behind our hotel, but he was waiting for us at the wrong hotel (despite how we confirmed our specific property the night before) and the company at the office was unable to reach him by phone. We had to hike way down the beach with all our bags and gear in tow to find him. Once onboard he complained for a few minutes about how the company didn’t pay him enough and they wouldn’t replace his phone, which was water damaged on the job the week before. Otherwise, great private half day trip and would highly recommend!
Written September 26, 2020
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Thank you for your review! We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your time on our Aqua Donut Boats! Our sincere apologies for the miscommunication regarding your pick up point. We are glad to know you still had a wonderful time! ! Our donuts are floating picnic tables that are perfect for large and small groups that are joining for sun and fun or reunions! We are looking forward to welcoming you on the Octopus again in the near future!
Written December 22, 2020
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Noah M
Hood River, OR2 contributions
Mar 2020 • Family
I rented the Donut boat for a 2 hour session while visiting Aruba. The entire process was extremely smooth and professional. I was greeted at the beach, on time with the donut boat and given a quick overview of how it operates. Anyone familiar with small 5hp fishing boat motors used for trolling while fishing will be completely comfortable operating this. Since the donut boat is circular, it has a tendency to want to move in circular directions, especially with the wind blowing, so I found that you have to fight it quite a bit to keep it going straight, especially if the water is moving from waves and wind.

It took about 30 min to reach our snorkeling destination, and someone from Octopus follows at a safe distance for the entire duration of your booking, to ensure your safety. It was nice knowing he was there in a much larger boat just in case we needed anything. It still felt private, but there if we needed him.

The snorkeling spot was nice, we saw several fish and it's a spot where other charters go also for snorkeling. The little donut boat is super comfortable and fun to be on. The kids loved it, and it has a ladder and snorkeling gear for easy entry and exit to the boat. Also had a bluetooth speaker so we could jam out to Frozen 2 soundtrack while we drank champagne and snorkled.

All in all it was worth the money for fun and a neat thing to do, just be prepared to spend roughly half your time in transit with this tiny motor moving pretty slow, and even slower if there's wind and waves. I'd do it again if I visited, but only if it was calm and we had more time to check out a few other spots.
Written March 10, 2020
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Thank you very much for this detailed review, really appreciated! Great to hear you and the kids enjoyed the ride with Frozen 2 soundtracks pumping out of the speakers.
Written March 11, 2020
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Darren N
Locust Grove, GA157 contributions
May 2021 • Couples
We really enjoyed our time with the crew. They were energetic, had personality, and felt really comfortable with them.

You get a lot for the money.

Snorkeling, a lot drinks ( not really strong but you can’t complain), and they brought food out a few times.

They staff helps take pictures and leaves you to just enjoy your experience.

We seen a lot of boats out and to me the others were just too crowded. We enjoyed having a smaller party on board and it made it so that everyone e felt comfortable with each other.

I would def go again and recommend you give them a shot also
Written May 16, 2021
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Thank you for your review! We are happy to hear you had such a wonderful time with us. We make sure that our boats maximum is capped well below the maximum capacity of the boat in order to avoid mass tourism and to make sure that everyone has a safe and relaxed adventure! The two snorkel stops are absolutely perfect for getting a taste of Aruban History and our crystal blue water! Also thank you for the compliment about the food and drinks. You can always ask our crew for a stronger drink. That is absolutely no problem, they are happy to help you. We are looking forward to welcoming you on the Octopus again in the near future!
Written January 21, 2022
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Hana Sacek
Carrboro, NC1 contribution
Feb 2020
while traveling to Aruba for my birthday, I was gifted a sunset sail by my friends. Octopus sailing charters gave me a phenomenal experience, serenading me with happy birthdays and treating me to champagne. both the captain and crew were friendly and attentive. They had excellent music taste as well :-) the sunset was breathtaking and over all I had a really wonderful time. I would love to sail with them again soon!
Written March 8, 2020
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Great to hear you had a great time on your birthday, we would love to welcome you again soon!
Written March 11, 2020
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Kennyg37
Philadelphia, PA45 contributions
Mar 2020
We spent 2 hours doing a sunset ride on the 10 person doughnut boat. It was the best time we had during our 2 weeks in Aruba. We were on our own to drive the boat but there was always someone close by to help us if we needed it. He helped us anchor and also told us where to go for snorkeling and watching the sunset. A large group of us come to Aruba every year and we plan to make this activity a yearly occurrence!
Written March 9, 2020
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Great to hear you enjoyed our favorite ride, a Donut boat ride. Fantastic you will be back next year and the year after and the year after.... We look forward to it! Thank you very much for your review.
Written March 11, 2020
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StarrAyala
Lombard, IL1 contribution
Mar 2020
This was a fantastic day. 10 of us girls and even though there were plenty of others on the catamaran we felt like it was only us. Lunch included yummy blueberry muffins, a tuna roll up, deli sandwich, fruit skewers, and plenty of drinks. The staff was all amazing especially Roche'? (Not sure on the spelling)they were very attentive and kept checking in on us. The snorkeling sites were great as well. Plenty of colorful fish to see. Overall it was an amazing 3 hours and i would definitely recommend it.
Written March 23, 2020
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Thank you for the review and the compliments to the crew. Great that you enjoyed the drinks and the food. Together with the team we do our utmost to create a beautiful memory. Thank you for recommending us to future guests. Hopefully we can welcome you again on your next visit to Aruba. Greetings Team Octopus
Written July 12, 2020
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richard1802020
Charlotte, NC1 contribution
Aug 2020
This is the first time we have done this power snorkeling trip. This is hands down, the best snorkeling trip we have ever taken in the Caribbean. The captain did a safety briefing and got everyone ready for the open water. We then took a boat out for approximately 30 minutes out. From here, we all jumped in the water and were given our SeaDoo personal motor/ power snorkeling. We practiced around the boat for about five minutes to get everyone comfortable before we started the tour. We were also provided with snorkel gear, but Alena said it would be fine if we brought our own. We saw all of the colors of the rainbow in fish, coral, sea turtles, and stingrays. The water was crystal clear. The guides were also really great at pointing out different wild life (I did see a barracuda before them though). Alena was extremely knowledgeable about the waters of Aruba and very patient with us as average snorkelers. My girlfriend and I have snorkeled all over the Caribbean including the Bahamas, Bonaire, Grand Turk and several other locations, but i can truly say this was our best snorkle experience ever. I would highly recommend this trip to anyone.
Written August 29, 2020
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Thank you for your review! We are happy that you enjoyed your time on our snorkeling adventure! Our staff wants and will make sure that everyone on board of all ages will be having a spectacular time and will be able to enjoy Aruba! These two snorkel stops are absolutely perfect for getting a taste of Aruban History and our crystal blue water! We are looking forward to welcoming you on the Octopus again in the near future!
Written December 22, 2020
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Steve S
Albany, NY2 contributions
Jan 2020 • Friends
Second time out on the waters with this crew, clean, great drinks- no rum bunch crap. Food was fresh, nice quality. Crew was great fun. As good as it gets on the island! Snorkel with these guys, worth the little extra $ over the cattle call larger boats!
Written January 8, 2020
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Thank you for your review! We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your time with us on the Octopus! At Octopus Aruba we provide quality service, quality food and beverages, and quality comfort and care. Our snorkel stops are a treasure and we are so happy that we could show them to you :) Looking forward to welcoming you on the Octopus in the near future!
Written January 9, 2020
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armarsh
Champaign, IL5 contributions
Feb 2020
We went on the Champagne Brunch snorkeling cruise on February 9. Friends had recommended this cruise and talked very highly about it but our already high exceptions were blown away! The food was outstanding, best I've ever had on a catamaran snorkeling cruise and it just kept coming. When we weren't in the water, we always being offered a new food choice and it was all outstanding! The drink choices began the minute we left port and never stopped either. The selection of beverages, both non-alcoholic and alcoholic was impressive. I would highly recommend this cruise and will definitely do it again when we are in Aruba next.
Written February 15, 2020
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We love to get Exceed expectation reviews, great to read about the food, we have recently changed the food supplier. Thank you very much for your recommendation.
Written February 19, 2020
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