Top Snorkeling and Scuba Diving in Aruba

Ready to check out the best sites in Aruba for scuba diving, snorkeling, shore diving, free diving or other ocean activities? Zentacle has 23 dive sites, snorkel spots, beaches, and more. Discover hand-curated maps, along with reviews and photos from nature lovers like you. No matter what you're looking for, you can find a diverse range of the best ocean activities in Aruba to suit your needs. The island of Aruba is just 20 miles long and 6 miles wide, with a semi-arid topography bound by some of the most beautiful beaches in the world! Offering a decided American-influence, Aruba boasts a variety of vacation delights, including shopping, night-life, and a pristine coastline, with superb diving as well as snorkeling opportunities.
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Cabez Reef

#1 - Cabez Reef

Aruba, ABC Islands

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Cabez Reef is only for the advanced diver, since it is just around the corner from the windward side of the island. Conditions are usually bad here, unless the winds come mainly from the North or Northwest. Talk to your local dive shop before attempting this dive. Follow the directions to Baby Beach, and head another km further East to the end of the road.
Mangel Halto Reef

#2 - Mangel Halto Reef

Aruba, ABC Islands

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Mangel Halto Reef is exciting in that you practically walk on the water out to the reef edge before putting on your fins. There are two entries for this dive: one from a large sunning beach, and the other just North off the main road. A 100m South of the Southern 1A 4A intersection, turn West for 300m. Then turn left for 1km passing over the Spanish Lagoon. Turn right and wind your way for about 1km. You'll see the entrances on your right.
De Palm Slope

#3 - De Palm Slope

Aruba, ABC Islands

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Usually we only list shore diving sites that can be accessed by car. You'll notice there is not a road to be seen on De Palm Island! De Palm Slope is listed as a shore dive because there is a nice passenger ferry that leaves from the mainland for an easy 800m ride. You may be charged extra for your gear. A 100m South of the Southern 1A 4A intersection, turn West for 300m. Then turn left for 500m. Then turn right before the Spanish Lagoon. Wind your way to the coast for 400m. You may park in the large dirt lot. The ferry will be down to your right.
Puerto Chiquito

#4 - Puerto Chiquito

Aruba, ABC Islands

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Puerto Chiquito is a small, quiet entry point, with protected shallows for the kids, and an impressive drop off for the diver. A 100m South of the Southern 1A 4A intersection, turn West for 300m. Then turn left for 1km passing over the Spanish Lagoon. Turn right and wind your way for about 1.5 km. The entrance looks like a small dirt driveway.
Boca Catalina Cove

#5 - Boca Catalina Cove

Aruba, ABC Islands

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Catalina Cove is slightly North of the more popular Boca Catalina. The entry is very easy for all levels. There are no facilities here, but a couple of nice shades from the Sun. Head to the North part of the island. About 600 m North of the Northern 1B 2B intersection, make a left turn on the paved road. You'll see the beach directly in front of you.
Baby Beach Reef

#6 - Baby Beach Reef

Aruba, ABC Islands

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Baby Beach is a very popular area for sunners, swimmers, snorkelers, kids, and, of course, divers. The protected cove offers a nice beach even in the worst of the weather. You'll find facilities and concessions here, as well. Are you ready for an adventure? Grab your map, and head to the Southern tip of the island to the community of Ceroe Colorado. Watch intersection distances carefully (since you'll seldom see a street sign!), drive through the community toward the ocean (not the refinery!), and you should begin to see the landmarks below.
Savaneta Beach

#7 - Savaneta Beach

Aruba, ABC Islands

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Saveneta Beach is a good sunning beach far from the crowds of the hotel area further North. Snorkeling is good in the shallows, and with a bit of a kick-out, the diver will be rewarded with a nice shelf to explore. 4.4 km South of the Southern 1A 4A intersection, turn West toward the beach. Follow the road for a few hundred meters until you see the entrance below.
Malmok Beach

#8 - Malmok Beach

Aruba, ABC Islands

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Malmok Beach is for the more serious diver not in need of a large sunning beach. The site and entry are both easily accessible. Head to the North part of the island. About 100 m South of the Northern 1B 2B intersection, you'll see the small entry.
Boca Catalina

#9 - Boca Catalina

Aruba, ABC Islands

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This is a popular site for diving, snorkeling and just relaxing in the sun. There are several shades in the area, and the beach is perfect for kids. Head to the North part of the island. About 500 m North of the Northern 1B 2B intersection, you'll see the beach on your left.
Boca Andicuri

#10 - Boca Andicuri

Aruba, ABC Islands

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Boca Andicuri, also known as Natural Bridge, is a major tourist attraction, and rightly so. The bridge is an impressive tribute to the forces of nature that constantly pound this side of the island. During those rare moments of a Southerly wind, grab your gear and explore this rugged coast line!<br><br>Special Update: It is with sadness that we report the100-foot-long, 25-foot-high coral bridge collapsed during the pre-dawn hours of September 2nd, 2005. The Aruba Tourism Authority attributes the mysterious collapse to 'the continually changing evolution of nature.' With a good map in hand, proceed due North out of Santa Cruz. After about 5 km of winding through the hills, you should reach the Northern coast line. Bear right on the hard-packed dirt road and travel Southeast for 2.5 km. If you miss the parking area below, get a new pair of glasses!
Santana Reef

#11 - Santana Reef

Aruba, ABC Islands

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Santana Reef is for the more advanced diver. It is best to avoid this spot during times of difficult weather. When conditions are right, however, you can be rewarded with a pristine dive! Follow the directions to Baby Beach, and head 600m further East.
Shallow Reef

#12 - Shallow Reef

Aruba, ABC Islands

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Shallow Reef is a relatively unknown site at the far North Western corner of Aruba. Just a kilometer away, the surf is pounding the North East coast, which is very pretty just to sit and watch during off-gassing. This site offers easy entry for both snorkelers and those advanced divers who wish to explore further out. Be careful of the currents here, since the site is so close to the tip of the islands. Head to the North part of the island. About 2.3 km North of the Northern 1B 2B intersection, you'll see several dirt turn-offs to the shore. You'll see the reef; hunt around a little for the landmarks below.
Boca  Grandi

#13 - Boca Grandi

Aruba, ABC Islands

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Boca Grandi is sparse, out-of-the-way beach area that offers good diving only when the conditions are right. You will rarely see people here; if you are looking for a private beach, this is it! Boca Grandi is on the East coast of the Southern tip of the island. Heading East out of San Nicolas, you'll come to a 'T' in the road with an anchor in the center (see the entrance for Bachelor's Beach). Bear left, then turn right in 500m into the parking area for the beach.
Jane C

#14 - Jane C

Aruba

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170 foot freighter sunk in September of 1988 as an artificial reef. South West side of Aruba
Sonesta Plane Wreck

#15 - Sonesta Plane Wreck

Aruba

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Great plane dive. Easy penetration and a lot of fish Outside the Reef near the airport
Rocky Beach

#16 - Rocky Beach

Aruba

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Between 2 homes there is a parking area for this dive site. Rocky Beach is also known as Hole in the Wall.
Bachelors Beach

#17 - Bachelors Beach

Aruba, ABC Islands

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Bachelors Beach is only accessible when winds are from the West. Do not attempt this dive without a guide. Currents can surprise you. Bachelors Beach is on the East coast of the Southern tip of the island. Heading East out of San Nicolas, you'll come to a 'T' in the road with an anchor in the center. Bear right, then turn left in 300m on a hard-packed dirt road. The beach is straight ahead
Antilla Wreck

#18 - Antilla Wreck

Aruba

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This is the largest WW II ship wreck in the Caribbean at ~400 ft. The ship was scuttled by its captain on May 10, 1940. Wide open sections allow divers to penetrate the wreck with ease. But some parts of the wreck are i unstable. Shifts caused by storms causing modest but steady fuel oil leak as of late Feb. 2009. Seemed like more of a cosmetic hazard for those who were fouled, but light-colored dive shirts/swim suits had to be thrown out. The wreck is located on the west coast of the northernmost side of Aruba. You can see it from the surface. Antilla Wreck is also known as Ghost Ship.
Baby Beach

#19 - Baby Beach

Aruba

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Great place for kids and snorkelers. Go thru to the community of Ceroe Colorado on the southern tip of the island. Take care not to take the refinery road :) Baby Beach is also known as Baby Beach Reef.
Sponge reef

#20 - Sponge reef

Aruba

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Sponge reef is a 0-star rated scuba dive and snorkel destination in Aruba which is accessible from shore based on 0 ratings.
YS-11 Airplane

#21 - YS-11 Airplane

Aruba

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The YS-11 was the first aircraft of Air Aruba, operating between the "ABC" islands of Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao as well as Caracas, Venezuela. It is 60 ft. long. Sonesta reef.
Barge

#22 - Barge

Aruba

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120 foot Fuel Barge sunk in 1992 as an artificial reef. Easy penetration near the Jane Sea Barge is also known as Fuel Barge.
Barcadera Reef

#23 - Barcadera Reef

Aruba

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Beautiful reef dive after the Jane Sea. Just south of Sponge Reef