4.5 star rating: Recommended 26 Reviews

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  • Location:Aruba
  • Duration:3 hours (approx.)

Catalina Bay and Antilla Shipwreck Snorkel Cruise

Sun, sailing and snorkeling — the perfect way to spend an afternoon in Aruba. On this 3-hour tour, cruise the Caribbean waters aboard a catamaran and kick your fins to explore two rich snorkeling sites. First, swim near angelfish and other colorful marine life in calm Catalina Bay. Then head on to Antilla Shipwreck, one of the island's most famous snorkeling spots, where angelfish, yellowtail snapper, stingrays and morays swirl around the remnants of the WWII freighter. Bonus: An open bar, snacks and round-trip hotel transport are included.


  • 3-hour snorkel tour in Catalina Bay and around Antilla Shipwreck
  • Spot colorful tropical fish like angelfish and parrotfish in the tranquil waters of Catalina Bay
  • Explore Antilla Shipwreck, one of Aruba’s best snorkeling sites, teeming with fish, barracudas and other marine life
  • Enjoy snacks and beverages from an open bar on board
  • Snorkeling gear, safety briefing and hotel transport included

What You Can Expect

Catalina Bay and Antilla Shipwreck Snorkel Cruise

Cruise to Catalina Bay!

After hotel pickup, head to the pier at Palm Beach, where your luxury catamaran awaits. On board, listen to music, enjoy snacks and sip drinks from the open bar, as your captain navigates the boat to Catalina Bay for your first snorkeling stop.

Located off the northwestern tip of Aruba, small and secluded Catalina Bay offers placid, transparent waters, the ideal spot to refresh or learn snorkeling skills. After a safety briefing, slip on provided snorkeling gear and jump in!

Dip your mask underwater and marvel at a wonderland of tropical fish. In the shallow waters reaching a depth of approx. 15 feet (5 meters), you may see queen angelfish, schools of blue parrotfish and damselfish swimming around nearby coral and sea fans.

Then back aboard your catamaran, your captain takes you a short distance away to one of the island’s best snorkeling spots, known as Antilla Shipwreck, a remnant from World War II. In 1940, the captain of the 400-foot-long (122-meter-long) German freighter scuttled his ship off the shallow waters of Aruba rather than risk having it captured by the Dutch.

The shipwreck now provides a thriving home for a diverse array of marine life. Put on your snorkeling mask, kick your fins and explore the waters averaging 30 to 50 feet (9 to 15 meters) in visibility.

Check out the starboard side of the ship, wholly crusted with thick coral. Hover over the forecastle and watch yellowtail snapper, butterfly fish, southern stingrays and green morays glide around the upper deck. Admire star, white-tipped fire and brain corals, and catch glimpses of barracudas, bluehead wrasse and schools of white grunts.

After a leisurely snorkel at the shipwreck, relax aboard the catamaran and sip more offerings from the open bar. Return sail to Palm Beach and enjoy transport back to your hotel.

Customer Reviews

Corey P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Very cool!

Martha B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

This tour was amazing!

Fred M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

I went on this tour with my cousins while we were visiting Aruba. We all had a lot of fun even though not all of us were interested in the snorkeling part of the trip. It's a wonderful day out on a catamaran, there are non-stop drinks, a slide off the boat if you just want to slip down into the water, and they walked around with snacks that were just enough to hold us over until we got back on shore. The staff was great, too. And while there is not an overwhelming amount of variety to the fish we viewed snorkeling, it was still fun. Well worth the price.

TiTa V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

Very good crew, beautiful scenarie and great drinks!
I had a lot of fun.

Natalie K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

Great tour guides, beautiful scenery! I recommend for anyone, regardless if you are going to snorkel or not!

Cathy L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2013

Great excursion! It was wavy at the sunken ship which affected visibility but otherwise a great value and would do it again!

Lynette B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2012

Same crew for the snorkeling trip as the Sunset Cruise. Red Sails are the bomb.com. in other words they are great. Great crew, very friendly and respectful and helpful Loved the whole experience.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2012

Great snorkeling sites. Crew very friendly and helpful. Lunch, snacks and open bar terrific. Hotel pick-up and drop off reliable.

Diana F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2011

We had a GREEAAT trip. One thing I would have liked would have been a good chart showing the fish, corals, and sponges so I'd known what I'd seen.

Katherine S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2011

This trip was a lot of fun, although it was really rough in the water that day and a lot of people on the boat got sea sick. The ship wrecks are definitely something you should see.

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