A trip to Aruba wouldn't be complete without snorkeling with the turtles. It's an experience you can't miss! The crystal clear waters of Aruba are ideal conditions for spotting turtles gliding effortlessly through the sea. Are your hobbys snorkeling and photography? Then you are in the right place. Check out the snorkeling tips below... Oh, and don't forget to pack your GoPro!
Types of turtles found in Aruba
Aruba's beaches are popular during nesting season. Four species of sea turtles are found nesting on Aruba: the Leatherback, the Loggerhead, the Green and the Hawksbill. The nesting season runs from March through September. Hatching takes place from May to November. If you are on the Aruba during that period you will see special barricades placed around the nest to protect it until the turtles have hatched.
Best snorkeling sites on Aruba to spot
Tres Trapi means three steps in papiaments. It's one of the locals best kept secrets for snorkeling as its a littly tricky to find. A small cove located on the northwestern shore of Aruba just before Boca Catalina. There is a very small beach which you reach by climbing down three steps carved out rock. Hence the name tres trapi. The crystal clear calm waters are prefect for snorkeling. Schools of glass fish, starfish, and turtles make this one of the favorite snorkeling spots of the island. You'll definitely need your gopro to capture those pictures and videos that will make you smile long after your vacation is over.
Mangel Halto is located on the southeast cost of Aruba. This beach is unique in that it is surrounded by mangroves. The sea is shallow initially so you will need to walk until you reach deeper water so that you can put on your fins. The reef is straight out straight from the yellow buoy. Here you will find coral, fish, eels and turtles. This is also a great place to go kayaking with a local guide.
Baby Beach is located in the most southern tip of Aruba near San Nicolas. It's known for its unique half moon shape. The shallow waters make it a favorite beach for those who like to wade out for a long distance and still touch the sea bottom. Baby Beach is a good location for snorkeling; for your safety please stay within the marked snorkel area. At times the currents can be strong. Several sea turtles live around Baby Beach that regularly visit the sandy lagoon where they rest making a good opportunity to observe them.
Help us keep the turtles safe by following the following tips:
Be as quiet as you can in order to not startle the turtle.
Wear coral safe sunscreen. There is a ban on Aruba for sunscreens that contain oxybenzone as this harms the coral and marine life.
While snorkleing approach the turtle from the side. That way you don't startle them and they can decide if they want to hang out.
Don't touch them as their immune systems are not equipped to fight off any chemicals we may pass off by touching them.
Don't feed the sea turtle.
Give them some space so you don't hit them with your flippers.
Take all of your litter home with you. Trash can kill as it can be mistaken as food. It's also important to keep our oceans clean.