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Boca Catalina Tours

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Boca Catalina
Boca Catalina boasts unspoiled white sand beaches and calm, placid waters. The postcard-worthy scenery makes for pleasant sunbathing, while free public parasols offer some shade. Boca Catalina is also one of the best beaches for snorkeling. Here, you’ll see scores of fish, black coral structures, and more in the warm Caribbean.
 
The Basics
Sailing tours often include a stop at Boca Catalina, allowing travelers to swim or snorkel in the calm, turquoise waters. The depth is about 15 feet (5 meters), making it easy to see sea fans and coral, and float along with schools of angelfish, blue parrotfish, and damselfish. Just offshore lies the wrecked S.S. Antilla, a popular destination for scuba divers and snorkelers. The serene waters also make this a good beach destination for families.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Public restrooms are not available on-site.
  • Snorkeling gear may be available to rent from vendors, but it’s recommended to bring your own equipment.
  • There are several restaurants within a short walking distance of the beach.
 
How to Get There
Boca Catalina is a remote beach located on the northwestern tip of Aruba, but it is accessible by bus from Oranjestad; lines 7A and B stop at the beach. It’s a 5-minute drive from the resorts in Palm Beach and is located on the main road to the California Lighthouse. Taxis are also available.
 
When to Get There
As is the case with most beaches in Aruba, both locals and tourists frequent Boca Catalina on weekends. To avoid crowds, it’s best to visit during the week if possible. Early morning is the best time to go snorkeling, but underwater visibility may be low if there is an offshore storm or clouds.
 
California Lighthouse
Located near the northwest tip of Aruba and the popular Arashi Beach, just north of Boca Catalina, the California Lighthouse is an island landmark known for its impressive views of the Caribbean. It’s open to the public, with daily tours of the lighthouse lasting 25 to 30 minutes. Island tours typically include a stop at the lighthouse as well.
Address: Oranjestad, Aruba
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22 Tours and Activities to Experience Boca Catalina

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The Arusun - Aruba Catamaran Sail with Snorkeling

The Arusun - Aruba Catamaran Sail with Snorkeling

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Explore the waters around Aruba aboard a 65-foot (20-meter) catamaran, the 'Arunsun'. During your cruise, relax on the spacious deck and enjoy hospitality from your friendly captain and first mate. Find a spot in the sun, the shady back end of the boat, or in the nets up front. Enjoy snacks and drinks from the open bar. Stop to snorkel at the Antilla Shipwreck and Catalina Bay using the complimentary snorkel equipment.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$50.00
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$50.00
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Antilla & Catalina Snorkel Sail

Antilla & Catalina Snorkel Sail

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Snorkel at Catalina Bay and the Antilla shipwreck during this afternoon excursion in Aruba. Board a catamaran and travel to these two excellent snorkeling spots, where you swim with angelfish, yellowtail snapper, and stingrays. Enjoy drinks from the open bar and snacks onboard the boat.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$65.00
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$65.00
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Half-Day Aruba Special Champagne Brunch Cruise

Half-Day Aruba Special Champagne Brunch Cruise

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Combine a snorkeling excursion at Aruba's best snorkel spots (such as the sunken SS Antilla) with a Champagne brunch on this half-day cruise. Even beginner snorkelers can feel safe and comfortable given the snorkeling instruction and all included equipment. Brunch includes fresh food and pastries, as well as an open bar.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$79.99
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$79.99
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Afternoon Delight with Optional SNUBA

Afternoon Delight with Optional SNUBA

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Snorkel at the famous Antilla shipwreck during this happy hour sail on a luxurious catamaran. On this sailing excursion, meet the ship's friendly crew and enjoy complimentary snacks and drinks from an open bar. Opt to upgrade your tour to a 'snuba' dive, which combines snorkeling's simplicity with the depth of traditional scuba diving. Round-trip transportation from your local hotel is included.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$59.00
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Jolly Pirate Morning Sail and Snorkel Cruise in Aruba

Jolly Pirate Morning Sail and Snorkel Cruise in Aruba

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Spend four hours on the water during this Aruba pirate cruise. Aboard an 85-foot (26-meter) teak schooner, you'll travel to three sites for swimming and snorkeling with tropical fish, plus see a shipwreck from World War II. A barbecue lunch, open bar, snorkeling gear, and a rope swing on the boat are provided for your enjoyment.
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  • 4 hours
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$73.68
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SailAway Morning Adventure Tour

SailAway Morning Adventure Tour

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Embark on a comprehensive sailing excursion around Aruba on this morning tour that includes three stops for snorkeling, including the largest shipwreck in the Caribbean and the tranquil Boca Catalina Bay. While not snorkeling, swimming, or jumping off the rope swing, enjoy the included lunch and open bar.
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  • 4 hours
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$65.65
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Lunch & Snorkel Sail

Lunch & Snorkel Sail

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Discover the SS ‘Antilla’ shipwreck, one of the Caribbean's largest wrecks, on this half-day Aruba snorkeling cruise. Set sail aboard a luxury catamaran to three snorkel spots abundant with marine life, including a stop at Catalina Bay. Enjoy an open bar and a deli-style lunch, served by an expert crew on board. Includes snorkel instruction and equipment.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$69.00
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Octopus The Private Boat From Aruba!

Octopus The Private Boat From Aruba!

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Go on a customizable private sailing tour with a captain. Choose your route and relax as the crew sail your ship. Receive personalized attention from the crew. Enjoy freshly-prepared food and unlimited drinks. Take time to swim in the sea and make use of provided snorkel equipment to explore underwater.
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  • 2 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$1,098.00
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Aruba Afternoon Sailing and Snorkeling Trip With Lunch

Aruba Afternoon Sailing and Snorkeling Trip With Lunch

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Sail the waters off Aruba in a 40-foot (12-meter) trimaran on this afternoon tour departing from Palm Beach. Explore the underwater world of coral and tropical fish using the provided snorkel equipment. Learn about the marine environment from the captain and crew as you sip drinks from the open bar and dig into a sandwich lunch.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$69.99
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Palm Pleasure Morning Snorkel Adventure

Palm Pleasure Morning Snorkel Adventure

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Set sail on this half-day snorkeling adventure aboard a 70-foot catamaran. Cruise along stunning turquoise blue waters as you lounge on a relaxing sun deck while sipping strong cocktails. A friendly and professional crew helps you prepare to dive below the surface of the sea, where travelers find the coral-laden Antilla Shipwreck, colorful coral and plenty of tropical fish. This trip includes round-trip hotel transportation and a savory lunch prepared by top chefs aboard your ship, plus an open bar of tropical drinks and beer.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$75.00
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$75.00
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Sunset Sail

Sunset Sail

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Sail up the coast of Aruba during a colorful Caribbean sunset on this excursion. Watch the sunset over the turquoise ocean waters while sipping drinks from the open bar and enjoying light snacks. Meet the friendly crew and dance the evening away on this luxury catamaran. Round-trip transportation from your Aruba hotel is included.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$59.00
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Private Snorkeling Trip

Private Snorkeling Trip

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Have a wonderful time with friends and family by cruising around Aruba in your private boat on a 26 ft Bayliner deck boat. Create the perfect itinerary with your captain and enjoy a customized tour. Put on your snorkeling gear and descend under the crystal-clear turquoise waters and immediately find yourself transported into an underwater paradise on this fun and interactive water excursion. In these shallow waters of Catalina Bay you will brush up on your snorkeling skills as you spot angel fish, damsel fish and more swimming around sea fans and coral. New to snorkeling. Not a problem! Your experienced captain and guide will patiently work with you to make sure you have a safe and enjoyable experience. We can accommodate up to 10 people on our Bayliner. EVERY ADDITIONAL PERSON is $35. (Babies 0-2 years free)  EVERY EXTRA HOUR $125.00 per booking. Please let us know if you would like to add extra time. The balance can be paid in cash on the beach, on the day of sailing
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$115.00
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Element Private Boat Charter (After-Lounge)

Element Private Boat Charter (After-Lounge)

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The Bayliner accommodates your group (up to 10 guests) comfortably on the bow, to relax and bask in the sun. We have designed a boat ride that will take you to the most exotic spots of Aruba. We invite you to sit back and relax while our Capitan cruises along the High Rise, Low Rise Hotel (eagle Beach) Port of Aruba, Downtown, Nikki Beach, Renaissance Island, De Palm Island, and Spaanse lagoon. Our first stop will be at Mangel Halto allowing you enough time to snorkel and swim in our Turquoise Blue Waters of Mangel Halto. On this particular site, there is also shipwreck and plenty of corals to see. As we move to our second location minutes away from Mangel Halto, we will take you for a short and exciting reef snorkel. We then cruise back near the high rise passing along Arashi Beach and Malmok Beach and take you to final stop of this trip: Boca Catalina, a very popular spot to snorkel and swim. Includes - Captain - Snorkel Gear - Life vest (Snorkel Vest) - Beverages (Water & Ice)
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  • 3 hours
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$750.00
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$750.00
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Element Private Boat Charter (L-Lounge)

Element Private Boat Charter (L-Lounge)

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The Bayliner accommodates your group (up to 10 guests) comfortably on the bow, to relax and bask in the sun. We have designed a boat ride that will take you to the most exotic spots of Aruba. We invite you to sit back and relax while our Capitan cruises along the High Rise, Low Rise Hotel (eagle Beach) Port of Aruba, Downtown, Nikki Beach, Renaissance Island, De Palm Island, and Spaanse lagoon. Our first stop will be at Mangel Halto allowing you enough time to snorkel and swim in our Turquoise Blue Waters of Mangel Halto. On this particular site there is also shipwreck and plenty of corals to see. As we move to our second location minutes away from Mangel Halto, we will take you for a short and exciting reef snorkel. We then cruise back near the high rise passing along Arashi Beach and Malmok Beach and take you to final stop of this trip: Boca Catalina, a very popular spot to snorkel and swim. Includes - Captain - Snorkel Gear - Life vest (Snorkel Vest) - Beverages (Water and Ice)
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  • 3 hours
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$750.00
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Private Aruba Segway Tour

Private Aruba Segway Tour

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Customize your own itinerary during this private Segway tour of Aruba. Choose from a range of departure times for you and your private party, then follow your guide on an excursion tailored to your interests. Visit Boca Catalina, Arashi Beach, the California Lighthouse Dunes or anywhere else on the island with insightful narration from your local guide. All equipment, instruction, and round-trip hotel transportation are included.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$123.08
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$123.08

Chubasco Private Snorkeling Aruba

Chubasco Private Snorkeling Aruba

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You will be welcome at "Hadicurari Pier" as of there "your private adventure" starts! Our Private Snorkeling Charter will bring you to 2 or 3 awesome snorkel stops! Fun for families, friends and company trips. This Charter will be on our 50ft. "Chubasco"!
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$400.00
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Private Sailing along Aruba Coastline with Lunch

Private Sailing along Aruba Coastline with Lunch

Who does not want to spend half the day on Aruba's gorgeous turquoise waters? This 4 hour sail includes snorkel gear, 3 snorkel spots; Antilla Shipwreck and two shallow bays and a Caribbean lunch buffet and open bar with cocktails, soda's and juices.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$498.00
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$498.00
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Private Catalina and Antilla Snorkel Sail

Private Catalina and Antilla Snorkel Sail

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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 are included.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$410.00
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Private Dinner Cruise in Aruba

Private Dinner Cruise in Aruba

Join us for our three- hour sit down dinner sail where you will have the best seat for Aruba's sunset. Step on board, enjoy a glass of sparkling wine and be seated on your table. Once we set sail you can enjoy other areas of the catamaran as well like the front deck, railing or build in benches. While you watch the sunset, enjoy a refreshing drink and look back at the shoreline as Aruba begins to light up for the evening, and enjoy the cool sea breeze on the deck. When you’re ready to eat, head to the dinner buffet where you have three courses of items to choose from, including Caribbean-inspired salads and mains plus a dessert buffet. Your cruise ends when you return to Palm Beach, just in time to continue your evening out in paradise.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$586.00
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Aqua Donut Private Boat

Aqua Donut Private Boat

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Cruise around the turquoise waters of Aruba in this unique circular boat. Made of high-end fiberglass, the round vessel seamlessly glides over water, similar to a giant motorized inner tube. Jump in the water or lounge under the boat’s sun umbrella during your ride. You can rent the boat without a boat license, and you’ll be given instructions on how to operate it and the outboard motor.
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  • 2 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$300.00
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Private Boat with Power Snorkeling

Private Boat with Power Snorkeling

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The crew will have to hold you back once you see the crystal clear water surrounding Aruba. Your private speedboat tour including power snorkeling (a Sea Scooter). These are fairly easy to operate by merely holding it out in front of you and pushing down both buttons on either side of the handle letting the scooter propel you gracefully through the water at a top speed of just 3 mph (5 km/h) getting you closer to the action and even allowing you to stay under water for a bit longer.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$165.00
Price varies by group size
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$165.00
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3-Hour Private Sightseeing Boat Tour at Aruba with Snorkeling & Sunset

3-Hour Private Sightseeing Boat Tour at Aruba with Snorkeling & Sunset

Enjoy a Private Luxury Speed Boat Tour at the best spots around Aruba! Swimming, Snorkeling, Sunbathing, Sightseeing, and more. Different stops such as Mangel Halto and Boca Catalina. Pass by Renaissance Island. Great for families and groups, up to 10 people.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$375.00
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Frequently Asked Questions

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