Bring Your Scuba to Aruba – A Trip to De Palm Island

de palm island, aruba

“Bring your scuba to Aruba.” That was all the buzz as we sailed towards Aruba. But I didn’t “scuba.” I never have. Therefore, I chose the next best option – snorkel. And the snorkel excursion meant a trip to De Palm Island.

De Palm Island

ferry ride from Aruba to De Palm Island

not a scenic ferry ride except for the water itself

The island was just a few minutes away and extremely close to the port. Probably too close. It was located near industrial plants that were visible from the island.  I remain curious about why they’d ever build a “paradise” escape there, but they did. And since I was already locked in for for a few hours on the excursion I had no choice but to get a cocktail and enjoy it.

the beach under the magroves at de palm island in Aruba

drink menu at de palm island, aruba

the extensive bar menu… it’s island time

the snorkel platform on De Palm Island, Aruba

the snorkel platform

As for the snorkel, the fish were plentiful and colorful even in the rough water. The snorkeling equipment was included in the excursion cost along with a buffet and open bar. However the cups were way too small. It made  drinking with any sort of copious quantity intention a real challenge. But luckily, I did bring a novel and have a Doug from Cruise Radio to talk travel with.

The excursion was not my favorite from the cruise, but I did the best I could to “Scuba in Aruba.” And thankfully with a late departure (11pm) from Aruba and only 1/2 day excursion on De Palm Island  I was able to capture a sunset on Aruba too.  And I captured that on a different beach, the pristine Eagle Beach.

stay adventurous, Craig

this post is part of the winter Beach Thursday series. enjoy a beach post every Thursday all winter long.

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  • Kieu – GQ trippin

    Oh I’ll bring my scuba here.. and a bigger cup! LOL. Was the water too choppy for snorkeling?

    • craig zabransky

      I thought it would be… but surprisingly I did see many fish. stay adventurous, Craig

  • The World Wanderer

    I love Aruba, though I’m sure your experience would have been a bit better had you had a bigger cup. :) Isn’t the water in Aruba fantastic? I spent my whole trip just floating along in the water, and getting really burnt. I’ll be smarter next visit…

    • craig zabransky

      If you love the beach, then yes, Aruba is a great island. Plenty of beaches around the island. Stay Beachy, Craig

  • Lazy Travelers

    the wino got to snorkel in aruba as part of a booze cruise– definitely copious amounts of drinking involved there. glad you got to see aruba, even for a short time!

    • craig zabransky

      love the word copious… brings back memories, ones i haven’t drank away… yet… stay setting sail properly, Craig

  • Traveling Ted

    Hopefully, before I get there, they read this post and work on the size of the cups.

    • craig zabransky

      size matters as you know. stay big-cups are better, Craig

  • Raul (@ilivetotravel)

    Right now, I’d love to be there with all this cold weather, Craig!

  • CaptainandClark

    I want to scuba in Aruba! I’m pretty sure I could live on that snorkel platform. The water and weather looked absolutely beautiful!

  • Francesca

    The industrial plants there do kind of take away from the “paradise” image…. On the other hand, even if the cups were too small, those drink options would suit me just fine!

    • craig zabransky

      Yes, with industry so close, industrial size glasses might have suited me better… stay loving those drink options, Craig