On the northern tip of Aruba, the snorkeling at Malmok Beach is a popular place to explore. This narrow beach is considered the best snorkeling on Aruba. It is mainly sand flats heading all the way out, but since the cove beach is narrow, you can head north and south beyond the beach along the rocks, which provide habitat. It has a wrecked fishing boat in five feet of water about a half mile to the south, which is a protected environment for some larger fish. During Malmok snorkeling, you may encounter french angelfish, parrotfish, trumpetfish, squirrelfish, blue head wrasse, moray eel, anemone, star fish and brain coral. North of the parking area, snorkelers at Malmok Beach will find coral crusted rocks that provide habitat to starfish, crab, fireworms and puffers. The waters are usually calm and good for families, but use care on the sharp rocks near the water entry that is also known for its sea urchins.
To reach the Malmok Beach snorkelen from Palm Beach, head north on LG Smith Boulevard to Malmok. Look for a snorkeling boat offshore or the top of the Antilla wreck. You only need to snorkel about 10 feet out. This dive site is located about 0.8 miles west of Tierra del Sol.
Alternately, you can use the cheap public bus from the main hotel zone in Oranjestad and head north to the last bus stop on Malmok.
TIP: While the snorkeling at Malmok Beach is good, it can be quite crowded with tour boats. Avoid mid-day and shoot for an early morning at low tide. The parking area and beach are known for thefts -- don't bring or leave any thing you'd miss.
To reach the snorkeling on Aruba by air, you will need to fly into Queen Beatrix International Airport (AUA). There are several major airlines that fly into Aruba including US Air, United, Delta and KLM. Keep in mind that there is a $37 USD departure tax to leave Aruba. This tax may be included in the airline ticket, but you will need to make sure. Due to the crowds at the two levels of passport control in Aruba, you may want to allow up to 3 hours at the airport, especially between 11am to 3pm on Fridays through Sundays.
While snorkeling off Aruba, you may encounter angelfish, butterflyfish, cuttlefish, cowfish, grunts, sergeant majors, lionfish, blue tangs, wrasse, sea anemone, and barracuda among elkhorn coral, brain coral and sea fan formations. Keep in mind that it can be quite windy off Aruba in the afternoons, so the best time of day for Aruba snorkeling is in the morning.
Overall, Malmok Beach is the 1st most popular snorkel dive spot of all 11 snorkeling dives in Aruba.