South of Oranjestad on the west coast of Aruba, the snorkeling at Barcadera Reef has blue chromis, damelfish and wrasse. There is excellent snorkeling in dense elkhorn coral and staghorn coral in water depths of 20 to 90 foot deep water. During Barcadera Reef snorkeling, you may encounter damselfish, wrasse, blue chromis, parrotfish, french angelfish.
Located 4 miles southeast of Oranjestad, the Barcadera Reef snorkelen site is located about 1,800 feet offshore of Barcadera Harbor -- a charter boat is highly recommended.
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, Barcadera Reef is the 3rd most popular snorkel dive spot of all 11 snorkeling dives in Aruba.