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  • Writer's pictureAlanna O'Connor

Tres Trapi: Snorkeling with Sea Turtles

Updated: Jul 11

If you've ever dreamed of snorkeling alongside majestic sea turtles, then Tres Trapi is your ultimate destination!  Nestled in the serene Malmok area of Aruba, just a mile and a half north of the bustling Palm Beach Hotel strip, this hidden gem awaits your discovery. 




Getting to Tres Trapi is a breeze—whether you prefer strolling, biking, driving, taking the Arubus or catching a taxi, the options are aplenty.  Just a word of caution: if you opt for a taxi, make sure to arrange for your return trip in advance and ensure you're dry or have a change of clothes, as they won't allow wet passengers in their vehicles. If you walk, there is a sidewalk on the ocean side leading almost the entire way there from the Ritz Carlton!


Before you embark on your underwater adventure, make sure to equip yourself with water shoes and snorkel gear.  If you're lacking in the latter department, fear not—Vela Watersports, conveniently located south of the Ritz Carlton, offers rental services to fulfill your snorkeling needs. There is a little cul de sac between the Ritz and the Marriott you can park in if you get lucky!


As you descend the five stone steps leading into the water, tread carefully—these rocks can be slippery!  Once submerged, you'll be greeted by soft sand and a mesmerizing underwater world waiting to be explored.  As you swim out, it gets deeper, around 15+ feet. Super clear water so you can easily see everything around you!


Feel free to use a noodle or water hammock to help you float if you're not a strong swimmer! Always check the water conditions and only proceed if the ocean is calm. While it's usually tranquil, storms can cause waves to become rough and crash into the entry point, making it unsafe. And pay attention to the current here as well and don't go too far out you get too tired to swim back!



They have recently added new ropes here, so you'll need to swim under them and venture a bit farther out. Just be mindful of boats in the area. The boat operators are aware that people snorkel here, so they'll be on the lookout for swimmers! Venture about 100 yards straight out until you reach the sea grass—the prime habitat for spotting our graceful turtle friends.


Remember, though, to admire them from a respectful distance; avoid chasing or attempting to touch them, and let them go about their business undisturbed.


For the best chance of encountering sea turtles, aim to visit early in the day before the crowds descend.  Tres Trapi tends to get busy, particularly after 8:30 am, with the arrival of ATV tours seeking their slice of aquatic paradise.




As for personal belongings, I usually opt to travel light, leaving valuables behind.  However, I've never encountered any issues leaving essentials like towels and flip-flops on the rocks hiding our car keys—it's all part of the laid-back charm of Tres Trapi.


So, pack your sense of adventure and get ready to make some unforgettable memories snorkeling with sea turtles at Tres Trapi—it's an experience that promises to leave you in awe of Aruba's natural wonders.


Have you been to Tres Trapi? Drop a comment below!





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TJ Nedd
TJ Nedd
May 29
Rated 5 out of 5 stars.

My favorite beach!


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