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Antilla Shipwreck
Antilla Shipwreck

Antilla Shipwreck

Malmok Beach, Aruba, Aruba

The Basics

Launched in 1939, the World War II Hamburg America Line SS Antilla operated for less than a year before running aground after its crew set it on fire to avoid its capture by the Dutch. Today the wreck makes for a great snorkeling and diving opportunity, as it acts as a safe haven for the abundant sea life of the Caribbean. Lobsters, sea turtles, and manta rays are regularly seen here. The site is a common destination on snorkeling, scuba diving, and sailing tours of Aruba.

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Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Antilla Shipwreck is ideal for divers of all experience levels as well as snorkelers, as it sits in just 66 feet (20 meters) of water.

  • Due to the choppy waters and strong current, it’s recommended that even experienced swimmers and snorkelers wear a lifejacket when exploring the wreck.

  • The shipwreck is accessible only by boat, not from shore.

  • The wreck is divided into two parts, so divers can experience two different dives at the same wreck.

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How to Get There

The Antilla Shipwreck is located off the western coast of Aruba. It’s straight out from Malmok Beach, which is about 3 miles (4.8 kilometers) from resort-heavy Palm Beach. The beach is a 10-minute walk from the last bus stop on Malmok.

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When to Get There

Aruba experiences its calmest weather from April to June, while its rainy season runs from December until March. But overall the island enjoys good weather year-round, making any time a good time to plan a diving trip there. Plus, because it’s located on the far southern edge of the hurricane belt, Aruba typically isn’t subject to severe storms.

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Malmok Beach

This rocky and rugged beach runs alongside and around jagged limestone and rocks, and is a popular spot for snorkeling and diving; it’s the starting point for many Antilla Shipwreck excursions. While the beach does feature soft white sand, keep in mind that there are also plenty of pebbles and stones.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What are the nearest attractions to Antilla Shipwreck?
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Attractions near Antilla Shipwreck:
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What else should I know about attractions in Aruba?
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As well as visiting the Antilla Shipwreck, check out these trip ideas to make the most of your visit: