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Palm Pleasure Afternoon Delight

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Palm Pleasure Afternoon Delight

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icon3 hours  (approx.)
Pickup from select hotels
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English and 1 more
Good for avoiding crowds

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Overview

Snorkel at the famous Antilla shipwreck during this happy hour sail on a luxurious catamaran. On this sailing excursion, meet the ship's friendly crew and enjoy complimentary snacks and drinks from an open bar. Opt to upgrade your tour to a 'snuba' dive, which combines snorkeling's simplicity with the depth of traditional scuba diving. Round-trip transportation from your local hotel is included.
  • Sail by catamaran over the gorgeous Caribbean and snorkel at the famous Antilla shipwreck
  • Enjoy snacks and drinks from an open bar
  • Upgrade to a 'snuba' experience—no diving certification required
  • Complimentary hotel pickup and drop-off

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

With so many Aruba cruises offered, this is one of the only that includes snuba, as well as snorkeling.
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3-hour snorkel sail
Snacks
Open bar
Local taxes
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Use of snorkel equipment and instruction
Gratuities
This operator has two meet-up options available. You can either meet at the departure point below or select a location for pick-up.
De Palm Pier , J.E. Irausquin Blvd 1, Aruba

Walk down the walkway between the Hilton and RIU Palace. You will see the Coconuts Gift Shop on De Palm Pier. Enter the Coconuts Store and go to the counter to check-in for your activity.

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2:00 PM
This activity will end right where it started.Pick-up will be in the lobby of the hotel.
Following pickup at your Aruba hotel in the late afternoon, transfer to the luxurious 70-foot (20-meter) catamaran and set sail on the turquoise sea.

Grab a drink from the open bar, then find a spot on the sundeck or in the shade of the cabin. Watch the coastline of Aruba recede as the boat heads out towards the SS Antilla, a German freighter that ran aground during WWII.

When you reach the wreck, slip on the provided mask, snorkel and flippers and jump in. Follow your knowledgable guide around the ship as they point out the many varieties of coral and native tropical fish that have made the sunken freighter their home.

After enjoying Aruba's underwater seascape and the boat's open bar, head back to land for drop-off at your hotel.

Optional Upgrade: 'Snuba' allows you to breathe easily underwater, but doesn't limit you to floating on the top. Follow a certified Snuba guide to a depth of 20 feet (six meters) for a dive. No snorkeling or scuba certification is needed.

Please note: this tour cannot accommodate cruise ship passengers.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Minimum age is 3 years
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 80 travelers
  • OPERATED BY De Palm Tours VBA
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
Is hotel pickup included in the Palm Pleasure Afternoon Delight tour?
A:Pick up and drop off at most major hotels is included. Please select your hotel when confirming your reservation.
May 2021
Q:
What if my hotel is not listed for pickup when booking the Palm Pleasure Afternoon Delight tour?
A:You may either select a hotel located nearby or select 'I will select my pickup location later' & specify your hotel in the "Special Requirements" box. You must then contact the local operator at the phone number on your ticket to coordinate pickup.
May 2021
Q:
Can I still participate in the Palm Pleasure Afternoon Delight if I drive myself to the departure point?
A:Yes, the boat leaves from De Palm Pier, located between RIU and Hilton Resort. Be sure to check in at least 30 minutes prior to departure time at the Coconuts retail store.
May 2021
Q:
Can I participate in the Palm Pleasure Afternoon Delight if I am arriving on a cruise ship?
A:Unfortunately, the scheduling of this tour does not coincide with most cruise ship arrivals. Therefore it is not recommended for Cruise ship guests.
May 2021
Q:
Which locations will we be snorkeling at during the Palm Pleasure Afternoon Delight tour?
A:You will snorkel at the crystal clear and calm waters of Boca Catalina as well as the Antilla Shipwreck; one of the Caribbean's largest shipwrecks. Corals and tube sponges have colonized the wreck, which attracts sea turtles and many species of fish.
May 2021
Q:
What should I wear for the Palm Pleasure Afternoon Delight tour?
A:Wear your swimsuit under your clothes along with comfortable walking shoes. Be sure to bring a towel and reef-friendly sunblock!
May 2021
Q:
Are there restrooms available onboard the catamaran during the Palm Pleasure Afternoon Delight tour?
A:Yes - restroom facilities are available on the catamaran.
May 2021
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Palm Pleasure Afternoon Delight?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Palm Pleasure Afternoon Delight.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Palm Pleasure Afternoon Delight?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Palm Pleasure Afternoon Delight.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Palm Pleasure Afternoon Delight?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Palm Pleasure Afternoon Delight.

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  • "If you have dietary restrictions just eat before and you will have a great time!" See review

Reviews

4.5
star-4.5
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star-5
Fun on the Water
Randeshia_C
, May 2022
Amazing tour. The crew was so fun and entertaining. Great drinks and food. Highly recommend. Will definitely participate in the snorkeling next time.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great time on a beautiful boat with a fantastic crew.
Tim_K
, Apr 2022
The crew was really entertaining and couldn’t be nicer! I saw lots of fish and a couple of sea turtles. I highly recommend this experience.
star-5
Wonderful catamaran experience!
Tracy_H
, Mar 2022
Great experience. Kind and charismatic crew. Safe with clear instructions. Would highly reccomend. Thank you DePalm.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Hi Tracy, Thank you for your great review and recommendation. Warm regards.
star-2
Choose another vendor
Leah_W
, Feb 2022
There are ALOT of catamarans to choose from. This boat is clean but the staff is NOT engaging or FUN to say the least. The lounge rope area is TOO painful to even walk or sit on!! most have like a soft trampoline mesh to sit on but this is like barbed wire!! They say drinks and food- white boiled hotdogs or a hotdog roll with 1 piece of salami on it. While you are docked you will see other boats with music, ppl dancing, having FUN. Ours has old music blaring and the lamest crew just standing there. This group was god awful boring, didnt talk to you other then belt instructions upon boarding. Then crickets standing there. If you are boring take this particular catamaran, if you want to have a blast book one that u see at the beach, where you hear laughter and see ppl dancing and having fun!!
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Hi Leah, Thank you for your review. We pride ourselves in giving good service and we are happy you brought this forward. We will pass these comments to the department in charge. Warm regards.
star-5
Do not miss it
KIRAN_P
, Jan 2022
All staff very helpful. Enjoyed every moments. Food & drinks good. Great time. Boat is very clean. Do not miss it.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Hi Kiran, We appreciate your great review and that you enjoyed your tour. Warm regards and stay safe.
star-5
Simply amazing
Brian_W
, Dec 2021
Perfect time at sea Snorkeling was amazing We would recommend it to everyone Tha k you again for everything
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Hi, Thank you for your amazing review and recommendation. Warm Regards and stay safe!
star-4
Once in a lifetime Snuba
Andreia_T
, Dec 2021
This excursion was a great experience! My husband and I upgraded to Snuba and although I was nervous- I’m so glad I did! It was a great experience and the guide- Jervan I believe was his name- simplified things and really taught you how to manage being under the water. Listen to his tips and you’ll be walking on the ocean bottom! He took pictures on his go pro and gave us memories for a lifetime. The boat crew was fun, they poured good drinks, and knew how to party. Only reason I gave it a 4 star was that Jervan could only take 4 people down with the Snuba gear per stop so we missed out on the shipwreck and only got to see the Catalina bay.
star-5
Best snorkeling trip
Pilar_R
, Oct 2021
I totally enjoyed this snorkeling trip with my friends. The boat is beautiful and the staff was exceptional. They really made our trip enjoyable.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Hi Pilar, Thank you for the awesome review! We are so happy you enjoyed the tour! Stay safe
star-5
Amazing experience
Alissa_D
, Aug 2021
What a great experience! We snorkeled at two different spots. Which was awesome. They provide snorkeling gear. It was also an open bar with great music. Alex was amazing and made sure everything was running smoothly! Recommend this trip. Great price as well!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Awesome experience. Food, fun, drinks & snorkeling.
LaSondra_B
, Jul 2021
Had a great time, the crew was amazing! We departed and returned on time and had a great time snorkeling and enjoying drinks.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Afternoon Delight Cruise
Shannon_W
, May 2021
This was a great tour for a great price! I will definitely recommend taking this excursion! Saw some great things and had open bar! #Winning
2 travelers found this review helpful
star-5
Fun snorkel party boat
Laurie_N
, Apr 2021
Captain and crew were polite and fun! We had a great time with our family and friends. Awesome time!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Do the snuba!
Teresa_P
, Apr 2021
Awesome experience, the snuba add on was well worth the cost and our guide was fantastic. As an additional benefit he took underwater pictures that we were able to purchase for a very nominal cost.
2 travelers found this review helpful
star-5
Lovely afternoon on and in the water.
Salvatore_C
, Mar 2021
The sail back was very enjoyable. After snorkeling we headed out a little before turning south to return. It was just so relaxing and pleasant. The crew was very attentive throughout the tour. Boat was spotless and well maintained.
2 travelers found this review helpful
star-5
Worth it!
C_C
, Jan 2021
Great experience and great crew. I do wish the had some other snack options but I figured it would be limited. If you have dietary restrictions just eat before and you will have a great time!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Happy Hour and Snuba was AWESOME
Vincent_S
, Jan 2021
The Palm Pleasure SNUBA and happy hour was the best experience we had while in Aruba. The guide makes the trip so upbeat and fun while getting everyone drinks. The SNUBA instructor was super patient with us and understanding of the various comfort levels to make it simple and well worth the upgrade. Don’t pass up the SNUBA upgrade.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-1
No Snuba for us in Aruba
Cynthia_H
, Mar 2020
here's the deal. We paid for snuba. filled out a form at the concierge at our hotel. on the form, we checked that we had high b.p., even though we both take meds for it, so it's controlled. told by the concierge that we were fine. Got to the boat with our friends, to snuba together. Person at the boat would not let us snuba. Said we could only go if we had a note from our physician. Seriously? As we were getting on the boat? Embarrassing, disappointing, unnecessary. Better communication, of correct information, is recommended.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
A great afternoon in Aruba
David_L
, Mar 2020
Very good crew! The Snuba of the shipwreck was unique, fun to be with the fishes and hanging with the baby barracudas!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great Outing and Snuba
Char_M
, Mar 2019
We had a great time on this Afternoon Delight Snorkel. We added the Snuba which was a bucket list thing for me. So glad we did. The guide was a good teacher and it was great. We saw many fish and he brought food for the fish to attract them. The catamaran is huge and was a fun cruise as well. The ship wreck was fun to see, but it was very windy there so we did not stay in the water long.
star-3
The tour itself was very nice....no...
Mekesha_C
, Jul 2018
The tour itself was very nice....no complaints. The boat was clean, the crew was nice and festive and the spot we went to Snorkel was teaming with fish. The only reason for not giving this tour a five star rating is due to the instructions or rather lack thereof in the Viator vouchers and the EXTREMELY RUDE AND BELLIGERENT treatment we received from their representative at the Renaissance hotel. The vouchers that we received did not explain that you must make a reservation for your trip in advance. Although you select, book and pay for a specific trip date this DOES NOT secure your trip for that date. On the morning of our trip I called the number on the voucher because I had not had any communication confirming our transportation details. I was advised that we did not have a reservation for our group and that we would have to speak to the agent at the hotel. When we arrived we waited in line behind one couple who was purchasing their trip onsite. After waiting approximately 30 minutes through the sales pitch and another five minutes of being ignored after she was done with the couple I asked if she would be the right person to speak to. I was belittled for not knowing what I was supposed to do and told that the instructions were clear on the voucher. I had the printed vouchers in hand and pointed out that at no time was it expressed that we had to see an onsite reservation agent or complete a separate confirmation/reservation for transportation in order to take the snorkel cruise. After 30 more minutes of arguments the agent conceded that we could go on the snorkel cruise if we could get our group to the boat before sailing time AT OUR OWN COST, even though transportation was included in the fee we paid because we didn't follow directions and book in advance. We paid taxis which are extremely reluctant to transport a group of six even in a van with enough seats at a premium cost to get us to the boat. Once on the boat no complaints.....but buyer beware.

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