Snorkeling Malmok Beach – Go Early to Avoid Crowds


Snorkeling Malmok Beach is popular especially with Aruba’s boat tour companies. There are two small coves in the iron-shore with mostly sandy beaches where you can enter the water without taking a boat tour. If you want to avoid the crowds and noise when the tour boats are here, go early in the morning.

Snorkeling Malmok Beach, by shore, or boat tour.
Snorkeling Malmok Beach – From Shore or by Boat Tour

But in our opinion other spots on this northern part of the island have much better snorkeling, like Catalina Cove and Arashi Beach. Though we did see many schools of fish, and there are some rocks along shore to see a few sponges and feather duster worms, the rest of the area is a sandy bottom with some seaweed.

Water Entrance

For snorkeling Malmok Beach you can choose which of the two small sandy beaches you like for your entry. You can enter without water shoes, but watch for any rocks sticking up out of the sand.

Malmok Beach Water Entrance

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Where to Snorkel

Social Feather Duster Worms and tube sponges at Malmok on Aruba

The area of the most interest snorkeling Malmok Beach is the rocky shoreline. We found the life on the rocks to the right better than to the left, but since you’re there, check them both out. There are boulders with some growth on them of sponges and feather duster worms, and fish around them. Swimming just a little farther out from shore, over the sandy bottom, there are a few scattered tube sponges. In this area you might also encounter some schools of aggressive fish. They are used to being fed by the tour boats. The depths are about 10 feet through the whole area.

Unfortunately we had terrible visibility. There was an algae bloom and it was floating in the water and stuck to all the surfaces. Hopefully this is not the case during your visit.

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What We Saw While Snorkeling Malmok Beach

We saw schools of fish and some other creatures while snorkeling Malmok Beach.

Wrasses and Grunts with rocks and algae at Malmok Beach


  • Angelfish, French
  • Butterflyfish, Banded
  • Chub
  • Damselfish: Beaugregory, Cocoa, Sergeant Major
  • Filefish, Orangespotted
  • Goatfish: Spotted, Yellow
  • Grouper
  • Grunt: Bluestriped, French, Smallmouth
  • Guaguanche
  • Herring, Redear – large schools
  • Jack: Bar, Yellow
  • Lizardfish, Sand Diver
  • Mojarra, Mottled
  • Needlefish, Keeltail
  • Parrotfish, Redtail
  • Snapper, Mahogany
  • Squirrelfish
  • Surgeonfish: Doctorfish, Ocean
  • Tang, Blue
  • Trumpetfish
  • Trunkfish, Smooth
  • Wrasse: Bluehead, Clown, Puddingwife, Slippery Dick
Huge school of Redear Herring at Malmok Beach
Grooved Blade Sea Whip


  • Fire: Blade, Branching
  • Mustard Hill
  • Sea Whip, Grooved Blade

Other Creatures:

  • Feather Duster Worm: Magnificent, Social
  • Sponge: Black Ball, Branching Tube, Lumpy Overgrowing, Yellow Tube
  • Tube Worm, Christmas Tree
  • Urchin: Long Spined, Rock Boring
  • Zoanthid, Mat

Driving Directions

  1. Drive north on Route 1, past the high rise hotels and the windsurfing beach.
  2. On the left, right before the blue sign for the next intersection, is Malmok Beach. Park on the left side of the road next to the water.
Street sign across from Malmok Beach parking
Malmok’s two coves are just before the blue sign.
Malmok Beach Parking


There are no facilities at this beach.

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