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The Baboo Shipwreck is one of the easiest wrecks to snorkel to in Aruba, and shelters a large and diverse population of tropical fish that are easily visible.

Located at the south end of Malmok Beach, the Baboo wreck is visible from shore or from the road if passing by. Intentionally sank in order to create an artificial reef, areas storms have shifted the wreck to the shallow waters where it sits just offshore today. The ship is a site from above water, usually with pelicans sitting on the metal hulk keeping an eye on their next meal just underneath the surface.

The ship itself sits in an area of about water about 6-10 feet deep, and large populations of fish find shelter in the underwater remains. The shallow depth make this a great snorkeling destination, as everything is pretty easily visible.

As the water between the wreck and the nearest section of shore is shallow sensitive and sharp coral, the best access to the wreck is from swimming down from Malmok Beach to the north. It's possible to enter the water by jumping right off the rocks, just keep track to where to exit the water from.

With Aruba's typically gentle tides, the fish schools will ebb and flow beneath the surface. However during periods where the tide tends to have more flow, it may make swimming to or from the wreck much more difficult as you may be fighting against the tide one way.

Those with their own gear may find the Baboo Shipwreck one of the best snorkel spots on the island.


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Preferable season(s)




Parking Pass

Street Parking


Diverse fish population. Easy visibility.


Tides can affect accessibility.

Pets allowed

Not Allowed


Historically significant



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