When you make your way down to Arashi beach, north of Boardwalk Hotel, you will discover Malmok, which is a small beach, perfect for sunbathing, snorkeling and swimming. Malmok offers some beautiful reefs, sunken wrecks and corals, which you will find on the right hand side, past the swimming area. Here catamarans and sailboats anchor for a daytime snorkeling stop just off the shoreline.
When you continue your drive towards Arashi Beach, you can make a stop at Boca Catalina. This is a white sandy beach offering walk-in access to offshore coral heads teeming with reef fish. Check out the hidden steps descending into to water, which are carved out in the coral stone. You can find the steps by walking over the coral reef away from Boca Catalina’s small beach direction high-rise hotels (they build a small bench right in front of the steps). If you are looking for a private swim then Boca Catalina’s crystal clear water and beautiful shoreline are the perfect place for you. Moreover, Boca Catalina is the best spot for a great snorkeling experience! Please note, this beach tends to be busier during weekends. It can be a tricky beach to find, so feel free to ask for directions at our front desk. At this beach they rent beach loungers, at times. Make sure to bring your snorkel gear (complimentary – please ask for them at our front desk).
Arashi Beach is the name of the northernmost beach of Aruba, located close to the California Lighthouse. Beautiful Arashi Beach is not only our favorite; it is an all-time favorite beach amongst most locals. Arashi is located just a few minutes drive from Boardwalk Small Hotel, at the North end of the island. It is spotted with huts, offering shade to its visitors, and its crystal clear waters make it an ideal spot to snorkel and discover Aruba’s abundant underwater life. Make sure to take your snorkel gear (complimentary to Boardwalk guests) and head to the reef located on the left side of Arashi (facing the ocean). This beach is also a great place to mingle with the locals or have a nice pick nick. We recommend going here during daytime on weekdays because Arashi tends to get busier on weekends! Please note: there are no bars, restaurants, bathrooms or facilities (other than chair rentals) at this beach, so we do recommend you to take a cooler and some foldable chairs (complimentary for our guests) filled with drinks if you would like to spend more time here.