Colorado Point (also known as Punta Basora) is not one of the best-known snorkeling spots in Aruba. Covering a small “lagoon” that formed at the southeastern tip of the island, it is worth a visit if you visit the area, especially Baby Beach or Colorado Point lighthouse. Underwater, you’ll discover a pleasant marine environment, where butterflyfish, surgeonfish and damselfish gravitate peacefully around the corals.

Coral bommie at Colorado Point, Aruba

How to get there?

Colorado Point is located at the southeastern tip of Aruba. From Oranjestad, head south on Route 1 (also serving the airport), following the direction of Sint Nicolaas. Once in Sint Nicolaas, you can access the spot from two sides: either via Baby Beach, located about 600m west of the spot, or by the road that leads to the lighthouse of Colorado Point (do not turn towards the lighthouse but continue to the ocean, turn right and turn left at the pet cemetery).

Colorado Point snorkeling map

Water entrance

Enter the water at the western end of the beach (see map), in the area sheltered by the reef.

Exploration

The area to be explored is limited to the western part of the beach, where a “semi-lagoon” has formed. This area, well protected by a coral reef, allows you to get into the water safely. However, be careful not to go east (in the direction of the lighthouse): after about 200m, the reef ends, exposing the coast to the swell and currents. This spot, less sheltered than those located on the west coast of Aruba, can be explored only when the sea conditions are optimal.

Beach at Colorado Point, Aruba

In the small “lagoon”, the depth is limited (↕3-10ft/1-3m). The seabed alternates between coral bommies, rocks and sandy areas. Without being spectacular, this spot allows to observe many fish species. Blue tangs, yellow snappers, parrotfish, red mullet and beau gregory are among the most abundant on the reef.

Reef and fish at Colorado Point, Aruba

Restaurants and accommodation

There are no restaurants at Colorado Point. The nearest food option is located at Baby Beach, about 600m (a few minute’s drive) west of the spot.

 

  • Level required Intermediary
  • Maximum depth12ft/3m
  • Water entranceFrom a sandy beach
  • Potential DangersCurrents and waves past the area sheltered by the reef
  • LifeguardNo
  • Visitor numbersLow
  • Access costsFree
  • Restaurants nearbyYes, in Baby Beach

MAP Spot

These spots are accessible to anyone with basic snorkeling skills, and feeling comfortable in the water and with his snorkeling gear. You will enter the water from the shore (beach, pontoon, ladder, rocks) or from a boat. The water height in the sea entrance area is reasonable, but you will not necessarily be within your depth. Moderate currents can occur in the area, even when the sea conditions are good. The distance to swim to reach the most interesting snorkeling areas of the spot does not exceed 200 meters.

This level only apply when the spot experiences optimal sea and/or weather conditions. It is not applicable if the sea and/or weather conditions deteriorate, in particular in the presence of rough sea, rain, strong wind, unusual current, large tides, waves and/or swell. You can find more details about the definition of our snorkeling levels on our snorkeling safety page.