Overview of Mangel Halto Reef

Mangel Halto Reef

Mangel Halto Reef
ABC Islands


Site Review by
 John 1
Date: 12/27/2011


Site Condition
(1=worst, 5=best)

Name:  John 1 Entry:    4.00
Email:   Click Here Bottom:    4.00
City:   Reef:    4.00
State:   Animal:    5.00
Country:   Plant:    4.00
Diving:   0 years Facilities:    3.00
 Dives:   0 Solitude   5.00
    Roads:    5.00


*Average:    4.26
After a disappointing snorkel at Mangel Halto (few fish, choppy water, strong current), but hearing other snorkelers there telling me it was the best they saw on Aruba, I went out again several days later. This time past the dropoff (deep and somewhat intimidating with the current), to the round yellow float/buoy. I saw a smaller barracuda and several larger jacks on my way out. I didn't see the wreck, but the depth became shallow again to about 6' when I came upon the reef. It was incredibly pristine and the water was crystal clear. The fish were numerous and colorful. The coral was alive and healthy. I saw a beautiful sea anemone, too. The only drawback was the distance from shore (about 1/4 mile) but about half of that could be walked on a sandy bottom. The current was in the back of my mind, so I didn't stay out too long. Of the four areas in Aruba I snorkeled (Mangel Halto, Catalina Cove, Malmok, Baby Beach), I consider this the best. The buoy/float is often difficult to see from shore, but is about 1/4 mile out, approximately one o'clock from the wooden sunning deck at the bottom of the stairs just to the right (NW) of the mangroves.    

Enjoyment Level

Snorkel:    4.00
Beginner:    3.00
Intermediate:    3.00
Advanced:    3.00
Night diving:    3.00

Seasonal Information

Season:    Winter
Year:    2011
Visibility:    4.00
Current:    2.00
Surf:    3.00

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