South of Baby Beach
Above photograph was taken at Baby Beach and shows the southern part. Just a few years ago the amount of (coral) rocks was minimal. In fact the pile of rocks in the water wasn’t even there.
This area was dramatically altered when hurricane Ivan passed about 80 miles north east of Aruba back in 2004. The damages done to Aruba were relatively minor; however some beaches got battered, such as Baby Beach. Hurricane Ivan brought storey high waves which resulted in the creation of a barrier of broken coral, just south of Baby Beach.
Despite the fact that nature was ruined, it rebounded. The coral barrier created some sort of a canal of shallow, flowing water. Additionally the barrier protects snorkelers from the currents from the open seas. On a day with calm sea one can snorkel on the other side of the coral barrier and admire some amazing sea life there.
In September of last year I wrote a post of the Top 4 Snorkeling Beach in Aruba and added Baby Beach to the list. When I talk to visitors they ask me why I think Baby Beach is a snorkeling beach, as they feel the water is unclear sometimes and due to its shallowness, lacks sea life. The snorkeling is good around corals, not inside Baby Beach itself. Try areas like in the above picture, you’ll have a better time snorkeling.