5 Awesome Experiences Available At Mangel Halto
Tucked away in the South East corner of Aruba, Mangel Halto is a hidden gem amongst other attractions.
Mangel Halto has been gaining more popularity lately for its low-key seclusion, which offers visitors more privacy, contrasting Aruba’s bigger, and busier beaches. It features ankle-deep turquoise waters, beautiful mangrove trees, and vibrantly colored marine life. With public huts, and plenty of shaded nooks provided by the mangrove trees, Mangel Halto is a perfect place for a picnic or beach day. Here’s a list of awesome things to do to help plan your trip to Mangel Halto:
1. Scuba Diving
One of the best features of Mangel Halto is its dense coral reef surrounding the area. Visit Nautilus Dive Center across the street and take a guided shore dive tour to experience a world unlike any other. Encounter the colorful parrotfish up close, or try to find Dory the blue tang in the shallow ends of the reef, or swim deeper into the depths which go up to 110 feet to find octopi, eels, and more. Nautilus offers a wide variety of services to suit your level of comfort and expertise while still providing you with an unforgettable experience.
If you’re not comfortable being fully submerged, or perhaps you prefer to see the underwater sea life from a distance, then snorkeling might be what’s best for you. Unlike scuba diving, snorkeling gives you the same great underwater view from the comfort of the surface. Nautilus Dive Center also offers incredible snorkel tours in a great all-day package.
Down the street from Mangel Halto, you’ll find this quaint mom-and-pop bar and restaurant named Zeerovers (which is Dutch for pirates). If you’re a foodie and interested in getting an authentic local seafood experience, look no further. At Zeerovers, you purchase freshly caught fish and seafood by the pound and they’ll grill it for you. Menu items vary each day based on the fishermen’s haul. Common items include red snapper, shrimp, sword fish, and wahoo. Your meal is served with French fries, fried plantains, “pan bati” (an Aruban pancake type bread), and an ice cold Balashi beer.
Kayaking in the open lagoon of the Lac Bai Mangrove Reserve on Bonaire, Caribbean
For those more interested in a physical activity, Mangel Halto is also a great place to go kayaking. With fairly open waters of the Spanish Lagoon around, and plenty of docking and landing zones, kayaking is a perfect choice for a workout with a view. Clear Kayak Aruba, a nearby kayak shop, offers unique see-through kayaks that allow you to row your boat on the ocean while getting a unique and beautiful view underwater.
One of the best things about Aruba is that there are no regulations on leisure sport fishing. So if you’re looking for a relaxing time in the warm sun, cool breeze, and the peaceful sound of crashing waves, then consider standing by the edge of the shore and casting out a line or two. No fishing license needed, just be mindful of other visitors, and enjoy your time in the sun.