We were at Tres Trapi the last time we were in Aruba...but only to scuba dive. The water was rough and stirred up and crashing against the waves that day. I have to say it wasn't a positive experience for us.
However, this time around the water was calm, not crashing on the rocks at the entrance and there was a small sandy area as you stepped down of the step this time. It was sunny out and I couldn't wait to check this place out in clear water.
Tres Trapi is located in the Malmok area and before you get to Boca Catalina and Arashi Beach.
There's not a beach here and it's very rocky. However, there are steps that are carved out of the rocks to make it easy to get down into the water. Tres Trapi...meaning 3 steps...only there's 4 for some reason. LOL
This place is loaded with starfish...I mean everywhere!!
There's a lot of them to be found between this place and Boca Catalina. You'll be amazed!
I really wanted to snorkel along the wall and around the corner, which is the exact same path we took when scuba diving, and around the corner was a wall. However, there were several people fishing from the rocks above that day and I didn't want to take the chance of being mistaken for a fish and get hooked. So, we were limited to staying just in the immediate area and to the right. I had hoped to come back and try again another day, but we didn't get the chance to.
We were lucky to be able to pull up and find a palapa and was able to park the car right under it on one sid and us sitting on the other out of the sun.
As we sat there, there were a lot of Aruban lizards running around. At one point the hubby filled up a bottlecap with some of my diet pop and they came running to get a drink.
Sakari manged to find a brittle starfish. It was a baby and so cute. (Although I believe they are considered a serpent starfish when they are smooth).
I was able to talk the hubby into coming in the water and checking out the starfish. Immediately we started brining them up for him to see and hold.
When I went to go put one of them back in it's place on the ocean floor, I noticed it had a hitchhiker. A starfish with a starfish on it. LOL
We had a great day here and will definitely come back in the future.