Snorkeling Gear

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Snorkeling is the recreational act of swimming on or in water using a snorkeling mask and a shaped breathing tube, which is the snorkel. Most snorkelers will also use fins. For those swimming in cool waters, they may use a wetsuit . This equipment allows a snorkeler to observe underwater attractions, such as marine life and reefs, for long periods of time with little effort.

Snorkelers are able to breathe face down in water. Many people are attracted to snorkeling as it allows them to view underwater life without any of the extensive training , or equipment required for scuba diving. It can be done by people of all ages with ease. Divers will use snorkels in underwater sports, such as underwater hockey and underwater rugby. Search and rescue teams conducting underwater searches will also use snorkels.

Although snorkeling doesn’t require any special training other than the ability to swim, it is recommended to seek out an orientation before snorkeling the first time. Dive shops and tour guides are two examples of places to receive some form of orientation. This orientation will generally cover how to use equipment, basic safety tips, what to look for in the water, and what to look out for. It is often recommended that snorkelers, especially those with little experience, avoid snorkeling alone. Snorkeling with a buddy or in a group will improve overall safety.

Depending on where one is snorkeling at, snorkelers are sometimes required to wear an inflatable vest. This vest will allow users to inflate and deflate, which adjusts buoyancy. The problem with these vests is they prevent a snorkeler from free diving to any depth. Experienced snorkelers will often try free-diving at some point, which is similar to snorkeling except there is no breathing apparatus used, it relies solely on the diver's ability to hold their breath. Snorkelers should go through at least some form of training with an instructor or experienced free-diver before trying this on their own.

Popular Snorkeling Spots

Snorkeling can be done in any body of water, but most snorkelers look for locations with minimal waves, warm water, and something interesting to see near the surface. Areas with exciting marine life and colorful reefs are commonly frequented by snorkelers. Shallow reefs are more popular among snorkelers, typically with a sea level of one to four meters. Deeper reefs can be explored as well, but breath-holding is required to reach these depths. Only experienced snorkelers should explore deeper reefs as skill and fitness level required is increased. There are also higher risks associated with these depths.

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There are many different popular snorkeling locations throughout the globe, but some particularly stick out. The Galapagos Island in Ecuador is a huge attraction, as not only will one find small marine life and pretty reefs, but there are also huge marine life forms such as sea lions, dolphins, and sharks.

Phuket Island in Thailand is another hugely popular snorkeling destination.Exciting marine life is consistently found here. Some of the marine life that can be found at Phuket Island include barracuda, clown fish, crabs, batfish, eels, triggerfish, and turtles. Some snorkeling spots on Phuket Island are even known for small sharks. The colorful coral is absolutely breathtaking. Most of the popular snorkeling spots here are shallow with calm water, so even children could safely snorkel.

Taveuni Island in Fiji is one of the most popular snorkeling spots on the planet. This is home to the Rainbow Reef, where tourists can swim in the translucent waters and see the famous Great White Wall. As you swim through the tunnels, you can see vibrant purple and yellow corals, orange crinoids, and gorgonian fans. Lucky snorkelers will spot unbelievable marine life, such as octopus, lionfish, and moray eel.

Snorkeling Gear

Proper snorkeling gear is absolutely essential if you want to ensure that you will make the most out of your time underwater while being safe. These pieces of snorkeling gear are absolutely essential for a safe and sound swim and the equipment is easily found in every dive shop .

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Buying Snorkel Gear Vs. Renting

Deciding to rent or buy snorkeling gear is a decision all snorkelers are faced with. The price between the two can vary greatly, so it’s important to consider the pros and cons of both options.

Pros Of Renting

Gear can be heavy to lug around, and it can take up a ton of luggage space. Fins are especially space consuming. Renting snorkeling gear prevents travelers from having to carry their gear with them everywhere. Also, if you don’t plan on snorkeling frequently , it can be much cheaper to rent gear. It is usually advised to rent your first time, to make sure that snorkeling is something you plan to do regularly. Once you decide to go snorkeling again, it would be a good time to buy equipment.

Cons Of Renting

Some rental companies may have limited selection, making it difficult to find a snorkeling mask that is a perfect fit for your face. Also, it can be difficult to be absolutely positive that a rental company properly sanitizes all of their equipment.  

Pros Of Buying

Purchasing your own snorkeling gear guarantees everything will fit properly. You will have the option of shopping around for the best price, opposed to having to pay whatever the rental company where you’re traveling charges. You can also be sure that your own gear is always clean and sanitized.

Cons Of Buying

If you are absolutely certain you will only go snorkeling once, or you have never snorkeled before and aren’t sure it will be a good fit for you, buying is more expensive than renting. You will also have to carry all of your gear with you when you travel.

Snorkeling is absolutely something people of all ages must experience at some point. There aren’t many other activities like it. Before you go snorkeling, be sure to do your research. If you plan to rent, lookup rental locations at your travel destination. Once you get there, you don’t want to spend time that could be spent in the water looking around for snorkeling gear. If you are buying snorkel gear, you want to make sure you have adequate space in your luggage before embarking on your trip. If space is sparse, you may want to consider purchasing your own mask and snorkel, and renting your fins at your travel destination.

If you are planning to go snorkeling in the future, be sure to visit our blog. Here you will find the best articles about travel destinations around the world, along with helpful guides to snorkeling, diving, hiking, and more.

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