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choose best snorkeling gear

Snorkeling is considered an equipment-light activity, especially compared to scuba diving. The basic pieces of gear you should have are a mask, fins, and a snorkel. That being said, it is worth taking some time to research and select the best products for you and your family. Poor quality sets often sold in discount stores are likely to leave you disappointed. A mask that’s constantly leaking or fogging up, paired with uncomfortable fins and a flimsy snorkel can easily spoil the experience for you.

In this guide, we have outlined the basic features you should look for when selecting each piece of snorkeling gear, as well as provided our picks of the best masks, snorkels, fins, wetsuits and accessories for snorkelers. Hopefully, it will help you choose the right equipment to enjoy your day on the water!

What to Look for in a Snorkeling Mask

Lens Quality and Visibility. Properly constructed masks will feature impact-resistant (tempered) glass lenses that can withstand pressure if you go for breath-hold dives. Lenses made of plastic tend to fog up and scratch easily, while those made of standard glass can even be hazardous, as the glass that has not been specially treated to increase its strength has the propensity to splinter into small shards when broken, which can damage the eyes in case of an accident.

High Grade Silicone Skirt. The mask skirt should always be made from high grade silicone for the best level of comfort and superior sealing. Silica or other plastic based skirts are not as flexible, comfortable to use and may even cause face rashes. Another feature that can be found on all good mask skirts is a secondary skirt. The secondary skirt increases the surface that is able to seal against the skin and significantly reduces the possibility of a leak.

Comfortable Head Strap and Quick-Adjust Buckles. A mask strap should snugly fit against the head’s natural curvature and should also be easy to adjust. Look for a buckle system that allows some range of motion for strap positioning and preferably has a single-button release mechanism.

Our Mask Recommendations

Cressi F1 Frameless Dive Mask by Cressi
Cressi F1 Frameless Dive Mask by Cressi
Cressi F1 Frameless Dive Mask by Cressi
Cressi F1 Frameless Dive Mask by Cressi
Cressi F1 Frameless Dive Mask by Cressi
Cressi F1 Frameless Dive Mask by Cressi
Cressi F1 Frameless Dive Mask by Cressi
Cressi F1 Frameless Dive Mask - DIPNDIVE
Cressi F1 Frameless Dive Mask - DIPNDIVE
Cressi F1 Frameless Dive Mask - DIPNDIVE
Cressi F1 Frameless Dive Mask - DIPNDIVE
Cressi F1 Frameless Dive Mask - DIPNDIVE
Cressi F1 Frameless Dive Mask - DIPNDIVE

Cressi F1 Frameless Dive Mask

$29.96

Cressi is a reputable and dependable brand when it comes to scuba and snorkeling gear. Their F1 mask is rightly considered to be the best budget mask available on the market. It features a unique assembly of a single tempered glass lense and a silicone skirt without a frame. Such construction provides a plethora of other advantages including an excellent uninterrupted field of view, light weight, low volume and compact profile.

What makes it stand out:

  • Hypoallergenic silicone skirt with a generous seal;
  • Wide-angle lens made from tempered glass;
  • Easy to adjust swiveling buckles;
  • A range of color options;
  • Affordable price.
XS Scuba Fusion Purge Mask - DIPNDIVE
XS Scuba Fusion Purge Mask - DIPNDIVE
XS Scuba Fusion Purge Mask - DIPNDIVE
XS Scuba Fusion Purge Mask - DIPNDIVE
XS Scuba Fusion Purge Mask - DIPNDIVE
XS Scuba Fusion Purge Mask - DIPNDIVE
XS Scuba Fusion Purge Mask - DIPNDIVE

XS Scuba Fusion Purge Mask

$59.95

The Fusion Purge by XS Scuba incorporates some of the latest technologies in mask design. Thanks to three beveled and bonded lenses with no corner post, Fusion offers an unsurpassed panoramic view. The comfortable silicone skirt creates a double feathered edge sealing surface. A one way purge valve allows you to exhale through the nose to easily clear the water from your mask.

What makes it stand out:

  • Three beveled and bonded tempered lenses;
  • One way purge valve for easy clearing;
  • Durable polycarbonate frame;
  • Double feathered edge skirt.
Tusa M-1001 Freedom HD Mask by Tusa
Tusa M-1001 Freedom HD Mask by Tusa
Tusa M-1001 Freedom HD Mask by Tusa
Tusa M-1001 Freedom HD Mask by Tusa
Tusa M-1001 Freedom HD Mask by Tusa
Tusa M-1001 Freedom HD Mask by Tusa
Tusa M-1001 Freedom HD Mask by Tusa
Tusa M-1001 Freedom HD Mask by Tusa
Tusa M-1001 Freedom HD Mask by Tusa
Tusa M-1001 Freedom HD Mask by Tusa
Tusa M-1001 Freedom HD Mask by Tusa
Tusa M-1001 Freedom HD Mask - DIPNDIVE
Tusa M-1001 Freedom HD Mask - DIPNDIVE
Tusa M-1001 Freedom HD Mask - DIPNDIVE
Tusa M-1001 Freedom HD Mask - DIPNDIVE
Tusa M-1001 Freedom HD Mask - DIPNDIVE
Tusa M-1001 Freedom HD Mask - DIPNDIVE
Tusa M-1001 Freedom HD Mask - DIPNDIVE
Tusa M-1001 Freedom HD Mask - DIPNDIVE
Tusa M-1001 Freedom HD Mask - DIPNDIVE
Tusa M-1001 Freedom HD Mask - DIPNDIVE

Tusa M-1001 Freedom HD Mask

$84.95

Tusa M-1001 Freedom HD is a unique mask with lots of intricate features. One huge lens that reaches beyond your nose, allows you to see more than you would with regular snorkeling or scuba masks. Despite its large frame, the mask is compact and lightweight. It has a round edge skirt with varied silicone thickness, providing a soft fit that suppresses pressure and reduces creases on the face. The mask’s easy and quick adjustable buckles rotate a full 180 degrees, allowing for strap micro adjustment fine tuning. While this mask is on the pricier side, it has a great quality and rave reviews.

What makes it stand out:

  • Huge lens with a wide field of vision;
  • Good for a variety of face shapes;
  • Round edged skirt;
  • 180 degree rotational buckle;
  • 3D mask strap.

Full-Face Snorkeling Masks

If your snorkeling and water activities are on the surface only and you don’t plan to do any breath hold diving, then a full-face mask may be a good option for you. It has a number of advantages, including a more natural way of breathing using booth nose and mouth, no jaw fatigue, great visibility, etc.

Check out our article Full-Face Snorkeling Masks: Pros And Cons to learn more about the benefits and downsides of snorkeling with a full-face mask. 

Our Full-Face Mask Recommendations

Ocean Reef ARIA Full Face Snorkel Mask - DIPNDIVE
Ocean Reef ARIA Full Face Snorkel Mask - DIPNDIVE
Ocean Reef ARIA Full Face Snorkel Mask - DIPNDIVE
Ocean Reef ARIA Full Face Snorkel Mask - DIPNDIVE
Ocean Reef ARIA Full Face Snorkel Mask - DIPNDIVE
Ocean Reef ARIA Full Face Snorkel Mask - DIPNDIVE
Ocean Reef ARIA Full Face Snorkel Mask - DIPNDIVE
Ocean Reef ARIA Full Face Snorkel Mask - DIPNDIVE
Ocean Reef ARIA Full Face Snorkel Mask - DIPNDIVE
Ocean Reef ARIA Full Face Snorkel Mask - DIPNDIVE
Ocean Reef ARIA Full Face Snorkel Mask - DIPNDIVE
Ocean Reef ARIA Full Face Snorkel Mask - DIPNDIVE
Ocean Reef ARIA Full Face Snorkel Mask - DIPNDIVE
Ocean Reef ARIA Full Face Snorkel Mask - DIPNDIVE
Ocean Reef ARIA Full Face Snorkel Mask - DIPNDIVE
Ocean Reef ARIA Full Face Snorkel Mask - DIPNDIVE
Ocean Reef ARIA Full Face Snorkel Mask - DIPNDIVE
Ocean Reef ARIA Full Face Snorkel Mask - DIPNDIVE
Ocean Reef ARIA Full Face Snorkel Mask - DIPNDIVE
Ocean Reef ARIA Full Face Snorkel Mask - DIPNDIVE
Ocean Reef ARIA Full Face Snorkel Mask - DIPNDIVE
Ocean Reef ARIA Full Face Snorkel Mask - DIPNDIVE
Ocean Reef ARIA Full Face Snorkel Mask - DIPNDIVE
Ocean Reef ARIA Full Face Snorkel Mask - DIPNDIVE
Ocean Reef ARIA Full Face Snorkel Mask - DIPNDIVE
Ocean Reef ARIA Full Face Snorkel Mask - DIPNDIVE
Ocean Reef ARIA Full Face Snorkel Mask - DIPNDIVE
Ocean Reef ARIA Full Face Snorkel Mask - DIPNDIVE
Ocean Reef ARIA Full Face Snorkel Mask - DIPNDIVE
Ocean Reef ARIA Full Face Snorkel Mask - DIPNDIVE
Ocean Reef ARIA Full Face Snorkel Mask - DIPNDIVE
Ocean Reef ARIA Full Face Snorkel Mask - DIPNDIVE
Ocean Reef ARIA Full Face Snorkel Mask - DIPNDIVE
Ocean Reef ARIA Full Face Snorkel Mask - DIPNDIVE
Ocean Reef ARIA Full Face Snorkel Mask - DIPNDIVE
Ocean Reef ARIA Full Face Snorkel Mask - DIPNDIVE
Ocean Reef ARIA Full Face Snorkel Mask - DIPNDIVE
Ocean Reef ARIA Full Face Snorkel Mask - DIPNDIVE
Ocean Reef ARIA Full Face Snorkel Mask - DIPNDIVE
Ocean Reef ARIA Full Face Snorkel Mask - DIPNDIVE
Ocean Reef ARIA Full Face Snorkel Mask - DIPNDIVE

Ocean Reef ARIA Full Face Snorkel Mask

$69.95

Aria by Ocean Reef is one of the best full-face snorkeling masks currently available. The mask is designed to make it very easy and natural to breathe through your nose and mouth. Aria offers a huge field of vision and no more fogging thanks to Ocean Reef’s patented and independently tested air circulation technology. The circulation system also keeps fresh air for inhalation completely separate from the CO2 exhaled. Additionally, the mask is equipped with a dry top detachable snorkel and a self purging valve. Another big bonus for Aria users is that the mask is compatible with all accessories in the FFSM Ocean Reef line. Exclusives like Snorkie Talkie and Optical Lens Kits all add to maximize comfort for an unforgettable experience.

What makes it stand out:

  • Largest field of vision on the market;
  • No fogging thanks to the one-way air circulation system;
  • Optical lens support;
  • Wide range of accessories available.
Head Sea Vu Dry Full Face Mask - DIPNDIVE
Head Sea Vu Dry Full Face Mask - DIPNDIVE
Head Sea Vu Dry Full Face Mask - DIPNDIVE
Head Sea Vu Dry Full Face Mask - DIPNDIVE
Head Sea Vu Dry Full Face Mask - DIPNDIVE
Head Sea Vu Dry Full Face Mask - DIPNDIVE
Head Sea Vu Dry Full Face Mask - DIPNDIVE
Head Sea Vu Dry Full Face Mask - DIPNDIVE
Head Sea Vu Dry Full Face Mask - DIPNDIVE
Head Sea Vu Dry Full Face Mask - DIPNDIVE
Head Sea Vu Dry Full Face Mask - DIPNDIVE
Head Sea Vu Dry Full Face Mask - DIPNDIVE
Head Sea Vu Dry Full Face Mask - DIPNDIVE
Head Sea Vu Dry Full Face Mask - DIPNDIVE
Head Sea Vu Dry Full Face Mask - DIPNDIVE
Head Sea Vu Dry Full Face Mask - DIPNDIVE
Head Sea Vu Dry Full Face Mask - DIPNDIVE
Head Sea Vu Dry Full Face Mask - DIPNDIVE
Head Sea Vu Dry Full Face Mask - DIPNDIVE
Head Sea Vu Dry Full Face Mask - DIPNDIVE

Head Sea Vu Dry Full Face Mask

$99.95

The Sea Vu Dry full-face snorkeling mask by Head is a great solution for snorkeling enthusiasts. The mask offers unprecedented comfort and design, giving the user the ability to breathe naturally through their mouth and nose. The full face polycarbonate lens provides a wide field of view and doesn’t fog up. The snorkel tube can be easily detached from the mask for storage. A float inside the tube will close off the snorkel when submerged, and re-open again upon returning to the surface.

What makes it stand out:

  • Anti-leak silicone seal;
  • Dedicated exhale chamber;
  • Provides easy breathing;
  • Variety of sizes and colors.
Aqua Lung SmartSnorkel Full Face Mask by Aqua Lung
Aqua Lung SmartSnorkel Full Face Mask by Aqua Lung
Aqua Lung SmartSnorkel Full Face Mask by Aqua Lung
Aqua Lung SmartSnorkel Full Face Mask by Aqua Lung
Aqua Lung SmartSnorkel Full Face Mask by Aqua Lung
Aqua Lung SmartSnorkel Full Face Mask by Aqua Lung
Aqua Lung SmartSnorkel Full Face Mask by Aqua Lung
Aqua Lung SmartSnorkel Full Face Mask - DIPNDIVE
Aqua Lung SmartSnorkel Full Face Mask - DIPNDIVE
Aqua Lung SmartSnorkel Full Face Mask - DIPNDIVE

Aqua Lung SmartSnorkel Full Face Mask

$69.99

Aqua Lung Smart Snorkel is among the masks with the lowest breathing resistance on the market. A comfortable silicone face skirt with a wide seal edge allows the mask to rest comfortably on your face. The Smart Snorkel also features a shatterproof polycarbonate lens and a hypoallergenic silicone strap. The strap has quick-release swivel buckles for easy adjustments, tri-pad connectors for a balanced and comfortable air tight fit and an ultra-glide coating that prevents pulling of the hair. Strap is also equipped with smart-fit custom fitting holes for easy adjustment.

What makes it stand out:

  • Low breathing resistance;
  • SmartLock designed for easy on/off assembly;
  • Tri-Pad connectors for balance and comfortable fit;
  • Custom fitting holes for easy adjustments.

Things to Consider When Choosing a Snorkel

Snorkel Top Type. There are three different snorkel top types - classic, semi-dry and dry. Classic snorkels have a full opening at the top. It allows for an unrestricted flow of air in and out of the snorkel but the water can splash in. This system is best for snorkelers with confident airway control who want a light snorkel with no extra bulk. A semi-dry snorkel is partly closed at the top due to a wave deflector which works to direct water that splashes away from the snorkel opening. With this type of snorkel the water will still get in if you submerge, so it is also a good option for those more confident in the water. Dry-top snorkels too have a wave deflector to push splashed water away from the snorkel but also feature an opening valve with a float mechanism that closes when you go below the surface, preventing water from entering the snorkel all the time it is underwater. This type of snorkel is a good option for snorkelers of all skill levels but is especially useful for novices to help them feel more comfortable in the water.

Purge Valve. Purge valves and water collection chambers help to drain water away from your mouth and make clearing the snorkel easier by eliminating the need to exhale sharply to push the water up the snorkel tube. The size and shape of purge chambers can vary but the principle is the same.

100% Pure High Grade Silicone Mouthpiece. Many cheap snorkels use silita or PVC as a silicone-like material in key components such as the mouthpiece. This is a bad option because such mouthpieces are hard, uncomfortable to use and tend to lose shape quickly. They are also likely to rub and cause soreness. Silicone doesn’t have these problems and is a comfortable, soft and flexible material. Silicone mouthpieces are much less likely to rub or cause irritation even after prolonged use. Many reliable manufacturers round off the edges or even create custom mouthpiece profiles to achieve the best comfort level possible.

Our Snorkel Recommendations

Cressi Supernova Dry Adult Size Snorkel by Cressi
Cressi Supernova Dry Adult Size Snorkel by Cressi
Cressi Supernova Dry Adult Size Snorkel by Cressi
Cressi Supernova Dry Adult Size Snorkel by Cressi
Cressi Supernova Dry Adult Size Snorkel by Cressi
Cressi Supernova Dry Adult Size Snorkel by Cressi
Cressi Supernova Dry Adult Size Snorkel by Cressi
Cressi Supernova Dry Adult Size Snorkel by Cressi
Cressi Supernova Dry Adult Size Snorkel by Cressi
Cressi Supernova Dry Adult Size Snorkel by Cressi
Cressi Supernova Dry Adult Size Snorkel by Cressi
Cressi Supernova Dry Adult Size Snorkel by Cressi
Cressi Supernova Dry Adult Size Snorkel by Cressi
Cressi Supernova Dry Adult Size Snorkel by Cressi
Cressi Supernova Dry Adult Size Snorkel by Cressi
Cressi Supernova Dry Adult Size Snorkel by Cressi
Cressi Supernova Dry Adult Size Snorkel by Cressi
Cressi Supernova Dry Adult Size Snorkel - DIPNDIVE
Cressi Supernova Dry Adult Size Snorkel - DIPNDIVE
Cressi Supernova Dry Adult Size Snorkel - DIPNDIVE
Cressi Supernova Dry Adult Size Snorkel - DIPNDIVE
Cressi Supernova Dry Adult Size Snorkel - DIPNDIVE
Cressi Supernova Dry Adult Size Snorkel - DIPNDIVE
Cressi Supernova Dry Adult Size Snorkel - DIPNDIVE
Cressi Supernova Dry Adult Size Snorkel - DIPNDIVE
Cressi Supernova Dry Adult Size Snorkel - DIPNDIVE
Cressi Supernova Dry Adult Size Snorkel - DIPNDIVE
Cressi Supernova Dry Adult Size Snorkel - DIPNDIVE
Cressi Supernova Dry Adult Size Snorkel - DIPNDIVE
Cressi Supernova Dry Adult Size Snorkel - DIPNDIVE
Cressi Supernova Dry Adult Size Snorkel - DIPNDIVE
Cressi Supernova Dry Adult Size Snorkel - DIPNDIVE
Cressi Supernova Dry Adult Size Snorkel - DIPNDIVE
Cressi Supernova Dry Adult Size Snorkel - DIPNDIVE
Cressi Supernova Dry Adult Size Snorkel - DIPNDIVE

Cressi Supernova Dry Adult Size Snorkel

$17.95

Cressi Supernova Dry snorkel offers a great combination of top quality and affordable price. It comes with a soft hypoallergenic silicone mouthpiece, completely dry top, effective splash guard, corrugated breathing tube and a large exhaust valve. Additionally, the mouthpiece has a convenient angled shape that prevents jaw fatigue. Unlike many other bulkier dry-top snorkels, Cressi Supernova is very lightweight, flexible and easy to pack. You can choose from a variety of color options and even purchase the kids version of Supernova Dry snorkel

What makes it stand out:

  • Submersible dry snorkel;
  • Extremely comfortable to use;
  • Soft silicone mouthpiece and flex tube;
  • Large exhaust and purge valve at the bottom;
  • Lightweight and easy to pack.
ScubaPro Escape Snorkel by ScubaPro
ScubaPro Escape Snorkel by ScubaPro
ScubaPro Escape Snorkel by ScubaPro
ScubaPro Escape Snorkel by ScubaPro
ScubaPro Escape Snorkel by ScubaPro
ScubaPro Escape Snorkel by ScubaPro
ScubaPro Escape Snorkel - DIPNDIVE
ScubaPro Escape Snorkel - DIPNDIVE
ScubaPro Escape Snorkel - DIPNDIVE
ScubaPro Escape Snorkel - DIPNDIVE

ScubaPro Escape Snorkel

$39.00

ScubaPro Escape is a high-quality semi-dry snorkel. The splash guard at the top helps keep water from entering the large-bore barrel while allowing abundant airflow, and an efficient purge valve located down low makes clearing the snorkel easier. An ultra comfortable regulator-style mouthpiece can be removed and replaced as needed. The snorkel also comes with a convenient mask clip.

What makes it stand out:

  • Effective splash guard;
  • Large bore tube for easy breathing;
  • Regulator style mouthpiece;
  • Purge valve at lowest point.
Sherwood Onyx Snorkel - DIPNDIVE
Sherwood Onyx Snorkel - DIPNDIVE
Sherwood Onyx Snorkel - DIPNDIVE

Sherwood Onyx Snorkel

$30.00

Sherwood Onyx features a classic J-style design and is a great option for those who like a simple, yet functional no-nonsense snorkel. The Onyx has a professional matte black finish and a contoured tube that hugs the snorkeler’s head for perfect hydrodynamics and less drag. The snorkel has an easy to attach and detach snorkel keeper and pairs perfectly with the Sherwood Onyx Mask to complete the look.

What makes it stand out:

  • Classic J-style design;
  • Specially shaped to fit the contours of the face;
  • High grade super-soft silicone mouthpiece;
  • Hydrodynamic design reduces drag and vibrations during underwater movements;
  • Matte black finish.

Choosing Fins for Snorkeling

Foot Pocket Style. Snorkeling fins can be either full foot or open heel. A full foot design is suitable for those who usually snorkel in warm water and don’t need to wear boots underneath. Full foot fins are lightweight, easy to slip on, spare space in the luggage and provide you with great efficiency. However, when it comes to sizing, it is important to find a good fit, as the fins that are even slightly too large or too small can cause a lot of discomfort. If you will be snorkeling in cold water, where you’ll need to wear booties, an open heel fin is a better choice. Another reason to consider this type of fin is for water entrances that are rocky or full of urchins. You can walk out in your boots and then just put your fins on over them. An added benefit of having an adjustable heel strap is that the size range for a particular pair will be more generous than with the full foot style. There is also a third option, which combines the attributes of full-foot and open-heel fins. This hybrid design features a bungee strap, just like in open heel fins, but the foot pocket is softer, smaller and more comfortable, making it possible to wear these fins with bare feet. So, if you are looking for a compact, travel-friendly fin with more size adjustability, open heel barefoot fins may be a good alternative for you.

Blade Size and Stiffness. As a general rule, fins for snorkeling should be flexible and light. As for the blade length, shorter fins are typically the best option for snorkelers. They make it easier to move around on the surface and sit nicely in a suitcase.

Our Fin Recommendations

Mares Avanti Superchannel FF Full Foot Dive Fins - DIPNDIVE
Mares Avanti Superchannel FF Full Foot Dive Fins - DIPNDIVE
Mares Avanti Superchannel FF Full Foot Dive Fins - DIPNDIVE
Mares Avanti Superchannel FF Full Foot Dive Fins - DIPNDIVE
Mares Avanti Superchannel FF Full Foot Dive Fins - DIPNDIVE
Mares Avanti Superchannel FF Full Foot Dive Fins - DIPNDIVE
Mares Avanti Superchannel FF Full Foot Dive Fins - DIPNDIVE
Mares Avanti Superchannel FF Full Foot Dive Fins - DIPNDIVE
Mares Avanti Superchannel FF Full Foot Dive Fins - DIPNDIVE
Mares Avanti Superchannel FF Full Foot Dive Fins - DIPNDIVE
Mares Avanti Superchannel FF Full Foot Dive Fins - DIPNDIVE
Mares Avanti Superchannel FF Full Foot Dive Fins - DIPNDIVE
Mares Avanti Superchannel FF Full Foot Dive Fins - DIPNDIVE
Mares Avanti Superchannel FF Full Foot Dive Fins - DIPNDIVE
Mares Avanti Superchannel FF Full Foot Dive Fins - DIPNDIVE
Mares Avanti Superchannel FF Full Foot Dive Fins - DIPNDIVE
Mares Avanti Superchannel FF Full Foot Dive Fins - DIPNDIVE
Mares Avanti Superchannel FF Full Foot Dive Fins - DIPNDIVE
Mares Avanti Superchannel FF Full Foot Dive Fins - DIPNDIVE
Mares Avanti Superchannel FF Full Foot Dive Fins - DIPNDIVE

Mares Avanti Superchannel FF Full Foot Dive Fins

$76.95

The Avanti SuperChannel by Mares are among the best full foot fins on the market. The special Channel Thrust blade with a very flexible center area and two side channels mimics the split fin motion and moves a much greater amount of water compared to other fins of the same size. The result is greater thrusting power with the same amount of effort. The orthopedic foot pocket with variable thicknesses provides superior comfort. Last but not least, the compact size and light weight of the fin make it an ideal option for travel and snorkeling in warm water. 

What makes it stand out:

  • Three channel blade for maximum thrust and efficiency;
  • Reduced leg fatigue;
  • Orthopedic foot pocket designed to mould to any foot type;
  • Durable Tecralene/Thermoplastic rubber;
  • Compact and lightweight for travelling.
Cressi Palau Short Fins with Mesh Bag Snorkel Packages - DIPNDIVE
Cressi Palau Short Fins with Mesh Bag Snorkel Packages - DIPNDIVE
Cressi Palau Short Fins with Mesh Bag Snorkel Packages - DIPNDIVE
Cressi Palau Short Fins with Mesh Bag Snorkel Packages - DIPNDIVE
Cressi Palau Short Fins with Mesh Bag Snorkel Packages - DIPNDIVE
Cressi Palau Short Fins with Mesh Bag Snorkel Packages - DIPNDIVE
Cressi Palau Short Fins with Mesh Bag Snorkel Packages - DIPNDIVE
Cressi Palau Short Fins with Mesh Bag Snorkel Packages - DIPNDIVE
Cressi Palau Short Fins with Mesh Bag Snorkel Packages - DIPNDIVE
Cressi Palau Short Fins with Mesh Bag Snorkel Packages - DIPNDIVE
Cressi Palau Short Fins with Mesh Bag Snorkel Packages - DIPNDIVE
Cressi Palau Short Fins with Mesh Bag Snorkel Packages - DIPNDIVE
Cressi Palau Short Fins with Mesh Bag Snorkel Packages - DIPNDIVE
Cressi Palau Short Fins with Mesh Bag Snorkel Packages - DIPNDIVE
Cressi Palau Short Fins with Mesh Bag Snorkel Packages - DIPNDIVE
Cressi Palau Short Fins with Mesh Bag Snorkel Packages - DIPNDIVE
Cressi Palau Short Fins with Mesh Bag Snorkel Packages - DIPNDIVE

Cressi Palau Short Fins with Mesh Bag Snorkel Packages

$29.99

Cressi Palau is a great option if you are looking for a compact and powerful, yet affordable open heel snorkeling fin. It features an adjustable soft foot pocket that can accommodate at least 3-4 consecutive foot sizes and is quite comfortable, even when worn for long periods of time. The straps are easy to tighten or loosen but stay on securely while you are swimming. To maximize propulsion, the blade starts right at the end of the foot pocket. Additionally, the side rails help to achieve a better kick and maintain stability in the water. Because the fins are small and lightweight, they are perfect for frequent travelers.

What makes it stand out:

  • Soft short blades that are efficient and powerful;
  • Responds well to many kicking styles;
  • Comfortable foot pockets with adjustable strap;
  • Easy-to-carry lightweight design, perfect for traveling;
  • Affordable price.
ScubaPro Go Travel Dive Fins - DIPNDIVE
ScubaPro Go Travel Dive Fins - DIPNDIVE
ScubaPro Go Travel Dive Fins - DIPNDIVE
ScubaPro Go Travel Dive Fins - DIPNDIVE
ScubaPro Go Travel Dive Fins - DIPNDIVE
ScubaPro Go Travel Dive Fins - DIPNDIVE
ScubaPro Go Travel Dive Fins - DIPNDIVE
ScubaPro Go Travel Dive Fins - DIPNDIVE
ScubaPro Go Travel Dive Fins - DIPNDIVE
ScubaPro Go Travel Dive Fins - DIPNDIVE
ScubaPro Go Travel Dive Fins - DIPNDIVE
ScubaPro Go Travel Dive Fins - DIPNDIVE
ScubaPro Go Travel Dive Fins - DIPNDIVE
ScubaPro Go Travel Dive Fins - DIPNDIVE

ScubaPro Go Travel Dive Fins

$89.00

Aimed at travelers, the ScubaPro GO are light and compact, yet surprisingly powerful for their size. Just a little over 1.25 pounds each and 20.5 inches long in ML, these fins are small enough to fit in IATA carry-on luggage so you can really pack light. The fins feature a 100% Monoprene construction, which allows to avoid problems of de-lamination, broken blades and torn foot pockets, and makes the GO ideal for long-term, heavy-duty use. Thanks to the wider blade that is set at a steep 25-degree angle to the foot pocket, and the deep rails and ridges on the sides, ScubaPro Go kicks like a much bigger fin and provides great acceleration. 

What makes it stand out:

  • Tough and durable 100% Monoprene construction;
  • Compact and lightweight, perfect for travel;
  • Comfort and freedom of a full foot fin in an open heel design;
  • Adjustable bungee heel strap fits a great range of sizes;
  • Hook and hole at the tip of the blade for easy storage and carrying.

Snorkeling Gear Sets

If you don’t want to buy each piece of snorkeling gear individually, you can go for a snorkeling set. Sets can include all three pieces (mask, snorkel and fins) or just a mask and snorkel, with fins being purchased separately. One of the biggest reasons to purchase a set is value. Typically, buying a set is quite a bit less expensive than buying each piece of gear individually. In addition to good value, sets generally include gear that’s been specifically designed to go together, meaning the pieces will fit together seamlessly both in terms of style and function.

On the downside, sets tend to be more generic, one-size fits all sorts of solutions and will not be a good option if you are looking for something specific, like a mask fit or certain type of fins.

Our Snorkeling Set Recommendations

Cressi Frameless Dive Mask and Supernova Dry Snorkel Combo - DIPNDIVE
Cressi Frameless Dive Mask and Supernova Dry Snorkel Combo - DIPNDIVE
Cressi Frameless Dive Mask and Supernova Dry Snorkel Combo - DIPNDIVE
Cressi Frameless Dive Mask and Supernova Dry Snorkel Combo - DIPNDIVE
Cressi Frameless Dive Mask and Supernova Dry Snorkel Combo - DIPNDIVE
Cressi Frameless Dive Mask and Supernova Dry Snorkel Combo - DIPNDIVE
Cressi Frameless Dive Mask and Supernova Dry Snorkel Combo - DIPNDIVE
Cressi Frameless Dive Mask and Supernova Dry Snorkel Combo - DIPNDIVE
Cressi Frameless Dive Mask and Supernova Dry Snorkel Combo - DIPNDIVE
Cressi Frameless Dive Mask and Supernova Dry Snorkel Combo - DIPNDIVE
Cressi Frameless Dive Mask and Supernova Dry Snorkel Combo - DIPNDIVE
Cressi Frameless Dive Mask and Supernova Dry Snorkel Combo - DIPNDIVE
Cressi Frameless Dive Mask and Supernova Dry Snorkel Combo - DIPNDIVE

Cressi Frameless Dive Mask and Supernova Dry Snorkel Combo

$38.49

This set includes a Cressi F1 Frameless Mask and a Supernova Dry Snorkel, both of which have been included in this guide among the best items to purchase individually. The mask features a unique assembly of a single tempered glass lense and a silicone skirt without a frame. A snorkel comes with a soft hypoallergenic silicone mouthpiece, completely dry top, effective splash guard, corrugated breathing tube and a large exhaust valve. 

What makes it stand out:

  • Extremely low volume mask design;
  • Submersible dry snorkel;
  • Best combination of top quality and affordable price;
  • Possibility to purchase fins separately.
Head Adult Marlin Purge/ Marlin Dry/ Volo One Mask, Snorkel and Fin Set by Head
Head Adult Marlin Purge/ Marlin Dry/ Volo One Mask, Snorkel and Fin Set by Head
Head Adult Marlin Purge/ Marlin Dry/ Volo One Mask, Snorkel and Fin Set - DIPNDIVE
Head Adult Marlin Purge/ Marlin Dry/ Volo One Mask, Snorkel and Fin Set - DIPNDIVE
Head Adult Marlin Purge/ Marlin Dry/ Volo One Mask, Snorkel and Fin Set - DIPNDIVE
Head Adult Marlin Purge/ Marlin Dry/ Volo One Mask, Snorkel and Fin Set - DIPNDIVE
Head Adult Marlin Purge/ Marlin Dry/ Volo One Mask, Snorkel and Fin Set - DIPNDIVE
Head Adult Marlin Purge/ Marlin Dry/ Volo One Mask, Snorkel and Fin Set - DIPNDIVE
Head Adult Marlin Purge/ Marlin Dry/ Volo One Mask, Snorkel and Fin Set - DIPNDIVE
Head Adult Marlin Purge/ Marlin Dry/ Volo One Mask, Snorkel and Fin Set - DIPNDIVE

Head Adult Marlin Purge/ Marlin Dry/ Volo One Mask, Snorkel and Fin Set

$79.95

HEAD Adult Marlin Mask, Snorkel and Fins Set is a good affordable option for beginner snorkelers in particular. A lightweight low volume mask with a purge valve, added into the high quality liquid silicone skirt allows for easy removal of any water that may leak into the mask. The Volo One Fins, featuring the patented Optimized Pivoting Blade (OPB) hinge technology, provide an easy and comfortable kick. The compact dry top snorkel keeps the water out even while submerged for easy continued breathing after surfacing. Low profile, swiveling snorkel keeper is comfortable against the face and reduces pulling on the mask strap.

What makes it stand out:

  • Low volume mask with one way purge valve;
  • Dry top snorkel with a quick-drain purge valve and a corrugated lower tube;
  • Fins with Optimized Pivoting Blade system and anatomical foot pocket;
  • Good beginner’s set.
Cressi Duke Dive Mask and Bonete Dive Fins, Bag Set by Cressi
Cressi Duke Dive Mask and Bonete Dive Fins, Bag Set by Cressi
Cressi Duke Dive Mask and Bonete Dive Fins, Bag Set - DIPNDIVE
Cressi Duke Dive Mask and Bonete Dive Fins, Bag Set - DIPNDIVE
Cressi Duke Dive Mask and Bonete Dive Fins, Bag Set - DIPNDIVE
Cressi Duke Dive Mask and Bonete Dive Fins, Bag Set - DIPNDIVE
Cressi Duke Dive Mask and Bonete Dive Fins, Bag Set - DIPNDIVE
Cressi Duke Dive Mask and Bonete Dive Fins, Bag Set - DIPNDIVE
Cressi Duke Dive Mask and Bonete Dive Fins, Bag Set - DIPNDIVE
Cressi Duke Dive Mask and Bonete Dive Fins, Bag Set - DIPNDIVE
Cressi Duke Dive Mask and Bonete Dive Fins, Bag Set - DIPNDIVE
Cressi Duke Dive Mask and Bonete Dive Fins, Bag Set - DIPNDIVE
Cressi Duke Dive Mask and Bonete Dive Fins, Bag Set - DIPNDIVE
Cressi Duke Dive Mask and Bonete Dive Fins, Bag Set - DIPNDIVE
Cressi Duke Dive Mask and Bonete Dive Fins, Bag Set - DIPNDIVE
Cressi Duke Dive Mask and Bonete Dive Fins, Bag Set - DIPNDIVE
Cressi Duke Dive Mask and Bonete Dive Fins, Bag Set - DIPNDIVE
Cressi Duke Dive Mask and Bonete Dive Fins, Bag Set - DIPNDIVE

Cressi Duke Dive Mask and Bonete Dive Fins, Bag Set

$74.95

Cressi’s Duke full-face mask and short Bonete fins set is another great option for beginner snorkelers. The Duke is one of the most reliable full-face snorkeling masks on the market. Designed with safety in mind, it features a lateral air channel system that drastically eliminates any breathing effort thanks to a reduced airflow length circulation. The dry snorkel keeps water out, while a specialized deflector eliminates fogging. The Bonete fins are ideal for travelers due to their compact dimensions and light weight. They also feature a composite blade design that provides comfortable finning and reduces cramping.

What makes it stand out:

  • Full-face snorkeling mask with a wide breathing area;
  • Lateral tube position for airflow with minimal effort;
  • Short open heel fins ideal for travelers;
  • Practical net bag included.

Exposure Protection for Snorkelers

For many snorkelers, visiting tropical destinations, “exposure protection” may simply be swimwear and lots of Reef Safe Sunscreen. However, to ensure best protection against sunburn, as well as prevent scrapes and stings, we suggest you cover your skin by wearing a rash guard with a high UPF rating. It will effectively block the harmful radiation and even provide a bit of warmth for extended snorkeling trips. As for the rashguard style, there are a variety of options you can choose from - short-sleeved, sleeveless or full-sleeved tops, shorts, pants and even full body suits. You can go for any style you like, but remember, the areas most susceptible to sunburn during snorkeling are your neck, shoulders, waist, and calves, so it’s best to have them covered.

 For cooler waters, you will want to get a neoprene wetsuit (either a shorty or a full-length) to keep you warm.

To learn more about appropriate exposure protection based on water temperature, read our Wetsuit Temperature Guide.

Snorkeling Accessories

Snorkeling Vest

A snorkeling vest is a great tool for beginners and more experienced snorkelers alike. It will help new snorkelers feel more confident in the water, and allow seasoned snorkelers to take it easy and reduce fatigue during long snorkeling trips. What’s more, in many places around the world local laws require snorkelers to wear a vest, so check if it’s the case in the destination you are planning to visit.

For more info on Personal Flotation Devices, check out our article Life Jacket vs. Snorkeling Vest - Different Types of PFDs

Knife

Entanglement is typically not a big risk during snorkeling but if you are visiting areas where sea kelp or old fishing nets can pose a hazard, having some sort of a cutting tool is a good idea. Choose a small knife that can be attached on your lower leg or go for a line cutter.

Snorkeling Bag

A well-made snorkeling bag with padded backpack straps can really make your shoulders happier when walking or hiking to the snorkeling site. A good sized mesh bag will hold all your snorkeling gear, keeping it organized and allowing it to dry.

Scuba Max BG-632 Mesh Snorkeling Fin Bag - DIPNDIVE
Scuba Max BG-632 Mesh Snorkeling Fin Bag - DIPNDIVE
Scuba Max BG-632 Mesh Snorkeling Fin Bag - DIPNDIVE
Scuba Max BG-632 Mesh Snorkeling Fin Bag - DIPNDIVE
Scuba Max BG-632 Mesh Snorkeling Fin Bag - DIPNDIVE
Scuba Max BG-632 Mesh Snorkeling Fin Bag - DIPNDIVE
Scuba Max BG-632 Mesh Snorkeling Fin Bag - DIPNDIVE
Scuba Max BG-632 Mesh Snorkeling Fin Bag - DIPNDIVE
Scuba Max BG-632 Mesh Snorkeling Fin Bag - DIPNDIVE
Scuba Max BG-632 Mesh Snorkeling Fin Bag - DIPNDIVE
Scuba Max BG-632 Mesh Snorkeling Fin Bag - DIPNDIVE

Scuba Max BG-632 Mesh Snorkeling Fin Bag

$11.95
Mares Cruise Mesh Bag - DIPNDIVE
Mares Cruise Mesh Bag - DIPNDIVE
Mares Cruise Mesh Bag - DIPNDIVE

Mares Cruise Mesh Bag

$39.95
Trident Galvanized Wire Handle Red Medium Mesh Bags - DIPNDIVE
Trident Galvanized Wire Handle Red Medium Mesh Bags - DIPNDIVE

Trident Galvanized Wire Handle Red Medium Mesh Bags

$19.97
Aqua Lung Traveler 250 - Mesh Backpack - DIPNDIVE
Aqua Lung Traveler 250 - Mesh Backpack - DIPNDIVE

Aqua Lung Traveler 250 - Mesh Backpack

$74.00

Dry Bag/Box for Valuables

It’s practical to take a dry bag with you on any water adventure, snorkeling included! A dry bag or a small waterproof box will seal to keep everything inside dry, no matter how wet your surroundings are.

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