1. MARES
Cruise Backpack

OUR TOP PICK

Mares Cruise Backpack Mesh Deluxe Bag, Black

Overall Rating

4.8 /5

Design Quality

4.8

Capacity

4.8

Durability

4.6

PRICE ON AMAZON

General Impression

Mares is one of the most trusted brands in the scuba diving and snorkeling world. And it’s no surprise their snorkeling bag makes our list of the best snorkeling bags on the market. Its robust design includes a PVC mesh net that ensures water can effectively drain away at the end of your snorkeling session. It features wide, adjustable straps that make it comfortable to hike with and it conveniently folds down when it’s time to fly. The large size means you can fit all your snorkeling gear and extra accessories in, while the lateral zipper allows you to access your equipment (even if the bag is completely packed). There are also external pockets for stashing extra equipment and/or accessories. The main negative feedback that’s come back in the reviews for the Mares is that the sternum strap is inconveniently positioned for some women.

Specifications

TYPE: Backpack-style mesh drawstring bag
DIMENSIONS: 27” x 17” x 16”
PRIMARY MATERIALS: Polyester mesh
FEATURES: Zippered pocket, adjustable shoulder straps, drawstring top
IDEAL FOR: Easy wash down and dry/long walks/international travel

PROS

  • Adjustable shoulder and stern straps
  • Lateral zipper for ease of access
  • PVC mesh design
  • External pockets for storing equipment

CONS

  • The sternum strap is not conveniently positioned for some women
  • Drawstring strap is prone to slipping

2. ATHLETICO
Scuba Diving Bag

BEST VALUE

Athletico Scuba Diving Bag - XL Mesh Travel Backpack for Scuba Diving and Snorkeling Gear & Equipment - Dry Bag Holds Mask, Fins, Snorkel, and More (Black)

Overall Rating

4.6 /5

Design Quality

4.5

Capacity

4.8

Durability

4.4

PRICE ON AMAZON

General Impression

This Athletico snorkeling travel backpack is designed with a drawstring top, padded backpack straps, and quick-dry PVC-coated mesh. The adjustable sternum and waist straps add stability and help distribute weight, particularly if you’re hiking to snorkeling locations. The PVC mesh ensures proper ventilation of your gear making it an ideal for travelers. There’s an inner zip pocket where you can keep accessories separated from your snorkel gear, not to mention a large, outer zip pocket. The bag folds away for easy storage when not in use – convenient for travel by air or car. All in all, making it one of the best snorkel gear bags available. The drawbacks? The zippers are prone to issues and could be more durably designed.

Specifications

TYPE: Mesh drawstring bag
DIMENSIONS: 29″ x 16″ x 16”
PRIMARY MATERIALS: Polyester mesh
FEATURES: Padded shoulder straps, sternum strap, drawstring top
IDEAL FOR: Easy wash down and dry/long walks/quick snorkel/international travel

PROS

  • Sternum and waist straps to help distribute weight
  • Padded shoulder straps for comfort
  • Mesh design for easy drainage
  • Spacious to fit all your snorkel gear

CONS

  • Prone to zipper issues
  • Weight distribution can be uncomfortable when full

3. SKOG Å KUST
SnorkelSak 2-in-1 Mesh Snorkel Bag

Skog Å Kust SnorkelSåk 2-in-1 Mesh Snorkel Bag with Removable Interior Waterproof Dry Bag | Blue

Overall Rating

4.6 /5

Design Quality

4.8

Capacity

4.3

Durability

4.7

PRICE ON AMAZON

General Impression

Combining a mesh cinch bag with a roll-down dry bag, this unique snorkeling bag from Skog Å Kust is one of a kind. The 2-in-1 design might not be for everyone but it’s an ideal travel buddy. It weighs less than 10 ounces, perfect for a cruise, or for throwing into your luggage before an international flight. The exterior mesh cinch bag is made from polyester – ensuring your gear can dry effectively. Inside is a removable, waterproof snorkel bag that is constructed from PVC coated nylon and machine washable. Another perk? It features a reflective trim so you can easily identify it in low-light conditions. However, while it does have shoulder straps, they’re not the most comfortable or ideal for long treks. It’s also not the biggest of snorkeling bags but will do the job if you’re just looking to carry your snorkeling kit.

Specifications

TYPE: Mesh drawstring bag
DIMENSIONS: 15” x 4″ x 2.5”
PRIMARY MATERIALS: Polyester mesh
FEATURES: Black zippered pocket, shoulder strap, drawstring top
IDEAL FOR: Easy wash down and dry/international travel/quick snorkel sessions

PROS

  • 2-in-1 versatile design
  • Convenient shoulder straps
  • Machine washable interior bag
  • Lightweight design
  • Reflective trim for low-light visibility

CONS

  • Straps can dig into your shoulders
  • Not as big as some snorkeling bags

4. KRAKEN AQUATICS
Mesh Duffle Gear Bag

Kraken Aquatics Mesh Duffle Gear Bag with Shoulder Strap | for Scuba Diving, Snorkeling, Swimming, Beach and Sports Equipment | X-Large

Overall Rating

4.5 /5

Design Quality

4.5

Capacity

4.6

Durability

4.3

PRICE ON AMAZON

General Impression

Uniquely designed as a duffel bag, this Kraken Aquatics snorkel bag is made almost entirely of mesh for guaranteed drainage. It also means you can rinse it down with fresh water to get rid of any sand, dirt, or saltwater when your gear is still inside. It’s spacious enough to fit all your snorkeling gear and comes with a conveniently placed storage pocket inside the bag (for any accessories you want to keep separate). The shoulder strap can be adjusted – particularly useful if the bag is fully loaded with gear – or you can use the carry straps. Compared to other mesh bags for snorkel gear on this list, it’s perhaps not quite as durable (think plastic snaps and D-rings).

Specifications

TYPE: Duffel bag
DIMENSIONS: 30” x 13” x 13”
PRIMARY MATERIALS: Polyester mesh
FEATURES: Interior storage pocket, adjustable shoulder strap, convenient carry straps
IDEAL FOR: Easy wash down and dry/heavy gear/international travel

PROS

  • Adjustable shoulder straps for easy carrying
  • Interior pocket for keeping accessories separate
  • Mesh design for easy drainage
  • Can rinse with fresh water while your gear is inside

CONS

  • Not as durable as other snorkeling bags
  • Plastic D-rings may easily break

5. AKONA
Large Snorkel Fin Bag

AKONA Snorkel Bag with Beach Towel (AKB336)

Overall Rating

4.7 /5

Design Quality

4.6

Capacity

4.7

Durability

4.8

PRICE ON AMAZON

General Impression

Designed with three separate compartments for your fins, mask, and snorkel, this highly-functional Akona bag received rave reviews as one of the best snorkel gear bags around. Rather than placing the mask compartment as an additional box, it’s now an integral part of the streamlined design and with a velcro closure for easy access. There are also several other compartments where you can stash your wallet and keys – plus a complimentary Akona towel comes with it. The non-corrosive zippers are sturdy and will withstand the constant exposure to water and salty sea breezes. The main drawback of this bag from snorkel bag reviews is that there’s only one small area of mesh at the bottom of the main compartment for ventilating your gear and drying it out between uses. Also, the bag is quite bulky and difficult to compact down when it’s time to fly.

Specifications

TYPE: Shoulder bag
DIMENSIONS: 29” x 10.5” x 7”
PRIMARY MATERIALS: Polyester
FEATURES: Padded shoulder strap, streamlined design, non-corrosive zippers
IDEAL FOR: Heavy gear/long walks/quick snorkel sessions

PROS

  • Mask compartment with velcro closure
  • Several storage compartments
  • Non-corrosive zippers
  • Complimentary towel
  • Streamlined design

CONS

  • Difficult to compact down for travel
  • Limited mesh areas for ventilation

6. PROMATE
Backpack-style Snorkeling Bag

PROMATE Backpack Style Bag For Mask, Snorkel, & Fins Scuba Diving Gear Snorkeling Surfing Travel Overnight Back Pack Bag

Overall Rating

4.6 /5

Design Quality

4.7

Capacity

4.3

Durability

4.6

PRICE ON AMAZON

General Impression

With room to accommodate fins up to 27 inches in length, this well-designed snorkel backpack can hold a full set of snorkeling gear, plus a few extras. There’s an added pouch in the front where you can stash your sunscreen, as well as a bungee that can be used to hold a towel or wet swimsuit. All of the zippers are non-corrosive to handle the constant exposure to seawater and the padded straps come with a quick-release buckle. There are also PVC-coated mesh inserts at the top and sides to ensure ventilation. The one downside that’s come up in reviews is that it’s stiff and bulky for compacting during air travel.

Specifications

TYPE: Backpack-style mesh snorkeling bag
DIMENSIONS: 28” x 10.5” x 5.5”
PRIMARY MATERIALS: Polyester mesh
FEATURES: Two adjustable padded shoulder straps, zippered key pocket, and water bottle/accessory pouch
IDEAL FOR: Easy wash down and dry/short walks/quick snorkel sessions

PROS

  • Non-corrosive zippers
  • Elastic cord on the front for towels
  • Extra pouch at the front
  • PVC-coasted mesh inserts for ventilation

CONS

  • Stiff and bulky
  • Doesn’t fold down easily for flight travel

7. AQUA LUNG
Sport Coast Snorkeling Gear Tote Bag

Aqua Lung Sport Coast Snorkeling

Overall Rating

4.4 /5

Design Quality

4.7

Capacity

4.2

Durability

4.5

PRICE ON AMAZON

General Impression

Featuring a compact design for carrying your fins, snorkel, and mask this Aqua Lung is one of the best snorkel gear bags on the market. Made from heavy-duty nylon with mesh panels any water can easily drain away. Moreover grabbing the bag in a hurry is convenient thanks to a well-positioned carry handle. Even cooler – it can also be slung over your shoulder using the adjustable backpack strap. If you want to store your mask separately from your fins, you can do so in the outer pocket. Alternatively, you can use this for holding your defog spray, waterproof camera, and/or sunscreen. Add that to a few lash points for clipping on your water bottle and other accessories and it seems Aqua Lung has thought of everything. It might be a little more expensive than similar snorkeling bags on the market but you’re paying for the high quality that’s come to be expected of Aqua Lung gear. All in all, we loved this compact, grab on the go gear bag.

Specifications

TYPE: Shoulder bag
DIMENSIONS: 22” x 10” x 6”
PRIMARY MATERIALS: Nylon mesh
FEATURES: Carry handle and single shoulder strap, outer pocket for mask or accessories, mesh panels for ventilation
IDEAL FOR: Easy wash down and dry/quick snorkel/international travel

PROS

  • Convenient carry handle and shoulder strap
  • Mesh panels for drainage and ventilation
  • Separate mask storage compartment
  • Additional lash points
  • Fits an entire snorkel set

CONS

  • Relatively small snorkeling bag
  • More expensive than similar snorkeling gear bags

8. STAHLSAC
Bonaire Mesh Backpack

Stahlsac Bonaire Mesh Scuba Diving Equipment Backpack Aqua

Overall Rating

4.4 /5

Design Quality

4.7

Capacity

4.6

Durability

4.3

PRICE ON AMAZON

General Impression

Large enough to carry all your snorkeling essentials and with the addition of a built-in dry pocket, this Stahlsac snorkeling bag is worth the slightly expensive price tag. It boasts padded shoulder straps so you can carry it for long distances to remote snorkeling beaches, and has conveniently positioned top and side carry handles. The snag-resistant mesh and 420-denier nylon ensure sturdiness while the carefully considered pockets mean you can keep all your gear organized. Like all of Stahlac’s dive and snorkel luggage, it’s designed to brave the ocean conditions (including salt spray and UV exposure). Making it undeniably one of the best snorkel gear bags on the market – at the higher end of the price range of course.

Specifications

TYPE: Backpack-style snorkeling bag
DIMENSIONS: 30” x 17” x 17”
PRIMARY MATERIALS: Polyester mesh
FEATURES: Built-in dry pocket, padded shoulder straps, zippered splash-proof pocket, top, and side carry handles
IDEAL FOR: Easy wash down and dry/long walks/heavy gear/international travel

PROS

  • Large size to fit snorkeling and personal gear
  • Multiple colors available
  • Padded shoulder straps
  • Easy grab side carry handle
  • Durably designed with snag-resistant mesh

CONS

  • More expensive than other mesh snorkel backpacks
  • Is heavy to carry when fully packed

Snorkeling bags come in a variety of shapes and sizes –  from simple mesh snorkel bags to snorkel backpacks with in-built dry bags and padded shoulder straps. Before you head out and buy the first one that catches your eye, it’s important to understand the various features available to select the best dry bag for your snorkeling needs.

In this guide, we’ll talk you through the different types of mesh snorkel bags that are available and their features. Aside from duffel bags and backpack-style designs, we’ll also cover the best snorkel mesh bags and dry bag combos.

Why purchase a snorkeling bag?

If you’ve done any snorkeling, you’ll know that carrying your fins, mask, and snorkel in your hands can be a tedious task. That’s not even taking into consideration your towel, sunscreen, and any other beach accessories that you plan on taking to your snorkeling destination. Most snorkel sets come with some form of a bag but these usually aren’t good for much else than carry the gear to your first snorkel destination.

A well-designed snorkeling bag is essential if you’re a regular beachgoer or plan on snorkeling during vacations. They’re also an invaluable accessory for those who find themselves regularly hiking to their snorkel destination. Chances are they’ll fit not only your fins, snorkel, and mask but also other beach essentials, with comfortable straps so you can get your gear from A to B. A snorkel bag will also ensure you can keep all your snorkeling gear in the one place when not in use. This means you won’t be left scraping it all together from various corners of the garage at the last minute.

Types of snorkeling bags:

Duffel snorkel bags

Duffel-style bags are a classic design for both snorkeling and scuba diving. With the main compartment, zipper access, and two carry handles they’re great for fitting in a lot of gear. They’re usually affordable due to the simple setup and some come with interior pockets for keeping your accessories separate. The lack of a rigid framework means you can easily squeeze the bag into small spaces. The main drawback of duffel bags is that they aren’t ideal for carrying over long distances.

Backpack snorkel bags

Backpack-style snorkel bags are rapidly becoming the preferred style. Allowing you to easily carry your gear to wherever you need it, they come in a wide range of sizes and designs. They include padded shoulder straps, easy-grab side handles, drawstring tops, and/or zippered access, plus additional pockets on the inside and out. Most come with some areas of mesh that ensure water drains out and air can ventilate your gear in between snorkeling sessions.

Mesh snorkel bags

Mesh snorkel bags are designed in a variety of shapes and styles, including duffel bags, backpack-style bags, and simple drawstring options. The mesh allows your gear to dry rapidly and means you can dunk the entire bag into freshwater to clean off any saltwater. They’re ideal if you’re predominantly snorkeling from a boat but (depending on their design) aren’t always the most comfortable for carrying your gear over long distances.

Dry bags

Dry bags are another option. Although they don’t offer any ventilation or water drainage. Alone they’re not ideal unless waterproofing your gear is the main objective. But when combined with a mesh snorkel bag in a 2-in-2 design, they can be a convenient option if you’re wanting to carry your keys, wallet, or phone during your snorkel excursions.

Things to consider when purchasing a snorkel gear bag:

Storage needs

Before purchasing a snorkel gear bag, consider your own storage needs and what you plan on carrying with you. If you just want a small bag to store your fins, mask, and snorkel, then a simple mesh drawstring bag will do the job. If you want to be able to carry a towel, sunscreen, and other beach accessories, then you’ll need something slightly bigger. The more you’re carrying, the sturdier the bag needs to be, so look for durable materials and rugged construction. You should also consider the type of carrying straps the snorkel bag has and how supportive they’ll be.

Size

Next, you can decide on your ideal snorkel gear bag size. This might be determined by the length of your fins, which will probably be the longest piece of equipment you’re carrying. After measuring your fins, ensure that the dimensions of the bag you’re considering will accommodate them, plus any other bulky items you plan on carrying. The preferred size of your snorkel bag may also be affected by flight carry-on requirements if you plan on regularly traveling by plane to snorkel destinations. Make sure the bag will fit securely within an overhead locker or can be accommodated within your check-in luggage.

Bag material, weight, and construction

Your snorkel bag must be made from a material that can withstand the constant exposure to the ocean and saltwater conditions. If not, it will only last a few years before having to be replaced. But bare in mind that durable materials and rugged constructions (think chunky zips and reinforced stitching) may make the bag heavier than some of its counterparts. Lightweight bags are a good option for snorkelers who are regularly traveling by plane and want to keep their luggage to a minimum. If weight is an issue, then you may have to compromise on some features or the bag’s durability when purchasing the ideal snorkeling gear bag.

Straps and handles

Snorkel bags come with a diverse range of strap and handle configurations, each appealing to different people. Consider a bag with padded straps if you’re planning on carrying it long distances, as well as easy-grab side handles for picking the bag up in a hurry. Adjustable straps will allow you to configure the bag to your body while sternum straps help to distribute the weight evenly. Flimsy or poorly designed straps may end up digging into your shoulders or causing back problems. Women should take particular note of snorkel gear bag reviews when it comes to sternum straps and how comfortably these secure around the chest area.

Compartments

Individual compartments are convenient for keeping your mask separate or storing other snorkeling accessories. More pockets usually mean a more expensive snorkeling gear bag but will help to protect your equipment in the long run. You can find snorkeling bags with both external and internal compartments, as well as those with in-built dry storage pockets for stashing your phone and wallet. Consider what you plan on carrying with you during your snorkeling excursions and whether the bag has the necessary compartments to meet those needs.

1. What different types of snorkel bags are there?

Snorkeling bags area available in a variety of different styles, from duffel-style gear bags to snorkel bag backpacks and mesh snorkel bags with in-built dry bags. Duffel-style bags are simple and affordable, with the main compartment, zipper access, and two carry hands. But they aren’t ideal for carrying over long distances if you’re trekking to and from snorkeling sites. Their main advantage is that they compact down well and can easily be stashed in small storage compartments or overhead lockers on planes.

Snorkel gear backpacks are one of the most preferred styles, thanks to their supportive straps that make them a great hiking companion. Many come with additional pockets (both inside and out) for storing gear, plus easy-grab side handles. It’s a good idea to read snorkeling backpack reviews to figure out which features are worth paying for and which ones aren’t.

Both duffel and backpack-style snorkeling bags are usually designed with some amount of mesh that allows water to drain freely. Mesh snorkel bags ensure that air can ventilate throughout the bag and your snorkeling gear will dry quickly in between sessions. You can also find a mesh snorkel bag with an in-built dry bag, which is ideal for storing wallets, phones, and keys. A dry bag on its own is another option, although it won’t provide any ventilation or water drainage. The best dry bag for snorkeling will depend on how much gear you want to store inside, whether it’s just your valuables or your entire snorkel set.

2. Why use a mesh bag to keep snorkel gear?

A mesh snorkel bag is a great choice as it will allow air to freely flow through the bag and dry your snorkel gear after each snorkeling session. Snorkel mesh bags can also be dunked in freshwater with all of your snorkel gear inside. This allows you to wash off any sand, dirt, and/or saltwater, without having to fiddle around with individual pieces of equipment. The best snorkeling gear bag will always incorporate some area of mesh where water can drain, coupled with a durable nylon material that will last for many years. If you’re looking to keep your gear completely dry in between snorkel sessions, then look for the best dry bag for snorkeling you can afford or a 2-in-1 design that also incorporates a mesh bag.

3. What do I need to be able to fit in a snorkeling bag?

What’s carried in snorkel gear bags will vary from person to person but we suggest finding one that can hold the following:

  • complete set of snorkel gear (mask, snorkel, two fins)
  • bottle of sunscreen
  • a bottle of mask defogger
  • underwater camera
  • beach towel
  • water bottle/flask
  • waterproof bag(s) for phone, money, valuables
  • lunch and/or snacks
  • hat
  • any other beach essentials, such as a book or change of clothes

It might seem like a lot of stuff to be carrying, but if you find yourself hiking to a snorkel spot (or even have to walk a distance from the parking lot), you’ll be thankful you can fit everything into the one snorkel bag. If you’re always snorkeling with a partner (and only want to carry one bag), then look for a large snorkeling fin bag that holds two complete sets of snorkel gear (and with a bit of extra space for additional food and water). Keep in mind that some snorkel bags have external D-rings or attachments for water bottles and towels, so you won’t have to squeeze them inside!

REACH OUT

As always, we create our content with you, fellow adventurers, in mind. So, how’d we do? Did you find this informative? Did it help you make a decision? Did we miss anything? We’d love to hear from you below. Thanks for reading and we hope your next adventure is a great one!

Pippa Strickland

Pip is a product expert, a degreed environmental scientist, and an adventure-style traveler originally from Australia. Pip has been an SSI-certified Divemaster for over 5 years, during which time she’s worked with hundreds of certified divers. She’s dived widely throughout Indonesia, Australia, the Philippines and the Middle East, with a particular passion for night diving. When she’s not diving, her key interests include surfing, trekking and gardening in her ever-growing veggie patch.

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