OUR TOP PICK

ZEEPORTE Mask Fin Snorkel Set with Adult Snorkeling Gear, Panoramic View Diving Mask, Trek Fin, Dry Top Snorkel +Travel Bags, Snorkel for Lap Swimming

Overall Rating

4.8 /5

Design

4.7

Functionality

4.9

Durability

4.8

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General Impression

The four-window design of this Zeeporte mask offers panoramic views underwater, making it one of our top-rated snorkel sets. It features a tempered glass lens and a hypoallergenic silicone skirt, as well as a snorkel mouthpiece constructed from food-grade silicone. The dry-top valve closes off the breathing tube when you dive beneath the water’s surface. It also boasts a purge valve so you can quickly expel water if needed. The long, lightweight fins boast responsive blades that help to reduce fatigue when kicking. They’re well designed with open-heels and adjustable straps so you can get the correct fit. All up, this Zeeporte kit is among the best snorkeling gear on the market and rates well in snorkel set reviews.

Specifications

TYPE: Dry snorkel
BRAND: Zeeporte
WEIGHT: 71 ounces
MATERIALS: Neoprene
SUITABLE FOR: Snorkeling, Freediving

PROS

  • Food-grade silicone mouthpiece
  • Lightweight and responsive blades for effortless kicking
  • Easy-to-use purge valve
  • Four-windowed tempered glass mask
  • Quick-dry mesh bag with shoulder strap

CONS

  • Not designed for scuba diving
  • Long fin blades can be cumbersome for travel
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U.S. Divers Cozumel Snorkeling Set. Adult Snorkel Mask, Snorkel, Fins, and Travel Bag

Overall Rating

4.7 /5

Design

4.7

Functionality

4.8

Durability

4.6

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General Impression

Designed to be compact so you can take it on your travels, this affordable snorkel equipment is value for money. It features a two-pane mask design for good visibility and tempered glass that’s crystal clear. The closed-foot design of the fins means all the energy of your kick is transferred to the fin (although make sure you order the correct size for your foot). The splash-proof snorkel is flexibly designed so you can position it comfortably and minimize jaw fatigue. There’s also a separate nose section so you can equalize with ease if freediving. Complete with a mesh bag for carrying the gear, this rates as our best travel snorkel set currently available.

Specifications

TYPE: Semi-dry snorkel
BRAND: U.S. DIVERS
WEIGHT: 64 ounces
MATERIALS: Silicone
SUITABLE FOR: Snorkeling, Freediving

PROS

  • Four different color choices
  • Watertight, form-fitting mask
  • Mesh bag for ease of transport and aeration
  • Full pocket fins for a greater thrust

CONS

  • You must order the correct fin size
  • Some water gets into snorkel when freediving

WACOOL Snorkeling Package Set for Adults, Anti-Fog Coated Glass Diving Mask, Snorkel with Silicon Mouth Piece,Purge Valve and Anti-Splash Guard w/Travel Short Swim Fins (Blue L)

Overall Rating

4.7 /5

Design

4.8

Functionality

4.7

Durability

4.6

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General Impression

This cheap snorkeling gear does the job, with a dry top snorkel that prevents water from getting in. The purge valve on the base allows you to quickly expel water if needed by simply exhaling. The tempered glass mask is anti-fog treated for your convenience and boasts a one-pane lens for wider vision. The high-grade silicone skirt seals to prevent water from seeping in while the short, lightweight fins are ideal for throwing in your travel backpack.

Specifications

TYPE: Dry snorkel
BRAND: WACOOL
WEIGHT: 18 ounces
MATERIALS: Silicone
SUITABLE FOR: Snorkeling, Freediving

PROS

  • Ergonomically designed snorkel mouthpiece
  • Anti-fog treated mask
  • Dry-top snorkel to prevent water from getting in
  • Short and lightweight fins for travel

CONS

  • Fin size runs small so order a size up
  • Short fin length minimizes speed

HEAD Mares Marlin Mask Fin Snorkel Set with Shoulder Carry Bag (Yellow, M/L, (6.5-10))

Overall Rating

4.5 /5

Design

4.6

Functionality

4.5

Durability

4.5

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General Impression

Designed for active training and recreational swimmers, this snorkeling kit has been created as a collaboration between HEAD and Mares. It draws on patented technology to ensure the ultimate performance in the water, making it the best snorkel set for endurance swimmers. A highlight is the peripheral views available from the two-window mask, with tempered glass that’s scratch-resistant and crystal clear. The only drawback is that it doesn’t have a water clearing valve in the mouthpiece, so you need to resurface to eliminate water. However, the snorkel is ergonomically designed to reduce any jaw fatigue. When it comes to the fins, the open-heel design is easily adjustable and offers excellent propulsion underwater.

Specifications

TYPE: Semi-dry snorkel
BRAND: HEAD Mares
WEIGHT: N/A
MATERIALS: Silicone
SUITABLE FOR: Snorkeling, Recreational Swimming

PROS

  • Open-heeled fins with great propulsion
  • Scratch-resistant mask glass
  • Panoramic and unrivaled peripheral views
  • Quick-release systems across the entire set
  • Quality snorkel gear

CONS

  • Not suitable for children
  • No purge valve for water elimination

Seavenger Advanced Snorkeling Set with Panoramic Mask, Trek Fins, Dry Top Snorkel & Gear Bag (Mint, Small)

Overall Rating

4.3 /5

Design

4.4

Functionality

4.3

Durability

4.4

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General Impression

This snorkel gear kit comes with everything you need – open-heeled fins, a dry snorkel and a single lens mask. It’s packaged up in a nylon mesh bag with a cord drawstring so you can easily carry it to and from your underwater adventures. The fins feature a soft rubber foot pocket for a comfortable fit and can easily be adjusted using the release buttons. The one-window, tempered glass mask features a silicone injected skirt and strap, as well as wide peripheral views. The dry-top snorkel allows air to easily enter the snorkel so you can breathe normally while cover guards prevent water splashing in. If you plan on freediving below the surface, the patented hinged seal reacts to prevent water flowing in. 

Specifications

TYPE: Dry snorkel
BRAND: Seavenger
WEIGHT: N/A
MATERIALS: Silicone
SUITABLE FOR: Snorkeling, Freediving

PROS

  • Single-lens mask for a stunning view
  • Vented fin construction for an easy kick
  • Dry-top snorkel so you can freedive
  • Hypoallergenic snorkel mouthpiece
  • Variety of color choices

CONS

  • Fins can’t be worn with booties
  • Snorkel bracket tends to pop out

Promate Spectrum Snorkeling Fins Mask Snorkel Set, Pink, SM

Overall Rating

4.3 /5

Design

4.3

Functionality

4.3

Durability

4.3

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General Impression

This snorkel gear kit comes with everything you need – open-heeled fins, a dry snorkel and a single lens mask. It’s packaged up in a nylon mesh bag with a cord drawstring so you can easily carry it to and from your underwater adventures. The fins feature a soft rubber foot pocket for a comfortable fit and can easily be adjusted using the release buttons. The one-window, tempered glass mask features a silicone injected skirt and strap, as well as wide peripheral views. The dry-top snorkel allows air to easily enter the snorkel so you can breathe normally while cover guards prevent water splashing in. If you plan on freediving below the surface, the patented hinged seal reacts to prevent water flowing in.

Specifications

TYPE: Dry snorkel
BRAND: Promate
WEIGHT: N/A
MATERIALS: Silicone
SUITABLE FOR: Snorkeling, Freediving

PROS

  • 100% dry snorkel with pre-curved silicone mouthpiece
  • Purge valve for easy draining
  • Fins with drag-reducing jet vented design
  • Panoramic single lens mask
  • Mesh bag for storing and drying gear

CONS

  • Mask fogs up without treatment
  • Fins can chafe without booties

cozia design Snorkel Set with Full Face Snorkel Mask and Travel Adjustable Swim Fins (Black, Small/Medium)

Overall Rating

4.5 /5

Design

4.4

Functionality

4.5

Durability

4.5

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General Impression

This full-face snorkel receives great snorkel gear reviews and comes in a set complete with short, open-heeled fins. It’s a good option for kids who aren’t comfortable breathing through a traditional tube as it allows you to breathe naturally and without worrying about fogging up. The mask is designed with a polypropylene frame and a shatter-proof polycarbonate window. If water does enter the mask, you simply need to blow forcefully to remove it. The adjustable fins are easy to don and remove, with easy-click buckles and a soft foot pocket. Because of its ease of use, this is among the best snorkeling gear for beginners.

Specifications

TYPE: Full-face snorkel
BRAND: Cozia Design
WEIGHT: 46 ounces
MATERIALS: Polycarbonate mask and silicone fins
SUITABLE FOR: Snorkeling

PROS

  • Full-face design so you can breathe normally
  • No fogging up
  • Comes with a clear instruction manual
  • Fins sized for both kids and adults

CONS

  • Not suitable for freediving or scuba diving
  • Some water leakage is normal

U.S. Divers Diva 1 LX/Island Dry LX/Trek/Travel Bag Combo, Coral, Medium (8-11)

Overall Rating

4.5 /5

Design

4.4

Functionality

4.5

Durability

4.4

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General Impression

Designed specifically for women, this top-rated snorkeling gear features a dry-top snorkel, a comfortable mask, and Trek fins. The patented three-way adjust Pro-Glide buckles ensure a comfortable mask fit while the dry-top snorkel is 100% submersible. The short design of the fins makes them ideal for traveling and they’re equipped with a dual composite heel strap that can easily be adjusted. All of the snorkeling equipment is packaged in a lightweight and portable gear bag with mesh panels for water drainage and air ventilation.

Specifications

TYPE: Dry snorkel
BRAND: Cressi
WEIGHT: 65 ounces
MATERIALS: Silicone
SUITABLE FOR: Snorkeling, Freediving

PROS

  • Short fins for easy portability
  • 100% submersible dry-top snorkel
  • Adjustable heel strap for the perfect fit
  • Low profile single lens mask for women
  • Hypoallergenic silicone face skirt

CONS

  • Not suitable for men or kids
  • Need to wear socks to avoid chafing

SNORKELSTAR Full Face Snorkel Set (Mask + Fins + Anti Fog + Drybag)

Overall Rating

4.8 /5

Design

4.7

Functionality

4.8

Durability

4.8

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General Impression

If you’re after a full-face snorkel mask set, then this cheap snorkel gear from SnorkelStar is the way to go. The 180-degree polycarbonate lens offers unobstructed views and there’s a Go-Pro mount for capturing all your underwater action. The latest model features a longer tube than before and there’s a separate breathing chamber to keep the airflow away from your face (and avoid fogging). The snorkel tube is designed with a floating ball and a one-way valve to prevent water from getting in. When it comes to the adjustable fins, they’re available in three sizes that are suitable for both adults and kids. Aside from its mask, snorkel, and fins, this cheap snorkeling gear also comes with a mesh bag and an anti-fog spray.

Specifications

TYPE: Full-face snorkel
BRAND: SnorkelStar
WEIGHT: 68 ounces
MATERIALS: Polycarbonate lens, silicone fins, and seals
SUITABLE FOR: Snorkeling

PROS

  • Easy-to-breathe full-face snorkeling mask
  • Separate breathing chamber to deter fogging
  • Adjustable fins
  • GoPro mount on top of the mask
  • 10-liter dry bag for gear storage

CONS

  • Not suitable for freediving
  • Snorkel can’t be used for scuba diving

Phantom Aquatics Adult Speed Sport Mask Fin Snorkel Set

Overall Rating

4.5 /5

Design

4.6

Functionality

4.5

Durability

4.5

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General Impression

Designed for speed with minimal effort, this set offers some of the best snorkeling gear within its price range. It comes with open-heeled fins that are quite short but boast a powerful thrust to propel you along underwater. They’re equipped with adjustable straps and a rapid release button for easy donning and removal. The skirt of the frameless mask is made from a liquid injected silicone for a watertight seal and has attached straps with swivel buckles that can easily be adjusted. You’ll also enjoy outstanding visibility through the double-layered, tempered glass with this adult snorkel set. If water does enter through the semi-dry snorkel, there’s a one-way purge valve to remove it rapidly.

Specifications

TYPE: Semi-dry snorkel
BRAND: Phantom
WEIGHT: 42 ounces
MATERIALS: Silicone
SUITABLE FOR: Snorkeling, Freediving

PROS

  • Short fins are efficient and easy to transport
  • Available in a variety of colors
  • Easy-to-use purge valve on snorkel
  • Comes with a mesh bag for portability

CONS

  • Fins have a plastic insert that needs removing
  • Some snorkeling reviews report obstructed peripheral vision

Cressi Palau Long Mask Fin Snorkel Set, Brisbane Titaium, Large/X-Large

Overall Rating

4.5 /5

Design

4.6

Functionality

4.5

Durability

4.5

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General Impression

Featuring an open-heel fin that can adapt to almost any foot size, the Cressi Palau is made by one of the underwater world’s most trusted Italian brands. The blade is constructed from a lightweight, responsive material for an effortless kick, making it amongst the best snorkeling gear available. The set also comes with an ergonomically designed snorkel (that’s 100% dry) to minimize jaw fatigue, with an anti-splash guard and seal valve. Add to that is the high-quality silicone, frameless mask that creates a watertight seal on most faces. The Cressi Palau always does well in snorkeling equipment reviews for those willing to pay for professional snorkel gear.

Specifications

TYPE: Dry snorkel
BRAND: Cressi Palau
WEIGHT: 20 ounces
MATERIALS: Silicone
SUITABLE FOR: Snorkeling, Freediving

PROS

  • Blades enable fluid and effortless kick
  • 100% dry top snorkel with a purge valve
  • Dual tempered glass mask with a wide view
  • Mesh gear bag for storage
  • Six colors to choose from

CONS

  • Fin straps can rub against the heel
  • One-size fins can be too big for kids

Cressi Rondinella Full Foot Mask Fin Snorkel Set with Bag, Yellow, Size 12/13-Size 47/48

Overall Rating

4.5 /5

Design

4.6

Functionality

4.5

Durability

4.5

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General Impression

The Cressi Rondinella is another top snorkeling gear set and is geared towards more experienced underwater enthusiasts. It comes with the same Supernova snorkel as the Cressi Palau, which features a flexible tube and comfortable mouthpiece. But it contrasts with a single-tempered glass lens that offers a wider field of view and no image distortion. The solid silicone skirt fits comfortable and watertight around most face sizes, although it won’t adhere to those sporting beards! The fins are full-footed and provide ample propulsion underwater, particularly for those wanting to dive deep. The Rondinella is at the more expensive end of the spectrum but a good investment for those wanting pro snorkel gear.

Specifications

TYPE: Dry snorkel
BRAND: Cressi
WEIGHT: 35 ounces
MATERIALS: Silicone
SUITABLE FOR: Snorkeling, freediving

PROS

  • Full-footed fins with excellent underwater propulsion
  • Super comfortable silicone foot pockets
  • Mesh bag for easy transport and quick drying
  • Single tempered glass with crystal clear vision

CONS

  • Need to purchase the correct EU fin size
  • More expensive than other snorkel sets available

Buying vs renting snorkeling gear

When you consider how easy it is to rent snorkeling gear sets around the world, you might be wondering why you should buy your own. But the truth is, rental snorkeling gear varies drastically in quality and may not always fit your face. This means you could spend your entire snorkeling adventure trying to de-fog your mask, clear water from your snorkel and compete with unruly fins.

When you purchase the best snorkeling gear for your needs, you can enjoy all the features you want. You can also become accustomed to using the gear before you head off on vacation. Most snorkeling gear takes a bit of time to get used to, which you don’t want to do during the short session you have out on a beautiful coral reef! It’s best to give yourself a chance to practice using the equipment in shallow water before you jump off a boat into the middle of the ocean.

Also, not all rental companies are stringent on proper sanitation procedures and you never know who’s used the snorkeling set previously. If you wear glasses or contact lenses, having your mask as part of a top-rated snorkel gear set is also a great investment, as you can have the glasses fitted to your prescription.

So as you can see, there are plenty of reasons to purchase a set of the best snorkeling equipment available. But with so many options on the market, how do you decide which of the best snorkel sets is right for you? In this guide, we’ll explain the features of each piece of gear in a classic snorkel set – a mask, snorkel and fins – and what to look for when purchasing your own.

Mask

Finding a snorkel mask that fits securely and doesn’t fog up is essential, as water leaking in and reduced visibility can severely hamper your snorkeling experience. You can find masks with single lens and two-windowed designs, with the former usually offering the greatest range of view. Some also offer multiple windows on the side of the mask to enhance your peripheral vision.

Most masks are made from tempered glass that’s durable but also look for scratch-resistance to ensure a long life. Masks with an anti-fog treatment are also a great idea so you don’t have to constantly clear your mask. If you want to have prescription lenses put in, look for a two-pane mask as part of a top snorkel gear set.

The silicone lining of the mask that fits around your face is called the “skirt”. When you breathe in with the mask positioned at your face, it should create an airtight suction, without you having to hold on. A mask that leaks due to bad design or because it fits your face poorly is frustrating. You’ll spend your entire snorkeling session trying to adjust it and remove water.

Plastic skirts are more prone to tearing and leaking compared to silicone skirts, so look for the latter when purchasing a mask from one of the best snorkel gear brands. Men with mustaches should remember that achieving a watertight seal where there is hair can be difficult and you may need to apply vaseline.

Aside from traditional masks, you can also find full-face masks, which are among the best snorkel gear for beginners. They combine the snorkel and mask in one, making it easier to breathe. Full-face masks feature an innovative float system that prevents water from being able to enter the snorkel in choppy waters or if you submerge slightly. However, you cannot dive down if you see something deeper and want to take a closer look. One of the main benefits of a full-face mask over a traditional mask is that there is little to no fogging as the breathing and viewing chambers are separated.

Snorkel

A snorkel is a tube that allows you to breathe at the surface of the water, without having to constantly come up for air. While classic snorkels are quite basic, many modern snorkels employ various features to help prevent water from getting in the top or to eliminate it if it does. When purchasing a snorkel from one of the best snorkeling gear brands, there are a few different options to select from:

A classic snorkel features a complete opening out the top, allowing you to breathe easily but also letting water splash in. If you’re an experienced snorkeler and comfortable with constantly blowing water from the tube, then this is an affordable option. Some classic snorkels are equipped with purge valves to help you eliminate water with little effort.

A dry snorkel features a float valve that closes completely when you submerge beneath the water’s surface. This prevents water from flowing in if you want to dive down to see something. But some snorkelers find that the design of a dry snorkel restricts their breathing.

A semi-dry snorkel is a combination of the two, with a partially closed and slanted top that features slits and vents to prevent water from entering the tube. While you will still have some water entering (and need to purge it), this type of snorkel doesn’t restrict your breathing as much as a dry snorkel.

In addition to the opening and purge capabilities of a snorkel, the barrel (tube) is also of importance. Snorkel barrels come in various shapes and designs, including the classic “J” shape and flexible options that can be contoured to your individual preference. Most snorkels are between 15 and 17 inches in length, with a longer tube a good option for snorkeling in choppy conditions.

Fins

Fins are used to propel you through the water and will help to decrease fatigue during long snorkeling sessions. With a good set of fins, you can explore further, dive deeper and stay in the water for longer. Finding fins that fit comfortably and securely is essential, so you aren’t subjected to chafing around the heels or worried about them falling off.

When purchasing snorkeling fins, you’ll need to decide whether you prefer open-heeled fins or full-foot fins. Open-heeled fins have an adjustable strap around the heel which can be altered to achieve a secure fit. But they do leave the heel unprotected and some snorkelers prefer to wear socks or booties beneath open-heeled fins for added protection.

Full-foot fins enclose the heel but cannot be adjusted, so you must find the exact fit for your foot. Some snorkelers find that full-foot fins feel more secure and the thrust of their kicking is transferred to the entire fin. When purchasing your fins, you want them to fit snuggly as your feet will shrink slightly in the water. But you don’t want them to be rubbing against any part of your foot or feel uncomfortable. If you’re in between sizes, opt for the smaller size, as it’s better to have your fins a little bit tight than constantly falling off.

Snorkeling fins also come in various lengths, which affect how far you will be propelled with each thrust. A longer fin will help you to move faster through the water or swim against currents. But on the flip side, they will be more cumbersome to transport. Freedivers tend to prefer longer fins to help them dive to depth swiftly. Shorter fins are ideal for gentle snorkeling on calm, coral reefs while on vacation as they can easily be transported in your luggage.

How does snorkeling work?

Snorkeling is a recreational activity that involves swimming at the water’s surface while viewing what’s beneath you. Equipped with a mask and a snorkel through which you breathe, you can observe marine life and underwater attractions for extended periods, without having to surface. Fins help to propel you through the water so you don’t get fatigued and can be useful if you want to dive down to see something on the ocean floor.

Unlike scuba diving that requires training and lots of equipment, snorkeling is an easy activity that all ages can try. It’s incredibly popular at tropical resorts where there are coral reefs and on organized boat cruises. Some experienced snorkelers progress to freediving, which involves diving to significant depths with a similar gear setup. Alternatively, snorkeling can be a stepping stone on the path to becoming a certified scuba diver.

What to wear snorkeling?

Aside from your mask, snorkel, and fins, what you wear snorkeling will depend on the water conditions you will encounter. In tropical locations, many people snorkel in just their swimsuit or board shorts while others prefer the added protection of a rash vest or T-shirt.

If you plan on snorkeling in cool or temperate waters, then wearing a wetsuit is a good idea. It will keep you warm so you can stay in the water for longer periods and there are various thicknesses available. Some snorkelers like to wear a “shorty” wetsuit (short arms and legs) even in tropical waters as you may start to feel the cold after an extended period.
In some snorkeling locations, exposure to stinging jellyfish or other marine creatures means you should wear a protective wetsuit or rash guard, no matter what the water temperature is.

How to breathe while snorkeling?

When snorkeling, you should be able to breathe normally, just as you would on land. However, a dry-top snorkel can make breathing feel more restrictive because of its float valve. If water does enter the snorkel, your breathing will be disrupted as you purge the water out of the tube. It will also be disrupted if you want to dive down to see something below, as you won’t be able to continue breathing once your snorkel is submerged.

Understanding how you breathe while snorkeling is something that comes with experience and will depend on the type of snorkel you are using. A dry-top snorkel will feel different from a classic snorkel and different again from a full-face snorkel mask.

How to clean snorkeling gear?

Keeping your snorkeling equipment clean is essential for your health and also to ensure your gear has a long life. It’s important to rinse your snorkeling equipment after each outing and/or use a soft sponge to clean it. Getting into the habit of cleaning your snorkeling gear as soon as you’ve finished will help to remove any ocean debris, bacteria or filmy residue that can damage it.

Snorkels can be washed with fresh water or using dishwashing detergent if you want to remove any trapped debris. Fins can be cleaned by simply rinsing in freshwater or you can leave them to soak in a bucket of warm, soapy water.

When it comes to cleaning your mask, you should always follow the care instructions provided as you don’t want to use a product that scratches the mask. Never use an abrasive sponge or brush to clean your mask. If you don’t have the recommended silicone-based cleaning solution, stick to warm water and dishwashing detergent. It’s a good idea to dry your mask with a soft cloth and keep it stored in a case if you have one.

How to defog a snorkeling mask?

There’s nothing more frustrating than having to constantly surface from snorkeling to defog your mask. But there are a few anti-fogging solutions that are available on the market which can be applied before you go snorkeling. Alternatively, simply rub some no-tears baby soap into your mask, then rinse with clean water before you go snorkeling.

What equipment do you need for snorkeling?

One of the best things about snorkeling is how little equipment it requires. All you need is a mask, a snorkel and a pair of fins. Other optional gear includes an underwater camera and flotation devices if you’re not a comfortable swimmer. If you’re planning on snorkeling in cool water, then you’ll probably also want a wetsuit to protect against the cold. Even if you’re snorkeling in tropical waters, you may want a rash guard or thin vest to protect against the sun.

Remember, it’s easy to get burnt quite severely while snorkeling as the water feels refreshing against your skin. So always protect your back, arms, and legs with a high-spectrum sunscreen that’s water-resistant and re-apply every couple of hours or as indicated on the bottle.

How to buy snorkeling gear?

Before you rush out and buy new snorkeling gear, it’s important to research the various options that are available to you. While you can buy a separate mask, snorkel, and pair of fins, it’s more convenient to buy one of the best snorkeling sets available with the features you’re after. Open-heeled vs full-foot fins, dry top vs semi-dry snorkels and single vs double-paned masks – there are so many choices to make! Our guide helps to explain the benefits of each type so you can determine which of our best-rated snorkel gear sets is right for you.

Snorkeling equipment has come a long way in recent decades, with lots of new patented technology used by different brands. So it’s a good idea to read snorkeling equipment reviews from other users to figure out whether it’s as good as the brand claims it to be. Some snorkeling equipment is not designed to fit children while others are one-size-fits-all, so carefully check the product description before purchase.

Where to buy snorkeling gear?

Snorkeling gear is available for purchase at various outdoor stores, specialist snorkeling, and scuba diving shops, as well as online. Most stores will only stock a select number of brands. So if you want the widest choice of the best snorkeling kits, then look online.

Purchasing snorkeling gear online also means you can read snorkeling set reviews from others who have bought the gear. They will offer tips and advice regarding its design and performance, as well as insights about who it might be good for. Online marketplaces such as Amazon tend to offer the most competitive prices for the snorkel equipment and they will deliver it directly to your front door.

Where to buy cheap snorkeling gear?

Snorkeling gear is available at a wide range of prices, from simple snorkeling sets sold at beachside stores to top-of-the-range gear constructed using high-quality materials. But it’s important to keep in mind that cheap snorkeling gear often results in a sub-par performance. Leaky masks, cracked snorkeling tubes and flimsy fins are just some of the issues that might arise, as well as constant fogging up. This can make snorkeling a frustrating experience as you’ll spend the entire time adjusting your gear, rather than discovering the underwater world.

That being said, there are still affordable snorkeling sets available online that are made from high-quality materials. They’re designed to fit snuggly and some even have anti-fog treatments. You can browse snorkeling gear reviews to read what other users have to say about what is the best snorkel and mask set currently available. So rather than looking for the cheapest snorkeling gear on the market, look for the best beginner snorkel set for your budget.

What kind of fins are best for snorkeling?

When purchasing fins for snorkeling, you have two options available – open-heeled or full-foot fins. Open-heeled fins come with an adjustable strap around the heel that you can tighten or release to find the perfect fit. On the other hand, full-foot fins enclose the heel completely but they cannot be adjusted. Some snorkelers prefer full-foot fins as they feel the thrust of their kicking is transferred to the entire fin. Others prefer open-heeled fins so they can wear wetsuit socks or booties in cool water conditions.

Another feature to look for in a snorkeling fin is its length, which will determine the propulsion. A longer fin will propel you further with each thrust but will be more cumbersome to transport. If you’re planning on traveling with your snorkeling gear by plane, then a shorter fin might be more convenient. Snorkelers who plan on doing some freediving will probably want a longer fin so they can easily dive down.

Remember that your feet will shrink slightly in the water, so you want to purchase fins that are a snug fit on land. That being said, you don’t want them to be digging into any part of your foot or they may end up chaffing. If the best snorkel gear set doesn’t have the fins you prefer, you can just purchase the mask and snorkel and find the fins elsewhere.

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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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