If you’re planning on snorkelling at any point in your upcoming travels or vacations you’ll be wanting some of the best snorkel gear. There’s a lot of choice around so what you decide upon will depend on who it’s for – is it for kids or adults – and also whether you want a whole kit, just a mask and whether you want to have it in a handy bag for travelling.
What do you need for snorkelling trips?
You could get away with simply having a mask or your basic swimming goggles, but like everything if you get the proper snorkel equipment you’ll have a much more enjoyable time. Here’s what I suggest:
Essential snorkel equipment:
Snorkel gear that’s nice to have:
Non Fogging Spray
A Go Pro!
Best snorkel gear for travel
If you’re travelling then you might want to get a set that is compact and provides all you need. Weight is a consideration you need to think about if you’re flying as well.
The best snorkel set I’ve found that is not only lightweight but also has a bag to contain them is the Cressi Light Weight Premium Travel Snorkel Set. If you’re after an all in one set with everything you need from fins, to a good adjustable mask and then a snorkel tube this one is a good buy. What I particularly like about this is that it has a dry top snorkel – basically what this means is that if the top of your snorkel goes underwater, which it tends to do from time to time if you’re not used to it, it won’t let water come through. A valve stops it. So if you’re worried about panicking if water gets in your snorkel, this is an excellent feature.
For an all round kit it’s a really good buy and as it has everything you need fits my criteria for the best snorkel gear! Check out the latest prices and reviews from other people on Amazon.com or Amazon UK
Best full face snorkel mask
I love the look of these full face snorkelling masks for a number of reasons. First of all they give much better vision while under water and second because it takes the worry away from having to have your mouth around the snorkel tube.
The Seaview 180° Snorkel Mask is suitable for both adults and kids and the no fuss design is just perfect if you want to worry less about your equipment and just get swimming with the fish! Simply put the mask on and go. Again the snorkel tube has a valve meaning that water won’t flow down in to the mask if you inadvertently put your head down too deep.
Of course you won’t be able to pinch your nose with this kind of mask to release pressure from your ears, but you shouldn’t really be that much below water for this to matter too much.
One other thing I like about this mask is that it has a mount for a GoPro camera on it. If you’ve ever wanted to take videos and pictures of fish when you’re snorkelling then a Go Pro set up would be a great investment and you’ll not need to worry about carrying it while you swim. (Check out Go Pro cameras for snorkelling here – US / UK) and if you want to see what it’s like to take video underwater have a look at this video.
For beginner snorkelers and people who might be worried how they’ll get on under water I think these full face masks are a great idea.
Best snorkeling fins
If you choose a mask such as the full faced one above that doesn’t come with fins and want to try some out then you’ll need to purchase them separately.
These Cressi Palau Short Snorkeling Swim Fins are an excellent choice for travelling because they are a compact size. They’ll fit nicely in carry on luggage and so if you’re fighting for space in your suitcase getting some compact snorkeling fins will be a sensible plan!
They come in a variety of colours and come with a mesh bag for easy carrying down to the sea.
Best snorkel vest
If you’re not 100% confident in the water or just want something as a back up so that you don’t need to concentrate so much on keeping afloat then a snorkel vest is a great safety investment. This SealBuddy Inflatable Snorkel Vest, which is available in pink, yellow and orange, comes highly recommended and is suitable for all sizes.
If you’re at all unsure about how you or your family will fare in the water while snorkelling then I highly recommend getting one of these snorkel jackets.
Best kids snorkel set
If you’re looking for a snorkel set for kids then the size will be an issue for you. Some masks, such as the full face one I mention above, are suitable for both adults and kids. Make sure to check the product details and measurement guides to get one that fits your kids. There’s nothing worse than having equipment that doesn’t work well once you have excited kids! Even if you’re not finding fish in the sea, kids often like to practice in swimming pools like my two above!
This US Divers snorkel set for children comes highly recommended and has two sizes so will be suitable for ages 6+ (although some reviewers state they used it with younger kids – obviously depends on the size of your kids). It comes in a blue colour or a purple/pink set and again comes in a mesh bag to keep the whole set contained. Great to make sure no-one forgets anything!
If you’re after a toddler snorkel set then I’d recommend taking a look at the Aqua Sphere Sphera Reef Junior toddler swim and snorkel mask. It’s suitable from a young age and will help to get little ones used to the water. Although it doesn’t come with a snorkel tube it may be that really young children would struggle to use one anyway. You can check out the toddler snorkel mask here on Amazon.com or Amazon UK