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  Set on the west side of the big Island, Kahaluu is a snorkeling hotspot and one with the largest amount of fish and turtle life in Hawaii. Kahaluu itself is a popular Hawaiian beach park set inside a shallow cove, (most areas are less than 10 ft deep) which makes it ideal for snorkelers of all ages. Another plus of the cove are the large rocks which surround it and keep most waves out, leaving calm, relaxing waters for all beach-goers. The fish at Kahaluu are unique and known for being very friendly and outgoing towards people; they’re known to swim up and around snorkelers frequently....
  One of the most popular snorkeling destinations in all of Oahu, Hanahamu Bay is located just outside Waikiki and is a top quality marine nature preserve. The bay is actually made up of a submerged volcanic crater which forms and outside barrier from rough waves. The water is shallow in most places and gets deeper more farther out. In the shallower areas, large amounts of coral can be spotted, which brighten up the ocean floor.  The water here is crystal clear and stunningly blue which contrasts the over 400 species of colorful fish located here, including the former State fish the...
Parrotfish are beautiful, colorful fish found in all of the world’s oceans. The largest concentration of these fish is in the Indo-Pacific Ocean, meaning you have the chance to see them off the coast of Africa all the way East through the Hawaiian Islands. These fish like to spend most of their time swimming along shallower reefs or in seagrass beds. Of the 90 species of parrotfish out there, most of them only reach sizes of 12-20in long. One species however, the humphead parrotfish can get up to lengths of 4ft! The parrotfish earns it name from its teeth, which are fused together to form a pa...
Behold one of the oceans most misunderstood creatures, the moray eel. Eels have a reputation for being ferocious, ill tempered, and nasty towards humans which is very misrepresenting. Moray eels are shy, secluded creatures who prefer to spend their days resting and waiting for prey from the safety of their burrow. While they are carnivorous, morays have no interest in attacking humans and are usually quite calm around us; they prefer to eat smaller fish, mollusks, and various crustaceans instead. If there is a case of a moray being aggressive towards a snorkeler it’s more than likely from bein...
10)  Addition of upper torso floatation 9)   Safe neon yellow vest for visibility 8)   Locking inflator on BOTH the S.O.S. Vest and the Visual Safety Marker Tube 7)   One complete system making travel easy 6)   Audible Safety Whistle for gaining attention 5)   Visual Safety Marker Tube for alerting boat crew of your position 4)   VISABILITY 3)   Made with Pride in the USA 2)   Sizes for YOUR Entire Family 1)   Peace of Mind, for the most enjoyable snorkeling experience possible!!!   ...
Witnessing the crystal clear underwater world has always been an unbelievable experience. However, snorkeling tours can become a bit crowded at times with some tour operators filling the boat or having multiple boats dropping off excited snorkelers at the same sites.  At SnorkelCity.com, your safety has always been our first concern! While SnorkelCity.com has always offered top quality snorkeling gear to our customers, we have seen a need for the snorkeling community to be able to alert the tour/boat operators when the snorkeler has wandered away from the group, totally engrossed in the s...
If you’re looking for a snorkeling adventure way down under, than make sure to add a visit to Byron Bay on your vacation list. Bryon Bay is rated as one of the top snorkeling spots in Australia and is home to the protected Julian Rocks Marine Reserve, which means there is no shortage of spectacular sea creatures for you to observe. Sea turtles, cuttle fish, eagle rays, and moray eels are just a few of the many regulars hanging around the Bay all year. Some other individuals that come in for part of the year are the nurse sharks in the winter and the leopard sharks in the summertime with the oc...
Isla Mujeres is a small island located less than 10 miles of the Yucatan Peninsula of Cancun, Mexico and is visible from there as well. The name of the island translated to “The Island of Women” which reflects back to the previous century when women of fishermen would find refuge on the island while the men were away on the high seas. Because of its close proximity to Cancun, it is a widely visited vacation and snorkeling spot with incredible sights to offer.                A popular snorkeling attraction at Isle Muje...
Not enough can be said about the beauty and vastness of the Great Barrier Reef. At over 1,600 square miles, the reef is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World and is Earth’s largest single structure constructed exclusively by living organisms; it’s even visible from space! The reef draws tourists and snorkelers from all over the world by its great biodiversity and sheer spectacle. The reef rests off the coast of Queensland, Australia which makes for a quick boat ride before you can jump into the water and start exploring.      The species of marine creatures w...
The Caribbean island of Bonaire is home to some of the best shore snorkeling in the world. There is no shortage of locations for snorkelers of all ages and experience to enjoy on the island. Each of the different snorkeling destinations are marked with a yellow rock by the side of the road or street. All you need to do is keeping traveling until you come across one and then dive on in! Some of the more popular sites are Bari Reef, Karpata,  Klein Bonaire, 1000 Steps, just to name a few. Certain snorkeling sites offer different types of snorkeling such as drift or night snorkeling, adding ...
Want the feel of an isolated tropical island that is only minutes away from the city? Arashi beach is located on the northwestern tip of Aruba and is less than 10 minutes from the nearest bus station. This beach purposely has limited facilities, nothing more than beach huts (palapas) for some shade, to allow its visitors an escape into a truly remote, private snorkeling getaway.  Before you even set foot in the water you will be breath taken by the beautiful powder sand beach which extends for miles and the gentle, lush turquoise water.  While the beach alone is enough to draw travel...
A frequent debate among snorkelers is whether or not to buy your own gear or simply rent it wherever you are going snorkeling; there are benefits to doing either. A big determining factor on whether or not to buy your own gear is thinking how frequently you plan on snorkeling.  An advantage to renting your gear is not having to take all your own gear with you everywhere you go, and to just drop it off at the rental shop once you are done.  Most snorkeling places will offer rental gear, but it is important to keep in mind on how worn the gear is and how well it has been cleaned in-bet...
If you are an avid lover of the ocean or marine life or are just curious about it then you simply must take up snorkeling as a hobby. Snorkeling allows you to see an underwater world completely unique and isolated from our own.  Unlike SCUBA diving, you do not need an entire setup of gear. A mask, snorkel, set of fins, and snorkeling vest are all basic gear you will need. If you do not have all your own gear before vacation no worries, nearly every snorkeling location you will visit offers rentals on everything you will need for a great snorkeling experience. Snorkeling is appropriate for...
Wearing the mask. Any style mask will have adjuster buckles on both sides of the mask strap near the front for adjusting the tightness of the mask. The mask should fit snugly around your head and not be too tight or too loose. A well-adjusted mask should slide on and off the face fairly easy and not have suction when pulling it off. The pressure of the water will keep the mask in place by itself normally as well. Wearing a mask too tight can cause major discomfort around the face and also leave pressure marks on the face as well, and is not an enjoyable experience! Google
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                Fins themselves come in two traditional blade styles: a split or paddle blade. Both styles have pros and cons to them with distinct characteristics. A split blade is a more novice blade for a snorkeler in a sense. These fins allow water to pass through the split in the blade on your upward fin stroke, causing less resistance and more propulsion. This compensates for incorrect kicking techniques which make split blade fins ideal for beginners; you won’t waste all your energy and attention on kicking and c...
The other option of snorkeling fin-wear is closed heel fins. These fins differ than open heel in that the fin silicone extends to completely surround your foot and heel, which makes the foot pocket much smaller than the open heel fins. Because of this, socks are not able to be worn with the fins which leave them a popular option typically reserved for warmer waters. Since full foot fins do not have adjustable straps, it is very important to get the proper size for your foot. The fin should not be able to wiggle around on your foot but also should not be too tight to where it may cause cramping...
    Deans Blue Hole, extending down to a vast 663ft, is thought to be the world’s deepest ocean blue hole.  Dean’s Blue Hole is located on the tropical Long Island of the Bahamas and is truly a place of wonder for snorkelers and scientists  like.  Once you enter the shallow waters off the white sand beach, only about 5 ft., you are just a few kick strokes away from the drop-off.  The Hole is almost completely surround by cliffs bases which keeps currents out and makes for easy, relaxing snorkeling. The hold itself is not the only attraction here though, keep you...
Fins are an essential part of comfortable snorkeling or diving; they work with your legs muscles to push you through the water with ease and comfort while using the least amount of energy possible. As with any other piece of equipment, fit and comfort are the top priorities when choosing your fins. The sizes of today’s fin blades are typically larger to provide maximum power with minimal effort but various sizes are available to meet an individual’s size needs. The fins themselves come with varying designs of slits and vents on the blade to channel water different ways and enhance their perfor...
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There are two types of fins, open heel (pocket) fins and closed heel fins. Open heel fins are the more popular fin design of the two. These fins slide right over your foot and have an adjustable fin strap that tightly secures your foot in the pocket. With the open heel fins you will have to wear lycra or the 3mm socks which are made to fit snugly inside the foot pocket. Wearing the socks with your open heel fins is helpful in keeping your feet warm while in the water and also keeps your heels from rubbing against the heel strap, which can lead to blistering and ruin your snorkeling experience....
Mask Strap. The mask strap is the piece of elastic silicone which wraps around the head and holds the mask securely in place when being worn. The position of the mask strap is important in determining how it fits and how well it stays in place. The mask strap should be worm snugly but not too tight, around the head and rest directly on the crown of the head. Wearing the strap too far above or below where the mask rests can cause discomfort or mask leakage. Here is a helpful tip. Strap wrappers are an additional accessory to the mask strap which many people find useful. It is a small band of n...
The Humuhumunukunukuapuaa (hoo-moo-hoo-moo-noo-koo-noo-koo-ah-poo-ah-ah), or the shortened Humhumu, is the official state fish of Hawaiian and is also known as the reef or wedge-tail triggerfish. The Humuhumunukunukuapuaa’s name, translated to mean “the triggerfish with a pig snout”, is earned from its oddly shaped face and sound it makes. Along with having an odd name, this little fish has many interesting characteristics to go along with it. The humuhumu’s oddly shaped snout and teeth are the reason it can make its strange grunting “pig-like” noises, which are believed to help alert other hu...
  Chankanaab is one of the biggest attractions in Cozumel. This park has so much to offer in terms of snorkeling and experiencing marine life. There are large coral reefs resting under just a few feet of crystal clear water, allowing snorkelers to easily see all the reefs details. There are underwater statues throughout the park and are popular photo spots as well. The waters here are warm, calm, and full of marine life; most of the fish here are accustom to snorkelers and will swim near you. In addition to snorkeling, Chankanaab offers visitors the chance to interact and sea lions, mana...
To Purge or Not to Purge…..That is the Question. Most masks today have the option to have a purge valve installed into the bottom of their nose pocket. A purge valve is a simple one-way valve which helps in clearing your mask of water with less effort than a non-purge mask. Clearing the mask is done by holding the top of the mask lens and skirt while looking down and blowing out the nose with minimal effort, expelling all the water completely from the inside of the mask. Clearing a mask without a purge takes slightly more effort when blowing out the nose. As a snorkeler your head is in the op...
  There are several excellent snorkeling locations throughout the Bimini Islands with many spectacular sights to offer.  There are several shallow coral reef formations along the islands which house a large spectrum of underwater life, including  pods friendly and playful spotted dolphins. The dolphins here are known to frequently swim and interact with snorkelers, making for an unforgettable experience! In other areas of the Biminis you have to luxury of snorkeling over shallow wrecks, including the S.S. Sapona which lies only 14 ft under the surface.    Google
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Looking for a private, secluded snorkeling destination? Try to imagine yourself snorkeling in crystal clear waters off of an uninhabited tropical island. Laughing Bird Caye is the perfect snorkeling spot for those with a more remote experience in mind.             Laughing Bird is a National Park of Belize and is located 11 miles off the coast. It is home to the Belize barrier Reef and has been protected as a park since 1981, which luckily means there is no shortage of animal and plant life to see. On land you will see various bird species...
The green sea turtles or “Honu” of Hawaii are ancient, enduring marine creatures that date back to the age of the dinosaurs. These turtles are among the worlds largest and are known to grow up to sizes of 5ft, weigh as much as 700lbs, and have an average life span of 80 years or so. Unlike their land cousins, sea turtles spend almost all of their life in the water and have developed flattened, streamline bodies with large paddle-like flippers that help them swim through the water with ease. One of the only times a sea turtle will come upon land is to lay her eggs;  when this time comes th...
Imagine yourself relaxing at a tropical theme park where some of the main attractions range from snorkeling to seeing and experiencing an ancient Mayan village and everything fun in between. This resort is Xcaret Park (eesh-carette) and is a self-described eco-friendly, “Disneyfied” ecopark visited by thousands each year. At Xcaret Park you have a wide range of activities the whole family can choose from, one of the most popular and unique is the chance to snorkel in a 1,590ft underground river! The underground rivers at Xcaret are part of an ancient cave system underneath the Yucatan peninsul...
Corrective lenses. A convenient option available for individuals with certain eye issues is the installation of prescription lenses directly into your mask. There are both nearsighted and gauge reader corrective lenses easily installed into certain quality masks. All that’s needed is your correct and current eye prescription, it’s recommended to get the doctor’s official prescription. Once you have the correct prescription you can purchase prescription lenses which are installed into your mask or choose to have bonded lenses put in. Installed lenses are non-custom prescription lenses which ar...
Mask frame styles. A mask frame is the window on the mask which contains the lenses and come in two different styles, a single lens or two lenses. There are unique benefits of both lenses but choice of one over the other is mainly a personal preference. In certain two lens masks, you have the ability to swap out the lenses for any prescription optic corrective lenses; some also feel the single lens mask offers a wider field of vision than the two lens. Single lens masks tend to feel more natural in terms of seeing through the lens and the range of vision it gives you. Both lens types can come...
Skirt and Lens Materials. The two main components of a mask are its lenses and skirt. A quality mask skirt is typically made of a surgical grade silicone; however less expensive snorkeling mask skirts can be made of PVC (similar to the material found in plumbing pipes and offer less quality and comfort). PVC is a less durable material when exposed to sunlight or any chemicals in sunscreen while silicone skirts are softer, more flexible in following the outline of the face, and have been known to last longer and endure the elements (surgical grade silicone masks tend to create a much better se...
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