To enjoy snorkeling, you’ll need some essential equipment. Here’s a brief rundown:

Snorkel Mask:

A good-quality mask that fits your face snugly is crucial. Look for one with a silicone skirt for a comfortable seal around your eyes and nose.

Snorkel Tube:

The snorkel tube allows you to breathe while keeping your face submerged. Opt for a dry snorkel, which has a mechanism to prevent water from entering the tube.


Fins help you move efficiently through the water. They come in various styles, including open-heel and full-foot. Choose ones that fit comfortably and provide good propulsion.

Wetsuit or Rash Guard:

Depending on the water temperature, you might need a wetsuit or a rash guard to keep your body warm and protected from the sun.


Wear a swimsuit or swim trunks underneath your wetsuit or rash guard.

Flotation Device:

If you’re not a strong swimmer, consider using a flotation device like a snorkel vest to help you stay afloat.

Sun Protection:

Don’t forget sunscreen, a wide-brimmed hat, and UV-protective sunglasses to shield yourself from the sun.

Mesh Bag:

A mesh bag is handy for carrying your snorkeling gear and allows it to dry after use.

Optional Accessories:

Depending on your preferences, you might also consider items like underwater cameras, anti-fog solutions for your mask, and snorkel boots for added comfort.


Remember to choose equipment that suits your skill level and the specific conditions of your snorkeling destination. Happy snorkeling! ??


Terry’s Tips:

1. Ask the locals about the best place to snorkel. Every place is different.
2. Visibility may vary depending on tides, currents, and weather.
3. Swim with a friend.
4. Fish hang out at rocks and reefs.
5. Be aware of wave action and under tows when around #4.
6. Don’t touch black sea urchins and jellyfish. Actually, don’t touch anything.
7. Save energy to get back to shore.

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  • Clownfish
  • Surgeon fish
  • Porcupine fish
  • Filefish
  • Parrot fish
  • Pufferfish
  • Mexican hogfish
  • Snapper

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