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Snorkel equipment question #48150
02/05/02 01:04 PM
02/05/02 01:04 PM
Joined: Jul 2001
Posts: 35
Concord, CA USA
Gaelen Offline OP
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We're now at 26 days and counting, and I have what may seem like a stupid question! [Linked Image]

We're planning to snorkel at least a few days at Ambergris, and I'm wondering if it makes more sense to buy some cheap masks, snorkels & fins and bring them with us, or if you can rent them somewhere.

Also, if anyone has any good suggestions about where it's best to snorkel, they would be greatly appreciated!

Concord, CA

Re: Snorkel equipment question #48151
02/05/02 01:12 PM
02/05/02 01:12 PM
Joined: Apr 2000
Posts: 507
Ohio USA
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A leaky mask can ruin a snorkel trip, so I prefer to bring my own. Snorkels are cheap - why risk sucking someone else's spit?
Fins are bulky to pack - and cheap to rent, so we rent those.
Snorkel: of course Hol Chan is great. Night snorkeling there is awesome.
Mexico Rocks my favorite snorkel spot.
Tres cocos is close and beautiful.
Many places to see between AC & CC.
Belize it!

Re: Snorkel equipment question #48152
02/05/02 01:13 PM
02/05/02 01:13 PM
Joined: Mar 2001
Posts: 79
Pensacola, FL
Nicki Offline
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I can tell you from experience that you don't want to go out and buy cheap equipment. This can ruin a snorkeling trip. Your mask will leak, your fins will rub blisters on your feet, and you will have a horrible time. If you plan on snorkeling more than just in Belize, I would invest in decent snorkel gear. It can make all the difference. A good snorkel mask will form to your face (don't share your mask with others). This reduces the chance of leaking. And a good pair of fins can be quite comfortable. If you don't want to invest in quality gear, the dive shops in Belize have good equipment for rent. Many of the people on our trip opted for this and were pleased with what they got. One other little tip for snorkeling, put a little bit of baby shampoo and water in your mask before snorkeling to keep it from fogging up. This works better than the expensive no fog stuff you buy in the dive stores.

Call Alfonse while you're there and he can take you to the best snorkeling spots. He is very knowledgeable and loves his job.

Have fun!

Re: Snorkel equipment question #48153
02/05/02 01:55 PM
02/05/02 01:55 PM

always throwing a wrench in it, i did just fine with my mask & snorkel set from target. it wasn't the cheapest, but at $30 for the set i was perfectly happy. (try them out in the bathtub first, duh). i rented flippers, 'cause, big deal, but i agree with the spit comment. eeewww.

hubby has $$$ mask, snorkel & fins from the dive shop, and he still got blisters on his feet. so, go figure. luckily, i always travel with waterproof band-aids and neosporin!

Re: Snorkel equipment question #48154
02/05/02 07:01 PM
02/05/02 07:01 PM
Joined: Apr 2000
Posts: 7,057
South Texas
Chloe Offline
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Enrigue at Aqua Dive, did a great job fitting our snorkelers, with mask snorkel and fins. They don't just throw one at you, they help you fit it, and they check before you leave. My Hubby's expensive mask, leaks, but my middle of the road mask works well. I think too much sunscreen on your face, makes the mask leak. When you think you have the strap tight enough, well make it tighter....LOL
If you are concerned about the left over spit, take your own alcohol and wash the mouth piece.
Guides don't always charge the rental fee for the equipment. I have never been charged.

Dare To Deviate
Re: Snorkel equipment question #48155
02/05/02 07:25 PM
02/05/02 07:25 PM
Joined: Oct 1999
Posts: 70,417
oregon, spr
Marty Offline

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Our family brings masks and snorkels. thats it. we like the fit of a mask thats set to our face.

now certainly thats not a necessity. you can for sure rent masks taht fit. its certainly better to rent than buy cheap ones. the rentals are not cheapos.

but its kind of like renting ski boots. If only your face/feet have been in them, you don't have to worry about getting the size right, you mess with them over and over and get to know their settings well.

so in a perfect world, i'd never carry fins, and would bring a mask. If its not something you are going to do a lot, just rent.

Re: Snorkel equipment question #48156
02/05/02 07:27 PM
02/05/02 07:27 PM
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Posts: 70,417
oregon, spr
Marty Offline

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as to where to snorkle, i'd ask your guide. they will know all the spots, you can read them over here:

and snorkeling around the top of the blue hole was fabulous.

[This message has been edited by Marty (edited 02-09-2002).]

Re: Snorkel equipment question #48157
02/05/02 10:49 PM
02/05/02 10:49 PM
Joined: Jan 2002
Posts: 26
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA, US...
ACfan Offline
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Check out - they usually have decent package deals - or soon, Costco will probably have mask/snorkel sets.

Whether or not you buy fins, or rent, I'd recommend getting some lycra socks - I've used them for years and haven't gotten blisters since I started wearing them. Beats the heck out of bandaids and neosporin!

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Re: Snorkel equipment question #48158
02/06/02 12:57 AM
02/06/02 12:57 AM
Joined: Oct 2001
Posts: 288
Seattle, WA USA
trina Offline
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We always bring our own. It's a pain to lug it around, but we like the independence of having our own. Not having to pay extra to rent. And it's already fitted to us.

Re: Snorkel equipment question #48159
02/06/02 01:07 AM
02/06/02 01:07 AM
Joined: Apr 2001
Posts: 1,080
Eugene, OR, USA
KC Offline
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I just bought a really nice snorkel and mask (Body Glove) at Costo. It was 25.00.


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