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Bring or Rent Snorkel Equipment????

Posted By: boatgirl729

Bring or Rent Snorkel Equipment???? - 02/05/08 05:35 PM

There are lots of seasoned travelers on here, so just want your opinion....we will be arriving on the island in March, we plan on doing some snorkeling, should we rent the equipment there on the island or bring equipment with us?

Thanks!!
Posted By: Bobber

Re: Bring or Rent Snorkel Equipment???? - 02/05/08 05:43 PM

My suggestion would be to bring it with you. Masks are notoriously different, and you do need one that fits correctly. Stop into a local dive shop and do some trying on. Most places carry snorkel sets, not too expensive. A dry snorkel would also be suggested. If your equipment leaks, you are so busy fighting that it detracts from the experience. It can be just a little cumbersome to pack, but, hey, you are probably bringing way too many clothes anyway.
Posted By: kris48

Re: Bring or Rent Snorkel Equipment???? - 02/05/08 06:10 PM

At least bring snorkel and mask. Fins are easy enough to rent, and take up a lot of room.
Posted By: Anonymous

Re: Bring or Rent Snorkel Equipment???? - 02/05/08 07:09 PM

If your vision is anything short of 20/20 you may benefit enormously from prescription lenses. But these need to be ordered 1-2 months ahead of time, for your own suitable mask.

This only applies to people with short sight (near vision). No prescription lens will help you if you're long sighted, though for diving when you need to read instruments there are magnifying inserts you can get.

We (Protech) have some masks with generic prescription lenses that aren't ideal but certainly can help. I believe some others also have some, but I don't know who.

Fins are indeed easy to rent, unless you have very (unusually) small or large feet.

Correct use of a snorkel isn't obvious and some training is useful. Really experienced snorkelers often prefer a simple bent tube to the more elaborate self-draining or "dry" snorkels.
Posted By: lakegirl

Re: Bring or Rent Snorkel Equipment???? - 02/06/08 04:30 AM

I always just bring my mask and snorkel and leave the fins at home and rent those when I get there, it leaves so much more room in the suitcase!!!
Posted By: BamaB's

Re: Bring or Rent Snorkel Equipment???? - 02/06/08 04:36 AM

What about fishing gear? Are rods available for rent for dock or shore fishing?
Posted By: Bill Mc Ghee

Re: Bring or Rent Snorkel Equipment???? - 02/06/08 05:31 AM

Bring your own Gear. I'm not sure if it's available for rent, I always bring my own.But if it is would you really want to fish with gear that is used over and over by people who have no idea how to take proper care of it? Or worse don't really care if they mess it up while using it!
Posted By: seaexplore

Re: Bring or Rent Snorkel Equipment???? - 02/06/08 05:37 AM

I brought my own mask, snorkle, and fins. My fins fit perfectly in my zipped front compartment of my suitcase (that NOTHING else seems to fit in) and didn't take up any space for my clothes. I'm nearsighted and have prescription lenses in my mask so I like to bring my own. There are plenty of places you can rent tho- ask around. Have fun! Take lots of pictures and be sure to post them on this board (Photo forum).
Posted By: clone3309

Re: Bring or Rent Snorkel Equipment???? - 02/06/08 06:11 AM

Just got back from AC. I took a collapsable fishing rod in my suitcase along with a small assortment of hooks, lures, split shot etc.( Also took a cheap pair of needle nose pliers to pull the hooks out of those wierd fish you catch that you can not identify or are afraid to touch!!)It was fun heading out on the pier every morning and evening making a few casts. Also kayaked out to the reef and did really well fishing out there. I had a friendly competition with the gal who cleaned our rooms whom I would meet out on the pier all of the time. All she had was a spool of fishing line with a split shot and a hook on the end. She would always use a piece of sardine and fish the heck out of me!!! There is a place called Captain Hooks in town that rents rods, reels and all teh stuff you need. When I went home, all my hooks were rusted along with my rod that I ended up giving to my fishing partner, she appreciated the rod but told me in spanish that she did not need it!!
Posted By: clone3309

Re: Bring or Rent Snorkel Equipment???? - 02/06/08 06:13 AM

Take all of your own gear, it is very convienient to have it all with you. It does not really take up much room in your suitcase either.
Posted By: godinski

Re: Bring or Rent Snorkel Equipment???? - 02/06/08 01:20 PM

I pack a seperate bag of dive gear for me and my wife. It includes masks, snorkels, fins, booties and a life jacket (my wife is not the world's best swimmer) for snorkeling. I know my gear fits and I am used to it. I also bring dive lights, my dive computer and wet suit for scuba. We snorkel w/o the need to rent anything and I rent a bc, regs, tanks and weights for scuba. This seems to work out real well. My buddies like to bring there own BC and regs because they're used to them.

AC is a snorkeling/diving destination, so I would assume you'll be spending alot of time using your snorkeling gear. I would suggest bringing your own.

my $0.02

Good luck - I'm sure you're gonna have fun either way.

Cheers!
Posted By: LoveH20

Re: Bring or Rent Snorkel Equipment???? - 02/06/08 11:14 PM

I always bring my own snorkel gear. That way I know it doesnt leak. I pack it in my carry on because I dont want it to get lost...The most important thing to me is my snorkel gear, swimsuit, money and passport, the rest I can do without!!! I just bought the dry snorkel so I am looking forward to using it for the first time!
Posted By: seashell

Re: Bring or Rent Snorkel Equipment???? - 02/07/08 05:54 AM

I'm a diver but I do bring a snorkel along cuz sometimes I go for a snorkel. I don't pack my snorkel in my carry on, but I can't do without my mask, so that's in my carryon, along with my scuba regulator and dive computer. OK, yes, a bathingsuit or two, enough clothes and underwear to get me by for 3 days, if my big bag doesn't show up.

Posted By: margarita

Re: Bring or Rent Snorkel Equipment???? - 02/07/08 11:29 PM

Definitely bring your own Mask & snorkel.
Bobber is correct IMO - if your mask doesn't fit your experience can be ruined & a waste of time, money & energy. If your mask leaks you can't see!!!
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