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snorking gear

Should you take your own snorkle gear or is it reasonable to hire

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1. Re: snorking gear

I would bring my own as not all places hire snorkel gear. Also often hire gear is not in good condition (scratched lens on the goggles etc).

You could check with your resort though as some give free use of equipment, if you aren't keen to bring your own over. If you do buy your own gear its worth getting a quality set and some short fins (board fins) rather than the long fins to reduce your luggage weight, plus you can still walk in them.

Have a great trip!

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2. Re: snorking gear

Short & long answer: YES!

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3. Re: snorking gear

It may cost as much to hire there as it would to buy here and the quality is doubtful for hired gear.

We always take our own. If you don't want to pack huge fins then pick up a pair of those boardriders short fins.


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4. Re: snorking gear

We took our own.

FWIW i have both snorkel fins and dive fins and in 20/20 hindisght should have taken the dive fins.

Dive fins would have let me wear my booties into the water then put the fins on in deeper water and i could have worn the booties on the beach rather than taking both reef shoes (weigh nothing) and changing to the fins when i was in the water (i didn;t take my dive gloves and in some pace they would have been more useful when i came in close to shore as i could have used my hands on the sea floor (lots of tiny urchins at about 20cm depth)

LOL my compromise ended up being wear the reef shoes into the water, remove and slide on fins and use the reef shoes on my hands for "landing!"

really it depends on what you already own. There is negligable difference between surf fins and snorkel fins (looked at this in the past as GS thought about it as an option) Satndard board fins are made from heavier structure and less flexible rubber. The difference between GS board fins (size 7) and snorkel fins of the same size was 13gm (reef tourers)

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5. Re: snorking gear

Big Blue dive company will hire out good quality snorkelling gear at reasonable price but it does depend on availability - so it is a bit of a gamble

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