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Seadaddy’s Adventures

Seadaddy’s Adventures

Snorkeling with Manatees & Scuba Certifications

FROM$27 per 3 hrs

SeaDaddy's Adventures offers unique tours to swim, snorkel and scuba dive with manatees in the crystal clear waters of Florida's Crystal and Homosassa Rivers. The shop is is centrally located in downtown Crystal Rivers Heritage Village. read more

Water Sports San Diego
FROM$29 per 2 hrs

Water Sports San Diego offering some of the best snorkeling tours in La Jolla's underwater world. Their team of water enthusiasts provides curated and guided snorkeling tours that explore epic sea caves and reefs with opportunities to spot leopard sharks, seals, and sea lions! read more

Sole Watersports

Sole Watersports

Kayak & SUP Rental & Snorkeling Tours

FROM$30 per hr

Discover snorkeling, SUP and kayaking in Duck Key with Sole Watersports, and enjoy some of the bluest water in the keys! Snorkel the only living coral barrier reef in the continental US, kayak through the island's mangrove forests, or SUP the shallow water off the white sand beaches. Enjoy the Caribbean water and reefs right in Florida!read more

South Coast Tours

South Coast Tours

Kayak, SUP & Snorkeling Tours & Rentals

FROM$40 per 2 hrs

Let South Coast Tours take you on an unforgettable adventure paddle in the Wild Rivers Coast estuaries and Southern Oregon coast. Book your kayak, paddleboard and snorkel rental or guided tours to explore the unique shoreline and rocky reefs of the Oregon coast.read more

Paradise Scuba and Snorkeling Center

Paradise Scuba and Snorkeling Center

Scuba & Snorkel Tours & Lessons

FROM$40 per 2 hrs

Paradise is the only way to explain the magnificent underwater environment we experience diving and snorkeling in Puerto Rico. Join Paradise Scuba & Snorkeling Center in La Parguera to snorkel some of the best shallow reefs in Puerto Rico, swim in the bioluminescent bay, scuba dive The Wall in La Parguera or discover scuba diving with a beginner dive or PADI certification course!read more

Maui Eco Tours

Maui Eco Tours

Kayak, SUP, Surf, Kiteboard, Windsurf Rentals, Tours & Lessons

FROM$45 per day

Experience the beauty of Makena Bay with Maui Eco Tours. Kayaks have zero emissions, and don't disturb the marine life or their environment and allow access to some unique spots that you normally can't get to. Enjoy the stunning coastlines, and pristine tropical waters teeming with colorful coral reefs, turtles, dolphins and whales. Or learn to surf or SUP on gentle rolling waves. If you’re into more extreme sports, try windsurfing or kiteboarding. Excellent conditions make Maui one of the worlds best spots to learn!read more

Pure Adventure

Pure Adventure

Kayak, Scuba, Snorkel Tours & Lessons

FROM$48 per 2 hrs

Pure Adventure welcomes divers, snorkelers and kayakers to Fajardo, Puerto Rico! They will take you to stunning beaches with crystal clear waters for snorkeling and diving, or secluded, hidden-away bird sanctuaries in mangrove lined lagoons. And for the truly adventurous, kayak the glowing waters of Bio Bay Laguna Grande or scuba dive off the coasts of Vieques and Culebra Islands. They have an exciting Puerto Rican adventure tour for everyone, regardless of age or skill level.read more

Rincon Diving & Snorkeling

Rincon Diving & Snorkeling

Snorkeling & Scuba Diving Tours & Lessons

FROM$50

Snorkeling and scuba diving in the Tres Palmas Marine Reserve in Rincon is fun, safe, and easy for everyone to enjoy.  You will be amazed at the underwater world that lives just steps from the beautiful beaches of Rincon!read more

Kama’aina Kayak and Snorkel Eco-Ventures
FROM$59 per 4 hrs

Kama'aina Kayak and Snorkel Eco-Ventures is located at He'eia State Park right on Kane'ohe Bay with access to the famous, one-of-a-kind "Sunken Island" sandbar, spectacular reefs, and stunning views. Its calm, protected waters are home to Oahu's healthiest coral reef and abundant marine life. With your kayaks and gear set up right on the water's edge, He'eia State Park is the ideal location to check out what Kane'ohe Bay has to offer!read more

Bio Bay Parguera

Bio Bay Parguera

Kayak, Snorkel & Kiteboard Tours & Lessons

FROM$62 per 2.5 hrs

Join Bio Bay Parguera tours and be amazed with the natural beauty of Puerto Rico's waters. Snorkel through the marine wonders of Puerto Rico, and take a sunset swim at a beautiful cay before you head out to kayak the renowned bioluminescent bay. A once in a lifetime experience! Or learn to kiteboard in the warm and crystal clear waters of Parguera.read more

What is Snorkeling?

Snorkeling is an underwater activity that involves swimming on the surface of a sea or ocean with a snorkeling mask, a snorkel, and fins in order to observe the beautiful underwater creatures, canyons, and whatnot. A wetsuit may also be used in colder waters. Using snorkeling gear enables the snorkeler to swim with their head in the water while exploring the underwater views for prolonged times while still breathing with assistance from the snorkel gear.

Snorkeling gear can typically be rented, or one can participate in a snorkeling tour in many top destinations.  The benefit of a tour is that the activity providers will have scouted out the top locations to snorkel, and will take you there directly.  Renting snorkeling gear can also be very rewarding, especially if there are clear, marine life-filled waters nearby.

TripOutside lets you book snorkeling gear and tours in many top snorkeling destinations quickly and easily.

How to Snorkel Tips

Even if you are a beginner or a professional snorkeler, these tips will help you throughout your snorkeling journey!

  • Learn the Appropriate Technique to Breathe: Learning to breathe with the gear you selected is necessary, especially in shallow water where you can stand. You must be able to breathe and remain relaxed even if some water gets inside the snorkel (which can easily happen). If you wish to eliminate the water from your snorkel, just exhale sharply through your mouth. Such a situation will not arise in calm waters as the water does not normally enter the snorkel.
  • Practice Positioning: When the head is slightly turned upwards during this water activity, it will also avoid the entry of water in comparison to looking down and letting the water in.
  • Learn to Float and Swim: Floating and breathing when you are submerged in the water will let you stay comfortable. You can glide through the water using your arms or legs, or both.  If you use fins you probably won’t need to use your arms.
  • Enhance Your Swimming Skills:  Consider taking some swimming lessons, or practicing in a nearby lake or pool before your trip.  Even if you are a great swimmer, getting even better at it will definitely benefit you in the water. Concentrate on freestyle to be specific, as the kicking technique from this style can really help you during this water sport.

Choosing the Best Places to Snorkel

  • Practice in Shallow Waters: Practice swimming in shallow waters at a pace that lets you breathe through your snorkel steadily and comfortably. Your snorkel can restrict your breathing so keep your movement level at a pace that doesn’t require heavy breathing.  Learn to float along effortlessly.
  • Choose a Spot with Good Conditions: Choose a spot with calm waters. When snorkeling, strong waves should be avoided, particularly if it’s your first time. Waves also stir up the water, making it less clear for observing marine life. They also require more swimming effort. Also, understand the tides, waves, and surges of the ocean. The ocean is alive, and the water is flowing, often carrying you along with it. Make sure you keep track of which direction and how far you are swimming.  Pick a vibrant beach spot, with plenty of fish, corals, and other views to see in the shallow waters.
  • Choose a Tour: If this is your first time, or you are looking for the absolute best snorkeling spots, booking a guiding tour is a great option. Experienced outfitters have spent years scoping out the best spots, so let them guide you!

How Does a Snorkel Work

A snorkel enables you to breathe while you are immersed in the water. It is a plastic or a rubber tube approximately one-foot long, with a mouthpiece at the bottom, it lets you breathe air from the surface while your head is in the water.  It is connected to goggles that allow you to watch the underwater world.

Best Snorkeling Gear

To enjoy your trip, thoroughly ensure that you have the right snorkeling equipment. A snorkeling mask, snorkel, and fins are the three common types of gear. Additional accessories include a snorkeling vest, a waterproof camera, lycra safety, and a mesh bag.

Snorkeling Mask

The mask helps you view the marine world beneath the waves. It allows you to keep your eyes open and see clearly underwater.  Your nose also fits into the mask so that you are able to respond to pressure changes.

Snorkel

By using a snorkel, you are able to breathe with your face in the water.  The snorkel mouthpiece should fit comfortably, and the tip will extend up from the crown of your head, so it is above the water pulling in air when your face is in the water.  

The Fins

Fins (or flippers) offer a larger surface area for propelling you through the water as you swim, as well as extra flotation capabilities.  They are optional, but many people prefer to use them for these reasons.

Best Places to Snorkel

Looking for the best places to snorkel? Searching for the best snorkeling near me? We feature some of the most amazing snorkeling destinations across North America – read on!

Best Snorkeling in Florida

With hundreds of miles of beaches, there are infinite spots to explore the waters of the sunshine state. You can witness manatees in the crystal clear waters of Florida’s Crystal and Homosassa Rivers while snorkeling, scuba diving, and swimming. Book your snorkel rental gear or tours on TripOutside. 

Best Snorkeling in Mexico

Mexico is an ideal place to explore the underwater world. With 5,800 miles of coastline, snorkeling is a pretty incredible activity. You can find snorkeling gear rental and guided tours  on TripOutside and explore the underwater world of Mexico’s shores.

Best Snorkeling in Puerto Rico

From exploring the beautiful beaches of Rincon to spotting sea turtles and colorful fish and other marine life, snorkeling in Puerto Rico is an incredible experience. Whether this is your first time or you are a pro, TripOutside has the snorkeling tours and rental gear for you. 

Best Snorkeling in Hawaii

From volcanic eruptions to hidden waterfalls, outdoor adventure activities to amazing nightlife, the Hawaiian islands offer endless fun opportunities and places to explore. Snorkeling is one such activity that will allow you to relax on the calm waters while enjoying its stunning sea life. TripOutside features the best snorkeling tours and snorkel rentals in Honolulu and Maui snorkeling.

Big Island, Hawaii Snorkeling

Big Island snorkeling is one of the greatest experiences of the Hawaiian Islands. The shoreline on the island’s western side (Kona side) is made up of many volcanic bays, where corals, reef fish, and larger sea life prosper!

Best Time of Year to Snorkel

Florida Snorkeling

Florida sees beautiful weather throughout the year and the water is mostly warm due to its subtropical climate. The visibility in the water is often up to 30 m. Although September and October should be avoided as hurricane season can put a damper on water sports. January sees strong winds so snorkeling is not suggested and can be unfruitful.

Mexico Snorkeling

Mexico has year-round beautiful weather, and one can fully explore the stunning reef ecosystems. The best season for snorkeling in Mexico is between October and April wherein the coolest months are November to January (72-79F) and the warmest June to August (79-86F).

Puerto Rico Snorkeling

Puerto Rico has amazing temperatures throughout the year though surf depends on the wind conditions. Winter seasons can be busy and crowded, so the best time to visit is mid-April through June, just before the rainy season. Spring season is also pleasant, with most days reaching only the mid-80s.

Hawaii Snorkeling

Summertime is a great  time of year for snorkeling in Hawaii – from May through September – although Hawaii is a popular destination year round due to its climate.

What to Wear Snorkeling

Essential Gear for Snorkeling

  • Mask
  • Snorkel
  • Fins

Helpful Items to Pack for Snorkeling

What to Wear for Snorkeling

  • Swimsuit
  • Wet Suit (if needed)
  • Rashguard

Personal Items for Snorkeling

  • Camera (waterproof)
  • Sunscreen
  • Microfiber towel
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