Buying a snorkel set can be a good idea if you are on a tight budget, instead of buying your pieces of snorkeling gear separately. You can buy mask, snorkel, and fins sets, with a decent bag for it, all for under $50. We bought our first snorkeling gear as a set from Costco many years ago. And looking back we see what a bargain it was. Just to compare, when buying quality snorkel gear individually you can easily spend $50-$100 on a mask, $40 is typical for a good snorkel, $75 is average for quality fins, and then a bag is $30 to $50. That all adds up to $200-250 or more.
But, for the best fit and quality, we recommend you buy your pieces individually. If you are a new snorkeler, it may seem a good idea to get cheap equipment to see if you like the sport first. But if you get poor fitting, uncomfortable, leaky gear, you may end up disliking snorkeling because of it.
Pros of Buying a Snorkel Set
Cons of Buying an Inexpensive Snorkel Set
You can buy snorkel sets in higher price ranges that do include higher quality pieces, and we have tried to link to some of those below. You can also buy sets that are just a mask and snorkel, and buy your fins separately.
Note: We do not test snorkel sets. On our mask, full face mask, snorkel, and fins pages we recommend equipment that we use ourselves, or have tested snorkeling. You can help us if you purchase from the links below. We may make a small commission, at no extra cost to you. Thank you.
US Divers Cozumel Snorkel Set - In this very affordable set you get the basics: mask,
full foot fins, snorkel and a simple gear bag. The snorkel has a semi-dry top and a purge valve in the bottom, and a solid tube. Quality is not great, but the
price is hard to beat. There are many color choices and sizes available.
Mares Super-Channel Fins Set - We have tested the Super-Channel fins and many snorkelers love them. They are a high quality product with excellent propulsion, if the foot pockets works for your feet. The mask has a 100% silicone skirt, the snorkel has a silicone flexible tube, purge valve, and semi-dry top. The set costs over twice the price of the U.S. Divers gear above, but it is still a good discount compared to buying those pieces by themselves. The fins go for around $70 by themselves normally. There are other colors available.
Cressi Clio Full Foot Fin With Frameless Mask & Dry Snorkel - Cressi is a well respected brand and they have been making the comfortable Clio fins for a long time. The mask is frameless, which makes it lightweight, and the snorkel is full featured, with purge valve, flexible hose, and dry top.
Cressi Frog Plus Fins, Focus Silicone Mask & Dry Snorkel Set - If you prefer an open foot fin, that you can use a thin boot or neoprene sock with, these are of good quality. Also, the Cressi Focus mask has drop-in prescription lenses available. The snorkel is also full featured with a dry top, purge valve, and flexible hose.
Mares Volo One Marlin Snorkel Set With Bag - This is a super affordable open foot snorkel set made by a well respected manufacturer of snorkel gear. You really can't get gear for much less than this.
SEAC Unica & Sprint Fins Set [?]- The SEAC Unica Full Face Mask is one we have tried. SEAC is a quality Italian manufacturer, and their masks have been tested for safe CO2 levels. We also really like the SEAC fins. They have a lot of power for their size and are compact for traveling.
Head Sea VU Dry Full Face Mask With Mares Volo One Fins - Head Sea View Dry is a mask we have tested, that has passed safe CO2 testing. This mask is paired with the popular Mares Volo One fins.