We asked lots of snorkelers what they would like for a gift, and we received many thoughtful suggestions.
We share those below along with some of our own ideas. Hopefully you will find a great gift for that special snorkeling nut in your life.
If you would like to give an ocean lover a gift that will leave a lifetime impression, then consider these stunning guided snorkeling vacations
that our UK partner creates and leads. They visit the most remote and
stunning reefs and islands in the world, from world class resorts and
liveaboard yachts. A trip like this is easily at the top of any snorkelers wish list.
The #2 gift that snorkelers said they wanted was a new underwater camera. By far and away the most popular snorkeling camera is the Olympus TG series. So the new Olympus Tough TG6 camera would be a great gift for many snorkelers.
Probably the next most popular camera is the tiny GoPro. If your snorkeler really likes taking lots of videos then the new GoPro Hero8 would make a wonderful snorkeler gift idea.
But if the person you are buying a gift for has an iPhone, you could get them a ProShot underwater housing to put it in. They can take it snorkeling and get great photos and videos of the fish and creatures they see. ProShot is offering our readers 20% off your first purchase at the link above with the code TropicalSnorkel20.
We have lots of suggestions and buying tips for snorkel cameras here.
We have eight popular eBook snorkeling guides for different island destinations. If you know a snorkeler who loves going on self-guided island trips, with lots of shore accessible snorkeling, then consider one of these books to start getting them excited about their next trip.
Our eBooks are now available for eGift delivery. You just need to know the email address of who you want it delivered to, the date you want it delivered, and your gift can also include a personalized note.
While it might be difficult to buy a new mask or fins for your favorite snorkeler (because those generally need to be fit personally), there are lots of items you could get them that will come in handy on a snorkel adventure.
High Quality Snorkeling Gear Bag
If your friend does not yet have a great snorkel bag to carry their gear in, you could get them our favorite, the BVI Mesh Backpack by Stahlsac.
Packtowls - We Love Them
Since we usually snorkel numerous locations in one day, a normal beach towel simply does not cut it. Instead we use the PackTowl, which is super absorbent and dries quickly. We can wring it out after a use and it will be usable for drying us off at the next location. They are also lightweight and don't take up much room in our luggage.
Reef Friendly Sunscreen & Bodycare Gift Kit
Our favorite reef-friendly sunscreen company, Stream2Sea has a nice gift package called the Reef Sentinel Kit that would be ideal for the eco-conscious snorkeler in your life. It includes reef safe sunscreens along with other reef safe personal care products.
For more ideas of possible snorkeling equipment gifts see our snorkeling equipment guide here.
If the snorkeler in your life travels to get to their snorkeling destination, there are lots of gadgets that make travel easier, more comfortable and would make unique snorkeler gift ideas.
iPad or Kindle Fire
Having all your books on a portable electronic device while traveling is great, and more and more travelers are going this route. So these are amazing snorkeler gift ideas for travelers. The Paperwhite Kindle Waterproof is a great device. Nicole owns an earlier version and loves it. But the more advanced color tablets like the Kindle Fire 7, Fire HD 8, and iPad Mini 5 are much more capable machines that you can check email on, browse websites, etc. We prefer the 7-8" size over the bigger tablets for traveling.
Ultimate Traveler Sunhats
One thing we never go without on the walk to and from the beach is our favorite sun hats. We love these ones from Sunday Afternoons. And they pack flat in the luggage.
Luggage Scale Saves Fees
When packing luggage for a snorkeling trip, it is always good to know that your bag fits within the weight limit of the airlines. This luggage scale is a great snorkeler gift idea.
Travel Electronics Organizers
Packing all those electronic devices and their charging cords can be a real pain. These travel organizers make it easy and make a good gift.
Collapsible Water Bottles
Taking along your own water bottle while traveling is environmentally responsible. These cool water bottles fold up when they are empty for saving space and weight in your luggage.
Another gift idea is a portable charger so if their phone runs low on juice and they are not near a plug, they can still use it. It would also work for any rechargeable electronic device.
RFID Travel Wallets
Last, small travel wallets with RFID protection are practical snorkeler gift ideas for both men and women.
We always enjoying having a tropical or snorkeling themed calendar for our wall. It is very nice gift for a snorkeler. Here is a calendar focused on Tropical Fish. There is one that is dedicated to Hawaiian Sea Turtles. Here is a pretty one called Our Oceans. And you can't go wrong with Tropical Islands and Beaches.
Us snorkelers do what we do because we love to check out sea life. So it is pretty natural for a snorkeler to want to learn more about the underwater world. So fish identification guides make great a snorkeler gift idea.
A fantastic gift for a snorkeler that they may not be willing to buy for themselves (because they are kind of expensive) is the Reef Set: Reef Fish, Reef Creature, and Reef Coral guides. It
is a three volume set that is really the bible for Caribbean sea life
identification (we own them and they are great).
Or you could just get them the Reef Fish Identification by itself for the Caribbean, Florida & Bahamas.
If your snorkeler also loves the Pacific, then round out their collection with Reef Fish Identification - Tropical Pacific.
Or if they mostly snorkel Hawaii, then Hawaii's Fishes is a nice book.