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Dec 07, 2019

Snorkeling the Red Sea, Egypt - 2019 Updated Suggestions

I have written two other stories about snorkeling in the Red Sea, Egypt on this site. I wanted to share my updated suggestions from my trip in September

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Dec 04, 2019

Is There Good Snorkeling in New Caledonia?

Is there good snorkeling in New Caledonia? I'm intrigued by this destination and am wondering if anyone has been there. I'm a fairly experienced snorkeler.

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Dec 01, 2019

Are There Any Good Snorkeling Spots in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico?

We have an upcoming trip to Puerto Vallarta. Are there any good snorkeling spots there? Any recommended snorkeling excursions? Thanks for any information

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Dec 01, 2019

Split-shot Photography with Olympus TG 5 or 6?

I want to try split-shot photography with my Olympus TG5 camera in a PT-058 housing. Can anyone advise? Will my TG5 be able to take pictures half in and

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Nov 30, 2019

Sulawesi and Raja Ampat Snorkeling Trip - 15 Days of Sea Life Bliss

Explore the fantastic diversity of sea life in the Coral Triangle, from two stunning resorts, on this unique snorkeling trip to North Sulawesi and Raja Ampat.

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Nov 30, 2019

Misool Eco Resort - Raja Ampat - 9 Day Snorkeling Trip

This Misool Resort Snorkeling Trip allows you to explore the most biodiverse and densely alive reefs in the world, in the heart of the Coral Triangle.

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Nov 18, 2019

Is the Snorkeling Better in Cancun or Isla Mujeres, Mexico?

We are staying three days on Isla Mujeres and five days in Cancun, Mexico. We have a couple people in our party that are very excited about snorkeling.

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Nov 18, 2019

Snorkeling Nose Bleeds from a Full Face Snorkel Mask?

Has anyone experienced nose bleeds or nasal septum damage due to the pressure in a full face snorkeling mask? Thank you.

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Nov 14, 2019

Better Snorkeling in Eilat, Israel or Aqaba, Jordan?

Is the snorkeling better in Eilat, Israel or Aqaba, Jordan? Of course when we look at advice forums, each tout they have better snorkeling. We need objective

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Nov 03, 2019

Philippines Resorts Snorkeling Trip - 13 Day Coral Triangle Safari

Join this fantastic Philippines Resorts snorkeling trip. Explore distinct vibrant reefs from two ideally situated luxurious resorts.

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Nov 03, 2019

Misool Raja Ampat Liveaboard Snorkeling Trip - 13 Days of Bliss

Join this all snorkeling liveaboard trip to explore the reefs of Misool, Raja Ampat, Indonesia, world epicenter of ocean biodiversity. Snorkeling at its best.

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Nov 03, 2019

Papua Explorers Resort Snorkeling Trip - 9 Days in Abundant Raja Ampat

Join this Raja Ampat resort snorkeling trip to Papua Explorers and behold the incredible biodiversity of the Coral Triangle.

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Nov 01, 2019

A Snorkeling Dive Flag That Solves Handling and Tangling Problems

A snorkeling dive flag is often required for safety around boats. But most flags are just are not made for snorkeling. There is a product we love though.

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Oct 23, 2019

Where Can You Snorkel Multiple War Machine Wrecks?

My husband had seen on TV a shallow area with multiple sunken war machines and ships that we could snorkel. I've been searching the internet for awhile

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Oct 07, 2019

Any Good Snorkeling in the Cape Verde Islands, Africa?

Does anyone know if there are any good snorkeling spots in the Cape Verde Islands off the west coast of Africa? Thank you.

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Oct 06, 2019

Full Face Snorkel Mask Reviews - What Brands Are Safe - Pros & Cons

Full face snorkel mask reviews for models that are tested for CO2 levels. Learn the pros and cons of using a full face mask, safety and fitting tips.

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Oct 06, 2019

Flying to Snorkel Hurts Reefs - We Buy Carbon Offsets to Help

We love traveling and snorkeling, but flying produces global warming gases leading to reef damage. We buy carbon offsets to fund projects that help. Learn how.

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Oct 01, 2019

Snorkeling Red Frog Beach, Bocas Del Toro, Panama?

Does anyone know about snorkeling Red Frog Beach in Bocas Del Toro, Panama? I have read about bad rip tides there. I was wondering if anybody has any information

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Sep 26, 2019

Any Good Snorkeling in Ibiza or Palma de Mallorca, Spain?

Has anyone had good snorkeling in Ibiza or Palma de Mallorca, Spain recently? If there are reefs and/or lots of pretty, tropical fish there, I'm in! Thanks

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Sep 05, 2019

Best Snorkel Spots in Puglia, Italy?

We are wondering if anyone has snorkeled anywhere in Puglia (AKA Apulia), the heel part of southeast of Italy, and has some tips on best snorkel spots?

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Sep 01, 2019

Sardine Run Snorkeling & Land Safari, South Africa - Abundant Wildlife

Snorkel with huge sardine bait balls being fed on by dolphins, whales, sharks and birds. Then go on a land safari to see lions, elephants, and other big game.

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Aug 31, 2019

Fujifilm XP140 Review - By a Snorkeling Photographer

For this Fujifilm XP140 review we took it snorkeling in St. Lucia & Indonesia. See picture examples. It's better than earlier camera models, but there are cons.

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Aug 27, 2019

Keep Long Hair From Drying out on an Extended Snorkel Trip?

I have long hair and do not want it to get dry or brittle from repeated exposure to salt water. I am going on a two week snorkel trip to Indonesia in October,

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Aug 20, 2019

Snorkeling Duck Key, Florida Keys?

We’re headed to Duck Key in the Florida Keys in March 2020. Has anyone been snorkeling that area? Advice or opinions? Thank you.

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Aug 20, 2019

Snorkel Set Buying Guide - Save Money But Sacrifice a Good Fit

You can get a snorkel set for less money than separate pieces of gear will cost, but you may sacrifice a perfect fit.

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Aug 10, 2019

Prescription Snorkel Mask - Wear Glasses? Learn All Your Options

Prescription snorkel mask options for glasses wearers have become more affordable. Explore three different types and their pros and cons.

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Aug 03, 2019

Snorkeling Mask Buying Guide - Tested to Fit Different Faces - 2019

Read our snorkeling mask recommendations. We have tested ones that fit most faces, wide and small. Also learn how to choose a mask and what features to look for.

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Jul 28, 2019

Snorkel Buying Guide - What We Use & Our Test Winners - 2019

Learn what snorkel to buy and what features you need. Learn about dry top valves, bottom purge valves, flexible tubes, and what to avoid if you dive down.

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Jul 24, 2019

Best Snorkeling Fins - Our Hands-on Tests & Reviews - 2019

Snorkeling fins buying guide from our in the water testing. Fins can be open heel or full foot, be stiff or flexible, and vary in length for travel.

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Jul 24, 2019

About Dolphin Snorkel Center and Our Parternship

We buy most of our snorkel gear at Dolphin Snorkel Center, and we partner with them because they are supportive of our snorkeling community.

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Jul 24, 2019

St John, USVI Snorkeling Trip Report: Post 2017 Hurricanes

There has been a fair amount of discussion on this website about the state of the snorkeling in St John, USVI post 2017 hurricanes Irma and Maria. I have

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Jul 23, 2019

My Snorkeling Vacation to Culebra and Vieques, June-July 2019

Recently (late June-early July 2019) I took an off-season snorkeling vacation to the islands of Culebra and Vieques off the eastern coast of Puerto Rico,

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Jul 21, 2019

Has Anyone Snorkeled in Sri Lanka?

If anyone has snorkeled in Sri Lanka, especially on the west coast, I'd love some feedback. I've snorkeled in Raja Ampat, Maldives and Red Sea, and am

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Jul 17, 2019

Snorkeling Rash Guards - Best Sun Protective Clothing

Learn about the unique snorkeling rash guards with hoods and leggings we use to protect ourselves from the sun and sea lice stings.

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Jul 14, 2019

Our Week of Snorkeling in Aruba, July 2019

We were a group of four (myself, wife, son and his best friend) that just completed our week of snorkeling all throughout Aruba in July 2019. While it

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Jul 12, 2019

Melbourne, Australia Snorkeling - Seadragons

If you ever find yourself in Melbourne, Australia, there is beautiful snorkeling to be done. Anyone who has watched Blue Planet II might remember the absolutely

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Jul 07, 2019

Komodo Snorkeling - We Saw Big Creatures and Stunning Colorful Reefs

Komodo snorkeling is fantastic! The reefs overall are amazingly healthy with lots of fish, abundant corals, and many big creatures. Plus dragons!

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Jul 05, 2019

Alor Snorkeling - Diverse Healthy Reefs - Our Favorite So Far

Alor Snorkeling is simply incredible. This chain of islands in Indonesia is unspoiled, with fantastically healthy corals and an abundance of fish life.

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May 31, 2019

Help with Fish ID, Turks & Caicos - Blenny?

While in Turks and Caicos our guide snapped this photo of what I think is a type of blenny. But I don't know what specific type. Can anyone help ID this

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May 27, 2019

Absolute Beginners

We are newcomers to the hobby of snorkeling and we love it! We just came back from a cruise in the Caribbean and wanted to share our snorkeling adventures.

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