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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

Alami Alor Resort Snorkeling Trip - An 11 Day Coral Triangle Safari

Join this unique Alami Alor Resort Snorkeling Trip in an untouched part of Indonesia. Explore the lively diverse coral reefs teeming with fish and creatures.

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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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May 22, 2019

Olympus TG6 Announced

Olympus has just announced the TG6. It will start shipping out on June 28th.The earlier TG5 is the most popular snorkeling camera. So what is new with the TG6? Our partner Backscatter has a good video that breaks down the changes. The camera physically looks the same, as is the housing. There have been no image quality changes in terms of image sensor or lens. The only physical change is a new LCD screen with over twice the resolution of the TG5, for much sharper details.

There have been a lot of changes to setting options, including some new underwater white balance quick settings for different depths. If you shoot macro, and you are in Aperture Mode you can now use the quick menu to set to macro focus modes, without turning the dial to microscope mode. And there is a way to control aperture that allows for more depth of field in macro mode. Also you can set the camera to 4K and 1080P with the quick menu, without needing to go to movie mode, even in macro mode. There is a new minimum shutter speed option.

Is this camera a game changer for a snorkeler? If you shoot a lot of macro, it is probably worth upgrading from a TG5. And if we were buying new we would certainly buy the TG6.

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May 19, 2019

Philippines and Palau Snorkeling Trip - 15 Day Combined Adventure

Join this extraoridnary Philippines & Palau snorkeling trip to two of the best snorkel destinations in the world for diverse reefs and abundant sea life.

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May 19, 2019

Anse Chastanet Snorkeling - Our Reef Health & Resort Review

How good is Anse Chastanet snorkeling on St. Lucia? Are there lots of fish and healthy coral? See our review, a snorkel map, and get a snorkel package discount.

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May 19, 2019

St Lucia Snorkeling - By Beach & Boat on the Leeward Side

Learn about St Lucia snorkeling: types and health of the reefs, fish and creatures, what spots are best, how to access them, and when to go and where to stay.

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May 19, 2019

Another Great Barrier Reef Fish Identication?

Does anyone know what kind of fish this is? I spotted it last month on the Great Barrier Reef. Thanks!

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May 12, 2019

Maui Snorkeling Guide eBook

Get the Maui Snorkeling Guide to find the most stunning snorkel spots with the most sea life and to avoid the popular crowded beaches with unhealthy reefs.

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May 08, 2019

Has Anyone Snorkeled in Nusa Lembongan, Bali?

We are in Bali. We are planning to go to Nusa Lembongan hoping to snorkel with Manta Rays. Any snorkeling tips for this island? Places to stay, excursions,

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May 05, 2019

About Tuga Sunwear & Our Partnership

Tuga Sunwear, a company with such great snorkeling products, and so snorkeler friendly, that we had to partner with them!

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Apr 28, 2019

ID for Unknown Fish - Great Barrier Reef?

Can anyone identify this fish I saw on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia? It's not the greatest photo, but I've been unable to match it to anything.

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Apr 27, 2019

Need Identification for this Fish in Indonesia

Could someone help figure out an identification for this fish? I saw it in Indonesia and it reminded me of an angel fish. Thank you.

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Apr 27, 2019

Snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef from Cairns, Australia - April 2019

My wife, 18 year-old daughter, and I just returned from an 11 day trip to Cairns, Australia, the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. We snorkeled in two

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Apr 19, 2019

Our Experience Snorkeling in Niue, South Pacific

I wanted to share my experience snorkeling in Niue in the South Pacific. I expected the snorkeling would be good there because of the clear sea water.

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Apr 19, 2019

Amazing Snorkeling at Mabul Island, Borneo

I'm a fairly new snorkeler, only doing it for little over a year now but I LOVE IT! My hubby is a very experienced scuba diver but I'm just not into that,

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Apr 19, 2019

Pool Noodle as an Equipment Holder for Snorkeling

While on a trip to St. Thomas and St. John in the USVI we went on a sailing excursion and did some snorkeling in which we used pool noodles to help keep

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Apr 07, 2019

Snorkeling Photography & Shallow Freedive Workshop Caymans Liveaboard

Join this unique snorkeling photography workshop liveaboard trip in the Caymans. Learn underwater photography skills including safe shallow freediving.

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Mar 29, 2019

Snorkeling Higgs Beach - Key West, Florida

I wanted to share my experience with snorkeling Higgs Beach in Key West, Florida. We had a snorkeling trip booked two days in a row to go out to Looe Key

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Mar 27, 2019

Snorkeling Locations Along Maya Riviera, Mexico?

I am heading to the Riviera Maya in Mexico in about a week (April 2019). I cannot find good information about the condition of the reef for snorkeling

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Mar 26, 2019

Galapagos Islands: Most Unique Snorkeling in the World

I've snorkeled many places in the Caribbean and Pacific. The most unique snorkeling I've ever done was in the Galapagos Islands, which is located about

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Mar 04, 2019

Any Insight on Snorkeling the SWARA Artificial Reefs Near Destin & Miramar Beach, Florida?

We are going to the Destin, Florida area in April 2019 and heard about the SWARA artificial reef system with four reefs installed over the last couple

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Feb 25, 2019

Budget Snorkeling Camera - The 2019 Best Options Under $200

There are some really decent budget snorkeling cameras under $200. Record your experience without breaking the bank.

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Feb 22, 2019

Snorkeling Mid-Pacific Coast of Mexico?

I am looking for information about snorkeling the mid-Pacific coast of Mexico. A friend is considering spending 4 weeks at the Ixtapa Palace Resort and

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Feb 21, 2019

Snorkeling the Cayes East of Placencia, Belize?

Has anyone been snorkeling in the cayes east of Placencia, Belize? I am going with a few friends on a catamaran out of there (the Moorings) for 5-6 days.

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Feb 19, 2019

About Galen & Nicole - Snorkeling Nuts

Learn a little more about Galen & Nicole and the history of TropicalSnorkeling.com.

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Feb 12, 2019

What to Do with Towels, Shoes, Etc. While Snorkeling?

We are looking for tips or advice on what to do with our stuff (towels, shoes, other personal belongings) while we are out in the water snorkeling. We

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