Best Snorkel Gear
The Turks and Caicos islands (or Turquoise and Caicos as we call them) are world-renowned for beautiful, crystal-clear waters and abundant wildlife, and no visit is complete without at least one day at or in the sea. Our private snorkeling charter is a great family-friendly excursion that introduces everyone to some fishing on the inner reef for tons of action. So, you’ve booked your private charter with us and now you are wondering what the best snorkel gear is.
Well, rest assured our team has you covered with all snorkeling equipment. All you’ll need to bring is your swimsuit and a sense of adventure! However, if you were looking to bring your own snorkel equipment to the island to enjoy it for your full stay, keep reading for our recommendations. Before presenting our top picks, you need to know what to look for. Snorkeling gear has three key components: the mask, fins, the snorkel and mouthpiece. Here’s what to target and what to avoid with each one.
Cressi Palau Short Fin Set
If you’re a beginner snorkeler, look no further than the Cressi Palau Short Fin Set. With a simple but solid mask that’s proven itself over the last two decades, a highly functional snorkel, and a short but robust set of travel-friendly fins, Cressi’s snorkel set will propel you forward without risking equipment failure.
The Onda Mask is a single lens mask designed for snorkeling, swimming and scuba diving. The mask skirt is made from soft hypoallergenic transparent silicone with a double feathered edge that gives an excellent seal on many face types. Mask has a low internal volume. The masks tempered glass single lens and unique shape of the frame provides a wide field of vision that extends in all directions. The wide split strap design mask strap is designed for even dispersion of pressure on the face for increased fit and comfort Mask is equipped with easy quick-adjust buckles. Mask has an easy-to-reach one-hand nose pocket for ear equalization.
The Cressi Supernova Dry Snorkel has an anti-splash end with a special valve that seals the tube as you dive, almost totally preventing the entrance of water when the snorkel is submerged. The lower end has a corrugated section that has a smooth internal bore which prevents trapping water inside the snorkel tube allowing excess water to quickly drain to the collection reservoir below. The corrugated section also quickly drops-away from the diver’s mouth when switching from the snorkel to the Scuba regulator. The special water collection reservoir with its large elliptic one-way exhaust valve makes expelling excess water quick and easy. The replaceable angled mouthpiece and corrugated tube section are both made from hypoallergenic silicone adding comfort and function. A quick release snorkel keeper and ergonomic contoured shape make this one great snorkel.
If you would rather wait until you get on the island to look at snorkel gear, that will work too. A lot of waterfront resorts on Grace Bay Beach include non-motorized watersports with your reservation. The Set also includes the Onda Mask and Super Nova Snorkel.
Aqualung Vita Snorkel Set
The Aqualung Vita snorkeling set is the best snorkel gear you can own. Aqualung, a leading name in the snorkeling game, has a set that will have pros singing a sweet tune. The brand’s snorkeling set—which includes a shatter-resistant mask, the best around—is not only super lightweight and super comfortable, but it’s also super stylish. Additionally, the travel size and universal fit of the mask, fins and snorkel make it a great option for any adventure. Features include:
- Supersoft hypoallergenic silicone skirt that create a leak-free fit
- Shatter-resistant polycarbonate lens provides durability for travel
- Antifog and UV protective coating on the lens deliver maximum clarity
- Single curved lens providing a 180-degree panoramic view for minimal distortion
- Water flow channels on the finds reduce fatigue
- One-way purge valve allows for easy clearing of excess water
- Elastic fabric strap with easily adjustable buckle keeps the mask in place and eliminates hair pulling
Greatever Dry Snorkel Set
Greatever offers, well, great products. It’s in the name. Greatever snorkeling set uses the most stable dry floating valve design, and the flexible breath tube is effortless to breath and drain. The diving mask is made of tempered glass lenses which can prevent strong ultraviolet rays and the lens surface has been specially anti-fog treatment.
This mask features a single layer of tempered glass lens designed for snorkeling, swimming and scuba diving. The skirt is made of soft hypoallergenic transparent silicone, the ultra visibility provided by the single lens and the unusual shape of the frame extend in all directions. Additionally, the mask adapts easily to a large number of face shapes.
US Divers Cozumel Snorkeling Set
Looking for the best snorkel gear that is comfortable to wear? Look no further than the US Divers Cozumel Snorkeling set. Comfort is key when it comes to underwater exploration. This ergonomically-designed snorkel set is made with dual-material construction that gives you a flexible, secure, and customizable fit. The Cozumel snorkel set includes a unisex adult mask, snorkel, dual fins, and travel bag.
This snorkel mask has a 3-way adjustable pro-glide buckle that allows you to easily fit the mask to your face for maximum comfort. Low profile two-window design and tempered glass lens offer a secure, leak-free, anti-fog streamlined fit for hours of comfortable, crystal-clear view exploration.
Prodive Premium Dry Top Snorkel Set
If you already own a pair of fins or are looking for a specific style, Prodive’s Premium Dry Top set is a great option. This scuba mask and snorkel let you enjoy perfect vision from the moment you put it on until the time you take it off. Durable adjustable silicone head strap has secure ratcheting buckles; mask strap clip features a quick-release design to allow the snorkel and diving mask to be separated quickly.
Safety comes first! Not even the hardest knock from the sharpest or heaviest object can crack or break the lens in this full face snorkel mask. It’s engineered to withstand deep water pressure, too. This high-tech, dry swim snorkel keeps air out until you’re ready to breathe in! No more surprise gulps of water in your mouth when you’re trying to breathe.
V2 Full Face Snorkel Mask
V2’s Full Face mask may be the most technically ideal option around. It’s built to maximize airflow and decrease resistance for easy breathing, with an ergonomic fit that lowers fogging. It’s really what you need for extensive trips in the water.
The SV2 has been built with intention. Their lens has been designed and refined to allow for up to 20% more viewing area over current full-face snorkel mask options. With a panoramic view, we’ve created a better immersive experience, compared to standard snorkel masks or any other traditional goggle design. You won’t miss a thing.
Mares Sea Pals Junior Dry Set
Taking your kids with you on your trip to Turks and Caicos? They can bring their favorite sea creature with then wherever you go with Mares Sea Pals Jr Dry Set! This set includes a color matching mask, fins and snorkel with a fun backpack in the form of a Clownfish, Puffer, Shark, Squid, or Turtle.
The mask has a soft Siliter skirt and a quick-release buckle system that allows for an easy fit and maximum comfort. The easy exhale purge valve on the snorkel keeps the tube clear of water and the compact dry top keeps water out even while submerged. The fins have an open heel with a comfortable foot pocket and a quick-release buckle system that allows for easy and fast adjustments.
SealBuddy’s Fiji Panoramic Snorkel Set
As SealBuddy is a relatively unheard of brand, those who are frequent snorkelers might have overlooked this set at first for something in the Promate or U.S. Divers variety. However, by passing over the FIJI Panoramic snorkel set, you are passing over an affordable snorkel set that is also of some good quality. So if you’re looking for a good overall value, maybe give SealBuddy a try!
Not only do you get a high quality set of fins, a mask, and a tube, but you get a carrying back included to put it all in. You also have quite the variety of colors to choose from to match your unique fashion choices.
Overall, snorkeling in Turks and Caicos is a privilege all on its own. Regardless of the equipment you choose, you will have an incredible time and hopefully get to witness the healthy reefs and bright-colored fish. If you have questions about any of our private charters, please feel free to contact us anytime. We look forward to seeing you out on the waters!