If you are a lover of crystal clear blue waters and you visit the aquarium quite often, this is for you. You are enchanted by the diverse species of fishes, corals and other aquamarine. You can swim!! Have you ever wondered what it would be like to personally interact with aquamarine varying in color, size and shapes? If yes, then snorkeling is the sport for you. Now that you’re ready for your snorkeling experience, it is important to be prepared for your trip in order to get the best out of it. You will need to:
- Select a suitable snorkeling location
- Pack all the necessary snorkeling gear.
1. Selection of a suitable snorkeling location.
1.1 Must see snorkeling locations in the world.
When selecting a snorkeling location, it is important to put into consideration the clarity of the water, the variety of species and your budget. Nobody would want to dive into cloudy water. Below are the some snorkeling locations in the world:
1.1.1. Raja Ampat Islands, West Papua, Indonesia.
If you are looking for a snorkeling location with a diversity of aquamarines, then Raja Ampat is the place for you. The Island in West Indonesia has the highest recorded population of marine life on earth. It is made of various locations including but not limited to Fabiacet and Kaleidoscope in the Southern region, Manta Ridge in the central region, and sel pele and Yangelo reef in the Northern region. In addition to the snorkeling, you will get to experience, the diversity of culture and food of the people of New Guinea. It is important to note however, that snorkeling is best between January to July, and in October when the rains are low and there are no strong winds.
1.1.2. The Galapangos Islands, Ecuador.
Have you ever been amazed by the beauty of a place that you don’t wish to leave it for a second? If yes, this is the ultimate snorkeling destination for you. The Pacific Island is known for its vast population of endemic species. The top view of the clear blue pacific waters will only make you wonder what lies beneath and the next thing you’ll do is grab your full face snorkel mask, fins and vest, and dive into the waters for your adventure. The best time to visit the Galapangos is from January to May and between June and November when the temperatures are moderate and rich-nutrient water attracts rare fish species.
1.1.3 Mnemba Island, Zanzibar, Tanzania.
If you have always known Africa as a place for only safaris and wild animals, surprise! There is a number of snorkeling locations with warm sea water, spectacular sea beds and diverse aquamarine. At Mnemba Island, you will be welcomed by the crystal clear waters of the Indian ocean, which lead you to the breathtaking lion-fish, star fish, small white-tip reef sharks, turtles and shoals of blue surgeon fish, among others. Though visits to the Island occur all year round, It is best to visit Mnemba from July to September and January to February when the rains are low.
2.Packing the necessary snorkeling gear.
2.1. Must-have snorkeling gear for your snorkeling trip
2.1.1. Snorkel mask and mouth piece
If you want the best experience while snorkeling, the most important is to have a high quality snorkel mask. A good mask should have a clear and durable, and wide angle lens that allow you to enjoy the marine’s life. A good mouth piece that allow you to breath easily, and doesn’t make you feel uncomfortable for hours underwater. If you worry about water entering your eyes and nose, a full face snorkel mask is a must-have for you. It offers exclusive ventilation for natural breathing through nose/mouth. It also comes in all sizes to cover both people with long faces and those with short faces. Some brand of full face mask have Gopro mount built-in, that easier for you when filming underwater.The price of full face mask is higher but the choice is yours.
2.1.2. Short snorkeling swim fins.
The soft short blade and foot pocket are easy to wear and adjustable for use in the pool or in the beach. They have a strong ring strap that allows reversal of strap.
2.1.3.Snorkel fin socks.
Neoprene water socks offer all the protection you need under water and keep your feet warm. They are about 2.5 millimeters thick. It protects your feet from sharp objects that may cause you cuts and inconveniences as you snorkel. It also comes in different sizes and can be used to serve various purposes including snorkeling and scuba diving.
2.1.4. Anti-fog spray.
When packing for your snorkeling trip, don’t forget to put the anti-fog spray on your check list. Your full face diving mask will need to be cleaned after snorkeling. Make sure to choose the sprays carefully. Check the ingredients first to ensure you are not allergic to any of them.
Remember to put your health first even as you enjoy spectacular views. Bon Voyage!