Snorkeling Equipment: All You Need To Know

By Robin Kennedy
Reserve Maui Snorkeling Gear
We specialize in Molokini Snorkeling

If you’re interested in snorkeling, it’s important to know what equipment you’ll need before hitting the beach. In this blog post, we will discuss all the basic equipment you need for a great snorkeling experience. We’ll cover everything from masks and fins to vests and wetsuits! So whether you’re a beginner or an experienced snorkeler, read on for all the information you need to know about snorkeling gear.

The Basics

Snorkeling is a great way to get up close and personal with the underwater world, and it doesn’t require a lot of gear. All you really need is a mask and a snorkel. The mask helps you to see underwater, and the snorkel allows you to breathe without having to come up for air.

Snorkeling Masks

When it comes to snorkeling, having the right mask can make all the difference. There are a few different types of masks available on the market, each with its own advantages. The most popular type of mask is the full-face snorkel mask, which covers your entire face and provides a wide field of vision. These masks also have built-in GoPro mounts, so you can easily attach a camera and capture your underwater adventures.

Another popular option is the traditional snorkel mask, which covers your eyes and nose. These masks provide a more immersive experience, but they can be difficult to breathe through and can fog up more easily than full-face masks.

For those who want the best of both worlds, there are also half-mask options that cover just your eyes or nose. Whichever type of mask you choose, make sure it fits well and doesn’t leak – you want to be able to enjoy your time snorkeling, not spend it all struggling with your gear!


There are three main types of snorkels: the tube snorkel, the purge snorkel, and the semi-dry snorkel. The tube snorkel is the most basic type of snorkel, and it consists of a simple tube that allows you to breathe through your mouth while swimming. The purge snorkel is slightly more complex, and it features a small valve that helps to clear out any water that gets into the tube. The semi-dry snorkel is the most advanced type of snorkel, and it features a special valve that prevents water from entering the tube.

While all three types of snorkels serve the same basic purpose, each has its own advantages and disadvantages. Ultimately, the best type of snorkel for you will depend on your individual needs and preferences.

For beginners, the dry snorkel is your best choice, especially if you aren’t used to clearing a snorkel. Even experienced snorkelers use these for their convenience and ease of use. The classic snorkel is very minimal and if you’re comfortable with clearing a snorkel, both would be great options for you.


Fins are very helpful if you plan on staying out for a long time or swimming further from shore. We do recommend them, especially if you are just starting off or you aren’t a strong swimmer.

Of course, there are also a few other items that can make your snorkeling experience more enjoyable. We’ll talk about these further in the article. But at its core, snorkeling is a simple activity that anyone can enjoy with just a few basic pieces of equipment.

Snorkeling Safety

Swimming in the ocean can be a lot of fun, but it’s important to stay safe. Here are a few basic safety tips for snorkeling:

  • Never swim alone. Make sure there is always someone else with you in case of an emergency.
  • Be aware of your surroundings. If you see something dangerous, swim away from it immediately.
  • Don’t touch anything. Some ocean creatures can be dangerous, and you don’t want to inadvertently provoke them.
  • Listen to your body. If you start to feel tired, get out of the water and rest.

By following these simple safety tips, you can help ensure that your next snorkeling trip is enjoyable and safe.

Other Convenient Snorkeling Gear

While this gear isn’t necessary, it can make things easier. Depending on your skill level and needs, you may want to consider picking some of this equipment up.

Snorkeling Vest

A snorkeling vest is typically good for the following reasons:

  • You aren’t a strong swimmer and are not used to ocean swimming
  • Easily fatigue or get muscle cramps
  • Health problems that could cause issues if they arise while snorkeling
  • Rough currents or surf and you want the extra peace of mind
  • It is a bright colored jacket that makes you easy to see in the event something goes wrong

If you are worried about any of the following things, stop stressing yourself out and pick up a snorkeling vest. It will allow you to get out there and snorkel comfortably.


Rashguards are a type of clothing worn while snorkeling that help to protect the skin from abrasions and sunburn. They are usually made from a stretchy material that is quick-drying and provides UPF (ultraviolet protection factor) sun protection. Rashguards can be worn on their own or over a wetsuit for added warmth.

They are available in long and short sleeve options, as well as in a variety of colors and designs. While not required, rashguards are a popular choice among snorkelers because they help to extend the time that you can stay in the water without getting cold or sunburned.

Come Snorkel With Boss Frog!

If you’re ever in the Hawaiian islands and are looking for a great place to pick up snorkeling equipment – reach out to us at Boss Frogs! Our experienced staff is here to help you pick the best equipment and make sure you have a great time snorkeling.

We hope this article has helped you learn a bit more. Thank you for reading, and we are looking forward to seeing you!