Best Snorkeling Gear

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Our Guide to the Best Snorkeling Accessories in 2019

Snorkeling is one of those fun activities that nearly everyone can do regardless of their level of fitness. Adding some quality and useful accessories to your kit helps make a beach holiday a much more enjoyable activity for the whole family.

With snorkeling, you obviously need a good mask and snorkel, but have you thought about adding a pair of fins (flippers), booties, and a snorkel vest? 

To help save you time, we've put together a list of the best quality brands of snorkel fins, masks, booties, and other accessories.


Click the line item below to find the answer to take you to the accessory you're most interested in, or keep scrolling to see all of our recommendations. 

Snorkeling Vests

Not a confident swimmer but still want to enjoy snorkeling?

Snorkel vests allow you to lower your head into the water and are specifically designed to help you manage your buoyancy in the water. They are inflated and deflated by the wearer using a tube on the chest area.

Even good swimmers benefit from snorkel vests. These take the hard work out of snorkeling in choppy water, or for longer periods. You'll find many fit young snorkelers use a vest as hit helps to prolong their snorkeling time.  

Snorkel vests are not life preservers. Life preservers are designed to keep your head up and out of the water. Snorkel vests will let you adjust your buoyancy levels to allow you to go underwater

Snorkeling vests come in two styles - a full vest style with a front and back panel, or a horse-shoe style which has ties to hold it in place. If you're not a strong swimmer, then wearing and learning to control a snorkel vest will give you some peace of mind. 

#1 - ScubaPro Snorkel Vest

Ranked number 1 is the ScubaPro snorkel vest. This is a quality product that offers a nice sense of security. It covers both the front and back of the swimmer giving extra sun protection. These are easy to inflate, and deflate and are very comfortable to wear. 

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ScubaPro Cruiser Skin Dive Safety Snorkeling Vest

The ScubaPro snorkel vest is a quality product and this is reflected in its price. This is a product that will last for more than one holiday season. 

#2 - SealBuddy Snorkel Vest

Next best is the SealBuddy Snorkel vest. These are also very easy to inflate and deflate, and come in a range of colors in adult and children's sizes. These have a tie around the back to keep them in place. 

SealBuddy Inflatable Snorkel Vest Orange
SealBuddy Inflatable Snorkel Vest Pink
SealBuddy Inflatable Snorkel Vest Yellow

Snorkeling Booties / Socks and Snorkel Fins

#1 - Seavenger Premium 3mm Neoprene Bootie Socks

Seavenger Premium 3mm Neoprene Water Fin Bootie Socks
Seavenger Premium 3mm Neoprene Water Fin Bootie Sock Pink

Not only can you match your booties to your fins, and you'll also avoid cutting your feet on coral or rocks with these Seavenger Premium 3 mm neoprene booties.

These are 4-way stretchable neoprene for great fit. They have a dotted silkscreen sole to provide some traction to avoid slipping on slimy rock surfaces. These also have blind-stitched seams to give extra strength, comfort and durability.

#2 - Fun Toes Snorkeling Socks

Fun Toes are 2.5 mm thick neoprene socks that will not only cut down on the chafing caused from fins, boards and water skis, but they'll also keep your feet warm. The water socks have grip soles to help stop slipping.

Fun Toes 2.5mm Neoprene bootie socks for snorkeling

These snorkel socks have extra thick soles with reinforced stitching to give good protection for the bottom of your feet.

They come in a set of 2 pairs and will protect your feet against sharp rocks or coral even when you're not wearing snorkel fins.

#3 - L-RUN Unisex Water Shoes

L-RUN Unisex Water Shoes Barefoot Skin Shoes for Run Dive Surf Swim Beach Yoga
L-RUN Unisex Water Shoes

L-RUN specialize in multi-functional barefoot water and fitness shoes.

One big advantage of these is that they have an anti-skid, ultra-lightweight and breathable outer sole. They are made with quick-drying vamps fabric - this will help keep the mold away.

Wildhorn Outfitters Topside Snorkel Fins

Wildhorn Outfitters Topside Snorkel Fins and Full Face Snorkel Mask

#1 - Wildhorn Outfitters Snorkel Fins/Socks

Wildhorn Outfitters not only produce quality products, they also have excellent customer service. 

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Their topside fins are something different from the ordinary. These are both a shoe or bootie and a fin. The neoprene bootie has some stretch allowing for a little flexibility in sizing.

These fit like a shoe and have a closed-in toe which will help prevent cramping and hypertension in your foot. Each fin has an adjustable Velcro strap around the ankle to provide further support.

#2 - Cressi Palau Short Snorkeling Swim Fins

The Cressi Palau Short Fin is an adjustable fin great for using in the pool or at the beach. It has a soft short blade and foot pocket with a good heel strap making it easy to release or adjust when needed but won't slip or loosen as you swim.

These are short enough to fit in carry-on or regular luggage without taking up too much room.

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These can be worn barefoot or over thin booties and come in 4 sizes and each size will adjust to fit  3 to 4 consecutive sizes taking the stress out of ordering online.

The Cressi Palau Short Fins come in 6 colors.

Best Snorkel Gear

What is a Dry Top Snorkel and what stops water from getting in?

How a Dry Top snorkel works

Many snorkel tubes have a dry top snorkel system. These snorkels have a hollow ball float inside the snorkel piece.

Each time as you go under water, the ball float rises and stops water from coming into the snorkel and into your mouth. As you surface, the float drops and allows air back into the tube. If a little water gets in to the snorkel tube, it's channeled out through a valve at the bottom. 

These snorkels can be a little bulkier than a regular snorkel due to the float mechanism but this is barely noticeable. 

Favorite Traditional Snorkeling Mask Sets

PRODIVE Premium Dry Top Snorkel Set

PRODIVE Premium Dry Top Snorkel Set - Blue

The ProDive Premium Dry Snorkel set is a firm favorite. This package includes a water tight face mask, a breathe-easy dry snorkel and a waterproof carry bag.

The mask has twin lenses that are tempered glass, and claim to have anti-fog properties. Customer reviews are mixed on whether these fog or not. It wouldn't hurt to purchase a bottle of anti-fog spray at the same time as buying these.  

ProDive Premium Snorkel set comes in 6 color choices. 

PRODIVE Premium Dry Top Snorkel Set - Pink
PRODIVE Premium Dry Top Snorkel Set - Rose
PRODIVE Premium Dry Top Snorkel Set Float
PRODIVE Tempered Glass Snorkel Mask

Cressi Adults Palau Mask Fin Snorkel Set

Cressi have been making quality masks, fins and other snorkeling and diving gear for a very long time.

Cressi Palau Mask Fin Snorekl Set

This popular snorkel set has a pair of Cressi Palau Short Fins, and a traditional style two window face mask with a silicone skirt edge that adapts to fit most faces.

The short fins are effective, and great for travel. 

The package also includes a curved snorkel, with a Dry Top mechanism. It has an anti-splash end with a valve that seals the tube as you dive. It comes with a mesh carry bag.

Cressi Kids Rocks Mask Fin & Snorkel Set

Cressi Kids Rocks Snorkel Fins Mask Set White-Orange

Cressi's Junior Kids Rocks Snorkel Set comes in two sizes and is designed for kids aged from 6 to around 14.

The set includes a set of fins, a traditional style two window face mask with a silicone skirt edge that's designed for narrower faces. 

The package also includes a curved Dry Top snorkel - it has a splash guard on the end with a valve that seals the snorkel as you go under water. A mesh carry bag is included.

 The snorkel is designed to go on left side of face so that it can be attached to the mask strap by a snorkel keeper clip.

Cressi Rocks Kids Mask Snorkel Fin Set Blue-Yellow
Cressi Rocks Kids Snorkel Mask Fins set - Purple Pink

The fins are composite duel vented blades. These give great power in your kicks and save energy while swimming. They have an open-heel with soft and comfortable foot pockets with easy to adjust buckles.

Cressi Kids Rocks Snorkel Set Size Chart

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Helps take a lot of time out of researching!

Nice snorkel gear accessory list!

Glad I found your page as I’ve been looking for snorkel fins and didn’t know snorkel vests and booties even existed! This page has saved me hours of research! Cheers.

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    Sharon McKenzie

    Sharon has always enjoyed beach holidays and snorkeling. She loves to share knowledge and tips with fellow travelers whenever possible. Sharon believes this is all part of the journey and makes for better travel experiences for everyone.
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  • Carmen says:

    Comprehensive review

    Nice roundup! i just got back from sardinia of all places and this article helped me a lot before going.

  • Sepeda says:

    so glad read this

    I was so glad read this before we went to Curacao. We would have only been able to use the resort’s for an hour and our room was clear across the property. We were able to swim without fins when we wanted with our own masks and snorkels.
    To store them, we left them in our carry bags along with our water shoes.
    Thank you!

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