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I was on the big island of Hawaii with my brother (who lives there) and he wanted to show me his favorite spot. He called it two step, I don’t remember the real name of the park we were at because it was a lot of vowels in one word, but it was so much fun!

On the other hand though I didn’t realize how hard it was gonna be to regulate my breathing, it took about forty five minutes to take deep breaths. It was very intimidating at first to look at the sea floor, but there’s a cool spot that someone spelled “Aloha” with sea stuff.

I’m curious though if there’s a way to regulate my breathing as soon as I get into the water? Because my brother was good immediately.

10/10 I want to do it again! It was so cool to see how sea life just kinda coexists.

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I recently started snorkeling again at La Jolla in San Diego and I’ve seen some videos of some spots there that are a lot more populated with sea life, but I can’t find out the names of the beaches/coves online. Any tips for finding more hidden spots or should I just keep exploring around ?

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I am looking for a 4 day vacation,and want to know the best snorkeling spot you experienced in central america and/or mexico? i've been to belize, ambergis caye, and it was pretty good. Anything top that?

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Hi Fellow Underwater Adventurers. I have been snorkeling a few times in recent months. I'm fairly new to it, but I've worn cheap dive masks in swimming pools and such for my whole life. I have mid-range gear since I'm planning to use it when I begin transitioning to scuba diving too. While snorkeling in the river today, I realized that my vision when wearing the mask may not be normal.

I always thought what I was seeing was just the visual distortion underwater and it was part of the experience. When looking straight below me, I have a bowl-shaped field of vision. That is, it seems deeper directly below and the area around me seems to come up around me like a bowl. If I try to look ahead while swimming, the ground seems to come directly up in front of me like a wall, and I am unable to see for any distance because my field of view is blocked by the "wall". I have a mild astigmatism and wear glasses for computer work/reading, but nothing bad enough to require daily use. My husband (who is legally blind in one eye and doesn't wear contacts or prescription lenses in his mask) says he has no problem seeing "normally" when snorkeling.

Am I just not compensating for the distortion caused by the water because I have less experience? Is my astigmatism causing me to see "abnormally" in my mask? Does anyone else have a similar problem and how have you dealt with it?

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Hey there!

Going to do some snorkeling soon and I need some short fins that I can easily pack. I don't really have many options in terms of snorkeling gear around me but I do have the option to purchase some really cheap decathlon fins.

However they give me the impression of not doing too much due to the effective surface they have to push the water around. They are quite rigid though, so I'm not sure what to think. Should I go for them and, if not, what should I look for in terms of fins rigidity/size considering I need them small and I don't want 'em to be extremely tiring to use.

https://www.decathlon.co.uk/snk-500-a-fins-neon-orange-id_8485040.html

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Hi everyone,

I'm going to be doing an island cruise solo in the next few months and will have to have my passport, wallet etc with me without the usual luxury of someone to leave it with whose not is not in the water.

Just wondering whether anyone has any tips, experience, cautionary tales on using dry bags while snorkeling? And whether a dry bag is my best option of whether there is something better?

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My greatest passion in life is the ocean, I plan on studying marine sciences. Naturally bc of this I want to snorkel. The only problem is that once I get in the water and see a fish swimming towards me I freak out. Out of water I have no fear of fish or any marine life at all, but in water I just feel so out of control. How can I overcome this so I can further enjoy snorkeling? Has anyone else ever had problems with this? I love being in the ocean but the moment I see even a medium sized fish swimming towards me I have the urge to kick it away lol

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Hi,

I will be in Thailand and Cambodsha soon and want to snorkel, but i am afraid of jellyfish because I heard they are deadly there. Is there something like a thin neopren suit against stings?
I live in germany and could not find anything in the internet..

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My wife and I love snorkeling, but there's not a great opportunity for it outside of Boston. Last year we went to Nassau and had a great time simply walking off the beach, seeing some turtles and fish.

We want to plan a vacation that is targeted towards snorkeling, or at least has great snorkeling right off the beaches, so we don't have to set up an entire excursion to see some interesting marine life. We had thought about Barbados, but reading more about it online we're concerned that the snorkeling may not be great.

Any recommendations here? Thanks!

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