The Snorkeler’s Checklist: 6 Must-Haves for Your Underwater Adventure

Imagine gliding through the serene underwater world of Saona Island, surrounded by a kaleidoscope of marine life and coral gardens. Snorkeling offers this mesmerizing experience, but a successful outing hinges on proper preparation. To ensure your excursion is as breathtaking below the surface as it is above, here are six essential items to pack for your snorkeling adventure.

Snorkel and Mask

Your window to the underwater realm, a high-quality snorkel and mask set, is paramount. Look for a mask with a silicone seal to prevent water from seeping in and fog-resistant lenses to maintain a clear view. The snorkel should have a comfortable mouthpiece and a dry or semi-dry top that helps keep water out when submerged. Our suggestion is to pick a well known brand like Rapido, for a longer duration and better fit.


Fins are your propellers, allowing you to navigate the waters with ease and agility. Full-foot fins are excellent for warm waters, while open-heel fins with adjustable straps are better suited for various water temperatures and conditions. Ensure they fit snugly but don’t pinch or chafe. Choosing the right fins for snorkeling depends on a few factors including your swimming ability, fit preference, the water conditions you’ll be snorkeling in, and your comfort with different fin styles. Please consider Blade Length, Skill Level as well as Fit and Comfort when selecting your fins.

Sunscreen and Protective Wear

The sun’s rays are magnified by the water, making sunscreen an essential item. Opt for a waterproof, broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. To protect the enviornment and the fragile ecosystem of the reef, please consider buying biodegradable suncreen only. Additionally, consider wearing a rash guard or a dive skin to protect against sunburn and abrasions from coral or sea creatures.

Underwater Camera

To capture the vivid memories of your snorkeling journey, an underwater camera is a must. Whether it’s a high-end camera with a waterproof housing or a simple waterproof action cam like a GoPro, make sure it’s capable of withstanding the depths you plan to explore.

Snorkeling Vest

A snorkeling vest can be inflated to provide additional buoyancy. This is particularly helpful for less experienced snorkelers who may not be comfortable floating in the water and for those who simply want to float effortlessly on the surface to observe marine life without diving below. The vest increases your visibility in the water due to its typically bright color, making it easier for boats and other snorkelers to see you. It also adds an extra layer of safety in the event of cramps or fatigue, as you can inflate it to rest and stay afloat.

Mesh Gear Bag

Keeping all your gear organized and accessible is key. A durable mesh gear bag is ideal for carrying and rinsing your snorkeling equipment. It allows sand and water to drain away, helping prevent mold and mildew buildup. It´s also a great tool to carry marine treasure that you find during your snorkeling session. Please make sure you oney the local law, before removing items from the ocean.

With these six snorkeling essentials, you’re ready to embark on a seamless aquatic adventure. Remember, the beauty of snorkeling lies in the ease of floating along the currents, witnessing the splendors of the sea. So pack smart, dive in, and let the wonders of the underwater world unfold before your eyes.