Should I Bring My Own Snorkel Gear To Hawaii?

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Is it best to bring your own snorkel gear, rent equipment, or buy some while in Hawaii?

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It's a very common question, "Should I bring my own snorkel gear to Hawaii?" Or maybe you're wondering if it is better to rent some snorkeling equipment while in Hawaii. Or maybe it's even best to simply buy some cheap snorkel gear when you arrive. Which is best?

If you're somebody who snorkels a lot and have your own high end gear, or maybe gear that is well customized to you, then you'll probably want to bring your own gear.


But for the average person coming to Hawaii for a vacation they probably don't need to bring any gear unless they plan to snorkel quite a bit throughout a longer trip and want to save a few extra dollars by not renting.

Here are the top reasons to leave your snorkel gear at home.

  • Masks and fins are heavy and take up a lot of luggage space, especially for multiple people.

  • Some hotels and resorts offer complimentary snorkeling gear so be sure to check with your hotel or resort first.

  • If you're going on a snorkeling tour then chances are good that the snorkeling tour company will provide all the gear you need. Check to be sure, but most provide this as part of the cost of the tour and many even have prescription masks.

  • You can always rent gear in Hawaii fairly cheap from many dive shops or even go buy some cheap equipment from a nearby Costco. We've even seen some good deals on (new and used) gear at the Swap Meet. When you're done you can bring it home with you or pay it forward by giving it to somebody just arrive at your hotel.

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Keith m
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I choose to bring my own while on vacation. The reason why, the snorkeling gear doesn't take up much space in my luggage . Note that I am also a light packer! Second reason, I don't do cheap, I want something that fits as it should. The lens has clarity and if the snorkel goes underwater I don't want to be swallowing water. At most resorts they will rent for a fee and that gear is your 10 dollar toy store quality. Lastly, I like to know where my mouth piece has been.
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