The Scuba Doctor is one of the largest retailers and mail order suppliers of snorkeling gear, including new Snorkels, Snorkel Masks, Snorkel Fins, Snorkel Sets and Packages, plus Snorkel Bags, in Melbourne and Australia. The best combination of top brands, quality service, vast selection, knowledgeable staff and everyday low pricing.
Snorkelling sets can either come as a manufacturer prepackaged mask and snorkel set (with or without fins), or a set we have customised to combine different features that will suit specific snorkellers' needs. For example, if you are a nervous snorkeller then perhaps you would want to spend the extra dollars for a completely dry snorkel with a float at the top that greatly minimises the amount of water that gets into the snorkel, or if you are a comfortable snorkeller then this feature is probably an overkill.
With our knowledge over the years we have tried to combine some of the best snorkelling equipment features and price to make your life easier when it comes to choosing!
For quality child and junior snorkelling gear, please see Kids Corner.
If you need to learn a little more on snorkelling gear and want to choose the best option, please read our Trusted Snorkelling Advice articles. For advice on looking after your snorkelling gear please see Equipment Care and Maintenance.
What Snorkelling Gear Do You Need
Watersports across the board all require equipment be used that is relative to that particular sport and snorkelling is no different. There are basic pieces of gear that are needed to actively participate in this sport and it includes a mask, snorkel and fins. As simplistic as this sounds, it is easy to be quickly overwhelmed with the wide variety of styles and the various bells and whistles associated with each specific item.
The mask is a viewing device, which, when worn on the face allows you to view the underwater world. Without it, everything viewed under the water would be a blur. It creates an air space in front of your eyes which is what they need in order to be able to focus correctly. Features, materials and styles of masks are diverse. And remember, masks suitable for scuba diving are also suitable for snorkelling, but the reverse is not always true.
Our Favourite Snorkelling Masks
- Medium to Large Adult Faces
Apollo SV-2 Diving Mask
RRP: $139, Our Price: $129, You Save $10 (7%).
Exceptional visibility and low-volume comfort while incorporating a soft mask skirt that fits most medium to large adult faces. The Apollo SV-2 Mask is also available in a wide range of negative dioptre corrective lenses, plus gauge reading, bifocal lenses, for those that need assistance seeing clearly underwater.
- Small to Medium Adult Faces
Tusa Freedom Ceos Mask - Black or Indigo Skirt
RRP: $147, Our Price: $145, You Save $2 (1%).
A low-profile, low volume, two window mask that delivers superior fit, comfort and performance. It both looks cool on your face and offers unparalleled vision, both in terms of clarity and field of view. The Tusa Freedom Ceos is also available in a wide range of negative and positive dioptre corrective lenses, plus gauge reading, bifocal lenses, for those that need assistance seeing clearly underwater.
- Kids and Petite Faces
Apollo Nemo Childs Mask (8-16 yrs / Petite Adult)
RRP: $49, Our Price: $44, You Save $5 (10%).
Specifically designed for children's faces the Apollo Nemo Mask is also made from the same quality materials as the full Adult sizes. Perfect for children as well as petite/small/narrow adult faces.
Or, take a look at our full range of Snorkelling Masks.
Please Note: Whatever you do, please don't buy the full face snorkelling masks that are now the rage. The Scuba Doctor doesn't sell full face snorkel masks because we think they're dangerous. Here's why... Full Face Snorkel Mask Dangers.
Know someone who has always wanted to go snorkelling, but never has because they can't see without their glasses? We've got the perfect solution: a prescription snorkelling mask!
Both of the adult masks above are also available with corrective lenses, but we also have solutions for the more budget conscious.
- Medium to Large Adult Faces
Tusa Sport Liberator Mask with Corrective Lenses -+
RRP: $196, Our Price: $176, You Save $20 (10%).
Great visibility and low-volume comfort while incorporating a mask skirt that fits most medium to large adult faces. The Tusa Sport Liberator mask is available in a wide range of negative and positive dioptre corrective lenses, for those that need assistance seeing clearly underwater.
- Small to Medium Adult Faces
Tusa Sport Splendive Mask with Corrective Lenses -+B
RRP: $202, Our Price: $182, You Save $20 (10%).
A low-profile, low volume, two window mask that delivers great fit, comfort and performance. The Tusa Sport Splendive mask is available in a wide range of negative and positive dioptre corrective lenses, plus gauge reading, bifocal lenses, for those that need assistance seeing clearly underwater.
Or, take a look at our full range of Prescription Lens Masks.
The snorkel apparatus is a tube which allows you to breathe while at the surface while their face is submerged. Since the average human head weighs around 4.5 kg (10 pounds), the snorkel could also be described as an energy saving device as it eliminates the energy expenditure needed to lift the hear clear of the water in order to inhale air.
Snorkels are either adult or child specific with respect to the size and the length of the barrel. There are essentially three designs with additional comfort features.
Snorkels suitable for scuba diving can also be used for snorkelling, but snorkels specifically intended for snorkelling are not suitable for scuba diving.
Our Favourite Snorkelling Snorkels
- Adult Dry Snorkel
Tusa Hyperdry Elite II Snorkel
RRP: $91.50, Our Price: $82, You Save $9.50 (10%).
Great for snorkellers and scuba divers who like to ensure water doesn't enter the snorkel tube when the snorkel is in use.
- Adult Snorkel
Apollo SV Dry Flex Silicone Snorkel
RRP: $50, Our Price: $45, You Save $5 (10%).
The streamlined oval-shaped bored tube and lower flex tube combine to make this snorkel perfect for both snorkelling and scuba diving. The snorkel has a Splash-Proof dry guard that virtually eliminates water intake through the top of the tube.
- Kids Snorkel
Apollo Kids Snorkel SV Junior (6-12 yrs)
RRP: $30, Our Price: $27, You Save $3 (10%).
Designed for Children and those with smaller mouths. The streamlined oval-shaped bored tube is made for smaller and younger snorkelling enthusiasts.
Or, take a look at our full range of Snorkelling Snorkels.
Value for Money Mask and Snorkel Sets
- For 3+ year Old Child Faces
Land and Sea Starfish Child Swim Mask and Snorkel Set (2-6 yrs)
Our Price: $25
With the smallest silicone mask available on the market, this is a great set to get the little ones started in the water snorkelling at the beach or in the pool.
- For 4 to 6 Years
Tusa Sport Mini-Platina Child Mask Snorkel Combo (4-6 yrs)
RRP: $49, Our Price: $30, You Save $19 (39%).
Combines a small, low volume, 1-window mask, which fits kids aged 4 to 6 years old, with an easy clearing snorkel.
- For 6 to 12 Years
Tusa Sport Mini-Kleio Elite Youth Mask Snorkel Combo (6-12 yrs)
RRP: $50, Our Price: $47.50, You Save $2.50 (5%).
Combines a low volume 1-window mask, which fits youth ages 6 to 12 years old, with an easy clearing snorkel for a great snorkelling combination set.
- For Adults with Small to Medium Width Faces
Tusa Sport Splendive Elite Adult Mask and Snorkel Set
RRP: $79, Our Price: $71, You Save $8 (10%).
This is a high performance mask and snorkel set with an affordable price tag. Great for snorkelling, the Splendive mask is often the first choice of many divers for comfort and features
- For Adults with Medium to Large Width Faces
Tusa Sport Liberator Elite Adult Combo Mask and Snorkel Set
RRP: $73, Our Price: $66, You Save $7 (10%).
With a long history of providing a great mask and snorkel set for snorkellers and divers alike, this combination is an affordable, quality solution.
Get your kids safely into snorkelling. Please read our How to Familiarise Your Kids to Snorkelling page.
Please check our our full range of snorkelling gear for kids in our Kids' Corner.
Fins are worn on your feet and are used for in-water locomotion. They make it easier to move through the water allowing greater distances to be achieved than would be possible without them. They attach to your feet by way of a either a shoe-like foot pocket (full foot fins), or a half foot pocket with heel strap (open heel fins). Some styles are environment specific while others may be for specialised use.
Our Favourite Snorkelling Fins
- Full Foot Fins
Cressi Pluma Full Foot Fins
RRP: $64, Our Price: $60, You Save $4 (6%).
Great for snorkellers and scuba divers these fins deliver high performance, extreme lightness, easy fining, and comfort.
- Open Heel Fins
Tusa Solla Open Heel Fins
RRP: $210, Our Price: $189, You Save $21 (10%).
A very capable open-heel fin that does everything well — and at a friendly price. Worn with neoprene socks or dive boots.
- Travel Fins
Tusa Sport Reef Tourer Snorkel Fins - Open Heel Barefoot
RRP: $49, Our Price: $44, You Save $5 (10%).
These open heel barefoot snorkelling fins are designed for snorkelling, surfing, or any outdoor water sport. The Small size option is a great child's junior size. It's a great fin for holiday fun that will fit for a few summers and not just one!
For more information, please see our Snorkelling Fins Buying Guide, or take a look at our full range of Snorkelling Fins.
A snorkelling vest is a device which helps control buoyancy. It is designed to sit on your chest, so you lay on top of it in the water. You can fill this vest up with as much or as little air as needed, and it will help you stay on the surface of the water.
Don't confuse a snorkelling vest with a life jacket, they are not the same. A life jacket is designed to roll you on your back and get your face out of the water, whereas a snorkelling vest keeps your face in the water so you can view the ocean life below.
Snorkelling vests reduce fatigue, and help you stay snorkelling, longer! Staying on the surface of the water is something many struggle with, and using this buoyancy control device will help you focus more on the reef and less on swimming.
- Tusa Sport Reef Tourer Snorkelling Vest - Adult
RRP: $86.50, Our Price: $78, You Save $8.50 (10%).
Sadly, too many adult visitors and newcomers to Australia drown at beaches each year. These deaths often could have been avoided if they were wearing an adult snorkelling vest.
While the aforementioned items are deemed essential to this sport, there is an additional piece of equipment that should be considered. The item is in the form of exposure protection which can consist of neoprene rubber based shorties or wetsuits, lycra based jumpsuits, or rash guards. The purpose is multi-fold but and can include thermal insulation, protection from the burning rays of the sun and even protection from accidental contact with various types of marine life.
Please take a look at our range of Snorkelling Exposure Protection options.
There is quite a variety of other snorkelling accessory items which are designed to enhance your in-water snorkelling experience making it infinitely more enjoyable. Equipment care items such as defog and cleaners, comfort items like padded fin or mask straps, and even fish ID books and cards designed to further introduce and educate you to beauty and wonder of our world beneath the waves. Give yourself a moment or two to explore the various equipment categories available via our online shop. Check back often as content is added or updated frequently.
What Is The Best Snorkelling Gear For You
Once you know what snorkelling gear is actually needed, cursory research often leads to the belief that the 'best' gear for you is the most expensive. If anything is to be learned when researching equipment, it should be that there is an order of importance with respect to equipment as to which factors are more important than others when determining which is the 'best' for the user.
- Comfort — It should go without saying that if something is physically uncomfortable to wear or to use, then that feeling will have a negative affect on both performance and overall enjoyment.
- Fit — Snorkelling gear that is ill fitting is almost a guarantee that the users experience will not be as pleasant as it could. This is especially true in the instance of masks and fins. A mask that does not fit will allow water to enter while in use. Fins whose foot pockets are too tight or too loose will either cause cramping or irritation in the form of blistering.
- Materials — One should take into account the materials of which the equipment is made. Lesser quality materials used in key areas of the equipment can have an adverse affect on that item's durability and in many cases its fit and comfort capabilities.
- Features and Benefits — Explore the options available with regard to items being considered. Certain options on a particular piece of equipment may further enhance the comfort value for the user. Read the bells and whistles that are available.
- Replacement Parts — When researching equipment, taking into consideration the availability of user-friendly replacement parts should be more than just a fleeting thought. Unless it is excessively abused, quality snorkelling equipment should last a person many years. While this longevity does require some responsible effort from the owner, there will be instances of wearing parts that might need replacement such as mask and fin straps. It is in one's best interest to make sure that there suitable replacement parts are available.
- Affordability — Affordability is probably the next thing to be considered when deciding which is the best snorkelling equipment. Most people have a basic idea of how much they want to spend and those that don't would be best to research using the above criteria as a base for budgeting.
Knowing the basic snorkelling equipment needed as well as being able to build that information into an understanding of what is needed with regard to that equipment not only helps to create a more informed consumer but will also build confidence and increase enjoyment and appreciation in this amazing sport.
Check out the great range of Snorkelling Gear in our online shop.