I am going on a crusie to Tahiti next week. I am looking for advise as to whether or not it would be worth bring fins with me to use. I have read that they either give or rent out the mask & snorkel but nothing said about fins. Are they needed or not worth the extra bulk to bring. Thanks
I was in Tahiti last month and I kicked myself about 4 times for not bringing fins. On Ren they did offer masks and snorkel for rent but not fins. I brought my own snorkel and mask but left the fins at home. I thought there would be many opportunities to rent them. I was wrong. I did rent fins at the Hotel Sofitel on Moorea.
Most of the snorkeling is not in very deep of water but you will want the fins for some diving and to use less energy while snorkeling.
BTW: The snorkeling is "Fabulous".
So, in my opinion, find a spot in the suitcase for the fins and have a wonderful time.
How strange, Mike! Like you, we always schlep the mask and snorkel but count on being able to rent the fins. Tahiti is definitely in our near future plans, so I guess we'll have to stop dragging our feet (no pun intended) and invest in some fins.
Can you recommend a good, but not too expensive brand?
I have found that Dolfino fins are a good fin at a reasonable price. I would suggest Dolfino Marina fins. They are rubber and bouyant. If you are using them for snorkeling this is a plus. They should run about $25 pair for adults sizes and slightly less for childrens sizes.
I hope you do get to Tahiti. It is the trip of a lifetime and if you have the opportunity, take it.