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Old May 17th, 2004, 05:13 PM
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Default Snorkle help

We are sailing the western carribean in 2 weeks and we have been told to buy snorkle gear here before we leave. Does anyone have a reccomendation for reasonably priced gear? We will probably use the snorkle gear again so we don't mind investing some money.

We would also like to do Dunn's River Falls. What do you think is the safest way to see the Falls.

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Old May 17th, 2004, 11:25 PM
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Hi! Purchased our snorkel gear at Costco...it was around $38.00 for a great set with back pack. I have heard that places like Tuesday Morning and Walmart have nice sets too.
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Do buy your stuff here...so much easier than trying to rent. We got ours at Walmart...a breathing tube and face mask for under $20. US Divers is a good brand.
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I bought our snorkel gear all for $50 and its basically paid for itself in just a few uses. As for the falls, I'd just do a ship tour and play it safe, enjoy.

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If you plan to snorkel again, I would invest in good mask. Go to a dive shop. They will fit you with a mask that will fit your face and adjust it for you. The dive shops have knowledgeable sales people and they will be able to show you how to adjust your equipment yourself. Everyone's head is different and a cheap mask will cause you problems. You will spend more time adjusting it rather than enjoying the snorkelling. The masks come in various price ranges. Don't buy the most expensive one unless you are planning to use it later for diving. Don't bother with expensive flippers. If you plan to buy them, got for the light-weight type. If you plan your snorkelling trips through excursions, they will provide flippers for you.

Definitely do the falls with an organized excursion. It is much safer. Be prepared to be constantly hassled by vendors all over Jamaica, including the falls.

Enjoy your cruise. If you go to Cozumel or Grand Cayman, definitely sign up for a snorkelling excursion there. The water and fish are amazing.
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Thanks everyone for your help. I purchased snorkle gear today at Costco for $38. They also have a junior kit for $24.

I think that we will play it safe and do the Falls with the cruise line.

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Old May 18th, 2004, 10:45 PM
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When we were in Cozumel last year, we signed up for the Tulum & Xel-Ha tour, we had a wonderful time and you'll be very pleased with seeing Xel-Hal...

Have a great time !
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we don't pack our fins, they are too big and bulky. We rent our fins separately, or if you book a tour, gear is included in the price.
I agree to book a tour to Dunns River Falls - you don't have to book a cruise ship sponsored tour, there are quite a few reputable tour operators to choose from, Peat Taylor being one of the best.
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