Would I use the snorkel to snorkel, scuba dive or both, that’s the first thing you need to ask yourself about? Believe it or not that snorkels are built with that in mind. A snorkel intended for scuba diving might not be the best for snorkelling, and snorkelling may not be the best for scuba diving. Maui Snorkel Charters – Maui Snorkel Tour is an excellent resource for this.
What constitutes a decent snorkelling snorkel? A dry snorkel is very popular with many people. That means water is not going into the snorkel. Water cannot reach the snorkel while swimming under water, or when a wave is rolling over you. No water in that means I don’t have to suck the water out. When choosing a dry snorkel, be careful that it isn’t too large and bulky. Low profile an ideal snorkel should be. Ok … what is that? The snorkel plainly put shouldn’t be huge and bulky. Bulky snorkels weigh enough and create ample drag in water to pull on the wear of the mask band they are fastened to make the mask leak. No-one likes a leaky mask. Far too many people get irritated with their mask questioning why it leaks when they know that it works properly. Taking the snorkel off the mask fixes leakage problems for a lot of people. Chances are your snorkel is large and bulky if this happens to you. The snorkel should have a strong mechanism with which to tie it to the mask harness. The snorkel on the mask strap should be able to move up and down, side by side. This will allow you to comfortably place the snorkel in your mouth without pulling the strap on the mask.
Pick a snorkel with all the bells and whistles and be vigilant. Features such as a dry top, 2 purges, and a flex tube mouthpiece may have some advantages, but usually make for heavy bulky snorkelling. I don’t know of any snorkel that has all these features, and can still be considered low profile. With all these features, you can always pick a snorkel, know exactly what you are getting and the possible disadvantages.