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Snorkeling Gear

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Snorkeling Gear

We will be in Hawaii in June for 2 weeks and are debating whether to purchase and bring gear or rent.

I saw some gear at Costco and it looks fine for our purposes. We need gear for 2A and 2Kids. Purchasing it is MUCH cheaper then renting for 2 weeks (2 islands).

Thanks for any input.

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1. Re: Snorkeling Gear

i have no clue what they have at costco. but a good fit is important for any degree of serious snorkeling. we bought ours at a dive shop, where we could try them on and get really good state of the art snorkels.

and they weren't THAT expensive. i think my mask (WITH prescription lenses) cost &75 or so.

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The USDivers/Aqualung sets that Costco has are pretty good quality. I'd say buy a set per person and replace the mask if you need a better fit. The fins and dry snorkel alone are well worth the $40 price of the set. If you need a better-fit mask you should be able to get one at Maui Divers or the like for about $25-30. Note that the masks come in different sizes; whether or not Costco actually carries the various sizes is another question.

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Walmart at Kekei also carried US Diver's sets for about $25. My husband and I each got a set. My mask did pretty well, but he had problems with his. It's the luck of the draw. It's probably worth risking it. The fins are the kind you can slip over shows, which is nice and the snorkel is very nice. If they mask gives you problems take it to a local dive shop, Snorkel Bob's, whoever, and rent or buy another one. Maybe they'll even give you some credit if you trade in the one that doesn't fit. It's worth asking.

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4. Re: Snorkeling Gear

Boss Frogs in Kihei rents good quality gear for $12 per day. The cheap stuff is $8 per day but I recommend you spring for the good stuff.


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5. Re: Snorkeling Gear

Also noticed modells.com had some gear, not sure of the quality.

Thank you.