Diving vs. Snorkeling
People often argue about which is better: diving or snorkeling. There is no right or wrong answer. Although we say diving is way better of course. It is a matter of opinion. Before you book an excursion or dive trip, we highlight the differences here for you:
One main differences is investment. Scuba diving requires more of an investment—in money and time. You don’t need any education or training in order to snorkel. You just have to be able to swim. However, if you want to scuba dive, you need proper training to do it safely. That means you have to take an education class and perform practice dives. That costs money and it takes time.
Snorkeling is done with a mask, a tube, and fins. You breathe in and out through the tube so you need to stay near the surface. Scuba diving, on the other hand, requires more gear. You will need a pressurized gas tank, a hose, a regulator, and a mouthpiece in order to breathe. You will wear something to help you with buoyancy and possibly weights. This means that scuba diving is going to require renting or purchasing more equipment.This is typically more expensive. The equipment is also much heavier.
Snorkelers usually prefer shallow reefs.The deepest being about 12 feet. You hold your breath if you want to fully submerge for something like spear fishing or to get closer to marine life that are at a lower depth. You are limited in that you can only stay down as long you can hold your breath. Depending on your scuba diving experience and certification level, however, you can go much deeper. You do not have to worry about holding your breath because you have your own air. You can stay fully submerged longer and see thing that are further down in the water or on the ocean floor.
There are safety hazards in each activity. Because you tend to stay near the surface, people can get sunburned while snorkeling. There is also the risk of not being seen by jet skis, boats, or other watercraft and being hit by something. Without instructors or education, snorkelers are more likely to touch poisonous coral or be unable to clear their breathing tube when it becomes submerged. Diving, on the other hand, can cause decompression sickness or oxygen toxicity when you disregard safety procedures.
Snorkeling tends to be done in warm waters that are clear. Scuba divers, however, can dive just about anywhere. Wetsuits or exposure suits enable divers to experience dives just about anywhere–cold or warm water. Because you bring your own air, you don’t need to hang out near the surface. You can get down to where the sea life really is, in deep blue oceans or crystal clear waters.
It depends on where are and what you want to see. We’re not going to tell you which one is right for you. Only you can decide that. But we will always recommend giving diving a try. The only thing limiting you on a dive will be the amount of air left in your tank.