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Can I Snorkel With an Apple Watch (or Other Smartwatch)? + 4 Important Tips

There have been a lot of cool advancements in snorkel technology in recent years. New gear like dry snorkels and masks with purge valves have gone a long way toward increasing both safety and good ...
The New GoPro for Snorkeling: 3 Keys on Buying/Upgrading the HERO 10 Black

The Newest GoPro for Snorkeling: 3 Keys for Buying or Upgrading to the HERO 10 Black

If you've been with us here at Coral Nomad for any length of time, you'll know that using a GoPro for snorkeling is one of our favorite parts of diving in. Being able to capture ...
Can You Snorkel with a Phone? 3 Waterproof Warnings & Options

Can You Snorkel with a Phone? 3 Waterproof Warnings & Options

One of the most satisfying parts of modern-day snorkeling is how easy it is to capture those underwater memories with incredible photos and video. Whether those snapshots are of massive whale sharks in Mexico, graceful ...
How much does a GoPro cost?

How Much Does a GoPro Cost? The Easy Prices & The Unexpected Costs

If you've followed this site for any amount of time, you know that I absolutely love action cameras like a GoPro, especially when it comes to snorkeling (which we're all about here). They're waterproof, easy ...
How much does snorkeling cost?

How Much Does Snorkeling Cost? 4 Key Prices on Gear, Tours & Everything Else

So, you're ready to go snorkeling (awesome!) and are wondering how much snorkeling costs? You've come to the right place. Fortunately, it's pretty easy to figure out how much it will cost to go snorkeling ...
Can you snorkel with a GoPro?

Can You Snorkel With a GoPro? And, Can You Use a GoPro for Scuba Diving?

Every time I see an underwater photo on a friend's Instagram feed or video full of marine life on their YouTube channel, I definitely stop and take a second look. There's just something magical about ...
The 3 best snorkel masks for all levels

The 3 Best Snorkel Masks for All Levels: Beginners, Intermediates & Advanced

Picking out the best snorkel mask for you and your skill level is hugely important. Not only does a snorkel mask serve an all-important purpose (keeping water out of your eyes), but it's ultimately the ...
How much does travel insurance cost?

How Much Does Travel Insurance Cost? A Helpful & Clear Guide

How much does travel insurance cost? If you're asking that question, you're ahead of the game. Travel insurance is often a bit of an afterthought when planning a vacation. I know that it once was ...
Best Snorkel Fins for Beginners, Advanced Snokelers & Travelers

2022’s Best Snorkel Fins for Beginners, Advanced Snorkelers & Travelers

There are plenty of different types of snorkel gear out there that can make your experience in the water better. But the one piece that might make the most immediate and noticeable difference for you ...
How much does it cost to rent snorkel gear?

How Much Does it Cost to Rent Snorkel Gear? Prices & Problems

No matter how many vacations or trips I get to take, going snorkeling always ends up being one of the most memorable parts anything that we do. Whether I'm in Bonaire, Hawaii or somewhere really ...
The Best Travel Insurance That Covers Snorkeling

The Best Travel Insurance That Covers Snorkeling & Scuba

Did you know that snorkeling and scuba diving are often specifically excluded from travel medical insurance plans, and that your regular medical insurance usually doesn't work at all outside of your home country? That's kind ...
The best dry top snorkel

The Best Dry Top Snorkel This Year: A Clear Winner

Dry top snorkels (also known as just "dry snorkels") are one of the biggest game-changers to come along in the sport of snorkeling in recent years, and maybe even ever. It used to be that ...
The Best Snorkel Gear for Kids

The Best Snorkel Gear for Kids: Masks, Fins, Snorkels & More

Sharing incredible experiences with your kids is one of the best parts of parenthood. And, experiencing the magic of snorkeling with the little ones is definitely no exception. As with pretty much any activity, finding ...
What's the best GoPro red filter for snorkeling & scuba?

What’s the Best GoPro Red Filter for Snorkeling & Scuba?

It used to be that you needed some serious camera gear to do photos or video underwater: a high-end camera, big waterproof housing, various filters, frames and plenty else. Everything was crazy expensive, bulky, and ...
Best GoPro Accessories for Snorkeling

The Best GoPro Accessories for Snorkeling: 5 I Can’t Do Without

Without a doubt, my favorite thing to do while snorkeling is to use my GoPro. Snorkeling on its own is incredible and I've been super lucky to glide among whale sharks, humpback whales, dolphins, sea ...
The Best Snorkel Gear for Travel

Best Snorkel Gear for Travel: 7 Top Masks, Cameras & More

Two things that always go hand-in-hand beautifully are snorkeling and travel. For the majority of us humans on the planet who don't live right on a coast in the tropics, we need to travel somewhere ...
The Best Full-Face Snorkel Masks

The Best Full-Face Snorkel Masks + 1 Key Safety Decision

The best full-face snorkel masks can really provide incredible and unique experiences in the water. The unmatched field of view they provide through the huge face dome along with the integrated dry snorkel valve to ...
The best action cameras for snorkeling

The Best Underwater Action Cameras for Snorkeling: GoPro & More

I say it a lot: buying an underwater action camera (like a GoPro) was one of the best things I ever did for my snorkeling. And many action cameras later, it's still true. They've all ...
The Best Snorkeling Sunscreens

The 2 Best Snorkeling Sunscreens (Reef Safe & Biodegradable)

Picking the best snorkeling sunscreen is hugely important. Really! First, the wellbeing of your skin is a big deal. If you spend a lot of time outside in the sun (as you usually do with ...
Which is best? Full-face vs traditional snorkel masks

Full-Face vs. Traditional Snorkel Mask: Which is Best? 6 Important Differences

For decades, there was one type of snorkel mask: a traditional snorkel mask that covered your eyes and nose. Then, pair that with a traditional snorkel which was more or less just a curved open ...
The New GoPro Hero9 Black: Is it the Best GoPro for Snorkeling?

The New GoPro Hero9 Black: Is it the Best GoPro for Snorkeling?

UPDATE: The new version this camera, the GoPro Hero10 Black, is now out and we gauge whether or not it's the best GoPro for snorkeling in our full review over at The Newest GoPro for ...
How to use a GoPro for snorkeling

How to Use a GoPro for Snorkeling: 5 Easy Steps with Photos

By far, the best decision I made after I got into snorkeling was to buy a waterproof action camera like a GoPro. For. Sure. Snorkeling is an absolutely incredible experience on its own, but action ...
What Snorkel Gear Should I Buy? The Full Guide to Getting Started Affordably

What Snorkel Gear Should I Buy? The Full Guide to Getting Started Affordably

Snorkeling is an incredible way to make lifetime memories, glide through underwater worlds that can often feel like another planet, and spend time alongside regal marine life in their natural habitat. It's a beautiful, unique ...
Boat at a coral reef viewed from above

Does Travel Insurance Cover Snorkeling? 3 Critical Realities

Travel insurance (or insurance in general) is often an afterthought when planning for a trip, let alone thinking about if your travel insurance covers snorkeling. But, I would say that making sure that you have ...
Snorkel mask on a beach with sea shells

How Much Do Snorkel Masks Cost? 6 Helpful Price & Gear Guides with Examples

Snorkeling is an incredibly easy way to experience all sorts of the magic of the undersea world from sea turtles to coral to dolphins to tropical fish to whale sharks — the list goes on ...
Alex Axon snorkeling

Hello, Adventurer

I'm Alex Axon. Despite growing up landlocked, I've been hooked on the ocean ever since first wading in and have become obsessed with snorkeling as a beautiful and easy way to experience the underwater world. I've been able to learn first hand from in-the-water experience across the world what gear, tips and trips work. I share that knowledge here through Coral Nomad in hopes it will inspire others to find their own underwater adventure.