SNORKELING IN ANDAMAN
Best Place for Snorkeling in Andaman: North Bay / Havelock Island / Neil Island / Jolly Buoy Island
Best Season for Snorkeling: December to February
Snorkeling Cost Price in Andaman: Depends on package type
Per Head Charge starts: From INR – 500/- and above
Child below 05 Yrs: Not fit for Snorkeling
Snorkeling Package Includes: Diving Photos and Videos (Depends on Package)
Scuba Diving Duration in Andaman: 15 to 20 Minutes Depends on Package Type
How to Book Scuba Diving in Andaman : You can Book directly or Online In advance
Snorkeling is swimming with a snorkel — a mask and a tube — that allows you to breath through your
mouth when floating underwater near the surface of the water. No special skills or training is
required, and the equipment needed to do it is minimal.
Snorkeling is incredibly fun, relaxing and a wonderful way to explore the ocean without having to worry
about carrying loads of scuba gear and technical issues (as with scuba) – you can just drift through the
water, relax and enjoy an ocean wonderland.
The basic equipment used by snorkelers include a mask (or goggles as some people call it) that fits over
your face allowing you to have clear vision underwater. A snorkel, which is simply a pipe which attaches
to your mask and sticks out the water above your head, allowing you to breathe. And fins or flippers
which fit onto your feet like large shoes, giving you more control and swimming power in the
water. Choosing your snorkeling gear is important, you want your gear to be comfortable and fit. As a
rule a full set of snorkeling gear should not cost you a lot of money and should last many years if you
take care of your gear. Just be sure to always rinse your snorkeling gear in fresh water after being in the
ocean and you should have years of service!
Basic Snorkeling Tips
Snorkel like a pro with these simple tips
Equipment is king when it comes to being comfortable snorkeling, equipment that fits properly and
more importantly, knowing how to actually use your equipment. But dealing with these two issues is a
breeze, so no sweat, read on, and off you go!
So if you want to learn to snorkel like a pro, read on, some simple but important tips to enjoy this
Before you get in the water, its important to have comfortable snorkeling gear, and Choosing Your
Snorkeling Gear can be tricky for beginners.
- Choosing a mask. You preferably want a tempered glass and a soft silicone mask, name brands are
not such a big deal here, the fit is most important. To find out if the mask is the correct size, simply
put the mask on your face and breath in through your nose. If the mask sticks to your face it’s
sealing up just fine. If the mask falls off, try another.
- Your fins should fit comfortably. Try closed heel fins unless you have booties. And golden rule, if
putting on your fins in the water, make sure you clean all the sand out before you go, sand in your
fins can cause horrible blisters (as can fins that are too small)
- Wet your hair and face before putting on the mask. Equalizing the temperature of your face with
that of the seawater will minimize the risk of fogging. Push your hair back so that you do not have
hair-causing leaks in your mask.
- Defog your mask. If it’s a brand new mask then you will need to apply a little bit of tooth paste on
it and rub it in the lenses. Leave it on for 5 minutes and rinse your mask (and rinse well, nothing
quite like toothpaste in your eyes). Spit also works just fine, rub it in, rinse and off you go. If your
mask still fogs, try letting a little bit of water in to rinse of the fog inside. If fogging persists, it is
easier to stop, spit in your mask again, rinse and try again.
- The mask strap goes on the back of your head near the top. The mask strap should be just below
your crown and on that subject, keep the strap snug but NOT tight, making the strap too tight
causes the seal to stretch and your mask will leak.
- Relax and try breathing through the snorkel before you try it in the water. Get used to the slight
resistance in air flow.
- To get water out of your snorkel, make the sound “Tshoo” fast – this will blast any leaking water
out of your snorkel. We recommend plain, straight through snorkels. Snorkels with purge valves
and other gimmicks always give you hassles. Simple is best.
- Be aware that at certain angles your head can go underwater with the snorkel and it will turn in to
an oversized drinking straw. And you know what that means, breathing water, not cool. So, avoid
down towards your feet, if you do, breathe slowly and be ready to exhale the water with a big
Tshoo. Slow breathing helps you feel water in your mouth and you will know to blow out before
you breathe in.
- Keep your hands across your chest (a great trick for keeping warm too) and kick gently, slow
movements using your ankles not your knees
- Relax, Breath and float. Your natural setting is to float if you are breathing and relaxed.
- Finally, wear a t-shirt or rash vest and plenty of sunblock. Many a first time snorkeler has been
unwittingly fried by the sun
- Be careful, you do not want to do any damage to coral or get yourself stuck on an urchin. Have
- Swim with a friend. Many accidents occur when people are alone. But swimming with a friend
won’t help if you don’t stick together and watch out for each other.
- Take care of yourself. Make sure you are well hydrated when you enter the water, use sunscreen, and don’t push yourself beyond your comfort or skill zones. That means you should not push your partner beyond their comfort and skill level.
- Be aware of the ocean and yourself within it. Know what currents are present, the size of waves and swell, and wind speeds, and any other potential hazards. And continue to be aware of these things throughout your snorkel, because they will change. This also means being aware of boat traffic, as it is a real hazard.
- Don’t touch marine life. This is for your own good and the good of the sea life.
FAQ – ABOUT SNORKELING
Also browse our Safe snorkeling guidelines for further advice.
What is snorkeling?
Snorkeling is swimming with fins, a mask, and a tube called a snorkel that allows you to have your
face down in the water and still breathe.
What is the difference between snorkeling and scuba diving?
Snorkeling doesn’t require tanks and other expensive equipment like regulators. Scuba diving allows
you to breathe underwater, while snorkeling allows you to breathe while you are on the surface
with your face down. Snorkeling doesn’t require any certification, while scuba diving requires
Why do people snorkel?
Because it’s loads of fun. : ) Fair enough?
Is snorkeling safe?
One of the wonderful things about snorkeling is that people of all ages can participate
But don’t I need to be a good swimmer?
Well it sure can’t hurt, but it’s not required. It is recommended that you do have some comfort and
experience when you are in water though. A few things to consider is that your fins help you a great
deal in terms of movement, and they float. : ) As well, the mask that you wear will have air trapped
in it will helps you float as well. If you don’t feel safe enough, you can also borrow floatation devices
that you can lay on top of.
What equipment do you need to snorkel?
Well, there are 3 main things that most snorkelers use.
Mask: This is what you put on your face. This allows you to see underwater without getting your eyes and nose wet. It’s important that the mask is a good fit when renting or buying a mask. If the
mask doesn’t fit well, you will experience some leakage of water in the mask.
I would highly recommend using a mask that has a “silicon skirt”. The skirt is the soft substance that
is molded to fit your face, and prevents water from entering the mask. You can also rent or buy
masks that use rubber ask the skirt, but the seal is not nearly as good as the silicon, and is quite
simply a dated technology. Ask your local snorkel or dive shop about choosing a mask that fits well.
They will know what to look for.
Make sure the glass should be tempered – shatterproof. Those cheap snorkel kits you can buy in the
corner stores in Thailand are NOT safe
Snorkel: Well, this is what makes you a snorkeler. A snorkel is a hollow curved tube that is placed in
the mouth that allows you to breathe while you are face down in the water. So basically, while you
looking down into the water, the snorkel is sticking out of the water on one end while the other end
is in your mouth. When looking for a snorkel, I would recommend asking for what is called a
If you don’t like water in your mouth (and who does) look for the splash protection systems that are
very common on snorkels. These reduce the amount of water that goes down the tube if you splash
or a wave strikes you.
Fins: This is what makes life a lot of fun. Fins allow you to swim like a fish. There are 2 kinds of fins,
but for snorkeling in warm water, most people will do just fine with the close heeled kind. The open
heeled kind is more for Scuba Divers which requires a special boot (bootie), or for colder waters.
Any ways, make sure that the fins are a good fit, or else you will either be cutting off circulation to
your feet, or they will easily come off. Make sure that they are a snug fit, but you should be able to
wiggle your toes.
Can I wear contacts while snorkeling?
Of course you can. Just be aware that if your mask floods, you may lose your contacts. An
alternative to wearing contacts is to purchase a mask with prescription lenses. It’s a simple and
relatively inexpensive procedure to install prescription lenses into a modern snorkeling mask.
Hey! I have my equipment. What should I do now?
Well, it’s a good idea to get comfortable with your equipment before you go out to the reef. Try out
the equipment at your Hotel pool. The first step is getting used to the mask. One thing about masks
is that they have a tendency to fog up. You can either apply anti-fog goop (available at all snorkel
shops) to the inside of the mask, or you can use your own spit. It sounds gross, but spit works quite
well for preventing the fogging up of your mask. Make sure that the spit/anti-fog goop is spread
across the full surface of the glass on the inside of the mask. Now wash it out in the water. This
should greatly reduce any fogging up of the mask. When putting on the mask, make sure there are
no hairs stuck it between the silicon part of the mask. Hair will break the seal that keeps the water
from entering the mask. Also keep the strap in the middle of the back of your head, and don’t have
the strap too tight. Now, put on your mask and look under water while you’re standing up. You’re
Hint: Sunscreen is waterproof. It you have too much sunscreen on where your mask attaches, it
may not seal correctly.
Next, attach the snorkel to your mask strap with the clip that’s on the snorkel. Put the snorkel in
your mouth and breathe. Don’t try to breathe with your nose or else the mask will quickly fog up.
Breathe through your mouth in relaxed, normal breaths. Now try breathing with your face in the
water. Nothing to it, right? Take as long as you want to get used to breathing underwater. That’s
the biggest mental hurdle for first time snorkelers.
If so, put on your fins and give it a try. With your face down and body stretched out, start kicking
with your fins. Remember to keep your legs straight while you lightly kick. You don’t have to thrash
around to swim well. Stay relaxed, and swim around the pool, getting used to breathing, kicking,
and looking around. There is no need to hurry when you’re snorkeling, so just take your time and
Can you go underwater with a snorkel?
What if I want to get closer to things?
Although many snorkelers dive underwater, I have found that some people would rather not, or
don’t find the need to do so. If you see a fish several feet below you though, and you want to get a
closer look, you’ll have to dive down. By doing this, your snorkel will fill up with water, and you will
not be able to breathe until you clear the passage of your snorkel of water once you have
resurfaced. It sounds a bit iffy, but it’s a common thing for more experienced snorkelers to dive
down and fill their snorkel with water.
To clear the snorkel of water, you must resurface, give a good strong blow of the snorkel as your
head reaches the surface once again, and the top of the snorkel has penetrated the surface of the
water. This should clear most if not all of the water that has filled the snorkel, and allow you to
breathe normally through the snorkel once again. If you use what is called a “purge” snorkel, (which
I would recommend), you will rarely get water back in your mouth. I would also recommend trying
this technique first in a pool.
Once you get comfortable doing this as well as the other techniques mentioned, you will feel more
confident, and will have a more positive relaxed experience out on the reef.
What conditions are good for snorkeling?
The best times to go are when the waves are minimal, and it’s sunny outside. For us that is usually
November until May.
Not only do large waves make things more challenging to get around and potentially dangerous, but
a disturbance such as big waves also make the water murky, greatly decreasing visibility.
It’s also best to go snorkeling when the sun is out. Sunlight increases visibility, and brings out the
true colors of fish and coral. It brings out the ‘wow’ factor for fish and overall experience. But the
sun also brings out the ‘sun burn’ factor. If you’re not wearing some sort of wet suit, diveskin, or
other coverings, make sure that you’ve got your back, neck, shoulders, butt, and thighs covered in
sun block. To make things a bit easier, I would often just wear an old junky shirt.
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How do I take care of my equipment? How should I store it?
Protect your equipment from light, heat and fumes. Sunlight is known to damage the silicon parts of
the mask, making the seal brittle. Heat also degrades the mask, as well as snorkel.
After you finish snorkeling, make sure your equipment gets washed off with fresh water. Salt water
that dries will start wearing away at your equipment. Many beaches will have a place to do this. If
not on the beach, make sure you wash the equipment off back in your hotel room that day.
It’s also a good idea to wash your mask lens with soap or toothpaste every once in a while. This
washes away any grease that causes your mask to fog up. Just make sure that you’ve washed it out
good so there is no residue.
Don’t pile heavy objects on top of any of your equipment. Prolonged weight on top of a mask,
snorkel, or fins can warp them. To avoid bent fins, they should lie flat, and not on their tips. Keep
walking in your fins on land to a minimum.
Why take a group trip versus snorkeling on our own?
Most dive boats are exactly that: dive boats that cater to the needs of SCUBA divers, not snorkelers.
Most often, independent snorkelers are told simply to use the beach. While shore snorkeling can be
excellent, many of the most exciting snorkeling sites are more easily accessed by boat. At most
shops, snorkelers are permitted to “tag along” on a dive boat if they wish: but are firmly instructed
to stay out of the way of the divers, and when the dive is over, so is your snorkel. Wicked Snorkeling
Tours offer your own guide. We dictate the timing and location, picking the most ideal sites for
snorkeling, not diving. But that’s just one significant answer.
Do I need to be an experienced snorkeler?
We cater to both novice and experienced snorkelers. Every program is distinguished by snorkeling
instruction on whatever level is needed, whether it’s how to put on a mask, or how to improve your
free diving skills.
We concentrate on allowing you to develop a calm confidence in the water regardless of swimming
ability or previous experience. Your relaxation in the water enhances both safety and enjoyment.
Plus, it also reduces any perception of threat in the animals we’ve all come to view.
What will the weather be like?
We have carefully chosen times that should give us optimum weather conditions. However, even
the best preparations cannot guarantee good weather.