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Another Virgin Islands Destination

Friday, January 13th, 2012

Usually when we go to the Virgin Islands, St. John is our first choice as a snorkeling destination. But reading this makes us wonder if we’ve been giving St. Croix short shrift.

We’ve snorkeled St. Croix before, of course, but it’s been a while. Maybe it’s time to go back!

Snorkel Bob Rages Against the Machine

Sunday, January 8th, 2012

We all love reef fish. But most prefer to see them in the ocean, not in a fish tank. But a big retailer has another take on things, and that’s got Snorkel Bob hot under the collar, so the speak.

The New Cancun?

Monday, September 19th, 2011

It’s an old battle – the push and pull between development and conservation.

Mexico’s Baja region may be in for a shock as plans for major resort development take shape.

This area is among our many favorite places to snorkel – we’d love to see more nice places to stay, but not at the expense of the natural beauty of the area.

Destination: Hawaii?

Saturday, October 2nd, 2010

We’re starting to think about where we might like to go for a snorkeling vacation later this year. Should we go someplace totally new to us? Seek out an under-the-radar, exotic locale? Revisit an old favorite?

As we begin to assemble our list of contenders, Hawaii comes to mind. Though we’ve snorkeled a few idyllic spots in the Hawaiian Islands, we’ve never spent much time around Waikiki.

It sure sounds interesting. Let us know what you think.

Snorkeling Safety

Monday, September 20th, 2010

We all know the basics of snorkeling safety, don’t we?

Being mindful of your surroundings at all times is of paramount importance.

We don’t know if this snorkeler had floated a diver-down flag when he was struck by a 25-foot boat in a hit and run accident recently. But it’s a good idea to use a diver-down flag (whether its legally required or not) so you’ll be easier to spot in the water.

Gulf Coast Snorkeling

Friday, August 6th, 2010

They’ve managed to cap the oil well that spewed millions of gallons of oil into the gulf, but the tourism industry has yet to recover.

CNN Money highlights the problems businesses in Destin, FL are facing – including a snorkeling business that’s been hit hard.

For the record, the beaches are clean and the water is clear. Grab your gear and get going. This is a great time to enjoy snorkeling on the Gulf Coast without the crowds.

What’s your favorite snorkeling location?

Saturday, July 31st, 2010

Glancing at the calendar the other day, we realized we’re overdue for a summer vacation.

Between now and Labor Day, we’re going to take a week off and enjoy a snorkeling vacation. The question is, where to go?

Where is your favorite snorkeling destination? Please share. We’d love to hear about it.

Scalloping

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

One of the great things about snorkeling is the chance to see a wide variety of marine life up close and personal.

I often think of the spectacular vistas snorkelers can experience as a feast for the eyes.

When you combine snorkeling with scalloping, you can get a feast of an entirely different order.

Florida is a hot spot for scalloping, and you can find all the info you need about scalloping in Florida here. If you’re in the area, what are you waiting for? Grab your gear and get scalloping!

Go Jump in a Lake

Thursday, July 1st, 2010

Michigan MapWhen you think about fun things to do in Michigan, snorkeling is probably not at the top of the list, but maybe it should be.

The name Michigan is derived, after all, from the Ojibwe word mishigama, meaning “large lake.”

Michigan borders four of the Great Lakes, and there are more than 11,000 inland lakes.

Bottom line: Michigan is a great spot for freshwater snorkeling.

There’s an interesting article by Eric Sharp in the Detroit Free Press about some of the snorkeling opportunities to be had in Michigan. Well worth a read!

On-the-job Snorkeling

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

Miami Herald Article

While snorkeling for a living may seem like a dream job, safety should always be your first priority –  there may be some unexpected hazards in the workplace!

Consider the story of the central Florida man who was snorkeling in a nature park – just another day in the office for this environmental services monitor – when he was “nailed in the neck” by an 11 1/2-foot, 525-pound alligator.

The man suffered a broken jaw but is expected to recover.