Full-face Snorkeling mask - anywhere to rent one in Bora Bora?
Thank you for creating such a content-rich web site and answering questions! I enjoy reading the informative content and love your photos. I wonder if you know where I can rent snorkeling mask in Bora Bora? I've never snorkel before and don't see myself taking on this spot on an on-going basis. Therefore, just wondering if it would make more economical sense to rent snorkeling gear or buy one and bring with me? I noticed on-line that there is a type of snorkeling mask which cover your full-face. It advertises as the mask that you can breath normally through your nose and it is leak proof and anti-fog. Would you happen to know if there is a place to rent such mask in Bora Bora and how to contact that place?
Thank you for your help!
Bora Bora Island Guide's Response:
We are so happy to hear you have found our website helpful for your planning. In regards to snorkel masks, it is not possible to rent snorkeling equipment in Bora Bora. If you are staying a a luxury Bora Bora resort, like the Four Seasons or St Regis, snorkel masks are provided complimentary for guest use. However, these are not the full face kind of snorkel, but the traditional style of snorkel and tube. Fins are not provided by the resorts, and we highly recommend using fins for snorkeling in the coral gardens in Bora Bora.
If you are not staying at a luxury resort that provides snorkels to guests, or you would prefer to have a full face snorkel mask, you will need to bring your own snorkel.
The cost of purchasing snorkel sets has reduced dramatically over the years, and a decent set can be picked up for between $30-$60 dollars. Recent improvements have made them user friendly too, with automatic closure of the tube so that water does not get in if you dive down, or go under a wave.
We tested out the full face masks on our most recent trip to Bora Bora, but as we are used to the traditional stye, found ourselves most comfortable in those. We also snorkel as a group and find it easier to talk to each other when we can pull out the tube and speak. This is all personal preference though and can see how these full face masks can be great for beginners and children.
It's easy to bring your snorkel to Bora Bora if you pack in your suit case with clothes rolled up around it. It is light and hardly takes any room.