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Snorkeling is one of the easiest, safest and most pleasant ways to enjoy the underwater world. Snorkeling is great entertainment for all member of the family no matter what the age.

Snorkeling is a fascinating experience that can be enjoyed by anyone who is comfortable in the water. No special training is required, only the ability to swim and to breathe through the snorkel. Snorkeling is a popular recreational activity, particularly at tropical resort destinations and many places recreational scuba divers venture. All you need are fins and a mask allowing even the beginner a glimpse at the amazing undersea world. Equipment is available at most island resorts.

The most common type of snorkel is a simple tube that is allowed to flood when underwater. More advanced snorkels features a valve arrangement in the top which effectively closes the snorkel when it is submerged. This is a great way for beginners to start.

Snorkeling in shallow sandy areas may allow sighting of rays and various flatfish. The advantage to snorkeling in shallow water is that there is much to see in shallow water right off the shore.

Reefs are perfect for snorkeling with gin clear waters and lots of fish. Prior to snorkeling it is importation to learn all you can about coral reefs. They are fascinating and fragile environments. Preserving the reef is a top priority for a good reason. Coral is a living animal that could be killed or injured even with a whack of a flipper. Coral is an integral part of the underwater ecosystem. Thoughtless snorkelers and divers break off pieces either by accident or for souvenirs, while yachts anchoring over a reef can tear up entire chunks.

Maintain a comfortable distance from the reef, so that you are certain you can avoid contact. And finally, do not walk or step on the corals, to protect yourself and the corals from injury and damage. Snorkelers also need to take care around fire coral. Fire coral can cause a burning sensation to any area that it touches.

While snorkeling is a great way to view the underwater world it is also important to remain cautious.

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