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Travels fins for beginner snorkeling

Discussion in 'Fins, Masks and Snorkels' started by mbrennan5, Dec 7, 2018.

  1. mbrennan5

    mbrennan5 Garibaldi

    I'm headed to Negril, Jamaica and plan on cramming some gear into my carry-on. The majority of snorkeling will take place along the cliffs along the shore line, so I won't be traveling long distances or out in open water.

    I already purchased a Cressi Big Eyes Pro Mask and Dry Snorkel Set. My wife and I will have seperate sets so they don't need to be adjustable.

    What fins should I consider for portability? I was looking at the following:
    US Divers Trek Fin - These are the smallest set, but worried they won't provide much propulsion at all.
    Cressi Agua Short -
    Cressi Light - Not real sure of the difference between the Agua and the Light.
    Cressi Palau SAF - Should I even consider these if I don't need adjustable, or should I, so that I can customize the fit?

    Thanks for the input!
  2. lexvil

    lexvil Loggerhead Turtle

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: jamestown, ca.
  3. jonhall

    jonhall Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Indianapolis
    The Trek fin and Palua SAF have an adjustable strap. Nice for getting them snug, but the foot pockets are a little bigger to accommodate wearing boots with them, but it's hard to tell about the Trek fin from the picture. The foot pockets also look a little more rigid and would not fit snug against one's bare foot. Not comfortable at all.

    The difference between the Agua Short and the Light appears to be in the blade design. The outer ridges on the Light run the length of the blade, maybe making it a somewhat stiffer blade, probably why it's meant for swim training. The Agua Short has a few different ridges in the blade probably to allow for flow of the water (better propulsion.)

    I like the ease (slip on, slip off) of full foot fins, like the Agua Short, of which I pretty much take on all of my trips - mine have a longer blade as I use them for diving as well as snorkeling. They are not as stiff as the adjustable strap fins so it's also easier to put them in a suitcase as the foot pockets somewhat collapse, thus taking up less space.

    I usually take my time when snorkeling so a shorter blade fin would probably work for me - I often snorkel using only my size 12 feet!

    Just me but I would be okay ordering adjustable strap fins online as I know I'm wearing a boot with those, although it's still possible a person wouldn't get the correct fit.. If I were getting the full foot fin, I would want to try it on before buying.

    Just my take on it. Best of luck in your choice and have fun on your trip!
  4. dmaziuk

    dmaziuk Orca

    For open heel I'd go Accels or Go: they're bigger blades that still fit in carry-ons. But they are in a different price bracket and you'd need booties too.
  5. seadweller

    seadweller Dive Charter

    Most of the resorts along Negril beach have dive shops and will allow you to
    rent fins if needed . You already have masks and snorkels and since you are
    staying close to shore I would not worry about fins . No matter the size they
    take up a lot of room in your valuable luggage space . If you plan on venturing
    out to the reef via boat then definitely rent fins . Negril is a wonderful place and
    the local people are very friendly . Sorry I am not offering any advice on your
    fins purchase just advice on having fun . Enjoy it it's Jamaica !
    Sea Dwellers

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