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Snorkeling Gear (where to buy)

Postby Emilie 89 » Thu, 03 Nov 2011 1:01 pm

Hello,
I'm going to Bintan and Bali and I'd like to do snorkeling.
But the price on the website is S$40 for 3 hours...
so I'd like to buy my own snorkeling gear before I leave Singapore but I have a budget... I only find more than S$50 (without the palm flipper!)... do you have an idea of where I could find a cheaper one ? I am not looking for a super quality, I will not use it often.
Many thanks in advance !

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Postby nakatago » Thu, 03 Nov 2011 1:15 pm

Quality gear can be had in the dive shops (google 'em for the one most convenient for you) but since you only want one on the cheap, you can try the sports shops in malls.

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Postby ecureilx » Thu, 03 Nov 2011 2:23 pm

You can check the dive suppliers in Lucky plaza .. Basement .. no, they don't scam like the other shops in that building :D :D

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Postby JR8 » Thu, 03 Nov 2011 6:06 pm

Are you sure that you are not confusing this? At that price I'd expect it to be a 3hr snorkelling trip out on a boat (or similar kind of thing).

$40 for 3hrs kit hire would be way too much.

For budget gear go to the sports shop (on a street corner) opposite Park Royal Hotel on Beach Road.

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Postby ecureilx » Thu, 03 Nov 2011 6:24 pm

JR8 wrote:Are you sure that you are not confusing this? At that price I'd expect it to be a 3hr snorkelling trip out on a boat (or similar kind of thing).

$40 for 3hrs kit hire would be way too much.

For budget gear go to the sports shop (on a street corner) opposite Park Royal Hotel on Beach Road.


And unless you need prescription dive glasses ... I wouldn't want to buy anything and just rent it from the dive shop .. (again, unless you are not one of those hygiene freaks ... :D :D but, after all, you dunno what else is floating in the sea .. and you should not be going to the sea if you worry that much ... )

PS: for a good deal, the dive shops don't charge anything extra on top of the payment you make .. for the stuff ..

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Postby nakatago » Thu, 03 Nov 2011 7:07 pm

JR8 wrote:$40 for 3hrs kit hire would be way too much.


Tourist trap.

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Postby Emilie 89 » Thu, 03 Nov 2011 9:12 pm

Thank you all for your reply. I will check the different stores you are talking about.

@JR8: I don't know, on the hotel website it is written:

Snorkeling (WS) 3 hrs 45.00 Min. 2 pax, Incl goggle, snorkel, fin
Snorkeling (MPR) 3 hrs 80.00 Min. 2 pax, Incl google, snorkel, fin

I have no idea of what WS and MPR mean...

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Postby JR8 » Thu, 03 Nov 2011 10:46 pm

Emilie 89 wrote:Thank you all for your reply. I will check the different stores you are talking about.

@JR8: I don't know, on the hotel website it is written:

Snorkeling (WS) 3 hrs 45.00 Min. 2 pax, Incl goggle, snorkel, fin
Snorkeling (MPR) 3 hrs 80.00 Min. 2 pax, Incl google, snorkel, fin

I have no idea of what WS and MPR mean...


I can't figure what the abbreviations mean either, but the fact that there is min. 2 pax on both options suggests it is some kind of excursion or accompanied trip? If I were you I'd contact the hotel and ask.

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Postby Emilie 89 » Fri, 04 Nov 2011 12:09 am

You're right :) I'll contact them and post their reply here, maybe it will be useful for someone else...

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Postby ecureilx » Fri, 04 Nov 2011 10:54 am

Emilie 89 wrote:Thank you all for your reply. I will check the different stores you are talking about.

@JR8: I don't know, on the hotel website it is written:

Snorkeling (WS) 3 hrs 45.00 Min. 2 pax, Incl goggle, snorkel, fin
Snorkeling (MPR) 3 hrs 80.00 Min. 2 pax, Incl google, snorkel, fin

I have no idea of what WS and MPR mean...


WS: Wet suit.

MPR: no clue

But, that price for "SNORKELLING" is a rip off price ..

If you are just going snorkelling, you can kit yourself out .. unlike "DIVING" as the snorkel kit is not so expensive . plus it is YOURS :)

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Postby nakatago » Fri, 04 Nov 2011 11:12 am

Can you imagine putting a snorkel mouthpiece in your mouth, knowing that someone else did the same?

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Postby ecureilx » Fri, 04 Nov 2011 11:35 am

nakatago wrote:Can you imagine putting a snorkel mouthpiece in your mouth, knowing that someone else did the same?







my 2 cents says, if you are so worried, you should not go into the sea .. or river .. or anything .. .. after all, the sea has enough 'dead' stuff :D :D

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Fri, 04 Nov 2011 11:53 am

My snorkel's been in a lot of mouths.....

You know the old saying.."Divers do it deeper"

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Postby Saint » Fri, 04 Nov 2011 12:46 pm

Emilie 89 wrote:Thank you all for your reply. I will check the different stores you are talking about.

@JR8: I don't know, on the hotel website it is written:

Snorkeling (WS) 3 hrs 45.00 Min. 2 pax, Incl goggle, snorkel, fin
Snorkeling (MPR) 3 hrs 80.00 Min. 2 pax, Incl google, snorkel, fin

I have no idea of what WS and MPR mean...


WS - White Sands Island
MPR - Mapur Island

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Postby JR8 » Fri, 04 Nov 2011 1:03 pm

nakatago wrote:Can you imagine putting a snorkel mouthpiece in your mouth, knowing that someone else did the same?


Haha. Can you imagine wearing a hired wetsuit knowing 200 people have peed in it before?

Divers tend to be used to 'blood, snot and giblets' aspect of the sport, and the ones who can buy all their own gear!

Edit:
Saint. Good spot. I'd wondered if they might be excursion codes.


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