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Snorkel gear -- worth the space it takes?

Our trip to Greece is a mere 6 weeks away and we're contemplating packing. I have a custom snorkel mask and fins that I usually lug when going to Mexico or Hawaii - is it worth it to take to Greece? (I wouldn't take the fins, but the mask is still bulky and adds a bit of weight.)
For reference, we are going to:
Crete (Sep 4-11)
Santorini (Sep 12-13)
Naxos (Sep 14-17)
Napflion (Mainland) (Sep 18-22)
Delphi (Sep 23)
Athens (Sep 24-25)
Paris (Sep 26-28)
home (Seattle) -- Sep 29

Greece looks like lovely swimming, and I'm sure I'll enjoy floating in the sea looking at the fish . . . but I'm thinking my gear will be bore to carry after Naxos. Thoughts from other travelers?


Posted by
2814 posts

We were on both Santorini and Naxos a couple years ago and did not notice anyone snorkeling. We didn't even think about bringing our gear. We travel light. What we did see on Naxos was windsurfers by our resort! That was fun to watch. We were on the far end of St. George Beach. Like you, we take our snorkeling gear to Hawaii. Sounds like a great itinerary! Great month to be in Greece.

Posted by
5307 posts

I have snorkeled in Greece, as well as Grand Cayman and the Yucatan. My bad news is that snorkeling in Greece and, to be honest, maybe most of the Mediterranean, is pretty underwhelming.

Obviously little or no coral, some rocks, few fish, probably some Urchins, maybe an octopus; I suppose if you are lucky a wreck or other debris, really lucky I suppose some pottery...but you would have to travel specifically to those.

Unfortunately, most of the waters were terribly over-fished and never recovered.

So make an effort to take gear? (Meaning a good mask, Snorkel, fins, shoes, vest, etc.) probably not. Find a small pair of goggles that you can at least take a look? Sure.

Posted by
2863 posts

At snorkel depths there's almost nothing to see under water besides algae-covered rocks and sea grasses, no colorful corals or schools of exotic fish.

Posted by
16 posts

No joke -- but I'm glad I got my suspicions confirmed. :-) Thanks for the feedback!

Posted by
9 posts

Thanks for posting this! We were contemplating just bring our mask and snorkel but were worried about the room in our back packs. This definitely resolved the question.