Should I Buy or Should I Rent?
This is a question we hear a lot at Snorkel Hawaii.
The real reality is that everyone’s needs are different. however, it is pretty safe to also say that for most "vacationers" renting is the way to go!
Here are some "pros' and "cons" of Buying vs. Renting. We are just trying to help you make the smartest decision based on your individual situation.
"Renting" Snorkeling Gear
If you rent, your snorkeling gear you won’t have to lug it around with you when traveling. Fins, especially, are large and cumbersome taking up precious suitcase space.This extra bag may even costing you an extra carrry on baggage fee from the airline.
If you never plan on snorkeling again, or when you return home from vacation you are landlocked (no ocean), renting your snorkeling gear will be much cheaper than buying. Definitely ake a moment to think about how much buying your own Snorkeling gear will cost you, relative to how much you’ll probably use it in the future.
Depending on the selection of available snorkeling gear at the rental company, it may be more difficult to find a mask that fits your face properly.
It’s difficult to be certain of the snorkeling gear sanitation procedures of every rental company. Many people will have used your snorkel before you. Was it sanitized properly? This is something to think about.
We know all of the best Rental Companies in the area where you’ll be staying. Don't wait till the last minute to go driving around searching for one, when you could already be at the beach swimming with ours.
"Buying" Snrokeling Gear
When you own your own snorkeling gear you can be assured everything fits properly. You did read What You Should Know About Snorkeling Masks and What You Should Know About Snorkeling Fins, didn’t you? If you haven’t, you really should take a moment to at least glance it over.
Another important consideration is sanitation. You won’t have to guess who had that snorkel in their mouth before you and if the rental shop sanitized it properly.
You can take your time choosing the right gear for the right price before your trip. You’ll be able to comparison shop at all the local dive shops in your area at your leisure.
You never know when you’ll be headed back to the beach again. It’s great to know that your gear will always be there, ready to go.
Having you own snorkel gear means you’ll have one less thing to do when you get to your destination. In other words, you’ll be at the beach sooner instead of searching for the rental shop.
If you’re absolutely sure you’re only going to snorkel once in your life, buying your own gear is usually more expensive than renting.
You’ll have to carry your gear around with you. If space is at premium (I know it is when I travel), your gear could be taking up room for other things like all that great stuff you bought while shopping in Hawaii. There is a way to partially get around this... keep reading…