How To Choose A Snorkel Mask That Fits Perfectly?


June, September, and October are the rainiest months in Tulum. Weather is warm and not too hot from October to December. So, this three-month stretch is ideal for swimming with turtles in clear waters. The biggest wave of tourists come during the months of January, February and March. So, if you are planning for snorkeling in tulum, plan your trip accordingly. 

Now, let’s get back to the topic. It is important to make sure that the mask fits properly. Problems such as leakage or uncomfortable fitting are destined to deprive you of the pleasant snorkeling experience. The shape of your face, type of the mask and the size of the mask, these are the three things that come into play while choosing a mask. Whether you are buying a mask or renting one, always test it. 

A good mask provides an airtight seal around your face without being too tight. So, today we have compiled a list of the 5 steps you need to take to choose the right mask. 

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Step 1: Consider The Dimensions Of Your Face    

Stand in front of the mirror and find answers to the following questions: 

  • Is your face wide or narrow? 
  • Are your eyes wide apart or close together? 
  • What is the size of your nose?    
  • How much space is there above your lip under your nose?

You might have a wider face that is a little less tall from chin to forehead. When you are in a store, keep the dimensions of your face in mind while selecting one. A man should shave before choosing a mask. 

Step 2: Check Basic Fitting 

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Skirt is the part of the mask that seals to your face. It should have a high silicone percentage. Try a mask that looks like a perfect fit. Don’t think much about its features. Try it and don’t put the strap around your head. Stand in front of a mirror and notice the position of the skirt. It should not be too close to the eyes. Make sure that the skirt is not too wide. It should not be close to the hairlines on the top and sides.

Step 3: Do The Suction Test 

If the basic fit is good, put on the mask and press slightly. Suction it to your face by inhaling small amount of air through your nose. Now, release your hands. It should be suctioned to your face. Move around a bit. Move your facial muscles a bit. Do these movements easily break the seal? If you are one of the older folks with wrinkles, smooths out your skin to achieve a good seal.

Step 4: Put It On Fully 

So far so good. A little suction is enough for a mask to stay on. Now try it with the strap over your head. It should provide you with an airtight seal. There should be very light strap pressure. The strap should rest on your ears. If the mask fits well, the strap goes high on the back of the head. Leakage occurs when the mask is too loose or too tight. 

Step 5: Try It In A Pool With Snorkel 

Put the snorkel in your mouth and put on the mask. You can attach your snorkel to the strap. With snorkel in mouth, the shape of the face is likely to be changed. This can break the seal. So, test the snorkel and the mask at the same time. In the end, test both the snorkel and mask in the pool. 


You are going there to feast your eyes on beautiful marine life. You don’t want any kind of unpleasant experience there. So, for the best snorkeling in tulum, choose the right mask, snorkel and fins.

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