We live on a planet full of beautiful stuff, mostly given to us by nature, and even if sometime there are people who don't respect at all animals, plants, etc, it's still a lot of beautiness to admire. And, while it might sound weird since the planet is called Earth, the place where the most beautiful stuff are found is the water: oceans and seas are full of beautiful colors, rich of magnificent creatures of every shape and dimensions that live and swim freely in those blue waters. Expecially in places where pollution isn't as heavy as serious like in other places. As humans, we tried our best to observe and admire those creatures, developing a sportive activity known as snorkeling: it's not hard or complicated, all you need to do it is just a diving mask and a pair of swimfins, and of course the thing that give the whole activity its name: the snorkel. This is the breathing tube, with a curved shape, that snorkelers ues when swimming on the surface of water. Yes, the surface: unlike scuba diving or other similar activities, snorkeling is mostly focused not on the deep waters, but on what you can see while swimming just on the surface, or a few centimeters lower. Otherwise going too deep into the water would make the snorkel completely useless! Snorkeling is a relaxing activity, that merge together the whole act of swimming, that many people love, and the beautiness of nature, allowing people to make contact with the wonderful and colorful creatures that populate our oceans. There aren't any heavy requirement or training needed, you can enjoy snorkeling either if you are a young kid or a old adult, you just need to know out to swim and some very cheap equipment, and then you are good to go! Find a body of water, maybe a tropical one where the most amazing stuff is found, and dive into this huge and unknown world! You won't regret it.

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  • Fish are various and colorful
  • It can be very refreshing in summer
  • The equipment is pretty cheap
  • Anyone can enjoy it at any age

  • The lack of competition make this feel more like a pleasure activity than a actual sport
  • Some places lack fish
  • You need to be a swimmer
  • With the used equipment, you can't get too deep into the water




When I was a child, I loved to bird watch. I liked birds. I even had a pet bird before (which was unfortunately eaten by a rat). I would go to our back yard (which has lots of trees), sit still, and hope that some beautiful bird will come and rest among the branches. It was fun during the day. But now, bird watching is no longer my thing.

Snorkeling on the other hand? Now that's something. It's very adventurous and exciting. It's something that I won't get tired of. It's something that's fun to do over and over again.

Posted by limberg on 01-09-2018


I would pick snorkeling any time of the day. It's just far more interesting because you literally become a part of the sea world when you dive under the water.

When you're birdwatching you're far away from the birds but snorkeling allows you to be near the fishes and other sea animals.

I have gone snorkeling quite many times and it's such a unique experience. It makes you feel free.

Posted by Mehano on 01-09-2018

Snorkeling Is More Fun

Although this can be a pretty expensive hobby, and it helps to be in proximity to a beach or to live near a large body of water to do this, I would much rather indulge in observing aquatic life than watching birds. It is probably true that bird-watching is a much more accessible hobby to embark upon, but the beauty you see when you are snorkeling is un-paralleled as you enter the aquatic world that is not natural to man and his everyday sensibilities. The creatures in the undersea world, to me, are much more interesting and exotic than the birds we see around us every day.
Posted by JoeMilford on 01-21-2018

In love with waters.

One thing that I always try to enjoy to its fullness is the waters we have around the place that I live. I'm the type of person that enjoy drinking, bathing and making use of water for any other purposes that the need for it would be needed anywhere I see myself.

This is why it's shocking when I tell most of my friends that I can't even swim a shallow water talk more of taking some swimming in deeper polls and rivers. I still wish to learn about that in the future and its something that will really happen at the end.

Posted by Barida on 01-27-2018


I do love swimming and do some water sports activities and also to see what the ocean can offer when I dive. I've never tried doing a snorkeling and this is one of the things that I want to learn and experience so I can see more underwater and discover new creatures that I've never seen before. I'm longing to be on the beach and have some fun with some water sports activities and swim again with fishes. I can't wait for summer and have fun under the sun again.
Posted by ColdFlameChris on 01-17-2018

A whole new world

I rarely explored under water world. According to research, 95% of the ocean is still undiscovered. And that makes me curious what are the peculiar things that are not normal to see in this world. Besides, snorkeling will going to introduce you to a whole new world. Bird watching is a normal thing to do, and it's free. I'd like to try snorkeling as it will be a unique activity that makes me excited.
Posted by vivalavanda on 02-03-2018


Snorkeling wins hands down for me. Not only is it more exciting, as you are physically moving around, but it's also a good way to exercise. Fun story: I went snorkeling once in St Thomas, to look at sea turtles and dolphins... we saw a lot of sea turtles, not a single dolphin. As the excursion was ending, I swam back towards the boat. Everyone else had pretty much climbed on board the boat, and I was one of the last remaining ones in the water. Underneath the boat was a long serpent like creature... just staring at me, and slowly chomping it's teeth. I have never been more scared in my life. The excursion guides assured me it was a barracuda and that it wouldn't attack me. As I approached the ladder... the thing inched closer to me... but luckily, they were right. It didn't touch me. It was definitely a memorable experience... one that birds would not be able to give me.
Posted by salt on 01-30-2018



Earth is not just water, there is a whole huge world even somewhere else: in the air! Since the beginning, man have dreamed to fly, and while planes and helicopters allowed our species to realize this dream, we never stopped to admire birds and other flying creatures. Most people took this admiration to the next level, and this is where birdwatching developed. As the name itself can easily make you guess, birdwatching involves watching.. birds, but not only that. Birdwatchers often like to recognize the singing of the various birds, that can be very different according to the species. Birdwatching is not a easy activity, it requires time and effort: you can't simply go outside and look at the clouds and trees hoping to look at a pigeon or a seagull. You must use a guide, that will allow you to identify that bird with a yellow tail a red body, or that small guy all brown with a beautiful singing voice.

Birds can fly, and in many cases are pretty shy and elusive: they won't stay around just waiting for you to see them. In the best of cases, they will remain hidden - but maybe not so well, and you could be able to spot them undetected. In other cases, they will fly away, leaving you with just a glimpse of their magnificence - and maybe losing a feather, just to insult you even more. However, unlike with snorkeling and fish, with birds you can have many variety and you can find different kinds of birds almost everywhere: unless you want to see something very exotic and rare, you most likely won't be disappointed if you can wait a bit. The equipment can be a bit more expensive, since you need something to hide or mimetize yourself, a binocular and of course the already mentioned guide. With this, it can also become a competition: you could track all the species you see on a checklist, and compare it with the birds from other fellow birdwatchers, to see who have the best eye and best luck. Birds are many, wonderful, and are just there, waiting for you to see them.

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  • It can be fun and competitive if you keep a checklist
  • Birds are basically everywhere
  • You can have a full immersion into nature, into trees and woods
  • It's not just watching, it's also hearing their singing

  • Some of the equipments can get fairly expensive
  • Might get boring
  • It requires a lot of patience
  • You need to put some effort in it


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To be honest, I am not amused with snorkeling because I don’t find it interesting. What I usually do when I want to see the bottom of the sea is to wear the googles and wade in the water. That’s it for me. With birdwatching, it’s pretty good especially when I have the camera with me. Just the sound of birds give me amusement much more when there are plenty of birds around. I usually do that in beach or swimming pool resorts where there are plenty of trees. In fact, there is a variety of birds inhabiting our area that sometimes I take pictures of them.
Posted by Corzhens on 01-05-2018
I have never done Snorkeling because we don't have sea here and I have been to sea few times (only when I traveled to other countries). I enjoy birdwatching, actually, bird watching is one of my favorite pass time activities. There are almost a dozen national parks and wild life reserves in my country and I go to bird watching once in a while.
Posted by vinaya on 01-05-2018
Birdwatching can help in relieving stress. I particularly love doing this when I am at the park. Snorkeling has always been my favourite activity. I live near the beach and I often go snorkelling with my cousins. I can't help but admire the underwater life whenever I go snorkelling. I love swimming with the colourful fishes and we come across sea turtles occasionally. I also enjoy watching the beautiful corals.
Posted by Pixie on 01-09-2018
We can do bird watching whenever we want because we just find a place where there are birds but Doing snorkeling is a unique activity where there are just several people who do that because as what I said it is unique not the same on other things. So I would to this snorkeling to see the beautiful of our water nature.
Posted by mar06 on 01-18-2018
I vote for snorkeling too. Watching birds is fun, and it can be exciting to see birds you have been waiting for. However, snorkeling is something that I have enjoyed in the past and hope to enjoy again. It is a fun activity
Posted by kgord on 01-29-2018
As much as I would desire watching the birds soar the endless space in the air, my love for water will always make me choose snorkeling over birdwatching. The feeling of water coursing all over my body when snorkeling gives me more satisfaction beyond my imagination.
Posted by Martinsx on 01-30-2018
I rarely explored under water world. According to research, 95% of the ocean is still undiscovered. And that makes me curious what are the peculiar things that are not normal to see in this world. Besides, snorkeling will going to introduce you to a whole new world. Bird watching is a normal thing to do, and it's free. I'd like to try snorkeling as it will be a unique activity that makes me excited.
Posted by vivalavanda on 02-03-2018
I would choose snorkelling over birdwatching if I had the option. Snorkelling is more exotic and something less accessible, therefore more intriguing. Birdwatching, can be exciting as well should you be lucky enough to come across a rare bird while out and about. Snorkelling isn't something you get to do every day (unless you live near the ocean), you also need special equipment to do it, whereas birdwatching can be done for free (unless you want a close up view via binoculars).
Posted by Rmarsh1984 on 02-26-2018