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
JB Fernandez

Uncharted territory

It is much more amazing to discover new things deep down below us. A lot of things are just waiting to be discovered deep below. Even though our technology has already advanced too much compared before, we still haven't searched and studied everything under the sea.
Posted by JB Fernandez on 03-24-2018

Under the sea feels like a different world

I love being under the sea - it's a special, almost otherworldly experience getting to see marine life. I also love the coral and plant life that you find under the sea as well, so it's nice being able to combine flora and fauna in the one spot.
Posted by amelia88 on 11-03-2018



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



Birdwatching is Safer for Me

I can't vote for snorkeling because I can't swim. Even if I could swim I would then have to overcome my fear of being submerged under water. (https://superiorthan.c...-Fish-in-an-Aquarium-5520) For me, birdwatching is the safer option. But I have to admit that those people who go snorkeling in The Bahamas look like they have a lot of fun! LOL.
Posted by cmoneyspinner on 11-30-2018


When you want to go into the nature. And want to travel more distance. Then in such case the bird-watching is much better option. I think considering those who don't know how to swim. For them bird watching is much better option. And lot of things to learn.
Posted by overcast on 05-02-2018

Not underwater

I wouldn't really pick either of these activities as a first choice for leisure but between the two I'd have to go with this one since it's not underwater which I have grown to dislike. I like being around trees a bit more anyway so there is another reason for me to prefer and choose this as well. I think there is a bit less effort needed for this as well so it's a much better choice for me.
Posted by Wubwub on 04-17-2018

Bird Lover.

I am a bird lover that is why I choose this. I like fishes too but they can't win in my heart over birds.
Posted by MomoStarr16 on 10-20-2018


I prefer bird watching. This is easier than the other. Snorkeling takes you to go underwater.
Posted by menchuuy58 on 11-03-2018


This is one of the best activity that I have ever participated in. For one month, we were conducting some survey in a forest with various birds.

Birdwatching is amazing.

Posted by Focusedwriter10 on 11-08-2018


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 agree not a lot of the snorkeling fan. And on another note it'd be serious to consider the bird watching as hobby. Some people make the serious observation for the same. I think that's the point to watch out.
Posted by overcast on 11-09-2018
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
JB Fernandez
It feels bad to know that other countries don't have oceans on their boundary. I bet, seafood products are expensive in your country? Anyway, you should put snorkeling in your bucket list. It is such a great activity, and surely you will be captivated by the breathtaking scenery below.
Posted by JB Fernandez on 03-24-2018
I think lot of us have not done that. The reason being we are away from sea. I think it's a good sport though. Bird-watching comes natural because we are in the mountain region. And it's kind of fun in many ways if you ask me.
Posted by overcast on 05-30-2018
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 like the water too but it's pity I don't most of the time get into the water. Most of the people prefer birdwatching because it does not have the health risk. So one can get it better as a hobby and the beneficial activity.
Posted by overcast on 11-09-2018
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 guess that 90% of the ocean that is unexplored is even more because the ocean is deep and vast that you cannot cover every part of it. If you remember the lost plane of the Malaysian airlines flight MH 370 (pardon me if the flight is not accurate) that was suspected to have crashed in the Indian Ocean. Until now they have not found the big plane maybe because of the vastness of the ocean floor.
Posted by Corzhens on 12-16-2018
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).
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Posted by hermessantos on 04-17-2018
I prefer Snorkeling than bird watching. I just wanted to see the creatures under the sea. It is very relaxing for me to watch the fishes swim underwater and play in the coral reefs. I also love swimming so I prefer this over bird watching.
Posted by bienn05 on 07-09-2018
I've only done Snorkeling once, but it was great. I went to a very clear water beach, where it was really easy to watch fishes, and waves were calmed. One of the guys had an underwater camera, and we had amazing pictures, even it was not an easy job to have some quality ones. Anyway, I totally recommend it to anybody, you just have to know how to swim, and have some patience to wait for the most beautiful fishes to come out.
Posted by ballyhara on 09-12-2018
I haven't tried snorkeling yet and I only have tried bird watching therefore I would definitely choose the latter for now. I think its nice to do snorkeling and it makes me want to try it. I want to know how enjoyable it is and what is the difference of it from bird watching. But both are fun to do, not all people want to go snorkeling because not all have the guts to study on how to swim just to try out snorkeling. Yes, I think it makes you more thrilled but not everyone would enjoy it.
Posted by mitan143 on 09-17-2018
I really hate swimming because I've experienced drowning once. That's why I'll choose Birdwatching over Snorkelling. In reality I hate both but Birdwatching is less dangerous between the two. Although Birdwatching is a really boring hobby.
Posted by Kakashi2020 on 09-26-2018
You see they are both lovely in the eyes. The colors of the fish and the colors of the birds. The way they swim and the way they fly. But watching birds can do with out spending too much money. While watching fish true snorkeling needs money to do so.
Posted by MomoStarr16 on 10-20-2018
Bird watching is my preference. It so easy to watch birds. With snorkeling you really have to go and swim under the water. You will be wet.
Posted by menchuuy58 on 11-03-2018
I will choose snorkeling as I have not tried this one. I only tried bird watching so I maybe choose snorkeling for this time as seeing someone enjoying feels like I want to join to. My only problem is that I don't know how to swim but I think you will learn to swim if will someone help you how to swim.
Posted by nekonieden on 11-13-2018
Well, I think I will choose both the options. It's very difficult to choose one over the other. I like to do a Birdwatching whenever I get the opportunity. I have done Snorkelling twice in my life and I love the experience. Birdwatching definitely requires a lot of patience and knowledge. One has to wait patiently and silently to watch the different kinds of magnificent birds that exist in nature. On the other snorkeling can be a very fascinating experience because for most of us the life below the water is relatively unknown.
Posted by jpk0007 on 11-23-2018
To be honest, I am not a good swimmer but know how to swin in a basic why but the diving one, I don't have the courage to do it but i really want to swim with fish and doing it is so good, In our poace even your just a 5 meters from shore you can see already some species there. But be careful of the sea orchin we have a lot of them there.
Posted by mhingnhormz on 11-24-2018
I can’t swim so snorkeling is out of the question. I would want to learn yo swim and try snorkeling. I think I’ll enjoy snorkeling better.
Posted by thejoyrevolution on 11-30-2018