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    Default Dive/snorkel sites

    I saw the sites like salt pier, lac bay, wind sock... but if you had to choose a great site for both dive and snorkel, where would you choose bc part of our group only snorkels?? Gracias, Grazi, Danke!!

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    Tori's Reef. Divers head out to the reef, snorkelers go south along the shoreline observing the rocks at a safe distance.
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    Karpata is awesome for both divers and snorkelers! I have read about the drift snorkel from La Dania's Leap to Karpata but we have not done it; divers could follow the surface group. Also up north, Cliff or the two Andreas would work. We don't find Tori's that great a snorkel site. The shallows (and probably the dive) at Invisibles are better, plus you can look for the garden eels near the mooring. Try Margate Bay further south.

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    The drift snorkel (or dive) from La Dania's is not to be missed.
    One of my favorites.
    I took my kids snorkeling there from the age of 6. As soon as they had their PADI, they wanted to dive there.
    Unload your gear at La Dania. Leave someone with the gear, drive to Karpata and walk back.

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    Thank you ALL so much! Two weeks and counting!!!

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    How is the entry at Tori's Reef? It's fine to say that shore diving is convenient but some entries can be pretty challenging. We did Bachelors' Beach today and even with a set of stairs it was hard work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by freda View Post
    How is the entry at Tori's Reef? It's fine to say that shore diving is convenient but some entries can be pretty challenging. We did Bachelors' Beach today and even with a set of stairs it was hard work.
    Bachelor's is deceptive, and the ease of entry can sometimes depend on the tide. The best for the OP I can recommend is just north of Windsock where the Kite City food truck parks (just north of the fuel dock). Basically a beach entry with a lot for the snorkelers to see in the shallows, and the reef is very close to shore for the divers. When the dive is over, sit and have lunch and a sangria! (bring cash)

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    The entry at Tori's is easy from the south side of the canal. There has been a little trail down to the water. It is a long surface swim out to the buoy in relatively deep water. Again, this is not our favorite snorkel site. Most of the southern sites are fairly easy entries when only wearing snorkel gear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill K View Post
    It is a long surface swim out to the buoy in relatively deep water.
    LOL, sounds like a great opportunity to go diving right from shore! The physical effort required to slowly kicking along in streamlined position underwater is less than that required to awkwardly swim the same distance on the surface with dive gear. Air consumption in the shallows is minimal, and there's some great stuff to see down there. A few years ago at Tori's Reef we were happily surprised to find a small seahorse clinging to soft coral at 10' or so on the way out to the reef drop-off. On the return we discovered an octopus peeking out of its coral head den at 12' and a small pink frogfish, less than 2" long, out in the open at 7' just outside the salt pan canal entrance. We wouldn't have seen any of them if kicking our way out on the surface. We've had similar experiences in the shallows at other similar sites.

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    ok so just want to make sure about the entry-----it appears to be a big stride just like top site @ Oil Slick Leap, correct? If that is the case then just checking to see that entry depth not a problem or that one needs to locate an exact spot to jump to at the site. We will have lots of people with us for diving but this might be a great surface time snorkel depending on time frame it takes to make it to Karpata--any estimate please?

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