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Don't forget about our #snorkeling and #dive themed #islandschat today at 1:00 PM EST. http://instagr.am/p/O9M4rpjgQW/ISLANDS magazine

Got a burning question about #scubadiving? Join us for a live chat with our friends @islandsmagazine 1 pm EST at #islandschat and fire awayScuba Diving Mag

Fins - check...Mask - check...#islandschat - check! RT @islandsmagazine: Welcome to our dive and snorkel #islandschats! Let's get started!RobRob

Q1: Where is your favorite place to scuba dive or snorkel?

Q1: Where is your favorite to place scuba dive or snorkel? #islandschatISLANDS magazine

In my limited experience, my favorite place to snorkel's been the Florida Keys. #islandschat @islandsmagazineBarbara Benham

A1: No fave yet, but I hear gr8 things abt Tahiti & Belize @islandsmagazine #islandschatRobRob

Where did you snorkel in the #Floridakeys? #islandschatScuba Diving Mag

Thanks @islandsmagazine! We're a Hawaii & South Pac tour op. Lots of great snorkeling & diving! #islandschatAll About Hawaii

RT @LCHadfield A1: Ambergris Caye, Belize @islandsmagazine Q1: Where is your favorite to place scuba dive or snorkel? #islandschatISLANDS magazine

Bonaire! It's where I learned. Tons of shore dives marked by yellow rocks. Swim 20ft off the beach, and you're at the reef! #islandschatAlex Stankie

A1 - #SouthPacific is amazing! Crystal clear blue lagoons full of underwater life and adventure! #islandschatPaul Gauguin Cruises

A1: Diving #Molokini crater off #Maui is amazing! Incredible visibility, water temp & marine life. Reef sharks, garden eels... #islandschatAll About Hawaii

A1: Here's some of our top 10 favorite places to #snorkel! http://bit.ly/S1GlyB #islandschatCaribbeanTravel+Life

@AllAboutHawaii Night diving there is incredible. Tons of sharks. #islandschatAlex Stankie

@AlexStankie Exciting! Found reef sharks at 80 feet under a rock ledge on the crater interior. They were quick to swim away. #islandschatAll About Hawaii

Ah #Molokini. The Backwall is one of my favorite dives: manta rays, sharks. #islandschatScuba Diving Mag

@scubadivingmag How deep are most Backwall dives at #Molokini? Snorkeled with mantas in Kona. Amazing! #islandschatAll About Hawaii

@AllAboutHawaii There's cool stuff to see at every depth, I wouldn't recommend descending below 100 feet. #islandschatScuba Diving Mag

RT @katrinawoz Enjoyed great #snorkeling at Key West! Our best snorkeling was Isabela island in #Galapagos.@TravelSweeps #islandschatISLANDS magazine

A1: On #Hawaii's Big Island, a night snorkel or dive with manta rays is a must do and a once-in-a-lifetime experience! #islandschatAll About Hawaii

Sounds like Chankanaab Park - Cozumel @PaulGauguin A1 - #SouthPacific Clear blue lagoons full of underwater life and adventure! #islandschatLinda C Hadfield

Ok, changing my A1: Molokini is #amazing! RT @scubadivingmag: Ah #Molokini. The Backwall is one of my favorite dives... #islandschatRobRob

RT @katrinawoz We also snorkeled at Xel Ha in #Mexico.Nice beginner spot for kids b/c they truly see fish. #islandschatISLANDS magazine

@islandsmagazine A1: I went Snuba diving in Cozumel! It was amazing! #islandschatKenya F.

Calica, Mexico w/ artificial concrete domes @islandsmagazine: Q1: Where is your favorite to place scuba dive or snorkel? #islandschatJoshua Dier

@islandsmagazine Akumal, #mexico, best snorkel EVER. Reef dIving "eh" but killer cenotaph dives nearby #islandschatMary Frances Emmons

Q2: Do you prefer scuba diving or snorkeling?

Q2: Do you prefer scuba diving or snorkeling? #islandschatISLANDS magazine

Snorkeling. I can’t get to neutral buoyancy when scuba diving. @islandsmagazine Q2: Do you prefer scuba diving or snorkeling? #islandschatLinda C Hadfield

@islandsmagazine I would LOVE to learn to scuba dive, but I do snorkel. Everyone says scuba is an expensive hobby - true? #IslandsChatJen Zeman

A2. Snorkeling, I have never tried scuba and am not sure I ever will. @islandsmagazine #islandschatBarbara Benham

@TravelSweeps Why not? Theres so much more to see! #islandschatAlex Stankie

I know, I know @AlexStankie but I'm nervous to try scuba! I may one day. #islandschat @islandsmagazineBarbara Benham

@TravelSweeps Take a @Padi class. It's a lot safer than you think. Definitely something you won't regret trying. #islandschatAlex Stankie

Learn to #dive onboard the m/s PaulGauguin #islandschat #Iwanntrythat http://pic.twitter.com/ancioJrEPaul Gauguin Cruises

It starts EZ & by the time ur certified, nerves will be gone & u'll love it! RT @TravelSweeps: but I'm nervous to try scuba! #islandschatRobRob

@TravelSweeps It's just like flying. One of the most relaxing activities you could imagine #islandschatScuba Diving Mag

RT @jen_zeman: I would LOVE to learn to scuba dive, but I do snorkel. Everyone says scuba is an expensive hobby - true? #islandschatScuba Diving Mag

@jen_zeman True, but renting gear at your destination can stretch your budget. And many operators throw in rental for free. #islandschatScuba Diving Mag

I don't know that I prefer either. I'll take both! RT @islandsmagazine: Q2: Do you prefer scuba diving or snorkeling? #islandschatRobRob

“@islandsmagazine: Q2: Do you prefer scuba diving or snorkeling? #islandschat”<~~Neither! Free Diving!!Eric aka Hammer

A2: Do we have to choose? We'll take snorkeling or scuba diving in the Caribbean any day. #islandschatCaribbeanTravel+Life

Snorkel fun in #Tahiti #islandschat http://pic.twitter.com/eyjzHBaoPaul Gauguin Cruises

@CaribTravelLife We are counting down the days until our #Caribbean sailings begin! #islandschatPaul Gauguin Cruises

A2: Love both snorkeling & SCUBA! How about #SNUBA? Has anyone tried that? #islandschatAll About Hawaii

@CaribTravelLife @islandsmagazine A2: I prefer a combo of both Snuba! #islandschatKenya F.

@AllAboutHawaii I've actually never tried #SNUBA. You don't need a certification, which gets more people underwater. #islandschatAlex Stankie

Q3: What's the most unique thing you've seen underwater?

Q3: What’s the most unique thing you’ve seen underwater? #islandschatISLANDS magazine

This is one of the coolest things we've seen underwater: http://bit.ly/underwatersculpture. Anyone ever seen this? #islandschat http://pic.twitter.com/bBDgm9bKISLANDS magazine

@islandsmagazine Our managing editor just dive the Cancun museum, I did Grenada's last years. Pretty cool. #islandschatSport Diver magazine

A3 When the water is so clear - everything looks amazing! #islandschat #FreeRide http://pic.twitter.com/hOA2LZJwPaul Gauguin Cruises

RT @ISLEddy: Manta rays are pretty special underwater. So was spotting to manatees mating. Strange but cool. #islandschatAlex Stankie

@ISLEddy My wife's first @PADI Open Water dives were on a manta cleaning station in the Maldives. She's spoiled now. #islandschat #scubaSport Diver magazine

A spotted eagle ray off Esperanza Beach in Vieques! RT @islandsmagazine Q3 What’s the most unique thing you’ve seen underwater? #islandschatLibby Vertz

@islandsmagazine A3: Also spotted a hawksbill and green turtle in Vieques! Swam next to the green turtle for about 10 minutes! #islandschatLibby Vertz

AWESOME! They are so slick - surprized you didn’t fall off @PaulGauguin A3 When the water is so clear everything looks amazing! #islandschatLinda C Hadfield

A3: I saw Adele rolling in the deep. #terriblejoke #islandschatCami Webb

@islandsmagazine Electric-blue starfish in French Polynesia! #islandschatJen Zeman

Male & female manatee getting “cozy" between Ambergris Caye & Caye Caulker. Q3: Most unique thing you’ve seen underwater? #islandschatLinda C Hadfield

@LCHadfield Yes, manatee sex! You're very fortunate :) #islandschatScuba Diving Mag

Scuba porn? RT @scubadivingmag: @LCHadfield Yes, manatee sex! You're very fortunate :) #islandschatRobRob

Coral spawning in Bonaire. More scuba porn @RobZonie #islandschatAlex Stankie

My 15-yr-old son was so intrigued @RobZonie Scuba porn? RT @scubadivingmag: @LCHadfield Yes, manatee sex! You're very fortunate #islandschatLinda C Hadfield

RT @51_South @islandsmagazine a mine! #islandschatISLANDS magazine

Nothing unique, not yet, but the colors make my eyes ache, tropical fish are so beautiful. #islandschatBarbara Benham

A3: Giant manta rays in Kona! By far my best experience... so far. #islandschatAll About Hawaii

RT @transworldsurf Saw a pair of rays diving this morning in SoCal, love how they glide through the water like they're flying #islandschatISLANDS magazine

@islandsmagazine Flightless cormorant in the Galapagos. The oceanic sunfish is pretty weird too. #islandschatSport Diver magazine

@islandsmagazine Mating mimic octopus. Mating frogfish. Octopus eaten by stonefish. #islandschatSport Diver magazine

Anybody seen a shark while snorkeling? #islandschatScuba Diving Mag

@CaribTravelLife @scubadivingmag All the time! This is one of the funniest things to try! #islandschat http://pic.twitter.com/7yTem5mqPaul Gauguin Cruises

A3 #islandschat Sharks! Our staff recall a hammerhead, nurse sharks & black&white tip reef shark in Galapagos & Belize. http://ow.ly/dlVaFAdventureSmith

YES! A nursing shark at Hol Chan. They don’t bite. They suck conche out of their shells. @scubadivingmag Anybody seen a shark? #islandschatLinda C Hadfield

@scubadivingmag Yep. Bahamas. Big tiger. Scared the %!!^?!* outta me! ;0) #islandschatMary Frances Emmons

Q4: What's on your scuba/snorkeling bucket list?

Q4 What's on your scuba/snorkeling bucket list? #scubadiving #scuba #diving #islandschatScuba Diving Mag

Blue Hole & Great Barrier Reef. @scubadivingmag Q4 What's on your scuba/snorkeling bucket list? #scubadiving #scuba #diving #islandschatLinda C Hadfield

Belize & Blue Hole RT @scubadivingmag: Q4 What's on your scuba/snorkeling bucket list? #scubadiving #scuba #diving #islandschatRobRob

A4 Great Barrier Reef and swimming with whale sharks! #scubadiving #scuba #diving #islandschatAll About Hawaii

Great Barrier Reef, for sure! RT @scubadivingmag Q4 What's on your scuba/snorkeling bucket list? #scubadiving #scuba #diving #islandschatLibby Vertz

Snorkeling bucket list: Hawaii night snorkeling is supposed to be amazing! #islandschat #snorkelingBarbara Benham

Shark and #Ray snorkeling! Who wants to try this? #islandschat http://pic.twitter.com/io74WDo9Paul Gauguin Cruises

That looks amazing! RT @PaulGauguin: #Shark and #Ray snorkeling! Who wants to try this? #islandschatPhil Payne

A4: We have the ultimate #snorkeling destination guide to help you complete your #bucketlist: http://bit.ly/PzZ6Sp #islandschatCaribbeanTravel+Life

@scubadivingmag Yes, amazing drift snorkel along Turquoise Bay, Exmouth, Western Australia, lots of white tip reef sharks! #islandschatAndy Bilby

@islandsmagazine Though snorkeling with whale sharks by Isla Mujeres was one of the COOLEST things EVER. #islandschatBelize Blog

Q5: What are your tips for first-time divers?

Q5: What are your tips for first-time divers? #islandschatISLANDS magazine

@islandsmagazine Relax and breathe. #islandschatSport Diver magazine

A5: Best advice I got: Take ur time & don't get excited (uses more air!) RT @islandsmagazine: Q5: What are your tips... #islandschatRobRob

Toothpaste is your best friend. Nothing works better to keep your mask from fogging up. #islandschatAlex Stankie

Don’t drink too much the night before :s @islandsmagazine: Q5: What are your tips for first-time divers? #islandschatLinda C Hadfield

Don't spit that thing out! ;) RT @islandsmagazine: Q5: What are your tips for first-time divers? #islandschatRobRob

Real divers pee in their wetsuits - and lie about it #islandschatScuba Diving Mag

@islandsmagazine Don't hold your breath... #islandschatScuba Diving Mag

Don't dive and fly home on the same day. #islandschatAlex Stankie

@LCHadfield Good advice. Dehydration can increase chances for decompression sickness - and sea sickness #islandschatScuba Diving Mag

A5: Tips for first-time divers: Diving with clear visibility helps calm nerves. #islandschatAll About Hawaii

Always dive with a buddy - the sexier the better #islandschatScuba Diving Mag

And avoid the fire coral! @islandsmagazine: Q5: What are your tips for first-time divers? #islandschatLinda C Hadfield

Start at sunset for your first night dive. The setting sun calms the nerves as you descend into the dark. #islandschatAlex Stankie

@islandsmagazine Admit what you don't know; divers love to teach (and faking it can endanger you and others). #islandschatMary Frances Emmons

Q6: Where is the next place you're planning to dive or snorkel?

Q6: Where is the next place you're planning to dive or snorkel? #islandschatISLANDS magazine

Palau in October - can barely stand the wait #islandschatScuba Diving Mag

Back to #Hawaii! :) RT @islandsmagazine: Q6: Where is the next place you're planning to dive or snorkel? #islandschatRobRob

Somewhere in the Caribbean. RT @scubadivingmag: RT @islandsmagazine: Q6: Where is the next place you plan to dive or snorkel? #islandschatBarbara Benham

A6: Cancun in October! Stoked! #islandschatCami Webb

Either Riviera Maya or Belize @islandsmagazine Q6: Where is the next place you're planning to dive or snorkel? #islandschatLinda C Hadfield

Q6 The Blue Hole in November. Can't wait to check that one off my list. #islandschatJason

@travelsweeps Why not night snorkel in the Bahamas? We'd love for you to visit! :) #islandschatThe Bahamas

" Raja Ampat, Indonesia RT @scubadivingmag: RT @islandsmagazine: Q6: Where is the next place you plan to dive or snorkel? #islandschat"Mariza LagunaTrip

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Great conversation! Thanks for joining us! Here's our list for our 23 best islands for snorkeling: http://bit.ly/Rq6LU9 #islandschatISLANDS magazine

Thanks for another great & fun #islandschat @islandsmagazine http://pic.twitter.com/09Y6qirjPaul Gauguin Cruises