Full face snorkeling masks are very popular snorkeling masks. Thanks to the flat and wide viewing panel, breathing tube design and other features, they are suitable for shallow, low intensity diving and observing the sea from the surface.

However, full face snorkel masks are not suitable for deep diving and for high intensity swimming/snorkeling/diving!

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When buying full face snorkeling mask, there are several things to consider and with large number of models on the market, sometimes it is hard to choose.

 Following table lists some of the most popular and the best full face snorkeling masks:

Model - Our Review Short Description Amazon Link
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SeeReef Full Face Snorkel Mask

- 180° viewing angle with flat clear lens,

- 4 valves design - makes breathing ease from extra long breathing tube, while keeping the mask fog free,

- two sizes for children and adults, with adjustable straps,

- comes with two sets of ear plugs, travel bag and spare seals,

- excellent reviews.

SeeReef Full Face Snorkel
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TriMagic Full Face Snorkel Mask

- 180° viewing angle with flat shatterproof polycarbonate viewing panel,

- comes with detachable GoPro mount,

- anti-fog and anti-leak design with adjustable straps,

- dry top snorkel,

- two sizes; excellent reviews.

TriMagic 180° Panoramic Full Face Snorkel Mask
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Tribord Easybreath Full Face Snorkeling Mask

- 180° viewing angle with flat shatterproof polycarbonate window,

- dry top snorkel, easy to breath, with adjustable straps,

- bottom purge valve for draining water,

- two sizes, very popular with excellent reviews.

Tribord Easybreath Full Face Snorkeling Mask
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Easy Full Face Snorkel Mask

- full 180° viewing angle with flat window,

- soft, fabric, adjustable straps,

- excellent reviews,

- anti-fog and anti-leak design,

- comes in two sizes.

Easy Snorkel 180° Full Face Snorkel Mask
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Seaview 180° GoPro Compatible Snorkel Mask

- 180° full face design,

- GoPro compatible mount,

- anti-fog and anti-leak design with adjustable straps,

- one-way chin drain valve,

- available in two sizes, good reviews and very popular full face mask.

 
Seaview 180° Panoramic Full Face Snorkel Mask
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Octobermoon Full Face Snorkel Mask

- full 180° unrestricted view with flat window,

- easy to adjust straps,

- dry top snorkel,

- anti-fog and anti-leak design,

- excellent reviews, very popular model.

 
Octobermoon 180° Panoramic Full Face Snorkel Mask
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Vaincre 180° Full Face Snorkel Mask

- full 180° viewing angle,

- anti-fog and anti-leak design with dry top and adjustable straps,

- GoPro mount compatible,

- comes in two sizes,

- popular full face mask with very nice reviews.

Vaincre 180° Full Face Snorkel Mask
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Tribord EasyBreath Full Face Hypoallergenic Snorkeling Mask

- 180° field of vision and shatterproof polycarbonate window for added safety,

- comes in two sizes,

- very similar to Tribord Easybreath Full Face Snorkeling Mask, but comes with hypoallergenic silicone facial lining,

- dry top design, popular mask, with excellent reviews.

Tribord EasyBreath Full Face Hypoallergenic Snorkeling Mask
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SeaFin Full Face Snorkel Mask

- 180° panoramic view with flat, shatterproof polycarbonate window,

- anti-fog and anti leak design, with adjustable nylon straps,

- very comfortable and durable mask,

- comes in two sizes and several, very similar, models.

- note that NOT ALL models are GoPro compatible.

SeaFin Full Face Snorkel Mask
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Ocean Reef Aria Full Face Snorkel Mask

- full 180° viewing angle with flat window,

- dry top, anti-fog, anti-leak design, with self-purging valve at the bottom,

- comes in three sizes,

- popular mask, with excellent reviews.

Ocean Reef Aria Full Face Snorkel Mask

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Buying Full Face Snorkeling Mask

When buying full face snorkeling mask, there are few things to know and even repeat:

- snorkeling depth: these masks are not suitable for diving deeper than 10 - 15 feet. Due to their design, one can't reach nose and equalize the pressure in the ears, thus diving deeper than 10 feet can be really uncomfortable, painful and in the end - dangerous! Why? If something should happen (eardrum burst!), sharp pain in ears can disorient the swimmer/diver and prevent it from reaching the surface in time. This is NOT 'just another' warning/disclaimer, this is serious warning!

- easy breathing: unlike 'normal' diving masks, which are actual two pieces used together (mask and breathing tube), full face masks are designed to be one piece equipment. Since the mask cover full face (hence the name) breathing is possible via both nose and mouth. To ease the breathing even further, best full face masks are 'dual air flow' design with separate breathing chambers (for short - air in and air out don't mix!). This also prevents mask fogging and decrease the possibility of gag reflex which can happen of course, but more often when using 'normal' diving masks! Full face masks are great for slow swimming and shallow diving - low intensity work. However, fast swimming and snorkeling is not recommended with these masks.

- dry top design: special valve(s) in the breathing tube prevent water entering the tube and the mask. This enables the swimmer to start breathing right away on the surface. These valves work well, as long as the mask is in upright position (most models). If some water enters the mask, bottom/chin valve helps with water drainage.

- 180° viewing angle: full face masks commonly come with wide viewing angle, helping the swimmer to have extraordinary field of view. To help with observing the underwater world even further, most of the masks have flat viewing window, at least the central section. Although these masks are not suitable for deep diving, transparent parts are mostly made of durable polycarbonate, which can withstand, up to the point, various impacts and mechanical abuse in general!

- GoPro compatible: some masks come with permanent GoPro compatible mount, some masks come with removable GoPro mounts, while some masks are not designed with GoPro in mind. However, even such masks accept (mostly) clip-like GoPro compatible mounts and can be used for making underwater videos. Permanent GoPro mounts create minimal additional drag, so if you like to make underwater videos (always or occasionally), a good full face mask with permanent GoPro mount is recommended.

- Colors and sizes: these masks are designed to be leak-proof, but only if proper mask size is used. Also, it is very important to properly adjust mask straps to hold the mask firmly in place. Some facial hair is OK, but people with beards can have issues with leaks. Most of the masks come in different colors - dark colors will not spook the fish and other marine life, but bright tube top is highly recommended for additional visibility by other swimmers, divers and boats, too.

Of course, there are other little details that are different from mask to mask, which can play important role when choosing the right full face mask.

Full Face Snorkeling Masks and Fishing

cressi geronimo elite speargun 1mFull face snorkeling masks provide the fisherman with unique perspective from the surface and excellent field of view.

When spearfishing in shallows, full face mask is better choice that traditional diving mask for several other reasons: practically 100% fog-free design, dry top tube, breathing on both mouth and nose, etc. However, if the sea is deeper than 10 feet, go for traditional mask/breathing tube combination.

Also, when searching something from the surface (lost anchor anyone?), wider field of view is very important feature.

Knowing both full face snorkeling masks' strengths and weaknesses is very important to use them in best possible way and even more important, in safest possible way.

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