As an experienced traveler to the bahamas or visitor to the lake would tell you, a nice pair of underwater binoculars turn your week-long vacation or weekend day at the beach, into one of the best getaways you’ve ever had. But the key is, you need to find a good pair to sport under the sea.
Generally, what you want with your Marine Binoculars is a magnification between 5x and 10x, an objective lens around 50mm, as well as top of the line auto focus and low-light adaptability features. We’ve compiled your five best options to enhance your next nautical adventure.
These binoculars top our list with their fresh and sturdy lenses which are never out of focus. The Steiner Marine binoculars have a high level of light transmission peaks at over 90 percent. What this means is that you’ll be able to see well even if it’s dark out. The Steiners have some of the best, most durable build build on the market. The lenses are clean and clear, with BAK-4 prisms and long eye relief. Users of these pairs of binoculars compare using them to the experience of going on an ultracool night time exploration like in those action movies.
The USCAMEL Binoculars will insulate all outside dust and weather ailments with its United States Military Grade Quality. Like the Steiner’s, these come with BAK-4 prisms for a clear wide-ranging eye shot. This pair earned its spot on this list because of its versatility. The USCAMEL Binoculars are easy to hold, its rubber manufacturing keeping the binoculars firmly in your hands no matter where you are in the world, rainstorms, up on the mountains, and yes, deep under water, this pair of binoculars will have your back. If you were considering using your marine binoculars for hobbies outside of the water, this is the pair for you.
These Hooway Binoculars are an Amazon favorite, and there’s no questioning why. Unlike other pairs of binoculars which need special floating devices to stay up on the water, most all Hooway binoculars, including this one, float on their own, so there’s no need to buy extra accessories. This pair comes with a lit up compass built-in direction finder, providing capacity for locating underwater items, with a breathtakingly clear view. The field of view is 132 meters at 1000 meters and the lenses are nitrogen fused which guards against fog. The Hooway Marine Binoculars also come with a tripod holder.
If we’re being honest, we could fit this entire list with Binoculars just made from Bushnell, their reputation and line of products is vast and excellent. The Bushnell Binoculars claim 100% waterproof materials and 100% tested materials. Best of all, these are the most affordable of high-quality binoculars on this list. These binoculars tend to feel a bit on the heavy side, and some users recommend buying the Field Optics eyeshields as a companion which can help keep outside from entering into the lenses. Also, the 8x42s provide higher viewing quality compared to the 10x42, although the two are both top notch.
Like the Hooway pair, these Vanguard Binoculars are also easily tripod adaptable and have a lightweight build. We would say that these Vanguards, in most viewing scenarios, provide a bit sharper of an image compared to the Bushnell H20’s. With their Vanguard multicoated lenses, you can expect some of the best viewership of all the animals you can imagine, the fish underwater, the birds in the sky just for starters. The most popular model comes with 8x magnification and a 42mm objective lens. The Vanguard Endeavors also come with a premium lifetime warranty.
When you’re just starting out with your underwater adventures, you don’t need any binoculars that are too fancy to have a pleasurable viewing experience. However, buying a pair that is too cheap may get you a pair that is unusable. Balancing between these two extremes is tricky for any product, but particularly those that you may not have a large amount of expertise in purchasing. If you’re looking for a beginner pair of binos to just get you started, we think the Bushnell’s, number 4, is your best bet. And if you’re wanting to buy a pair once and then never have to worry about replacing them, then get the USCAMEL because they are probably the best marine binoculars in terms of long term durability. Choose wisely, and happy swimming!