What to bring
Luggage and bags: Zip-lock bags or water-proofing bags to place important stuff in while on the boat island-hopping since you'll probably get splashed!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Make sure you bring water-sensible shoes or sandals. And unless it's the height of summer and you don't get cold easily, a light wind-breaker to wear on the boat, just so you won't get cold. (Unless the water is really calm, you will probably get splashed while hopping from one island to the next. For people like me who get the shivers easily, this might be handy.)
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Bring your basic first aid stuff and regular meds.
Photo Equipment: Bring extra batteries! Extra film or extra memory for your digicam! El Nido is a photographer's paradise!
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Your own snorkelling equipment would be good. Rentals are available, though. Camping is possible also at the islands (permit must first be secured from the Municipal Tourism Office).
Miscellaneous: Plenty of sun block and mosquito repellant. Also, sufficient cash (see Warnings tips).
Beach Wear All the Way
Luggage and bags: Waterproof luggages / backpacks / carry bags / trolleys
(because when travelling to and fro islands, everything will get wet once the water starts splashing around.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Beach Wear (bikinis / surf shorts / tankinis etc.)
Jacket / Shawls / Cover Ups (for long,cold nights when you want to stroll on the shore or hang out on the bar)
Sandals / Slippers / Flip Flops
Shades (for the glare of the sun)
Hats / Caps
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: There's the usual shampoo / shower gel / soap on the bathroom of your cottages but you may want to bring some extra (since these items are really expensive there)
Conditioner (for your hair... it might get damaged by the sun's rays)
Photo Equipment: Waterproof camera / Waterproof Cam Case
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: All the gear for water sports is available in Miniloc. You can use it for free once you sign up for the activities.
- Water Sports
- Adventure Travel
Must Have things in El Nido
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Body Glove or any other skin suit for UV protection and bite protection. If you are serious about snorkeling, this is a must have. Otherwise the jelly fish stings are unavoidable. Water socks or Water sandals (Body Glove makes some excellent wet/dry sandals), Snorkels, Mask & Fins and snorkel vests.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Antiseptic like Neosporin, Anti-itch(any 1 % Hydrocortisone Cream), Benadryl tablets, Tegaderm Transparent Dressing by 3M(trust me on this....)
Photo Equipment: Good Under water camera
Miscellaneous: Mosquito repellent (with Deet), Citronella candles, Hand Winding LED flash light, Battery operated closet lights, Battery operated mini fans, Extra batteries for Camcorder & digital camera (Power availability is limited here)
Photo Equipment: If you have one or if you can borrow one, it's important to have an underwater camera when you visit El Nido. There are places to visit that will involve you having to go underwater to emerge to the secret beach or lagoons.
Ten Things you Need to Bring in El Nido
Miscellaneous: 1. Sunblock
2. Camera (waterproof case or underwater camera)
3. Snorkling gear
4. Sandals, Aqua shoes or all terrain shoes
5. Hats (bull cap, bandana, sunvisor)
6. Shades - to protect your eyes
7. Wet Ones (tissue)
8. Water (drinking water)
10. Yourself - hehehehehe..
Aqua shoe is necessary for island hopping
Luggage and bags: A small backpack is ideal which can be used to put your stuff such as: camera and sunscreen and extra towels. Waterproof plastic bags to put your camera
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: I really don't like wearing this kind of shoe, I prefer my thongs, I'm more comfortable in it. If you don't have an aqua shoe, you can buy one at "El Nido Boutique & Artcafé," they are specialized in everything. The aqua shoe there is not very cheap, when I check the price I find it overpriced. We have our stuff from home
During island hopping I took my aqua shoe but I didn't wear it. When we approaching to our first stop I saw down the water that was very rocky, so I've change to my aqua shoe before getting off the boat. I'm so glad I took this with me
A thongs is not a good thing to wear during island hopping maybe is good when you are inside the boat. Visiting the island, there will be some short walk from where the boat docked. And most of the time you're likely walking into very sharp rocky surface. Even wearing an aqua shoe there is a chance that you still get hurt, most of my groups has a few scratch
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sunscreen is needed during island hopping, you'll be exposed too much sun. And if the boat doesn't have a sail, then you'll be sitting on the boat without protection. Try to smear before going into water and after
Photo Equipment: Bacuit bay is very beautiful, and camera is necessary if you want to have a nice souvenir. Many of rock formations are absolutely worth a picture. Having a waterproof camera would be nice too. We haven't had one, which I found it pity. When going on snorkeling some of the coral reefs are amazing
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Snorkel gear, if you have one from home take it with you. We always have our gear with us. The snorkel gear is free of charge, you can have this from the boatmen. During island hopping you can go snorkeling as much as you can on
Wear your swimsuit before boarding the boat, to remind you this: you'll get wet going on board. The boat where docked are in shallow water, but you walked through a water to go on board. Do not carry any device in your hand, at least this sealed inside in waterproof bag.
Miscellaneous: Bring plenty of waters! if you run out, in the boat there is a water jug where you can fill up. We never done it, we have enough water with us for the whole day. And take some snacks. You'll get hungry every after water activity. You'll get a lunch free, but the day still too long before and after
- Sailing and Boating
- Diving and Snorkeling
REHYDRATION PACK IS A MUST
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Besides the normal medicines that one takes with them i suggest that you also include a rehydration pack just you get sick with diarrhea or similar. A severe illness can really dehydrate you and carrying these packs will help put you back on your feet.
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