One of the greatest things about traveling is meeting new people from different parts of the world and eating all kinds of different foods. But there are also some great upsets in traveling internationally, such as food poisoning, hidden fees and dangerous bug bites!
Here are six tips for island hopping in El Nido, Palawan:
1. Bring stomach pain medication
It's inevitable to try all kinds of food when you're at El Nido. Most island tours serve fresh seafood for lunch. If you don't have a strong stomach, you might want to consider bringing some stomach pain medication. I wish I did.
2. Bring your own water camera and snorkeling gears
To avoid some extra fees, make sure to bring your own water gears - especially if you're doing more than one tour.
Snorkeling gears rental fee: 300 pesos or $6.50 per person
Digital water camera rental fee: 500 pesos or $12.76
3. Bring a waterproof backpack, a waterproof phone case and a rain coat
The weather is almost unpredictable in El Nido. One minute it's scorching hot and the next it's pouring rain. To be safe, it's important to use a sealed water resistant backpack to protect your belongings, a waterproof phone case, and a rain coat.
4. Beware of flies and insects
Want to avoid having mounds of bug bites on your legs? Be sure to apply a lot of mosquito repellent lotion. There are millions of insects in the island.
5. Wear water shoes
Water shoes is a must when island hopping! There are many rocky beaches and small spiny sea creatures lying around the seashores.
6. Don’t step on the corals!
When snorkeling, your feet should never touch anything but the sand. There are about 910 fish species and 400 species of corals nesting in the bottom of Palawan - and the people of El Nido are working very hard to sustain its' natural beauty and environment.
“Take nothing but pictures. Leave nothing but footprints. Kill nothing but time.”