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When embarking on island-hopping adventures in Coron, Philippines, it’s essential to be well-prepared to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.


5 Essentials for Coron Island Hopping

An excellent option for a tour that will also provide great accommodation would be to stay with Green Gecko Hostel and join their 3 day Island hopping tour. The tour is private with a maximum of 6 on the boat to ensure a personalized guest experience.

Here’s a detailed list of five essentials you’ll need for island hopping in Coron:

1. Sun Protection:

  • Sunscreen:
    • Choose a high SPF sunscreen to protect your skin from the intense tropical sun.
    • Apply sunscreen generously on exposed skin, especially on the face, neck, arms, and legs.
    • Consider using a reef-safe sunscreen to minimize environmental impact.
  • Hat and Sunglasses:
    • Wear a wide-brimmed hat to shield your face and neck from the sun.
    • Sunglasses with UV protection are crucial to protect your eyes from glare and harmful UV rays.

2. Swimwear and Snorkeling Gear:

  • Swimwear:
    • Pack comfortable swimwear for snorkeling, swimming, and enjoying the beaches.
    • Consider quick-drying options for convenience during island-hopping tours.
  • Snorkeling Gear:
    • Bring your snorkeling gear if you have it, including a mask, snorkel, and fins.
    • Some tour operators provide basic snorkeling equipment, but having your gear ensures a better fit.
  • Rash Guard or Cover-up:
    • A rash guard or lightweight cover-up provides extra protection from the sun, especially during extended snorkeling sessions.

3. Footwear and Beach Shoes:

  • Water Shoes or Sandals:
    • Wear water shoes or sandals with a good grip to navigate rocky shorelines comfortably.
    • Some beaches may have sharp rocks or coral, so protective footwear is essential.
  • Flip-Flops:
    • Bring flip-flops or sandals for easy on-and-off when walking on sandy beaches or boarding and disembarking from boats.

4. Dry Bag and Waterproof Pouch:

  • Dry Bag:
    • Use a waterproof dry bag to protect your belongings from getting wet during boat rides or water activities.
    • Keep essentials like cameras, phones, and documents secure in the dry bag.
  • Waterproof Pouch or Case:
    • For smaller items like keys, money, or cards, consider a waterproof pouch that can be worn around your neck or waist.

5. Reusable Water Bottle and Snacks:

  • Reusable Water Bottle:
    • Stay hydrated by bringing a reusable water bottle.
    • Some tours may provide water, but having your bottle ensures you have enough to drink throughout the day.
  • Snacks:
    • Pack light snacks like energy bars, nuts, or fruits to keep you fueled during the day.
    • Island-hopping tours may include lunch, but having extra snacks is useful for energy boosts.

Additional Tips:

  • Waterproof Camera:
    • Capture the beautiful scenery and underwater life with a waterproof camera or a camera in a waterproof housing.
  • Towel:
    • Bring a quick-dry travel towel for drying off after swimming or snorkeling.
  • Mosquito Repellent:
    • In the evening or during stops on certain islands, apply mosquito repellent to protect against insect bites.
  • First Aid Kit:
    • Carry a basic first aid kit with essentials like bandages, antiseptic wipes, and any personal medications you may need.
  • Local Currency:
    • Bring cash in Philippine Pesos for any additional expenses, tips, or fees that may not accept cards.
  • Responsible Tourism:
    • Practice responsible tourism by respecting marine life and coral reefs. Avoid touching or standing on coral.

By being well-prepared with these essentials, you can make the most of your island-hopping experience in Coron and ensure a comfortable and enjoyable adventure.