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Packing for a 3-Day Island Hopping Excursion in 2024

Preparing for a 3-day island-hopping excursion, especially in a tropical destination like Palawan, requires careful consideration of essentials to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable trip.


The best 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. Beginning in Coron and ending in El Nido, it stops in Culion and passes through the Linapacan Island chain– voted to be the most beautiful island chain in the world.

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Here’s a detailed list of what to pack for a 3-day island-hopping adventure:

Clothing and Personal Items:

  1. Swimwear:
    • Pack at least two sets of swimwear for water activities and beach outings.
  2. Lightweight Clothing:
    • Lightweight and breathable clothing, including shorts, T-shirts, and cover-ups.
  3. Hat and Sunglasses:
    • Protect yourself from the sun with a wide-brimmed hat and UV-protective sunglasses.
  4. Sandals and Water Shoes:
    • Comfortable sandals for walking on the beach and water shoes for rocky areas or snorkeling.
  5. Quick-Dry Towel:
    • A compact and quick-drying towel is handy for beach visits and water activities.
  6. Waterproof Phone Case:
    • Protect your phone from water and sand with a waterproof phone case.
  7. Daypack or Beach Bag:
    • A small daypack or beach bag to carry essentials during island-hopping excursions.
  8. Light Rain Jacket:
    • A lightweight rain jacket or poncho in case of unexpected rain.
  9. Personal Toiletries:
    • Travel-sized toiletries, including sunscreen, shampoo, conditioner, toothbrush, and toothpaste.

Snorkeling Gear and Outdoor Equipment:

  1. Snorkeling Equipment:
    • If you have your own snorkeling gear (mask, snorkel, fins), bring it for a more personalized experience.
  2. Rash Guard:
    • A rash guard for sun protection during water activities.
  3. Waterproof Dry Bag:
    • Keep your belongings dry with a waterproof dry bag for items like your phone, camera, and wallet.

Health and Safety Essentials:

  1. First Aid Kit:
    • A basic first aid kit with essentials like adhesive bandages, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, and any necessary prescription medications.
  2. Insect Repellent:
    • Protect against mosquitoes and other insects with a reliable insect repellent.
  3. Sunscreen:
    • High SPF sunscreen to protect your skin from the tropical sun.
  4. Reusable Water Bottle:
    • Stay hydrated by bringing a reusable water bottle.

Electronics and Documentation:

  1. Camera or GoPro:
    • Capture the stunning scenery and underwater moments with a waterproof camera or GoPro.
  2. Power Bank:
    • Keep your devices charged with a portable power bank.
  3. Identification and Travel Documents:
    • Passport, ID, travel insurance, and any necessary permits or tickets.

Comfort and Miscellaneous Items:

  1. Flip-Flops or Sandals:
    • Comfortable footwear for casual outings and walks.
  2. Travel Pillow:
    • A compact travel pillow for comfortable boat rides or relaxation on the beach.
  3. Snacks:
    • Bring some non-perishable snacks for energy during the day.
  4. Multi-tool or Swiss Army Knife:
    • A compact multi-tool can be handy for various situations.
  5. Cash:
    • Bring some local currency for small purchases or tips.

Optional Items:

  1. Underwater Camera Housing:
    • If you have an expensive camera, consider bringing a waterproof housing to protect it during water activities.
  2. Book or E-reader:
    • A good book or e-reader for leisure reading during downtime.
  3. Travel Journal:
    • Document your experiences with a travel journal.
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Remember to pack light, considering the limited space on boats and the likelihood of moving between islands. Check the weather forecast and any specific requirements for the islands you’ll be visiting. It’s always a good idea to double-check your packing list against the activities planned for your island-hopping excursion.