Taking Care of Yourself in the Islands
All travelers must have their own Travel Insurance.
We are an adventure company traveling in a very remote area of the Philippines so we do as much as we can to avoid accidents. Our crew are trained in response to emergency situation and look out for dangers but no matter how much we take care, it is still up to our travelers to help to look after themselves and avoid mishaps.
If you will be traveling on board one of our boats you will be given a ‘Safety Orientation’ by your expedition leader. This will include Water Safety as you will be spending a lot of time getting in and out of the water. Please notify the crew if you are not a strong swimmer and they will keep an extra eye on you.
You will be shown the location of life preserving equipment on-board [such as life-vests, buoyancy aids, life rafts and medical kit] that we must carry as part of the stringent Marina Requirements.
There are small critters in the tropical water that can sting you. A rash-guard top whilst swimming can protect you from some of these. The worst are things living on the reef so never stand, touch or pick up anything from the reef and you should be fine. Reef shoes are also a good idea.
Dehydration is a common cause of accidents and feeling unwell. You will be required to bring your own refillable water bottle and drink lots of water. There are large containers of purified drinking water on-board for you to keep your bottle topped up.
Avoid drinking too much alcohol. Of course you will want to enjoy a few beers and try some of the local rum around the first night, however don’t make yourself a liability. Nobody wants to have to look after a drunk person. Tropical hangovers are a nightmare and you don’t want to miss out on the day activities if you are trying to recover from the night before!
Your skin will burn easily in the tropics especially if you are coming from winter in Europe. Packed plenty of sunscreen [SPF 30 or higher] and apply liberally during the day. A sun hat and sunglasses are essential. If you are a keen snorkeler we recommend that you bring a Lycra wet-shirt or rash-guard. You will get burnt on your back if you do not wear a top when snorkeling. Our crew keep an eye out for guests being exposed to too much sun and may recommend for you to cover up if they think you are at risk.