Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Island Hopping and Snorkeling Tips

Island hopping is one of the main attractions in El Nido, Palawan. With its impressive seascapes, hidden lagoons, rich marine life, and crystal clear waters, it will be like an adventure in paradise. The scenery is simply stunning. Athough El Nido is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Palawan, the white-sand beaches are still less crowded compared to other popular and commercialized (in other words, crowded) beach resorts. Thus, you will be able to really enjoy a relaxing vacation and not regret getting an El Nido package. Most of the islands are perfect for swimming. But another activity most tourists look forward to when on an island hopping adventure is snorkeling. Considering Palawan's rich marine life, snorkeling is definitely something you should do. Here are some tips for the best snorkeling experience.

You wouldn't want to miss seeing beautiful corals and various species of fishes up close. You have already taken an El Nido package, so make the most out of it! Snorkeling isn't that difficult even for first timers. You just need to have the right equipment. The equipment may not be included in your package deal, but there are other tour operates that include the mask and snorkel in the package. You can check with your tour operator beforehand to be sure so will know whether you should bring your own equipment or not.

But first, you want to check the condition of your equipment before you get going. You don't want a foggy mask because you wouldn't be able to appreciate the rich marine life that much. But if the mask and snorkel is included in your El Nido package as a freebie, you can't really be choosy. You just have to defog the mask before you go snorkeling. You can use a dish liquid to clean the entire lens or if you have a bottle of Johnson's Baby Shampoo no tears formula, it will also be great. Make sure also to position the mask strap properly. You don't want water to get in the mask and disrupt your vision.

As much as you are excited for your El Nido package tour, safety should still be your priority. The last thing you want is getting a cramp while snorkeling. You know very well the dangers of getting cramps while in the water. Thus, it is best to do some stretching first before you go swimming and snorkeling. It is also better if you have a partner while snorkeling just in case. That is why it is preferable to book your El Nido package with a travel agency so you will be traveling with other tourists and perhaps a guide who can keep watch.

Beatrice writes blogs for Hopping Buddies Travel & Tours, a registered travel agency in the Philippines that offers affordable packages to Puerto Princesa, El Nido and Coron. Visit their website for more information on their packages, tours and other services.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Valuable Island Hopping Tips

Most people nowadays find it fun to go on an island hopping adventure. You have to admit that seeing beautiful picturesque views of the island is something that would leave you breathless. There are actually a lot of places all over the world that you could check out in case you plan to go on an island hopping adventure. You should make a little research online and you would be surprised that there are really a lot to choose from. To those who plan to go on an adventure, here are some of the island hopping tips to make their trip an unforgettable one:

    The first thing that you should do if you want to find out where you want to go is find the perfect place. There are tons of places to visit and you should consider Asia, South and North America, and Australia on top of your list. These continents are known to provide visitors as well as tourists with tons of amazing islands that have excellent views.

    It is also important to know how you would get to the place that you would love to check out. To those who plan on going for a cruise, be sure to get your tickets ahead of time. Book your plane tickets as well should you wish to travel by plane before going on an island hopping trip. Booking your cruise and your flight early would help you save money and time.

    You also need to mark your calendar and pick the best time to go on a vacation. Summer time is the most ideal time to go on island hopping so be sure to clear your calendar during those times.

    Pack your travel documents first to make sure that you would not forget these things. Keep them in your carry on bags so it would be a lot easier for you to take it out in piers and airports.

    It is also important to bring enough cash so you would not have a problem. Money will make your vacation a lot more interesting so be sure to save up a lot so you would truly enjoy your vacation.

    Lastly, you have to enjoy your vacation. Check out the beautiful islands and as much as possible, have your picture taken in these islands. This is definitely going to help you have an unforgettable island hopping experience.

Be sure to consider these island hopping tips in your next island adventure.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Do You Know How Many Islands Are in the Great Barrier Reef?

Spending time on the Islands of the Great Barrier Reef is a magical experience and with over 600 continental islands and 300 coral cays to explore.

Here are the top five must do island experiences:

    Visit the white silica sands of Whitehaven Beach on Whitsunday Island - often voted one of the world's best beaches
    Charter your own seaplane, helicopter or luxury yacht for an unforgettable island-hopping adventure
    Hire a private island or stay in style at some of the most exclusive island resorts in the world
    Get close to nature and witness the natural miracle of bird nesting and turtle nesting season
    Enjoy spectacular diving and snorkelling on beautiful reef just off the islands

There are so many different islands to experience ranging from the remote and luxurious through to eco-friendly - each surrounded by the endless coral gardens of the Great Barrier Reef.

Few natural wonders draw you into a paradise of perfect blue waters bursting with colour and life. From your very first island sunset, you'll feel the freedom to surrender to the natural beauty and discover the relaxation, romance and retreat of an island adventure.

Sail away to explore one of the many of over 900 islands and coral cays, and 2300 kilometres of wild and unique nature. There is nothing to compare the amazement you will feel, surrounded by breathtaking colours of the coral and abundant marine life. The sun will warm you... pristine water will sparkle your eyes... your life will be filed with awe.

From the exclusivity and unbridled luxury of a five-star resort to the back-to-nature simplicity of tented accommodation, offering glamping in style amidst a sublime natural setting, you will discover a whole new side of yourself. A side that will never want to leave the wonder-filled islands of Queensland, Australia.

Experience Unique Experiences along the Great Barrier Reef

Spanning two-thirds of the Queensland coastline,the Great Barrier Reef has five distinctive regions, each offering unique and different experiences. It has an experience to suit every individual and is easily accessible from various points along the coastline:

The Wild North Precinct

A Marine Wilderness Expedition - the unspoilt wilderness of the wild north provides for an intrepid marine adventure.

Cairns and Port Douglas Precinct

Adventure in Nature - adventurous natural encounters are found in the Cairns and Port Douglas region.

Townsville Precinct

History and Education - the Townsville precinct offers the opportunity to engage with the history and diversity of the Great Barrier Reef.

Whitsundays and Mackay Precinct

Stylish Island and Sailing Adventures - Islands fringing the reef, pristine sandy beaches and sailing vessels dot the green-blue sea in Australia's island paradise.

Southern Great Barrier Reef Precinct

Characters and Uncrowded Getaways - Southern Great Barrier Reef provides the chance to connect with local characters and enjoy a getaway without the crowds.

How to get there

The Great Barrier Reef runs parallel to the Queensland coast for over 2300 kilometres and ranges from 15 kilometres to 150 kilometres offshore. You can access the Great Barrier Reef and its islands from several mainland locationa along the Queensland coastline.

Transfer options

Light aircraft and helicopter flights are available to some islands from destinations including Cairns, Townsville, Prosperpine, Mackay, Rockhampton, Galdstone, Bundaberg and Fraser Coast.