Island hopping is the biggest tourist attraction in Port Barton. It is a one-day boat tour of the nearby islands and snorkeling sites. The set price is minimum 1,200 Peso per person and it includes lunch, entrance fees, water and snorkeling gear.
Easiest way to secure a nice boat tour is to book online (click here) – you avoid the hassle of choosing the right operator and you save time.
If you go on a smaller boat (6-8 people) the atmosphere will be more intimate and friendlier but smaller boats tend to have louder engine. A big boat (12 up to 40 people) will be quieter and more comfy but not every one likes big gatherings.
When booking directly or online you will be asked to provide your first and last name, and nationality. The list of all tourists going on a given boat is submitted to the Cost Guard in order to get permission to go in the sea.
If you book directly you should agree:
- which places you are going to visit. There is a choice of for different tours. Not all of them are equally attractive.
- what you would like to eat for lunch. Usually it is fish that is served but make sure you make it specific if you have any dietary preferences or limitations.
- where and what time you should wait for the boat on the agreed day.
Take with you:
- sun screen and a cap – it really makes us sad to watch people suffer from sun burns after their first true vacation day. Many of them need to avoid sun for next 2-3 days altogether. Mild sunstroke is also not rare. We really close to the equator and the sun is strong even on cloudy days.
- drinking water – you will get a drink with your lunch but most boatmen do not offer drinking water for the duration of the whole trip. Fresh water comes also very useful when you want to refresh after swimming in the sea.
- Extra food and/or beer – if you’d rather party during the tor it is not a bad idea to take some extras but please remember “safety first”.
- a special floating bag for your phone and other personal belongings – it is highly recommended to leave hotel key at the hotel and take as few valuable things as possible. There is no risk of the boat sinking (no worry) but water splashes or rain can make your personal belongings wet.