Welcome to part 4 of our adventure on the Island of Marikaban in the Philippines. This video episode will take you on a boat ride going to an enchanting snorkeling site called "Sombrero Island". Our country is known for beautiful diving sites and coral reefs. If you love taking a diving in crystal clear water while enjoying diverse marine life but on a budget, Sombrero Island is the place to go to.
Our adventure started when we visited the island not knowing what activities to do. Often in our travels, our best friend is always our host in the place where we are staying. Your host is the best person to talk to when it comes to activities, places to eat and beautiful sites. They can give you the best prices as they already have contacts for every tour. Our host Mama Nady was very accommodating as she tended to our every need and even gave us discounts on our tours.
Snorkeling Tour Cost
Getting to the snorkeling site you would need to rent a motorized boat. Prices vary and there are a lot of boatmen on the island. When you stroll down the beach, boatmen will approach you offering snorkeling tours. Try to hold off and it is better to check with your host first. We paid 1,500 pesos or around $30 USD for one boat and due to restrictions, only 5 people can ride. If your party is more than 5 you would need to rent 2 boats unless the others would want to be left behind. That happens to be our dilemma as there were 6 of us. We were given a discount for the second boat and paid only 1,200 pesos instead.
Things to Bring
- Environmentally safe sunscreen lotion (in our case we forgot to use it as everyone was so excited of the tour)
- Waterproof Camera (bring home with you the magical experience)
- Personal Snorkeling Gear (snorkeling gear is provided but you do not know if it has been properly cleaned)
- Bread for Fish Feeding (we brought with us a whole loaf of bread which didn't last long)
I hope that you would enjoy the video that I have shared today. If you would like to learn more about our adventure on Marikaban Island, please check the links below.
Getting to the Island
Accommodation contact and exploring Masasa Beach
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All photos are original and taken with
Panasonic Lumix GX85 with 12-32 mm kit lens
and Canon Powershot D20