What to Pack for Isla Holbox
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- 2 KN95 masks per person (included in your pre-departure package)
- Lightweight neck gaiter (included in your pre-departure package)
—Useful for wearing over the KN95 masks to keep them clean and extend their use.
—Also provides sun, wind and/or dust protection.
- Additional cloth face coverings
—We recommend bringing a few more face coverings of your own.
- Lightweight, waterproof rain jacket
—Your rain jacket should have a hood and be fully waterproof, not just water resistant. Rain ponchos also work well and can be more comfortable in this humid environment.
sportsandals or water shoes/aqua sox
—We will enter and exit our boats in shallow water—your feet WILL get wet. Teva, Chaco, and Keen all offer appropriate footwear.
- 3–4 short-sleeved T-shirts
- 1–2 lightweight, long-sleeved shirts
—To protect you from the sun during our outings on the boat.
- 2–3 pairs of shorts
- 1 pair of lightweight pants
—You may wish to bring two suits
- Comfortable walking shoes
—Some people choose to bring tennis shoes in addition to water-resistant sandals, as we will be doing a fair amount of walking during the adventure. Hiking boots will not be necessary.
- Sun hat (with
—For discretionary gratuities (you may want to bring envelopes for discreet presentation).
—For personal spending (souvenirs, Internet use, or food and beverages not included in your trip fee).
—Optional activities/tours at Azul Beach Hotel if you are spending additional time in the area (credit cards will also be accepted).
- Water-resistant daypack
—To carry gear during outings.
- Snorkeling gear
—A mask, snorkel
andfins will be available for your use during the adventure; however, if you have your own mask and snorkel, we recommend bringing them to ensure a better fit. You will not need to bring your own fins, as there is a very good selection available.
- Rashguard and/or wetsuit
—As most people find the water warm enough for snorkeling without the use of wetsuits, they will not be provided during the adventure. If you are particularly sensitive to water temperature, you may choose to bring your own wetsuit. You must wear a lifejacket (provided) while in the water if you do not have your own wetsuit.
- Biodegradable sunscreen & lip balm (SPF15+)
—The Mexican national park system requires all swimmers to use biodegradable sunscreen in order to protect the whale sharks and the marine environment from chemicals. This can be difficult to find in retail stores, so it is advisable to look for biodegradable sunscreen online before your adventure. Brands that are biodegradable
include: Mexitanand Carribean Solutions Sol Guard. Be sure to look for the word “biodegradable” on the product label, as there are many “all-natural” sunscreen products on the market that are not biodegradable.
- Battery-operated alarm clock or wristwatch
–Our activities start at 7 a.m. Wake-up calls are available at Hotel Villas Palapas del Mar.
- Headlamp or small flashlight
—For use around town.
- Water bottle
—In our continuing effort to operate adventures with as little impact on the environment as possible, we will provide you with a reusable water bottle upon arrival.
- Hairdryers will be available at both accommodations.
—For those interested in birdwatching.
—With UV filter and secure strap.
—Only if you wish to bring your own. Shampoo, conditioner
andsoap will be provided at both accommodations.
—Only towels will be provided at our accommodations on Isla Holbox.
- Insect repellent
—Mosquitoes and gnats are very common this time of year.
- Anti-itch ointment (for insect bites)
- Small medical kit
- Medication for motion sickness
—While we don’t anticipate rough seas during our snorkeling excursions, it’s always best to be prepared. If you are susceptible to motion sickness, we recommend bringing medication with you as a precaution, as none will be available onboard. Ginger candies are a great option to avoid nausea, and they do not cause drowsiness like some medications can.
- Prescription glasses/contact lenses
- Reusable waterproof bags
—Bring several sizes. These are great for wet or dirty clothing
forprotecting camera equipment.
- Spanish/English dictionary
- Lock to secure your belongings when you are away from your luggage.
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