As we get closer to departure day, I thought I might put together a list of things that might be useful aboard the Mandalay. If you’re anything like me, you’ll probably spend most of your time switching between a wet swimsuit and dry one, so don’t worry about bringing too many clothes. We’ll all be barefoot most of the time aboard, and sandals or flip-flops are just fine for many of the shore excursions we’ll be on. That being said, there are a couple of spots where a little sturdier shoe might be wise to avoid stepping on any of the cacti that line some of the trails (don’t worry, this isn’t a huge hiking trip). I wouldn’t recommend heavy duty hiking boots, just something with a closed toe and a thick sole. Also, some of our landings will be ‘wet’ so be prepared.
Photographically speaking, everyone should already have their camera systems chosen and ready, but I did want to throw out a few things that I’ll be discussing during our time together that I strongly suggest you bring along. Namely: a circular polarizing filter for your go-to lenses. Neutral density filters, a tripod, and a cable release are also handy things to bring along. I’ll add some links to the list below, but know that I’m admittedly a Canon guy. ☺
Those of you who have GoPros, bring ‘em along! Last time I was aboard the Mandalay I got some great footage of squid and sea turtles. I’m going to spend a little time going over GoPro settings and best practices while we’re aboard. Okay, on to the list! And as long as we’re going on a dream trip, might as well include some wish list items as well. Can’t wait to see everyone!
Jon Whittle Senior Photographer, Islands
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- Bug spray
- Flip Flops/Sandals
- Sturdy shoes
- Sweater or light jacket for the evenings (long days in the sun can make for chilly nights)
- Pen and notepad for taking notes
- Two bathing suits
- A beach towel
- A hair dryer if you absolutely must have one (there are none on board!)