Your choices of footwear are very important in Costa Rica & Panama. Trail conditions (roots, rocks, prickly fauna, mud, etc.) mean you’ll want fully-enclosed, closed-toe hiking shoes with good tread. Keep in mind, the trails you will hike on go through ecosystems rich with wildlife, which may include venomous and poisonous and/or stinging snakes, spiders, frogs, etc. For this reason, on some trails, fully-enclosed, closed-toe hiking shoes are REQUIRED.
Bring breathable and/or waterproof hiking shoes--either low-hikers or with ankle support, as is your preference. You'll want sandals or reef shoes with straps (not flipflips) for wet landings and water activities. You also may want a pair of sandals or shoes with a no-slip sole walking on deck the vessel. For travel during the green season, May-November, rubber boots are good to have for muddy trails.
Clothing & Layers
While adventuring in this hot, humid climate, you're going to sweat. It's the tropics after all! Pack wicking, quick-drying clothes that are lightweight.
The UnCruise style is casual. Shorts, convertible hiking pants/khakis, skirts, plus tank tops, t-shirts, and breathable long-sleeved shirts that layer easily together will be comfortable. A special note on long-sleeved shirts--a long-sleeved top will provide full protection from the sun, helping prevent accidental sunburns. What you wear for activities during the day, will be perfectly acceptable and appropriate for happy hour and dinnertime.
On the Safari Voyager, it can get breezy when underway and on cooler evenings--bring a lightweight, hooded rain jacket, light fleece, or light sweater.
A brimmed hat will provide great sun protection.
For some snorkels, you may want a long-sleeved shirt and full-length pants--along with your swimsuit. Full-body rashguards or dive skins are great, but lycra exercise pants and a long-sleeve polypro shirt work just as well. Snorkel masks and flippers and binoculars are provided on the ship, but you may be more comfortable with your own.
A waterproof case and heavy-gauge resealable plastic bags provide extra protection for your camera and film against water. Check the packing list linked above for suggestions.
We provide each cabin with hair dryer, alarm clock, towels and toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, and bodywash).