When visiting Palawan in the Philippines exploring the many islands and doing some island hopping is a must. For all of you out there who love to travel off the beaten path and who are looking for a very special experience away from all the tourist crowds – make sure to not miss the remote island expedition offered by Tao Philippines. Join a group of like-minded travelers and local islander crew on a boat journey conecting El Nido and Coron – or vice versa – through the beautiful Bacuit Bay and Linapacan group. This five-day expedition will be the only way to access this remote region. Get lost in paradise during the day. Go snorkeling, hang out on deserted islands, fish off the boat or do whatever the expedition allows you to do. And set up your bed in one of the many island base camps at night. Experience the beauty of Palawan in the most unique way possible.
How to book?
You can book your tour via the Tao Philippines website. Just push the “apply now” button, choosethe experience you would like to participate in (open group, private or sailing) and fill in a form with some questions.
50% of your experience will be taken care of by the crew, the other 50% depend on your choices. The crew will take you to the most amazing places and then it is all up to you. Nobody will force you to do anything. No matter if you want to snorkel, hang out on the boat or at the beach, read a good book in the shade, fish off the boat, help in the kitchen or play a game of chess – be wild and free and do whatever you wish to do. The crew will always be there to help and guide you and they often come up with some great and fun ideas. They know the islands very well – so do not be shy and ask them what adventures are waiting for you. There is no fixed route and all decisions are made spontaneously and weather-dependent. Snorkeling gear is included, as well as some kayaks. But you can of course also bring your own gear.
What do you eat?
Every boat comes with its own kitchen and an experienced chef. The Tao crew will feed you very well. Days usually start with lots of fruits, coffee and ginger tea (which you can drink all day). You always have access to drinking water and in the afternoon they most probably will serve you delicious cold ice tea as well as some awesome snacks. Lunch and dinner will include rice, veggies and fresh seafood. We never ate so much fresh fish in our lives. The crew will make sure to buy fresh fish or life stock on the islands from time to time so you never really know what you will get. But it sure will be delicious! They can also handle vegetarian food or allergies. So just let them know in advance. In the evening they will also prepare some “jungle juice” (rum with fruit juice) and you will also be able to buy some beer, rum and mixers in advance. Do not worry: It is not a booze cruise. Drinking can get crazy at night, but not during the day.
Where do you sleep?
There are a couple of Tao base camps scattered around the archipelago. The crew will decide where the group will stay and most of the time this decision depends on weather conditions or if water and food supply is needed. All of the camps have its unique charm and features: From raw isolated islands, to traditional fishing villages or a hidden jungle lodge – you will sleep in the most amazing and beautiful places. The crew will provide moskito nets, sleeping mats, bed sheets and a pillow. They will even make your bed so you have more time to explore. You will fall asleep in open cabanas to the sound of the waves and the jungle and will wake up with the sunrise. Ready for another adventurous day! Each tour includes a stop at the Tao Farm. Here you will be able to learn more about the community projects and make sure to not miss the free 45 min massage before you go to bed.
You of course will bring your big bag or suitcase on the boat. Make sure to store all your valuables deep inside this piece of luggage. It will be stored inside the luggage room or out of the way inside the hull. You can access this bag from time to time, but in general you should also pack a small bag and a drybag (approx. 25 – 35 liter). You will be able to access your small bag all day, so this one should include the things mentioned in Tao’s packing list. At night or when you leave the boat you can pack whatever you need in your drybag. This way you will make sure everything arrives on land safe and sound. Here is the list of your travel essentials:
>> Hat or cap, sunscreen and sunglasses >> Sarong (for boys and girls – as day towel, sun protection, beach loungers) >> A refillable water bottle >> A small towel, shower gel, tooth brush, tooth paste and other toiletries you need >> Flashlight or headlight >> Change of clothes, shorts and t-shirts for the day >> Swimwear during the days because you will be in and out of the water >> A rash guard for sun protection and guard against jellyfish stings >> Light weight trousers and a long sleeve top or shirt to minimize insect bites >> Insect repellent >> Sandals or reef shoes >> Camera, a good book, music or other entertainment >> A lightweight rain jacket >> Personal medication or travel essentials you cannot live without >> No jumpers and warm clothing
This remote island expedition is not for everyone. Before booking make sure to carefully read the Tao website. You need to understand what Tao offers and that you will sign up for enjoying the very simple things in life. You will visit the most remote islands in Palawan and the crew cannot guarantee that you will have a relaxing time. In fact they cannot guarantee anything. There might be bad weather, rough waves, limited privacy, dogs, cats and creepy crawlers. You might get sunburned and covered with mosquito bites or jellyfish stings. Charging your phone will be hard, there often will not be electricity at all, fresh water and therefore showers at night might be limited and do not expect wifi. But the crew will do whatever possible to make your stay as nice as possible and it is also your responsibility to take care of yourself. Such a trip might not be everyone’s idea of a good time or perfect holiday, but all of you who are up for some adventure and who want to step outside their comfort zone will have an amazing time. By the way: All travelers must have their own travel insurance!