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 About our kitesurfing nature camp

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Following is some more detailed information concerning the kitesurfing nature camp I am presently building at

http://www.islandhoppinginthephilippines.com/palawan/patoyo-kitesurfing-eco-resort/

Pics of latest updates at our Facebook page:

https://web.facebook.com/patoyokitesurfing/

 

At the moment, only tents, nestled into private pockets along the beach (slightly more expensive) or in the jungle.

Tents generally go for 300p per night, or 400p if for two people. Other options such as our Delux tent or loft in the big hut is shown at

http://www.islandhoppinginthephilippines.com/palawan/accommodation/

They all come with mattresses, sheets and pillows, but you need to pay for at least two nights.

 

I have two kiteboards for rent with 12m and 14m kites, and a new 4.5m kite for beginner training, but the first two are quite old (2001) without the modern safety straps – 2,500p a day to rent. If this island does not get enough wind there is another one very nearby, where the conditions are excellent for beginners and pros alike. If there is no wind at all the kiteboards can be used as wakeboards, as we have a speedboat (about 6,000p per day total).

 

I have three guitars (two acoustic and classical), viola, African drum, bass guitar, keyboard and harmonicas for playing around the campfire.

The toilet is porcelain in coconut leaf outhouse, water in bucket drawn from ocean or waterwell (used also for the shower).

 

Four island one-day snorkeling tours available for around 2000p per boat (5 person capacity, where 8 person boat or more available for slightly more), combined with fishing and cave exploration. Diving is also available at two local shipwrecks.

Overnight castaway program for around 2,000p, whereby you are left with a tent and food (optional, costs extra) on one of several islands to yourselves. Picked up the next morning (300p extra per night for the tent if more than one night) and taken back to camp but with three island snorkeling tour along the way.

You can also rent our small paddle banca boat for 500p a day, for fishing or to explore the nearby islands, where we have also carved some jungle trails. You can hire the locals to teach you how to build natural huts, or we can teach you how to work with bamboo and other natural materials to make furniture or anything else. Or make necklaces from seashells, for example.

We have a beach volleyball net, badminton rackets, frisbees, and even a bamboo gymnastics workout station (I can teach you some moves since I competed for three years in university). There is also a basketball court in the local village (community of about 7 families).

 

Cooking is communal, although some of the locals are happy to cook you meals at their house for 150p. Mostly freshly caught fish and rice. Our own food is more varied and potentially some of the best you'll find in the country. Mostly vegetarian, occasionally fresh fish caught by the locals and grilled on the fire (any time anyone wants – squid, octopus and lobster sometimes available), spices brought in from all over the world, and your unlimited fill of fresh coconuts from the island. But since there is no store on the island all guests are asked to help bring in veggies (the local town of San Miguel is moderately stocked, there are larger markets in El Nido, Coron and San Fernando, or you can help bring in more exotic stuff from Manila). I will buy what you bring and then you pay for what you eat, 250p a day (or 350 a day if you do not want to partake in the cooking and cleaning).

 

Great snorkeling in the clearest waters in the world (http://dailynewsdig.com/35-clearest-waters-world-swim-die/ - top of google search results for "clearest waters in the world") just 100m off shore, where sometimes big turtles can be spotted.

The roughly 100 hectare island is inhabited by about 15 fishing families spread throughout, our long stretch of beach totally uninhabited, no concrete in sight.

 

To get to my island from San Miguel (http://www.islandhoppinginthephilippines.com/palawan/san-miguel-linapacan/) it will cost 400p total for the regular boatman I use, two people maximum with gear, or 600p for a larger boat. Smart sinal in this area (no Globe) – get a sim card with a dataplan if you want internet, or I can share mine for short times.

 

My aim is to cater to like-minded, mutually respecting, environmentally conscious people who want to get off the beaten path and enjoy some pristine, peaceful nature.

If you are interested in this and would like to come for a visit, I'll send you more info how to get here.

 

Kitesurfing and seasonal weather:

 

July to end September – rainy season, but not bad.

October to end of year – stronger winds, good temperature, little rain.

Around February – strongest winds with waves reaching 2-4m in the open ocean on the other side of the island.

May to end June – hottest climate, least wind. Hope to have battery operated fans installed in all tents by this time, or just sleep outside on a mattress or in a hammock (we have many), as it almost never rains during this time.

 

Trade winds:

- Amihan, NE to SW, November to April against the other side of the island, a short 5 minute walk over a small ridge, or you can launch from the southern end of the island at the end of our beach. Strongest and most consistent winds, but they circulate around to our side of the island, where it is suitable for beginners and intermediates. Several islands act as shelter in case you venture out too far and catch the offshore winds.

- Habagat, less consistent and coming from the SW against our side of the island during the remainder of the year, with lesser wind on the other side of the island.

 

To help you navigate through the Palawan area I have written up a suggested itinerary at

http://www.islandhoppinginthephilippines.com/palawan/various/suggested-itinerary/

where there is a link to details about public ferries through the area.

There are 52 islands in the immediate vicinity, most of which are very rural or completely undeveloped, aside from a few fancy resorts. All locals in these rural areas are very friendly and enthusiastic about meeting foreigners.

 

Once you book I'll send you details how to get here, but give yourself enough time, as the ferries can be sporadic, especially around February when the waves are roughest. Usually at least three times a week each direction between El Nido and Coron, or you can book one of our private tours to island hop along the way:

http://www.islandhoppinginthephilippines.com/palawan/boat-prices/

 

Hope to see you! Karel