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Referred to as the “Amazon of the ocean”, the Palawan area is one of the most naturally abundant regions of the world. It’s waters are so clear that you will be passing many pearl farms on our boat tours, since pearls require crystal clear waters to grow. Palawan is located at the heart of the Coral Triangle, a critically important bioregion that’s home to the highest levels of marine biodiversity on the planet. The region provides for 80% of the country’s seafood supply and is rapidly growing into one of the country’s top tourist destination.

Palawan has been voted three years in a row as the best island in the world. To the left is a map of Palawan and below are links to individual areas. For tips on how to travel through the Palawan area, check out my suggested travel itinerary. We believe the very best part of the Philippines is our custom private or group boat tours between El Nido and Coron. 52 paradise beach islands along the way, clearest waters in the world, fantastic snorkeling and a remote area to experience native Filipino life off the beaten path.

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History and Interesting Facts About Palawan

A LEGEND IS BORN

A long time ago, the Philippines was apparently one single land. During this time there was a fierce warrior named Pili, named as such because he owned a pili (local nut) farm.

Philippines mapHe also called the land Pinili (“The Chosen One”). Pili had a lover named Pinas, with whom he lived a happy life until the arrival of foreign invaders. Being a brave soldier, every day he and his army fought relentlessly against the invaders, remaining unbeaten for a long time due to his mastery of the native long sword, or “tabak”, with the hard wooden shield called “panangga.”

They were successful for some time, until the inevitable day when massive ships arrived armed with canon. These lethal balls destroyed Pili’s defense lines, driving the freedom fighters into the hills.

The foreign invaders outfought the locals with their advanced technology, guns and swords, but Pili held his ground despite being highly outnumbered and with a wounded army to support him.

The legend goes that he looked up to the sky, with his sword in one hand and shield in the other, and whispered a prayer to their god Bathala. At once Bathala answered Pili’s prayer by proclaiming, “This is my chosen land in the far east!” He stomped down with his great foot to create cracks in the land which swallowed the invaders. The cracks then spread to divide the land into several islands in the form of a warrior positioned in a fighting stance. The Visayas form Pili’s shield while Palawan makes his sword. With Pili and Pinas both mysteriously disappearing during this event, the newly formed land was called Pilipinas, or the Philippines.



Traditional Palawanese music taught to village children.

The above video is of a cool dude I met who was intrigued by my amateur viola playing and enjoyed my accompaniment with his traditional Palawanese music. He was active in promoting its preservation and was teaching to the children in the village I was staying at the time. I got a strong sense of his desire to maintain the local traditions, and now, years later, working on these pages for our boat tours , I discovered there is also a rich history of its mythologies. Below I have compiled some random excerpts of these traditions with links to their sources.

SOME HISTORY

Whether or not the entire land was joined at one point, it is true that there did exist a land bridge with Borneo. For which reason a lot of the locals are descendents of the Indonesians.

But other nations have populated the island of Palawan, so that by the time the Spanish colonialists arrived in 1521, Palawan was already quite developed and trading actively with the Chinese, Japanese and Borneans.

Actually, the coral islands of Palawan were once home to the first human settlements in Southeast Asia.  In ancient caves hidden within jungle-clad limestone cliffs, archaeologists have discovered 47,000-year-old artifacts which can be traced through time to today’s island cultures.

The origin of the name Palawan is uncertain, possibly derived from the Chinese word “Pa-Lao-Yu”, or “Land of Beautiful Harbors.” Others think it comes from the Indian word “Palawans” (“Territory”). However, most think it comes from the Spanish word “Paragua”, because Palawan looks like a closed umbrella.

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Tabon Cave complex

In 1962, a team of anthropologists unearthed fossils at Lipuun Point (now known as the Tabon Cave complex) that were classified as those of Homo Sapiens and believed to be 22,000 to 24,000 years old. These findings attributed the island as the Cradle of Philippines Civilization.

The inter-racial nature of Palawan, with its close proximity to other cultures, has created a unique mix among the Palawanese in terms of their appearance, mythology, culture and language.

palawan-map-philippines-island-hoppingThere are some 1,700 islands in the Palawan region, and their individual isolation has allowed them to develop differently, customs being handed down by word from generation to generation.

The primary island of Palawan has almost 2,000 km (about 1,200 miles) of coastline dotted with islets, rocky coves and sugar-white sandy beaches.

It is the locals’ tradition to revere nature like a deity, for which reason there has been a tendency during the region’s development to preserve the vast stretches of virgin forests that carpet its chain of mountain ranges. The highest peak is Mount Mantalingahan at 6,843 feet (2,086 m).

At 425km long (40km at its widest and 8.5km at its narrowest), the island also harbours a variety of climates, torrential rains bombarding the northern part during the months of July and August, while the east coast has a few months of short dry weather, the rest somewhat mild, and the south virtually free from tropical depressions.

The average maximum temperature is 31 degrees C with little variation all year – a perfect tourist destination.

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Because of the island’s close proximity to Borneo, its southern portion fell under the control of the Sultanate of Brunei for more than two centuries, who introduced Islam.

There are 52 languages and dialects in the province, with Tagalog being spoken by more than 50 percent of the people.

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Palawan Tau’t Bato people of Singnapan Valley

The Spaniards colonialists experienced pockets of resistance but most of the country eventually turned Roman Catholic, with some leniency to local traditions, the Philippines, with its population of 100 million, now the greatest representative of that religion at 85% of the population. But Islam influence still reigns in the country’s southern region, although all of Palawan has been converted.

With Spain embroiled in its own continental disputes back home, after two centuries of rule it eventually surrendered these lands to the Americans for a sum of 20 million USD. The Americans implemented many improvements in government, promoting education, medical assistance, agriculture and tribal minorities’ rights.

NATURE

With its rich natural diversity and respect towards it by the locals, renowned underwater explorer Jacques Cousteau described the province as having one of the most beautiful seascapes in the world.

In 2007, the province has been rated by National Geographic Traveler magazine as the best island destination in the East and Southeast Asia region, or the 13th best island in the world having “incredibly beautiful natural seascapes and landscapes and one of the most biodiverse (terrestrial and marine) islands in the Philippines.”

It also sports one of the richest fishing grounds in the country, supplying about 45% of Manila’s demand for fish and other seafood. In fact, one of our island destinations is a major supplier hub, so be prepared to stuff yourself with the sea’s bounty for next to nothing!

Pearl diving also used to be a significant economic activity for Palawan, in 1934 the island producing the world’s largest pearl at 240 millimetres (9.4 in) diameter, the Pearl of Lao Tzu.

Its landscape resonates with the songs and flutter of more than 200 bird species, 600 kinds of butterflies and 1500 host plants.

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Tubbataha Reef National Marine Park

Thanks to the nature-loving respect by the locals (they even have a hospital for crocodiles), the island boasts two UNESCO World Heritage sites: the Tubbataha Reef National Marine Park and the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park, making Palawan one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Philippines.

Another popular destination is Coron, a smaller island just to the north. With 12 WW2 Japanese warships sunk offshore, this region has been listed in Forbes Traveler Magazine’s top 10 best scuba sites in the world.

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The magical Coron Island

The island is also home to 44,500 hectares of mangrove forest, comprising 40% of the country’s total.

These qualities and the fact that this is the calmest region of the Philippines, both in terms of climate extremes and impoverishment, make this an ideal tourist destination.

MANGROVES

Having experienced a few mangrove river cruises and the respect of locals for these great trees, I felt I could conclude this article with a brief description of this amazing work of nature.

Mangroves are a crossroad where oceans, freshwater, and land realms meet. They are among the most productive and complex ecosystems on the planet, growing under environmental conditions that would quickly kill ordinary plants.

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Mangrove forests provide protection and shelter against extreme weather events, such as storm winds and floods, or even tsunamis. Mangroves absorb and spread out tidal surges during these events, since a mangrove stand of 30 trees per 0.01 hectare with a depth of 100 m can reduce the destructive force of a tsunami by up to 90%.

Mangrove forests are rich in biodiversity, providing a habitat for a wide variety of animal and plant species. They are dynamic areas, rich in food. Live and decaying mangrove leaves and roots provide nutrients that nourish plankton, algae, fish and shellfish. Many of the fish caught commercially in tropical regions reproduce and spend their time in the mangroves as juveniles or adults.

Mangrove River Cruise near to the Underwater River Cruise
near Puerto Princesa, Palawan

Mangroves absorb carbon by accumulation in living biomass and through burial in sediment deposits. With living biomass typically ranging between 100-400 tonnes/ha, and significant quantities of organic matter being stored in the sediments, mangroves rival the sequestration potential of rainforests.

Bangladesh has not lost sight of that logic, putting a great premium on the ability of mangroves to stabilize shores and trap sediments. A low-lying country with a long, vulnerable coastline, Bangladesh is also land starved, with a crushing population density of 2,500 persons per square mile (2.6 square kilometers). By planting mangroves on delta sediments washed down from the Himalaya, it has gained over 300,000 acres (120,000 hectares) of new land on the Bay of Bengal.

The measurements suggest that mangroves may have the highest net productivity of carbon of any natural ecosystem (about a hundred pounds per acre [45 kilograms per 0.4 hectares] per day) and that as much as a third of this may be exported in the form of organic compounds to mudflats. Mangroves, it seems, are carbon factories, and their demolition robs the marine environment of a vital element.

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Coron, Palawan, Philippines

Mythology

The Biangonan are small humans with black skin with feet pointing backwards. Actually, I was surprised that there are similar myths in many cultures, such as of the Curupira of Brazil, who have feet pointing backwards to confuse their colonial predators, leading them to the source of their journeys than their eventual destinations. The Biangonan can transform into a human or pig so it could sneak into a village to consume another pig or human. Villagers can detect the presence of them by their rotting smell and light a large fire at night, believing they will ward them off as such. If the Biangonan devour a human, they eat every part of it but leave the jaw bone hanging in a tree.

Biangonan-philippines-mythology Art By: Charisse ‘Dadis’ Melliza

These Biangonan are capable of creating illusions and sounds like a high pitched whistle capable of scaring a driving their victims into madness.

A unique aspect of Palawanese mythology is that their main characters are children.

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IMAGE: Eugenio, Damiana L. (2001), Philippine Folk Literature: The Epics, UP Press

Kudaman: An Oral Epic in the Palawan Highlands

Two cousins went to a river to fish, but one of them disappears. Her father, concerned for her, asks her husband to find her, but he shows no interest. So he sent a prayer to “the Young Man of the Cumulus Clouds, Känakän ät Inarak” for help, who ventures into the water to find a tiny nail of the daughter between the deepest teeth of the oldest crocodile. He proceeds to wrench this nail from the crocodile, bringing this back to her father, who promised the young hero her hand in marriage if he succeeded. On return, the daughter, who had been suffocating in a box, reappears as a sparkling bamboo and the house glittered like the rising sun.

Above: https://www.aswangproject.com/kudaman-summary/

SALAKEP, the spirits of epidemic sickness: Tagbanua (Tagbanuwa) Beliefs

For the northwest winds bring the feared salakap, the spirits of epidemic sickness, to earth.

In the Philippines the wind blows to the northwest half of the year (the rainy season?..), and in the opposite direction the other half. I noticed that, with each of these changes, the temperature changes slightly but I always develop a flu.

As in the rest of the world , the germs of small pox, dysentery, the flu and others of the European colonialists decimated local populations, adding to their mythology. There is also evidence of early influence from Hinduized Brunei, on the landmass of Borneo and which was connected to Palawan long ago by land.

THE SALAKEP 

These sailed in a huge outrigger with the northeast winds to carry back those who have died of these diseases. The myth is that these Salakep planted a tree during the time of the northeast winds. Anyone catching a scent from the fragrance of its flowers would get sick. Several deities are associated with this tree and there are those who claim to see this outrigger in their dreams carrying the spirits of their deceased loved ones. The Salakep then paint the trunk of these trees with the blood of the dead to support the sky.

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Salakep art by: Ma. Valentina Famela Telmo IG: @famskaartyhan FB: @famskaartyhan

SALAKEP MYTH:

 A long time ago the Salakep lived with the Tagbanuwa and these two tribes were friendly. One day they decided to go fishing and agreed that they would break up into two groups. But the trail to the seashore was forked, so it was decided that whichever groups should arrive at the fork first would leave a special rice meal wrapped in local leaves on the trail, to show the second group which way to go.

However, the Tagbanuwa instead decided to play a little trick on the Salakep by filling the leaves with their own feces. Unfortunately, when the Salakep discovered their trick, they found the contents aromatic and decided to eat it anyway, due to their hunger. However, they found it tasted good and surmised that, if their excrement tastes this good, their flesh must also taste even better. So they decided to eat them all!

Once they got to the beach they ate all of the fishing Tagbanuwa except for a man and woman, then proceeded to their village and devoured all those they found there. Then they returned to the two survivors and instructed them that they will not eat them under the condition that they will hold a “runsay” once a year, which is at the second night of a full moon in December.

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Salakep art by: Ma. Valentina Famela Telmo IG: @famskaartyhan FB: @famskaartyhan

Tagbanua (Tagbanuwa) Cosmology: Multi-Layered Universe, Deities, Diwatas and Creation Myths

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Illustration by Sergio Bumatay III From the book “Panyáan: Three Tales of the Tagbanua”

CREATION MYTH: 

 The deities created stone, but the stone could not speak. They they created the earth. The earth was able to speak and became a man*, the Tagbanuwa. So the deities gave this man fire, iron, tinder, as well as rice and rice-wine. Once the people had rice-wine they were able to call on the deities and spirits of their deceased loved ones**. Rice wine is found only on the earth among the living and is greatly desired by the deities and the spirits of the dead, making them easily invoked when it is ritually offered.
*Perhaps an interesting side note is a footnote in the Bible states that Adam was derived from the word Adamah, which means ground.
**Note that hard alcohol is referred to as “spirits”.

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Illustration by Sergio Bumatay III From the book “Panyáan: Three Tales of the Tagbanua”

Author:
A Canadian born descendant of Scottish immigrants who founded The Aswang Project in 2006, after which he set out on a 5 year journey with his Filipina wife of 20 years to make the 2011 feature length documentary THE ASWANG PHENOMENON – an exploration of the aswang myth and its effects on Philippine society.

Palawan Folklore

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According to folklore, Puerto Princesa was named after a princess-like maiden who could be seen in the area on certain nights of the year. Palaweños is the word for aquatic animals and is closely associated with folktales.

One of the favourite folktales told by locals is of a local fisherman whose boat was flipped upside down due to a sudden, strong wind. He floated on a piece of styrofoam for hours and was about to give up after exhausting himself trying to get to shore, but a pod of about 30 dolphins with a pair of whales came to his rescue, gently nudging him back to dry land.
https://groupmindorawan.wordpress.com/2015/03/10/folklore/

Getting There

Palawan is the nicest part of the Philippines and most relaxed tourist destination.

To get to Palawan you either need to fly in from Manila to Puerto Princesa or El Nido. Puerto Princesa is the island’s largest city and worth a one night stop-over due to surrounding highlights.

One way tickets are about half price. Most travelers fly into Princesa and either fly out of Coron, which is also possible, or take the once-a-week ferry from Coron to Manila. If you do take this route, make sure to drop by and say hello here in Linapacan – proclaimed clearest waters in the world and so many undeveloped islands to explore.

Or you can join or book one of our private custom Palawan boat tours between El Nido and Coron. Tons of paradise beach islands to see along the way, excellent snorkeling in crystal clear waters, caves to explore, Spanish fortress and much more. Completely off the beaten path!

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05:51 03 Apr 24
I give 5 stars because they actually helped me to arrange the tour to Balabac in last minute. However, because the money wired through the local bank in my country took time to be processed, so i missed the boat due to peak season as many people paid before my money was received by the tour guide.As most of people usually feel, once your money has been transferred out to someone you do not know, you probably frustrated that your money would not be able to be refunded.But not in my experience. I dont need to be worry, the owner refunded me the money he has received (minus the bank fees). He promised to refund me and he did it. It was around 18.700 Pesos.So, eventhough i didn't manage to go with the tour, but i am really satisfied with their legitimate and great business practice. Hopefully, people will try their services and not worry about their legit business!Thanks a lot!
Chloe BlanchardChloe Blanchard
13:38 27 Mar 24
The most wonderful experience from booking to beach! Karel and Mel were so fast and responsive to my very last minute trip over the holidays. We booked a private boat for two and could not have been happier with our four day trip! We didn’t think about anything other than snorkeling the entire time. Linda, our captain, cooked wonderful meals and took us to totally empty beautiful beaches. We loved staying the night in Pical especially! Wonderful to experience the Philippines this way! Will come back again and would recommend to anyone!
hotel luci del farohotel luci del faro
08:13 31 Jan 24
We booked the 3 day 2 night expedition, from Coron to Sibaltan.First of all the booking part was really simple. I organized this trip to the Philippines last minute for my family (my parents and my uncles) but Karel answered all my questions very quickly and really made everything easier for me. It was an incredible experience. Albert, our tour leader, is a wonderful guy, always smiling and ready to help us. They assisted us in everything and really took care of making everything go smoothly. The accommodation on the islands is as spartan as you expect but the location of each hut alone is worth the trip. The wonder of nature was then added to the goodness of cuisine. It's really difficult to argue how you can cook all that goodness on a boat.If you are looking for an authentic experience, in contact with nature, off the beaten track, this company's private expedition is certainly for you.
Kate BrownKate Brown
00:22 27 Oct 23
What an unforgettable experience! We did a two night (3 day) island hopping tour from Sibaltan to Coron. Everything was so well organized and the boat crew were amazing and really made sure we had a great time. The accommodation was rustic, but added to the authentic experience of the Philippines. Karel always responded to any queries we had promptly. Our boatman, Albert, was the most amazing chef and we enjoyed every meal. The crew taught the kids how to fish with a line which was their highlight of the trip. They took us to the most unbelievable snorkelling spots along the way. Would highly recommend this trip.
Ian PascualIan Pascual
02:43 10 Aug 23
One of the most amazing, unforgettable things you can do in your life
Lou PrataliLou Pratali
11:04 25 Jul 23
This is a must to do!!Super ultimate tour is the best with Kayangan and barracuda lake, twin lagoons (my favorite), coral garden (blue fabulous coral) were the best. It’s really worth it to pay for private tour (3500 to 4000 PHP). You will also have to pay for entrance fees (150 to 200PHP by location) and eventually shopping at the market - must do (count 300 for 2 for fish, pork, fruits and vegetables, water).
Gérard BENOITGérard BENOIT
16:11 07 Feb 23
I was looking for a personalized excursion to the stunning Bacuit Gulf.Based on the comments, I contacted Mel.Very responsive, very efficient and perfect organization.The on-board staff were very friendly and very helpful.And I'm not even talking about the meal on board...a marvel.In all fairness, this excursion will remain an excellent memory and I cannot recommend Mel and his team highly enough.A big thank-you.
Alyse TarbottonAlyse Tarbotton
23:48 30 Aug 22
This tour went well above all our expectations! I couldn't recommend this enough! The boat crew, captain and tour guide were nothing but amazing, everyone was so kind, helpful and friendly. The crew knew the best spots to visit that weren't overcrowded with tourists, 3 times we were lucky enough to have whole islands to ourselves! It was my partner's birthday while away and everything went above and beyond, bonfire, cake, birthday card, singing and celebrating with us.If you love camping this is definitely a tout you should do, it has been the highlight of our trip!!
Danish KayaniDanish Kayani
10:24 31 Oct 19
Coron is the best place i have ever seen.. picturesque. Beautiful. Peaceful
We booked a 4 days/3 nights private boat trip from Coron to Sibaltan. The organization went very well from the beginning, the owner answered to all my questions, and we were able to choose which islands to visit and where to sleep. The first night we slept in a bungalow in Banana Island, the second we camped in Araw beach and the last we slept in a seafront bungalow builded on a tree in Pical on Iloc Island.The islands in that area are the most beautiful islands I have ever seen, with clear water, lots of coral reef and fishes to see, white sand and almost deserted. The crew was very friendly and polite and they organize every single meal and for camping they give you a tent which was just perfect! This was our highlight in our 2 weeks in the Philippines and I wish I had booked a longer trip. A private trip gives you the freedom to decide where and when to go.
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Gérard Benoit
Gérard Benoit
2023-02-08
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I was looking for a personalized excursion to the beautiful bay of Bacuit. Seeing the comments, I contacted Mel. Very responsive, very efficient and perfect organization. The crew were very friendly and very helpful. And I'm not even talking about the meal on board...a marvel. In all fairness, this excursion will remain an excellent memory and I can recommend Mel and his team highly enough. A big thank-you.
André Mardoñal
André Mardoñal
2019-10-22
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⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ The island world of Linapacan between Coron and El Nido with the clearest waters in the world is truly a dream for itself! Without a boat you won't be able to see it! But what this boat trips makes so amazing is the crew! Once you come on board they might be shy in the beginning but will make you feel welcome and home from the first moment. Not only that they are looking that you sit comfortable all the time, they will prepare fresh and delicious food what the buy from local markets. They know the best spots and most beautiful islands and will bring you to places where you get this "Robinson Cruisoe feeling". Every day you visit 3 to 5 spots for snorkeling, enjoying a beach or exploring a little island. The accommodation we had was good and simple. We slept in bungalows and tents right at the beach. Sheets and towels were always provided and sometimes towels. After a while you feel like a family on board. We loved living the boat life didn't wanna leave! If you doubt take a longer than shorter trip! For any questions please message me.
Sarah Uhan
Sarah Uhan
2019-01-31
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All in all it was a really great experience. It's a once in a lifetime thing to do and you won't get more authentic and basic Philippino experiences anywhere else. We were not so lucky with the wind and waves so we couldn't do all the stops we wanted to unfortunately. So be aware that especially the months from January to May can be very rough on water. But we still saw some great places Benji took us. Benji and his family was very nice and they did everything they could. The food was amazing - always freshly made in authentic Philippino style and way too much for the 2 of us. Make sure to bring enough cash - many of the islands cost extra (entrance fee) and be aware that any kind of accommodation and food (200php per meal) is not included in the boat fee. Also the deposit and commission fee for the agency are a little over the top, especially since the crew does not get any of it. The costs all in all are rather high for phillipino circumstances especially given the basicness of it all. However if you think about that all 5 boat people (in our case) live off of the boat fee alone, you spent the money willingly. Be aware though that accommodation and sanataries are very basic if even existant. So you gotta have the right mindset. Bring tissue, sanatiszer and earplugs to get some better sleep. Another feedback I have concerning the size of the boat. I don't think it is sufficient for more than 4 people. If the weather is like it was these days, you always have to sit on top and it was already a little squeezy with us 2 and 5 boat people. So I guess 4 guests can be fine but more than that won't have the space. There is different boat sizes but make sure to talk about that with Karel in advance. Other than that it was really worth it and we got to see so many great beaches and reefs which we could have never been able to visit without the tour.
Eric Liu
Eric Liu
2018-03-15
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It was scary to book a 5 day trip with no places to stay confirmed or a strong itinerary. And in the Philippines, communication is difficult. But that is part of changing mindsets to a rural island mindset. In the end, everything worked out. We had some tough moments with bugs. But we also had some amazingly beautiful secluded beaches, the best snorkeling in the world, relaxing on the beach, and freshly made food on the boat while docked at beautiful places (better than being on land). Note, we went with Benji. Recommendations: - you must get a local SIM when you arrive to make sure pickup and everything works out - some islands have bugs - use bug spray! Pros: - a fraction of the cost - away from the crowds - can customize what you want - just ask! - a truly local experience - saw a REAL rural town Cons: - locals aren't really polished tour guides - if you don't ask for it, you won't get it, need to be pretty proactive - pretty simple "activities" - no frills like bathrooms or kayaks etc.
Ángela Deand
Ángela Deand
2017-04-26
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We can't be more grateful to have had the opportunity of experience the peace in Patoyo Kitesurfing Camping! Spending two weeks in Dimancal Island, gave us the chance to experiment the rural and traditional way of life, in touch with the nature and people. We have learnt how to cook with fire, how to open a coconut and how to survive in an environment where for a time we forget about unnecessary needs, just to focus on enjoy the small details and pleasures of life. Mentioning too the amazing snorkeling and beautiful islands around this place, which make it unique​ and special. It is a lovely option if you are running away from tourists and overcrowded places in the Philippines. You will find yourself in the middle of virgin beaches and nature, surrounding​ by charming people. We will definitely come back!
Caroline Danielle
Caroline Danielle
2017-02-13
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We haven't done a Tao tour, but I would suspect that this is a cheaper version of the same thing. Our boat operator (Benji) and the entire crew were were fun, friendly and made an effort to ensure we had a good time. If you get a large group of people together it can be a really inexpensive alternative to other Coron-El Nino and vice versa island hopping tours. The food was good, but more expensive than as advertised by Karl. The price quote we got was 100 php a meal, but the boat charged us 200. Since the food was good we didn't mind the extra expense, but it is important to keep in mind if you're on a budget. Definitely plan for some incidental spending. Our boat did have some mechanical issues and as a result we ended up being stuck in the same place for longer than we wanted to be. That being said, little could have been done about it and the trip was fun nonetheless.
Hauk Are Fjeld
Hauk Are Fjeld
2017-01-01
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If you believe that doing the touristic tours in El Nido and going to "The hidden beach" takes you off the beaten path, you are wrong. There are lots of beautiful places in Palawan, but few of these places are without any other tourists. If you want to spend some extra effort on getting away from the tourist places, and don't mind a little "primitive" living, Island Hopping in the Philippines is definitely something you should check out
Arnold Cabiguen
Arnold Cabiguen
2015-05-08
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The snorkeling in this area is phenomenal. Clearest waters in the world. I guess it's because there is relatively such lower tourist traffic through here, and the locals really protect the reefs!
Karel Kosman
Karel Kosman
2015-05-08
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Love it so much, just had to say it twice!