Canoeing and Kayaking

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Drone video of two fellows on SUP from Coron to El Nido.
We offer kayaks as part of our private or group, custom boat tours between El Nido and Coron for 500p a day, but below you will find some info of adventurous types I have met while living for a few years on one of these paradise islands along the way. Whether it was by kayak by two Frenchmen, long board by a Czech or rubber inflatable raft holding four Russians and a keg of beer, many have made the long distance from Coron to El Nido, some even around the entire Palawan island, where 6m long alligators are said to frolic in the ocean!

Palawan was voted the best island in the world two years in a row by a major online travel magazine. Look up “clearest waters in the world” and you will find Linapacan in first place. Excellent snorkeling, 52 islands in the Linapacan area alone, many of them deserted. Sleep on your own deserted island, discover caves, a Spanish fortress, jungle trails by a local boat tour and much more.

Explore the 2,000km loop around Palawan island for the adventure of your life! Or just do some small guided tours. Over the span of a year, to our island we’ve had guests doing the entire journey, coming on kayaks, long boards or even gas propelled rafts. The only thing you need to potentially worry about is south of Puerto Princesa, where the pirates may cause you problems, or even worse the 6m long sea crocodiles! Some prefer to take their kayak across the mainland and skip the south.

Below is a map of the hot spots we recommend for our private boat tours between El Nido and Coron. Come by visit our little nature camp any time.

Below is a flier from a friend of ours who specialises in canoe and kayak trips around the Coron area, and who has equipment they can rent to you.

SeaCanoe Philippines

Welcome and Mabuhay…

Sea Canoe Philippines offers back to nature, Eco friendly ocean kayaking tours around the Calamian group of Islands.

Coron Island Sea Kayaking Day Tour

Price includes lunch, water and soft drinks, safety equipment and dry bags. Minimum 4 persons. $50/pax inclusive of entrance fees.

You will be taken by Banca to our “put-in” on a beach on Coron Island, given safety training and local area orientation by your fully trained guide. Spend the morning exploring the many coves and secret lagoons hidden from the sea, accessible only by kayak. Snorkeling opportunities abound. Enjoy a full board lunch and relax on the beach. The afternoon paddle gets more magical, the geological formations alone are truly unbelievable. Keep a close eye out for monkeys, monitor lizards, sea eagles, turtles, plus a wide variety of other bird and marine life all in their untouched natural habitat.

Return to Coron town by banca.


Four Russians once dropped by on their powered raft.
“Where’s the keg of beer?!” I asked them.

Mangrove Forest Jungle River Adventure

Price includes lunch, water and soft drinks, safety equipment and dry bags. Minimum 2 persons. $40/pax.

Paddling out of Coron town, heading north along the coast, we are quickly enveloped by pristine mangrove forest, the most fertile ecosystem in the world. Enjoy a full board lunch and relax on the beach. After lunch paddle up the mouth of a jungle river, explore the many tributaries and marvel at the diverse jungle ecosystem as the water changes from salt to fresh. Again, keep a close eye out for various wildlife, including monkeys, Dugongs, and many birds. Pick up will be by boat or truck at the bridge.

We also offer:

  • Mountain Trekking (camping)
  • Island Hopping and Overnight Beach Camping
  • Scuba Diving (macro-photography)


Two Italians dropped by once with their kayaks and stayed overnight.
They were on a long 2,000km trip around all of Palawan.

Other guided kayaking day trips and tours

  • Mangrove Forest Jungle River adventure
  • Sangat Island, Mangrove forest adventure

Contact us for information on our two, three, four or six day expeditions.

New in 2017, our Sunset and Sunrise Paddle Tour!

Coron Island Sunset Paddle Tour

Price includes snacks, buffet dinner, water and soft drinks, safety equipment and dry bags. Minimum four persons. $50/pax inclusive of entrance fees.

Depart at around 1pm from Coron Town by boat heading towards Coron Island, with similar activities to our Sea Kayaking Day Tour, but with different timing. You will be taken to famous tourists spots outside the usual tourist flow to avoid the big crowds and experience the serene and natural beauty, with an introduction of the local people and area. Natural history by sea kayaking, explore lagoons accessible only by kayak, a truly magical experience.

Snacks will be served in the afternoon, with early dinner served around 7pm, then head back by boat to Coron Town by around 8pm.

$80/pax, minimum four persons.

Coron Island Sunrise Paddle Tour

Depart from Coron Town around 6am and arrive back around 3-4pm. Price includes breakfast, buffet lunch and snacks, water and soft drinks, kayak, safety equipment and dry bags. Minimum 4 persons, $50/pax, including all entrance fees.


Just send us a note through our contact form and we’ll work out something for you.

ACA accredited (American Canoe Association) and qualified Macrophotography Dive Guide according to the Philippine Commission for Sports Scuba Diving and Department of Tourism.

In case you cannot contact the above, you can rent one of our own kayaks for 500p/day along our private custom or group boat tour expeditions between El Nido and Coron. 82 paradise beach islands along the way!


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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).
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.
Gérard Benoit
Gérard Benoit
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
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Love it so much, just had to say it twice!

We are a family operation managing private custom boat tours in the beautiful Palawan area, and are happy to help travelers with their plans through the country, having traveled a lot of it ourselves and planning to visit it all.

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