EXPEDITIONS

NOTE: The following products are not intended for regular tourists, but for real, romantic travellers eager to satisfy their yearning for freedom and adventurous spirit.

If you tend to avoid tourist crowds when travelling and often feel you need to go further, off the conventional tourist trails; if you also hate schedules and prefer to leave your travel books at home. If so, then the following packages are tailored for you.

The northern territories of Palawan are the best possible ground for the adventure you have been looking for. The region simply has it all: mountains, lakes, jungles, mangroves, coral reefs… and more importantly, a bunch of desert islands, some with no name, and the opportunity to enjoy them fully, in solitude, with no other tourists around.

If you join our expeditions be aware that you will be choosing adrenaline, untamed nature, and tons of improvisation. You will experience something that others can only dream of, and you will definitely remember it for the rest of your life.

Our expedition packages include
  • GUIDING

    best advising, search and navigation guaranteed

  • TRANSPORTATION

    from Taytay to sites of interest, and vice-versa

  • MEALS & DRINKS

    three meals a day, and during ocean expeditions unlimited service water and hot drinks on board

  • ENTRY FEES

    to sites of interest, if any (e.g. private islands)

  • CAMPING EQUIPMENT

    tents, airbed and pillows for ocean expeditions, hummocks with mosquito net for hiking expeditions

  • UNLIMITED ACCESS TO

    snorkeling gear & kayaks during ocean expeditions

  • SAFETY

    on board insurance, first aid kits & safety gear

  • COMFORT

    padded seats, shade roof, comfort room… all you need to have a nice ocean expedition. Towels and water shoes will also be available on board.

#1 MANGROVE FIREFLIES: Where the jungle meets the ocean

  • Expedition type

    Island-hopping

  • Dificulty

    Low

  • Highlights
    • Desert islands
    • White sand beaches
    • Reefs & marine life
    • Feeling of freedom
  • Duration

    4 days / 3 nights

  • Kids

    Suitable under parental care

  • Dangers
    • Sunburns & dehydration
    • Seasickness
    • Jellyfishes & venemous sealife
    • Sea currents

The beauty of Palawan goes beyond its white sand beaches, and this expedition is definitely the proof. Here we propose you exploring one of the largest and best preserved mangrove forests in the island
This adventure will begin with a visit to Pabellon Islands. where we will be able to do fine snorkelling, cool off on a hidden lagoon and chill out in solitude on a white sand beach. A barbecue-like lunch will lead us to head our main destination in Tamisan mangroves. Upon arrival, a scenic upstream ride along Tamisan river will lead us to our mooring site deep into the mangrove, where we will set our base camp for overnight and further exploration. We will avail of several hours for kayak exploration before dusk.

#2 ILOC: A piece of heaven on earth

  • Expedition type

    Island-hopping

  • Dificulty

    Low

  • Highlights
    • Desert islands
    • White sand beaches
    • Reefs & marine life
    • Limestone cliffs & lagoons
  • Duration

    3 days / 2 nights

  • Kids

    Suitable under parental care

  • Dangers
    • Sunburns & dehydration
    • Seasickness
    • Jellyfishes & venemous sealife
    • Sea currents

Getting into a piece of heaven….by road?? Why not to reach a waterworld through the waterworld?

We propose you an amazing island-hopping trip with end in the dream limestone landscapes of El Nido, fifty unreal nautical miles that you won´t forget for the rest of your life. Departing from Taytay, we will first be able to visit Pabillon Islands and their secret lagoon. We will then head towards the untamed tropical nature of the Iloc archipelago, in the southern part of Linapacan group of islands.

Getting into a piece of heaven….by road?? Why not to reach a waterworld through the waterworld?

We propose you an amazing island-hopping trip with end in the dream limestone landscapes of El Nido, fifty unreal nautical miles that you won´t forget for the rest of your life. Departing from Taytay, we will first be able to visit Pabillon Islands and their secret lagoon. We will then head towards the untamed tropical nature of the Iloc archipelago, in the southern part of Linapacan group of islands.

#3 LINAPACAN: The ultimate castaway adventure

  • Expedition type

    Island-hopping

  • Dificulty

    Low

  • Highlights
    • Desert islands
    • White sand beaches
    • Reefs & marine life
    • Feeling of freedom
  • Duration

    4 days / 3 nights

  • Kids

    Suitable under parental care

  • Dangers
    • Sunburns & dehydration
    • Seasickness
    • Jellyfishes & venemous sealife
    • Sea currents

Feel freedom in all its glory by enrolling our most exclusive expedition to the Linapacan archipelago. Linapacan and its satellite islands are definitely the last frontier of northern Palawan, a tropical paradise not yet treaded by the crowds of mass tourism. Island life in Linapacan is still as it used to be, passing by among coconut grooves, white sand, coral reefs & grilled fish.

Our journey will start in Taytay Bay, by overwhelming with the impossible, monolithic silhouette of Pabillon Islands.  After a plunge on their hidden lagoon we will head northwards to visit Casian island first and the Iloc archipelago later. Overnight is expected there. On the next day we will reach the Linapacan group proper, with enough time ahead to chill out and enjoy in solitude dream tropical islands such as Lacalaca, Manlihan, and Guinto. Endless snorquel, swimming, and kayaking hours will lead us to our second night of beach camping, in Guinto Island. Our last day will go by in the remote, desert islands to the north of Linapacan, the icing on the cake to conclude such an unforgettable experience.

#4 MOUNT KAPOAS: Beyond the clouds

  • Expedition type

    Hiking

  • Dificulty

    High

  • Highlights
    • Summit views
    • Primary forest
    • Malampaya Sound
    • Wildlife
  • Duration

    2 days / 1 night

  • Kids

    Unsuitable for children

  • Dangers
    • Hits/sprains
    • Thorny/stinging plants
    • Venomous wildlife
    • Allergies

The mount Kapoas is the most conspicuous landmark of northern Palawan, lighthouse of seafarers and source of inspiration for myths and legends. The summit of this granite monolith far outstands that of surrounding mountains, literally raising more than 3,000 ft (nearly 1,000 m) above the sea level. Its two-day climbing poses a formidable challenge for hikers, which is further rewarded by astonishing views from the top.

This magnificent colossus harbours last patches of primary forest in northern Palawan as well as some noteworthy examples of montane rainforest ecosystem, home to a unique, often bizarre array of fauna and flora.

Because the base of the mountain is better reached by sea, this expedition offers a great opportunity to enjoy the idyllic landscapes of Malampaya Sound and, if lucky, the sighting of its more emblemat inhabitant: the Irawaddy Dolphin.

Expedition tour rates
  • 2 pax.
  • #1
    MANGROVE
    FIREFLIES
  • #2
    ILOC
    ISLANDS
  • #3
    LINAPACAN
    ISLANDS
  • #4
    MOUNT
    CAPOAS
  • 2 pax.
  • 123 $
    5,900 ₱
    109 €
  • 139 $
    6,900 ₱
    125 €
  • 279 $
    13,900 ₱
    249 €
  • 149 $
    7,500 ₱
    135 €
  • 3 – 4 pax
  • 95 $
    4,700 ₱
    85 €
  • 119 $
    5,700 ₱
    105 €
  • 219 $
    10,900 ₱
    195 €
  • 139 $
    6,900 ₱
    125 €
  • 5 – 6 pax
  • 89 $
    4,200 ₱
    79 €
  • 109 $
    5,200 ₱
    99 €
  • 189 $
    9,500 ₱
    169 €
  • 129 $
    6,300 ₱
    115 €
  • 7 – 8 pax
  • 85 $
    3,900 ₱
    75 €
  • 99 $
    4,900 ₱
    89 €
  • 179 $
    8,900 ₱
    159 €
  • 123 $
    5,900 ₱
    109 €
  • 9 – 12 pax
  • Not
    currently
    available
  • 95 $
    4,700 ₱
    85 €
  • 169 $
    8,500 ₱
    152 €
  • 119 $
    5,700 ₱
    105 €
 

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Terms & conditions
  • CAPACITY

    Products involving sea navigation will generally be limited to 12 pax, which is the maximum allowed capacity of our passenger boat. For mangrove trips requiring to overnight on board, we have seen fit to restrict our capacity to 8 pax, since this is the number of passengers that can be comfortably accommodated on deck.

    For hiking expeditions no limit has been set, but very large groups are anyway not advisable. In these cases, several car trips may be required above 7 pax, which may eventually lead to delay of starting time and other undesired annoyances.

  • STARTING TIME & DURATION

    Because expeditions are long duration products, we are quite flexible regarding starting time. However, we strongly recommend trips to start early morning, particularly those involving wildlife watching activities (e.g. Irawaddy dolphins in Malampaya Sound). Duration in days will vary among different packages, but we will attempt to provide whole days of service in all cases, including the first and last day of expedition.

  • MEAL POLICY

    Our meal policy for expedition packages include:

    • Unlimited service water & hot drinks will be provided on board, as requested
    • The price includes 3 buffet meals a day, to be served on board/at sailing stopovers
  • SERVICES INCLUDED

    Our regular rates include the following:

    • GUIDING
    • TRANSPORTATION from Taytay to sites of interest, and vice-versa
    • ENTRY FEES to sites of interest, if any (e.g. private islands)
    • On board INSURANCE, FIRST AID KITS & SAFETY GEAR
    • CAMPING EQUIPMENT (TENTS for beach camping, HUMMOCKS with mosquito net for hiking expeditions)
    • Also, on sea navigation trips:
      • TOWELS & WATER SHOES
      • SNORKELING GEAR (unlimited use)
      • KAYAKS (unlimited use)
      • PILLOWS & AIRBEDS
  • OPTIONAL SERVICES

    The following complements can be added to your purchase for an additional fee:

    • DRONE footage recording (expert manning provided)
    • ACTION CAMERA (GoPro®) rental
  • CUSTOM SERVICES

    We can also organize HIKING EXPEDITIONS targeting other summits in the island of Palawan. In these cases, prices will have to be arranged in advance between the parties, according to the customer’s demands.

  • ORDER, PAYMENT & CANCELLATION POLICY

    Orders must be made at least 3 days in advance. Said orders will be confirmed upon receiving a 30% advance payment on the total fee for the whole service purchased. Such fee is non-refundable, in case of early cancellation. The remaining amount will be paid upon completion of the service. For cancelations made during provision of services, including those due to force majeure, full rates will apply.

    Payments in the following foreign currencies are accepted:

    • SOUTH KOREAN Won (₩)
    • 新臺幣 New TAIWAN Dollar (NT$)
    • 港幣 HONG KONG Dollar (HK$)
    • SINGAPORE Dollar (S$)
    • JAPANESE Yen (¥)
    • EURO (€)
    • UNITED STATES Dollar (US$)
    • שֶׁקֶל חָדָשׁ ISRAELI New Shekel (₪)
  • SPECIAL DISCOUNTS

    The following discounts are to be applicable:

    • Free service for children 5 years-old and under. 50% discount on the regular rate for children from 6 to 7 years-old, 30% for children from 8 to 9 years-old, and 15% between 10 and 12 years-old, inclusive. Above 12 years-old regular fees will apply.
    • For cancellations made during provision of services due to force majeure, (e.g. sickness, adverse weather conditions), a 30% discount will apply to the regular rate in subsequent attempts.
    • For products involving wildlife watching (e.g. mangrove firefly watching, watching Irawaddy dolphins at Malampaya Sound), a 30% discount will be apply to the regular rate in subsequent attempts, if goals haven´t been met the first time.

Please, always bear in mind…
  • SEASICKNESS

    Despite inner waters of Taytay Bay are generally calm, sea conditions may change quickly. It is always advisable to bring SEASICKNESS PILLS to any boat trip.

  • SUNBURN

    Although our boats are provided with shade roofs, please protect yourself at all times with SUN CREAM, a HAT and LONG-SLEEVE CLOTHING. Sun may cause severe injuries in the tropics, in just a few minutes of exposure.

  • HYDRATION

    Investing in water is always the best deal. Bring with you as much water as you can, in detriment of food and other loads. Hunger is annoying, but dehydration may literally kill you in minutes. If you still want to bring some food with you, chose small but highly caloric meals (e.g. nuts and energy bars).

  • GETTING WET

    Let’s accept it, there is no room for dryness and comfort in the rainforest, in spite of what outdoor equipment manufacturers may say. Even if there is no rain, your clothes and shoes will always be wet, either because of forest moisture or your own sweat. Focus on keeping your backpack dry and leave your raincoat at home, unless you want to sweat double and get entangled everywhere.

    Onboard, being wet will also be a common condition, because of wave splash and air moisture, and also because you will frequently get into the water. This may even make you feel cold under navigation breeze. Quick-drying swimwear, water shoes and towels will definitely be of great help.

  • ALLERGIES

    Allergic reactions to environmental agents (e.g. pollen) are rare in the tropics, due to high diversity and low relative abundance of each plant species. Animal bite allergies and rash are otherwise common. There is also a chance to experience food allergy reactions, since meals are often provided by us. Please, let us know in advance about any ALLERGY OR DIETARY REQUIREMENTS you may have.

  • BLOOD-SUCKING ANIMALS

    Tigers? Snakes? You better care about mosquitoes, they are by far the deadliest animal on earth. Bear in mind that malaria and dengue fever are still endemic to Palawan. Malaria-prevention drugs are thus highly recommended. In the forest, long-sleeve clothing and (good quality) mosquito repellent are just mandatory.

    Horse-flies may also be an annoyance in agricultural lands where water buffaloes are present. Leeches are fortunately rare in Palawan forests.

    While there are generally no insects in the open sea, mosquitoes and sandflies may be abundant at stopover sites, particularly in highly vegetated beaches and mangroves.

  • DANGEROUS WILDLIFE

    Despite being the favourite worry of most travellers, this matter doesn´t deserve as much attention as it is generally paid to it. Indeed, you have by far more chances of suffering a sprain than of being fatally hurted by a wild animal. That said, we would be liying you if we said that the risk is zero. In the ocean in particular some creatures are definitely worth a mention. Box jellyfishes, for instance, are a serious threat to be taken into account. They are seasonal, but even during high-density season stings are rare and chances of being stinged can be reduced by using thick, long-sleeve swimwear. Cryptic venemous animals, such as stone fishes, sting rays and blue-ringed octopuses, are a more real threat in that they can be easily trampled, since they rely on their camouflage and remain stationary when aproached. A similar problem arises with fire sea urchins and urchins, anemones, and corals in general. In these cases, wearing watershoes in shallow water can prevent most bites. Sea snakes have a terrible reputation, but indeed they are non-agressive, tend to avoid contact with humans and eventually their bites are rarely fatal. For them, like for lionfishes and other striking venemous animals, it will generally be enough to follow a non-touch policy. Regarding large predators, sharks are extremely rare and encounters typically involve species that are not dangerous for human being. Saltwater crocodiles have become extinct in the shores of northeastern Palawan, as far as it is known. No sightings have been reported in decades.

    Both in the rainforest and the mangrove, try to move through by minimizing contact with the environment. Most of dangerous creatures there, mainly including biting ants, centipedes, caterpilars and snakes, will ony bite you if they are accidentally grabed or trampled, or if they feel they are being directly chased by you. Again, a non-touch policy will work well. Watch your hands and steps at all times and check the ground thoroughly before sitting if you are going to take a rest. Close your bag if you are not using it and always wear long-sleeve clothing and proper shoes. Don’t shake the young trees and vines, as they may have wasp or bee nests on top, or may make the canopy to collapse, throwing its stinging inhabitants right into your head.

  • LONG-SLEEVE & PROPER SHOES

    Yes, at the first glance wearing long-sleeve in the tropics may look like a bad idea. But in the jungle there is a million reasons to make it worth: stinging plants, hairy caterpillars, thorny rattans, sharp pandans… Clothing also protect us from limatik leeches and a majority of insect bites, including sand flies and mosquitoes.

    In the ocean, wearing long-sleeve swimwear will protect you from sunburn, as well as from jellyfish and plankton stings. Water shoes will help us to avoid bites from poisonous ground creatures, such us stone fishes, sea urchins and sting rays, and will likewise prevent us to get stinged by corals and anemones.

  • TOUCHING & GRABBING AROUND

    In the forest, avoid to lean on or hang from things around you as much as you can. Yes it’s true, the terrain doesn’t help very much and keeping your balance may be tricky. But always bear in mind that trunks and branches are home to biting ants, centipedes, snakes and other harmful critters you definitely don´t want to encounter. Plants themselves are often provided with thorns and stinging hairs or may be just rotten and collapse on top of you. Vines and young tress are particularly dangerous so, please, do not pretend you are Tarzan in the mighty jungle.

    Particularly in the ocean, as a general rule, do not touch anything around, even if you think you know it. Many creatures there look safe but they are not. Unlike what most people may believe, many living corals do sting, not to mention anemones and jelly fishes. In these waters even octopuses may be deadly. Moreover, dead corals have sharp edges which may cause serious injuries that get easy and painfully infected.

    When swimming or snorkeling, try to avoid hitting the seabed with your feet, not only because of the risk of being hurt or stinged, but also because we must prevent physical damage to the reef.

  • LIGHTNESS

    The lighter… the better. You don’t need to carry a million things to enjoy nature. A big load will make you clumsy, slow and noisy. You will see nothing around and you will get tired easily. Just bring with you plenty of water, mosquito repellent and, of course, your camera and binoculars!

  • SILENCE

    The secrets of the rainforest are only unveiled by being silent. This may look like an obvious, jedi-like tip, but is indeed the most common mistake among group hikers. Try to hold your excitement and stay focus. After all, you didn’t come this far to see just leaves.

  • WILDLIFE SIGHTINGS

    Wild animals are widely unpredictable. Despite we will do our best to increase the likelihood of encounters, at the end sightings cannot be guaranteed.

  • RESPECT

    This is, without a doubt, the ultimate tip to any outdoor traveller. Nature here has much to provide us but also much to take from us. Don’t be afraid, but be careful, and always follow the advice of your tour guide. Just come in, enjoy with respect, and then get back home safe and sound to talk about.