Land-based activities

The beauty of Taytay goes beyond its seascapes. In land, densely-forested hills, lakes, paddy fields and coconut groves blend to create a dream tropical scenery that seems to have been frozen in time.

This is a real eden for the practise of outdoor activities, to the delight of nature-loving travellers.

In a rather small area and within just one day, visitors will be able to cross a lake by paddling, explore the lush jungle, and cool off in a pristine waterfall.

Wildlife watchers will also find their paradise in Taytay’s rugged landscapes, with main elements of Palawan native fauna, from hornbills and peacocks to bearcats and pangolins, still being locally represented.

Our land-based activity packages include
  • GUIDING

    best advising, search and navigation guaranteed

  • TRANSPORTATION

    from Taytay to sites of interest, and vice-versa

  • ENTRY FEES

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

  • SAFETY

    first aid kits & safety gear, including life jackets during paddling tours

  • COMFORT

    padded seats, shade roof… all you need to have a nice paddling trip. Paddling assistance will be provided.

  • DISCOUNTS

    in subsequent wildlife watching attempts, if goals weren’t met first time

#1 LAKE PADDLING TOURS

The Lake Manguao (also locally known as Lake Danao) is the largest freshwater lake of Palawan. The lake has remained relatively untouched to this day, offering a real haven of peace in the island north.

Waters are crystalline and fish still abundant, to the delight of human visitors and the residing of Small-clawed Otters (Amblonyx cinereus) that dwell the creeks. The dense rainforests covering the shores provide shelter to an astonishing variety of birds and wildlife. The lake is a paradise for bird lovers, who can enjoy here, among other wonders, the only population of Philippine Duck (Anas luzonica) known to Palawan.

Paddling is definitely the best way to explore Manguao.

#2 WATERFALL TRIPS

Kuyawyaw waterfalls, just 20 minutes away from Taytay, are definitely the best way to cool off on your tropical adventure.

This community-run complex of cascades, in an Cataban river tributary, is comprised of up to seven waterfalls, three of which have been conditioned for visitors. Waters are clean and bath is rather safe and includes some nice water jumps. Despite easy access, the site lies amid a dense rainforest that contributes to create an idyllic landscape and offers good opportunities to spot native wildlife. Some steep, sometimes slippery climbing is needed to reach the upper waterfalls.

By visiting Kuyawyaw waterfalls, you will not only be choosing an easy, worthy day plan for your fun, but you will also be contributing to boost local economy in the nearby village of Cataban.

#3 JUNGLE HIKING

Explore with us the world oldest rainforest ecosystem. Discover a world of marvels with our local tour guides, in a convenient 2-3 hours itinerary.

Snakes and lizards that, do fly, rat-eating plants, giant butterflies, eagle-sized bats… Apparently nothing is as it should be in the jungles of Palawan.

Things seem to have been turned upside down in this living laboratory, with large animals being smaller than they should because of insular dwarfism and invertebrates ataining gigantic proportions thank to an oxygen-rich atmosphere. Leafs and branches may indeed be insects and snakes, while real trees act as predators swallowing other trees in their struggle for sunlight.

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#4 NIGHT JUNGLE HIKING

Hiking the rainforest at night is an utterly magical experience. At night, with all the focus is put around a tiny spot of light,  a quiet, distraction-less atmosphere is created and all senses sharpen. The nothing suddenly turns out to be full of life. As day creatures remain torpid on their roosting sites, oblivious to the light being shed on them, night dwellers show up out of their day shelters, strikingly, staring at strangers with bright eyes and calling to create a loud chorus of voices.

Night specialities include owls, nightjars, frogmouths, flying foxes, flying squirrels, and geckoes. Also, amphibians, most of Palawan land mammals (civets, leopard cats, porcupines, stink badgers and pangolins), and some bizarre invertebrates.

These comprise many canopy animals that descend to lower levels in the absence of day time predators, as well as species with permeable skin which are sensitive to the high evaporation rates experienced during the day (e.g. frogs, caecilians, slugs, snails, velvet worms, geoplanid flatworms…).

#5 BIRD WATCHING

Halfway between two worlds, Palawan is a meeting point for Bornean and Philippine faunas. The island was once connected by a land bridge with Borneo, so that Indo-Malayan species comprise nowadays the majority of native birds. The currents and winds also brought to shores castaways from the northern islands, as a reminder that, after all, Palawan is part of the Philippine Archipelago. But isolation ended up endowing the island with its own character, yielding up to 20 endemics that are found nowhere else on Earth.

This overwhelming biodiversity, and the fact that natural sites are well preserved and easy to reach, make Palawan a WORLD CLASS BIRD WATCHING DESTINATION.

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Land-based activity rates
  • 2 pax
  • #1
    LAKE
    PADDLING
  • #2
    WATERFALL
    TRIP
  • #3
    DAY
    HIKING
  • #4
    NIGHT
    HIKING
  • #3 & #4
    PADDLING
    + HIKING
  • #5
    BIRD WATCHING
  • 2 pax
  • 18 $
    850 ₱
    16 €
  • 32 $
    1,500 ₱
    28 €
  • 22 $
    1,000 ₱
    20 €
  • 22 $
    1,000 ₱
    20 €
  • 32 $
    1,500 ₱
    28 €
  • Under
    request
  • 3 – 4 pax
  • 16 $
    750 ₱
    14 €
  • 24 $
    1,150 ₱
    22 €
  • 20 $
    900 ₱
    18 €
  • 20 $
    900 ₱
    18 €
  • 28 $
    1,350 ₱
    25 €
  • Under
    request
  • 5 – 6 pax
  • 15 $
    700 ₱
    13 €
  • 22 $
    1,000 ₱
    20 €
  • 17 $
    800 ₱
    15 €
  • 17 $
    800 ₱
    15 €
  • 26 $
    1,250 ₱
    23 €
  • Under
    request
  • 7 – 8 pax
  • 14 $
    650 ₱
    12 €
  • 20 $
    900 ₱
    18 €
  • 16 $
    750 ₱
    14 €
  • 16 $
    750 ₱
    14 €
  • 24 $
    1,150 ₱
    22 €
  • Under
    request
  • 9 & above
  • Not
    currently
    available
  • Not
    currently
    available
  • 15 $
    700 ₱
    13 €
  • 15 $
    700 ₱
    13 €
  • Not
    currently
    available
  • Under
    request
 

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Terms & conditions
  • CAPACITY

    Lake paddling tours will be limited to 8 pax, which is the maximum capacity of our paddle boats. Above 7 pax, though, we cannot guarantee that optimal conditions of comfort are met, in both our car and boats. For this same reason waterfall trips will be limited to 8 pax.

    For other land-based activities (e.g. hiking, bird watching) 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

    Starting time and duration will vary significantly among different activities:

    • Wildlife watching tours (e.g. BIRD WATCHING) will typically start at dawn (around 6:00 a.m.), in order to increase the likelihood of encounters. Their duration will depend on the customer’s demands.
    • In order to avoid heat, DAY HIKING will also start early in the morning, between 6:00 and 7:00 a.m., and will last for about 2 or 3 hours.
    • NIGHT HIKING will start at dusk (around 6:30 p.m.) and will typically last between 1 and 2 hours.
    • LAKE PADDLING TOURS can virtually be organized at any time, but we strongly recommend leaving early in the morning to be able to spot local wildlife. Estimated duration is 1-2 hours.
    • WATERFALL TRIPS are suitable at any time of the day (please, bear in mind that a 30-minutes car trip is required). The visit will last for about 3 hours.
  • MEAL POLICY

    Generally, no meals will be served during implementation of land-based activities. Customers shall thus be responsible for their own food and water supply.

  • SERVICES INCLUDED

    Our regular rates include the following:

    • GUIDING
    • BOAT PADDLING assistance during lake tours
    • TRANSPORTATION from Taytay to sites of interest, and vice-versa
    • ENTRY FEES to sites of interest, if any (e.g. waterfalls)
    • FIRST AID KITS & SAFETY GEAR, including life jackets during paddling tours
    • HEAD-TORCHES (for night jungle hiking)
  • 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

    BIRD WATCHING is often better organized as a custom activity, since many clients have a personal interest for certain targets/species in particular. Because of the big effort required to spot some species (which may typically involve several visits to the field), prices will have to be arranged in advance between the parties, according to the customer’s demands. Should clients have no particular demands, the activity will be addressed in a general, opportunistic way, in which case regular fees for JUNGLE HIKING TOURS will apply.

  • ORDER, PAYMENT & CANCELLATION POLICY

    Orders must be made at least 1 day in advance. No advance payment is required and fees shall be paid upon completion of the service. If duly justified (e.g., adverse weather conditions, health emergencies…), orders can be cancelled by either party before services are provided, with no charge being applicable. 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 (₪)
    • 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. bird watching), 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…
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • DANGEROUS WILDLIFE

    Try to move through by minimizing contact with the environment. Most of dangerous creatures in the forest, 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.