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.

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 an endless array of desert islands to the delight of modern castaways.

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 LINAPACAN:

The ultimate castaway adventure

  • Expedition type:

    island-hopping

  • Dificulty:

    low

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

    4 days / 3 nights

  • Kids:

    suitable to all, under parental care

  • Dangers & annoyances:
    • Sandflies
    • Sunburn & dehydration
    • Seasickness
    • Jellyfishes & venemous sealife
    • Sea currents

Linapacan and its satellite islands are an unexplored tropical paradise which could well be regarded as the actual last frontier of the Philippines. Away from the crowds of mass tourism, life in Linapacan is still as it has always been, beautifully quiet and simple, and this is precisely its main attraction.

Join our most exclusive expedition and let yourself lose track of time among coconut grooves, white sand beaches & coral reefs.

This amazing adventure will start with a cooling plunge in the secret lagoon of Elephant Island, where first class snorkelling is possible. A barbecue-style lunch on its white sand beach, to the shade of impossible limestone cliffs, will lead us to our next destination of the day: Nabat Island. Nabat will offer more snorkelling opportunities and there, sea conditions permitting, we will be able to visit to another hidden lagoon. After about one hour of navigation we will finally reach our first camping site in a desert island of Iloc archipelago.

On the second day, we will have a pleasant awakening on a dream desert beach, in the middle of nowhere. We will nonetheless leave early to make some island-hopping in the surroundings and will later travel further northward in order to reach the Linapacan archipelago by lunch time. In there, we will set what will be our camping site for the following two nights, and our headquarters for further exploration across the islands. The afternoon of the second day will pass by peacefully in our new home, as we enjoy endless hours of basking, swimming, and snorkelling. Kayaking will definitely be the choice for the most adventurous travellers.

The third day will be a day for either relax or more island-hopping exploration, at the customers’ choice. Linapacan is full of beautiful islands and all of them are definitely worth a visit. Staying in our camping island, though,  will also be a good option, as this is just as beautiful and entertaining as the others.

Unfortunately nothing lasts forever, and the time for our departure will finally arrive on the morning of the fourth day. We will definitely have a tough time leaving our dream island behind, but the excitement of having more adventures ahead will serve to comfort us. The wild beauty of Tamisan mangroves will await. This flooded forest, with its whimsically rooted trees and colourful kingfishers, will be the icing on the cake of such a lifetime experience.

#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
    • Mangrove
  • Duration:

    2 days / 1 night

  • Kids:

    suitable to all, under parental care

  • Dangers & annoyances:
    • Sandflies
    • Sunburn & dehydration
    • Seasickness
    • Jellyfishes & venemous sealife
    • Sea currents

If you are short of time or budget and yet you don’t want to give up to paradise, you may want to opt for this shorter, budget version of the previous expedition.

The islands of Iloc group are indeed as beautiful and enjoyable as those of Linapacan, although they are located much closer to Taytay. White sand and the experience of camping in a desert island are equally available in Iloc.

As it couldn’t be otherwise, this trip will have in Pabellon Islands its best possible starting point. In Elephant Island, the most prominent of the twin monoliths, we will be able to visit a hidden lagoon and enjoy snorkelling on a first-class fringing coral reef. We will then head to Nabat Island, a truly uninhabited islet with fancy limestone walls and white sand creeks, which is better explored by kayak. We will leave Nabat by mid-afternoon, with time enough to address the hour of navigation separating us from our camping site in Iloc archipelago. Upon arrival:  campfire stories on the beach, shooting stars, and fireflies.

And then you wake up on a dream white sand beach on the tip of a tropical island, in the middle of nowhere. You are surrounded by a lush rainforest and coconut trees, and your walk over the sand is only disrupted by shells and a few creeping vines with beautifully coloured flowers. Definitely there is nobody around, only the song of exotic birds breaks the silence. This is just about you and the island.

Still recovering from such an awakening, we will hop into another island for a quick “goodbye” plunge, as from this point we will already turn southwards heading back to Taytay Bay. But a last adventure will await in Tamisan mangroves, where we will undertake some kayak exploration in search of wildlife.

#3 MANGROVE FIREFLIES:

Where the jungle meets the ocean

  • Expedition type:

    kayaking

  • Dificulty:

    low-medium

  • Highlights:
    • Firefly display
    • Wildlife
    • Landscapes
    • Feeling of adventure
  • Duration:

    2 days / 1 night

  • Kids:

    suitable from gradeschoolers onward

  • Dangers & annoyances:
    • Sandflies & mosquitoes
    • Venemous wildlife
    • Getting lost
    • Sunburns & dehydration

The beauty of Palawan goes beyond its white sand beaches and this expedition is definitely the proof. We propose you exploring one of the its largest and best preserved mangrove forests, and go in search of its most magical inhabitants: the mangrove fireflies.

This adventure, though, would not be complete without doing some island-hopping. We will thus begin our trip by visiting Elephant Island, where we will be able to enjoy snorkeling and cool up a bit on its hidden lagoon. We will also have the time to chill out on its beautiful white sand beach, and prepare some grilled dishes for our lunch. In the afternoon we will head our main destination in Tamisan mangroves. Our first contact with the forest will be a quiet but exciting ride upstream along Tamisan river, still on our passenger boat. From a comfortable position, we will certainly have good opportunities to spot local wildlife, while feeling somewhat like old-time Amazon explorers.

We will soon reach our mooring site deep into the flooded forest. Because mangrove soils are not suitable for camping, the boat itself will serve as basecamp for overnight and further exploration. We will simply sleep on the boat deck, but airbeds and shade roofs will ensure our comfort for the rest of the night.

Upon arrival and before dusk we will take several hours to explore the surrounding mangrove. Kayaks will allow us to move smoothly through the tangle of roots and approach wild animals. Long-tailed macaques, fish eagles and kingfishers will definitely be on our list. At night, a copious dinner and tons of stories will directly drive us to the firefly time.

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