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“And then here we are, just 45 minutes away from El Nido, feeling excited for our immitent arrival (or overwhelmed from our recent visit to it). This place, Ta.…Taytay, is probably worth one day or two as we are too tired to continue…”
Well, you guys couldn´t be more wrong, since “that place” you are about to overlook is indeed the paradise you have long been looking for. And we say this not only because of its desert islands, white sand beaches, jungles and coral reefs, but because it remains untouched by mass tourism, and can still be enjoyed with no crowds, no noise and no limits.
Enjoying paradise means listening the silence, lay under the stars, lose track of time and connect again to the thythm of nature. This is why we propose you engage a several day adventure with us.
Our expedition packages vary in price and duration, covering a wide range of landscapes and activities. All have been design to offer you a lifetime experience under the best conditions of safety and comfort.
The ultimate castaway adventure
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.
A piece of heaven on earth
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
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.
- 2 pax.
- 2 pax.
- 3 pax
- 4 pax
- 5 pax
- 6 pax
- 7 pax
- 8 pax
- 9 or more
Solo travelers are accepted, provided they pay the full rate for two pax, as this is the minimum necessary to cover operating costs.
The PHP (₱) pricing shall prevail. Rates in USD ($) and Euro (€) currency are merely indicative and may be subject to change according to market value. A 5% additional fee shall apply to cash payments made in foreign currency.
Terms & conditions
Terms & conditions
Weather and security are important when doing outdoor activities. The company shall inform you of both the weather forecast and the dangers and inconveniences you might be exposed to during their performance. Likewise, you must aknowledge in writing to have been duly informed and voluntarily assume the risks associated with them, as well as release and discharge the company from any and all liabilities, injuries and/or damages arising thereon, other than those resulting from negligence or breach of duty. Insofar as said information have public visibility, regardless of the media used, any payment related to the purchase of services shall constitute acknowledgement and acceptance of the same.
During navigation, as well as during implementation of related activities, the boat captain will always have the final say on planning and safety matters.
Sailing activities will generally be limited to 12 participants, as this is the maximum allowed capacity of our passenger boat. If staying overnight on the boat is required (e.g., mangrove tours), only 8 passengers will be able to be accommodated on the deck.
Sharing the boat with other travellers is not only possible, but also the best choice in our opinion. By sharing, you will be able to meet interesting people, create a more pleasant atmosphere on boad, and make the trip cheaper for all. If you have already booked or are the first one to hire our services on a particular day, you will be given priority to enjoy the boat in a private way. But we will always leave the door open for other passengers to come on board last minute, as long as you give your consent. If you finally agree to share, as the number of participants would have change, the company will reimburse you the difference between the rate you would have paid initially and the new rate applicable.
Generally, our passenger boat departs from Taytay pier between 7:00 and 8:00 a.m. However, we are quite flexible and can modify our schedule under request. The ending time will vary depending on the service provided.
Basic rates include:
- Unlimited service water & hot drinks on board
- 3 buffet meals a day, to be served on board or during stopovers
The following services are also covered by basic rates:
- SNORKELING GEAR & KAYAKS (unlimited). TOWELS & WATER SHOES.
- CAMPING EQUIPMENT (tents, airbeds, pillows, sheets, headtorches…)
- ENTRY/ENVIRONMENTAL fees, if any (e.g. private islands, protected areas…)
- On board INSURANCE, FIRST AID KITS & SAFETY GEAR
For an additional fee, you may also enjoy:
- ACTION CAMERA
- DRONE filming (including piloting)
We organize CUSTOM ITINERARIES upon request. In such cases, the price will have to be arranged in advance between the parties, according to the services provided.
The payment of the basic rate must be made in advance and be completed, the latest, on the eve of the day the activity is to take place.
To make a reservation, a 30% deposit is required.
We accept payments in the following currencies:
- 원 SOUTH KOREAN Won (₩)
- 新臺幣 New TAIWAN Dollar (NT$)
- 港幣 HONG KONG Dollar (HK$)
- SINGAPORE Dollar (S$)
- 円 JAPANESE Yen (¥)
- EURO (€)
- UNITED STATES Dollar (US$)
- שֶׁקֶל חָדָשׁ ISRAELI New Shekel (₪)
In the event of cancellation by the customer, whether for health or other reasons, good or not, the company shall retain any and all amount paid in advance by the customer.
In the event of cancellation by the company, the client shall be entitled to a full refund of any advance payment made.
In the event of cancellation attributable to neither party, such as by weather, force majeure, or security reasons, the following shall be considered:
If cancellation occurs after the 30% deposit has been paid, this shall be refunded in full to the client
If cancellation occurs after the basic rate has been paid, but prior to beginning the activity, the company shall retain 30% of such amount to cover preparation costs, while the remaining 70% shall be refunded to the client
If cancellation occurs during the course of the activity, the company shall be entitled to retain the basic rate paid in advance by the client, as well as any add-on he/she may have enjoyed so far
CANCELLATION POLICY (% to be reimbursed to the client)
The following discounts shall apply:
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 from 8 to 9, and 15% from 10 and 12, inclusive. Above 12 years-old regular fees will apply.
If cancellation occurs prior to the beginning of the activity due to harsh weather or force majeure, the client shall be entitled to a 10% reduction in the basic rate for the same product, in a subsequent attempt. Such reduction will be 20% if cancellation occurs during provision of service.
Dangers & annoyances
Sea conditions can change rapidly. And even when these are favorable, people with little experience tend to get seasick easily. Don’t leave it to chance, bring SEASICKNESS PILLS to any boat trip.
Although our boats are provided with shade roofs, always protect yourself with SUN CREAM, a HAT, and LONG-SLEEVE CLOTHING. Bear in mind that the sun rays fall quite vertically over the Equator and can cause severe injuries in just a few minutes of exposure.
Water is always the best investment you can make. Carry as much as possible, in detriment of food and other types of loads. Hunger is annoying, it’s true, but dehydration can literally kill you in minutes. If you still want to bring some food with you, the small and highly caloric snacks, such as nuts and energy bars, are always the best choice.
Let’s accept it, there is no room for dryness and comfort in the Equator, despite what the sportswear manufacturers may say. Even if there is no rain, your clothes and shoes will always be wet due to high moisture levels or to your own sweat. Instead, just 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, or more likely because you will be getting into the water quite often. This may even make you feel cold under the breeze when navigating. Quick-drying swimwear, water shoes and towels will thus be of great help.
Pollen allergies are rare in moist tropical regions due to high diversity and low relative abundance of each plant species. Tropical plants, moreover, have mainly evolved to be pollinated by insects and other animals, and rarely depend on wind for dispersal.
Insect bite allergies and skin rash are otherwise common. Indeed, if you are allergic to bees or wasps perhaps it is a good idea to bring your own epinephrine injection with you. And, of course, wearing long-sleeve clothing is highly recommended in both cases.
There is also a chance that you experience some allergic reaction to the food we provide. Please, let us know about any ALLERGY OR SPECIAL DIETARY REQUIREMENT you may have, including those related to your religion or belief.
Tigers? Snakes? You better care about mosquitoes, they are regarded as the deadliest animal on earth for a reason. Malaria, dengue fever, and other insect-borne diseases are still endemic to Palawan. For malaria, prevention drugs can be of great help, and in all cases long-sleeve clothing, (good quality) mosquito repellent, and behavioral prevention (mainly, sheltering at dawn and dusk) are a must.
Horseflies can be annoying in the countryside where water buffaloes and other livestock are present. Leeches, in turn, are quite rare in Palawan, luckily.
Although insects are not an issue during navigation, it is not unusual to suffer the attack of mosquitoes and sandflies during stopovers in beaches and mangroves. The higher the amount of decaying organic matter near the shore and the thicker the surrounding vegetation, the more abundant they will be.
Despite being the main concern for most travelers, this matter doesn´t deserve as much attention as it is generally paid to it. Believe it or not, you have more chances of suffering a sprained ankle or even having a traffic accident on the way to our boat than of being hurt by a wild animal.
Large marine predators, such as sharks and saltwater crocodiles, are extremely rare, not just because they occupy the top of the food chain, but also because of the harassment they have been subjected to for centuries. If you have an encounter, anyway, just avoid behaving like a prey. Stay calm, stand still, and simply let him go on his way. After all, if he has been seen is probably because he wasn’t much interested in you. In the case of crocodiles, avoid noisy activities near turbid waters and never approach one, either in or out of the water, even from a boat, since they are very territorial and may charge you at any time.
Generally, you will have to pay more attention to small creatures, which is particularly true on land in Palawan, where the largest predator barely reaches the size of a small dog. For the little animals, both on land and in the sea, it should be enough to wear adequate clothing, watch your steps, and strictly follow a “no-touching” policy.
Yes, at the first glance it may look like a terrible idea, but the truth is that wearing long-sleeve clothing is the best choice in the jungle. This is so because of a million reasons: stinging plants, hairy caterpillars, thorny rattans, sharp pandans… Long-sleeve clothing will not just protect you from the harshness of the environment, but also from the bite of mosquitoes, sandflies, ants, and leeches. And because of the latter two, it may also be a good idea to wear thick, tight-fitting socks over your pants.
In the sea, a long-sleeve swimwear will protect from sunburn and jellyfishes. Water shoes, in turn, will prevent you from getting harm by coral and will keep at bay the poisonous creatures of the seabed, such as stone fishes, sea urchins, and sting rays.
In the rainforest, avoid leaning on or hanging from things around you. We know that the terrain doesn’t help to keep balance, but trunks and branches won’t solve your problem. Not just because they often bear thorns, resins, and stinging hairs, but also because they are home to fire ants, centipedes, snakes, and other harmful critters you don´t want to encounter. Just watch your hands and feet, and double check the ground before sitting on it. By the way, shaking the vines and the young tress is particularly dangerous, as there could be wasp nests on the top or just plant matter that would fall on you. So better forget about doing like Tarzan in the mighty jungle.
In the sea, more than anywhere else, you must not touch anything, even if you think you know what it is. Many innocent-looking sea creatures are indeed not so innocent. Coral, for instance, is just as stinging as anemones and jellyfish when alive, and after death its cutting edges can cause wounds that get infected easily. Here nothing is as it seems, even a humble octopus can be lethal.
When swimming or snorkeling, avoid hitting the seabed with your feet, not only for your own protection, but also for the sake of a reef that have certainly taken hundreds of years to develop.
The lighter… the better. You don’t need to carry a million things on you to be able to enjoy nature. A big load will make you clumsier, slower, and noisier. You will likely see nothing and surely will get tired quickly. Indeed, all you need is water, mosquito repellent and, of course, your camera and your binoculars!
Nature only reveals its secrets through silence. In this part of the world, life is literally bursting out all around and just needs you to give it a chance to show itself. Try to hold your emotions and stay focused, you will soon feel the difference. After all, you didn’t come this far to just see a bunch of branches and leaves.
It may be obvious, but we must insist on it: wild animals are unpredictable by nature, thereon lies the beauty of watching them. From our side, we will do our best to make sightings happen, but we cannot guarantee them either.
This is without a doubt the most important advice we can give you. Here, nature has a lot to offer but can also take much from you. Don’t be afraid, just be careful and always follow the directions given by your guide. And, when in doubt, remember that caution and respect always work fine. In other words, simply visit us, enjoy humbly, and get back home safely.