Overview

For this adventure we travel to one of the most remote and least explored archipelago’s in the world – Palawan.  This is a truly unique one-of-a-kind adventure which offers an opportunity to explore remote islands and immerse into the traditional way of life of this area. Palawan has over 1,770 islands and is known as one of the most beautiful island chains in the world.  During the trip we will sail on a 74-foot traditional Filipino Paraw, navigating 200 kilometers between the islands of Basaunga, Culion, Linipacan and Palawan. Each day will be a new experience filled with exploring raw untouched islands, crystal clear bays, underwater caves, sunken ships and traditional fishing villages. Each evening we’ll anchor on a different island, spending the night in a remote basecamp, relaxing, eating fresh food and seeing the islands through the eyes of local people.  This is no typical sailing trip – it’s a raw adventure for those wanting to experience nature up close and explore a part of the world that very few travelers visit.  As an added bonus we will travel to the remote Cordilleras Region where we will complete the Kibungan Circuit, visiting remote villages, climbing steep forested peaks and descending through deep valleys lined with rice terraces.

Highlights

  • 13-Day Journey Sailing the Parawan Archipelago
  • Sail on a 74-foot Traditional Paraw Yacht
  • Visit Remote Off the Beaten Track Islands
  • Trek through Remote Northern Highlands
  • Immerse in Local Villages & Island Life
  • Eat Fresh Locally Prepared Meals
  • Swim, Snorkel, Kayak and Relax to Heart’s Content

  • 3 Nights Accommodation in Coron
  • 2 Nights Accommodation in El Nido
  • 4 Nights Rustic Accommodation on Islands
  • 2 Nights Camping Accommodation
  • Domestic Flights from Manilla, Coron, El Nido
  • All Ground Transportation

Palawan, which means “hero” is one of the largest archipelago’s in the world and home to the indigenous Palawano people.  This unique journey explores the remote islands off Palawan’s northern coast, and travels amongst island communities that are part of a unique sustainable eco tourism enterprise that’s helping preserve the environment and local fishing and farming traditions.  There are few tourists along this voyage, and is a opportunity to immerse in a culture and way of life that few travelers experience.  As we adjust to a slower pace and let go of our busy daily lives we’ll connect with the island people and explore the area’s incredible natural beauty, with it’s crystal clear waters, unique limestone cliffs, white sand beaches and unique biodiversity.  For the locals Palawan is known as the last frontier, and makes this truly one of the last unspoiled island destinations in the world.

 

Our voyage includes sailing 6 days/5 nights on a traditional Filipino Paraw sailboat. Instead of having a keel, the boat employs outriggers and is capable of sailing into shallow waters of protected bays and lagoons. The boat will be manned by an experienced 10-person crew, who know and have sailed these waters for years. While on board they will take care of your needs, taking care of all of the sailing duties, providing meals, and ensuring a safe and enjoyable voyage. If conditions are not prime for sailing, we’ll motor between islands, anchoring in a new location each day, and spending our nights ashore in authentic basecamps that are situated around local villages, private islands and secluded beaches. Here we’ll be able to kick back and relax, swim, kayak, fish, explore or nap at your leisure. There’s no pressure to be active or not – just immerse and experience this place at whatever pace you wish.

Our trip begins and ends in the Philippine capital of Manilla.  Upon arrival we’ll fly directly to Basaunga island and check into our local hotel, enjoy a group dinner and evening tour.  The next day our adventure begins as we tour the fishing town of Coron and spend the next two days touring along the coast and nearby islands.

We’ll have the following afternoon to buy any last minute supplies, and meet with our crew for a briefing on our sailing adventure.  The next morning we depart on our sailboat, and spend the next five days exploring the islands on our way to Palawan. Our basecamps for the next four nights are remote, and there is no electricity once we leave our port in Coron.  It’s recommended that your bring a portable charging unit to change any devices during our voyage.  Accommodations each night will be basic, sleeping in open native beach huts with fresh bedding and mosquito nets.  There is fresh water and showers available at each basecamp, but are basic.

Upon arriving to El Nido on Palawan we’ll transfer to a local up scale resort for two nights where you’ll have a chance to freshen up and enjoy some luxury.  This will be an opportunity to relax and decompress after six days of remote accommodations and sailing.  We can either soak up the relaxed atmosphere, or explore the island on our final day.  We’ll depart on a local charter flight the next day back to Manilla where we’ll meet our mountain guides and journey up into the Northern Philippine Highlands.  Our destination is the remote and off the beaten trek Cordilleras Region where we will complete the Kibungan Circuit amid green forested peaks and valleys lines with Rice Terraces. We’ll spend two days exploring and camping in this remote region then returning to Manila for our final evening enjoying the local nightlife.  We will then depart on our international flights the following day.

  • Day 1 – Arrive in Manilla
    We arrive in Manilla and fly directly to Coron
  • Day 2 – Manilla to Coron
    Day tour on Coron. Overnight stay in hotel.
  • Day 3 – Coron
    Day Tour on Coron.  Overnight stay in hotel.
  • Day 4 – Sailing Coron
  • Sailing off the coast of Coron.  Overnight on remote island.
  • Day 5 – Sailing Culion
    Sailing near Culion island group. Overnight on remote island.
  • Day 6 – Sailing Linipacan
    Sailing around Linipacan islands. Overnight on remote island
  • Day 7 – Sailing Linipacan
    Sailing around Linipacan.  Overnight on remote island.

  • Day 8 – Sailing Palawan
    Sailing to El Nido.  Overnight on at resort.
  • Day 9 – El Nido Island
  • Exploring Bacuit Bay off of El Nido.  Overnight in Resort Accommodation.
  • Day 10 – El Nido Island
    Explore El Nido.  Local flight and transfer to Northern Philippines
  • Day 11 – Highlands Trek/Rice Terraces
    Trekking Kibungan Circuit.  Overnight Camping
  • Day 12 – Highlands Trek Con’t
    Trekking Kibungan Circuit.  Overnight Camping
  • Day 13 – Highlands Trek Con’t
    Complete Trek and Return to Manila.  Overnight in Hotel Accommodation
  • Day 14 – Depart Philippines

Rob Harsh

Since 1993 Rob has traveled to over 20 countries leading people on climbing, kayaking, mountain biking and multi-sport adventures. He has experience as a certified Mountain Guide and Search and Rescue Practitioner, climbing mountains on five continents and is a veteran of over fifty expedition adventure races and ultra running events. Rob now enjoys developing one of a kind adventures that create opportunities for people to explore the world through conscious travel. Through bridging the gap between ancient wisdom and modern knowledge he offers transformative experiences that explore the land, culture and mythology of each destination, supporting people in stepping beyond their comfort zones, expanding their perspectives and learning universal wisdom that can be applied in overcoming perceived challenges in any area of life.

As a Professional Coach and Energy Leadership Master Practitioner, Rob has completed studies in Meditation, Eastern Philosophy, Western Psychology, Energy & Sound Healing and Shamanic Practices. He has also coached individuals in the areas of Health, Fitness, Nutrition and Exercise Physiology. Rob holds a Bachelors Degree in Environmental Health from Illinois State University and has 20 years experience in Environmental Sustainability.

  • Dry Bag for Going Ashore (25-35 Liters)
  • Duffel Bag for Main Items
  • Small Day Pack for hikes and excursions
  • Water Bladder or bottle
  • Shoes – Lightweight hikers or cross trainers
  • Flippy Floppy’s
  • Light comfortable clothing (shorts, shirts,sarong, sun dresses)
  • Swimsuit
  • Skin rash for swimming/snorkeling

  • Rain Jacket
  • Insect repellant
  • Sun Hat/visor
  • Sunglasses
  • Hygiene/toiletry kit
  • First Aid Items – Small. We provide a larger kit for the group
  • Headlamp w/spare batteries
  • Camera & Solar Charger (limited electricity at resort)
  • Snack foods to supplement standard meals.

  • Small Towel
  • Ear plugs
  • Disposable wipes
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Sunscreen
  • Bandana-optional
  • Knife or multitool – Optional
  • Journal – Optional
  • Donation items for local people – Shoes, shirts, socks, sunglasses, school supplies.

Skills:

  • No sailing experience is necessary.
  • Must be able to swim.
  • Mental fortitude to endure heat, rainy or humid conditions, and be in close quarters with other travelers.

This is a raw adventure, similar to backpacking in remote wilderness, and we will be out in the elements during our sailing voyage, with primitive accommodations each night.  It’s recommended that participants travel light and carry no more the 20kg of luggage.  There will be opportunity to leave extra items in our host hotel.

Cost:


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Fixed Departure Dates:

  • May 2018

Single Occupancy Add On, Upgrades & Group Pricing Available.

Group Size: 8-24

Exclusions:


  • International Airfare
  • Single occupancy option, unless specifically requested
  • Tips for guides, porters and cooks
  • Personal drinks, snacks, food, and gifts
  • Additional lodging not outlined
  • Meals not outlined or while in transit
  • Alcohol and desserts
  • Charges incurred as a result of delays beyond our control