El Nido Island Private Safari

Our Bespoke Island Private Safari is designed for a more intimate experience of the islands with your partner, family or friends. It is a luxury for those who understand the idea of being free and away from the crowd. A connection with open nature and an appreciation of simple living. Starting from El Nido town we will whisk you north deep into the islands to escape away from it all. This 3day/2night trip lets you experience island life, well away from the tourist crowds. Each will visit the Tao centre camp on Northern Palawan, this is where the Tao community is based, our education and training centre and organic farm. Then cross into Linapacan, the most remote and untouched islands in Palawan, stay in one of our remote community base-camps before returning to the mainland and journey overland through the heart of Palawan back to El Nido.

What is included and NOT included?

INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:
» 3 days of travel
» 2 night Tao Style Camping
» The wild open nature and island living
» All freshly prepared meals, drinks and snacks
» Happy hour Sunset Cocktails and some local alcoholic drinks.
» Mask and Snorkels (No Fins)
» A massage in our base-camp
» A donation to the Tao Kalahi Foundation Projects

NOT INCLUDED:
» Fins, Towels
» Accommodation before and after the trip
» Tip for the crew
» Perfect weather
» Bank charges
» All drinks on board - beer, cocktails, Cola/Juice: 80 Cents – US$ 1.20

Extra payments you need to expect:
» Php200 Linapacan Eco-Tourism Development Fee (ETDF) - valid for 7 days
» Php200 El Nido Eco-Tourism Development Fee (ETDF) - valid for 10 days
These are compulsory taxes by the local governments for everyone local and foreign visitors. Collected before getting in the port.
Always ask for receipt.

Who is the trip for?

This private expedition caters for couples, small groups of friends or families with children. It is for those with less time but who want a full experience of the islands.

How big are the groups?

Depends on the size of your group. Our Motorized Native Boat (Bangka) can take 10 to 24 people.

What time of year is good to visit?

Our 3day/2night Island Private Safari runs from October to November and March to August. There are two main seasons in the Philippines, 'Amihan'- North East winds which bring the dry season run from October to May, this is our high season. The 'Habagat'- South East winds which bring the rainy season run from June to September, so expect some rainy days if you are travelling during these months.
For more information on the weather please read the advice in the travel information section.

When do trips Depart and Arrive?

Each safari departs from El nido and returns to El Nido. Safari departures are flexible, let us know your travel dates and we will give you options to choose from.
Safari usually DEPART [start] at 8:30am from the Tao office in El Nido.
Safari usually ARRIVE [end] between 5pm-6pm back in the Tao office in El Nido.

What time is Check-in and Briefing?

You are required to CHECK-IN and attend the group BRIEFING a day before your departure in the Tao office in El Nido.
You can adjust check in time in advance via e mail but usually its at 5pm.

Any other information I need to know?

Take a look at the Travel Information section at the bottom of the main page. Here you will find useful information and answers to questions for travel in Palawan, flight information, accommodation recommendations, packing lists and everything else you need to know.

Warning: This journey is not for everyone!

It might be bad weather, it might be rough waves. Limited privacy. Barking Dogs, crowing roosters, mosquito bites, jellyfish stings, sunburn. But that is the nature of the Expedition, the unexpected, the unknown, stepping outside your comfort zone.
We love it, but we understand that this is not everyone's idea of a holiday.

Before applying to take part in this experience you must understand that what Tao offers is not a tour or a hotel. We do not guarantee that you will have a nice relaxing time. In fact we do not guarantee anything. You have to go with the flow and ultimately you are the deciding factor in the experience you have with Tao. You have to see that what we offer is 50%, we offer the tools and framework for you to discover for yourself the true island culture of this remote tropical archipelago, The other 50% comes from you, your enthusiasm, your adventurous spirit, your conversation, YOU are the deciding factor.

...DO YOU STILL WANT TO JOIN THE EXPEDITION?

WHAT TO DO NEXT...

Please choose a date on the calendar below and fill out the proceeding application form!

Application:
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