FULL ISLAND EXPERIENCE (until August 2019)

For season 2019-2020 (October 2019 – August 2020) reservation, click here:


Join a group of like-minded travelers and a crew of local islanders to set off on an adventure of a lifetime through the remote islands, deserted beaches, and hidden coves of Northern Palawan.

With no itinerary, plan, or set destinations, we leave after breakfast on the first day and arrive in our destination port before nightfall on the last day.

During the day we get lost in a paradise playground of deserted islands, swim to the beach and get coconuts, go snorkeling to explore the underwater world, stay on-board and fish off the back of the boat, or just read your book and relax on top deck.

After a long day, we set up for the night in one of the Tao base-camps scattered across the archipelago. Each of these camps has its own unique feature: from raw isolated islands, to a traditional fishing village or a hidden jungle lodge.

Enjoy a few beers and share stories around a fire as the moon rises and fall asleep to the sound of the waves in open cabanas, ready for another day of adventure!

Our Expedition is the best access to this remote region on a 5 day journey that connects El Nido and Coron – or vice versa through the beautiful Linapacan group.

Prices until August 2019

Ongoing promo:

10% off on selected dates (limited places)

30% off Pinoy Bucket List Promo (May – August)
*for Filipino and Philippine residents only

Rate per person 545
Rate per person (Peak Season) 655

*PHP Payment only available for Philippine Residents
All payments are managed by Kultura Adventure Pte Ltd


Peak Season Departure Dates:

Christmas – New Year Holidays:    December 21 to January 8
*El Nido – Coron with Kids:         December 22 to december 26
Lunar NY:                                           February 3 to February 9
Holy Week: Easter:                           April 14 to April 21


Prices for October 2019 - August 2020

Rate per person (Regular Season) 545
Rate per person (High Season) 570
Rate per person (Peak Season) 655

Ongoing promo:

10% off on selected dates (early bird)

30% off Pinoy Bucket List Promo (October – December 14, 2019)
*for Filipino and Philippine residents only

December 15 – 19 December 20 – January 4 (Christmas & New Year)
January 5 – 19 January 20 – 26 (Lunar NY)
January 27 – April 5 April 6 – 13 (Easter Holiday)

Expedition Inclusions and Exclusions


» 5 days of travel
» 4 nights of Tao Style Camping
» The wild open nature and island living
» Freshly prepared meals, snacks, and drinks (drinking water, tea, coffee, sunset cocktails)
» Mask and Snorkels (No Fins)


» Fins, Towels
» Accommodation before and after the trip
» All transfer/ bank fees
» Tip for the crew
» Perfect weather

Extra payments you need to expect:

*Onboard bar for drinks and merchandise. We use credited cashless wallets. Recommended top up amount – 3000PHP – 5000PHP per person.

ETDF(Eco-Tourism Development Fee)
» Php200 Linapacan
» Php200 El Nido

*ETDF are compulsory individual taxes by the local governments for everyone local and foreign visitors. Collected before getting in the port.
Tao cannot shoulder these payments as the receipts must be released to individuals.

Who is the trip for?

The Open Group is a sociable experience, shared with individuals from all over the world.

We encourage a wide mix of ages within the group, from old time adventurers, short break professionals to first time travelers- they all make the good atmosphere onboard. There is no upper age limit- all you need is an adventurous spirit.

You should also be comfortable in the water as swimming is a big part of the island experience. However, our crew is happy and ready to help travelers worried about their physical capability, no matter how severe.

Unfortunately, Open Group Expeditions are not suitable for travelers under 14.

We run the expeditions on different sizes of boats. There can be up to 24 guests on each expedition and 8-10 local crew. We can not confirm the size of the groups in advance.

What time of year is good to visit?

Our regular 5day/4night Open Group Experiences run throughout the year except September. 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?

There are several departures each week, so the application form will give you a choice of available departures close to your date. Boats leave from both El Nido and Coron.

5 Days and 4 Nights Expeditions Depart [start] between 8:30am-9:30am from the port/pier of either El Nido or Coron and arrive [end] between 5pm- 6pm at the destination port/pier.

What time is Check-in and Briefing?

You are required to CHECK-IN and attend the group briefing at 6pm the day before your departure in the Tao Office in either El Nido or Coron. Please present a valid photo ID upon checking in.


Any other information I need to know?

Everything you need to know is at the Tao Travel Information section found at the bottom of our Homepage. Here you will find useful information and answers to questions for travel in Coron, flight information, accommodation recommendations, packing lists, and everything else.

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, sunburns. But that is the nature of the Tao: the unexpected, the unknown, stepping outside of your comfort zone, diving into the experience. 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 this whole experience. This is a sociable trip for sociable people. You have to know that we only offer 50% of the experience, we offer you the tools and framework for you to discover yourself the true island culture of this remote tropical archipelago. The other 50% comes from YOU… your enthusiasm, your adventurous spirit, your conversation.


Start your application with selecting your travel month and then choose a date from the list, the color is telling you, how many free places are still available for that expedition:

many places available
few places available
no free places, but you can apply for waiting list

    Join an open group expedition:

  • Select an alternate date:


Having trouble in booking?


Select your desired month of travel and browse through available expedition dates. You may also opt to choose alternate dates. After selecting your preferences, help us get to know you more by filling up some personal information. Let us know why you want to journey with us and who else is coming with you.


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