5 Day Tao Experience

3DAY Boat Expedition + 2DAY Island Retreat

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.

This 5 day experience is split into 2 parts: hop on a boat for a 3 days and 2 nights expedition to the remote islands of Culion and Linapacan. Explore villages, bays, and beaches, and spend your nights in remote island basecamps.

Use the boat as a base as 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 the top deck.

The other part of this experience is a 2 days island retreat. Here, you settle, relax and absorb the atmosphere of the island. Explore its beaches, jungles, and reefs or sunbathe and laze around our playful lounges.

This trip focuses on the remote island of Linapacan and Culion, skipping Coron island and Bacuit Bay (Limestone El Nido Islands).

Prices for October 2019 - August 2020

USD
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 discount)

GROUP PROMO: Book 4 persons + 1 person free
*not applicable on peak season dates

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

HIGH SEASON DATES PEAK SEASON DATES
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

What’s included:
» 3 days/2 nights boat expedition
» 2 days/2 nights island retreat
» The wild open nature and island living
» All freshly prepared meals, drinks and snacks
» Mask and Snorkels

What’s NOT included:
» Fins, Towels
» Accommodation before and after the trip
» 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 – 50USD – 100USD per person.

ETDF(Eco-Tourism Development Fee)
» Php200 (4-5 USD) Linapacan
» Php200 (4-5 USD) El Nido

*ENVIRONMENTAL FEES 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?

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- 32 guests on each expedition and 8-12 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 West 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.

Starting in Coron

This trip starts from Coron Office travel via land towards the port. From the port, you will hop on a 3 day boat expedition exploring remote islands of Culion and Linapacan, followed by a 2 night / 2 day island retreat and ending at north of El Nido.

Starting in El Nido

This trip starts from El Nido Office travel via land aboard Tao Jeepney towards the Tao Farm on the northern tip of Palawan. From there, you will hop on a 3-day boat expedition exploring remote islands of Linapacan and Culion, followed by a 2 night / 2 day Island retreat and ending in Coron.

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 North of El Nido and Coron.

DEPARTURE TIME [start] between 8:00am-9:00am at Tao Office.
ARRIVAL TIME [end] between 4:00pm-5:00pm at the port/pier of either El Nido or Coron.

What time is Check-in and Briefing?

Please come in and see us between 8am to 8pm, any day before your scheduled departure so you can register and collect your cashless bracelet. In Coron, we have the Tao office by the main strip of Don Pedro Street. In El Nido, the Tao Office is located in Corong Corong.

Please present a valid ID (passport, driver’s license) upon checking in.

The group briefing starts at 7:30 am on the day of your scheduled departure, please be at the Tao Office on or before 7:30am. The briefing is for you to meet the other travellers and your expedition leader who will give an orientation.

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.

WHAT TO DO NEXT...

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
Application:

    Join an open group expedition:

    WHATSAPP HOTLINE: +63 908 890 8033 (for quick inquiries and immediate dates)


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Instructions:

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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