Private Group Tao Experience


Disconnect from the rest of the world and enjoy the luxury of solitude for a few days. Our Private Group Experiences are bespoke trips where you can get lost in the islands with your own group of friends or family on a free flowing journey of adventure.

Hop on board your own private Native Bangka Boat (Not the Sailboat) kitted with all the essentials and local crew and off you go! Your expedition leader is your guide on your quest for adventure or whatever you are looking for.

With a private trip you and your group can spend the days doing whatever you like best, all day swimming and snorkelling, or laze in a hammock with a good book- its up to you.

Your chef will take you to gather fresh ingredients from the islands to cook healthy meals of seafood and whatever else you find, ensuring a constant flow of tropical treats and icy beers from the kitchen.

At night set up camp in one of the rustic Tao base-camps, sunset with rum cocktails, enjoy a traditional massage from the village and listen to the sounds of nature.

For shorter trips, you can check our 3 days and 2 nights 

El Nido Island Private Safari

What is included and not included?


» 5 days of travel
» 4 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)
» 1 Complimentary massage in our base-camp


» Fins, Towels
» Accommodation before and after the trip
» Tip for the crew
» Perfect weather
» All payment/bank fees (including corresponding bank fees)
» All drinks on board – beer, cocktails, Cola/Juice: 80 Cents – US$ 1.20
» Php200 El Nido Eco-Tourism Development Fee (ETDF) – valid for 10 days

* Bring cash upon checking in for alcoholic drinks and merchandise. Recommended amount – 3000PHP – 5000PHP per person.


Who is the trip for?

Families with children [we suggest that children are 5years old or over], large groups of friends who want to charter a whole boat. There is no upper age limit, as long as you have an adventurous attitude and basic ability to swim. WARNING: make sure that everyone you are planning to invite independently wants to join in, there is nothing worse than being dragged along on this experience just because everyone else is going, the Tao concept does not work like this because the experience can be ruined for everyone else!

How big are the groups?

We run the private trips on different sizes of boats. Group numbers can range from 10-24 guests. However if you are less than 10 people you still have to pay the minimum rate that includes 10 people. If you are a smaller group or a couple then check out our Private El Nido Island Safari or consider joining on an Open Group.

Can we Charter the Native Sailing Paraw for a Private Group?

Yes, although you must reserve the dates well in advance before places are offered for Open Group Experiences.

What time of year is good to visit?

Our regular 5day/4night Private Group Experiences 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?

Private Experience departures are flexible during low season, let us know your travelling dates and we will give you options to choose from.

For Private groups departures and arrivals are flexible but usually all trips

DEPART [start] at 8:30am from the Tao office in either El Nido or Coron and
ARRIVE [end] between 5pm-6pm in the Tao office in either El Nido or Coron.

What time is Check-in and Briefing?

You are required to CHECK-IN and attend the group BRIEFING the day before your departure in the Tao office in either El Nido or Coron. Present a valid photo ID upon checking in. Private groups can adjust check in times 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, sunburns. But that is the nature of the Tao, the unexpected, the unknown, stepping outside 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 the experience you have with Tao. This is a sociable trip for sociable people. You have to know that we only offer 50% of the experience, 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.



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