Experience the ultimate Tao expedition aboard the newest member of our fleet, a traditional Paraw sailboat. The Sailing Paraw Expedition is similar to a regular Open Expedition, but is set on a stunning 74-foot sailboat, the largest Paraw in the Philippines.
Appreciate the serenity of traveling under a full sail, meandering along our usual route through the beautiful Linapacan group from Coron to El Nido or vice versa.
The expedition combines stretches of pure sailing with time for exploring the islands, reefs, and villages along the way. During times of less wind we motor-sail between our island destinations.
Navigating the adventure is our crew of Tao barefoot sailors, who were among the traditional craftsmen that built the Paraw.
Dive off the outriggers and snorkel around coral reefs and WWII shipwrecks; clamber through caves; stroll along abandoned beaches; socialize with locals and tune-in to the tranquil pace of island life. Each meal is prepared by our amazing cooks with freshly caught seafood and local organic produce.
At the end of each day, we dock in one of the Tao basecamps scattered across the archipelago. Each one with its own personality: a raw untouched island, a fishing vilage, an organic farm, or a hidden jungle lodge.
|Rate per person||650|
|Rate per person (Peak Season)||750|
|PEAK SEASON DATES|
|December 20 – January 4 (Christmas & New Year)|
|January 20 – 26 (Lunar NY)|
|April 6 – 13 (Easter Holiday)|
INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:
» 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.
This vessel is truly unique. Adorned with tribal carvings, it is a revival of an almost forgotten Filipino maritime culture. The design of the Bangkas with two outriggers and no deep keel can be dated back for more than 1000 years, navigating shallow reefs between the islands. They were used for transporting cargo and passengers but went into rapid decline when engines became widely available in the 1970s. Our Paraw was built to keep the tradition of sailing alive in Palawan. Exploiting the shared knowledge of historians and sailors, it took our team of local craftsmen two years to build, from design to completion in April 2014.
Gener, whose father and grandfather were both boat sailors, is the originator of the Paraw project and our boat captain. He is teaching local youth sailing and navigational techniques. “A return to sailing makes sense – our marine environment is under threat and fuel prices are rising. Learning to sail again will help Palaweños escape dependence on gasoline and diesel while, at the same time, fostering a deeper understanding and respect for the sea.”
No sailing experience necessary. 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 and ability to swim. Unfortunately Open Group Expeditions are not suitable for travelers under 14.
The Tao Paraw can accommodate up to 24 guests and 10 crew.
Our regular 5day/4night Sailing Tao Experiences run from October to June. 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 and generally good sailing weather. 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.
The Paraw is dry-docked July to September for annual maintenance. For more information on the weather please read the advice in the travel information section.
DEPARTURE TIME [start] between 8:30am-9:30am at the port/pier of either El Nido or Coron.
ARRIVAL TIME [end] between 4:00pm-5:00pm at the port/pier of either El Nido or Coron.
Please come in and see us between 8am to 6pm the 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 6:00pm on the day before your scheduled departure, please be at the Tao Office on or before 6:00pm. The briefing is for you to meet the other travellers and your expedition leader who will give an orientation.
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 Palawan, flight information, accommodation recommendations, packing lists, and everything else.
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 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 you 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?
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:
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