Duration: 7 days/6 nights, all-inclusive, staying in local accommodation and tented camps and travelling round Busuanga Island in a Wilderness Systems or Perception seakayak, a late model airconditioned 4×4, and on a motorisd outrigger banca
7 Day trip cost per person: 4+ Persons P40,733 3 Persons P45,825 2 Persons P50,916 1 Person P91,649
Inclusions: Private outrigger banca boat/4×4 or van, park/entrance/camping/guide fees, 3 hearty meals and 2 meriendas a day, water & drinks including free beer and rum with meals, beach/bath towel, personal mask-snorkel, personal sea kayak, mountain bike at Camp Calauit in a seaside pavilion or in a beach house at the adjacent SandCastles, built using reused old timbers and Capiz shell panels: Both idyllic types of accommodation come with mini-plunge pools. If not advised otherwise, fresh fish will be the staple protein, with meat being secondary. Fresh vegetables and fruit may be expected with lunch and dinner. Should you want crabs, prawns, bugs or lobster you will need to pay extra: You’ll be invited to purchase such items, if available, with your Tribal Adventures’ team at the start of your expedition: Expect to budget an extra 1,000 pesos + per adult per day.
What to bring: Sunscreen, hat, bug repellent, refillable water container as you will be provided only a single new plastic mineral water bottle that you will need to refill, walking shoes that will get wet or strong sandals, swim wear, waterproof layer, dry clothes, educational giveaways like crayons for children in place of tip money.
Note: A National Tourism (Kalakbay Award) winner, Tribal Adventures puts its money where its ecotourism mouth is, by splitting income 50:50 with the local people of Kinaray-a linguistic group at Kayak Inn, Antique and Camp Calauit, Palawan. Another operational joint venture between local members of the Tagbanua and Kagayanen tribes and Tribal Adventures is in its infancy but showing great promise at Camp Calauit, adjacent to Palawan SandCastles The Beach Houses in Cheey, Busuanga.
DAY 1: Exploring Cheey
Airport pickup and transfer to Palawan SandCasltes to check-into a native hillside or seaside pavilion. You will be introduced to your Tribal Adventures guide and will go for a practice paddle to explore the neighboring islands, sandbars and coral reefs.
DAY 2: Dugong Bay
An early start to extend the exploration of Dugong bay- this time on a mission to spot one of the 30 elusive dugongs that are resident to the bay area. Seeing dugong isn’t guaranteed. If you are lucky you will see one, and if you are really fortunate, get to swim with the graceful giants.
DAY 3: Calauit Wildlife Park to Black Island
Check-out from Palawan SandCastles and board the outrigger banca for a cruise to New Quezon, to kayak the mangrove channel that separates Calauit Island from mainland Busuanga. You will enter Calauit, for a surreal experience, feeding African animals, before cruising to Black Island to make camp.
DAY 4: Busuanga River and Pamalican Island
We explore Black Island’s cave and swim crystal clear pool within it before moving on to cruise to the mouth of Busuanga River. You’ll kayak the river keeping an eye out for wildlife, and see how the locals live by the river banks.
DAY 5: Island Hopping to Calumbuyan
With kayaks on banca we take sea safari to South Cay, Calumbuyan islands for snorkeling, followed by a snorkel over a Japanese gunboat off Sangat Island before paddling the Ryukan Channel and meeting the banca to cruise to Maquinit Hot Springs for a soak in the salt water springs as we grill up a feast, eating at the spring. We drive out in the 4×4, checking in to Dalara Mountain and Seaview Inn Coron.
DAY 6: Lusong Gunboat to Sunset Beach
Motor to Lusong reef to snorkel either a dense coral garden or a sunken Japanese Gunboat. You then proceed to Sangat Island, one of the limestone Giants of the Calamian before motoring to Sunset Beach on Coron Island.
DAY 7: Coron Highlights
Kayak out of camp to Atwayan and round to Twin Lagoon, Baracuda or Kayangan Lake, Maquinit. –
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**** Or opt to STAY THE TRIBAL WAY and just beachcomb. Or PLAY & STAY THE TRIBAL WAY on a multi-day expedition either at budget level (under a million stars in tents and pavilions), or premium standard (in local resorts). Or create your own program a DAY (TRIP) at a time and get your second and subsequent nights free at Camp Calauit Busuanga or Dalara Mountain and Sea View Inn Coron with free food/beverages thrown in! You pay and play a second FULL DAY, you stay for free the second night. You pay and play a third FULL DAY and you stay the third night, and so on, your simple but hearty meals, beer and rum, like your rustic accommodation with shared bathroom, free of charge!Refer to STAY THE TRIBAL WAY on tribaladventures.com for accommodation options, facilities.
This is a weeklong kayaking tour and circumnavigation by kayak, 4×4 and outrigger banca of Busuanga Island. We kayak choice portions of Busuanga’s coastal environment, dropping paddle to snorkel often. The trip incorporates dugong spotting, a visit to Calauit Wildlife Safari Park and an exploration by kayak of The Big Three limestone/granite islands: Black Island, Sangat Island and Coron Island. Accommodation is in local resorts. The trip is all-inclusive–accommodation, food, drinks (including beer and rum), transport, use of single Wilderness Systems Tsunami or Wilderness Systems North Star double sea kayak, park and guide fees, snorkel and mask. We will endeavour to cover the destinations in a sample itinerary below but the exact scheduling (even the direction–clockwise or anti-clockwise) will depend on wind and tides.