Palawan Seak Kayaking Expedition - moving on from one white sand island to annotherTribal Adventures is running, upon demand, a sea kayaking expedition like no other.
Up to 11 days in length winding through an archipelago referred to as the “last frontier” by the late Jacques Cousteau, and using a large support boat—a motorized outrigger banca authorized to ply the waters between Coron and El Nido in far northern Palawan—guests can opt in and out of kayaking and snorkelling at whim.
Tribal Adventures invites sea lovers of all stripes, and with one paddle stroke at a time, to discover why an archipelago of around 200 islands, many of which we paddle between, and the most delightful of which we drop paddle on to beachcomb, snorkel off, or camp on, got the “last frontier” label.
No experience? No matter!
This trip comes with an expert guest guide and a large support boat following kayakers. And we all have 11 days in mind-blowing surroundings to perfect our paddling using Wilderness Systems North Star double sea kayaks and Tsunami single 175 & 165 sea kayaks.
If your trip is timed between April and November, when the easterly amihan does NOT prevail, Tribal Adventures efforts to provide you a rare paddle of the east coast of Coron Island, entering into the inner sanctums of the traditional Tagbanua tribe, the first tribe in the world to get ownership of the seas as well as their native land. We’ll enter the “Secret Lagoon” and caves, and kayak miles of undercuts, above which tower the renowned limestone cliffs where the Tagbanua eke out a living collecting birds’ nests for the Chinese soup of the same name.
* Supported by a large traditional motorised banca you will start your paddle part-circumnavigating Coron Island.
* Crossing to Culion you will meander between many idyllic palm-fringed and sand-ringed islands.
* Magical Linapacan then beckons, with deserted islands that will take your breath away.
* Then it’s the northern tip of Palawan Island proper, with, again, gorgeous beaches, till we arrive in Bacuit Bay with its beautiful limestone outcrops and pretty lagoons, ahead of doing a celebratory paddle into El Nido.
Accommodation is in beach camps or on board a large expedition motorized outrigger banca. Beyond camp and boat are hammocks for day use and respite from midday heat–one for each kayaker. Strung between two coconuts or from rocky outcrops, these duyan are a great way to spend the hot hours of the day between stints of rigorous paddling.
The paddle is mostly characterized by paddling beneath dramatic limestone cliffs, punctuated by unimaginably picturesque lagoons and kayaking between idyllic tropical islands—these are the definition of paradise–reef and palm fringed & sand-ringed. Between the 200 or so islands in the Calamianes/Linapacan archipelago, there will be five crossings between islands of 45 minutes or more. Two of these will traverse open water, taking paddlers declining to hitch a ride on the support boat, 2-3 hours to make the journey.

Itinerary

DAY 1

Pick up from Busuanga Airport for 30 minute drive to Coron town, boarding expedition boat after a walk around town, purchasing an extras you feel you need for your 11-day expedition sea safari and paddle. Lunch on board. Kayaking starts from Kayangan Lake if we paddle anti-clockwise around Coron, or clockwise if we paddle from Twin Lagoon. Clockwise camp will be beach before Cabugao, a 3-hour paddle away. Anti-clockwise paddle will be a beach down the west coast, a 3-4 hour paddle away.
Inclusions: Airport transfers, lunch, dinner & camp on Coron Island coast.

DAY 2

If clockwise. After breakfast, break camp and paddle into Cabugao, paying respects to village elders. Kayaking out, we search for an elusive hot spring and see Tagbanua fishing, growing seaweed and collecting birds’ nests. We might see them scampering up precarious bamboo ladders/scaffolding. Respite comes when we enter a secret lagoon, so sacred the Tagbanua speak a separate dialect there. As we don’t know it we stay silent and gasp at the sight of a species of rare slipper orchid on the walls of the lagoon. Paddling on into another lagoon, we find a narrow beach backing on to a limestone wall with lots of holes to secure our siesta hammocks to. We challenge all paddlers to better a sleep in this divine spot! With luck you’ll wake with a cuppa tea or coffee before heading on to a campsite for the night near Calis Point, the southern tip of Coron Island. B,L,D.
If anti-clockwise, we continue to paddle the west side of Coron Island, visiting the lagoons near the tip, and camp either side of Calis Point, in or near one of its wondrous lagoons. B,L,D

DAY 3

After breaking camp and breakfast, we paddle across to the nearest island, a 1.5 hour paddle. Then we lazily explore the coast line of Bulalakao for a couple of hours, stopping for snorkeling, lunch. In the afternoon we paddle 1.5 hours across to our campsite for the night—windswept its sandbar has the vantage point of sunrise AND sunset. B,L,D

DAY 4

After breakfast and breaking camp those who wish to paddle will kayak down the coast of Culion to Dicabaito. Others may wish to hitch on the boat to Culion where we dock and re-provision. Join a walking tour of the town, once the largest leper colony in the world. Depart after lunch by kayak through a mangrove channel, being picked up the other side. Rejoin the boat and cruise down the Culion coast to the other kayakers. Camp on a beach off a drowned Caldera. B, L,,D

DAY 5

If weather conditions and kayaker inclinations permit we paddle across to Binalabang Island, a crossing that may take up to 3 hours. Otherwise paddlers can opt to hitch. Camp on Binalabang Island or a beach at a nearby island. B,L,D

DAY 6

After breakfast and breaking camp we paddle between islands to Linapacan Island, snorkeling at whim, and ultimately finding an ideal campsite for the night. Might be Inakang Island. Might be another. The boat visits a fishing village to get water and ice today or tomorrow. B,L,D

DAY 7

After breakfast we wend our way between picture perfect tropical islands, dropping paddle at whim to swim, laze on beaches with a young coconut to sip, or snorkel exquisite reefs. Eventually we find an ideal island for the night close to the windswept channel separating the Linapacan chain from mainland Palawan. B,L,D

DAY 8

We launch our kayaks for a 3 hour paddle across to Dipnay, on the far north coast of Palawan. Boat follows, so paddlers may hitch if they wish. At Dipnay we resupply and decide if conditions allow us to press on with paddling to El Nido. Alternatively, we can go by road to El Nido, or if the captain allows, we may be able to take the boat there or we can paddle the other side of the coast towards Taytay. We camp along the coast out of Dipnay. B,L,D

DAY 9

After breaking camp, we kayak towards our destination, hugging the coast and exploring its environs, finding a campsite towards the end of the day. B,L,D

DAY 10

After breakfast and breaking camp we paddle on towards our destination, camping on a beach or on the boat, in an area within striking distance of El Nido/Taytay. B,L,D

DAY 11

Explore Bacuit Bay. Arrive El Nido. Or Explore Taytay and environs.

 – End of Tour Itinerary –

Your choice whether to travel on by land to Puerto Princess the capital city of Palawan or fly out of El Nido. The above trip may be done in reverse from El Nido to Coron. There is also road transport through to El Nido/Puerto Princesa from Dipnay.

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For pictures from two partial dry-runs in November 2014 see our Facebook album.

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    Cost per person:
    8-10 Persons P69,486
    7 Persons P75,120
    6 Persons P83,468
    5 Persons P97,395
    4 Persons P113,646
    3 Persons P132,210
    2 Persons P154,050
  • Inclusions:

    Beach/boat camps on nights 1-11; breakfast, lunch and dinner, airport two-way transfers; large licenced support banca with exclusive authority to operate route on days 1-12. Use of available Wilderness Systems and Dusky Bay kayaks on days 1-12; cost of entrance fees and water, juices, softdrinks, beer and rum are supplied free of charge. Snacks and three meals a day are included as is freshly brewed coffee and tea during the tour. Food and drink elsewhere is on guest account. Clients may opt to return with the banca on Day 12 (meals and drinks will be supplied free of charge). Or clients can travel on to Puerto Princesa on their own account.

     

  • Note:

    We appreciate prior notice of allergies or sensitivities to food. Emphasis is on fresh seafood and tropical fruit unless otherwise advised. If not advised otherwise, fresh fish will be the staple protein for lunch and dinner, with meat being secondary–usually as an addition to fish and squid. 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 fresh food items, if available, with your Tribal Adventures’ team at the start of your expedition,  and when possible, during your expedition: Expect to budget an extra 1,000 pesos + per adult per day. You will need to bring cash as the crew will not have the budget for crabs, prawns, bugs or lobster.