Go native like the seafaring Tagbanua, paddling your own kayak at your own pace but with the assurance of a high degree of professional organization and support that leaves little to guess work. Tap your Robinson Crusoe instincts and do what the Tagbanua of the Calamian Islands in the Western Philippines have been doing for centuries: paddle a tropical sea paradise described by the late Jacques Cousteau as “the last frontier”.
The Calamianes number some 220 islands and all of them are accessible by kayak if you have a year to spare. If you don’t, Tribal Adventures can condense 12 months into 12 days or less and provide the ultimate paddling experience.
As you paddle from island to island in small groups (or even on your own with a knowledgeable guide), staying in budget tented camps, you’ll be emulating the ‘tread lightly’ approach of the Tagbanua and sending a strong message endorsing low-impact interaction with a ‘last frontier’ environment.
You will experience spectacular tropical wilderness scenery, perfect paddling conditions, exhilarating snorkeling, wild primary rainforest, and golden, empty beaches. Besides kayaking and snorkeling to your heart’s delight, you’ll visit Coron Island, spiritual hub of the local Tagbanua people, who gather swallows’ nests from the island’s limestone caves.
You’ll also have excursions to Culion, an old-Spanish fort that was built by America as a dedicated leper colony and Calauit, a wildlife sanctuary. If you wish to kayak the east side of Coron with a support boat we only do that trip at the Comfy Camping level: See the Circumnavigation of Coron by kayak
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Palawan SandCastles or Coron town|
|DEPARTURE TIME||8:30 AM|
|ACCOMMODATION||Comfy tropical camping on white sand beaches|
Below is a sample itinerary starting out of Palawan SandCastles in Northern Busuanga and ending in Coron Town, and can be done in reverse. All expeditions can be custom fit to your travel time, adventure and comfort level, and interests.
Day 1 : Northern Busuanga
Day 2 : Western Busuanga
Day 3 : Full day Snorkeling
Unsupported with the provision of sea kayak, life vest, paddle, skirt & guide, but NOT including park entrance & camping fees.
|KAYAKS ONLY, WITHOUT A SUPPORT BOAT||COST PER PERSON|
|4+ PERSONS||PHP 4,472 per day|
|3 PERSONS||PHP 6,070 per day|
|2 PERSONS||PHP 7,028 per day|
|1 PERSON||PHP 8,306 per day|
With support banca & crew, budget camping and cruise/kayaking provisioning with kayaks, equipment & guide, including park entrance & camping fees.
|KAYAKS WTIH A SUPPORT BOAT AND CREW||COST PER PERSON|
|4+ PERSONS||PHP 7,188 per day|
|3 PERSONS||PHP 8,625 per day|
|2 PERSONS||PHP 11,500 per day|
|1 PERSON||PHP 19,167 per day|