2-14 days
Duration
3/5
Physicality
Calamian Islands, Northern Palawan
Location
6+
Age
Year-round
Dates

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.

 

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Day 1 : Northern Busuanga

Aiport pick-up, followed by a transfer to Palawan SandCastles to start your adventure. You board a local banca (motor boat) to head to New Quezon, the jump off point to paddle the mangrove estuary that separates Calauit Island from mainland Busuanga. Past the estuary, you will paddle islets, snorkel a reef and end the day by setting up camp on Black Island, one of the three limestone giants of Northern Palawan.
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Day 2 : Western Busuanga

Cruise to the mouth of Busuanga River, where you will paddle upstream, keeping an eye out for wildlife. You'll encounter simple local life along the river banks and see how the fishing villages thrive in the area. We paddle back to board the boat and cruise to the next campsite, Pamalican Island.
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Day 3 : Full day Snorkeling

Wake up to snorkel the reef just off the campsite, before continuing to Calumbuyan Island, a reef with a slight current, where snorklers can drift from one end of the island to the other, watching the reef below them. Last stop for the day is either Lusong Coral Garden or Lusong Gunboat, before heading to Coron Town to end the tour.

 

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

Calamian Islands Kayak Expedition Outfitting

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