10 day trip / 8 days kayaking
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May 20 - 29, 2020
What makes this trip special
- Using a Bangka (a local boat) to access further afield places
- Lush coral gardens and incredible marine diversity
- Excellent bird watching including; Palawan hornbills, white-vented shama, peacock pheasants, edible nest swiftlets, sea eagles and stork-billed kingfishers
- 600 species of butterflies and a large assortment of mammals
- Beach camping in a tropical environment
- Unique cultural experiences with the local culture and villages
Our trip starts and finishes in the town of El Nido. With the aid of our local Bangka boat, this tour will bring us to the most stunning areas in Palawan. We will spend 8 days kayaking through these beautiful volcanic islands. We will take many opportunities to experience the underwater world. We will set up camp on white sand beaches most nights and enjoy local cuisine prepared by the local crew.
The volcanic Philippines are a cluster of more than 7000 islands lying north of the Malay Peninsula in South East Asia. The narrow archipelago of Palawan province is located between the South China Sea and the Sulu Sea, the third largest island in the Philippines. Palawan province has been designated a fish and wildlife sanctuary since 1967, preserving the incredible biodiversity of the area.
The Filipino people are incredibly friendly and helpful. Most everyone speaks English so it is easy to interact and get to know the local crew. We will visit numerous traditional villages during the trip and experience local culture.
Palawan enjoys a tropical to subtropical weather pattern. Warm weather and little rain prevail from February to June. Daily temperatures hover around 27C and there is very little wind.
Sea kayaking is one of the most intimate ways to explore the hidden bays, tropical beaches, vertical cliffs and shallow reefs of Palawan. With the aid of our local boat, we will not have to back track during the trip, each day is a completely new experience.
Lagoon snorkeling and lush coral gardens will tempt us throughout each day. We will have ample opportunity to snorkel at many different sites throughout the trip. Snorkeling is one of the highlights of our trip in Palawan and the guides and local crew know the best spots.
- 2 nights twin share accommodation in El Nido (first and last nights)
- All meals while kayaking
- Bangka support boat and crew
- All kayak equipment
- Tents and camping equipment
What's Not Included
- Meals while in El Nido
- Alcoholic beverages
- Travel insurance
- Transfers to/from airport in El Nido at start and end of trip
- dry bags for gear
- Items of personal nature
The following itinerary should be seen as an approximate guide only. Please note that weather conditions can cause alterations and delays to our itinerary.
Arrive El Nido Airport. Take motorized trike to hotel and check into our beachfront hotel. After settling in, your guide will give a trip briefing.
Accommodation provided. Meals not provided.
Days 2 – 4
The adventure begins with three days of exploring Bacuit Bay. Our paddle will take us to hidden bays, tropical beaches, vertical cliffs and shallow reefs. Lagoon snorkelling and lush coral gardens tempt us throughout the day.
Days 5 – 6
With the assistance of our bangka (local boat) and crew, we’ll paddle north to explore the northwest and northeast coasts of Palawan. We then head through the secluded islands between northern Palawan and the island of Linapacan. We will have the opportunity to explore a local village. The harbour is filled with vibrantly coloured bangka boats, local carvers, a small scale coconut “plant” and lots of energetic children!
Day 7 – 8
Our last day of paddling will find us paddling the northern portion of Lincapan Island. We will find ourselves amounts caves, cliffs, and beautiful azure blue seas.
We will head back to El Nido on our Bangka Boat for our final night in El Nido.
Hotel. B-L. Dinner not provided.
Flights departing Palawan.
This trip is a wilderness camping based expedition. The highlights of our tent based expeditions are sleeping under the stars, total flexibility in our route plan depending on weather and group desires, as well as self sufficiency during the trip. Tent based trips offer an intimacy with the natural environment that we don’t experience anywhere else in our modern everyday lives. Waking up to the sights and sounds of the wilderness offer a peace and tranquility to each day. Ending the day around a campfire, watching the sun go down and the stars come out is one of the highlights of these trips.
Each evening we will set up tents in a different location along our route and spend the night in a beautiful wilderness setting. The requirements for our evening campsites are beautiful views, water front property, and some sort of beach for ease of access with our kayaks.
Each campsite will consist of an area where we set up tents, a separate kitchen area where our dining tarp and kitchen are set up and a designated wilderness “bathroom”.
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Having completed our Palawan Kayak Adventure with Expedition Engineering, I would just like to say what an amazing experience it was. Having read the brochure about this trip that although it sounded exciting and just the “ off the grid adventure “ we were after, we felt it really didn’t do the trip full justice.
It didn’t describe just how obliging, enthusiastic and downright happy the guide and boat crew were. It didn’t show just how big and diverse the coral was or the depth of colour the fish were. The brochure didn’t describe the fantastic isolation away from the crowds or indeed the warmth of the sea when you are swimming at 5.30am. The brochure didn’t describe the amazing colours of the sunsets or the absolute feeling of overwhelming humbleness of being in that special location in a kayak surrounded by sea and islands.
We loved this experience/adventure and would recommend that if just once you would like to feel the sun on your back, a paddle in your hand and adventure in your heart then this would be a truly ideal magical trip to take.
Thank you all for an amazing adventure and treasured lifetime memories in this stunningly scenic corner of the Pacific – I thoroughly enjoyed everyone’s company and good humour.
Sandra Wills – Noosa Heads, Australia
Once you’ve filled out our online application form we will contact you within 24 hours. Our follow up email will include the detailed trip notes.
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We’d be happy to discuss different trip options and help you find the perfect expedition holiday.
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