Trip Overview

Length:

10 day trip / 9 days kayaking

Difficulty:

2 / 5

Price:

$2500 USD

Location:

Palawan, Philippines

Dates:

May 20 - 29, 2019

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

The Tour

Our trip starts in the town of El Nido and finishes in Coron. With the aid of our local Bangka boat, this tour will bring us to the most stunning areas in Palawan. We will spend 9 days kayaking through these beautiful volcanic islands. With world class snorkelling, 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 Place

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 Culture

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.

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The Weather

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

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.

Snorkelling

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.

What's Included

  • 1 night accommodation in El Nido
  • All meals while kayaking
  • Twin share
  • Bangka support boat and crew
  • All kayak equipment
  • Tents and camping equipment
  • Dry bags for gear

What's Not Included

  • Meals in El Nido and Coron
  • Accommodation in Coron
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Travel insurance
  • Flights
  • Transfers in Coron at end of trip
  • Items of personal nature

Trip Itinerary

The following itinerary should be seen as an approximate guide only. Please note that weather conditions can cause alterations and delays to our itinerary.

Day 1

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 a three day exploration of 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.

Camping. B-L-D

Days 5 – 7

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’ll spend one night at a guesthouse on the island of Linapacan.

Camping. B-L-D.

Night six will be at a guesthouse. B-L-D provided.

Days 8 – 9

Continuing north, we paddle and boat through more secluded islands and across the Linapacan Strait, filled with picturesque tropical islands set in azure seas.

Camping. B-L-D

Day 10

We finish the adventure at Coron town on the big island of Busuanga.

B-L.  Accommodation and Dinner not provided.

Accommodation

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”.

 

 

Route Map

Expedition Engineering Route map for Palawan Trip

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the meals like on this trip?
The local crew of the Bangka boat will cook all our meals during the trip. All meals include protein, fresh vegetables and delicious cultural dishes.
How much rain will we encounter on our trip?
The dry season is from November to May. We should encounter very little rain during the trip.
What sort of winds will we encounter while paddling?
There is very little wind from March to April to November. A fresh afternoon breeze may spring up occasionally.
What is the average air temperature in Palawan?
Air temperature will hover between 25C- 29C.
What is the average ocean Temperature?
Average ocean temperature is 29C.
What sort of kayak will we be paddling?
We have a fleet of single and double fibreglass boats. The singles come in two sizes, one for larger paddlers and one for smaller paddlers. They all have a bow and stern hatch to store equipment and food.
How many hours will we paddle each day?
We will kayak between 4-6 hours a day. We will take breaks in the morning, for lunch and in the afternoon.
What sort of distances will we be paddling?
Distances range from 10-20 km a day depending on the area we are in. Some areas there are lots of hidden lagoons and secret spots to explore where our pace will be slower. Some days will be more oriented towards travel days with longer distances.
Should I bring a snorkel?
Yes, a snorkel and mask is a must on this trip! If you do not want to bring your own in your travels, a snorkel and mask will be provided for you on the trip.
What should I expect in terms of water temperature?
The water temperature is an average of 29C.
Should I bring a stinger suit?
Yes, It is nice to have a stinger suit to protect against possible sea lice or stingers. It is possible to get chilly on the snorkel outings, depending on how long you spend in the water.
Will we visit villages along the way?
Yes, we will have the opportunity to visit villages on the trip. We will stay at a guesthouse in the village of Linapacan which is about halfway into our trip.
Are there mosquitos on land?
There are mosquitos and a sandflies. It is recommended to have mosquito spray, long pants and a long shirt for the trip so protect against bites.
What is the Bangka boat like?
The boat is an authentic Filipino, two outrigger style craft. It has a shallow draft, allowing the boat to safely travel through reefs and is very stable in windy conditions. The Bangka has a kitchen on board, a toilet and dry storage locker for gear. We’ll use the Bangka as a support vessel to carry our gear, food and water while we paddle and to shuttle the group from one amazing location to the next.
Who are the crew on the boat?
There are 3 crew on board the boat, all from the surrounding area. The crew are incredibly helpful, amazing cooks, have great English and love interacting with guests.
Is there malaria in Palawan?
Malaria does exist in Palawan. It is currently recommended to take malarial pills if you are travelling outside of urban areas. Please consult with your doctor as this is not a substitute for medical advice. It is recommended to wear long sleeves and pants when onshore, and use mosquito spray. You need to consult with your doctor about malarial medication for your trip in Raja Ampat.
Is there dengue fever in Palawan?
Yes, dengue fever is endemic to Palawan. Please consult with your doctor on vaccinations for dengue fever.
Are there any other vaccinations I should take?
The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends all travellers should be covered for, Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis, Varicella, Measles, Mumps, Rubella, and Polio. It is recommended the vaccination against Hepatitis A and typhoid as there is a risk of getting typhoid and Hepatitis A through contaminated food or water.
What can I do to prevent dehydration?
We recommend that you bring an electrolyte solution to put into your water bottle on a daily basis. This will keep your salt and sugar levels steady and prevent dehydration. It is a good idea to also have two, 1 litre water bottles with you at all times to encourage drinking. Always wear a large sunhat.
Are there any dangerous ocean critters?
Yes, the box jellyfish and stonefishes are the most venomous animals and can be fatal to humans. The best way to guard against these is to wear a wetsuit/stinger suit when snorkelling and to always wear sandals or shoes when walking in the ocean.
What sort of bird life are we likely to see?
Palawan is a birders paradise, with many different species in the islands. Some, but not all of the birds we may see are Palawan hornbills, white-vented shama, peacock pheasants, edible nest swiftlets, sea eagles and stork-billed kingfishers.
Where can I leave luggage I don’t need on the trip?
We highly recommend you leave your luggage in Manilla. The trip starts in El Nido and ends in Coron and there is little room on the boat for extra bags.

Trip Reviews

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.

Jo and Pete Armstrong – Hamilton, New Zealand

 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

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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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