GUIDING: Our awesome and enthusiastic tour guides, who have a great passion for Nature, Culture, and History, and a lot of experience in taking travelers around the Philippines, will guide you throughout the tour.
ACCOMMODATION: You will be comfortably accommodated either in our Exclusive Camps or in our Exclusive Private Resorts. Most of our rooms have private toilet and bathing facilities but in some areas are common but they are always in excellent condition.
Our expeditions take place in remote places where there is no electricity; therefore, we only rely on solar energy that cannot power air conditioners. However, our accommodations are constructed in such a way that you will not feel high temperatures and they are quite protected from mosquitos, or any other insects.
MEAL POLICY: Using traditional Filipino cooking, we make our menu from rice, vegetables, fish, fresh seafood, fruit… We serve Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner with water and soft drinks on a daily basis. We purchase some our ingredients while traveling through the islands. Additionally, we have special provisions for people who have allergies and cannot eat regular food. Therefore, you should inform in advance to the chef if you are allergic to certain foods.
ORDER, PAYMENT, AND CANCELLATION POLICY: Would-be travelers must place orders, at least 7 days prior to the expeditions. We will confirm such orders upon the receipt of 30% of the total fee for the whole service purchased as advance payment. You will pay the balance when the expeditions going to start. You can make payments in any of these foreign currencies: Philippines Peso (Php), American Dollar (USD), or Euro (€).
Children aged 5 years and under, 50% discount on the usual rate.
Cancellations are not refundable except due to force majeure such as adverse weather conditions and sickness, you will be given 30% of the regular rate as a discount in subsequent attempts.
INSURANCE: All participants in our expeditions must have insurance cover which is not included in the rates you paid for the expeditions. All guests must get their own travel insurance prior to departure. And this insurance should cover the following: Adventurous activities that the tour encompasses, medical expenses, Personal belongings (if your luggage is lost or stolen) and missed flights.
WEATHER: Palawan is a long stretch (approx. 500 km) of land with hundreds of islands, and each of these islands has its own microclimate. When it’s raining heavily in El Nido town, it doesn’t mean it will be raining on the nearby island or Port Barton or Puerto Princesa.
There are 2 major seasons. The dry season is the high season for tourism, and it runs from Oct/Nov to May/Jun. The Monsoon season is the low season running from Jun/July to Sept/Oct. The dry season is characterized by strong NE winds. Monsoon season is generally characterized by calmer water for sailing. However, there can also be strong SW winds and a storm. Our expeditions usually take place during the monsoon season. However, we are always prepared for any kind of weather. During the wet season, it does not rain all through the month. Sometimes, there is long undisrupted sunshine for weeks and sometimes lots of rain. Usually, it is sunny in the morning and there is heavy rain in the afternoon.
Our expeditions bring you face-to-face with nature, including the tropical weather. In the Philippines. We advise you to come with a light rain jacket to protect yourself from wind-chill and keep yourself warm in the event that there is rainfall during your expedition.
CASH IN PALAWAN: You will find cash machines in El Nido, Port Barton and Puerto Princesa. Go to take enough cash in the bank cash machines otherwise expect a high commission.
GETTING WET: You should pack the essentials in a DRYBAG of size 25 – 35 Liters There is no room for comfort and dryness in the rainforest, no matter what the manufacturers of outdoor equipment may say. Even if there is no rain, your shoes and clothes will always be wet, either from forest moisture or your own sweat. Your focus should be on keeping your backpack. While onboard, you may be wet because of wave splash and air moisture, and also owing to frequently getting into the water. Navigation breeze may make you feel cold. Quick-drying swimwear, towels, and water shoes will definitely be of great help.
SNORKELING: Snorkeling and swimming are parts of our adventures. If you are not a good swimmer, you should let us know so that we can make sure our guides take extra care of you. We also have onboard swimming buoyancy aids. You are going to have opportunities to explore the pristine reefs that we have discovered throughout the islands. We provide snorkels and masks on all our boats. If you wish, you can come along with your own equipment. If you are very keen on snorkeling and wish to spend lots of time in the water, you should bring a long-sleeved rash guard to shield yourself from the strong tropical sun and jellyfish stings.
HYDRATION: It is always a good idea to invest in water. You should come along with as much water as you can. One can survive without food for days, but dehydration can hurt you in minutes. If you want to bring some food with you, choose small but highly caloric foods like energy bars and nuts.
SEASICKNESS: Although the inner waters of Palawan are generally calm, the conditions of the sea may change quickly. Therefore, for any boat trip, it is a good idea to bring SEASICKNESS PILLS.
SUNBURN: Although our boats have shade roofs, you should always protect yourself with LONG-SLEEVE CLOTHING, SUN CREAM, and a HAT. A few minutes of exposure to the sun may cause serious injuries in the tropics.
MOSQUITOS: Malaria and dengue fever are still rampant in Palawan. Therefore, you should come along with malaria-prevention drugs. In the forest, long-sleeve clothing and mosquito repellent are a must-have. Although there are generally no insects in the open sea, sandflies and mosquitoes may be plentiful at stopover sites, especially in mangroves and highly vegetated beaches.
ALLERGIES: In the tropics, allergic reactions to environmental agents such as pollen are rare due to the high diversity and low relative abundance of different plant species. However, animal bite allergies and rash are common occurrences. You may also experience food allergy reactions, as meals are often provided by us. If you have any allergy or dietary requirements, please, inform us in advance.
WILDLIFE: Although dangerous animals are sources of worry to most travelers, there is no cause for alarm at all. In fact, you are more likely to have a sprain than being attacked by a wild animal. However, we cannot claim there is zero risk in our expeditions. Stone fishes, Urchins, Sting rays are seasonal. you can prevent bites by wearing water shoes in shallow water or by wearing thick, long-sleeve swimwear. Sea snakes are non-aggressive and tend to avoid contact with humans, and their bites are rarely fatal. You can avoid bites by sea snakes and lionfishes by strictly abiding by a non-touch policy.
While in the rainforest and the mangrove, you should move through by avoiding contact with the environment as much as possible. The majority of dangerous creatures there, like biting ants, snakes, centipedes, and caterpillars, will only bite you if you accidentally grab or trample them, or they feel you are directly chasing them. Again, strictly abiding by a non-touch policy will be of help. It is important that you always watch your hands and steps and thoroughly check the ground before sitting down if you want to rest. Also, you should always close your bag when you are not using it and put on long-sleeve clothing as well as proper shoes. Avoid shaking the young trees and vines, as there may be wasp or bee nests on them. Doing so may also cause the canopy to collapse, throwing stinging creatures on it right onto your head.
LONG-SLEEVE AND PROPER SHOES: In the tropics, in the jungle, it is a good idea to wear long-sleeved clothing to avoid stinging plants, sharp pandans, hairy caterpillars, and thorny rattans. Long sleeve clothing also protects us against limatik leeches and sand flies and mosquito bites.
While in the ocean, you can protect yourself from sunburn and stings of jellyfish and plankton by wearing long-sleeve swimwear. Also, water shoes will protect you against bites from poisonous ground creatures, like stone fishes, sting rays, and sea urchins, and they will also prevent you from being stung by anemones and corals.
SILENCE & RESPECT: You can only unveil the secrets of the rainforest by being silent. Although this may sound obvious, this is the most common mistake made by group hikers. You should try to hold your excitement and remain focused as you have not come this far to see only trees.
Respect is the ultimate tip for outdoor travelers. Nature has a lot to offer us and much to take from us. There is no cause for alarm, you only need to be careful and always abide by the instruction of your tour guide. Come in, enjoy with respect, and get back home safe and sound.
COVID-19: Following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, we continue to abide by the advice and recommendations from the local authorities and the World Health Organization (WHO).
We are closely monitoring the news about the COVID-19 outbreak and gathering all the relevant information from government agencies, medical authorities as well as verified sources, adhering strictly to protocols from material experts.