Our Private trips are for families, small or large groups of friends looking for a unique adventure aboard their own boat.
On Our Open Group Expeditions you will join other adventure traveler of all ages. This trip is suitable for travelers of all ages.
You will first need to ‘check-in’ at an organized meeting place. We are completely mobile with out a physical office hence, a representative will assist you at a designated location the day before you depart. A team briefing will be conducted. During check-in, you must pay the balance with our representative to settle all accounts before boarding the boat. Please bring a copy of your deposit confirmation. It is possible there may not be any electricity to check your confirmation- after which will be the time for you to discuss any requests, issues or concerns.If anyone misses the expedition departure we will arrange a local shuttle boat so you can catch up. This costs about php5,000 to php10,000.
Packing List & Luggage
We recommend a 30 liter water proof pack for your daily essentials. This will be your daily bag which you can resupply from your main baggage which will be packed out of the way on the boat. Please try to pack light.
Waterproof pack essentials:
• Sun protection (i.e. hat, sun screen, sunglasses and rash guard).
• Nalgene/ water container
• Toiletries (i.e. toothbrush, toothpaste, soap and small hand towel)
• Head lamp
• Second set of clothes and swimwear.
• Protection from insects and mosquitoes (i.e. Lightweight long sleeves shirt and trousers and insect repellant.)
• Thongs, Tevas or reef shoes.
• Camera and a good book
• A lightweight rain jacket
Luggage & Storage
We recommend you pack light although we have no baggage restrictions. Laptop and electronics should be stored in a water proof dry bag and hard case containers to protect them.
We provide everyone with their own tent, if preferred. Sometimes we have local Nipa huts or you can sleep out under the stars or on the deck of the boat-weather permitting. Every evening we anchor and set up camp. We provide everyone with fresh sheets and pillows. If you have any sleeping requirement please let us know beforehand.
Toilets & Showers
Our vessel has a common head (toilet) found on most local pump boats. You will find simple type toilets on the island with a bucket flush. Toilet paper is provided. We provide fresh water bucket showers at camping locations along the way.
Electricity and Charging Batteries
We have a battery charging system on board for charging USB plug in devices,. There is no electricity on the Islands so do not expect any charging there. Also, headlamps will be very helpful especially at night, so do not forget to bring them!
Our expeditions do not include alcoholic drinks in the price. However, you can purchase beer and spirits and bring them on board. We will provide a cooler with ice to keep your drinks cold. Please feel free to bring along whatever alcoholic drinks you like.
For most passports a visa is not required for a stay of up to 21 days. Traveler must be in possession of a passport valid for 6 months beyond stay and a round-trip airline ticket, although, visa requirements vary. Please contact the Philippine Embassy in your country.
Please feel free to call us if you need help answering any questions whatsoever. Our Office number is: +63 9150918102
All travelers must have their own Travel Insurance. Remember that you will be traveling in a remote island. You should get a travel-insurance policy that cover loss and medical problems, missed and Scheduled Airline Failure connection, theft, and dangerous activities.
Founded in Safety from our inspection- Our professionalism and safety record is unsurpassed in the Philippines. With an expedition organizer constantly in control of all clients and team members, at all times, we ensure that hazards are constantly assessed and avoided. Our decisions and methods are supported by contingency plans that take as many aspects of the expedition into account. Palawan Isles also has a dedicated Emergency Medical Technician and certified Health and Safety Supervisor as part of their team.
Over the years Palawan Isles has remained at the forefront of development for safety and comfort for our expedition members, and this will continue in the future.
Weather determines where we go, when we do the expedition and if we do any expedition trip at all. We closely monitor the weather at all times and advise our team daily on the forecast.
There are two main seasons in the Philippines, ‘Amihan’- North East monsoon brings the dry season and it runs from October to May- this is our high season. The ‘Habagat’- South West monsoon brings the rainy season and it runs from June to September, so expect some rainy days if you are travelling during these months. We run our trips all year round, both during dry season and rainy season. However, dry season is more popular season for both local and international visitors who wish to enjoy the tropical weather of the Philippines. Nevertheless, the rainy season offers a different kind of adventure with its sporadic rains, thunderstorms and even sunny days at times! Safety and Security in the Region
We cook both Filipino and International dishes. Seafood is a big part of our menu which we buy along the way from the locals. We also serve vegetables and fruits. We have plenty of snacks and treats onboard. We provide drinking water, coffee,hot chocolate, tea and juice. If you are a vegetarian or have any special dietary requirements, please let us know so we can accommodate you.
Swimming and Snorkeling
The ocean is a big part of our trip so swimming and water sports are natural activities involved. If you are not a strong swimmer or not a swimmer at all, please let us know, so we can make you trip as safe and as comfortable as possible.
We highly recommend all travelers must have their own Travel Insurance. Remember that you will be traveling in a remote island. You should get a travel-insurance policy that cover loss and medical problems, missed and Scheduled Airline Failure connection, theft, and dangerous activities.
To join an expedition, you need to fill out the application form on your chosen trip.
We live out in the fields ,often we don’t have signal and are very busy, so please take the time to read our ‘ INFORMATION’ section in full so that we do not have to re write on our correspondence with you about the information in this section.
If you have a question that is not answered here then you can send an e mail to [email protected] We work mostly off the grid out on the islands. Electricity, internet and phone signals are not readily or sometimes unavailable so we may be delayed in responding back on your emails and queries. Emails can take up to 5 days. Patience is a virtue during these times. Thank you!
Payments & Cash
We require a 50% deposit to confirm your reservation.To confirm we will send you an invoice to make a 50% deposit. This is payable by PayPal or Bank Transfer. The remaining balance plus any transfer fees can be paid via PayPal or bank transfer within 3 to 5 working days before the scheduled departure, otherwise it must be paid via cash in Philippine Peso a day before the departure. All dues must be paid before boarding the boat.
You do not need to be registered with PayPal to pay your deposit. Instructions on how to pay without a PayPal account are given once you click pay now!
Your deposit guarantees you have read all of the information sections on the website. The ‘INFORMATION’ section has all the details that you need. Please make sure that you have read the information provided in our website. We will not answer any e-mail inquiries that are already answered on our website.
To avoid bringing bulk of cash when you travel you might want to pay your remaining balance in advance. Also cash can become difficult to access as it is limited in Palawan.
Cancellations & refund Policies
Cancellations are only caused by severe weather warning, i.e.; tropical depressions and or typhoon. Any cancellation due to weather will be rescheduled in the next day/s. We do not refund when we re schedule. If you cancel a trip we will not remit your 50% deposit if notice given is less than 30 days before your trip is scheduled to leave. We only issue refund if we cancel the trip. We will not refund any amount if you cancel 3 days before your scheduled departure or during the trip itself.
PALAWAN ISLES reserves the right to change or amend it\s policy/ies at any time.
OUR EXPEDITIONS EXPLORE THE RAW AND REMOTE ISLANDS BETWEEN EL NIDO AND CORON. THEY ARE AWESOME YET THEY ARE NOT FOR EVERYONE! If you are the type who believes what makes a difference between an ordeal from adventure is one’s attitude, then this trip might be for you. This is an Expedition, not a tour… you will camp on islands, you may be bitten by mosquitoes and other insects, you may get wet from the rain while camping or traveling on the boat, boat engines may break down, the seas will not be calm and smooth at all times but your safety will always be prioritized. The expedition may be easy or it may be uncomfortable or even hard sometimes.
Before applying to take part in our expedition you must understand that what we offer is not a tour or a hotel.
Palawan Isles understand that what we do and offer is difficult and can be at times out of the comfort zone of some individuals. A place of the unknown and the unexpected. This is the lifestyle of the men and women of Palawan Isles and as much as they love it, they understand that it is not for everyone. We do not guarantee a nice relaxing time, in fact, we do not guarantee anything. We just provide all the tools to explore this awesome archipelago. & In the end … YOU and your adventurous spirit are the deciding factors!