SUP PALAWAN, PHILIPPINES 2020
DATE: 6-14 March 2020
DURATION: 9 days / 8 nights
This SUP tour of the Philippines always sells out as it’s ideal for solo travellers, couples, small groups of friends and adventure travellers seeking to get off the beaten path. SUP Wilderness Adventures has crafted a stand up paddle boarding holiday that takes in Palawan’s most iconic destinations from El Nido all the way to Coron Town.
Few destinations can hold a candle to the brilliance of Palawan. Located in the west of the Philippines, more than 1780 islands form an archipelago that stretches almost as far south as Borneo and north to the island of Mindoro.
With so many islands, comes a lot of coastline: 1200 miles (almost 2000 km)) in fact! Characterised by jelly blue lagoons, jungle rivers, hidden caves, and palm fringed white sand beaches, it all adds up to a paddle boarder’s paradise!
Nearly 11,000 square kilometres (more than 35% of the country's coral reefs), are found in Palawan, making the region an important one for marine conservation efforts. Sheer granite cliffs thrust skywards while the sea’s incessant ebb and flow gnaws at the base of limestone karst islets.
There's no doubting that Palawan is one of the most spectacular places in all of the Philippines and - if you believe the likes of CNN Traveler and Conde Nast - you'll be frolicking along some of the best beaches in the world.
IMPORTANT: This journey kicks off at full speed so we’re maximising time in each location. To ensure you are not suffering from jet lag and needing to sleep when we’re at play, please plan to arrive in Manila one to two days prior to the trip commencing if you have travelled on a long haul flight to join us on this adventure.
Early flight from Manila to El Nido. Full day boat and SUP exploration of El Nido’s famed Big or Small Lagoon and neighbouring islands. BBQ lunch included. Afternoon transfer to our resort, which is located to the north of El Nido. Sunset drinks on the beach followed by a Group Welcome dinner.
Breakfast at hotel, then free day to rest, relax and explore the incredible local surrounds. Afternoon trip to waterfall can be arranged for those wishing to do so, or simply chill in a hammock after a full body massage by the pool. Free evening.
Breakfast at hotel, then an early departure to explore El Nido’s less visited east coast reefs, islands and beaches by boat and paddleboard. Free evening on return.
Breakfast at hotel, then second day of snorkelling and paddle boarding. Weather will dictate if this will be spent exploring another part of the east coast, or paddling town a jungle river.
Boxed breakfast in the van as we transfer back to El Nido to catch the ferry transfer to Coron Town. Transfer to our hilltop retreat on arrival. The remainder of the day is yours to spend in the pool, paddle boarding to the beached wreck of a sea-plane, or getting a massage between cocktails. Free evening.
Breakfast at hotel, then paddle exploration of the mangrove forest and river. Afternoon visit to the village school at Conception to build a bottle top pathway with the children.
Breakfast at hotel, then full day boat trip to the westernmost extent of the country, where we will play Robinson Crusoe at Black Island. BBQ lunch on the beach between paddles and snorkelling, with swimming possible inside of a secret cave.
Breakfast at hotel before transferring to Coron Town for a full day of paddling Coron Island’s lagoons and lakes. Snorkelling and lake visits included. Hot Springs visit at sunset followed by a farewell dinner on the harbour front.
Breakfast at the hotel, chillax and pack before transferring to Busuanga airport for our afternoon flight back to Manila.
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Trip style: SUP travel, small group travel, soft adventure travel
Activities: stand up paddle boarding, snorkelling, scuba diving, swimming, island hopping, swimming, ship wrecks, beach combing, hammock time, sunset paddles, photography.
Group size: Min 4 pax/ Max 8 pax (incl trip leader)
Minimum age: 18 years
Fitness level: Moderate
International arrivals to/ from: Manila
Recommended airline: Cebu Pacific
In addition to your international flights, you will need to book the following domestic flights:
AirSwift T6-114 ETD 05:55 ETA 07:10 (approx USD126)
Coron (Busuanga) - Manila
Cebu Pacific DG6052 ETD 14:35 ETA 15:50 (approx USD64)
Au$3175/ USD2310 (BYO SUP)
Au$3375/ USD2460 (rent a SUP)
A 20% non-refundable deposit is required to secure your place. All participants must first speak with us prior to any booking requests being accepted.
ACCOMMODATION (twin share)
FOOD & BEVERAGES
8 x breakfasts
3x BBQ lunches
Stand up paddle boarding at coastal bays and beaches
Snorkelling coral reefs and fresh water lakes
One full day island hopping and lagoon paddling in El Nido
One full day west coast island and reef boat/ SUP exploration
Jungle or coastal paddle
Full day SUP exploration of Coron Island
Full day boat trip with SUPs to Black Island
Thermal springs visit
Village visit/ bottle top project
One hour full body massage
ALand & airport transfers in Busuanga and El Nido
Inter-island ferry ticket
NB: SUP BOARDS
Boards, leg ropes, and life vests are provided at no extra cost but feel free to BYO if you prefer.
FEES & TAXES
Marine, island, sea port and entrance fees
Local crew & drivers
English speaking group leader
SUP Wilderness Adventures t-shirt & cap
SUP Wilderness Adventures comfort pack
International flights, domestic PI flights & departure taxes
Travel medicine & insurance
Food & beverages (where not stated)