Coron to El Nido 4D3N
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1. About the Expedition
Big Dream Boatman was started out of a frustration of the 'day trip' culture and the mass tourism approach, both of these things we aim to avoid during this expedition.
BDBM is a chance to truly embrace island life, make friends and explore, without the feeling of really being a tourist.
Introduced by popular demand this particular expedition takes you from Coron to El Nido over 3 nights and 4 days. Up to 16 travellers join the newly built BDBM banka boat and the passionate crew to make the adventure crossing exploring the remote islands of Palawan.
Its a chance to experience true island life, snorkelling and eating fresh food. Maybe you will try freediving, cliff jumping, or spearfishing. Or maybe just take it easy and try stand up paddle. It's really up to you, if you want more or less adventure you take it as it comes - it's all good.
Come sunset you'll be stopping each night on an island to watch the magical Palawan skies before sleeping with the stars. This trip is more intense than Coron Island Life (Coron to Coron) as we have further to travel so its ideal for those who are a bit more adventurous or those who may have less time in Palawan and want to maximise each day.
2. Who is it for?
This trip is ideal for those with an adventurous spirit and an open mind. People who are looking for real experiences when they travel and to meet like minded people. While there is no upper age limit we request you to be at least 14 years of age and physically healthy.
3. Why travel with Big Dream Boatman?
In our opinion what makes us most special is our people. Big Dream Boatman is like a family, one you become a part of the second you step on the boat. As beautiful as Palawan is we believe the best memories come from sharing it with great people. BDBM just seems to attract great people both as crew and guest. In addition to this, we we ranked number 1 on Trip Advisor in 2018/19 Season and have had quite a long list of notable names recommend us. We also have no hidden fees.
4. When is good to go & itinerary?
We run our expeditions from mid-October until July and expect all expeditions to run during these times. The best chance of perfect weather is January-April.
We don't operate in July-September due to monsoon season. There is no set itinerary for these trips as our experience shows it is better to leave it open, however if you have specific questions about destinations you can contact us.
We can tell you that we will likely visit a couple of the Coron Highlights including Kayangan Lake and Twin Lagoon, however we primarily avoid the others in Coron and El Nido, so if you wish to see these we advise arranging a day trip once you get either side, as we do focus on more of the remote, unexplored and beautiful sights on the route.
5. Prices, Payment & Inclusions
The price for this expedition ranges from 29,000 - 32,000 PHP depending on month of travel and availability. Our payment terms are 50% online deposit (refundable 1 month until trip) and then 50% paid in cash on arrival of your trip. The payment includes meals, drinks (including alcohol), towels, masks/snorkel, and 3 nights island style accommodations (cottages and camping).
The only additional payment required is a 200 PHP tourism fee. We send you an expedition preparation document with more info and tips of what to bring etc.
Because the islands we visit are remote they do not have features such as hot running water or advanced sewage.
The cottages are very simple, bamboo built with a simple mattress, mosquito net and fan. Some of them have multiple beds in so if you are a group of friends or solo travellers you are likely to share if the trip is full (only happens during peak season.)
For shower and toilet there is fresh water and manual flush, again very simple but always clean and safe.
There is no air conditioning or deluxe bedding. All of the accommodations are built into the sand, you wake up to the sounds of the sea and there is very little electricity on the islands that the sky is full of stars.
The islands do have enough electricity to charge your phones, most of the time (although there can be power outages).
For the camping aspect of the trip, we provide the tents, small mattress, pillow and set up. Again these will be put in the sand, next to the ocean.
We have been running these expeditions for a couple of years now and have all sorts of guests come and experience, generally, people love the natural and simple aspect of the sleeping arrangements it's well worth the compromise on comfort for the overall experience but it is important to set your expectation and for you to decide if you can 'rough it' for a few days.
7. Additional Information
The trip starts at 10am on the first day and finishes at 5pm on the last day. When you book we send you more info around the meeting point, your dietary requirements, special requests etc. If you have any questions or require additional information please don't hesitate to contact us.
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