My friends Kikit and Dan went on Tao exploration off north Palawan. I was so envious!
My recent El Nido trip and island hopping was just a tiny fraction of what northern Palawan has to offer. There are still hundreds of islands and islets to explore! Unique with their own beaches to bum and jungles to seek out.
Palawan is getting famous that actors – be it national or international – head out to this paradise. When I was there, the guide I was with told me that days ago, they just noticed Sylvester Stallone in the airport. I wished I was there to see him in person. Then, I had a wishful thinking that I would experience Tao tours with a Hollywood artist, preferably a hot one. I read some of my blogger-friends who experienced celebrity cruises in Europe when they went backpacking. Lucky them.
Tao tours have two trips, one from Sabang to Puerto Princesa, and the other one is from El Nido to Coron. The first trip is a three-day/two-night expedition where you get to immerse with the local culture of the fisher-folks along the banks of the river. You’ll not only be exposed to the river, but to the inland rain forest as well. Then you get to explore Honda Bay and its many islands.
The second trip is more popular – a five day/four night exploration of Palawan’s northern islands and islets. Actually there’s also one starting off from Coron to El Nido. Your choice.
I spoke to a Spanish woman who was with me on our tour in El Nido and she mentioned she wanted do the Tao tours too. She told me that Tao tours is similar to UK’s Co-operative Travel as you get on this adventure with fellow travelers. For the Tao tours though, you are more free to do what you want. Everybody decides where to head out – be it a beach to bum, a jungle to trek, or just stay in the boat and go fishing. The boat leaves after you’ve taken your breakfast and head out to the open seas – generally towards the direction of your end point.
I don’t think this tour appears in any travel guide. Not even perhaps in Lonely Planet. It’s exclusively for Tao tours only.
So what am I doing to save up for this Tao tours? I have some savings tips:
- Cut down unnecessary expenditures. An example would be to stop going to movie houses or stop cigarette smoking.
- If there’s a cheaper brand, choose it. But of course, don’t compromise quality. Just compromise your pride, if you know what I mean.
- Limit eating in restaurants or fast food chains.
- Drink 3-in-1 coffee instead of Starbucks.
I think I’m running out of ideas. Perhaps you can help me how to save for my Tao trip?