The majority of my short time in The Philippines was spent on a Tao Philippines expedition between El Nido and Coron. This company, founded by two friends, one British, the other American, is the only company that does ‘tours’ through the archipelago in northern Palawan between El Nido and Coron. While being relaxing (the majority of each day consists of soaking up the sun onboard the boat), the trips also give you an insight into the everyday life of local Filipinos, allow you to snorkel the beautiful coral reefs and WWII Japanese shipwrecks, each delicious local foods and just soak in the atmosphere of the island lifestyle. Tao Philippines also donates part of the money you pay for the trip to local communities, assisting with schools, educating locals and even helping in the typhoon relief.
The first day we set out early in the morning, about 8am, from the Tao House in El Nido. We quickly got to know of fellow travellers (15 in total) and the crew on the boat. During the first day, we left from Papaya Beach in El Nido, snorkelled at Tapiutan and swam out to Nacpan Beach. The evening was spent at The Farm (a camp and farm set up by Tao Philippines, employing local people and teaching them agriculture). Here we received a free massage (subsides by Tao) from the local women and spent out first night in little huts, only a few metres from the beach.