Robinson Crusoe in the Islands of Palawan
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Philippines - Robinson Crusoe in the Islands of Palawan
During 10 days and 10 nights, you will experience one of the most beautiful places on Earth!
In a well-preserved environment, in the heart of an archipelago know all over the World for the beauty of its seabed and heavenly islands, you will live in a breathtaking setting out of the ordinary. You will receive training to survival techniques in an uninhabited island, and sleep four nights in bivouacs, amidst turquoise waters, caves, vines, moss, sounds of the jungle, … A stunning adventure!
Arrival at the end of the World - Welcoming at “Z Hostel” in the center of Manila. Night the hotel (diner not included).
Transfer to Manila airport for snacks at the VIP lodge. Flight to El Nido, on the island of Palawan, elected the most beautiful island of the World. Landing is in the middle of the palaweno jungle, with a breathtaking sight on the bay. Astonishing sunset guarantied!
Night in El Nido in a guesthouse.
Day 3 - Landing after the landing…
Day off. For this relaxation themed day, we suggest the beach of Las Cabanas. You can eat on site, this huge “swimming pool” with bar and refreshments, only 15 minutes from El Nido, offers superb displays, as much during the daytime as when sunset comes. It is quite frequent to see a few turtles heading out the water! You can also visit El Nido, the Bay of Caalan, the “village in the village” and the fishermen’s district at Kabixin by the cliffs and the harbor, a place mostly ignored by tourists.
Night in El Nido in a guesthouse.
Day 4 - Total immersion…
Breakfast at the guesthouse. Briefing on survival basic techniques (what is a survival situation?), priorities, dangers, goals, etc. Start of the survival training on the desert island. Vic Explorer, our Bangka, will drift through currents and tides and will drop you on an island where no tourist has set foot, where the environment is perfect for our activities. You will choose a site for the bivouac. The survival will organize itself on a beach where time has stopped. Division of tasks. Initiation to making bivouac in Wilderness, starting of a fire using primitive techniques without lighter or matches, making of plates and cutlery out of bamboo, cooking in bamboo, observation of flora, management of stress, foraging, firewood cooking, etc. Evening and night in bivouac with the help of our experts.
Day 5 - Total immersion, what happens next…
Continuation of the survival challenge on the desert island, identification of animal tracks, distillation of water, foraging for food, making of a shower,…
Course on a few hunting techniques and laying of traps. Evening and night in bivouac.
Day 6 - Total immersion, what happens next…
Continuation of the survival challenge on the desert island, you will now challenge your new skills in full-scale test! You’ll fish by hands or with homemade harpoons. You’ll learn how to use a machete. We’ll make primitive fire, prepare diner,… a wonderful night to be expected! Evening and night in bivouac.
Day 7 - Total immersion, … it’s drawing to an end…
Continuation of the survival challenge on the desert island, you will make your own fishery! After such a time on the island you will understand the full extent of the training, and will have became a real Robinson Crusoe! The day goes with routines of taking care of water, food and shelter, and the techniques get an interesting impression of familiarity. That last night on the desert island will be an opportunity for debrief and assessment, and maybe a little bit of reminiscence. Evening and night in bivouac.
Day 8 and 9 - Bacuit Bay Expedition…
Extraction: the Vic Explorer will come pick you up. After breakfast will have been served to you, starts a VIP expedition in the heart of the archipelago of Bacuit. Your Bangka will flow from island to island for two days and a one night. In full luxury, all you need is on board the Bangka. Sun-heated showers, pop-up tents, inflatable mattresses, sheets, drinkable water, 3 meals a day, a minibar and even Wi-Fi. A thoughtful staff will cook for you and guide you through El Nido’s sugar loafs.
From one beach to another, you’ll sunbath, snorkel, enjoy seabed’s landscapes, glimpse on a turtle or a clownfish, or simply admire the amazing underwater flora. Two kayaks are also available. Night of the ninth’s day will be spent in a guesthouse at El Nido.
Transfer to Manila. Night at “Z hostel” amidst skyscrapers (diner not included).
Transfer to the airport for your flight back home.
- Sleeping bag
- Trekking gear (shoes, pants, warm sweater)
- A pair of flip-flops
- A pair of extra socks
- Poncho or raincoat
- Bug net
- Garbage bag
- Organic soap and towel
- Camera and Go-Pro are allowed
- Phone and camcorder not allowed
We can rent you specific equipment that you don’t want to buy
- All local transports and transfers
- All accommodations, hotel, guesthouse, bivouac, camping
- The Vic Explorer Bangka and its crew for days 4, 8 & 9.
- All training costs on the desert island.
- A survival expert (specialized on tropical waters) during the whole training
- Another 1 or 2 local community crewmember(s) during the VIP expedition
- Expedition “all inclusive” of 2 days / 1 night in the Bacuit Archipelago
- All taxes and permits
- Swimming fins, diving goggles, snorkel and life jacket.
- 24h assistance
The trip includes
- International flights, airport taxes and overweight luggage
- Drinks, tips and personal expenses
- Personal insurance
- Meals of days 1, 2, 3 and 9 (evening), 10 and 11.
Equipment to prepare for the training
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Wow !! (friends will laugh) What an experience !! You come back changed! I learned a lot about myself, tapping on my own reserves, taking care of others, nobody knew each other at the start, to finally become a welded and united group. We shared so many beautiful things, unique moments in one life !! Thanks to Nadia and Denis (from who we’ve learnt a lot and who is a nice person)! Personally it's been a long time that I wanted to do one of these survival courses and I realized a dream!