Destinations: El Nido Luxury Kayaking
El Nido – Copyright © Lee Goldman
Blue Horizons Travel and Tours are pleased to introduce a new and unique product in the Philippines – luxury kayaking tours of the El Nido and Bacuit Bay area, Palawan. The kayaking safaris are set in one of the most beautiful parts of Asia, where sheer karst rock formations drop down into the deep blue surrounding waters. Stunning white beaches and coves compete with mangroves, jungle and spectacular reefs and corals for attention. The best way to discover these unexplored islands is in small group kayaking tours where guests spend their days kayaking, snorkelling, photographing and learning more about the environment. This is a fantastic opportunity to visit the area and interact with the outstanding bio-diversity including rare and unusual marine life, flora and flora and of course the local geology.
Day 1: Arrive in El Nido airport where the guide will meet you with transportation to the town of El Nido. Transfer to the campsite on Miniloc via banca. Late lunch followed by orientation paddle to Simuzu Island, with the opportunity to snorkel around the island’s shallow reef flat. Overnight camping in this stunning location.
Day 2: Miniloc Island offers so much to see that the entire day will be spent exploring the hidden lagoons and fantastic reefs around the island. Our morning will be spent in Big and Small Lagoons where we will kayak and snorkel inside the picture-perfect bays. In the afternoon we paddle to Tres Marias and then continue to South Miniloc for an afternoon snorkel. Return to camp for sunset.
Day 3: We begin the morning with a banca cruise to the western-most islands in Bacuit Bay, the Guntao Islands. There we will snorkel in Guntao Channel, a large shallow sand bed with huge coral bommies strewn about. Each bommie contains hundreds of species of coral and equal numbers of fish. We head into Tapiutan Strait for lunch, but stop first at an area called 'The Shrine'. Built in 1985 by the Philippine National Church, it serves to show appreciation to the wonder and beauty of El Nido. After lunch we visit Secret Beach, a beach besides a small marine lake with fascinating marine life, and then head to our final destination, South Miniloc. Here we drift snorkel along shallow reef flats and vertical drop-offs. Return to a newly-pitched campsite at Seven Commandos beach. There is unlimited kayaking potential in front of Seven Commandos beach.
Day 4: In the morning, we transfer to Aberrawan River via banca for a mangrove kayak tour. After the kayaking our boat transports us from the mouth of the river to Pinisil Cave for snorkeling and more paddling. Our lunch will be served on a beach near Cudegnon Cave, with a visit to the cave before kayaking to Vigan Island. Our boat will meet us there and transport us to Pangulasian for afternoon snorkel. Return to camp for sunset. There is the opportunity for night snorkeling or moonlight paddling at Seven Commandos.
Day 5: We begin the day with a morning snorkel at one of the best snorkeling sites in El Nido, Seven Commandos. After breakfast, we head via banca to Cadlao Island. Beginning at the beaches on the northwest side, we paddle south to Cadlao Lagoon, also a fantastic snorkeling site. After lunch we return to El Nido town for your onward flight or optional extension of stay.
Your Professional Guide
These tours have been developed in conjunction with Marine Biologist and Professional Guide Mr Lee Goldman. Lee has a Masters Degree in Marine Biology and unrivalled experience in providing exclusive water based tours of tropical regions. Lee brings unparalleled enthusiasm, knowledge and attention to detail to the tours and is widely recognised as an expert in the field.
Safari Tour Dates
These ae the scheduled tour dates for 2008-2009:
Packages last updated: 14th January 2009, 3:00pm (Manila time)
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