Sail with us in Palawan's breathtaking archipelago,
island hopping through untouched nature on a 73-foot-long trimaran sailboat.
If you haven’t experienced the magic behind the expression “It’s more fun in the Philippines” then you are in for a once in a lifetime treat. The Palawan archipelago is an unspoiled paradise unmatched in its beauty. It is so remote, we will have it almost all to ourselves as we sail from one island camp to another in a private trimaran sailboat.
Reconnect with nature and embrace the simple island life. We’ll explore empty beaches, hidden caves and caverns, and swim in gorgeous green water set against dramatic limestone cliffs.
Each day the crew will prepare fresh-caught fish and natural veggies grown on their local island farm. Vegetarian and vegan options are available.
Each evening we’ll come together for big group dinners and celebrate being in the middle of the ocean together under the stars.
Whether you are a pro photographer or just enjoy taking cool shots with your phone/GoPro, our Matador photo instructors will work with you during informal photo walks and mini-workshops to take your personal travel photography to another level.
Our professional in-house filmmaker will be documenting our adventure on a daily basis, and we will give you the video of this trip so that you can relive the adventure courtesy of us.
We curate groups of like-minded adventurers for the perfect vibe. Bring your friends and make new ones on this epic adventure.
We aim to travel as consciously as possible. Our boat supports local communities, women’s initiatives, and farms.
The Paraw can accommodate up to 19 guests, 4 Matador staff, and 10 local crew members.
In El Nido/Coron, you can choose from a wide variety of luxury and basic hotel accommodations before and after the trip. On the island journey, we’ll be staying in local style huts on the beach set up for 1-2 people. Mosquito nets and bedding are provided.
No sailing experience necessary. We encourage a wide mix of people, from old-time adventurers to short-break professionals to first-time travelers – they all contribute to a memorable experience. There is no upper age limit – all you need is an adventurous spirit and ability to swim. Unfortunately, this trip is not suitable for travelers under 14.
This vessel is truly unique. Adorned with tribal carvings, it is a revival of an almost forgotten Filipino maritime culture. The design consists of two outriggers with no deep keel and dates back more than 1,000 years.
Our boat captain, Gener, whose father and grandfather were both sailors, is the originator of the Paraw project aimed at reviving ancient sailing practices. “A return to sailing makes sense – our marine environment is under threat and fuel prices are rising. Learning to sail again will help Palaweños escape dependence on gasoline and diesel while, at the same time, fostering a deeper understanding and respect for the sea.”
Departure for the 4/24-28 trip is at 8:30 am at the Coron port/pier. The trip concludes by 5:00 pm at the El Nido port/pier.
Departure for the 5/1-5 trip is at 8:30 am at the El Nido port/pier. The trip concludes by 5:00 pm at the Coron port/pier.
We can help recommend flights from major travel hubs. Please note to arrive in Coron (USU airport code) or El Nido (ENI airport code) most international flights transfer through either Manila (MNL) or Cebu City (CEB). You must be in your departure destination the evening before your trip departs, and always allow for extra time to account for unknown travel delays.
This 5-day island hopping tour is designed to capture the carefree, spontaneous nature of Filipino island life. Each day will bring unique activities and sights that are a reflection of the weather patterns and the interests of the group on-board. A sample itinerary would look something like this:
The sailing will be done by our local Philippines crew of 10
Scott Sporleder, Matador’s long-time Creative Director, has spent over 10 years shooting and directing photo and video projects, as well as award-winning original films, all over the world. He will lead fun and inspiring workshops in travel photography and filmmaking that show how each journey can become a story.
Before applying to take part in this experience, it’s important to understand that this is not a tour or a luxury travel experience. This is a trip to the most remote islands in Palawan.
if you can take on these challenges with us, then welcome to one of the greatest experiences of your life!
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