TAO EXPEDITION Day 3: Cliff Jumping & Guinto Base Camp (A Photo Essay) @TaoPhilippines

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Day 3 was highlighted by cliff jumping, the best lunch ever, and an isolated base camp. Here’s a photo essay of our Day 3 Tao Expedition experience…

Mornings at Buluang Base Camp

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Buluang sunrise.

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Morning beach scene.

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Sleeping huts.

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I love waking up to awesome beach mornings.

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Buluang base camp breakfast.

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Tortang talong.

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Cucumber and tomato.

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Fresh Pineapple, banana, and watermelon.

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There’s no set schedule. We go when everyone is ready.

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We were all a bit tired after a morning game of basketball between us guests and the crew.

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Banana-cue for the morning merienda.

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We stopped over at Alava Fishing Village to buy some fish and snorkel while we waited. 

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Fresh catch of the day. 🙂

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2nd stop was a snorkeling spot near Dimanlot Island, owned by a German with a Filipina wife.

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The water is clear, and the corals are worth seeing.

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Finally, our lunch stop was a Cliff Diving Spot in Linipacan!

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Imagine swimming towards the cliff, climbing up the rocks to the top, and then jumping 25 feet down into the water!

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We stopped near the Linapacan caves. This is one of the most awesome adventure stops of our Tao Expedition.

Check out the video of the cliff jumping action during our expedition.

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After cliff jumping, we ate lunch on board the ship, with a view of the beautiful rocks and caves at Linapacan Island.

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This is the best Tao Expedition lunch we had throughout the trip–Fresh Crabs!

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Salad of mango, pineapple, and singkamas (turnip).

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The crabs paired deliciously with their signature soy and vinegar sauce!

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We also stopped by the ice plant to buy some ice, to keep the fish fresh throughout our journey.

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We met with the #TaoExpedition group on board Aira Mae, traveling from El Nido to Coron.

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We played Tumbang Frisbee with the other boat’s guests on Cagdanao Island in Linapacan.

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It turned out to be a rough game since everyone was competitive.

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Meet the Aira Mae Tao Expedition team.

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Meet our Aurora Una Tao Expedition group: 2 FilAms, 2 Americans, 1 German, 1 Brit, and 1 Filipino. 

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We sailed into the sunset on our way to the base camp.

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The best time to take Sunset portraits. 🙂

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Beautiful sunset scene as we wound down and prepared to camp for the night.

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We arrived at the Guinto Island base camp in Linapacan. 

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There’s no electricity…

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…and no water supply… 

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…but it has beautiful huts with an awesome view of the sea.

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The best part of the day–watching the beautiful Palawan sunset…

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…over ice cold San Miguel Beer!

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Tao Sundowner anyone?

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Dinner was equally awesome…

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Grilled big jack fish.

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Adobong white gourd (upo).

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Kalamansi cabbage.

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Filipino Food is island food made from the fresh catch of the day, and fresh fruits and vegetables from the market. 

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Best eaten on the beach while having awesome conversations.

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A bonfire bonding session to end the night…

to be continued…

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Tao Expeditions has been described as ‘One of the most pioneering cultural eco-tourism projects in the Philippines’. It is a journey to the most remote region in Palawan to discover a tropical archipelago of hundreds of paradise islands, inaccessible to independent travelers through its remoteness and lack of tourist infrastructure.

Email: info@taophilippines.com
Emergency Contact Numbers: +63 908 874 9075 or +63 998 411 3576 
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Twitter: @TaoPhilippines

Coron Tao Office: Don Pedro St. Coron town (in front of Sea Dive resort). 
El Nido Tao Office: Serena St. El Nido town. 

Tao Expedition Fee (2015 Season): P25,000 for regular 5 days/4 nights per person 

50% Deposit due to secure booking : 12,500PHP

What’s included?

  • The journey with us onboard.
  • All meals, snacks, and refreshments.
  • Your overnight accommodation at Tao base-camps or in the islands.
  • Fees and environmental tax in islands and nature reserve.
  • Equipment: Mask and Snorkel (no Fins).
  • Local fishing gears (drop line and line trawling).
  • Kayaks. 

Not included: 

  • Accommodation before or after the trip with us.
  • Transportation to and from the meeting point.
  • Towels.
  • Alcoholic drinks.
  • Fins for snorkeling.
  • El Nido Tourism Development Tax (P200) in your stay in El Nido.

Click here to check the ‘Open Group Expedition’ schedule.


Here’s the map of the expedition: Tao Expedition Map

Related Blog Posts:
Tao Philippines Expedition Series (2014)

Apulit Island Resort Experience (2011):

Coron, Busuanga Experience (2008):

El Nido Palawan Adventure (2006):

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Disclosure: I paid for my Tao Philippines Expedition and I’m not connected in any way with Tao Philippines. I wrote this article with my own biases, opinions, and insights. Read Our Awesome Planet Complete Disclosure Policy here.  

P.S. Bring a book that will accompany you throughout the expedition. 

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3 thoughts on “TAO EXPEDITION Day 3: Cliff Jumping & Guinto Base Camp (A Photo Essay) @TaoPhilippines

  1. Great post I love the visual format of the post. If a picture paints a thousand words then how many does a video paint. Great video. The photos and video truly fired the imagination and allowed me to feel a part of the adventure.

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