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Our Story

It began as an adventure exploration on an old fishing boat on a 200km route in the remote villages of northern Palawan.

This long unplanned journey led us to live with many families and meet young islanders, harness solid relationships and connect as a community.

We started with home stay and offered unsuspecting travelers a raw experience of undiscovered islands hosted by our families.


In 2006 we formed a nomadic group of adventurers, business planners, boatmen, young fisherman and builders to develop a social enterprise with island communities as partners.

We named it Tao, which means human in our language.

The trips and adventures did not need advertising, news of this extraordinary journeys spread fast through word of mouth. Every year we grew, more families, women’s group and farmers but mostly young fishermen who witnessed the decline of their lifeline, fishing.

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Today, Tao is a community of over 200 islanders working with passion and a sense of pride, welcoming worldly travelers from all over the globe. Despite all the changes, we are here to stay, a working example of a resilient community.

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Explorers Wanted!

We invite you to experience the beauty of the Philippines through its people and culture.
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"Tao is perhaps the highlight of any trip to Palawan… Such a trip offers a rare opportunity to experience and interact with people and communities in the area, unmediated by the mass tourism industry."
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Choose Your Experience

Join us on a journey to discover the raw beauty of the Philippines.

Boat Expeditions

Choose a way to enjoy our 5 day journey through the island kingdom of Northern Palawan. It can be an action packed expedition, a slower paced sailing experience or half island stay/ half boat adventure.

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Island Retreat and Lodging

Unique beach accommodations in a special secluded setting. A nurturing experience in a beach farm in El Nido or escape away in a private island in Busuanga.

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What does TAO mean?

TAO MEANS HUMAN IN THE FILIPINO LANGUAGE.

We are your hosts, this is our home. Involving as many people as possible, Tao is an extended family, encouraging and empowering each other to use our inherent island skills to offer travellers a personal insight into life in a tropical archipelago.

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Tao Projects

We believe in a new social movement, a progress that accounts for a positive return to society. Through our research, education and examples, the Tao community aims to prove that there are many ways in which every Filipino can benefit and share in the opportunities that tourism brings.

BAMBOO ARCHITECTURE

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EDUCATION is the SOLUTION

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BUILDING A NATIVE SAILBOAT

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WOMEN'S ASSOCIATION

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RETURN TO NATURAL FARMING

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This journey is not for everyone.

Before applying to take part in this experience you [and everyone in your group] must understand that what Tao offers is not a tour or a hotel. This is a journey to the most remote islands in Palawan.

We love it, but we understand that it is not everyone's idea of a good time...

... is it yours?

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