The Paraw

The BALATIK (“constellation of Orion” in Hiligaynon, a language in the Western Visayas region) is our 74-foot long traditional paraw. The vessel, adorned with tribal carvings, has two outriggers and no deep keel — a design patterned after the cargo and passenger boats that navigated shallow reefs between Philippine islands over 1000 years ago. It took us two years and the shared knowledge of historians, craftsmen, and sailors to take this boat from our memories and back to the sea.

Design

“Finding men to build the boat had been the initial hurdle. There were no blueprints or diagrams. Knowledge of boat-making was passed down from generation to generation, so they searched the Philippines to find three master carpenters who still remembered the traditional structure. After two years of research and building...they fulfilled their dream and successfully launched the largest paraw in the Philippines.” - The Guardian

Tribal Carvings

Precolonial Philippine beliefs were animist, so building boats with timber often came with various rituals. Ancient boats were given anito (guardian spirits) and carved with tribal symbolisms. The Balatik is made of five different kinds of wood and was blessed by a tribal leader before its maiden voyage.

Sailing into the Future

“A return to sailing makes sense – our marine environment is threatened by overfishing 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. Projects like this may lean heavily on past knowledge, but they are very much the future. Global society has lusted after technology and ‘progress’ for decades, at the expense of natural resources and quality of life. Now people are tentatively reversing back out of the cul-de-sac. This project is as political as it is environmental; it hands back knowledge, independence and power to ordinary people.” - Gener Paduga, native Cuyonon and engineer of the Paraw Project.

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One-Day Private Charter

Paraw VoyageEl Nido Bacuit Bay and Daracouton Bay

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    Two-Day Private Charter

    Paraw VoyageEl Nido Bacuit Bay and Daracouton Bay

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    What's included
    • 2 days of boat travel with 1 night at our basecamps
    • Freshly prepared meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks)
    • Beverages (water, coffee, tea)
    • Kayaks and snorkels (no fins)
    • Raw nature and island life

    Normal

    650

    Peak

    750

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    Three-Day Private Charter

    Paraw VoyageEl Nido Bacuit Bay and Daracouton Bay

    Details and Prices

    What's included
    • 3 days of boat travel with 2 night at our basecamps
    • Freshly prepared meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks)
    • Beverages (water, coffee, tea)
    • Kayaks and snorkels (no fins)
    • Raw nature and island life
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    What’s NOT included?

    • Transportation and accommodation before and after the trip
    • Towels and toiletries
    • Perfect weather
    • Cashless Bracelet Credit
      We use a cashless bracelet system for drinks from the bar, massages, community products, and merchandise. You will receive your bracelet and can load it up before boarding your boat. We recommend you load 50 USD. We refund what you don’t consume.
    • Payment transfer fees
    • Tips for the crew

    Who is this trip for?

    The Paraw Voyage is a social experience for like-minded travelers. We don’t mean people who think the same things, but think the same way. We welcome adventurous travelers looking to disconnect from the noise of the modern world, reconnect with nature, and be inspired by new perspectives.

    Each experience group has a wide mix of ages, nationalities, and backgrounds to make for an interesting, diverse, and vibrant atmosphere on-board and in the basecamps.

    The minimum age for joiners of this experience is 14. There is no upper age limit.

    All guests should be comfortable in the water as swimming is a big part of the experience. However, our crew are happy to help travelers worried about their physical capabilities.

    What time of year is good to visit?

    There are two main seasons in the Philippines, ‘Amihan’ (Northeastern Winds) bring the dry season from October to May. This is our high season. ‘Habagat’ (Southwestern Winds) bring the rainy season from June to September. Expect some rainy days and trip reschedules if you are travelling during Habagat months. Read more (hyperlink to weather section in Travel Info).

    The Paraw is dry-docked from July to September every year so no Paraw trips are available during these months.

    Packing List

    • Clothes for the day (swimwear for getting in and out of the water, shorts, t-shirts and tank tops) and night (light trousers and long sleeves to minimise insect bites)
    • Sun protection (sunblock, hats, sunglasses)
    • Wash kit (soap, shampoo, toothbrush and toothpaste)
    • Insect repellent
    • Bath towels
    • Sarong (day/beach towels) for drying up, lounging, and wrapping around your head as additional sun protection
    • Reusable water bottle (no plastic bottles allowed on board – if you don’t want to invest then ask for an empty rum bottle)
    • Sandals/Flip flops and Reef shoes (you might need trek shoes in some parts too)
    • Flashlights/headlamps for getting around in the dark
    • Rash guard to guard against…rashes, the sun, and jellyfish stings
    • Other small things you may want or need: fins, camera (but be careful with salt water damage; we recommend an extra dry bag for electronics), a book, a journal, an open mind, a good attitude, a sunny disposition….

    Departure and Arrival

    El Nido – Coron
    • DEPARTURE TIME: 8:00AM, Tao Office El Nido
    • ARRIVAL TIME: 5:00PM, Coron Port
    Coron – El Nido
    • DEPARTURE TIME: 8:00AM, Tao Office, Coron
    • ARRIVAL TIME: 5:00PM, Tao Office El Nido

    Guests are required to check in at the Tao Office at their starting point any day before their trip. Our offices are open from 8:00 to 20:00 everyday.