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The Wanderwalkers

The Wanderwalkers started out as a group of backpackers in our own land, discovering the off-the-beaten paths in the Philippines. Most of the time we keep the place a secret, but there are times we cannot help but share a place we discovered to fellow adventurers looking for non-touristy destinations. 

When we discovered Balabac, we were the only ones visiting the islands at that time. Our initial reaction is to keep coming back and keeping it a secret. However, there are two things that made us decide to bring other travelers here:
1. Our local friends from one of the islands (our campsite). Their source of income is primarily fishing. They can accommodate tourists, but because of the lack of internet, there was no way they can do marketing and get more visitors. 

2. Other travelers to Balabac has blogged and the beauty of our secret paradise is inevitably being known already by locals or foreigners. Sooner or later, Balabac might become like the beautiful yet crowded Coron or El Nido. 

To help our local friends get an alternative source of income, we decided to be their “online” team! Since then, we have successfully organized trips for hundreds of people.  Our goal is to provide TRUTHFUL information about Balabac so that the RIGHT TYPE of travelers will be attracted to visit Balabac. As much as we wanted everyone to see, only a few will endure and be rewarded of its beauty.

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We are also Ocean Advocates!

Our Freediving Passion

Aside from our Balabac Team, we also have a team of Freedivers coaching non-swimmers to become ocean-lovers. We believe that people protect what they love. So we make them love the ocean so they may protect it.
We hold bimonthly freediving sessions in Luzon.

The wanderwalkers Freediving

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Why Travel With Us?

For adventurers by adventurers

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Balabac Tour by The Wanderwalkers
Time-efficiency and Convenience

We help you save time by providing a shuttle to Buliluyan Port which is closer to Balabac so you can start island hopping right away. Don’t bother commuting to Rio Tuba port and taking the passenger boat to the mainland which takes 1.5 days. We also provide roofed private boats even for small groups instead of the unroofed “lancha.” 

Onok Island by The Wanderwalkers
Guaranteed Visit To Onok Island and Some Bonus

Tagged as the highlight of Balabac, Onok Island is privately owned. Our local team has a good relationship with the owner which allows us to send guests. Some agency are banned from visiting the island. If Onok is not in their itinerary, most likely they are not allowed by the owned to visit. 

 

Tent Camping Balabac Tours by The Wanderwalkers
Safe Island Life Experience

Our itinerary doesn’t bring you to the mainland where the crocodiles are spotted. You can forget about their threats. Instead of sleeping in a basic room in the town, you will camp on a private beachfront with fine white sand. All your basic needs will be provided such as tents or shared room, food, drinking water and fresh water for rinsing saltwater.

Highly recommended by previous guests.

We’d rather let our previous guests talk about us. Please read their reviews from our TripAdvisor Page.

Our Crew

Meet our Balabac Team!

Jonai The Wanderwalkers

Jonai The Wanderwalker

Founder

After being a corporate slave for 5 years, I resigned and pursued a lifestyle of adventure, solo backpacking around South East Asia. I started The Wanderwalkers Blog while exploring non-touristy places in the Philippines, until I discovered Balabac. My professional experience in customer service and love for adventures inspired The Wanderwalkers’ Balabac Tours.

My favorite part about these adventures is meeting locals who eventually become part of my life, including our local Balabac team. Let me introduce them to you!

Our Guests

Adventurers from all walks of life

For the past year we have safely brought to Balabac hundreds of local and foreign adventurers. We keep a photographic record of all our lovely guests because each trip is not just a new set of faces but new friends we keep in our hearts. This gallery is not complete as some of our private tour guests are, well, private 🙂

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