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.