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Which Balabac Tour Operator Should You Book?

We know that you’re also looking at other tour operators in Balabac. And you should! Because all travelers should do their own research to find which tour package fits their personality and budget. So we are writing this blog to help you decide if you should choose another operator other than us, and to remind you what to look for.

“Should I Book Balabac Island Life Experience by The Wanderwalkers?”

You can answer this question easily! Just ask yourself first, “do I want (or can I) spend 3 nights or so camping in a tent or nipa hut in a white sand secluded beach with only the basic facilities, while enjoying the perks of nature?” If yes, then you should book us! Remember that our package is the only Island Life Experience in the only white powdery sand beach of Balabac. Yes there’s other island camping, too, in Candaraman Island but it’s not white sand like Boracay’s.

We’re sure (and sad) that this is not going to be the case forever because as we speak, two big companies (clue: A*a*a and S*n M, can you guess?) are already clearing their purchased chunk of our beach to develop resorts. So, if you’re into our Island Life Experience, grab the sooner you can, while nature is still untouched here!

But if you want more comfort, then please look for other packages that lets you sleep in the town. There are a lot of pages that are offering their Balabac tour. This is just like doing a tour in El Nido and Coron. You go for a day of island hopping then go home to a lodge. Our package let’s you go home to our beach.

I prefer to stay in the town, whom should I book?

Here’s the part where we want to be helpful to you even though you’re not availing our service. When looking for an operator to book from the mainland, consider the following factors:

  1. Reviews, reviews, reviews! Don’t just look at the price. Most are lowering their price to make it attractive, but cut on some costs like food and boat. Book the ones with good reviews on their page.
  2. Boat. This is especially for couples and small groups. Some operators will offer you a very low price but the boat they provide you is a small boat without roof. You’ve seen this cute boat in the pictures, but it’s not fun to ride it especially when it’s sunny or when the waves are big.

    One of the visitors of Balabac learned it the hard way when she and her boyfriend booked a cheap private package only to find out they were gonna be using a small boat during a big wavy day! They ended up canceling their tour and asked us to take them in our group.
  3. Inclusions. Again, don’t just look at the price, look at what is provided. Other Balabac tour operators publish lower prices but removes other inclusions such as van transfers and lodge fees. Then you will realize that you should have just booked an all-in package because it costs the same anyway.
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Avoid this boat. Tourism doesn’t allow this for tourists.

Conclusion

Traveling is the only thing you spend on that makes you richer! So when planning your trip, don’t just look at the price but consider how much precious moments you can get from a trip! Happy planning guys!

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Recent Guest Reviews

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Mau
Mau
August 28, 2023
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The best island life experience All the team behind our Balabac trip was amazing and incredible! They were all friendly and helpful in our 4 days in Balabac. We went to the best and most pristine beaches in Balabac - and I must say, as a Filipino, this is probably the best beach I have seen in the Philippines! All the food they cooked and prepared were all delicious and the crabs were the bomb! We did karaoke two nights in a row and played volleyball with the local people in the village. The best way to enjoy Balabac!
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Wanderer29768033894
August 28, 2023
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Highly recommended! We had a great time! Really appreciated how love and dedication was put onto everything All of the personnel was very kind, food was great, tours very well planned .. So far, the highlight of our trip so we will recommend the tour to friends and family! ????
Xandra
Xandra
August 22, 2023
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Best place ???? We really enjoyed our stay in your little community.. we really feel the warmth and care as we enter your place..you guys are really so welcoming..and we also enjoy the food, it was all delicious..???? looking forward to visit again soon with my family and friends.. thank you so much and best regards! ????????????
Mimi T
Mimi T
August 15, 2023
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This is vacation! I love the whole experience. This is what a vacation should be. Relaxed. Connecting with nature. No wifi! This is recharging your well-being. Kudos to your team for taking good care of us! Keeping us safe! They were diligent in following all protocols. Food servings were generous. Healthy eating.
Emma Silvia Mancinella
Emma Silvia Mancinella
July 30, 2023
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Best travel adventure This was the best thing we did in our backpacking trip to Southeast Asia. The islands are the most beautiful I’ve ever seen, the vegetarian food was really good and the best part of the trip was our guide Jeremy and the rest of the group! They were amazing! I would do this tour again any day! Thank you for having us ????
Isabela
Isabela
July 8, 2023
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Most authentic experience Thi experience was one of the best I have ever made. You will going to stay in an authentic Philippino village on the beach, eat simple but delicious food, enjoy amazing staff and people. This is not for everyone but only for who wants truly to leave an authentic experience, leaving at home expectation and comfort and just enjoy adventure. Balabac I think will be soon well known so I feel lucky that I can visit now. Highly suggested and I will be back as soon as possible. Thank you!
Nickola O
Nickola O
June 14, 2023
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We want to go back already! We went on the 4D3N tour and we absolutely loved it. The staff were lovely and food really good considering the location. The camp site is very basic as they mention but has everything you need and only adds to the experience. The islands you visit are so beautiful and quiet with the clearest water we have ever seen. This was definitely our highlight in the Philippines.
Isabel G
Isabel G
June 14, 2023
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Amazing tour and authentic island life Through this tour, we were able to authentically experience island life in the Philippines. The campsite was situated on a beautiful island with great spots for swimming, and sunset and sunrise watching. Accommodations are comfortable and basic, perfect for those looking for adventure and to experience something new. Food was very good, a lot better than I expected (3 meals a day with an afternoon snack). Island hopping days went seamlessly and were filled with beautiful sights and the most pristine beaches. The staff who helped with the tour were the best, very helpful, and fun, and with their expertise we were able to visit all the islands during the best times. I 100% recommend booking this tour.
Kendz
Kendz
June 14, 2023
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Genuine Island Life Experience in Balabac Thank you for making our stay the most comfortable and fun we can possibly hope for. We love all the food prepared for us, all islands that we visited and the lovely people we met. It was a good decision to choose you for this indelible unique experience, and truly, one of the most memorable trips my friend and I ever had. 'Til next time! Continue the good work you are doing there guys! P.S. I also hope there will be an effort to clean up the coastline, especially the walk on Punta Sebaring sandbar that has one of the best sunsets and powdery sand that Boracay will surely envy. Maybe, we can add some initiatives like asking tourists or even locals if they will want to join a clean up activity (no pressure of course!) in the morning to pick up bottles/ trash - sort of early sunrise bonding then coffee at the end..
diggz j
diggz j
June 6, 2023
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Superb The staff were very nice especially Jeremy who really took care of us from the start til the end of our tour, kudos to Jeremy!