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We Found Love in a Balabac Group Trip

Balabac Group Tour June 2019
Balabac Group Tour June 2019

It was March 2019 when I saw these amazing photos of crystal clear waters, sandbars and Starfish Island on Instagram. I instantly fell in love with the place, did further research and found that it’s in Balabac Palawan. Without second thoughts, I booked a flight to Puerto Princesa and asked my friend to come with me for our “birthday travel” right there and then! We were ecstatically looking forward to discover more of Balabac’s beauty.

Preparing for our Balabac Trip

Onto the how’s? How to get there, how’s the tour like? And who to contact? I found The Wanderwalkers on Facebook and was impressed with their Balabac Group Tour itinerary and immediately reserved a couple of slots with them. We’re lucky to have Jonai who is very accommodating and knowledgable about the place. Though everything is already indicated on the itinerary, we were still given reminders of what to bring and what to expect.

As for me, I’m expecting to experience a new place, adventure and to meet new people. 18 travelers from different parts of the world (Philippines, USA, Germany, United Kingdom) consisted of friends, couples, family and solo travelers.

Love at First Sight!

All of us together for 4days/3nights. Who would have thought I’d meet my fiancé on this tour?!! He said it was love at first sight for him. We were at the port fixing my bag getting ready to board our boat and there he was standing and wishing we’d be together on the same boat.

We were in Patawan Island when Long, a solo traveler from the United States approached me. Long story short, we went to our tour for 4 days, eating and drinking together. We had bonfire nights, some small, funny and real talks and the rest is history.

Our last day in Balabac
Our last day in Balabac

From Balabac with Love

Fast forward today, we’re engaged and already planning our future together. It’s true that life has its funny way of introducing us to love; for us we think it’s destiny. As the song goes…

La la la It wasn’t by chance, there’s reason why we both cross paths.

I found love in Balabac! As we always say and laugh at… Thanks to The Wanderwalkers and Emperador!

Ami and Long on their engagement day :)
Ami and Long on their engagement day 🙂

Words by Ami Cenina. 
Ami and Long were our joiners last June 12-15 Group Trip. <3

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2023 SKEDS Balabac Palawan Joiner Tour

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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!