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Balabac Group Tours 2023

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4 Days 3 Nights
Availability : Choose from list of schedules
Puerto Princesa
Min Age : 10+
Balabac Group Tour Package Details

Our Balabac Joiner Tours are fixed 4 days 3 nights (4D3N) trip, designed to accommodate solo, couple or small group travelers. We pool  joiners together to form a group, making the trip merrier and cheaper. If you haven’t booked your flight tickets yet and meeting other travelers is something that excites you, then book our group tour! However, if you want privacy with your friends and you are at least 4 people and you want 3D2N, or your tickets dont meet our schedules, then a Balabac Private Tour may be for you.

Visiting Balabac is a unique and once-in-a-lifetime experience for many of our guests, which is why our tours run on all weather conditions, as long as the Coast Guard permits public access to the seaboards.

 

Balabac Group Trip Schedules
Choose a schedule that fits your travel plans

Arrive to Puerto Princesa a day before and leave a day after the tour dates.
Example. If your preferred tour is March 6-9, 2022:
Fly in to PPS on Mar 5. 
Fly out of PPS on Mar 10.

Below are the schedules.
NOTE: Pls check through FB/IG first if there’s available seats on your preferred schedule.

Balabac Group Tour Package Price

2023 Group Tour Price

Php 14,500.00/person*

Minimum of 6 joiners is required to push the trip at P14,500/person.
If minimum is not met, the trip may still push at an adjusted rate below.

P15K/person if 5 people only (private van)
P15.5K/person if 4 people only (shared van)

Note: 2024 Tour Dates is P15,000 per person

*All prices are in PhP
*Price is non-VAT
*Price is valid until end of month only and may change without prior notice.

Terms and conditions apply

Departure & Return Location

We will pick you up from your hotel in Puerto Princesa. For Joiners, our pick up is any of the accommodations in the link below. Kindly book any from the list for faster pick up on the day of your trip.

https://balabac.ph/where-to-stay-in-puerto-princesa/

Price Inclusions

  • Island Hopping
  • Round trip Van transfers PPS-South Port
  • Tour Guide
  • Boat rentals, fuel and boatmen fee
  • Environmental Fee
  • Full board meals (Day 1 breakfast until Last Day breakfast)Lunch and Dinner has 3 dishes: 1 pork or chicken viand, 1 fish/seafood viand, and 1 vegetable viand, served with rice, water and fruits.
  • All entrance fees to the islands
  • Use of beachfront campsite
  • Tent with thin sheet. If you want to be more comfortable, pls bring your own camping gears, or upgrade to a hut.
  • Use of generator at night for charging phones, powerbanks, cameras

Food Notes:

There is no fixed menu since the food we serve depends on what is available from Brooke’s Point Public Market (Mainland Palawan), and the local fishermen’s catch. There’s no wetmarket here unlike in Coron or El Nido. If you’ve been to boat trips in North Palawan, pls don’t expect that the way we serve food is similar to how it’s done in more developed tourist spots. It will be hard for us to cater to vegans and vegetarians unless they’re happy with a veggie and rice meal every lunch and dinner. Pls consider this before booking us.

Balabac Destinations

These are the highlight islands of Balabac. If weather is good and there are no delays, you will visit all these.
  • Onok Island (aka Maldives of PH)
  • Punta Sebaring beach (fine, white sand beach)
  • Punta Sebaring Sandbar (soft sand during lowtide)
  • Mansalangan sandbar
  • Canimeran Island
  • Patawan Island (aka Dolphin Island)
  • Candaraman Sandbar (Starfish Island)
  • Canibungan Island
  • Arabella Mangrove (white sand)
  • Secret Reef (for snorkeling)

Price Exclusions

  • Airfare
  • Accommodation in Puerto Princesa before and after the tour
  • Snorkel Mask (pls bring your own, no rentals at the campsite)
  • Fins (no rentals at the campsite)
  • Towels
  • All transfer/ bank fees
  • Tip for the crew
  • Perfect weather in Balabac
  • Travel insurance

Bring extra cash for

  • Beers/softdrinks/snacks you can buy from the store
  • Souvenirs
  • Snorkel gear rental
  • Upgrade to kubo/sleeping cottage accommodation with mattress and mosquito net. Limited only, needs advancee reservation.

Transportation Notes

Since it is difficult for guests to arrange their own transportation from Puerto Princesa to Buliluyan port where our private boat picks you up, we are including the van transportation in our package. We outsource the van and driver, and coordinate/mediate between guest and driver for the pick up. Given this, please expect that there may be late notice in the pick up time if the 3rd party transport group adjusts their schedule. If any changes happen, we will update you.

NOTE: Loading and unloading of your bags in the van will be the passengers’ responsibility and our team will not be liable for any damages that may occur to the item during the land travel. Meanwhile during the island hopping, you can leave your luggages in the campsite, it is safe there, but make sure to always have your valuables such as phone, wallet, cameras, etc, with you. During drop off back to PPS, you are responsible to bring all your items with you and the driver will not be liable if you left any item inside the van.

Approximate Itinerary

This is a rough estimate only. It is highly subject to change due to weather, wind, wave condition. Don’t expect a perfect itinerary in Balabac. 

Click the day to see details!

Day 0Arrival in Puerto Princesa

Check in to your preferred hotel in PPS and take time to complete your things to bring such as insect repellent, some snacks for the long rides, etc.

Day 1Travel to Balabac, Island Hopping (B / L / D)

4am – Pick up from your hotel in Puerto Princesa
10am onwards – ETA at Buliluyan Port. Boat pick up, start of Balabac island hopping + breakfast + lunch on board
4pm – ETA camp site. Pitch tents. Free time
5pm – Watch sunset at the sandbar
7pm – Dinner & Free Time

Day 2Island and Sandbar Hopping (B / L / D)

6am – Catch the sunrise by the beach
7am – Breakfast. Prepare for island hopping
8am onwards- Start of Balabac island/sandbar hopping with lunch on board/island
5pm – ETA campsite. Snacks. Free time
7pm – Dinner

Day 3Island and Sandbar Hopping (B / L / D)

6am – Catch the sunrise by the beach
7am – Breakfast. Prepare for island hopping
8am onwards- Start of Balabac island/sandbar hopping with lunch on board/island
5pm – ETA campsite. Snacks. Free time
7pm – Dinner

Day 4Relax at the Beach. Travel from Balabac back to Puerto Princesa (B / - / - )

6am – Catch the sunrise while relaxing by the beach. Breakfast and pack up (last meal)
8am – ETD for Buliluyan port
9am – Check out at Coastguard Office in Bancalaan Island (protocol)
11am – ETA at Buliluyan. Ride van back to Puerto Princesa with stopover for lunch.
6pm – ETA to Puerto Princesa

Booking Process
  1. Check availability
    Confirm available slots of your preferred Balabac group tour schedule by chatting with us through our FB Page or Instagram. If we confirmed availability of slots to you days ago, you may have to check again if it’s still available. We are not responsible to refund you for sending payment for unavailable slots.
  2. Send your payment to reserve your slots
    Once availability is confirmed, kindly send either the full payment or the reservation deposit P2,000 per person through any of our payment methods.
    Note: The deposit (P2,000) is non-refundable.
  3. Update us that the payment was made.
    Send us a screenshot of the deposit slip via our FB Page or Instagram and indicate the following:

    Name of sender:
    Schedule desired:
    Method of payment:
    Amount sent:

  4. Full payment
    If you only paid the reservation fee, the remaining balance should be fully-paid 2 weeks before the tour date. Not paying on time will force us to open your slot to wait-listed joiners.
  5. Group Size

    Minimum of 6 people is required to push the Balabac Joiners trip at P14,500/person. If minimum is not met, the trip can still push at an adjusted rate below:

      • P15K/person if 5 people only (private van)
      • P15.5K/person if 4 people only (shared van)

    For Private tours, in the event that your group size has changed on the actual tour date, the price indicated in our price matrix will apply.

  6. Cancellation by Customers
    If the Customer cancels the confirmed trip regardless of the reasons, the Customer agrees to pay cancellation fees as follows:
    • More than 14 days before the trip: Php 2000/person
    • 8-14 days before the trip: Php 7000/person
    • 0-7 days before the trip: 100% of the total price
  7. Cancellation by the Agency
    We are forced to cancel trips if there is a severe weather warning announced by the authorities, and if the Coast Guard cancels tourist boat activities for any reason. The following scenarios shall apply:

          a. If the cancellation by coastguard was made before the scheduled trip, the guest has 2 options:
                   a.1. Rebook their trip to the next available tour dates, and pay a re-booking fee of 2000 per person.
                   a.2. Cancel their booking entirely and receive a refund of what was paid less than the 2000 per person non-refundable fee. This will be through GCash or Bank transfer for local guests, and Wise for international guests.

          b. If the cancellation by coastguard was made while guests are already in the campsite in Balabac, preventing them from doing island tours, no refunds will be issued.
         

  8. Force Majeure Policy

    If fulfillment of our service were prevented, hindered, delayed or made impossible because of events beyond our control, including but not limited to acts of God, acts of any governmental authority (Coast Guard cancellation of trips), war, rebellion, epidemic, riots, strikes and/or other labor disputes or disturbance, accident, fire, flood, storm, or other related circumstances or events affecting our capability to fulfill our obligations,

    then we will not be held responsible for any loss or damage, including but not limited to flight delays or cancellations, missed flights, unused room reservations, changes to itineraries or prohibition of boat navigation.

  9. Rebooking due to Covid19
    Should your trip be affected by Covid19, send us a valid document proof and we will allow rebooking of your trip for free.
  10. Rebooking – other reasons
    If for any other reason, you wish to rebook your confirmed trip to another schedule, inform us at least 14 days before the trip and pay a rebooking fee of P2000/person.
  11. Refunds
    No refunds will be issued other than instances mentioned in Section 6 and 7. Refunds will not be issued if you decide not to go despite Coast Guard permitting sea travel. Please make sure you have a travel insurance that covers cancelled trips.
  12. Agreement
    YOU AGREE to these terms once you send us your reservation deposit. Please don’t book our package if you don’t agree. Thank you.
COVID-19 Provisions

Vaccinated guests don’t need to provide any tests.
Unvaccinated guests can also visit us providing a negative RT-PCR test a couple of days prior to your trip.

Kindly make sure that you and those joining you have not been exposed with a Covid-19 patient and did not have fever prior to your coming to Balabac. If you have cough, flu, or fever before your trip, pls inform us at least 2 days before so we can consider rebooking your trip.

Should there be unforeseen policy changes due to rising Covid-19 cases, we will abide while following the terms stated above.

Covid-19 Travel Requirements for International  Tourists to Enter Philippines

1. For vaccinated: Proof of vaccination status
2. No vaccine: Negative RT-PCR taken within 48 hours of departure from origin country
3. Travel insurance which covers Covid-19 coverage
4. Hotel/accommodation booking confirmation
5. Onward ticket within your visa free stay
6. Registration with eTravel

Payment Methods

All payment transfers for our Balabac tours, whether local or abroad should be done in any of the following methods. 

Once ready to pay, kindy message us in FB messenger (this is where we monitor bookings) so we can send you the account details.

 

  • For Local Transfers
    • Over-the-counter and online bank/e-wallet transfers are accepted.
  • For International Transfers

Message us your preferred method so we can send you the recipient account details.

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Sheil Granados

Solo Traveller

I booked my Balabac trip with The Wanderwalkers. Their rates are reasonable and coordination is hassle-free. A private van picked me and my tourmates up from our respective hotels and we were accompanied by our guide, Ardee, the whole way. Ardee was superb, he took care of us and accommodated our requests. I didn’t expect the island accommodations to be so basic, but we learned that it was cause the campsite had just relocated there 5 days prior. It was my first time sleeping in a tent while Ardee slept in a hammock beside our tents. The islands and sandbars we visited were pristine and powdery. Onuk was the best one. The locals were friendly, Tess and Ruben were very hospitable. Every island and sandbar was picturesque. Will come back another time and will book with The Wanderwalkers again. Thanks for making this trip happen, you guys!

January 3, 2020

Sheil Granados

Solo Traveller

I booked my Balabac trip with The Wanderwalkers. Their rates are reasonable and coordination is hassle-free. A private van picked me and my tourmates up from our respective hotels and we were accompanied by our guide, Ardee, the whole way. Ardee was superb, he took care of us and accommodated our requests. I didn’t expect the island accommodations to be so basic, but we learned that it was cause the campsite had just relocated there 5 days prior. It was my first time sleeping in a tent while Ardee slept in a hammock beside our tents. The islands and sandbars we visited were pristine and powdery. Onuk was the best one. The locals were friendly, Tess and Ruben were very hospitable. Every island and sandbar was picturesque. Will come back another time and will book with The Wanderwalkers again. Thanks for making this trip happen, you guys!

November 5, 2019

Ninna Maglonso

Solo Traveller

If you really are a sun-worshipper, a beach bum, who is also looking for a place for detoxification, relaxation, and peace of mind… then I guess Balabac should be listed on your bucket list. Although travel period would be so long (5 to 6 hours) compared to El Nido, it will be all worth it in the end as the place offers the best beaches and fine, powdery sands. Believe me, I wasn’t wearing my slippers most of the time as I was enjoying myself walking barefoot on the soft white sand. Stayed there for 4D3N wherein I visited the 6 top-rated islands, and all of them were truly amazing!!! I’ve seen pictures on the internet, but it is best when you get to see these beautiful islands personally. You will find all sorts of sandbars, and all of them have astonishing pristine waters. You will not be disappointed! I went there during an off-peak season thus visitors are also minimal and mostly, I have the whole island or sandbar to myself. Yes, I am a lucky one! (see pictures for proof, lol). As I was solo-tripping, Kuya Argie (my boatman) made my IG-worthy pictures possible. He is warm-hearted and friendly, and gave plenty of fun facts about the islands and I guess it’s a “plus” for me.

People from the campsite made me feel at home and welcomed me like as I was part of their family, but not the insects though, which they called “nik nik”. You’d better have your insect repellant ready for these insects or you will have rashes/hives all over your body. Ate Tess cooks the food at the campsite and served it hot & fresh, from seafoods to veggies, with sliced fruits as your dessert. Coffee was also given during the afternoon after your island hopping. Phone signals and electricity are a bit limited so bring your own powerbanks and charge them during the night. Good thing, the campsite uses solar panels and you can enjoy watching TV during the afternoon if you like to. You will feel at ease with the folks around as they are

Planning & booking my Balabac trip was too risky at first, knowing that there are news spreading all over the internet about the “crocodile attacks”. And this is actually my first time to travel solo, so I was not quite sure about it at first if I would be pushing this through. Despite all of this, I trusted The WanderWalkers that my whole trip would be safe and secured. And being true to their words, fortunately, I haven’t seen a single crocodile, and I slept soundly and at ease. No need to worry about the places you are going as your boatman is knowledgeable and will take you only to safe places.

Balabac has proven its beauty and definitely a place to go back. Can’t wait when will be my next booking again with WanderWalkers! Until next time. Keep wandering!

September 30, 2019

Charm Bonoan

Solo Traveller

Joined the 4D3N Balabac Trip and the wanderwalkers brought it on! If you’re into the great outdoors, exotic destinations, getting the disconnected and more in touch into the wilderness and craving for the ultimate vitamin sea overdose then this is the island hopping trip for you. They made sure my wanderlusting, explorer and nomad heart was satisfied. I’m pretty much a sucker for stunningly beautiful virgin beaches, uber clear turquoise sea waters and exotic destinations and I must say Balabac doesn’t disappoint. They say if you want the best experience then you have to explore the place thought the locals and like the locals and I must say the Wanderwalkers will give you that local island living experience in the best possible way under the best circumstances. Take note that Balabac is still a bit under the radar so expect a total island living lifestyle. My favorite during the trip was actually sleeping under the stars on the hammock, but sleeping under the tent was special as well. The island, white sand powdery beaches and sand bars are as pretty as the pictures you’ve seen of Balabac and the snorkeling spots between islands are a treat. Jonai and Ardee are the most top notch tour guides you’ll ever meet in Balabac and it helps a great deal that Jonai is one of my closet friends so it made the trip a whole lots special and memorable. I was a Solo joiner but I left with a bunch of buddies and the best people you’ll meet is when you’re traveling. A little warning, the boat rides are quite long and the mosquitoes and sand fleas are relentless so bring tons of insect repellents not just in Balabac but in Palawan.

September 22, 2019

Lawrence Mauleon

Solo Traveller

The whole experience was great. long ride from pps to bulilyan, hours of boat ride its all worth it once you see the mesmerizing beauty of every island.

July 19, 2019
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