My Tao Philippines Expedition Roundup

It’s exactly 1 year ago when I joined this awesome crew of like minded individuals, exploring the remote islands of the Philippines last frontier, served with fresh catch, beers in hand, just a short break from reality. Here I present my Tao Philippines experience roundup, just incase you guys wanted a feel of paradise.

10.Rhum, Beer, Coke and Pineapple Juice

The cheapness of Filipino liquor is always a hit to foreigners, rhum mixed with coke or pineapple is a sure ball hit. These stuff usually start something, from a getting to know conversation to showing your hidden craziness-slash-dance-moves. Man, I’m telling you that it definitely served its purpose.

9. Party

During our second night on the camp, we heard some locals singing the drunk-old-pinoy-song of all time, guess what, My way. We know something fun is about to happen. With the usual Filipino karaoke machine, everybody loosen up, danced to the beat, showed their crazy dance moves to the tune of YMCA. And of course, who can forget “Wonderwall”? It’s basically the anthem of the expedition. Ofcourse, I wasn’t shocked when everybody showed some mad emotions while singing that song.

8. Sunsets and Sunrises

I can still imagine the sun rising to its full glory and setting down amazingly. It’s how tao philipines choose base camps with a stunningly awesome backdrop. With beer in hand, prepare for an dramatically amazing sunrise/sunset viewing, life is good.

7. Camp

The first time I checked tao’s website, I have seen photos of people sleeping on this kind of setup so it wasn’t a surprise for me. It just adds to the experience, sleeping on a beach hut, crashing waves as your lullaby’s, and the wind from the ocean as your natural airconditioning. Sleeping in bliss.

6. Food

This one is something. The just-got-it-from-the-ocean seafoods and fresh organic veggies and fruits from Tao farm, combined with the 2 amazing cooks we have on board, what do you expect? Too good meals served thrice daily and banana/sweet potato snacks in between.

5. People

United with the will to travel and experience, 26 people from all parts of the globe sailing away from the craziness of their own life routine. Started as strangers on the first day and ended up as good friends on the last day. It was nice knowing these people, the laughs, late night conversations, and stories about anything, admittedly, it was everyone who made this trip so special. Connections just got bigger!

4. Tao Projects

Ecotourism at its finest. I admired Jack and Eddy’s efforts on putting up several projects like helping out those kids with their education by putting up small day care centers, and also being self sufficient expedition organizers where every food they serve to the travelers are all from their farm.

3.Beaches and Reefs

I haven’t tried any snorkeling activity on these awesome kind of reefs. This is actually one of the highlights of this trip, with just your snorkel gear, you’ll be able to witness this kind of amazing underwater world. Awesome.

And the beaches? Made it to my top ten list! Some are comparable to Boracay, for god’s sake, Philippines is really blessed.

2. Unspoiled Islands

This is the reason why I joined this trip, to experience an off the beaten path route and not just your ordinary island hopping tour. We have visited islands where there’s actually nothing to do, but just lay around, think about how amazing your life is, and just appreciate the scene. This I say, the Tao’s exploration team is doing pretty good on locating these kind of islands.

1. The experience

Everything was worth it. Being disconnected to the real world for 5 days is something, letting loose of yourself, experiencing things outside of your comfort zone, making connections, sailing to the unkown. Living the life. It was 5 days of pure bliss.

My detailed trip report about the entire experience will be on another post. 🙂

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