BALABAC Hidden Gems

 

Balabac is a second-class municipality located at the southern end of Palawan. This group of islands boasts of pristine beaches, flawless sandbars, and gorgeous rock formations. It is truly the last of the last frontier.

The Balabac Hidden Gems Tour is KilometerZeroPH’s maiden offering. This stress-free expedition and escapade takes you to 9-12 islands and sandbars in 4D3N.

There are no fixed itineraries. Our crew will take you to the best places depending on the tides. Snacks and lunch shall be served on board while cruising the waters. And if you’re lucky, some dolphins may greet you as you pass by the Balabac Strait. There are occasional sightings of whales and manta rays too, so keep your eyes open!

When the anchor drops, you can snorkel along the shallow reefs during high tide, explore hidden sandbars during low tide, and relax on an island beach as the sun sets. You will share a sumptuous dinner with fellow guests before hanging a hammock or zipping up the tent.

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Here are the Balabac, Palawan Trips that would fall on the long weekends:

Regular Schedule:

3D2N

  • SEP 08-10, 2017 (Fri-Sun) – OPEN
  • OCT 06-08, 2017 (Fri-Sun) – OPEN
  • NOV 25-27, 2017 (Sat-Mon) – OPEN
  • Dec 9-11, 2017 (Sat-Mon) – OPEN

RATE PER PAX:

  • 1 pax = 10,200 PHP (excludes round trip van transfers and ferry ride) *
  • 2 pax = 8,000 PHP (excludes round trip van transfers and ferry ride) *
  • 3-4 pax = 9,600 PHP
  • 5-8 pax = 7,800 PHP
  • 9-12 pax = 7,000 PHP

Promo RATE PER PAX: (Jan-Feb & July-October only)

  • 1 pax = 10,000 PHP (excludes round trip van transfers and ferry ride) *
  • 2 pax = 7,800 PHP (excludes round trip van transfers and ferry ride) *
  • 3-4 pax = 9,400 PHP
  • 5-8 pax = 7,600 PHP
  • 9-12 pax = 6,800 PHP

ITINERARY:

Day 0 21:00 – Fly in / Arrival in Puerto Princesa
Day 1 02:00 – Pick-up from Hotel / Departure from Puerto Princesa
Day 1 07:00 – Arrival in Jump-Off Point/port
Day 1 08:00 – Island / sandbar hopping (full day)
Day 1 18:00 – Camp
Day 2 08:00 – Island / sandbar hopping (full day)
Day 2 18:00 – Camp
Day 3 08:00 – Island / sandbar hopping (half day)
Day 3 12:00 – Departure from Balabac
Day 3 15:00 – Back to Jump-Off Point/port
Day 3 15:15 – Departure from Jump-Off Point/port
Day 3 21:00 – Arrival in Puerto Princesa
Day 4 10:00 – Fly out

4D3N

  • SEP 15-18, 2017 (Fri-Mon) – OPEN
  • OCT 20-23, 2017 (Fri-Mon) – OPEN
  • OCT 29- NOV 1, 2017 (Sun-Wed) – Additional Special Non-Working Holiday October 31, All Saint’s Day Nov 1 – OPEN
  • NOV 30-DEC 03, 2017 (Thu-Sun) – OPEN – Bonifacio Day Nov 30 – OPEN
  • DEC 16-19, 2017 (Fri-Mon) – OPEN

RATE PER PAX:

  • 1 pax = 13,200 PHP (excludes round trip van transfers and ferry ride) *
  • 2 pax = 10,200 PHP (excludes round trip van transfers and ferry ride) *
  • 3-4 pax = 11,000 PHP
  • 5-8 pax = 9,100 PHP
  • 9-12 pax = 8,300 PHP

Promo RATE PER PAX: (Jan-Feb & July-October only)

  • 1 pax = 13,000 PHP (excludes round trip van transfers and ferry ride) *
  • 2 pax = 10,000 PHP (excludes round trip van transfers and ferry ride) *
  • 3-4 pax = 10,800 PHP
  • 5-8 pax = 8,900 PHP
  • 9-12 pax = 8,100 PHP

ITINERARY:

Day 0 21:00 – Fly in / Arrival in Puerto Princesa / meet-up
Day 1 00:00 – Departure from Puerto Princesa
Day 1 07:00 – Arrival in Jump-Off Point/port
Day 1 08:00 – Island / sandbar hopping (full day)
Day 1 17:00 – Camp
Day 2 08:00 – Island / sandbar hopping (full day)
Day 2 17:00 – Camp
Day 3 08:00 – Island / sandbar hopping (full day)
Day 3 17:00 – Camp
Day 4 08:00 – Island / sandbar hopping (half day)
Day 4 12:00 – Departure from Balabac
Day 4 15:00 – Back to Jump-Off Point/port
Day 4 15:15 – Departure from Jump-Off Point/port
Day 4 21:00 – Arrival in Puerto Princesa
Day 5 10:00 – Fly out

INCLUSIONS:

  • Round trip AC van transfer except for 4 pax and below (PPS-Jump-Off Point-PPS / 5-6 hrs travel time)
  • Boat fees, island hopping, community fees
  • Full board meals and drinking water
  • Accommodation: tents and hammocks
  • Travel insurance

EXCLUSIONS:

  • Airfare
  • Pre & post-tour Accommodation in PPS (Day 0 and Day 3/4)
    • Partner Hotels: Palawan Homestays (budget), Mercedes Bed and Breakfast (mid-range), Marianne Hotel (mid-range), Aziza Paradise Hotel (mid-range)

OPTIONAL SERVICES (may be availed separately via KMZ):

  • Airline ticketing service to and from Puerto Princesa
  • Hotel accommodation reservations in Puerto Princesa

ACTIVITIES:

  • Island hopping, snorkeling (bring your own mask and snorkel).

IMPORTANT THINGS TO BRING:

  • Extra water & snacks
  • Malong / blanket / sleeping bag
  • Sunblock
  • Insect repellent / bug spray (coconut oil will do)
  • Rashguard
  • Long sleeves / leggings (to avoid sand fleas / niknik bites – they are really itchy)
  • Flash light / head lamp
  • Powerbanks
  • Camera
  • Snorkel gears
  • Garbage bag for waterproofing of things
  • Bonamine
  • Personal Medicines / First Aid Kit
  • Dry Bag

BALABAC TOURS RESERVATIONS AND PAYMENTS:

  1. Fill out KMZ Travel Registration Form.
  2. Down payment PHP 1,000.00 (non-refundable, but transferable) is required to reserve a slot.
    • Timeline of Payment:
      • Down payment of PHP 1,000.00 is required upon reservation for published dates.
      • Down payment of 50% is required upon reservation for unscheduled/special request tours.
      • Remaining balance should be fully-paid 7 days BEFORE travel date.
  3. Send a copy of the deposit slip to  with the following details:
    • Subject line: Balabac Tour <travel dates eg. May 16-18, 2017> – #of Pax
  4. Wait for a response confirming your reservation / receipt of payment within 48 hours.
    • Tour itinerary, details and reminders will be sent to confirmed participants at least 3 days before the tour.
  5. KMZ should be informed of cancellations/reschedule no later than 14 days before the tour date.
    • In case of voluntary cancellations, DP is non-refundable but transferable
      (it is the client’s responsibility to look for a replacement)
    • 50% Cancellation/Reschedule Fee – for voluntary cancellations/reschedule made 7 days before the travel date.
    • 100% Cancellation Fee – for last-minute cancellations (made less than 7 days before the travel date).
    • KMZ will only cancel a tour due to force majeure.

BANK DETAILS AND CONFIRMATION:

  • Bank  Account Information is available at the respective registration forms.

Cabcabun Islet, Balabac, Palawan
Cabcabun Islet, Balabac, Palawan

FAQs:

Q1: Who is our boat captain?

A1: Our trusted boat captain and tour guide is no other than Kap Andong. In cases where he is not available, he will be substituted by his crew members he personally trained.

Q2: Are the KMZ ladies always on tour with the guests?

A2: No, not in all tours, but rest assured you are well-taken cared of by Kap Andong and his crew.

Q3: Where do we camp?

A3: Depends on which island we catch the sunset or depends on the boat captain, so we may camp in different islands per night. One of the base camps is in Candaraman Island.

Q4: Are there facilities/toilets in the islands?

A4: Balabac is not developed yet so expect little to no facilities in the islands. We camp in tents or hammocks. There’s no electricity nor phone signal. While there’s fresh water for wash-up, some islands do not have toilets yet. We are still working on putting up those. There’s toilet in the “mother ship” though.

Q5: When is the best time to go?

A5: Balabac has fair weather year-round but expect high waves during Amihan season (January and February) so there’s a risk of not being able to visit as many islands as we normally can.

Q6: What are the islands included?

A6: Popular islands are Patawan, Bugsuk (Sebaring), and Candaraman. We will keep the rest as a surprise. Besides, this is an adventure so we do not follow a fixed itinerary.

Q7: For tours with less than 5 participants, how do we go to Balabac?

A7: KMZ will arrange van pick-up in Puerto Princesa but van won’t be exclusive to the guests. Additional instructions will be included on the itinerary that will be sent to the participants.

Q8: What kind of food is served during the tour?

A8: Mostly seafood so if you have allergies or other preferences, please advise us ahead of time so we can prepare a different set for you.

Q9: Can we have our own tour schedule outside of the published schedule?

A9: Yes, as long as there are at least 5 participants.

Q10: What are the things we need to bring?

A10: Please check Important Things to Bring section above.

REMINDERS:

  1. Practice the LNT principle. Do not leave trash in the islands. Conserve water.
  2. Take good care of KMZ properties. Guests will be liable for any damages and losses such as tents, solar lamps, etc.
  3. Minimize noise in the islands. Respect the locals and the communities. Smile when you meet them.
  4. Respect the coordinators and the boat crew. Do not treat them like your slaves.
  5. Be responsible of your personal belongings. Do not be a burden to other people. Act maturely.
  6. Make friends during the tour. No man is an island.

 

This adventure is not for everyone. We follow a no-hour-per-hour itinerary. Anything goes — rough waves, rain, tough winds, sand flea bites, delayed departure and/or arrival, delayed meal times, no toilets. Expect the unexpected. Step out of your comfort zone. If you can’t handle these, do not join our tours.

For more information, email us kmz@kilometerzeroph.com

* Kilometer Zero PH and Come Back, Come Back sa Balabac events are not connected to Rombo Balabac Adventure.