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Or contact us by phone: +639 959 655 287 (please, note the time difference with the Philippines: UTC/GMT + 8 hours)

By email: thomas@palawan-sailing.com / hello@palawan-sailing.com

And to find us : Palawan Sailing, Calle Hamma – El Nido – 5313 – Palawan – Philippines

Yacht charter in the Philippines is one of the most popular holiday options for those who visit this beautiful country.
No wonder that the Philippines is quickly becoming one of the world’s top sailing destinations, with over thousands kilometres of coastline and more than 7000 islands scattered around.

Palawan Sailing offers single day/multi day expeditions from El Nido to several destinations in the Philippines famous for their natural beauty and off traditional tourist places.

Our charter fleet is currently composed of 2 boats :

Aquilone, skippered by Thomas :

La Mandragore, skippered by Julien :


Sailing Charter regions around El Nido :

 

 

 

 

We propose several sailing circuits in the Bacuit Bay for guest interested in discovering our wonderful location.

Circuit 1 : Snake island/Entalula

 

Circuit 2 : Entalula/Cadlao islands

 

Circuit 3 : Entalula/Tapiutan islands

 

 

Photo gallery of Bacuit Bay

 

 

 

Bacuit Bay Expedition

1 day €400, 2 days €800

You can pay in cash or by Paypal. All our prices are fixed.
Our package includes: exclusive boat rental, full time skipper. Lunch is provided for the 1 day expediation. For the 2 day expedition, Lunch, diner, breakfast and Lunch the next day. Our package does not include Eco Tourism development fees and must be paid in cash. This ticket costs P200 and is valid for 10 days.
Note: All our courses must be paid in Filipino pesos. Prices in Euros are informative.

This expedition takes guests to Port Barton, along the western coast of Palawan going south. It is about 50NM from El Nido and can be reached in 2 days.

5 days are enough to explore the numerous islands and coves around Port Barton. But of course it would be possible to spend more days cruising
in this area.

Day 1 :

Depart from Corong corong at 8am. Destination  north of Malanpaya Sound. About 25NM.

Day 2 :

Malanpaya Sound to San Vicente. Trip duration 20 NM

Day 3 :

Cruising/sailing from San Vicente to Port Barton through Albaguan and Twin islands. Duration of trip, about 15 NM

 

Day 4 :

Cruising/sailing from Port Barton to Liminancong. Duration of trip, about 40 NM

Day 5 :

Cruising/Sailing back to El Nido. Arrived at our destination late afternoon.

 

About Port Barton

Port Barton is what El Nido was 10 years ago. So don’t expect fancy hotels and discos. Port Barton is still very laid back
but probably not for long. There are a few dive operations although the diving is not as good as in El Nido.

 

 

Port Barton Expedition

5 days €2000

You can pay in cash or by Paypal. All our prices are fixed.
Our package includes: exclusive boat rental, full time skipper, 3 meals a day prepared from fresh local ingredients. Our package does not include Eco Tourism development fees and must be paid in cash. This ticket costs P200 and is valid for 10 days.
Note: All our courses must be paid in Filipino pesos. Prices in Euros are informative.

This expedition takes you from El Nido to the town of Coron located in the archipelo of the Calamian group of islands, about 100NM north of Palawan.
In between, the expedition will stop in Linapacan to explore some of the stunning beaches and clear waters of these islands and sail to Culion,
the southern island of the Calamians.

This expedition takes 5-6 days. It is a one way trip to Coron. Guests can either fly out from Coron back to Manila or other cities
in the Philippines or stay in the Calamian to explore and/or dive there.

Day 1 :

Depart from Corong corong at 8am. Destination Linapacan. Calibang island. About 40NM.

Day 2 :

Cruising around Calibang and sailng to Binalabag Island. Snorkeling at the north/west side of Binalabag in the afternoon. Trip duration 20 NM.

Day 3 :

Cruising/sailing from Binalabag to Alava Island. Duration of trip, about 22 NM

Day 4 :

Crusing/sailing from Alaya island to Tambon island. Snorkeling. Duration of trip : about 30 NM

Day 5 :

Cruising/Sailing to Coron town. 20 NM. Arrived at our destination.

About Coron

Coron is word famous for its wreck diving. The wrecks are there as a result of an air attack by a US Navy aircraft carrier during the second world war. There was a fleet of 24 Japanese supply ships at anchor around Coron which ended up at the bottom of the bay. Some of the wrecks are very large , up to 160 metres in length.

Despite being salvaged by the US Navy back in the early 1960’s all the wrecks are remarkably intact structurally and some stunning penetrations and swim throughs are possible. Some wrecks have huge blast holes, allowing masses of natural light to penetrate deep into the wrecks, making for a magical experience for the novice wrecker!

The outside of the wrecks have, after sixty years in the water, become some of the finest artificial reefs to be found and are laden with both hard and soft corals and an abundance of fish life.

Barracuda Lake is another one of Coron’s fresh water lakes, and the weirdest place we can imagine diving! To reach the lake, you have a short hike up rickety wooden stairs and slick granite rocks with all your dive gear on your back. The lake is a heliocline and a thermocline. That means it has layers of salt and fresh water, plus varying temperatures as hot as 38° C (100° F).

The lake is incredibly clear and it’s worth a stop even if you only snorkel, but to experience the hot spring and truly take in the magnitude of the underwater peaks, it’s best explored on a dive.

Besides wreck and lake diving, the next Coron attraction is the Lake Kayangan which one of the most popular places in the Calamians and the most photographed.

And for the adventurous trekker, there is the famous mount Tapyas to climb.

 

 

 

 

Coron Expedition

5 days €2200 / 6 days €2600

You can pay in cash or by Paypal. All our prices are fixed.
Our package includes: exclusive boat rental, full time skipper, 3 meals a day prepared from fresh local ingredients. Our package does not include Eco Tourism development fees and must be paid in cash. This ticket costs P200 and is valid for 10 days.
Note: All our courses must be paid in Filipino pesos. Prices in Euros are informative.

This expedition explores the archipelo of Linapacan located North of El Nido town. It is about 40NM from El Nido and the first islands
can be reached in a day.

This expedition takes 4-5 days to explore the numerous islands which are mostly inhabited.

Day 1 :

Depart from Corong corong at 8am. Destination Linapacan.Calibang island. About 40NM.

Day 2 :

Cruising around Calibang and sailng to Binalabag Island. Snorkeling at the north/west side of Binalabag in the afternoon. Trip duration 20 NM

Day 3 :

Cruising/sailing from Binalabag Island to south of Linapacan. Duration of trip, about 22 NM

Day 4 :

Cruising/Sailing back to El Nido. Arrived at our destination

 

About Linapacan

Linapacan is word famous for its clear waters and amazing untouched coral reefs. Guests visiting Linapacan should not forget their snorkling equipment and their underwater cameras.

Linapacan is not Boracay nor El Nido … pretty much nothing happen at night and guests will have the beach for themselves wherever the boat is anchored.

 

 

Linapacan Expedition

4 days €1600 / 5 days €2000

You can pay in cash or by Paypal. All our prices are fixed.
Our package includes: exclusive boat rental, full time skipper, 3 meals a day prepared from fresh local ingredients. Our package does not include Eco Tourism development fees and must be paid in cash. This ticket costs P200 and is valid for 10 days.
Note: All our courses must be paid in Filipino pesos. Prices in Euros are informative.

Where we sail

We sail mostly in the beautiful Bacuit bay which provides an excellent play ground with changing winds throughout the day. We do day trips to most islands and anchor near beaches for lunch break.
The nature of the bay with its many islands provide us with many sailing challenges as the wind is deflected by the shores created by the many islands. If the wind is very strong and if there is swell, we can stay in the sheltered bay. If the sea is more mellow, we can venture out to get more wind.
We can also easily reach the northern island of Linapacan within a day and anchor overnight.

Since we have access to the South China sea and the Sulu sea, we benefit from several oceans conditions.

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Winds and seasons of El Nido

The sailing seasons in Palawan are mostly dictated by the trade winds. These are the NE-Monsoon – Amihan, and the SW-Monsoon – Habagat.

The Amihan season is from November till May, the Habagat season is from about June to October.

The influence area of both of these prevailing wind systems extends for thousands of kilometers over the open ocean, the South China Sea for the Habagat and the East Chinese Sea and Philippines Sea for the Amihan.

  • During the Amihan season we primarily get easterly winds, constant at about 10-15 knots with gust of 20 knots.
  • During the Habagat season (the rainy season), the winds are not as strong and usually from a southerly direction tending westerly.

It is best to come sailing in Palawan from late October to late May.

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How to get to el Nido

To get to El Nido, you have three options:

1) Daily direct flights from Manila, Cebu or Caticlan (Boracay) to El Nido: They are the fastest and most direct way to get to El Nido. The flights take about 1 hour and land directly at Lio airport, located about 7 kilometers from midtown. From Lio airport, you can take a 20-minute tricycle ride going to El Nido town.

You can reserve your AirSwift flights through AirSwift website,  by calling the AirSwift company: +632 318 5942/ 318 5943 or contact the  Artcafe here using this email address: flights@elnidoboutiqueandartcafe.com.

 

2) Land travel from Puerto Princesa to El Nido: The second way to reach El Nido is to first fly to Puerto Princesa Airport in Central Palawan. Its airport receives regular flights from Manila and Cebu via CebuPacific, PAL Express, AirAsia and other local carriers. From Puerto Princesa, you still have to cover about 220 kilometers of highway to get to El Nido. To do so, you have different options:

a) Van We warmly recommend DaytripperPalawan. They will get you to El Nido safely and comfortably in their executive vans/coaches. The trip usually takes 5-6 hours. Other van companies also leave daily from the Puerto Princesa airport.

DAYTRIPPER-vignette

b) Bus. If you are on budget, take a bus. Two companies ply the Puerto Princesa-El Nido route every day. We highly recommend Cherry Bus. It takes about 6-8 hours, depending on how many stopovers the bus will take on the way.

c) Car or motorbike. If you want to travel at your own pace, taking a road trip is a great way to discover the Northern part of Palawan. You can stop over villages and enjoy the rustic view of the countryside. Be prepared, though. This can be a long trip (more than 280km) and full of hassles (cows, dogs, water buffalos, potholes, etc.). Do not travel at night and be extremely careful!

Overnight in Puerto Princesa: If you want to stay overnight in Puerto Princesa, we recommend you to stay at the Hibiscus Garden Inn. Not far from the airport, the hotel has a beautiful tropical garden and is a convenient base if you want to explore the city. One Manalo Place is another good choice. It offers a wide choice of rooms, a pool and a beautiful spa.

3) Boat trip from Coron to El Nido:  Boat trips from Coron to El Nido and vice-versa are operated 4-5 times a week by several big outrigger boats. The journey can be slow and tough and not recommended if you can find a faster way to come here. As these shuttles are weather dependent, cancellations are quite common on this route. The trip may take 7-10 hours and costs P1,800.

Tao Philippines: If you have time, you may want to go on an adventure with Tao PhilippinesTheir expeditions explore hundreds of remote islands between El Nido and Coron. It’s a beautiful experience and you’ll get a chance to set foot on undeveloped tropical islands untouched by tourism.

This IYT 4 days course is for sailors who have had a little experience with sailing such as dinghy sailing or who have done the Learn to Sail course, and now want to become an active crew member on a bigger sailing boat. By the end of the course, you will be able to assist the skipper at the helm, know how to hoist the sails , trim the sails, know the rules of the road, assist in Man over Board rescue, put up an anchor, help with mooring procedures, check an engine prior to departure ... we can even teach you how to make great coffee on a boat.

Course objective: Becoming an active and competent crew member on a sailing boat
Pre Course Experience: Preferably some dinghy experience or a Learn to Sail certificate
Assumed knowledge: Basic sailing but beginners welcome
Duration: 4 days
Cost: €690

What will I learn?

  • Helming
  • Sail handling
  • Anchoring – Mooring
  • Man over board rescue
  • Overall yacht knowledge
  • Engine check and start – stop procedures
  • Vessel equipment and instruments
  • Basic meteorologie
  • Safety procedures

What’s next?

Once you have completed this course, you will be ready to go to the next level which is the IYT certified 6 days International Flotilla Skipper Course.

More details

The IYT international Crew course is the essential starting point for your yacht training . This course introduces the novice sailor to the pleasures of sailing aboard a bigger cruising yacht. It is also a good stepping stone for dinghy sailors or students who have done the Learn to Sail course to try yachting.  At the end of these 4 days course you will have become a competent and confident member of the crew, one on which a skipper can rely to perform many duties on a yacht.

If you have not done any sailing before and are not familiar with all the nautical terms, no need to worry. We will start by reviewing the parts of the boat, the knots, the theory of sails …

With a maximum of 4 students per course on our fully equipped 45 foot cruising yacht, your qualified IYT instructor will devote plenty of time to your individual needs and teaching. IYT takes your safety very importantly and as part of this course you will learn how to operate flares, lifejackets, safety harnesses, liferafts, communication equipment, fire equipment and how to assist in the recovery of a man overboard. We also plan for a night sailing during which you will be the helms person under the supervision of your instructor.

At the end of the course, you will be awarded the IYT International Crew Certificate.

Helming. Building up on Learn to Sail, you will now take the command of the helm of a bigger boat.

Sail handling. We will go over the procedures to hoist the sails and how to synchronize the efforts with several crew members. Tacking and gybing on a bigger boat requires proper communication and timing between all members of the team. You will learn to use 2 speeds winches, jammers, blocks … You will learn to “reef” a sail, that is to reduce the size of the sail (main sail mostly) when the boat is overpowered by too much wind.

Anchoring – Mooring. When your skipper has selected a spot to anchor or moore the boat, you will participate in the procedure to safely lower the anchor or pick up a mooring line. You will learn how to ensure that the boat is safely anchored to minimize the risk of drifting.

Man over board rescue. In the case of a crew member falling over board, you will learn how to prepare and turn the boat around to pick up the unfortunate sailor. We will teach you the role of every person from the spotter, the helmsman, the retrieving crew …

Overall yacht knowledge. We will review all the terminology of the boat and expand on the parts specific to a bigger yacht.

Engine check and start – stop procedures. This will be your first exposure to marine diesel engines. You will learn what to check before and after the engine starts.

Vessel equipment and instruments. We will go over the electronics and basic instruments on the boat, such as depth sounder, anemometer ( a complicated work for windmeter), gps, windlass…

Basic meteorology. As Adrian Cronauer used to say in “Good Morning Vietnam” : “Well, what’s the weather like? You got a window? Open it.” At this level we will learn the very basic of meteorology without having to go all the way to Washington Weather Central and Walter Cronkite… And that includes looking at clouds and interpreting ‘what it is, what it shall be, what it was.’

Safety procedures and equipment. As a crew member, you will need to know where the fire extinguisher, first aid kits and life rafts are and how to check them.

This course is taught on our 45 foot Levrier des Mers.

Palawan Sailing courses start at 9:30am and finish at around 4:00pm.
We have a maximum of 4 students per boat and a minimum of 2. It is recommended that you contact us to book your IYT – International Crew course.
Call +639 959 655 287 (please remember the time difference with the Philippines : UTC/GMT +8 hours) to inquire or book or use our contact form.

All our  courses are conducted based on the criteria of: IYT – International Yatching Training

IYT International Crew price:

€690

You can pay by cash or Paypal. All our prices are fixed.
Our course package includes: 
boat rental and IYT instructive materials, instructor’s fee, warm lunch made from fresh local ingredients. Our package does not include the Eco Tourism Development fee and has to be paid in cash. This ticket costs P200 and is valid for 10 days.
Note :
All our courses have to be paid in Philipino Pesos. The prices in Euros are informative.

P4,200 / boat (max 2 persons / boat)

A half day sailing tutoring with an experienced sailing instructor is enough to assimilate the basics knowledge and skills required to be independent on the catamaran KL 13,5.  Then, you will be able to explore the Bacuits Bay on your own (on a defined & secured zone).

 


 

4hours tutoring, 2 parts:

1st part: Essential Theory & Practice (1 hour)
  • tell which way the wind’s blowing
  • understand the technical functioning of the boat, as well as the safety measures
  • do the 2 “knots” you will ever need
  • use the “sheet” to trim (adjust) the sail
  • leave & back to the beach
  • steer accurately
  • stop the boat
  • control the jib
30 min
  • return cross-head wind and use the front wind
30 min

 

2nd part (3 hours)

Supervised by your instructor, you will practice by yourself for 2 hours   on  a selected travel path in the bay of Corong-Corong.

1 Hour

Then, you will end the course on focusing on capsizing and rigging.

30 min

After a complete debriefing with your instructor, you will obtain a certificate and you will be able to sail & explore the bay on your own.

30 min

 


 

Included

  • Boat rental
  • Savety Jacket
  • Dry bag
  • 4 hours tutorial with sailing instructor

Not Included

  • Eco Tax? (ETDF) P200
  • Insurances

What do you need to bring?

  • Sunglasses
  • Hate
  • Swim-suit
  • Sun Screen protection
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