I found Tao Philippines looking for something to do on and in the water while we were in the Philippines. It looked amazing and grass roots enough for us to love it. You all know me, I'm an ocean girl, I love real food - fresh food, I will take the grass hut over the Hilton every day of the week. Tao looked like it could deliver exactly what we wanted and their "Apply Now" tag (assuming that every application wasn't successful) seemed to support that very ideal.
Luckily we were accepted and had the great fortune to be able to end our month long Philippines trip with the sailing. What a way to go out. So glad we did it that way. Nothing else would have ever compared and I will be forever grateful to Tao for closing out Jake and Noah's year 12 grad trip in such a special way.
Tao does trips both ways Coron to El Nido and vice versa however while either way would be amazing, starting in Coron was for us, the best way to go. Coron is small, there are little restaurants and bars and Brad could eat meat sticks on the road, so a great place to start. When I asked Tao if one way was better than the other their response was that starting in Coron the snorkling is fantastic but lessens as you go south but the beaches get better the closer you get to El Nido and in hindsight this was perfect.
- Some camps have power, some don't.
- Some have monkeys you are convinced are going to get under your mozzie screen at night, some don't.
- Some have showers (or loose versions of a shower). Some don't.
You get the idea. Think grass huts in spectacular locations. All you need really. You wind your way down the coast through the islands heading eventually to El Nido the northern most tip of mainland Palawan.
The days are spent pulling into beaches and coves for swimming and snorkeling. The food is absolutely magnificent, the crew are funny, lively, attentive, adventurous, knowledgeable and almost family to us by the end. There are so many things I could say about Tao sailing but you know what - as Nike says "Just Do It".
That my friends is the sign that it wasn't just me that felt so moved by this trip. It was everyone on the boat. I know this is a short post and its short by design. I want to tell you all so much about this amazing experience but somehow I just can't quite manage to part with the info. It feels like if I ramble on about specifics it will lessen in my mind somehow. I know that's not true but for whatever reason I feel that the Tao sailing trip must be discovered not described.
Thank you Tao - we will be back. There is no doubt in my mind.
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