Tribal Adventures 3 Day/2Night Tribal Way Adventure
Nothing quite compares to the starlit and firefly haven of Tuno, less than two hours by boat and car from Boracay, and the way you will instantly revert to going native in what is Boracay’s consummate answer to Ubud in Bali.
Winning the 1999 Kalakbay (National Tourism) Award with Qantas Holidays for the best internationally marketed tour and featured on scores of local and foreign travel shows, this trip from Tribal Adventures mixes the fun with the zany, the bizarre with the pleasurable, the dramatic with the picturesque, the comfort with the rugged.
The centerpiece of the tour is experiencing Tribal Adventures’ hot & cold water therapy: the hot kawa—heated urns originally used for making Muscovado sugar—as a finisher to paddling river rafts, getting an intentional pummeling in white water rapids, plunging from waterfalls into cold water rock pools, in having your dead skin devoured by tiny ravenous fish, and in being pampered by masseuses trained in traditional “hilot” therapy.
And fear not if you’re nervous about a whitewater river like the Tibiao, the only Philippine river to have hosted an international kayaking competition with rapids classed at 2 & 3.
Tribal Adventures assigns one minder-guide for each paddler for their one person sit-on dedicated white water kayak It’s child’s play and you’re free to forgo, concentrating instead on:
- Hiking the Mount Maja-as environs of rivers, rainforest and rice terraces and crossing bamboo suspension bridges
- Swinging Tarzan-like into rock pools of the Bugtong Bato Waterfalls
- Learning the art of preparing and feasting native-style before drinking the local brew "tuba" -- or beer or rum -- as you trade exhilaration for tranquility in a hot "kawa" tub
- Relaxing in cold pools, enjoying the ticklish fish spa, taking massages and scrubs at your Tibiao River adventure retreat, Kayak Inn.
Accommodation is simple but comfy in a native cottage with private bath, bedroom and balcony or, even simpler but closer to being rated a million stars, in a tent or in a hammock.
Before you drift off to sleep in your native cottage above the Tibiao River you’ll enjoy the fire flies, the stars and the camp fires, the locals serenading and playing their home-made instruments and fellow travellers swapping stories, about the events and memories of their day.
This trip is a very full 3 days.
Guests should be over 12 years of age to kayak and must feel comfortable in the water. You don't need prior experience, as instruction is provided and each kayaker has a minder-guide, as well as two guides accompanying paddlers in kayaks. Life vests and helmets are supplied. The kayaks are sit-on boats and, if you do fall out, your minder-guide is there to pull you out of the drink and set you back on course. The rapids are class 2 & 3 and at any time you can stop, if you feel you are out of comfort level, and your safety guide will walk you and your gear back to base camp. **
Trekking is pitched to an intermediate skill level and it helps to be in shape. But with several guides, you can walk at your preferred pace.
You will cross bamboo suspension bridges and negotiate wooded hills and rainforest valleys.
You have the choice to climb, repel and jump off waterfalls or just enjoy a good soak under the falls and swim in the mountain river pools.
**If the water is too low or too fast and assessed as unsafe to kayak we will trek to remote river villages or take a 45 minute drive to do some white water tubing and swimming in a class 1 & 2 river.
DAY 1 (Sample Itinerary for 3 day/2 night Western Calamian)
8:00 am meet at SandCastles Apartment, Station 1 White Beach, for coffee, light breakfast, leave at 8:30
9:00am Ferry to Caticlan
10.30am Arrive in Culasi for tour of a true Pinoy wet-market
12pm Arrive at the village of Lapaz, the first trekking jump off point. This 2-3 hour trek will introduce you to the rainforest and mountainous regions of Mt Madja-as, height 2,250 metres. Packed lunch along the way.
3.00pm Arrive at Kayak Inn for fiesta-style (buffet) the Tribal way, a unique dining experience.
4.00pm Practice paddle from the village of Tuno back to kayak Inn, enjoying a siesta, a soak in a KAWA, Tribal Adventures signature hot tub. Or river swim and enjoy ice cold beverages, snacks and hiking.
5.30pm Participate in jungle cooking, eat dinner and swap experiences over beers, rum, and tuba. Illuminate the night with a camp fire, fire flies and the stars above from your Kawa. Turn in when you want.
7.00am Wake up to fresh brewed coffee tea and breakfast and a river swim to splash the cob webs out
8.30am Visit Tibiao to experience a fish spa where fish nibble your dead skin on your feet and legs. See what makes the pineapple fiber (pina) one of the most sought after textiles in the world from the creators of the woven material—the women of Panay island. Or opt to go to villages where the local get their pots. You too can try your hand. But this is native earthenware pottery so they don’t travel well. But they’re as cheap as chips, functional and REAL. Like everything on this tour, nothing is for the tourist! Be content with pictures and memories.
11am Back to Kayak Inn for a snack and kayak training, safety procedures and your first white water river trip, downriver from Kayak Inn.
1.30pm Lunch and chill-out time
3.00pm Trek through rice paddies, jungle and over bamboo suspension bridges to the waterfalls for swimming, climbing & cliff jumping!!
5.00pm Enjoy the KAWAs, river swimming and beverages.
6.30pm Eat dinner and swap experiences over beers, rum, tuba. The local band might turn up, just try not to give them too many beers or they will not leave.
7.30am Wake up to fresh brewed coffee tea and breakfast and a river swim to splash the cob webs out
8.30am Hike up stream to remote river villages where our kayaks will be waiting for a heart-pumping paddle back to Kayak Inn. If you choose not to kayak you can trek to the upper waterfalls
12pm Lunch and chill-out time
1pm Leave for Malumpati cold pools and say your good byes to the locals of Kayak In and Tuno, who will now feel like family!
2pm Arrive at Malumpati cold pools and hike through lush rainforest and coconut groves for a refreshing dip in turquoise blue water. Tube the gentle rapids back.
4pm Leave for Boracay and arrive at Tribal Café for Sunset
Please bring with you
- bug repellent
- water thermos (beverages are included but we dislike disposable water bottles)
- walking shoes that will get wet or strong sandals
- swim wear
- waterproof layer
- clothes for the 3 days
- tip money if you choose (you can purchase water/trekking foot wear, water bottles and day packs from our office in Boracay)
- Transportation to and from Boracay or Caticlan Airport in private van/truck,
- park/entrance/guides and all fees,
- 3 hearty meals and 2 meriendas a day,
- drinks including free beer and rum,
- beach/bath towel,
- safety training/equipment/personal safety guide,
- personal river kayak,
- fish spa, massage,
- body scrubs,
- cold pools
- 2 nights’ accommodation in private tent, hammock, or traditional crushed bamboo and nipa pavilion at Kayak Inn
This tour is not available for children under the age of 12.
However, if you have a particularly adventurous child we may be able to cater for them. Please enquire
Book for more than 8 people, contact us directly
Sandcastles Apartments, White Beach Station 1
Minimum of two people for bookings
Travellers taking this tour must be prepared to meet at Tribal Adventures, next to Sandcastles Apartments at Station 1, White Beach, at 4:30-5:30pm the night before a trip, for a briefing.
Please book at least 24-48 hours in advance to avoid disappointment.
Elements of this tour package are weather dependent.
This tours is subject to Tax (12%) and Service Charge (5%)