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Our Story

It began as two friends setting sail on old fishing boat, with a map but no plan. Their wandering journey led them to discover a paradise playground of the tropical islands, reefs and coves of Northern Palawan.

They traveled with nomadic fishermen, traded with remote communities and sheltered with local families.
They got to know the culture who's hospitality and happy exuberance seemed to define the true meaning of life in paradise.

It didn't take long before they realized they never wanted to go home, addicted to the boundless freedom of a life in open nature, Exploring a seemingly limitless archipelago, amazed the raw beauty and magic of life in The Philippines final frontier.

They wanted to share this endless adventure with likeminded travellers looking for their own meaning of paradise.

In 2006 they founded Tao, [which means human in the filipino language] a social enterprise with island communities as partners. They began taking a handful of travellers on expeditions to experience island life hosted by local families.

The trips didn't need advertising, news of these extraordinary journeys spread fast through word of mouth. With no plan or itinerary, every journey was different. Personal and unique to every traveller.

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Today, Tao is a community of over 200 islanders with passion and sense of pride that welcome worldly travellers from all over the globe to our islands, Working, living, learning, teaching, and growing together as a sustainable micro-economy.

We invite you to come and share an enriching experience that invigorates mind, body and soul. Its a journey that allows you to reconnect with what it means to be a human.
Join us and you may also find something you never knew you were looking for.

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Explorers Wanted!

We invite you to experience the beauty of the Philippines through its people and culture.
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"Tao is perhaps the highlight of any trip to Palawan… Such a trip offers a rare opportunity to experience and interact with people and communities in the area, unmediated by the mass tourism industry."
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Choose Your Experience

Join us on a journey to discover the raw beauty of the Philippines.

Boat Expeditions

Choose a way to enjoy our 5 day journey through the island kingdom of Northern Palawan. It can be an action packed expedition, a slower paced sailing experience or half island stay/ half boat adventure.

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What does TAO mean?

TAO MEANS HUMAN IN THE FILIPINO LANGUAGE.

We are your hosts, this is our home. Involving as many people as possible, Tao is an extended family, encouraging and empowering each other to use our inherent island skills to offer travellers a personal insight into life in a tropical archipelago.

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Tao Projects

We believe in a new social movement, a progress that accounts for a positive return to society. Through our research, education and examples, the Tao community aims to prove that there are many ways in which every Filipino can benefit and share in the opportunities that tourism brings.

BAMBOO ARCHITECTURE

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EDUCATION is the SOLUTION

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BUILDING A NATIVE SAILBOAT

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WOMEN'S ASSOCIATION

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RETURN TO NATURAL FARMING

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This journey is not for everyone.

Before applying to take part in this experience you [and everyone in your group] must understand that what Tao offers is not a tour or a hotel. This is a journey to the most remote islands in Palawan.

We love it, but we understand that it is not everyone's idea of a good time...

... is it yours?

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