Expeditions by Janet Belarmino
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Coron & El Nido Island Boat Expeditions  and Mountaineering Expeditions

Belarmino Ventures-

El Nido & Coron Island Boat Expeditions

Come with us and enjoy a playground of natural wonder, go with the flow, make no plans.  Hang out on island time.

Our Coron & El Nido Island boat Expedition is an exploration where we do camping, snorkeling, fishing  and village immersion through the remote islands, cays and reefs in some of the world’s most magnificent places. Our trip take you from Coron to El Nido or vice versa. It is more than the encapsulated experience and it may be challenging at times. No necessary experience required but a kindred and an adventurous spirit will make the most out of your adventure.


We bring our kids- Himalaya 8 y/o and Amihan 2 years old with us to our island trips and we have had families who brought their kids as well. We provide trips for adventurers, families and young explorers who want to experience an adventure of a lifetime.


Safety is our number one priority. We go the extra mile to provide comfort and make sure that our team is attended to at all times. Our attention to food is based on comfort and providing you with a large amount of calories keeping you strong and healthy, improving your performance and helping you feel more at home.


We provide up-to-date weather forecasting every 6 hours to keep us current with the latest trends and developments in weather patterns throughout the expedition. We have the latest in satellite communications and safety equipment.


Our expeditions are flexible and team centered, tailoring our expedition needs and of our clients in conjunction with the conditions of the mountains or seas.


Since both my husband Todd and I have great and long hard miles on experiences ( my husband Todd is an experienced rock and ice climber and sailed around the world for 10 years engineless, a rare and challenging adventure indeed) , our knowledge and experience to lead is unsurpassed. We provide the utmost in safety and quality service and at the same time share our journey to our team.

Expedition Departure... Meeting Place & Check-in

 

Where do I meet the expedition & where do I check-in?

 

 Our office in Coron town will be the meeting and check in place for all our Island Boat Expedition.

 

All the guests are required to show up at 9AM on the day of departure. A team briefing conducted by the skipper begins- after which will be the time for you to discuss any requests, issues or concerns.

 

During check-in, you must pay the balance at the office to settle all accounts before boarding the boat. Please bring a copy of your deposit confirmation. It is possible there may not be any electricity to check your confirmation.

 

If anyone misses the expedition departure we will arrange a local shuttle boat so you can catch up. This costs about 1500 to 3000 php.


Essentials...What to Pack

 

What should I bring?

We recommend a 30 liter water proof pack for your daily essentials. This will be your daily bag which you can resupply from your main baggage which will be packed out of the way on the boat. Please try to pack light.

 

Waterproof pack essentials:

 

    •    Sun protection (i.e. hat, sun screen, sunglasses and rash guard).

 

    •    Towel/Sarong

 

    • Nalgene/ water container

        

    •   Toiletries (i.e. toothbrush, toothpaste, soap and small hand towel)


    •   Head lamp 


    •   Second set of clothes and swimwear.

 

    •   Protection from insects and mosquitoes (i.e.  Lightweight long sleeves shirt and trousers and insect repellant.)

 

    •    Thongs, Tevas or reef shoes.

 

    •    Camera and a good book

 

    •    A lightweight rain jacket



 

Baggage & Storage

 

Are there any baggage restrictions?

 

If your expedition arrival is in El Nido we recommend you pack light although we have no baggage restrictions. We have baggage storage at our shop in Coron if needed dependent upon your arrival port. Laptop and electronics should be stored in a water proof dry bag and hard case containers to protect them .

 

Charging Batteries

 

Can I charge my laptop or Ipod?

 

 We have a battery charging system on board for charging USB plug in devices,. There  is no electricity on the Islands so  do not expect any charging  there. Also, headlamps will be very helpful especially at night, so do not forget to bring them! .


Our Number

 

What number should I call for general inquiries?

Please feel free to call us if you need help answering any questions whatsoever.  Our Coron Office number is: +63 9192756896

Your Itinerary

 

How long is the expedition?

 

 We do 5 day and 4 night expeditions for small groups from 2 to 9 people max. If you have special needs please contact us at belarminoventures@gmail.com

 

 Our trips are exploratory in nature and team centered, thus we will sit down with our groups and discuss our expedition together. During our trips we avoid the tourist crowds. We take you to places where most travelers don’t go.


Visa Requirements

 

Do I need a visa to travel to the Philippines?

 

For most passports a visa is not required for a stay of up to 21 days. Traveler must be in possession of a passport valid for 6 months beyond stay and a round-trip airline ticket, although, visa requirements vary. Please contact the Philippine Embassy in your country.

 

Health and Safety

 

What measures do you provide to ensure my safety?

 

We have been to the most remote spots in the world. When you are hundreds of miles from the nearest help, in a wild, unpredictable wilderness, health and safety becomes our number one priority.

 

Janet Belarmino is a certified EMT as well as a CPR and Frist Aid trainer. All our staff are trained in CPR and First Aid. Todd Forney is a certified NEBOSH health and safety consultant.

 

 Our vessel is a  strong and seaworthy 57 foot local pump boat which  carries a full range of safety equipment including life rafts and life jackets,, GPS system, VHF radio, mobile phones, EPIRB and fire extinguishers. The boat carries one first aid kit and the Skipper holds first aid current certificates. We have designed standard ways of operating the boat to minimize the dangers of injury or accident which you will be briefed on. All our crews are trained to work the standard way and to identify potentially dangerous situations.

 

 The ocean is a big part of our trip so swimming and water sports are natural activities involved. If you are not a strong swimmer or not a swimmer at all, please let us know, so we can make you trip as safe and as comfortable as possible.

 

Weather

 

 Will weather affect my trip?

Weather determines where we go, when we do the expedition and if we do any expedition  trip at all. We closely monitor the weather at all times and advise our team daily on the forecast.

 

The dry season October to May is the Northeast monsoon, with predominant northeast trade winds. The wet season June to September is the southwest monsoon with predominant southwest trade winds.

 

Diving

 

Can I dive the wrecks and reefs around Coron while on the trip?

 

If you want to do some diving, please let us know beforehand so we can arrange a special package at an additional cost.

 

Food

 

What's on the menu?

 

We cook both Filipino and International dishes. Seafood is a big part of our menu which we buy along theway from the locals.  We also serve vegetables and fruits. We have plenty of snacks and treats onboard. We provide drinking water, coffee,hot chocolate, tea and juice. If you are a vegetarian or have any special dietary requirements, please let us know so we can accommodate you.

 

Sleeping Arrangements

 

Where will I sleep?

 

We provide everyone with their own tent, if preferred. You can sleep out under the stars or on the deck of the boat-weather permitting. Every evening we anchor and set up camp. We provide everyone with a fresh sheets and pillow. If you have any sleeping requirement please let us know beforehand.

 

 

Toilet and Shower

 

Are there toilets and showers on the trip?

 

 Our vessel has a common head (toilet) found on most local pump boats. You will find simple type toilets on the island with a bucket flush. Toilet paper is provided. We provide fresh water bucket showers at camping locations along the way.

Alcoholic Drinks

 

Are there alcoholic drinks during the trip?

 

 Our expeditions do not include alcoholic drinks in the price. However, we can purchase beer and spirits for you. Just let us know beforehand so we can accommodate your request. Please feel free to bring along whatever alcoholic drinks you like.


Payment

 

How do I make a Booking?

 

To confirm your reservation we require a 50%deposit.  Please pay by cash, pay pal or Bank Transfer. Please take note International transfers may take up to 5 days to credit our account. Any transfer fees will also be covered by you. Your balance is due before you board the boat.


Cancellations & Refunds

 

What happens if I cancel my trip?

 

Cancellations are only caused by severe weather warning, i.e.; tropical depressions and or typhoon.Any cancellation due to weather will be rescheduled in the next day/s.  We do not refund when we re schedule. If you cancel a trip we will not remit your 50% deposit if notice given is less than 30 days before your trip is scheduled to leave. We only issue refund if we cancel the trip. We will not refund any amount if you cancel 3 days before your scheduled departure or during the trip itself.

 

    

Bookings

Here are discounted trips at this time. (please check back as this changes from time to time).


Nov 4th to 7th Coron to El Nido 


Fee is php 3950/day/person or php15,800/person 4days/3nights


ALL inclusive of food, non-alcoholic drinks, tent accommodations with beddings,island fees, mask and snorkel, paddling boats and fishing gears.


Nov 18th to 22nd Coron  to El Nido


Fee is Php4,000/day/person or php20,000/person 5days 4 nights ALL inclusive of food, non-alcoholic drinks, tent accommodations with beddings,island fees, mask and snorkel, paddling boats and fishing gears.


Dec 15th to 18th Coron to El Nido


Fee is php 3950/day/person or php15,800/person 4days/3nights


ALL inclusive of food, non-alcoholic drinks, tent accommodations with beddings,island fees, mask and snorkel, paddling boats and fishing gears.


Dec 24th to 26th Coron to El Nido


Fee is php 4950/day/person or php14,850/person 3days/2nights ALL inclusive of food, non-alcoholic drinks, tent accommodations with beddings,island fees, mask and snorkel, paddling boats and fishing gears. 


Feb 26th to March 2nd Coron to El Nido- FULLY BOOKED


Fee is Php4,000/day/person or php20,000/person 5days 4 nights ALL inclusive of food, non-alcoholic drinks, tent accommodations with beddings,island fees, mask and snorkel, paddling boats and fishing gears.











For regular pricing and  preferred dates click here



All trips included

  • Adventure With Us
  • Exclusive Passage To Ports Of Call
  • Local Guides And Crew
  • Overnights In Remote Basecamps
  • All Meal And Refreshments
  • Mask and Snorkels (No Fins)
  • Fishing Equipment
  • Paddle Boats

What is not included
» Fins
» Towels
» Alcoholic drinks
» Accommodation and transportation before and after the trip
» Php200 Eco-Tourism Development Fee (ETDF) - valid for 10 days



PLEASE INFORM US:

  • Which dates you would like to book for your expedition?
  • How many will  you be booking for?
  • Please tell us about you and your outdoor experience


RESERVATIONS PROCESS;
  • Fill out the form below.
  • We will send you a reservation invoice and details for the deposit.
  • Once we receive your deposit we will confirm your booking by e mail.
  • Your balance is due before you board the boat.

PLEASE BE ADVISED;
  • We respond to all Inquiries personally in 1 to 2 days. In addition, please check your spam mail as sometimes our mails get kicked to the curb.
  • Please book in advance. We do small and intimate groups so space is limited.
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