Off the Grid with Tao Expeditions
Many who travel yearn to go where few tourists have gone – an inkling of true exploration – But that seems harder and harder to find. Word spreads easily these days and nothing can stay relatively hidden for long.
A few years ago when I went to Thailand, we did a boat trip from Tonsai Bay (Krabi) out to a couple islands. Our first stop of the day was on a beautiful white sandbar beach stretched between two tiny islands, all surrounded by vivid turquoise water. It was gorgeous… except there were another 20 long-tail and motor boats that had dropped off 200 other people (old fatties in speedos….) that were scattered across the sand. I don’t even have a picture of this scene to prove it… because I didn’t even take one.
On that same trip, I went on a 3-day junk boat cruise throughout Halong Bay, an absolutely stunning landscape of 1,600 limestone islands in northern Vietnam. Unfortunately it’s also an extremely popular destination and heavy government regulation destroyed any possibility of anything close to seclusion. It was a great experience with great friends that I really did enjoy, but it still left me longing for something else.
Enter Tao Expeditions in Palawan province of the Philippines.
A part of me doesn’t want to write anything about my time in Palawan with Tao Expeditions. On one hand, I feel I really did stumble on that gem and I would hate for that experience to soon become overrun like that sandbar in Krabi or regulated like Halong Bay. But on the other hand, Tao has been featured in the New York Times and The Guardian, both of which have a slightly larger following than One for the Road…
So here we go…
(Many more posts to follow)