I’ve always wondered what it would be like to explore far-flung islands and experience life as a castaway or something like it.
My fantasies became reality when I discovered Tao, an organization in the Philippines offering adventures to the remote islands scattered from El Nido to Coron. I signed up for the 5 day, 4 night open expedition on a 72 ft bangka boat.
My days consisted of eating fresh fish and fruit, drinking coconut water, exploring hidden caves and deserted or sparsely inhabited islands, snorkeling and pretty much living life like a castaway would (except the boat would return to take me and other members of the crew to additional islands).
The best part of the experience was discovering how people lived in this part of the world — through the eyes of island villagers. And taking showers with buckets of cold water. I won't forget that! I learned much about myself and all I take for granted during this trip and I highly recommend a voyage with Tao to anyone wanting a Robinson Crusoe-esque experience.