Explore the scattered islands and stunning seascapes of the Bacuit Archipelago, lying northwest of Palawan in the Philippines
Swim with a backdrop of limestone cliffs and karst formations, peering down at coral reefs and tropical wildlife in their natural habitat
Relax in the stunning Miniloc Island Resort, offering luxurious waterfront accommodation on the beach of a forested island
Enjoy additional watersports activities (snorkelling, windsurfing, kayaking, island hopping...) - included in your trip cost
The province of Palawan, in the western Philippines, features over a thousand islands and seascapes to rival any other region of Southeast Asia. At its centre is the Bacuit Archipelago, which features around 45 jagged limestone outcrops surrounded by clear aquamarine waters and idyllic reefs. The islands themselves plunge abruptly into the sea - explore sea cliffs, lagoons, sinkholes, and multiple swim throughs. Here you’ll find some of the best swimming opportunities in Asia, with waters that are home to a variety of friendly wildlife, including dugongs, long nosed dolphins, manta rays, sea turtles and hundreds of different types of colourful fish.
Who is this trip for?
This trip is designed for swimmers who want to combine spectacular swimming among karst islands with an awe-inspiring, brightly coloured backdrop in a largely untouched environment. Swims include a mix of stunning reef and coastal swims. This trip is also very well suited to non-swimming partners.
Swimmers should have a basic understanding of open water swimming and be capable of completing the average swim distance and average daily swim distance (over the course of two swims) prior to the start of the trip.
The average swim distance is around 2.5km. The average daily swim distance is around 5km.
We have given this trip a ‘Moderate’ grading. Most swimmers comfortable in the open water will be able to take part and enjoy one of these trips.
- Fully guided swimming holiday (swimmers only)
- Professional swim guides and full safety escort on all swims (swimmers only)
- All breakfasts
- All lunches (swimmers only)
- All dinners
- Water sport activities (subject to availability and may incur an additional charge. Please see 'Trip Information' section for trip specific details)
- Full ABTOT Financial Protection
- Return transfer between El Nido Airport and Miniloc Island
- Six nights’ accommodation
- Brewed coffee and tea at the Clubhouse Restaurant. Fruit juices during breakfast
What's not included?
- Travel to and from the start of the tour
- Alcoholic beverages, which can be purchased locally
- 200PHP Eco-Tourism Development Fee (per person)
- 200PHP Integrated Protected Area Fund Fee (per person per lagoon)
Please note that the below daily itineraries are an example of the swims that may take place during the course of your trip, however, actual swim locations and distances will vary according to local weather and sea conditions. Your SwimTrek guides and local boat pilot will determine the most suitable swim locations each day and will communicate the plan with all guests as soon as possible.
This is the ultimate feel good holiday. A chance to improve your fitness, boost your mental wellbeing and increase your self esteem all amongst new friends nestled in natures paradise. What more could you want?Sarah S, Australia - 2023
SwimTrek is more than swimming and a holiday! It is an escape, a place to heal, to revive, to clear your mind, to find yourself, to make incredible friends from all over the world and meet like-minded people. It is the most unique get-away, unlike anything else you have ever experienced.Kerryne K, South Africa - 2023
Swimming in Palawan feeling like swimming in an aquarium. Crystal clear water, abundant sea life and stunning surroundings above water too! Great resort, wonderful group and guides, it was a week I’d like to do all over again!Ana M, USA - 2023
The name of the trip - Palawan Paradise - really lives up to its name. From the accommodations to the swims, guides and support crew, this trip exceeded my already high expectations!Andy E, US - 2022
This was a fabulous Swimtrek venue with excellent accomodation, food and wonderful, warm water and beautiful swim sites. I loved it!Susan F, Australia - 2022
Palawan is truly a paradise and an incredible place to swim. It’s teeming with sea life and has so many great swim locations close by. I would recommend this trip to all and I would do it again in a heart beat!Bill K, US - 2022