The Ultimate Island Hopping Guide in Balabac, Palawan

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Ah, the allure of exotic island hopping adventures on stunning archipelagos! Haven’t we all dreamed of it? Balabac, Island is definitely one of the most sought-after island destinations in the Philippines.

With its emerald-green waters, limestone cliffs, pristine white sand beaches, and a variety of wildlife with its unspoiled beauty, Balabac, Palawan is undeniably the best place to explore in the Philippines. Balabac, Palawan is an ideal destination for those seeking an idyllic island-hopping experience filled with adventure, mystery, and delight.

If you’re considering visiting Balabac, Palawan, here’s what you need to know about the island hopping experience in Balabac!

Exploring Balabac, Palawan through Island Hopping Tours

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The islands of Balabac are well preserved and still largely untouched by human development, allowing visitors to get a close-up look at the many pristine beaches and lush jungles of this beautiful archipelago. 

A guided tour from a reliable tour operator offers a unique glimpse into the hidden gems of this tropical paradise. Tour operators often provide insights into local culture; providing interesting tidbits about the area’s history as well as knowledge of what wildlife can be found here. For those looking for something a bit more adventurous, you can either go freediving or snorkeling. Being said that, here’s what you need to know about the island hopping tours within the Balabac Group of Islands. Listed down below are the islands that you can visit during the island hopping activity: 

  • Canimeran Island
  • Patawan Island
  • Sicsican Island
  • Starfish Island
  • Onok Island (Roughton Island)
  • Nasubata Reef
  • Mansalangan Sandbar
  • Punta Sebaring (Bugsuk Island)
  • Candaraman Island
  • Tangkahan Island

Travel Tips to Balabac, Palawan

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For an island hopping tour of Balabac, Palawan, please make sure that you bring the following items:


Long exposure to the sun without protecting your skin can lead to sunburn or worse, skin cancer. Make sure you pack plenty of sunscreen with high SPF ratings.

Mosquito repellent

Mosquitos that carry diseases like dengue can be common in the area. 

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Remember to leave no trace and take all of your garbage with you when you leave the islands. 

Diving or snorkel gears

Island hopping in Balabac is an amazing opportunity to explore some of the world’s best coral reefs and aquatic wildlife. Snorkeling and diving gear will help you get the most out of your trip! Don’t pass up the opportunity to see the beauty of marine life in Balabac, Palawan!


You can bring some drinks such as water with you to keep you hydrated throughout the day.

Recommended Tour Guide

To experience the best Balabac Island Hopping tours, you may contact Kuya Motet Sason from Kamp Malaya through his personal Facebook page. He surely does offer the best service ever! Highly recommended! You can also reach out to him via Instagram (@kampmalaya). 

4D3N Balabac, Palawan Itinerary

Day 1

  • Pick up from Puerto Princesa to Buliluyan Port. 
  • Start of island hopping.


  • Canimeran Island
  • Patawan Island
  • Sicsican Island
  • Camp at Sicsican Island

Day 2

  • Starfish Sandbar
  • Onok Island
  • Nasubata Reef
  • Back to base camp

Day 3

  • Mansalangan sandbar
  • Bragi Island
  • Punta Sebaring
  • Back to base camp

Day 4

  • Candaraman Island
  • Canibungan Island
  • Tangkahan Island

How to get to Balabac, Palawan? 

  1. Book a flight bound for Puerto Princesa. 
  2. Then, from Puerto Princesa City, your contact tour guide will pick you up from where you are staying in the city. 
  3. Head to Buliluyan Port. It takes about 5-6 hours to head to the port from the city. 
  4. Once you arrive at the port, that’s the start of your Balabac Island Hopping Tours! You may book a flight to Puerto Princesa via Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific, and AirAsia, as they offer flights daily. 

Apparently, going to Balabac requires long hours of land travel and sea travel to be able to explore the beauty of the island. But I’m telling you, it’s all gonna be worth it! I hope to visit again with friends and take some good shots with my drone! Hehe.

If you want to learn more about this trip, you can check out my extensive Balabac travel guide

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Ara Patria

A half-travel blogger in the Philippines (based in Cavite) and a half-K-pop enthusiast, Ara Patria (The Adventuress) pursues her passion and love for traveling. She’s been blogging for years, where she writes about her own travel experiences and promotes the wonders of the Philippines. Not only does she promote the beauty of her country, but she also focuses on promoting sustainable tourism. She dreams to travel the world and inspire other people through her own written works and captured moments with her camera.

The Adventuress is a travel blogger with a purpose. She aims to inspire other people through her personal experiences, stories, and lenses. Outside her blogging world, she is an English teacher, an SEO specialist, and TEFL/TESOL certified.

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2 thoughts on “The Ultimate Island Hopping Guide in Balabac, Palawan

  1. Hi, thank you for your blog, very useful. I have a plan to travel to Balabac in this April. But I am wondering which agency I should choose, there are two options: Kamp Malaya and Lagum Adventure, could you give me some comments about Lagum Adventure too? Thanks a lot!

    1. Hi Harley! Thanks for your comment. Appreciate it. To be honest, I haven’t known much about Lagum Adventure so I can’t comment on that. But as for Kamp Malaya, I availed their tours and services, and I must say that it’s superb! Really had so much fun in Balabac because of them. 🙂

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