Follow in the tracks made by children by hiking or biking across the island of Busuanga, through spectacular forested mountains, building a High School in the process. Every peso of this tour goes to build the Cheey High School so a two-way weekly trek each week to Salvacion to get a higher education can be a thing of the past for the children of Cheey. Instead, we want the route to become the Play thing for us equally zealous hikers and bikers yearning for the ultimate wilderness experience and with every step or peddle knowing we’re doing for a great cause. There are a few steep portions and largish logs where you might need to carry your bike, but most of the trip is an exhilarating ride and a magical hike with dozens of stream and river crossings. It takes the kids as little as half a day to do. How long will it take you to ride it or hike it?
6:00 am?? ?Assemble at Camp Calauit, 45 minutes from airport and 75 minutes from Coron town, for hearty breakfast, briefing and bike fit-out.
7:00-7:30 am?? ?Cycle main dirt road to village of Minit
7:30-8:00 am?? ?Blast the single carabao track from Minit, across several streams, winding in and out of paddy fields, patches of rainforest and bamboo groves. Take a dip in a fresh stream near the fork in the track that leads left all the way to the airport and right, eventually to the east coast of Busuanga Island, near Salvacion town.
8:30-12:30 pm?? ?Taking the right fork riders negotiate muddy and stony river beds, increasingly narrow and winding trails ascending a mountain range dividing east and west of Busuanga Island. Merienda en route.
12:30-13:00 pm?? ?Soon after the initial descent riders stop at a river for a well-deserved lunch.
14:00-16:00 pm?? ?The descent is a less challenging but adrenalin-filled blast, jumping logs, fording streams and ducking rainforest lianas. Occasionally the rainforest gives way to small farms and we stop for a chat and view a self-sufficient way of life growing rice, coffee and sugar you’ll even see the signature kawa steel woks used for making native mascovado sugar, the same pots Tribal Adventures uses as special spa baths!
16:00-17:00 pm?? ?As tree-clad mountains give way to the rainforest plains, single walking trails widen to carabao track, which are cut by wider rivers that semi-submerge riders and their bikes. Suddenly, bikers find civilisation: the west coast and the same circumferential road they took from Camp Calauit at the start of the blast. Pick up by 4?4. Two hour drive back to Camp Calauit to STAY THE TRIBAL WAY and visit the beginnings of Cheey High School, lending a hand if you wish.
Spectacular forested mountains
Dozens of stream
Building a High school in the process
Duration: Fullday. From 6.00 am – 5.00 pm
Pick-up and Drop-off by 4x4
What to bring: Suncreen, hat, bug repellent refillable water container as you will be provided only a single new plastic mineral water bottle that you will need to refill, walking shoes that will get wet or strong sandals, swim wear, waterproof layer, dry clothes, educational giveaways like crayons for children in place of tip money. (you can purchase water/trekking foot wear, water bottles and day packs from our office in Palawan).
A National Tourism (Kalakbay Award) winner, Tribal Adventures puts its money where its ecotourism mouth is, by splitting income 50:50 with the local people at Kayak Inn, Antique and Camp Calauit, Palawan.