7.00 AM - 7.15 AM
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Pickup info

Complimentary free pick-up service from your hotel located in Puerto Princesa City to the Batak Visitors Center, Concepcion.   An additional or reduced fee may apply for travellers who are staying at hotels outside of central Puerto Princesa (e.g. Astoria Hotel).

 

  • Travellers taking this tour should be ready for collection at 6.00am.  Some travellers may not be collected until as late as 6.30am as other guests are being collected from across the city.  Please be ready at 6.00am


  • The tour operator may contact you, or the hotel where you are staying, 1 day before the tour date to reconfirm a pick-up time.  This is because the Tour Operator will be setting the schedule of pick-up across the City. If you do not hear from the Tour Operator you should be ready for collection at 6.00am.


    Booking notes

    Bookings, with payment and complete details as requested below,  must be made a minimum of 3 days prior to tour date

    If your booking is for only a few people, but you are then joined on your tour by people from another group, your tour cost will be recalculated and you will be refunded the difference, through the same payment route you made for the booking.

    Our Bookings are confirmed on the basis of travellers providing all the required information. Failure to provide us with the information we require, may result in your booking being cancelled and refunded.

    There is a Special Requests section, next to Travellers Details, on our Booking Page where you can add the following information:-

     

      • Please provide the names, date of birth and Nationalities of everyone in your party

     

      • Please provide the name of the hotel where you will be staying

     

    When you receive your Booking Voucher, upon confirmation, make a note of the Tour Operators Contact Number, for any problems

    Please be advised that it is the traveller's responsibility to advise of any changes to hotel or pick up point a minimum of 24 hours prior to the tour date; contact the Tour Operator direct (number will be provided on the Booking Voucher).  We can not guarantee that last minute changes can be accommodated as the office of our Tour Operator shuts at 5.30pm and pick-ups start at 6.00am

     

    Please be advised you will be required to pay an Entrance Fee of 100PHP and an Environmental Fee of 40PHP, per person, on arrival.  This Fee is not included in the cost of this Tour as it must be paid direct at the Village.

    For those wishing to add a trek to the Village, please be advised if there have been adverse weather conditions prior to the tour, it is possible that the trek element will be cancelled.   This is for Guest Safety as the area can be prone to floods, high water and landslides. 

    Please Read the Itinerary, & the Participants Guidelines for this tour, particularly regarding ill-health

     


    Before making your booking please read the Notes in the blue column on the right.


    The cost for this tour is based on the maximum number of people; 10 People. Therefore larger group bookings work out cheaper, per person, than individuals or smaller groups

    The Batak  are one of the oldest known tribes of the Philippines with a history of trading with the Chinese, which dates back as far as 500AD.

    Up until recent history, the Batak Tribe lived a nomadic farming and hunter/gatherer lifestyle but found themselves pushed out of their natural areas by the encroaching sea, and other populations, and further in to the less fertile grounds of the mountains.

    This Tour will take you to the Batak Visitor Center, in the Barangay of Concepcion, where you will have the opportunity to meet some of the smallest indigenous people in the world.

    For those taking this Tour: bring with you Water, a Packed Lunch & snacks, as there is no restaurant or cafe at the Visitors Center and lunch is not included in this Tour.

    Batak Visitors Center Puerto Princesa   Batak Tribe of Puerto Princesa Palawan

     

    Inside the Visitors Center you can view some of the traditional Tribal costumes, farming implements and bows, as well as traditional musical instruments.

    A gift will be made to the Tribal Members on your behalf, which is included within the fee for this tour.  If you would like to bring additional gifts you are welcome to do so.

              Batak Tribe of Puerto Princesa Palawan

    You will be treated to a Dance Performance by some of the members of the Tribe before returning to your air-conditioned van for the journey back to your hotel.

     

    • Please be advised you will be required to pay an Entrance Fee of 100PHP and an Environmental Fee of 40PHP, per person, on arrival.  We do not collect this fee.
    • This is a new tour and, as such, slight adjustments may be made to the schedule or itinerary whilst we work with the tour operator to make this tour the best that it can be for our guests. 
    • Lunch and Refreshments are not included, so please bring your own with you.


    • Extended Tour to the Batak Village:-  Please contact us via the Customize it Button below, if you are hoping to secure permission/permits to visit the Batak Village itself, which involves a 3-hour trek across 8-10 rivers. 
    • Permission must be sought for such extended excursions, and there is no guarantee that permission will be granted.  Visits should be for an anthropological interest or reason.  There are additional fees for an extended tour.
    • If your booking is for only a few people, but are then joined on your tour by people from another group, your tour cost will be recalculated and you will be refunded the difference, through the same payment route you made

     

               Batak Tribe of Puerto Princesa Palawan

                   Photo Courtesy of SurvialInternational.org


    Some History about the Batak Tribe of Palawan
    The Batak are one of around 70 different indigenous peoples of the Philippines and their natural homeland is in Puerto Princesa.  The Batak are believed to have originated from the first wave of humans who crossed the land bridges connecting the Philippine islands with mainland Asia, up to 50,000 years ago. Today, there are only around 300 Batak remaining

    The Batak is a race of people who are known as a ‘Disappearing Tribe’.  Their dwindling numbers have been a result of high infant mortality, exposure to diseases (such as tuberculosis, measles, chicken pox and Malaria) and low birth rates.  Marriages outside of the tribe are also becoming more common, as a result of the smaller population, and children born of such marriages rarely follow the cultural ways of the Batak.

    The Batak lived a nomadic, fishing and hunter-gather lifestyle and their Farming Methods were of the ‘Slash and Burn’ approach, allowing the lands they had used to ‘fallow’, or rest, for a few years.  Since the mid to late 20th Century, the Tribe has been pushed towards settling in small villages outside of their natural roaming areas. 

    With restrictions also placed on their traditional farming methods the Batak Tribe have supplemented their income by harvesting honey, tree resin and rattan, using methods that are said to be more natural and sustainable than commercial practises.

    This natural approach is likely linked to their belief system of Animism. Many of the Batak continue to disappear in to the forests, for days at a time, to gather and to reconnect to nature and the spirits that they believe reside in elements of the natural world.  The Batak make regular offerings to these spirits, some of whom are suspicious of humans but will tolerate them as long as they don’t waste or abuse the forests natural resources.

    • Physicality: Medium
      Physical rating

      From relaxed (low) to ones where you need to be fit to join in.

      Low

      No surprises here. These tours/activities are those most anyone can do if they are fine with fairly flat walks and getting in and out of transport.

      Medium

      Like to be active, even very active, but not pushed too far. This is the one for you.

      High

      These tours/activities require you to be very fit. Probably not suitable for children.

    • Culture shock: Low
      Culture shock rating

      Some tours or activities are a total immersion ... others offer just a taste of a different way of life. Below is how we\'ve classified things to help you make a selection.

      Low

      Consider these tours or activities as unlikely to surprise. They will still give you fantastic insight into the destination and/or a great experience.

      Medium

      You might find yourself on these tours/activities confronted by quite a different way of doing things to that you are familiar with. Think food, language, customs, religions, mode of transport. For the slightly more adventurous.

      High

      Think things you probably wouldn\'t do on your own ...

    • Group size: from 1 to 10 people
    • Pickup location: 

      Complimentary free pick-up service from your hotel located in Puerto Princesa City to the Batak Visitors Center, Concepcion.   An additional or reduced fee may apply for travellers who are staying at hotels outside of central Puerto Princesa (e.g. Astoria Hotel).

       

      • Travellers taking this tour should be ready for collection at 6.00am.  Some travellers may not be collected until as late as 6.30am as other guests are being collected from across the city.  Please be ready at 6.00am


      • The tour operator may contact you, or the hotel where you are staying, 1 day before the tour date to reconfirm a pick-up time.  This is because the Tour Operator will be setting the schedule of pick-up across the City. If you do not hear from the Tour Operator you should be ready for collection at 6.00am.


      • Drop-off location: 

        Drop-off is to hotels within Puerto Princesa City Proper. 

      • Pickup time: (7.00 AM - 7.15 AM)
      • Drop-off time: (3.00 PM - 3.15 PM)

    Itinerary

    You will be collected from your hotel in Puerto Princesa at approximately 7.00am (Monday-Saturdays) or 11AM on Sundays

    The journey, in an air-conditioned van with a private tour guide, to Batak Visitors Center, will take approximately 45 minutes.

    At Baranngay Concepcion you will be met by a local guide and members of the Tribe.

    At the village your guide will present the Tribe with some gifts for your visit, and you will be treated to some traditional Batak Dancing


    Goods that is given to Katotobo – mga batak people
                 (Sardines and Noodles)

    You will arrive back at your hotel around 3pm (Monday-Saturday) or 5pm (Sunday)

    Cancellation Policy

    Cancellation Policy:

    Cancelation made 30 - 2 days prior to tour date will be charged 35% of the total booking cost

    Cancellation made 1 day prior to tour date will be charged 50% of the total booking cost

    No Shows and Cancellation made less than 24 hours prior to tour date will be charge 100% of the booking cost

    On very rare occasions the Tour may already be full when you book. In such cases we will email you and offer you a different date or time, or a Full Refund.

    Cancellation by the Tour Operator:-
    On occasion, the Coastguard may take the decision to close all water-based Tours. This is usually when there is a perceived risk to the safety of guests, due to weather conditions.

    Where possible the Tour Operator will organise an alternative date or tour activity, otherwise a full refund will be provided by Go Discover Travel.

    When you receive your Booking Voucher, upon confirmation, make a note of the Tour SUPPLIER Contact Number, for any problems.

    Please be advised that it is the traveller's responsibility to advise of any changes to hotel or pick up point a minimum of 24 hours prior to the tour date by contacting the SUPPLIER direct (number will be provided on the Booking Voucher & in the Confirmation Email). We can not guarantee that last minute changes can be accommodated as the office of our Supplier shuts at 5.30pm

    Participant Guidelines

    We respectfully ask that you do not proceed with this tour if you have, or believe you have been exposed to, any of the following illnesses up to 14 days before the tour

    • Measles
    • Mumps
    • Chicken Pox
    • Rubella
    • Tuberculosis

     

    Suggested items to bring with you:-

    • Water, Packed Lunch & snacks, as there is no restaurant or cafe at the Visitors Center
    • Good walking shoes or trainers
    • Waterproofs
    • Sunscreen and Sunhat
    • Insect repellent

    Gifts of noodles and Sardines, for the tribe are already included in your tour fee but if you would like to gift other items you are welcome to bring these along too, such as colouring books and crayons for the children