One of the things that sparked our interest in Tao, was their ethics and involvement with the local community and remote villages of northern Palawan. While staying on Cadlao island, we had the privilege of being able to meet both Eddie and Jack, the founders of Tao. Here, we gained a greater insight into the projects started by Tao, and what was in store for the future. Projects such as education centres for remote villages, and eventually a college where communities in northern Palawan will be able to learn agriculture and farming techniques amongst other things.
Whilst travelling throughout the Linapacan and Calamian islands groups, we saw some of these projects first hand. One memorable village in particular - it was apparently only the second or third time they had had white visitors. The hospitality and warmth we received blew us away. It was at this same village that we also had the chance to visit a freshwater pool/waterfall (it was dry season, so not much of a waterfall) in amongst the rainforest with the village kids in tow. A lot of fun! And super refreshing after swimming in salt water for four days. The whole thing was a really special experience.
|one of the many secluded beaches|
|a boat-making village|
|Annie, our resident dog onboard. Seriously the best tempered dog I have ever met, she was the sweetest thing.|
|right - roasting cashews|
|beautiful kids - from the village I mentioned above|