Hilltop Campsite and Bird Sanctuary in El Nido, Palawan, Philippines



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  • Description


    The location rests on a hilltop in eastern El Nido, facing a stunning view of the sunrise. It is being developed as a tree-shaded campsite and bird sanctuary, with an organic farm on the side. Its main view deck faces Imorigue Bay and El Nido's eastern islands. Part of its 360-degree view also includes distant islands in northern Palawan and the mountainous interiors of El Nido. During kitesurfing season between November and March, the site is cool and intensely windy. The rest of the year it is either warm or hot. Volunteers can opt to sleep in native huts, tents, or under the stars using hammocks or mattresses laid on its grassy turf.

    The campsite is located in the peaceful village of Sibaltan, a declared heritage site of the seafaring Cuyonons. Developed by a certified agriculturist, the campsite is host to several flowering and fruit-bearing trees to provide food to more than a hundred species of local, endemic, and migratory or seasonal birds. As of 2017, we are planning to drill a deep well and construct jogging pathways, circular huts, a larger view deck, and a small chill-out pool. During their free time, volunteers can explore the islands in the east, or the more popular island tours in the west coast, just about an hour away.

    Please note that the location is a bit remote. We only have four hours of electricity at night, from 6pm and 10pm. There is no water on-site. We fetch water from a community water source about 10 minutes away. The campsite is not for the picky or squeamish traveler. One would only find peace and quiet here, among its daily warming sunrises, the cacophony of birds, the refreshing sea breeze, and the beautiful view of the bay. In the future, we'll also be hooked up to the solar-based electricity that is about to be set up in the village.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Helping with Tourists
    Language practice
    Art project
    Help with Computers / internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Travelers will learn about Cuyonon culture, customs, and cuisines as they experience living in one of the world's best islands. Volunteers will also learn to appreciate nature and simple living; that is, waking up to a beautiful sunrise everyday, being surrounded by trees and birds, growing and eating healthy food, fishing, and gardening. Leisure activities that can be done in El Nido include island hopping, snorkeling, camping in remote islands, kayaking, paddle-up boarding, kitesurfing, surfing, climbing limestone karst formations, and beach bumming. There are also archaeological sites nearby, about 20 minutes away by motorcycle, featuring the oldest cremation burial in Southeast Asia. Overall, staying in this campsite combines leisure and hard work, while immersing in local culture, nature, and simple ways of living.

  • Help


    We're looking for responsible and industrious volunteers who are willing to help us in the work listed below. Volunteers are expected to look after their own during their free time, although we can also give them a free tour of nearby attractions. Other stunning beaches and caves are just a motorcycle ride away from the campsite.

    The kinds of work we'll be needing include:
    - weeding
    - ground improvement
    - gardening
    - carpentry
    -cleaning dry leaves on the ground
    - making artworks or decorations
    - general maintenance
    -computers work
    during saturday i have public service just a favor for a nature by collecting garbage and plastic to the beach.
    Important Notes:
    - As our organic vegetable garden is still being set up,and now is dry season,more vegetable is dry,i only exporting vege and meat from other place and everything must be quite expensive. we are asking each volunteer to contribute a minimal P200/day for the food. This is approximately $4USD. This will be scrapped out as soon as the garden is yielding produce.
    - Volunteers are encouraged to make use of their free time as there is little else to do in the campsite.
    - There are only four daily schedules of public transport between Sibaltan and the main town of El Nido. Outside this schedule, travelers would have to rent a motorcycle to get around.
    - Hitchhiking is possible in the area.
    - Food is not as varied as it is in El Nido town and is limited to what is produced in the area.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, Tagalog

  • Accommodation


    Treehouse, hut, tent, or hammock.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Within a 10 or 15-minute walking distance:
    - go to the beach!
    - walk around the village and talk to locals
    - get coconuts, hack them open, and drink!
    - drink coconut wine called "tuba"
    - listen to the different sounds of birds (or do birdwatching if you have binoculars)
    - visit rice fields, farms, and museums, namely, Sibaltan Heritage Museum and Pangko (Boat) Museum
    - drop by the other restaurants and bars along the beach
    - learn kitesurfing at Kite Club Palawan (November to March)
    - rent a local fishing boat and learn how to do the traditional way of fishing called "kawil"

    Within 30-minutes distance by boat or motorcycle:
    - island hopping to El Nido's eastern islands
    - kayak or paddle-up board to Bubog Island
    - explore Ille Cave and many other archaeological caves in Dewil Valley
    - visit the long stretch of the cream-white Buluang Beach
    - beach-bum in Santa Monica Beach and the hidden Tebey Beach
    - chill out at the secluded white beach of Qi Palawan and maybe learn kitesurfing

    Within one-hour distance by motorcycle, van, or jeepney:
    - go to El Nido town and do the postcard-perfect island hopping tours (Tour A, B, C, or D)
    - spend the whole day in the popular Nacpan Beach
    - watch the sunset from Maramegmeg Beach or from Las Cabanas restaurant/bar
    - explore the long stretches of white beaches at the west coast of mainland El Nido such as Duli Beach, Mariposa Beach, and Verde Safari Beach
    - learn surfing in Duli Beach
    - climb Taraw Peak, the imposing limestone karst formation overlooking El Nido town

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    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    1 to 3 hours a day, 5 days a week

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    P100/day for the food. This is approximately $2 USD

Host ref number: 567935679998