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VITAMIN SEA

Island hopping, soul nourishing, sunset chasing, beach walking, community making, and yoga in one of the world’s most beautiful archipelagos

Philippines
March 2 - 8 2020

$1,900 Per Person
March 2 - 8 2020

From: $1,900 per person | March 2 - 8 2020

The Magic

Wake up your sleepy body and soul with this vibrant, sun-filled yoga retreat in the Palawan islands. Palawan Island—often call the last frontier of the Philippines—is hard to beat for island hopping, snorkeling, beautiful beaches, delicious food and friendly vibes. Yogascapes visited some of the fanciest resorts in Palawan to plan this trip, but they lacked the character, the intimacy, and special touches that makes these retreats so unique. So, you'll be going off the beaten path for some rustic private island hopping love full of character, amazing food, snorkeling from your own private beach and more. You'll enjoy a private island escape with white sand beaches and crystal clear water, daily movement classes with an amazing teacher, gorgeous sunrises and sunsets, snorkeling and swimming every day, and delicious family style meals with old and new friends. If you’re looking for a 5 star, cush, bland, environmentally abusive retreat in Palawan, take this off your list. If you’re looking for an experience with amazing people you’ll never forget, you’re in the right place!
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A day on retreat

Retreat Itinerary

Day 1

After you meet in El Nido for your transfer to your private island, you'll kick off the retreat with an evening yoga session and opening circle. Then, you'll enjoy a delicious group dinner to get to know your retreat mates.

Retreat Itinerary

Day 2

You'll wake up your body with an energizing morning yoga class followed by a wholesome and hearty breakfast. Then, you'll head out for a local island tour and lunch. When you return back to home base, you'll wind down with a gentle evening yoga session and a delicious dinner.

Retreat Itinerary

Day 3

Today is a low key day to rest and enjoy your surroundings—you'll ease into the day with morning yoga class and breakfast, then have free time to chill out, read, or explore on your own until lunch. Then, you'll have some more free time before ending the day with evening yoga and dinner.

Retreat Itinerary

Day 4

You'll depart bright and early for El Nido and an Island Tour, eating breakfast on the boat ride over. You'll have the chance to explore El Nido on your own for lunch and shopping and optional activities. 

Retreat Itinerary

Day 5

You have a chill day today to recuperate from yesterday's activity: you'll ease into the morning with yoga, then enjoy a heart and wholesome breakfast. Then, you can kick back and relax however you'd like until lunch, which will be followed by more free time. You'll wind down the day with gentle evening yoga and a nutritious dinner.

Retreat Itinerary

Day 6

You'll start your last full day on the retreat with morning yoga followed by a hearty breakfast. Then, you can either kick back and relax or join in on some optional adventures before lunch time. There will be more free time after lunch until your evening yoga class, which will be followed by a final delicious group dinner. You'll end the day with a special closing circle and bonfire.

Retreat Itinerary

Day 7

After a final tasty breakfast, you'll say your goodbyes and depart for your transfert to Puerto Princesa or El Nido.

Our Teacher
Gloria Baraquio

A yogini from Hawaii, Gloria began her practice in 2003 and after experiencing her ujjayi breath for the first time in a yoga class, she finally understood the importance of breathing and how it could calm, center, and ground her life. She began teaching in 2006 and embarked on a journey through vinyasa, ashtanga, Iyengar, hatha, bhakti, kundalini, somatics, ecstatic dance, Nia, Rolfing, acupuncture, physical theater, and natural foods, gaining a comprehensive understanding of the body, mind, voice, movement, and nutrition. Living both on and off the grid of the Big Island for 7 years was her greatest training in spiritual practice, yoga, natural healing, and community building. She is certified to teach vinyasa and aerial yoga, and she is a Lead Teacher Trainer for Shivakali Yoga.

Gloria Baraquio Retreat Teacher
Retreat Venue

The Venue
PRIVATE ISLAND ACCOMMODATION

Your retreat is just north of the most popular destination in Palawan, where you’ll have your own private island for 6 nights. This area because is a bit away from the crowds with great access to many of the spots that people call their favorites.

The accommodations are rustic but comfortable and the food is delicious. We are very close to the El Nido airport, making travel a bit easier than to other destinations.

Private Twin Room

Private Twin Room for 2

Private Twin Room

QUEEN BED FOR 1 IN A SHARED ROOM

Perfect for solo travelers who want a nicer bed.

QUEEN BED FOR 1 IN A SHARED ROOM

QUEEN BED FOR 2 IN A SHARED ROOM

This option is perfect for friends or couples traveling together who don't mind sharing their space with other people. You'll share a room with 1-2 others.

QUEEN BED FOR 2 IN A SHARED ROOM

STANDARD QUEEN ROOM

For those who want a little more privacy, these rooms can only be booked by couples or friends who want to share a bed.

STANDARD QUEEN ROOM

SHARED TWIN ROOM

These cozy shared rooms come with two twin beds in the first location and comfortable 6" Foam Floor mattresses in the second location.

SHARED TWIN ROOM

FAQ

We’ll take care of feeding you delicious food, often fresh from the sea and nearby local farms. All you have to do is come with an appetite and an openness to new flavors, combinations and conversations. Fresh fruits and vegetables, lots of seafood, plenty of meat for those that eat it and much much more!

When traveling to what many people call the last frontier of the Philippine islands, getting there is going to be a little tricky and hopefully a lot of fun. Don’t worry, you don’t have to work, organize, plan or anything like that once we pick you up.

The Palawan Islands (the two major ones you can fly into are Palawan and Coron) are located west of Manila. We are departing from a town called El Nido, which is about 5 hours north of the main city Puerto Princesa.

Meeting Spot: 2pm - Botanica Cafe in El Nido (a bit away from the crowds)

Arrival We suggest flying into El Nido via Swift-Air from Manilla, Cebu or Coron.

Flights to Manila will either leave the night of the 5th, and you’ll spend one night in MNL to take the air swift at 11am the next morning.

We suggest you travel and front load this trip so that you can end with us and then fly more directly home. However you can also use it as a launching pad as well.

You can also fly into Coron to explore the island there and then take the fast ferry to El Nido in the morning of the 8th!

Departure We suggest flying out of El Nido via Swift-Air on the 12pm flight (no earlier on the 8th)

Notes: You can also fly in and out of Puerto Princesa but please be advised that you’ll have a 5 hour drive ahead of you and the only thing you’ll really be missing in Puerto Princesa is the underground river area. 

For the more adventurous traveler and a slightly cheaper flight, you can fly to Puerto Princesa and then take a van, around 500php or, $10, the bus (probably around 350php) or hire a private van for around 3500 php. We don’t suggest this unless you want to see the underground river or can’t find a good flight in or out of El Nido.

Another alternative is visiting Cebu, Bohol, Boracay, Siargao or many of the other beautiful islands east of Palawan first before the retreat. The main city to fly into there is Cebu, while you can get direct flights to some of the other islands from Manila.

If you need travel suggestions do not hesitate to ask.

  • 6 nights/ 7 days stay on a private islands
  • Island Hopping in the famous El Nido 
  • Island hopping off the beaten path 
  • 1-2 Yoga & movement classes every day 
  • Delicious and Fresh Food 
  • Private transport during the retreat including return
  • Arrival transfer to El Nido 
  • Airfare to Palawan / Philippines 
  • Extras like massage, tips, or drinks 
  • Activities not included in itinerary 
  • Optional coaching/sessions pre-trip or during trip