Tribal Adventures
Tribal Adventures
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The only truly Indigenous Filipino Eco Tour in Boracay: Experience the true Philippines with Tribal Adventure Tours. Tribal Adventures tours are located in Sand Castles Resort located at Boat Station 2 close to Starbucks. Tribal Adventures offers daily white water rafting/kayaking trips down the Antique coast line where the mountainous jungles meet the ocean. Our base Kayak Village is located in the mountainous region of Mount Madja-as in Tiboa, only a 1.5 hour trip from Boracay. With Tribal Adventures you will witness the intricate ecosystems of the jungles, river systems and take part in the daily life styles of the local population with this unique experiences. om Vancouver Canada and South Africa.
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Dev A
Guangzhou, China3 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2013 • Couples
Want to start off saying that the sumark and his crew were awesome and a great help to a super bummer of a trip we payed way to much for. The owner originally put us in a group and the cost was 75$ each for the two of us, but cancelled last minute the day of saying that no white people are allowed in the group she put us in and they must go on a private tour or find their own friends to go with. Being a couple traveling this was bit a hassle especially last minute.. we were forced to book for 130$ each due to everyone saying it was a trip of a life time, which is certainly was not. It rained that day and majority of the activities were cancelled due to "bad weather" we didnt even have the option to go out and try they just took us there 3 hours away and than said oh by the way no activities just hiking today... we got to the first waterfall and were not allowed to go any further (there was up to 5 stages I believe) and were forced to turn around. The guides tried their best to make up for the lack of fun and activities but there was only so much their owner would let them do, weird enough mountain biking through the slippery muddy mountains was one which apparently is safer then the rest, lol ridiculous. We got back after a long wet and boring day and went to speak to the owner in regards to the high cost for a private tour we agreed on 3 activities for and only received 1. She had nothing to say and said sorry thats what happens, she was very rude and unhelpful and told us even though she guaranteed 3 activities the cost was still more than she could afford haha clearly a bold face lie.

Anyways, I recommend being very weary of this trip, go with a group of your own friends, and make absolute sure a drop of rain wont fall or "unsafe" conditions will apply (its a RAIN forest adventure btw)
Written November 18, 2013
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jcgreen
sydney184 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2013 • Friends
If you're looking for an escape from the hustle and bustle of Boracay's main attractions - look no further than a Tribal Adventures Day Trip. Highlights of our trip include the 2km trek to Bugtong Bato waterfalls, fabulous home made meals, kayaking through rapids in the rain, awesome hospitality by locals and of course the awesome kawa tubs! Cheers to our guides Darcy, Jordell* and the rest of the local crew for all your efforts in making our trip a memorable one.

I will certainly be recommending this day trip to my friends in the future.
Written June 23, 2013
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Erick E
Miami Beach, FL66 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2013 • Solo
Great adventure to go mountain biking, trekking, and 25 meter waterfall free climb then jump into a bottomless river pool. Was cool seeing the mountainous terrain and local agricultural sustainable living. Darcy (Part owner and tour guide, I think) is a very knowledgeable person who contours to your likes and pushes your limits to enjoy the journey. You settle into these hot bath tubs (can't remember their name) then go to sleep in bamboo cabins after a long day of excursions. Could use some major investment in the equipment and maintenance of the grounds. Otherwise all was good. I took the local potters and guides to Oh La La, which is the local karaoke bar for a couple rounds of Red Horse (Gin and Beer). It was fun enjoying another perspective of the island. The final day of the adventure we went to a fish spa and then the natural spring for a final drink reflecting on the good times.
Written May 6, 2013
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prisqueak
New York City, NY5 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2013 • Couples
My husband and I were in Boracay for a wedding and had very limited time to spend on the island. After reading several glowing reviews about Tribal Adventures, we contacted D'Arcy to schedule a tour. We spent more than a month corresponding with D'Arcy to schedule a trip tailored to what we wanted to see and do. We even picked out our lunch (food and drink) from the options D'Arcy provided. We were more excited about our tour than we were about attending the wedding that had brought us to Boracay in the first place.

Imagine our disappointment when we showed up at the appointed time and D'Arcy was NO WHERE to be found. An individual from the company had no idea of our reservation and the plans for our trip. He called and texted D'Arcy several times and received no response. We showed the guy at the shop our emails and reservation with D'Arcy but there was no one around to take us on our tour. We were forced to leave the shop incredibly disappointed. We found someone else who agreed to sail us around the island but the experience was a fraction of what we had planned to do with D'Arcy.

We expected an immediate email apologizing for the mix-up but we have not heard anything from D'Arcy in the more than a month. I'm therefore forced to write this review to warn others NOT to reply on a reservation with Tribal Adventures!
Written April 16, 2013
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daniellemichael_22
Sydney, Australia1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2012 • Couples
Me and my fiancee were in Boracay last November and i saw the sign to do the tribal adventure I was super keen so we met with Darcy and he told us soem information about the day. we decided to go and may i say it was the best idea ever we saw a side of the phils we would have never seen.
we were in the jungle with the locals everything down the the good was excellent the people the food the view the fun the waterfalls just everything.

we have just booked flights back in December and are def doing a overnight tour
danielle + michael
Written March 17, 2013
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Trudy A
Boracay, Philippines161 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2013 • Family
After 18 months of living on this island, and with friends visiting from the UK, I finally got my butt in to gear and signed up for the Trekking and White Water Kayaking Tour. I can't believe I've left it so long to take this amazing trip and I'm still smiling 3 days later.

D'Arcy Kelly, who runs the tours (and Tribal Bar on White Beach), fully prepped us the night before, explaining what the tour involved and only slightly terrifying my friend and I. The next morning we were up at 6am and picked up outside my friends hotel, travellling across to the mainland. We stopped off for fuel, a comfort break, and to meet the mimicking bird at the petrol station, which had us enthralled for a good 10 minutes, before heading on to a small seaside town to visit the wet market and pick up the ingredients that were served as delicious dishes throughout the day.

On arrival at base camp we ate a gorgeous breakfast of roasted eggplant and eggs before setting off for the trekking part of the tour. The views from base camp were stunning, with the vibrant greens of the rice terrace across the valley, the river that we would later be kayaking and the local children on their walk to school.

The trekking took us to a local village first, with picturesque scenes of beautiful children waving from their windows and caribous chilling in the streams, then out across the valley with views of the surrounding mountains and jungle. D'Arcy and Rraul pointed out local plants and insects, explaining how they were harvested and how they appear later in the season. My friend's children were amazed to see the pineapples growing up from the ground, the peanut seedlings, chocolate and coffee trees but the it was the views across the valley, the mountains and the rice terraces that just took our breathe away as well as the sight of the majestic Philippine Eagle swooping and soaring above.

The waterfalls were stunning and deliciously cool after the heat of the sun. Each of us climbed up, receiving step by step instructions from the guides and wallowed in the pool of water at the top before climbing back down and jumping in to the bottom pool. Gerry, the 'driver' entertained us with acrobatics of his own, having previously been a circus performer and then it was off back to base camp for another meal.

After a short rest we took instruction on how to kayak on the grass before heading down to our kayaks and the training pool. Once D'Arcy and Rraul were satisfied that we'd all mastered the basic skills needed we headed off for the first set of rapids. We tackled each rapid in sections and there were guides every paddle of the way, there to guide, steer and rescue us if we fell in. As D'Arcy had previously advised, everyone needs to fall in at least once, so they realise that they're safe and will be rescued quickly, and each person in the party was happy to oblige. My friend was so happy to oblige she insisted in taking a dunking at every section.

The rapids were exhilarating and the sense of achievement at the end of the day is something that can't be surpassed. We returned to the base camp, with Blackie the Black Labrador, bringing up the rear, to another meal of chicken and mango salsa salad wrapped in lettuce leaves and mango and pineapple for dessert.

Whilst eating, the big cauldrons of water were being prepared for us and the mountain bikes brought out ready for some more fun. However, we opted to just take our drinks with us for a wallow in the steaming hot water, which washed away all the dirt and muck from our day and relaxed any aching muscles.

We all agreed that this tour is one of our top 10 most memorable moments in life. My friends daughter had just turned 13 and said that this tour was the best day of her life. We all spent the day with the biggest smiles plastered across our faces, we'd pushed the boundaries of our comfort zone and had a brilliant time doing it.

Big thanks to D'Arcy, Rraul and the guides at Base Camp for an amazing day, fabulous food and the great fun that we had with them all.

If you visit Boracay, factor in at least one day to take a tour with Tribal Adventures, I'm already planning on taking the two day tour as I just did not want to leave at the end of the day; it just won't take me so long next time!
Written March 9, 2013
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Lisa B
Shanghai, Shanghai, China13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2013 • Solo
Travelling solo to Boracay during Chinese New Year week probably wasn't the best idea ever, and after a few days spent roasting on a perfect beach, with perfect weather and cheap drinks, the situation was a bit boring. So I decided to look for this tribal adventure thing I had read on trip advisor about, and after receiving a few information by the guy who was then to be our tour guide, Rraul, I joined the trekking + kayak 1 day tour. I found it quite expensive but it sounded good and decided to give it a try. After a short while I received a detailed email containing all the information i needed about the trip, and also the invitation for a drink to get to know the group of people I'd be joining the day after. They didn't show up unfortunately, but I appreciated the idea of trying to create the group before the event actually took place. The trip fee included everything from moment one, tricycle to the harbor, ferry, one hour and more van ride to the jungle, food, drinks....everything! We stopped on the road to a very small but typical wet market to shop for food and drinks and we finally reached the kayak site in the jungle. What to say...amazing! Two bungalows totally built in bamboo perfectly kept and clean, animated by a lively, huge family of locals of all ages who were to be our porters/guides/life saviors for the day. We started our trekking in the jungle (through rice fields, villages, pineapple and coffee plants, all pointed at and explained to us by our tour guide, Rraul) towards the waterfalls, where we had the chance to climb the fall walls with ropes, dive from the rocks, and enjoy a hell of a fun, together with the porters, whose smiles were infectious and looked like they were enjoying the trip more than us! After that we went back to the hut, had a quick soup before the main meal of the day, the kayaking experience. The three of us were all at our first attempt at kayaking, but it was clear that safety was the primary concern of Rraul and the porters, who actually spread themselves IN the river, ready to catch us whenever we went out of control. Those guys are young but really expert of the river, extremely careful and attentive, but smiling all the time thus making even the unsuccessful moments funny and nothing to be ashamed of! then we went back to the bungalows again and had a proper lunch, followed by an extremely relaxing time in the hot tubs...In the whole it was a perfect day, well timed (although we were supposed to have another short trekking session, but our group was not very prone to walking and the time was best spent splashing around ), funny, relaxed and thoroughly well organized. I really also appreciated the fact that they involve in the business many locals giving them jobs they seem to really enjoy. Definitely an experience worth trying! I would have actually liked to join the two day activity, but unfortunately it was not programmed during my stay. Maybe next time I go to Boracay, or to Palawan!
Written February 19, 2013
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travelgirlnb
Anjuna, India38 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2013 • Couples
The sign Hike+Bike=Schools caught my eye on the crowded beach walk in Station 1.
We signed up for the day trip of hiking, and mountain biking. Tribal Adventure offered river kayaking also but we opted for the mountain biking. It was expensive at $125 US each, but my husband and I are both teachers, so we thought this was a nice cause....and we desperately wanted away from the Boracay crowd for a day.
The morning was to bring an hour and 15 minutes van ride to the Kayak Inn, with a stop to shop a local market for our food. We were over an hour late getting started as other people who signed up to go kept us waiting.
The market was authentic and a great picture taking opportunity. My husband and I purchased lots of vegetables to add to the soup at Kayak Inn. The locals were appreciative of our business and gave us lot's of smiles!
Our hike to the waterfalls was short, (1.5 kms) We expected the hike to be longer, but it was very beautiful.
HIKING: Our group where not seasoned hikers and much slower.....so my husband and I ended up hiking alone without our English Speaking guide. We reached the waterfalls, had a swim, redressed and were heading back by the time they caught up. It might be fun to say that we are almost 50, and by far older then they were!

On our own now, my husband and I met some locals, had a visit to the school with all the village children and enjoyed some great photo opportunities. This was definitely a highlight! The group eventually returned.
BIKING: The bikes were good, the route was about an hour long. It was hard and challenging.......we passed villages, crossed rivers, climbed up and down narrow mountain dirt roads.
The food was excellent!
The van driver drove carefully.(this is not always the case)
Cawa tubs were a lot of fun!
Our guide was excellent but pulled in a few directions with other needy clients who deviated from our agenda with zip-lining.....leaving us waiting yet again.

We were never told how much(if any) of our hike+bike=school fee's went to schools.
If indeed a nice portion of our $250 cost for two people was donated to a school I would say this was a good cause, a good day of adventure and fun and good value.
Even the fact that I am doubting that money actually goes to schools indicates that there needs to be more info provided to people who sign up.
Written January 18, 2013
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Lillilol
El Paso, TX16 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2012 • Couples
Just happened to hear about this trip when we were having some drinks at the bar. So glad we stumbled upon this.
It was just my boyfriend and I that went with some other tourists. The whole trip felt as though we were all good friends. It was so relaxed.
When we got to the site, we first made rice the traditional way, then we did the white water rafting. It was my first time and I was scared, but the guides were so good. They would even jump into the water and direct the canoe. It was such a blast. After that we had some lunch. The food was delicious. Then we had a jungle trek and climbed up some waterfalls and got to spend some time swimming and jumping into the water. The best part was coming back and relaxing in a hot tub with some drinks.

Always think back to this as the best part of our trip!
Written January 17, 2013
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Barton C
Boulder Colorado USA1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2012 • Solo
I was riding a motorcycle around Borneo for a few weeks when one day I realized that I needed an umbrella drink. I headed back across the island to return my motorcycle and choose an island to sip that drink on. I bumped into Darcy while we were both checking into the same place and we shared a beer later. He asked me, "How about the Philippines? You can join me. I'm going back in a couple of days and I manage a bar on the sand in Boracay." Done.
I ended up staying a week on Boracay. Lovely place - hung out with Darcy at the bar (talk about sunsets!) and did some diving, but without a doubt the finest experience I had while there was joining Darcy and others on the Tribal Adventures tour. The staff were so friendly, funny and knowledgable, and the scenery, trekking, kayaking, kettle-hot tubs, truly fine food all made the experience the standout of my month long travels.
Written January 13, 2013
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