Big Dream Boatman
Big Dream Boatman
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Big Dream Boatman is a local and authentic experience in Palawan, Philippines. We specialise in Island Life experiences. We take explorers on different multi-day expeditions around Coron, El Nido, Linapacan and the Calamian Islands to really explore the 'final frontier' of Palawan. We are a very passionate group of individuals who love what we do and see ourselves more like a family, one that we hope you will join :).
Coron, Philippines

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2023

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Sascha H
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
4D3N Tour from El Nido to Coron was great and so was the food. I have celiac disease, Warson and John were cooking glutenfree and gave me alternatives if something wasn‘t. I felt extremely save. Guides, crew and group were awesome too. Perfect if you want to meet new people, have a remote experience (sleeping „in the wild“ without AC, having no internet connection) where you see beautiful places you don‘t reach in a 1-day trip.
Written May 22, 2024
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Anouk H
The Netherlands2 contributions
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May 2024 • Friends
We are expected in the port of Coron at 9 am. Packed with our backpacks, daypacks and dry bags, the tuk tuk drops us off neatly at the gate. We will spend the next 4 days on a Big Dream Boatman boat that will eventually take us to El Nido. All 18 guests are warmly welcomed by the tourguides (Darwin, Mark, Ambu and Renald) and boatmen (Israel and Beam). There appears to be a crew of 10 people accompanying us. It is clear that the men have been working together for a long time. They are attuned to each other and understand each other, but more importantly they have a very close bond and a lot of fun together. A crew can really make or break an expedition like this, ours was fantastic! During the days we spent our time on the boat. While snorkeling a whole new world opened up to me. I had never snorkeled before, but that will change from now on. Coral and fish in all colors of the rainbow and as icing on the cake I saw a turtle! In addition to the beautiful reefs, we stopped at a number of tropical beaches. We really felt like we were in paradise. At noon, buffet lunch was served on the boat. It is almost unimaginable how the chefs (Rosendo and Japeth) can produce such tasty dishes in such a small kitchen. Beer, rum, gin, soft drinks, filtered water and juices were all included and available in unlimited quantities. Almost everyone's favorite drink was Ambu's Island Special. Ask him about it 😉 And after lunch there will of course be a siesta. There was enough space on the boat for everyone to relax comfortably or close their eyes for a while. At the end of the afternoon we sailed to our camp for that night. We spent every night on a different island in wooden or bamboo huts. Every day and evening we had a lot of fun with the crew and group. Darwin is the funniest and kindest lead-tourguide I know. All in all we enjoyed the sailing, saw beautiful places, drank and smoked quite a bit, laughed a lot, applied liters of sunscreen and slept little. The expedition was an experience I will never forget. Thank you Big Dream Boatman team blue and boat no. 1! And special thanks to captain Richard and engine man Aris for making sure we arrived safely in El Nido. See you again someday!
Written May 17, 2024
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Ledia D
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May 2024 • Couples
An unforgettable 4D 3N with BDBM! The brilliant Darwin led a wonderful crew who were all professional, attentive, overly helpful and had the most amazing sense of humour keeping us entertained throughout the whole experience. The food was top notch and the drinks were ever flowing.

The experience was incredibly well organised, with enough activities to keep us entertained and explore a good amount of islands but also with the flexibility of staying in certain places a little longer if wished. The islands were beautiful and paradisal. Lots of snorkelling, swimming, kayaking and turtle tracking was done.

The accommodation was very minimal, with the first two places (two huts) having shared bathroom facilities which were clean.

Overall, incredible experience with like minded people and it all wouldn’t have been possible without Darwin’s Blue Team! Thank you / salamat again!!!
Written May 12, 2024
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Matthew L
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
This trip is everything. And then so much more! I had massive expectations for the 4D/3N trip EN to Coron with BDBM, but these were exceeded in every way. I cannot imagine a better way to explore and experience the beauty, fun, people and aquatic wildlife that the Philippines has to offer.
This trip is priced competitively compared to similar trips but it does not compromise on quality.
The overall care, food, accommodation and experiences are at such a high standard.
Our trip with the Blue team was incredible. Led by the hugely lively, knowledgable and entertaining Darwin, his entire team are diligent, caring, fun, experienced, safe, and just all round lovely people. I cannot praise them all enough. Thank you for making this trip so special, it would not have been possible without every one of you and your infectious energies!
The food is varied and caters well to different dietary requirements and is very very tasty, you will NOT go hungry!
Accommodation is basic but enough. You will have at least an elevated hut with a fan, mattress and mosquito net with shared clean bathroom facilities including showers, in some extremely gorgeous locations- the accommodation vastly exceeded my expectations!
BDBM has a maximum of 18 participants and this smaller group (compared to competitors) I think is a huge advantage. Our group were all quite similar in ages and stages of life which made for a fun trip- 8 couples and two solo travellers, all aged roughly 27-37, I understand other groups have had much younger/older/different demographics and I would say this trip is accessible and recommended to ANYONE, not just couples or 20-40s.
Overall, I would recommend this to anyone. Excellent communication before and after the trip and a thoroughly enjoyable experience. A MUST do!
Written May 12, 2024
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Marcos
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May 2024 • Couples
I'd like to start by sharing something that is a clear definition of our experience "Big Dream always wins"

This was our MOTO for the whole trip, cause no matter what's your mood when you get into the boat the first day, that when the expedition finishes you would have only won so many things (starting from great friends, unforgettable experiences to couple of extra kilos due to the delicious food that our chefs Ivarson and John cooked for us 😋😋😋)

It is actually quite difficult to describe the whole experience and not sure where to start but wanna give it a go!
1. The crew was outstanding: starting with our main guide Ginel (G) who made our stay. He knows how to read people and make you feel home. All great apart from his bad jokes 🤣🤣🤣. Best jokes were always coming from Paul (also another guide and the bartender). When it comes to dancing and singing, all of them were great, but I believe the winners are Cris and John! Kudos to the rest of the crew that made us feel part of their family (Albert, Ricky, Jethro, Dong and Joe) - also some good basket players out there! 🏀🏀
2. Our group! I believe everyone who did the expedition with BDBM would think the same about their trip, but the bonding we were able to create was magic! After only one day, it felt that we knew each other for a long time🤩
3. Spots we visited were unreal. If u think that you can get to visit similar places on a private tour or island hopping you are completely wrong! Places you are gonna visit are top notch! Best snorkelings I have ever done in my life!

Again, big thank you the whole BDBM crew for making of our experience a great one and ofc to our great group. Hopefully, if you read this review, you might identify yourselves with some of it 😊

#Big Dream Always Win!!
Written May 11, 2024
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Carolyn
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
This was an absolutely amazing experience. Words will never do it justice, it is something you have to experience. Our “ORANGE” team crew was absolutely amazing ensuring we were well taken care of - I have dietary restrictions and chef Warson assistant John were amazing preparing fantastic tasty meals for me! I cannot say enough about our team (Albert Ricky Jetro Dong Joe Alden Paul and Kim)
Written May 10, 2024
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Amber N
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
YES, YES, YES!

From EN to Coron ~ this was an amazing experience!

Back to ‘basics’, the crew was so Nice, always thougtful, helpful and they were really a team! It was so nice to see that!

Everything was wel organized and we have been on the most beautiful places, made the best new friends and ate delicious food.

I really had te best time and laughed 4 days non stop!

We choose BDBM, because of the smaller groups and the great reviews. They totally made it true.

Also, the group was really amazing, so big thanks!

If you want a great experience ~book this tour!
Written May 10, 2024
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Sudy S
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
When planning our trip to the Philippines, we stumbled upon Big Dream Boat Man, enticed by their captivating pictures of the landscape and glowing reviews. It was clear we had to embark on this journey with the local company to truly experience an authentic escape. Yet, it wasn’t just the breathtaking beauty of the Philippine landscape, the mesmerizing underwater world, or the serene nights spent on nearly deserted islands that captured our hearts—it was the remarkable crew of the Blue Team 🩵💙.

Darwin, our tour guide, always had a witty dad joke ready, uplifting the spirits of the entire group. Ambu's and Mark’s attentive, caring nature made us feel genuinely cared for and safe, a sentiment echoed by the entire crew. Then there was Renald, whose spontaneous comedy acts had us all laughing and smiling throughout the trip. Chef Rosendo delighted us with delicious and fresh meals, while Japhet's support ensured every dish tasted good. Not to forget there were Bhem Bhem (such a teddy 🧸), Nene, the Captain, Aris etc. - and I’m grateful for all of them including the 16 strangers I met on this journey.

From the very beginning the Blue Team welcomed us into their family with open arms, and we cherished every moment spent with them. The itinerary was simply magnificent, filled with exhilarating snorkeling excursions, games, breathtaking landscapes, and the vast expanse of the ocean. And who could ever forget the karaoke party and the Philippino Power!🎤💪🏼

To anyone considering this journey, I can assure you it's worth every moment. Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the Philippines, escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life, and embrace the true essence of Palawan with Big Dream Boat Man. I already find myself longing for the warmth and camaraderie of our time with them. I will never forget this experience! 💙🩵
Written May 9, 2024
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Emily S
Aarhus, Denmark2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
This may sound as an exaggeration - but truly it is not: This trip was over expectations from beginning to end and will stay as one of my best travel memories for life. The crew (orange team - counting Aldren, Joed, Jonathan, Warson, John, Jules, Jethro, Joe, Dong, Ricky and Albert) was the most friendly, smiling and professionel people. If you are a solo traveller (like me) don’t worry - the crew really knows how to make everyone feel part of the family and sharing the experience together makes everyone connect.
The boat it self is big and the crew is always ready with snacks and drinks and you will try some of the best Filipino food cooked by the chefs! You get to visit some of the most beautiful places and snorkle along turtles, stingrays (not sure the first 2 are garantied🤓), 1000s of fish and beautiful corals. I booked in advance - 1.5 months which was good because it sells out quickly during high season.
Thanks to BDBM for an awesome trip⭐️
Written May 9, 2024
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Carla P
12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
This has been the most amazing experience ever !!!! 4 days in a boat with 27 total strangers , that become so close to you in an eye blink.
The places you visit are soooo beautiful , all the paradise beaches, the sand banks , the coral reef and the lagoons are gorgeous.
The base camps are so nice and the huts are so cute. You have electricity, fan and showers … don’t worry.

The crew is amazing , they make you fell so great all the time. the tour guides are so protective when we are doing water activities and help you found the best spots in the reef , they also keep you entertain you all the time and have fun with the group ( Darwin, renald , mark and ambu) . The boat is really confortable and calm , you have a wc and shower. It’s allways clean and they have everything you need to go into the water. Also the cool nets you can use while sailing ( Renuel , nene , Aris and Bhem bhem) and the food is amazing and they change the Menu every day so you can test a lot of Filipino dishes ( Rosendo and japeth are like your mom there )… you also get an amazing Barman 24/7 ! What else you can asked ?

I was so lucky with the other passangers on the boat , amazing people …. Couldn’t asked for better partners in crime :)

If you want amazing aereal shoots please bring a drone or as my case start manifesting it. We had 3 abord. Such. Lucky group.

4 days are not enough for so much beauty.
Do the 4 days , not the 3… trust me.
Don’t doubt it , just do it.
They are the best
Written May 7, 2024
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