I worked closely with Leo Cuesta, the owner of Unchartered Philippines, to set up a new trip designed to appeal to 5 "old guys" with a sense of adventure for hiking, scuba diving, kayaking and snorkeling that wanted to see places not often visited by other tourists and that would moderately challenge us. (see Roger C's review for more details). Leo really delivered the goods in a highly responsible and professional way.
First of all, he really "gets" what his clients are seeking and strives to design trips based on their described goals. He communicates clearly and quickly and responded often within 24 hours to all of my many emails in planning and modifying our trip. He delivers what he promises. This began from the time we were picked up at the airport until he dropped us off weeks later. The Unchartered staff is awesome for their skills, knowledge and positive attitudes. And we did test them at times by asking for modifications to our trip that they were able to deliver (such as we were all wanting to spend some time in a hotel with beds and hot water instead of camping at one point and they were able to conjure up a nice small hotel in El Nido even during the busy Tet/Chinese New Year season). Lastly, Leo was able to get us out to some fantastically beautiful and remote places (for example we never saw another tourist during our whole time hiking in the mountains of northern Luzon) and when we took the expedition boat and meandered/camped along the remote islands between El Nido and Coron in Palawan....again we slept under beautiful skies that were ours alone to appreciate.
If you want to see some of the special off the beaten path beauty of the Philippines, and have all of your logistics taken care of by an excellent group of folks, and are willing to put in a little sweat equity, then I highly recommend using Unchartered Philippines.
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