Transportation in the sea in the Philippines is mostly made with a banca local boat. Depending on the region the style could be different. Banca local boats are mostly made either for fishermen or for passenger boats. Most of the daily tours offered by agencies in the Philippines are using a local banca boat. They have a large retractable ladder which allows you to go in and out the water gently. The main advantage of banca local boats is their stability because of the bamboo outriggers so it is very seldom that travelers will suffer from seasickness.

Sailing on a banca local boat is very comfortable and refreshing. You will experience the local way of sailing since locals have been doing it for centuries. Since the banca local boat is not that fast you will not suffer from water splashing or strong wind. That is the perfect transportation to enjoy the view of the sea and surrounding landscape in the Philippines. Banca local boats can reach a very big size, some are also used to cross big seas or used as party boats in the Philippines. In some other cases they are used for boat expeditions such as with Nativ’ Exploration Palawan. This agency is organizing several days on a banca local boat from El Nido to Coron. Guests will spend 3 or 5 days on board in order to reach the remote place of Palawan and explore villages, beaches, coral gardens and shipwreck. The banca local boat will allow travelers to experience the real local lifestyle in the Philippines. If you want to have a look for this boat expedition you can try to check the details and schedules on the website:

What is a Local banca boat in Palawan?

A banca is a local boat found in the Philippines. This is often a wooden canoe, which is equipped with a bamboo outrigger. Initially the banca local boat was used for river and coast and since the 18th century the boat size has been expanded in order to travel sea and ocean in the Philippines. Banca local boats are mostly motorized but then can be wind powered in some regions such as in Mindanao.

How fast are banca boats?

A banca local boat is not a very fast boat in the Philippines. Smaller size of canoe can travel faster since the structure is not heavy. It is mostly used for fishermen. Bigger size of banca local boats are more often used to carry passengers in the Philippines, in that case they are like ferry boats they won’t travel that fast.

What destinations can I visit in the Philippines aboard a local banca boat?

Many destinations in the Philippines are using a local Filipino boat for daily trips. An island hopping is a boat excursion, which leavesthe town for half or one day. During that time passengers on the banca local boat will be brought to some destinations in order to visit beaches, snorkeling spots or villages. Depending on the place and how touristic it is the banca local boat can be very big and spacious such as some boats in El Nido or Coron. You can mostly decide to rent a banca local boat for sharing or as a private trip.

How expensive are travels in a banca local boat in the Philippines? 

As said earlier before traveling on a banca local boat you will have to choose if you want to ride a shared trip or a private day excursion. Price will depend on the location. We can give you an example of how much it costs to rent a local banca boat in the Philippines. For a shared boat trip in Palawan, one day it is mostly around 1500 pesos while a private excursion will be around 5000 to 10 000 pesos for the entire boat. If you want to spend several days on a banca local boat to experience the real Filipino life still and discover paradise with: it will cost you around 17 500 pesos for a 3 days on board a banca local boat from El Nido to Coron all inclusive, per person. That will be the best way if you want to escape from the crowd. This ride on a banca local boat will allow you to reach the paradise of Linapacan group of islands. For 3 or 5 days you will explore pristine white sand beaches, fishermen villages, coral gardens, sunken shipwreck. Everything is made to make you live a once in a lifetime experience in the Philippines. During that trip, travelers will follow the rhythm of nature: enjoying the sunset, sleeping under a thousand stars, being bounced by the sound of the ocean and waking up with the sunrise.