Palawan Batak Tribefrom
This private tour will take you to the village of the indigenous Batak people of Palawan to learn about Batak everyday life, religious practices, customs, and traditions.
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Activity Level Moderate
Group Size Private
The Batak are one of about 70 indigenous peoples of the Philippines. They live in the forests of northern and central Palawan island and they depend on a varied mix of cultivation, hunting, gathering and fishing. The Batak of the Philippines are a “negrito” people, not to be confused with the Batek, a hunter-gatherer people of Malaysia, or the populous and ethnically diverse Indonesian Batak of northern Sumatra. Batak people are believed to have originated from the first wave of human populations who crossed the land bridges connecting the Philippine islands with mainland Asia, up to 50,000 years ago.
Once a nomadic tribe, the Batak have become semi-sedentary, which does mean good things such as being able to send their kids to school, having access to healthcare, water and electricity. Batak tribe were converted to Christianity by the missionaries, but they still held their animist beliefs, which is belief in spirits that reside in nature. Batak make regular offerings to these spirits, and Shamans undergo spiritual possession in order to communicate with the spirits and heal the sick. We know that the Batak people use plant-based poisons both for hunting and fishing. The most highly prized game is the wild pig. Batak also collect leaves, fruit, tubers and palm hearts for food, as well as resin, rattan canes and wild honey to sell .
- Jungle Trekking
- Batak Tribe settlement
Recommended things to bring along:
- Hats, sunscreen and sunglasses
- Insect repellent
- Comfortable walking shoes or trekking shoes
- Drinking water
- Packable rain jacket or poncho (just in case of rain)
- Daily backpack
Best time to go
The best time to go to if between November and May
- Hotel pick up / drop off
- Activities as per the itinerary
- English speaking guide
Palawan Batak Tribe
Pick up from your hotel between 7:30 am / 8:00 am
You will be collected from your hotel driven north for about 1.5 hour, passing though rural landscape dotted with isolated villages.
On arrival in San Rafael district, walk for about 1 hour and 30 minutes crossing rivers and streams until the Batak settlement.
In case of heavy rain, you will only allowed to reach the lower settlement for safety reasons.
Spend time at the Batak settlement to learn about their fascinating local culture and their simple daily life.
After visit the settlement return to the bus/van waiting area and return to Puerto Princesa.
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