Big Dream Boatman
Big Dream Boatman
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About
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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Suzanne B
Sharon, Canada13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Well… what can we say. We did 4 days 3 Nights from El Nido to Coron. As two early 60’s couples this was beyond our expectations. We quickly became a family with all the other younger couples on board. We were a group of 16 people. The crew headed up by Darwin and his more that capable crew mates were attentive to all our needs the entire 4 days. The snorkeling, swimming, food and accommodations were excellent. You do have to rough it a bit in the grass huts but the beds were always comfortable and equipped with mosquito nets. It was incredible how “Chef” provided us with a large selection of food at each meal. He always ended his explanation of food “describing the sauces and of course, salt”.
The beaches, swimming with the turtles and snorkeling sites, were extraordinary. Our Captain always got us to these special spots earlier or later than other boats so that we had the place to ourselves.
Again, this trip was beyond our expectations and we would highly recommend using Big Dream Boat Man if you are looking to explore the Palawan islands.
Written 14 April 2024
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jamille c
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
it's our second time at the bigdream boatman, and the experience is still as amazing as how it was on our first. biggest shoutout to Team Orange (Aldren, Paul, Alvin, John, Warson, Ricky, Jethro, Jules, Dodong, Joey and Capt. Albert) for always giving their best beyond expectation. from delicious foods, unli drinks, and non -top laughter and fun from day 1-4. they were also consistent in making sure that we're okay all throughout the trip! will always be grateful for their harwork and compassion. would definitely book again soon with the same team!🧡

*it could've been the best if G were able to be with us that time
Written 13 April 2024
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Linnet
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
My sister and I went on the 4 day, 3 night trip with the Blue Team 💙. Darwin, Ambu and Mark were brilliant guides. It was fantastic!! The crew went above and beyond to make the trip perfect; while we were on the boat it was my sister’s birthday and they surprised her with a cake and candles. Nighttime karaoke was great fun and really made the evenings go quickly. We loved the beach huts, they were beautiful and much more comfortable than we expected!
Overall, I strongly recommend this trip - excellent value for money.
Written 11 April 2024
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Vicky W
Perth, Australia128 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Can’t recommend this company enough. We just finished El Nido- Coron tour with Darwin, Mark, Ambu and the amazing Blue Team. This really is a once in a life time experience and in my options a must do on anyone trip to Phillipines. Chef Hector made us amazing food. We stayed in basic but beautiful beach shacks, snorkelled, swam, explored and sang Karoke. They made sure that we always arrived at the more popular spots at times when there were little to no other tourist what made the adventure extra special. Everyone travelling with us was lovely. It was one of the girls birthday and blue team really went out of their way to make it extra special for her. Getting a cake delivered by boat to one of the islands we were staying at.
Thanks you so much Blue Team and Big Dream Boat Crew for an amazing experience . #islandlife
Written 11 April 2024
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Abel
20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
Our experience with Big Boat Dream was simply the best experience we had in the Philippines. Not only for the beaches, lagoons and landscapes. They are surely the most beautiful we have visited. The big culprits were all the members of the blue team: Darwin, Mark, Ambu, Renald, Richard, Aries, Nene, Israel, Bembem, Rosendo, Josep.
Thanks to them they made us feel like brothers and the connection with them was brutal.

Thanks to the entire blue team, we will miss you and who knows... one day maybe we will see each other again! 😉

Mahal kita kaibigan!

Abel, Miguel, Moli, Pusa
Written 9 April 2024
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Anna M
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
This trip has been by far the best of our stay in the Philippines. Better than expected. Excellent crew. Food was delicious and Warson had the help of John, both fantastic. They never stopped caring about us. Also, we were so lucky to share this experience with other awsome travellers. Orange team deserves a 10 out of 10.
Written 8 April 2024
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Siân B
Brisbane, Australia2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
We were looking at several adventure cruises and picked BDBM, even thought he price was a bit higher we felt that the smaller group size and all included experience was worth it. And we were not disappointed. We did the Coron to El Nido trip and it was the highlight of our time in the Philippines. The staff we great, the food was amazing, and the beautiful remote beaches we stayed on were still really comfortable. Shout out to our amazing crew, Aldren keeping us alert with his riddles, Paul with his surprise fire dancing skills and Alvin for his all round good vibes, massive smile and Filipino language lessons! And chefs Warson and John (with the karaoke voice of an angel) made some incredible dishes and some of the best food we had all trip! They are number one for a reason, so book with them and find out for yourself! Hopefully see you again BDBM family, Love Sian and Ryan xx
Written 8 April 2024
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Shivani K
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
The best, and I mean the BEST experience we have ever had - if you only do one expidition in SE Asia, make it this one! They truely help you discover the untouched beauty of the Phillipines along with exceptional food and hospitality. Ask for the Green team - Dan, Ian, Jojo, Tito, Cap Gilbert - you are all exceptional, thank you!!
Written 7 April 2024
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Samantha G
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
This is a not to miss experience whilst visiting the Philippines! The Big Dream Boat Man crew became family and they have made our trip to the Philippines an absolute 10/10 experience!
They don’t go by a fixed itinerary but really play by ear on what it is that worked for the guests on board. The food was amazing - Filipino power! ;-) - and the accommodations we stayed in were simple but breathtaking. We are definitely coming back to book an expedition with them again!

When planning our holiday we did consider Tao Expeditions who are another reputable operator. But after considerable research on price, value and reviews and our own personal experience, BDBM went above and beyond so we will simply choose them over and over again.

A few things I know for next time - and I highly recommend to you as well:
> Bring coral friendly SPF 50 (!) and bring loads. Though there are plenty of shady spaces on board, the sun(burn) will catch you
> Take a rash guard with you. Some of the most amazing snorkelling experiences we’ve had in whole of the Philippines were on this expedition and you do not want to miss out on that because of a sunburn
> We feel we got so much more in comparison than what we’ve paid for that by the end of the expedition you’ll agree with us, they are worth a hefty tip!
Written 4 April 2024
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Emily B
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
A trip of a lifetime. Myself and my partner had the most amazing time on the boat with Ken & the crew on boat 2. The crew makes you feel like family from the moment you step on, and are always there to offer a hand when you need it. The service was beyond what we were expecting in every sense. The food was also amazing (thank you Ramon!). We will never forget our trip with BDBM.

Highlights: chatting to the crew, RJ opening coconuts, food food food, endless beautiful secluded beaches, surprisingly good showers, getting dropped off by kayak at Nacpan Beach (arriving in style)

Big shout out to Ken, RJ, Sonny who were fantastic guides. You are all such kind people and we really enjoyed getting to know you!
Written 2 April 2024
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