Spend the day connecting with one of the oldest indigenous tribes in Palawan with this full-day Batak Tribe cultural tour. If you are a history buff and want to immerse yourself in the local culture, then this day trip is a definite must-book.
From Puerto Princesa City, you will be taken to the Batak Visitor Center some 75 kilometers away. The tribe now resides in the mountains near Puerto Princesa, so expect some areas where the ride could get bumpy. On your way, feel free to ask your guide about interesting facts about their tribe and tips on how you can communicate with them through short phrases.
The name “Batak” is said to originate from a Cuyunon term that translates to “mountain people.” The tribe members belong to the semi-nomadic hunter-gatherer type and are believed to be one of the early inhabitants in the country of the negrito kind. At present, they are currently endangered as most historians and news documentaries revealed that there are only less than 100 families left.
Upon arriving at the visitor center, you will be welcomed by the tribe’s chief leader, who will give you an overview of their tribe through an interpreter. If you brought any goods with you, such as medicine, food, clothing, and water, this would be the best time to present them to the chief, as well. There is no need to bring any monetary gifts as the tribe prefers in-kind donations.
After the pleasantries and quick introduction, you will be given time to stroll around the visitor center, while the chief tells you their way of living. The visitor center is home to several traditional tribe materials, including farm equipment and costumes, that you will see while in the area. A picnic lunch will then be served to you before you make your way back to the hotel.
Get a glimpse of the indigenous tribe life of the Batak and learn more about their culture on this whole-day trip. Check availability by choosing a date.
- All our guides speak English.
- Not all establishments accept credit or debit cards, and ATMs may be limited.
- Bring something for the tribe.