July 4, 2018 Catherine Mendoza 23Comment

Chris and I had been hoping for the longest time to try sailing. So during our 15-day vacation in El Nido, we did it!


Prior to that, we celebrated our first year anniversary. Sailing added to the spectacle of the occasion.

How it went

Anyone who will try this activity is required to take a course. There are different options. We took the 1.5-hour course that explained the basics of sailing.


A guide taught us every little thing we needed to know. Before he began, he asked us five things that we knew about sailing. For instance, he asked us how we would know where the wind was coming from. Chris got all the answers. He got the water motion, the small color coded flags tied on the boat, signifying wind directions that tied on the boat, and three more things I have already forgotten. (I wasn’t actively listening, sorry. Oops.)

A Day in the Life of a Sailor


The guide explained every tiny detail. He made sure that we were fully informed about the things we needed to know before embarking on a trip to the sea. He also explained what to do if the sailboat capsized.

We enjoyed learning many things about sailing. The course took almost 2 hours because of the wind that day. In sailing, all your actions depend on the wind.


But what if there’s no wind to keep the boat moving? Well, that’s what the paddle is for. That will be tiring, though.

After the course, we went back to our hotel room at El Mahogany Beach Front Resort to pack and prepare our stuff. 


What to bring:

√ Food

√ Water

√ Sunscreen

The following items are already on the boat:


√  Life vest

√ Emergency phone (in case something unfortunate happens)

√ A map showing us the points where we’re allowed to sail in, dock and do some activities like snorkeling

√ A paddle 

A Day in the Life of a Sailor

A Day in the Life of a Sailor

A Day in the Life of a Sailor

And then we were off to some adventures! 


Chris was mostly in charge of sailing, but we worked as a team. He was the captain and I was his crew. We worked together to sail in the middle of the ocean.

What’s interesting about it

We were in charge of our boat. There was no guide to help us, so it was total freedom. We were free to choose the islands we’d go to (but of course, only those on the map). We went to Pinagbuntayan Island, a sort of private island that is an ideal place for snorkeling. It was wonderful to have sailed across the sea and docked on the island considering that we were first timers.

We kept on sailing through the wide blue ocean, waited and hoped for good winds and enjoyed the time sailing together even though Chris wasn’t feeling well that time. 

On our sailing day, Chris @resiak_c did almost all the job even though he wasn’t feeling well. We were a bit stuck in the middle of the ocean 🌊 since sailing ⛵️ means relying your movement through the wind 💨. In that case, we worked as a team, an amazing team like we always are! 👌😍😂🥨🌴 . . . . How’s sailing ⛵️ for you? 😂 . . . . . #travelgram #couplegoals #travelstyle #travel #travelstroke #travelers #couple #wanderer #instagood #instadaily #photooftheday #letsgosomewhere #globetrotters #asiandestination #passionpassport #palawan #asia #philippines #escape #worldtravel #worldtravelers #escapesanddiaries #itsmorefuninthephilippines #ElNido #rx0 #love #sailing #sail #team #amazingteam

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As the guide advised, we had to be back before 5pm. Otherwise, they would come and rescue us especially if they didn’t receive a message from us. 

In late evenings, wind is scarce, so it would be difficult to go back to the shore. It’s important to listen and follow the guide’s rules for your own safety. 


Why try sailing

It’s entertaining and challenging. It will also test you on the water. Yes, you could also do other traditional water activities such as swimming, snorkeling, parasailing, banana boating and the like, but sailing is a whole new level of adrenaline rush. It gives both a different sense of adventure and practical knowledge on the sea. 


In total, we paid P3,500. We started off at around 130pm and finished sailing at around 530pm. We got a special discount from Uzband that specializes in this water adventure. They also design other water activities such as water camping. Special thanks to Uzband for this incredible sailing experience.  To know more, you may inquire through their official Facebookor Instagram  pages.

A Day in the Life of a Sailor



Have you done sailing? How was your experience? Share it below!


Disclaimer: Although we were given a discount, this isn’t a sponsored post. Review is written by me. 


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23 thoughts on “A Day in the Life of a Sailor

  1. I’ve never done sailing, but been on many boat trips in Italy. I think it’s great you took the opportunity to be the captain of your own ship. I love your photos of the place, and missing the sea right now! Oh, and many congratulations on your anniversary too.

  2. What a great way to spend some quality time in the sea by sailing yourself. Great idea and looks like so much fun. Surprised that only a 1.5 hrs training and pointers and you can go off sail by yourself. The best part is like you said you are in charge and do as you please. Thanks fir sharing a great idea.

  3. That looks and sounds like a perfect adventure and way to explore new places. Sailing was so far never really an option for me, but now after reading your article I am absolutely curious about it. It sounds great that it just takes such a short course to already start your own tour. Thank you for this inspiration, this is something i will keep in mind for my next adventures.

  4. Ive never tried sailing but it seems like so much fun! I am not sure if I would trust myself after 1,5h course so bravo for you! 🙂 It must feel amazing being in charge on that boat, just you, your partner and nothing besides water around 🙂 I must look into it next time I am travelling to some place where I can try it 🙂 Thanks for sharing

  5. I go sailing all the time in California but this is another level! its actually really reasonably priced and such a great freedom to get it on your own without others complaining if you want to stop and jump in the water!

  6. I haven’t tried sailing and now I want to ask my boyfriend that we try it as well. What’s your favorite place in El Nido? We will going to have a long weekend there soon!

  7. How exciting! You people do things I haven’t even dreamed about. Absolute freedom in the big vast ocean! Super thrilling! Definitely something I am planning to do next.

  8. Wow.. This is such an interesting way to island hop in El Nido, one that I haven’t heard that much of! Kudos to Chris for being a trooper despite not feeling well. Sounds like you both had a wonderful time!.. and happy anniversary to you both too! 🙂

  9. Being a sailor must be the childhood dream for many. Glad that you experienced it at least once. I wonder when I will get to do it some day!

  10. What an absolute thrilling activity! I’m not sure if I would have the confidence to take this on after such a short instruction time. I think I would be worried about my lack of practice/skill and something I might have forgotten in the training. But I’m sure the experts know what they are doing in their training and it really does look like you had such a wonderful day with good sailing conditions. Lovely photos and congratulations on your anniversary! A great way to spend the day for sure – something quite unforgettable.

  11. Looks like you had an awesome adventurous day sailing. Thanks for all the tips and prices and so on. I hope the things you forgot weren’t the important parts hahaha. Happy first anniversary and Good luck to you and Chris!

  12. What a lovely way to celebrate your anniversary, I must also include adventurous as well. I have been sailing couple of times but with a professional handling everything. This sounds exhilarating and so much fun, I would love to try it myself someday.

  13. That reminds me again. I have to plan a trip to Indonesia and Philippines!
    It would be awesome to try out sailing and somehow I’ve never though much about it.
    Good to know that there’s a phone in the sail. I’m a bit paranoid!!!

  14. I have never gone sailing but this experience looks really nice! I would be scared to go by myself though. haha. Such a nice way to celebrate your anniversary as well 🙂

  15. This sounds like a great experience, and good that they take the training seriously since you will sail quite far and be out of their sight. I did a brief sailing experience on our honeymoon but fell off the tiny sailboat twice, so it’s fortunate we didn’t go very far out from our resort’s dock!!

  16. My husband and I learned to cat sailing in Tanzania last year and loved it. We were only able to stay in the bay though so I love the fact that you got to island hop and had an emergency phone to help

  17. I’ve never been sailing as I am a little scared of the water, but it looks like you had a fabulous time and what a way to celebrate an anniversary! What makes me feel better about it is that you had really good training, so safety was high up on the agenda!

  18. Wow what a beautiful experience to be able to sail your own boat and visit private islands. I would love to have a boat and the flexibility to choose where to stop, be it for snorkelling or a beach to enjoy a nice meal. I am not sure how good I’d be with the sailing bit though. And for sure, I’d need someone along with me for it, it’s not something I can do by myself! A very cool experience I’m going to put on my bucket list though.

  19. Wow! This sounds like an incredible adventure to pump up your adrenaline. It really takes a lot of courage to sail alone in the open sea with no guide, especially as first timers. I’ve never tried sailing but after reading your post, I think I must give it a try. Thanks for sharing this amazing experience.

  20. Wow… This is a novel experience. The whole use of wind and the steering in water… Challenging indeed. I would be keen to give it a shot for sure. Loved this virtual journey

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