This page serves to guide our guests if they want to cancel a boat trip based on the wind and waves. Below you will find a computer generated model of the predicted weather conditions for our island in Linapacan. This should serve as a general guide for our boat tours between El Nido and Coron. The section between Linapacan (where we are located and about half way between El Nido and Coron) and Coron is generally more open ocean and rougher than the section between El Nido/Sibaltan and Linapacan.
You can check out the seven day forecast for the Qi Palawan weather station, north east of El Nido. The winds are generally calmer there, but it can serve as a guideline for a seven day forecast. Our cancellation policy is seven days. If you cancel less than seven days before your tour begins you will not get your $100 deposit back (if you paid a higher deposit you will get the rest).
If the coast guard or boat operator feels that the conditions are too extreme and unsafe, you will get your deposit back in full. The coast guards are trained and experienced in these matters, while the boat is the lifeblood for the boatman and they will not risk losing it for a little income. They get a steady stream of tours from us and do not need to take such risks.
However, you might not be used to bigger waves and be scared. In our paid windguru table at the top of this page, the most important is the fourth row, showing Wind Gusts (in knots). When it gets up to around 34, the coastguards generally start shutting down the boats and do not let them leave the harbour. Around 29 it may seem too rough for some people’s tastes. The second row shows the time of day in GMT time, so add 8 hours to get Filipino time. Therefore, 20h would be 8pm in London/GMT or 4am here in the Philippines. The sixth row shows the wave height, another important statistic. These statistics are for the Dimancal area based on a computer model and tend to change from day to day, but are generally pretty accurate.
Another source is google’s Weather Hazards Report for the Philippines:
Another option is to do a google search for “typhoon philippines”, go to the News link at the top, and at the bottom of that page subscribe to a google news feed/alert based on this search. This will send you an email about news articles which have those two keywords in it.
Generally though the typhoons go around the north tip of the country and hit the east coast the hardest. By the time they get around to the Palawan area, they are generally tame and you only get the tail end of them, the main body moving on towards Vietnam and mainland China. I survived 8 typhoons last year and only about two of them actually went straight through this area, or nearby, but even then it was quite manageable and even invigorating. However, after planting trees for seven summers in Canada, I find wild nature quite invigorating and nothing to fear.