Discover a different side of a beautiful island
In 2013, a farming and fishing village in Maribojoc, Bohol was destroyed by a 7.2 magnitude earthquake. A month after that, the same village was hit by typhoon Haiyan. Despite those hardships, the community did not lose spirit. With the help of Gawad Kalinga, the community has since been able to rebuild its houses, create sustainable livelihoods, and transform lives.
Live how the locals live
Experience Filipino hospitality at its most authentic as you cook, plant, and share stories with island locals in this unique homestay adventure.
Relax by the beach or take a dip in a river
Have an afternoon for rest and reflection or even more adventure! Spend it lazing on the famous white sand or crossing nearby fresh waters. Mangrove tours, tarsier visits, and firefly-lit boat tours are also available.
We’ll arrive at GK Maribojoc and get a tour of the community and eco-farm. It’s never too long after meeting welcoming Filipino families that they offer you a meal – but this time we’re being welcomed all the way into the kitchen! We’ll learn how to cook a Filipino dish and then have lunch with the community.
The afternoon will be spent playing with the kids, planting in the community garden, and making peanut butter Bohol-style.
We’ll have a boodle-fight dinner then end the night with by making some s’mores and friendship bracelets.
This day starts bright and early at breakfast with the community. The rest of the day will be spent planting in the garden, making tablea (a popular Filipino chocolate product), and resting and playing.
We’ll depart for the hotel before the sunsets.
*Dinner is not included
Get ready for a day in the islands! We’ll leave for beautiful Pamilacan island a bit after our hotel breakfast. At Pamilacan, we’ll island hop, snorkel at Turtle Point and Coral Garden, dolphin watch, and camp out overnight.
Enjoy a morning on the island before we head back to the hotel & the main land.
*Lunch and dinner are not included
The morning is yours to get a few more hours of sun at Aloha Beach, go Firefly kayaking, or just relax at the hotel. We’ll depart for the airport before lunch.
*Aloha Beach and Firefly kayaking are additional activities
The colorful houses hidden among mango and banana trees are home to 18 inspiring families of the Gawad Kalinga Maribojoc Community.
Maribojoc was one of the areas severely affected by the 7.2 magnitude earthquake of October 2013. A month after the earthquake, typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest tropical cyclones that have hit the country, also struck the community. This left the community houseless and hungry but not hopeless.
Today, the community stands strong with their hopes, dreams, and skills. Backyard farms are lush with papayas, calamansi (local lime), and an assortment of vegetables. Products like locally made peanut butter, tablea (chocolate), and banana chips are in the works. Some locals have also begun looking into making goods such as dinnerware from coconut shells. Community members are eager to share their stories and use their resources to rebuild their lives.