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  • Where is DRYFT Camp?
    We are nestled on the stunning and serene Daracotan Island, located in the northernmost part of El Nido, Palawan. Find us on Google Maps.
  • How do I get to you?
    To get to us from overseas, you'll be flying into Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Manila). Then you have 2 choices. The most straightforward route is to fly into Lio Airport (El Nido). The more adventurous route is to fly into Puerto Princesa International Airport (Puerto Princesa) and then take a 5 1/2-hour bus or van ride to El Nido. Once you arrive in El Nido, head to TownSquare where you can join our shared shuttle departing at 13.00pm. If you can't join us for our shared shuttle. We can arrange a private shuttle for your pick-up for $40 USD for one way. From here it is a 45-minute van ride to the Village of Teneguiban where our boat will then take you to DRYFT Camp. To ensure a smooth arrival at our DRYFT retreat, we kindly advise you to keep in mind that the journey to our location involves a 15-minute boat ride through the sea. As you embark on this adventure, please be prepared for potential splashes along the way.
  • How does check-in work?
    We arrange a shared shuttle to the island every day at 13.00pm, which is included in your yoga retreat package*. Our pick-up point is at TownSquare, El Nido. We ask that you arrive 15 minutes early to get everything situated before we depart. The shuttle will bring guests to the village of Teneguiban, a 45 minutes drive from El Nido town. From there, you will take a 15-minute boat ride to Dryft Camp. If your travel schedule does not allow you to join our shared shuttle, please let us know in advance and we will happily assist you in arranging private transportation to the island. The price for a private shuttle is $40 USD each way. FOR SAFETY REASONS, WE DO NOT ALLOW CHECK-IN AFTER SUNSET DUE TO COASTGUARD REGULATIONS. *shared shuttle is not included for hotel guests who have upgraded to a yoga package
  • How does check-out work?
    Our check-out boat will leave at 11.00am take you to Teneguiban Village, where our shared shuttle will transport you back to El Nido town center. The estimated time of arrival is 12.30pm.
  • What travel documents do I need?
    You’ll need a passport valid for a least six months after your planned departure date. Fill out your MANDATORY Philippine E-Travel portal to show when you land. You may only register within 72 hours prior to your arrival in the Philippines.
  • Do I need insurance?
    It is always recommended when traveling anywhere to arrange appropriate traveller’s/health insurance for the duration of your trip.
  • Are you Dot Accredited?
    Yes! You can find us under Dryft Travel Expeditions.
  • What is the currency? How does payment work?
    Philippine Peso is the national currency. At DRYFT Camp, we are cash only so make sure you have extra change for any lunch, snacks, or additional activities you would like to purchase. Things for purchase on the island include drinks, SUP use, massage services, private 1:1 yoga sessions, and laundry services. You can settle your bill just upon check-out. If your cash is not enough, we will advise the driver to drop you at one of the ATM shops in town, then, you can pay the balance to them.
  • Can I get a refund?
    Please look at our terms and conditions for more information.
  • Is airport transfer included?
    No, only transfer to El Nido town is included (for yoga retreat guests). We can arrange a private shuttle for you if needed. It will be $40 USD one way.
  • Can I come alone?
    Of course! You can come to this retreat as a couple, as a group, or by yourself. We have multiple room options, you can stay by yourself, or share with one.
  • How safe is it to travel alone as a woman?
    The Philippines is generally a safe country for solo female travelers, but as with any destination, it's important to take precautions and practice good personal safety. It's always a good idea to research the areas you plan to visit and avoid any areas that may be considered unsafe, particularly at night. Additionally, it's important to dress modestly and respectfully, which is a common cultural practice in the Philippines. Be mindful and respectful of the culture, especially in town and in establishments.
  • What is life like on Darocotan?
    Our island vibe is laid-back, with a focus on living in harmony with nature and each other. Whether you're lounging on the beach or exploring the island, you'll feel a sense of ease and belonging at DRYFT. Our community is made up of people from all walks of life, united by our love for the island life and the sense of freedom and connection it brings. We are based on a small island with no roads. With this in mind, it’s the perfect location to take it to unwind, take a dive, enjoy walks along the beach, or even relax with a cocktail or a book. We try not to complicate things and hope to give you a little slice of paradise, with comfort.
  • What is the weather like?
    February to May is the dry season. Guests can expect plenty of sunshine and warm temperatures. This is the perfect time to explore the island's stunning beaches, swim in crystal-clear waters, and indulge in water sports like kayaking and paddle boarding. The dry season is also a great time to hike the island's trails and take in the breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape. June to December is the wet season. The island becomes more lush and vibrant. Rain showers are more frequent, bringing new life to the flora and fauna, but there's still plenty of sunshine in between. While some may find the rainy weather to be a bit of a challenge, we find it to be a refreshing and cleansing experience, as the rain brings a sense of renewal and rejuvenation! Even in the peak rainy season, the days are not a washout. Typically there is sun every morning and there will be 3-4 days of rain in the afternoon. Temperatures are fairly constant all year round, with average temperatures of around 24-28°C.
  • How do you power DRYFT?
    We try to run 100% solar. However, on cloudy days, we may have to run a generator. We may sometimes turn off electricity for a couple hours during the day to conserve energy. Please keep in mind that our power system can't handle high wattage electronics like a hair dryer.
  • Is there wifi?
    Due to our location, providing WIFI to guests is not feasible at this time. However, this has been a favorite feature of our past guests who lavish the opportunity to turn off their cell phones and experience a digital detox in paradise. Pick up a SMART SIM upon your arrival at the airport, if needed. We have signal at various locations of the island.
  • What should I bring?
    We encourage guests to pack minimally to make the journey to the island easier. We are an eco-resort and our location makes dealing with trash more complicated. We ask that you please refrain from bringing all single-use plastic to cut down on waste. We recommend packing light and using a backpack instead of traditional luggage. This will make it easier to move around the island and navigate any uneven terrain. Additionally, packing light supports our commitment to sustainable travel by reducing the need for transportation and limiting our environmental impact. Some basic items to pack: Yoga gear, light and plentiful Swimwear Beach towel Waterproof sunblock and zinc Light clothing Some long-sleeved and leg-covering clothes to protect from the sun A personal first-aid kit A decent mosquito repellent Comprehensive travel insurance Please check out our full packing list here.
  • Do you provide towels?
    We provide towels for use, but ask that you bring your own beach towels.
  • Do you offer laundry services?
    Yes, we offer hand-washed laundry services for 100 php/ per kilo. Our clothes are hung to dry so expect to have your clean clothes back within 1-2 days depending on the weather. We ask that you do not do your own laundry in our bathrooms (due to our limited water supply).
  • What times are quiet hours?
    We strive to maintain a peaceful environment for all guests during the hours of 20.00pm to 6.00am. However, we understand that sometimes the evening may carry on, and we will do our best to be flexible with extending quiet hours.
  • What language will your classes be held in?
    Our classes and workshops will be held in English.
  • How much yoga can I expect during my retreat?
    We offer two yoga sessions, one in the morning and one in the evening. They range from 90 minutes to 2 hours long. You will still have plenty of time to relax by the beach, read a book, or take a long hammock nap! If you would like more time for practice, we encourage you to book a private session with one of our DRYFT teachers.
  • Do you supply yoga props?
    We provide eco-sustainable cork yoga mats, cork blocks, straps, and bolsters for your use during yoga sessions. Kindly note that we do not offer yoga towels, so we recommend bringing your own if you prefer to use one.
  • What type of yoga do you teach?
    All of the classes are suitable for practitioners of any level, from beginner to advanced, and modifications can be offered for those less or more experienced. Morning classes tend to be more dynamic, the evening classes are slower flow or Yin. The types of yoga styles that our experienced DRYFT teachers will teach are Vinyasa, Hatha, Yin,Embodied Flow, Restorative, Yoga Nidra, and Bhakti.
  • I have an injury and/or existing health condition... How can I assess whether it's safe for me to book?
    We highly recommend consulting with your General Health Practitioner first before booking with us, especially if you have a pre-existing injury or medical condition. Additionally, please send an email to Siân, our wellness director, at to discuss your specific needs and concerns. Our knowledgeable yoga teachers will be informed of your situation and can offer modified asanas to accommodate your injury. Your safety and well-being are our top priorities, and we are happy to work with you to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable experience at DRYFT Camp.
  • What type of food and drinks do you offer?
    The included meals (breakfast and dinner) during your stay will be made by our talented Filipino chefs. Our small menu changes daily and is made from the freshest ingredients to create delicious Asian fusion-style food. For lunch, each meal costs between P300-P500. We also have a bar menu that you can purchase a nice cocktail or beer from to cap off the night. We have afternoon snacks for purchase as well after lunch. We have a fully flexible kitchen to cater to all diets, so please specify in your registration form. We do our best to use as little plastic as possible, so we don't offer commercial Coke-Cola and sodas but will instead be offering what our island can give like coconut water, fresh fruit shakes like mango, pineapple, etc. We have free purified drinking water at the camp. Strictly no outside food and drinks allowed.
  • Can I bring my own food and drinks?
    We're committed to reducing our environmental impact and limiting single-use plastics and unnecessary waste. For this reason, we kindly ask that you do not bring any outside food or drinks to our camp. Instead, we provide delicious and nourishing meals made with locally sourced, sustainable ingredients.
  • Is the water safe to drink?
    Yes, all the water and ice we serve is purified water. The water from our sinks and showers is also safe to brush your teeth with.
  • What other activities do you offer, aside from yoga?
    Depending on your retreat, you will have workshops planned within your retreat itinerary. In your free time, we have free use of snorkel and fins so that you can explore our front-door beach to find Nemo or explore the sunken shipwreck. We also have SUP boards for rent. You have a whole island to explore! If you are feeling a bit yin, the second floor of our Mothership has space for you to lounge in our hammocks and benches to reflect on your time here.
  • Do you have a spa on site?
    We are planning to build a spa in 2024, but we have treatment spaces for massage.
  • Do you have a first aid kit?
    We have a basic first aid kit, but for travelling purposes, we encourage you to bring your own.
  • I have a shellfish allergy. What should I do with my medications and supplements during my stay?
    Please bring any medications or supplements that you need. We can happily store them for you, but please let us know ahead of time.
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