join us for a once in a lifetime expedition to a remote, inspirational paradise.

NEGROS, the philippines

Dec 2 - 9, 2017

After a successful voyage through the Palawan islands in February, we will return to the Philippines this December ready to undertake an epic project, Rogue Plastic . This time, we shall be exploring the diverse and fascinating Negros region, from Bacolod city to Dumaguete. Calling Danjugan island our wilderness home for the VOPO Brainmelt series.

On this journey you will enter a realm vastly different from a typical holiday, in some of the most pristine, undeveloped places. Together with our fantastic partners, Danjugan Sanctuary and The Philippine Reef and Rainforest Conservation Foundation, inc., you will be lead through a cultural delight, surrounded by natural phenomena with the unique opportunity to use our Brainmelt systems-thinking approach and design framework to create tangible, positive change with a passionate team of global leaders.


The Pilipino Student Scholarships are now closed! 
Winner announced October 10

Thank you to our incredible partners.


It is our mission to curate extraordinary expeditions that enhance Earth and self.


is this for me?

VOPO Expeditions invite participants from all walks of life. Whether you bring multiple qualifications, practical experience or enthusiasm, we extend this experience to everyone.

One critical factor is openness. Danjugan is a self-sustaining nature sanctuary. Reliant on solar energy and limited rainwater sources. Together, we will embrace the simplistic beauty of life. You won't get high-speed internet, but you will access a new world of connection and insight.



7 days, round trip from Manila (1 night) - Danjugan island (5 nights) - Dumaguete (1 night).

Immerse yourself in the VOPO Brainmelt intellectual workshops embedded throughout the adventure. 

Gain a deeper understanding of ecology, sustainable design and human psychology. As a participant, you will have the opportunity to showcase your knowledge around a nominated topic. We will capture data, work with pioneers and learn from guest speakers to together develop a critical waste strategy for the region of Negros Occidental.

  • Domestic flights, boat and van transfers plus
  • All accommodation (Manila, Danjugan island exclusive retreat & Dumaguete)
  • Yoga, kayaking and meditation by our private island lagoon
  • Guided treks and informative science sessions
  • Exceptional snorkelling, free diving and boutique scuba diving
  • Secret boat voyage to neighbouring islands
  • VOPO Brainmelt intellectual series, inc surprise guest speakers
  • Local, delicious cuisine catered for all meals
  • Complimentary spirits at our Nudibranch island bar.


*Excludes international flights, travel insurance & scuba diving (request at competitive price)


VOPO Expeditions were conceptualised to address social and environmental challenges, by bringing skilled humans, adventurers & innovative minds together from across the world for an experience like no other. The itinerary is designed to connect, intellectually stimulate and inspire new ways of tackling some of the worlds biggest feats. All in a pristine setting with the wisdom of locals and curious company who are eager to dive deep, get exploring and bask in the glory of nature. Read our Sustainability Policy

Be a part of the expedition by choosing how we offset our emissions and equalise our impact.

As air travel is a huge contributor to environmental degradation, our team are currently focused on calculating our carbon footprint. For which, we are developing a method to account for the impact of all miles (revealed soon). We also respect our role as guests in each host country, knowing that long-term strong partnerships are imperative to sustainable outcomes and allow us to be responsive to the genuine goals of the region. VOPO also devote a portion of Expedition places to local scholarship participants, a measure that maximises accessibility. This is also key to our mission, exploring unintended consequences and addressing systems rather than symptoms. Additionally, we stay at locations that are off the grid, investing in local employment, with a commitment towards conservation and in harmony with nature.

See the below survival guide for essential info and a packing checklist.


It may challenge your comforts. 
what you discover outside that zone, 
could change your life forever.


open your mind to what you can offer and see what magic the planet gives back to you.







Refer to the VOPO Philippines Expedition Project Plan for more details