Experiences are better shared. Whether you’re travelling solo or with a mate, you’ll meet people from all over the world on day 1. Your group will be no more than 20 people aged between 18-30(ish).
The Philippines: A Hidden Paradise
This tour will take you on an awesome adventure around the Philippines, with the perfect balance of culture, time to relax & fun with a group of like-minded travellers. Your tour leader will show you the best of the Philippines, off the beaten track! Spend your time exploring the islands, experiencing Filipino culture and chilling in paradise!
Day 1: Welcome to the Philippines!
Arrive at the airport where you’ll be picked up and taken to our boutique hostel in central Manila.
Get settled into your accommodation before meeting the rest of your group at our welcome dinner. After dinner, enjoy a few drinks on the rooftop terrace and check out some of our favourite Manila nightlife spots!
Day 2: Puerto Princesa
Fly to Puerto Princesa
It’s time to explore Palawan! This morning, we’ll take a short flight to Puerto Princesa where we’ll get checked into our boutique hotel and chill by the pool for a while.
We’ll spend the afternoon visiting the Iwahig Prison, one of the world’s largest open prisons where inmates govern themselves and learn new skills – truly an interesting experience! In the evening, we’ll try some Filipino street food by the water. Feeling brave? Try ‘Balut’ a Filipino delicacy!
Day 3: Island Life in Port Barton
After an early start and a bit of breakfast, we head out to the UNESCO listed Undergroup River. We’ll explore the 5-miles of rivers and caves by boat before driving to the beautiful fishing village, Port Barton.
It’s time to crack open the coconuts and chill on the golden sand listening to some reggae – island style! We’ll spend the night here, sleeping in traditional Filipino style bungalows right on the beach!
Day 4-5: Private Beach Camp
The next two days are all about experiencing the local island way of life! After breakfast we will join our local guides to explore the islands and surrounding area of Port Barton by boat. We’ll fish, snorkel coral reefs, explore tiny islands, shower in jungle waterfalls and discover the Starfish Fields.
In the evening we’ll get together around the fire by our very own little beach bar to watch the sunset (this area is famous for some amazing ones!) before tucking into a feast of grilled fish, pork, rice, veggies & fruit, prepared by our local guides! Tonight, you’ll be sleeping right on the beach in a tent, waking up in paradise!
Day 6: El Nido Bound!
Paradise & Beach Bars
Enjoy breakfast in our beautiful surroundings before heading to our stunning secret paradise, El Nido. You’ll see why Palawan was named the most beautiful island group in the world!
We’ll check in to our funky (and exclusive) hostel, then we’ll head out to one of our favourite beach bars for an evening of food, reggae and fun with your new travel family!
Day 7: Island Hopping
Island Hopping Adventure
Today, we’ll set sail on the most infamous boat in El Nido stopping off to jump into emerald waters for a spot of snorkelling and kayaking. The onboard crew will take care of all your food and drinks for the day so spend the day sipping on cocktails and beers, playing in the water and taking in the amazing views! We’ll head back to El Nido for the night, watching the sunset as we cruise back.
Day 8: El Nido Town
Beach, Chill & Massage time!
Today, we’ll discover El Nido town, taking a short trek and canopy walk up to the famous cliffs overlooking the incredible bay and Cadlao Island. Next it’s time to chill-out with a traditional Filipino massage near the beach. Explore the town, meet the locals and r-e-l-a-x!
Day 9: Culture & Adventure
Markets & Adventure
You can’t come to the Philippines without visiting a local market! This morning, we’ll do exactly that, travelling there on a tricycle to learn about the types of fresh seafood and local produce on offer. Afterwards, we’ll take a short jungle hike before arriving at our exclusive beach hut ready for an action packed day.
We have activities ranging from cooking Filipino food, climbing coconut trees, coconut leaf weaving, fishing and learning Filipino dances. This evening you’ll have the option to take the zip line – an exhilarating experience where you fly between two islands over the ocean! We’ll spend the rest of the evening lounging on the stunning Las Cabanas Beach to take in the sunset!
Day 10: Farewell
Goodbye for now!
It’s time to say goodbye for now! You can choose to fly back to Manila from a small airport in El Nido, or join us in our minivan back to Puerto Princesa (where flights are usually cheaper!) where our trip comes to an end after an amazing 10 days in paradise!
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