Fun in the Philippines on this action packed 10 day tour!
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Group Size: Max 22
Trip code: PHTO
Duration: 10 days
Enjoy a truly Filipino experience on this 10 day tour! Join a small group of likeminded adventurers and take in perfect beaches, stunning islands, and lively nightlife – all in the gorgeous landscapes of the Philippines! You will stay in a range of beautiful accommodation, from beachside resorts to tents on the sand, so you’ll soon be living it up like a local! Enjoy an island hopping cruise in El Nido and the nightlife of Puerto Princesa. Then get a unique cultural experience in a small rural village and learn how to live life the Filipino way. This fantastic fully-guided tour is the ultimate introduction to paradise. Bring on those beaches!
- Meet adventurous like-minded people in the gorgeous Philippines!
- Discover the jaw-dropping Puerto Princesa Underground River
- Sleep in tents on a pristine private island – fall asleep to the sounds of the ocean!
- Experience true Filipino culture – learn how to weave palm leaves and whip up delicious ‘Adobo’ dishes!
Day 1: Arrive in Manila. Arrive into Manila Airport and be transferred to your accommodation. Meet your fellow travellers on the roof terrace and then enjoy a delicious group meal.
Day 2: Manila/Palawan. Fly to Palawan. Visit the unusual Iwahig Prison. In the evening, try some tasty Filipino seafood.
Day 3: Underground River. Discover the incredible UNESCO Puerto Princesa Underground River by boat and then travel to unspoilt town of Port Barton.
Day 4-5: Island living. Climb aboard a boat to cruise around the surrounding island beaches. Catch fish to grill on the beach, and snorkel shoulder to shoulder with turtles along the reefs. You’ll be sleeping in tents on the beach – a true island adventure! During your time on the island you will also visit a local school and interact with local children.
Day 6: El Nido. Time to depart Port Barton and head to El Nido. Spend the evening relaxing on the beach. Then get dressed up for a night at a lively beachside reggae bar!
Day 7: Island Hopping. Cruise around gorgeous tiny islands on a private boat. Take some time to snorkel and kayak around the islands, and feast on the delicious food that is freshly prepared onboard. All drinks included onboard.
Day 8: Canopy Walk and Massage. Walk along rope bridges through the treetops and climb up to the top of the limestone cliffs and marvel at the incredible panoramic views of the town. Then enjoy an inclusive traditional Filipino massage!
Day 9: El Nido Cultural Experience. Explore the villages surrounding El Nido and learn local skills such as coconut shaving. Opt to experience an awesome 750m zipline that whizzes across the ocean between two tropical islands! (Extra cost of PH500/approx. £7.50)
Day 10: Depart El Nido. It’s time to say goodbye to this fantastic 10-day adventure! Fly out from El Nido or take an inclusive 6-hour return transfer to Puerto Princesa Airport and fly from there.
Please note: Itinerary is a guide only and subject to change. The order of activities may vary.
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Arrive into Manila airport on day 1, where you will be met and transferred to your accommodation.
Your tour ends in El Nido on day 10. We recommend flying out from El Nido airport on this day. An airport transfer is not included but is easy to arrange.
Alternatively, you can take a 6-hour return airport transfer to Puerto Princesa airport, which is included in the trip cost. If you choose this option, please book flights that depart after 7pm to allow time for transfer and check-in.
9 nights’ accommodation is included in the cost of the tour. Accommodation will mainly be in multi-share hostels, hotels and beachside resorts. One night will be spent in shared tents on the beach. All accommodation is clean and of a high standard and a maximum of 4 per room. Twin/double and private rooms are available for an additional cost, please contact us for details.
8 breakfasts, 4 lunches, and 2 dinners are included on this tour. You will be required to purchase the rest of your meals yourself. This is an excellent opportunity to throw yourself into local life and sample delicious local food. The Philippines has a rich and varied cuisine, with specialities including crispy salt fish, squash and eggplant stews, and beef cooked in tomatoes and bananas. Food is mostly very cheap so eating out won’t break the bank!
Our local team have installed safe refillable water stations at every overnight stop on this tour and also at many of the activity destinations as well. In an effort to reduce the use of single use plastics, we ask that you bring your own refillable water bottle with you on this trip.
The minimum age to join this group tour is 18.
British citizens can enter the Philippines without a visa for a stay of up to 30 days, provided you have a valid return or onward travel ticket and six months validity on your passport. Visa rules and regulations are subject to change. Please check the relevant embassy websites for up to date information.
This trip is designed with your safety and wellbeing in mind. As a result of Covid-19, many of our suppliers and partners around the world are introducing new policies and procedures surrounding health and safety in response to the Coronavirus outbreak. As the state of travel is evolving these new safety measures will adapt over time, and will be different for each trip. Here are some of the changes you may see on your trip:
Arrival safety meetings
Most trips have an arrival meeting on the first day where the guide or local team will run through the trip, the safety protocols, and to answer any questions you may have. Now more than ever it is important you arrive in time for these meetings.
Proof of vaccination or negative covid test
For the safety of all travellers, at the start of some trips you may be required to show evidence that you are fully vaccinated (14 days after your second dose) and/or show evidence of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of the tour start date in order to join the programme.
Updated hygiene and safety procedures
Our suppliers and partners have health and safety procedures in place on all of our trips. These protocols will be updated and adapted as a response to the Coronavirus outbreak, dependent on local restrictions and laws.
Transport and accommodation choices
Our suppliers and partners choose the accommodation and transport on our trips very carefully, and you may see a change to what would normally be used as a response to the outbreak. This may involve such changes as enhanced use of private transport or quieter accommodation.
Trained and knowledgeable staff
Our staff in the UK are trained to help you with your trip before you depart and answer any questions you may have. In addition, the local team and guides on our trips are there to help with any health and safety concerns and to ensure our trips run safely and smoothly.
Reduced group sizes
Some trips will run with reduced group sizes to start with. You may find that trips are more intimate and chilled, whilst still being packed with fun and adventure.
Your guide or the local team will be on hand to help you seek medical attention should you require it during your trip. As medical facilities and standards can vary around the world, you should ensure you have adequate travel insurance in place before you depart to cover you for any medical emergencies.
24/7 emergency support
We operate an emergency phone line for our travellers abroad. This is operated by a UK based member of staff 24/7 if you have a genuine emergency or urgent matter that you need attending.
It is important that you take measures to make travelling safer for yourself and others around you. Ensure you frequently wash your hands, cover your face when you sneeze and cough, bring and use your own hand sanitiser and facial coverings/masks, and enable social distancing where necessary. You should also ensure you listen to the instructions and guidance of the local team at all times, and follow all local laws and restrictions.