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Philippines Paradise Islands

Live the beach life on the most beautiful islands on Earth!

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Group Size: Max 22

Trip code: TUPH

Duration: 17 days

Island hopping experience
Tons of included activities
3 internal flights included

Eat, sleep, beach, repeat. That’s how we roll on this incredible 17-day group trip to heaven on Earth (AKA the Philippines). With all the most idyllic tropical locations it’s the barefoot beach experience of your dreams. Swim under turquoise waterfalls, watch the sun go down over the ocean every night with a cocktail in hand, snorkel with sea turtles, fly through the air on a beach-to-beachzipline, learn how to make traditional Filippino food with a cooking class, get to know some locals with a shared lunch and party under the stars in beautiful Boracay. The Philippines is calling!

Trip highlights

  • Swim with a vast shoal of fish on the famous Moalboal sardine run
  • Get your adrenaline pumping with a high-octane canyoneering experience at Kawasan Falls
  • Snorkel over shipwrecks teeming with life on Coron
  • Enjoy a 2-day castaway experience on the untouched tropical island of Daracotan
  • Experience the ‘Real Philippines’ in sleepy Port Barton
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What's included
  • 16 nights’ accommodation
  • 14 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 2 dinners
  • Tour guide
  • Airport pick up
  • All on trip transport including 3 internal flights
  • Island Hopping in Port Barton
  • Snorkelling with turtles
  • Canopy walks
  • Lagoon visit in El Nido
  • 2-night Isla Experience
  • Snorkel at a shipwreck
  • Island Hopping in Coron
  • Moalboal sardine run
  • Moalboal boat trip
  • Snorkelling with turtles
  • Kawasan Waterfalls
  • Paraw Sailing
  • Island hopping boat trip
  • 24/7 emergency support
What's not included
  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Insurance
  • Some meals
  • Optional activities
  • Return airport transfer
Further trip information

Day 1: Manila. Welcome to the Philippines! One of our local team will be waiting at the airport to
whisk you off to our starting accommodation. Meet your guide and new travel family later today
before heading out for a group dinner and a night out in Makati.

Day 2: Manila to Port Barton, Palawan. Take the short flight to Palawan, AKA Paradise on Earth. Our
destination is the sleepy fishing town of Port Barton. Enjoy an authentic Filippino lunch with some
lovely locals before watching the sun go down over the sparkling ocean with a cocktail in hand.

Day 3: Port Barton island hop. Hop on a longtail boat for an island-hopping adventure in paradise.
We’re talking turquoise waters, vibrantly coloured reefs, and turtles! Stop for lunch in a small fishing
village, where you’ll have a few hours to chillax on the beach before sailing back to Port Barton.

Day 4: Port Barton to El Nido. Today’s destination is El Nido. All crystal-clear lagoons, sugar-white
beaches, soaring limestone cliffs and pristine coral reefs it’s one of the best beach destinations on
Earth. Check out the town before another night out with your travel buddies.

Day 5: El Nido Island Hopping. Another day, another set of paradise islands! Hop on our traditional
banca boats for a day of jumping into the sparkling water, kayaking around untouched bays, and
snorkelling over thriving coral reefs, with a local lunch along the way.

Day 6: El Nido to Daracotan Island. Today starts with an exhilarating zip-line experience. Whizz
through the air from beach to beach, then spend the afternoon at Nacpan Beach, one of the best in
the Philippines. Then head to Daracotan Island for an incredible 2-night castaway experience.

Day 7: Daracotan Island. Hop on the banca boat again today and sail to some local shipwrecks for an
unforgettable snorkelling experience. Then pay a visit to a local village before taking part in a beach
clean. This evening, take part in a cooking class on the beach before drinks round the fire.

Day 8: Daracotan Island to Coron. Soak up your last few hours on Daracotan before we hop on the
ferry to Coron, known for its limestone landscapes, stunning beaches, freshwater lakes, and shallow-
water coral reefs. Tonight, we’re going out, out so put on your best island life glad rags!

Day 9: Coron boat trip. Shake off the night before with a boat trip round the islands around Coron.
Stretch out on some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, cruise across glistening lagoons, and
soak up the sun on deck. Sail back to Coron as the sky turns every colour of the rainbow overhead.

Day 10: Coron to Cebu. We’re jetting off to our next destination on a short flight today – Cebu, the
capital and largest city in the Philippines. Kick back in the hotel, upload some pics from the last few
days and hang with your travel buddies. This evening, we’ll see what Cebu’s nightlife is about.

Day 11: Cebu to Moalboal. We’re headed to the tiny coastal resort town of Moalboal today. But first
we’ll enjoy a lechon style lunch (that’s suckling pig) with the locals and visit the spectacular Simala
Church (think Disney castle with a Filippino twist!).

Day 12: Moalboal sardine run and turtles. Who’s up for more island hopping? With rainbow reefs
and everybody’s favourite marine animal (we’re talking turtles), it’s the snorkelling location of your
dreams. This afternoon, tick that bucket list as we hit the famous Moalboal sardine run.

Day 13: Moalboal canyoneering. Never been canyoneering? Picture beautiful blue waterfalls set in
the most stunning setting. Then imagine throwing yourself off them! If you’re not down with white
knuckling it over the falls, no problem. Just float down the river or bask on the rocks in the sun.

Day 14: Moalboal to Boracay. We’ve got another short flight today to Caticlan on Panay Island,
before a 15-minute boat ride to beautiful Boracay. Famed for its pristine white beaches, thrilling
water activities, and great nightlife, Boracay is next level. Cocktails anybody?

Day 15: Boracay paraw sailing. Catch up on some zzzzs this morning or head to the beach. This
afternoon we’re going paraw sailing! Cruise across the calm, warm waters, taking in your exquisite
surroundings. As the sun goes down, get together with the gang for dinner and a few beers.

Day 16: Boracay island hop. We’ll round off with one last day of island hopping, visiting three islands
off Boracay, each one more gorgeous than the last. Walk along white sand beaches, snorkel, and
enjoy a yummy local lunch. This evening is all about a farewell dinner and dancing under the stars.

Day 17: Trip end. All good things must come to an end and we’re packing our bags and checking out
before heading back to the airport. Your guide can help get you back to Caticlan. Better get planning
the next trip on the way!

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Arrival information

Fly into Manila Airport (MNL) on day 1 of your trip, where one of the local team will be waiting to
pick you up and take you to your starting accommodation.

The trip ends on day 17 in Boracay. The nearest airport is the Godofredo P. Ramos Airport in Caticlan
(MPH), which is a quick ten-minute boat ride away and caters to flights to and from Manila and
Cebu. You’ll need to make your own way to the airport, but your tour guide can help arrange
transfers.

Accommodation & meals

Accommodation

16 nights’ accommodation are included on this trip. You’ll be staying in twin-share rooms in hotels
and beach bungalows.

Manila: Centrally located accommodation with air-conditioned rooms with views of the city
and a rooftop bar, close to malls, the Salcedo Saturday Market and loads of restaurants and
bars.

Port Barton: Sustainable cottages on the beachfront with a balcony with amazing views of
the sea and a great restaurant specialising in local food and cocktails.

El Nido: Gorgeous hotel 1-minute walk from the beach, with private bathrooms and a
relaxed communal terrace.

Coron: Hotel based near to lots of nice restaurants and dive shops with air conditioning and
amazing sunset views.

Cebu: Centrally located hotel close to Mactan Airport with loads of restaurants nearby, and
air-conditioned rooms with private bathrooms.

Moalboal: 3-star hotel in Moalboal with bar, restaurant, outdoor swimming pool and garden,
close to Panagsama Beach, and with a private beach of its very own!

Boracay: 4-star sustainable resort just 0.5km from Boracay's famous White Beach, with
rooms with TV and private bathrooms, two pools and an on-site bar.

Meals

14 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 2 dinners are included on this trip. You’ll have to buy the rest of your
meals yourself.

Minimum age & eligibility

You’ll need to be a minimum of 18 years old to participate in this trip.

UK passport holders are permitted to enter the Philippines visa free for an initial period of 30 days.
Your passport should be valid for at least 6 months from the intended date of entry to the
Philippines.

Please note: Visa rules are subject to change. Please check for the most up to date information
before you travel.

Covid safety

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.

Healthcare
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.