Island hopping fun in the sun!
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Group Size: Max 22
Trip code: PHTO
Duration: 10 or 14 days
Go full Filipino on this awesome island-hopping tour! Join a small group of like-minded adventurers and explore the perfect beaches, paradise islands, and lively nightlife of the Philippines. You’ll stay in a range of boutique backpacker accommodation, from stylish beachside resorts to rustic tents on the sand. Take a 2-day cruise through the bluest water you’ve ever seen in El Nido, party the night away in Puerto Princesa, enjoy a unique cultural experience in a small rural village, hike through the treetops in El Nido, and chill out with a traditional Filipino massage on the beach – bliss! Boost your trip from 10 days to 14 and explore the wonders of Coron and the surrounding islands too.
- Get your Robinson Crusoe on, with a night under the stars on a secluded island, sleeping in tents on the beach
- Take a treetop hike on El Nido’s lush, jungle trails, along rope bridges through the canopy to a jaw-dropping viewpoint at the top of limestone cliffs
- Discover the fairy-tale caves and grottoes of the Puerto Princesa Underground River
- Enjoy a Filipino cultural day, learning how to weave palm leaves, climb coconut trees, and whip up delicious ‘Adobo’ dishes!
- Bliss out on a two-day island-hopping adventure around Coron, stopping at dreamy beaches, swimming in sparkling freshwater lakes, and snorkelling over shipwrecks (14 day trip)
Day 1: Manila. Arrive in Manila airport and transfer to your stylish accommodation in the city. This evening, meet the rest of your group and tuck into a delicious group meal before sampling Manila’s sizzling night life!
Day 2: Manila to Puerto Princesa (Palawan). After a delicious breakfast, hop on a short flight to Palawan, AKA heaven on Earth! After a quick dip in the hotel pool, visit quirky Iwahig Prison before enjoying some authentic Filipino seafood on the beach tonight. Does life get any better?
Day 3: Puerto Princesa to Port Barton. Head to the Puerto Princesa Underground River and cruise through the staggering network of underground caves. Then travel to the tranquil town of Port Barton where we’ll be staying in traditional Filipino bungalows on the sugar-white beach.
Day 4-5: Port Barton boat trip. Climb aboard our boat for an amazing 2-day cruise. You’ll catch fish to grill on the beach, and snorkel shoulder to shoulder with turtles along the reefs. Don't miss a visit to the protected turtle hatchery on the island too! We’ll be spending tonight on a secluded island, sleeping in tents on the beach – Robinson Crusoe feels!
Day 6: Port Barton to El Nido. We’re heading to El Nido after breakfast. The scenery on the journey is next level, so grab a window-seat if you can! When we arrive, drop your bags at the funkiest hostel in Palawan, and spend the evening enjoying dinner and drinks on the beach with the gang.
Day 7: El Nido hike & cultural day. Take a short jungle hike before arriving at our beach hut for a cultural day. Cook Filipino food, try stick fighting and coconut leaf weaving, learn traditional dances and more! Then chill on Las Cabanas Beach or take a high-octane zip line between two islands!
Day 8: El Nido island hopping. Enjoy an epic day of cruising through the bluest waters you’ve ever seen. Snorkel over colourful reefs, explore on kayak, and eat like royalty with delicious food and drinks freshly prepared onboard. Head back to El Nido for drinks on the beach with your new friends
Day 9: El Nido canopy walk and massage. Take a hike on El Nido’s lush, jungle trails, along rope bridges through the treetops to the top of the limestone cliffs for incredible panoramic views. After working up a sweat, relax with a traditional Filipino massage by the beach.
Day 10: Trip end or El Nido to Coron. If you’re on the 10 day trip, say goodbye to your travel fam and head to the airport. If you’re on the 14 day trip, you’re headed to beautiful Coron Island. Check into our beachside accommodation before heading to the island’s hot springs.
Day 11: Coron Island. Spend today getting to know Coron. With crystal-clear lagoons, cute little fishing villages, dazzling sands, and rugged limestone scenery, it’s as idyllic as they come. Relax on the beach, join a diving excursion, hike up Mount Tapyas or pay a visit to Black Island.
Days 12 - 13: Coron island hopping. Board our private boat and head out into the turquoise waters on a 2 -day boat trip. Stop at dreamy beaches, swim in sparkling freshwater lakes, and snorkel over shipwrecks before settling for the night on unspoilt Pass Island on day 12. Camp out in traditional beach huts before another day of snorkelling adventures in paradise.
Day 14: Trip end. All good things must come to an end! After breakfast, say goodbye to your buddies and take the transfer to Coron Airport, ready for your flight. See you again soon
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Most expensive: £1,264 December, 2023
Arrive in Manila Ninoy Aquina Airport (MNL) before 4pm on day 1, where you will be met and transferred to your accommodation.
If you’re on the 10 day tour, your adventure ends in El Nido on day 10. We recommend flying out from El Nido Airport (ENI) 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.
If you’re on the 14 day tour, your trip ends on day 14 on Coron Island. We’ll transfer you to Busuanga Coron Airport (USU) where you can catch a flight to Manila (MNL). You should book your connecting flight from Manila back home for the following day, to allow for any potential delays.
All accommodation is included on this trip (9 nights if you’re on the 10 day trip, or 13 nights if you’re on the 14 day trip). You’ll stay in a handpicked selection of boutique hostels, hotels and traditional Filipino bungalows. A step up from your usual backpacker accommodation, we’re talking big, comfy beds, stylish interiors, aircon, personal lights, and sockets to charge your devices. Rooms are twin-share or dorm-style (single sex), with a maximum of 4 beds. You’ll also spend an unforgettable night camping on a secluded beach in twin tents! Here are some examples of accommodation used on this trip (subject to change):
Please note: 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 the 10 day tour and 11 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 3 dinners on the 14 day tour. You’ll need to buy the rest of your meals yourself. It’s a great 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!
Single Use Plastics
Our local team have installed safe refillable water stations at every overnight stop on this tour and also at many of the activity destinations. 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.