12 days of adventure in this perfect paradise!
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Group Size: Max 19
Trip code: PHAV
Duration: 12 days
This 12-day adventure in the Philippines is an incredible mix of exploration, and relaxation, with sun-bleached sands, palm trees and turquoise water all the way. You’ll start in vibrant Manila, and hop from island to island with a small group of like-minded travellers. The trip is packed with activities for adventure lovers with snorkelling, sailing, hiking and more, but there’s also plenty on offer if you prefer to chill, with the most perfect beaches in the world at every turn. When the sun goes down, you won’t be short of fun either, with some legendary nightlife on Cebu, you’ll be dancing barefoot on the sand until the sun comes up.
- Snorkel with whale sharks and hit a ‘sardine run’ in Moalboal
- Swim under the cascading water of Tumalog and Pamuayan Waterfalls
- Take a private boat trip round El Nido and Port Barton on Palawan
- Dance the night away with the sand between your toes on Cebu
- Explore vibrant Manila’s shops, bars and markets
Day 1: Manila. Welcome to the Philippines! You will be met from Manila airport and taken to your accommodation. This evening, take in the neon-lit urban skyline, and enjoy a welcome dinner at your accommodation with your new friends.
Day 2: Manila to Moalboal, Cebu. After breakfast take the short flight to the glorious tropical island of Cebu. We’ll be staying in magical Moalboal for a few days, one of Cebu’s top beach destinations. Freshen up before sundowners on the beach with the gang.
Day 3: Moalboal whale sharks and waterfalls. We’ve got a special underwater experience lined up today as we swim whale sharks! Watch these gentle giants swoop gracefully through the water before heading to Tumalog Waterfall for a dip and some swoon-worthy pics for the ‘gram.
Please note: Whale sharks and sardines are wild animals and while there is a high chance of seeing these incredible creatures, it is possible that on the day of your experience they won’t be found.
Day 4: Moalboal sardine run. We’ve got another amazing underwater encounter lined up today with Moalboal’s famous sardine run. Swimming with a shoal of fish packed so densely that it almost blocks out the sun totally lives up to the hype. It’s our last night in Cebu so make the most of it!
Day 5: Moalboal to Port Barton, Palawan. We’ve got a long day of travel ahead so download those playlists and stock up on the snacks! It’s bus, flight, bus to get to Port Barton, with a pit stop for lunch on the way. This evening, get together with your travel buddies for dinner and a beer or two.
Day 6: Port Barton boat trip. Board our private sailboat and head out on the sparkling ocean. We’ll stop at all the best spots to snorkel with colourful fish and sea turtles, drop anchor at exotic islands, enjoy a local lunch on the beach and watch the sun go down over the ocean. Amazing.
Day 7: Port Barton waterfalls. Take the short bus ride to pretty Pamuayan Waterfalls. Soak up the sun on the rocks, take a stroll in the jungle, or float on your back in the pool looking up at the bright blue sky. This afternoon you’ll have some free time to spend on the beach with your buddies.
Day 8: Port Barton to Nacpan, El Nido. Hop on the bus to Nacpan Beach today, a long strip of cream coloured sand and coconut trees with azure water, north of El Nido. Sundowners on the beach tonight are non-negotiable.
Day 9: El Nido boat trip. Board our boat for a dreamy day of island hopping with paradise beaches and colourful coral reefs. Sail into the breathtaking ‘Secret and Big Lagoons’ and opt to explore the stunning limestone cliff faces by kayak. Lunch is served on deck Filipino style on a banana leaf!
Day 10: Las Cabanas Beach, Palawan. Try out a different stretch of sugar-white sand today as we head to Las Cabanas. Top up your tan, play some beach volleyball, or bob about in the turquoise water. This is living!
Day 11: Lio Beach, Palawan. Another day, another gorgeous beach! A huge strip of sand with abundant coconut trees and jewel-like water, Lio is a real peach. Treat yourself to a massage, sit under the palm trees with a smoothie, or tuck into something tasty in one of the beach restaurants.
Day 12: Time to say goodbye. It’s time to pack up, exchange contact details and say goodbye. You can leave at any time in the day, so you can head off first thing in the morning, or enjoy Palawan for a little bit longer.
Please note that all activities, inclusions and itineraries are subject to change.
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Arrive into Manila Airport on day 1, where your greeter will meet you and take you to your accommodation. Airport transfers are included in the cost of the tour up to one day before the tour start date.
Please note, if you do arrive any earlier than the tour start date, accommodation will be at your own cost, and you will need to book this with the start hotel directly.
Your tour ends in El Nido on the island of Palawan on day 12. Return airport transfers are not included as part of the tour, but your tour guide can help you arrange this for an extra cost. You’ve got two return transfer options if you leave El Nido at the end of the tour
Plane: Fly to Manila from El Nido. Take a 20 minute taxi from the town centre to the airport. From Manila you can fly home, or on to your next destination. Although only limited airlines operate this route, we recommend this option if you are short on time.
Bus and Plane: Take a bus from El Nido to Puerto Princesa, then a flight from Puerto Princesa to Manila. The bus journey is booked locally and takes around 6-8 hours, depending on departure times. Your tour guide can help you organise this journey.
Please allow enough time to travel from El Nido back to Manila at the end of your trip before your flight out of Manila. We recommend departing from Manila after 6pm if you are flying from El Nido. If you are flying from Puerto Princesa you book a flight departing Puerto Princesa after 7pm. We would also recommend you spend an additional night in Manila before flying out the following day.
11 nights’ accommodation is included from the start date of the tour.
5 breakfasts and 1 lunch are included on this tour. You’ll need to buy the rest of the meals yourself so this is a great opportunity to soak up the culture of the Philippines by trying local food from street vendors and checking out the wonderful restaurants and bars these islands have to offer. 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!
The minimum age to join this trip 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. It’s your responsibility to obtain the necessary visas for your time away. Visa rules are subject to change without prior notice, so please do check visa requirements at the time of your trip.
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.