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)
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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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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 10bday 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, 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.
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.