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Philippines Intro

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Group Size: Avg 12-16

Trip code: PHIN

Duration: 13 days

Twin accommodation
Island Hopping
Lots of activities included

The Philippines is high on most people’s travel lust list and rightly so. With immaculate beaches, lush jungle, welcoming locals, and more than 7,000 tropical islands to choose from, it’s paradise found. Explore its natural wonders over 13 days on this incredible group adventure. From snorkelling over pristine reefs and swimming in jungle-smothered waterfalls, to sleeping under the stars on untouched islands, visiting local villages and canyoneering, we’ve packed the schedule with more adventure than most people experience in a lifetime. What are you waiting for?

Trip highlights

  • Take a 3-day sailing trip into paradise on a traditional banca boat
  • Swim with thousands of fish on the famous Moalboal sardine run
  • Get wet and wild on a canyoneering experience in Kawasan Falls
  • Spend 2 nights under the stars on deserted tropical islands
  • Relax in the healing waters of Maquinit Hot Springs
  • Meet the mystical shamans of Siquijor
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What's included
  • 12 nights’ accommodation
  • 12 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 3 dinners
  • Airport pickup
  • All on-trip transport (inc. 2 internal flights)
  • Group leader
  • Siquijor shamans visit
  • Cambugahay Falls visit
  • Siquijor snorkel trip
  • Kawasan Falls canyoneering
  • Moalboal sardine run
  • Simala Shrine visit
  • Mount Tapyas hike
  • Maquinit Hot Springs
  • 3-Day boat expedition
  • El Nido jungle canopy walk
  • Filipino massage
  • Jeepney tour of El Nido
  • Nacpan beach visit
  • Palawan local hideouts
  • 24 hour emergency support
What's not included
  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Insurance
  • Return airport transfer
  • Optional activities
  • Some meals, snacks and drinks
Further trip information

Day 1: Arrive in Manila. Welcome to the Philippines! We’ll meet you from the airport and take you to your hotel where you can relax before meeting your group.

Day 2: Manila to Siquijor. Travel to the paradise island of Siquijor, with white sand beaches and swaying palms for days. Check into the hotel and hit the beach for a sundowner.

Day 3: Siquijor. Take a trip into the mountains to visit the local shamans, before visiting beautiful Cambugahay Falls, where you can jump from rope swings into the natural pools. Take a snorkelling trip later – prepare to be amazed by the colourful marine life!

Day 4: Siquijor to Moalboal. Head to the lively coastal resort of Moalboal with a stop en route at Kawasan Falls. Explore its layers of turquoise pools on an adrenaline-fuelled canyoneering adventure. Arrive in Moalboal and head out for a drink on the water.

Day 5: Moalboal sardine run. Our main attraction today is Moalboal’s famous sardine run – one of nature’s great spectacles. Swim with an endless shoal of silver fish before an afternoon relaxing by the pool or on the beach.

Day 6: Molboal to Coron. Head to Coron with a stop at the imposing Simala Church. Then hop on a flight to beautiful Busuanga. Check into the hotel and enjoy an evening in lively Coron with the group.

Day 7: Coron fun & Maquinit Hot Springs. The morning is yours to either chill by the pool or explore Coron Town. Later take the hike up Mount Tapyas for sensational views of the bay. Then head to Maquinit Hot Springs for a little rest and relaxation as the sun sets.

Day 8: 3-day paradise boat trip. Board our traditional banca boat and get off the beaten track, as we sail past untouched islands, through jewel-like waters. Spend the night on a remote island in a traditional Filipino hut.

Day 9: 3-day boat trip. Continue on towards Palawan on the banca, soaking up the sun on deck and stopping to snorkel with thousands of colourful fish. Tonight, we’ll stay on the beach in a traditional camp, with a canopy of stars overhead.

Day 10: El Nido, Palawan. Arrive on picture-perfect Palawan. Check into your accommodation and get a birds-eye view of the town on a walk through the jungle canopy. This evening check out the town’s bustling nightlife.

Day 11: El Nido beach day. Today’s yours to relax on the beach. Catch some rays, do some snorkelling and get to know the town a bit better. We’ve also included a traditional Filipino massage!

Day 12: El Nido Nacpan Beach trip. Hop in a Jeepney and take a tour of the gorgeous island, including the golden sands of Nacpan Beach and a few local hideouts. Round off the trip with a farewell dinner with the group.

Day 13: Departure day. All good things come to an end, and it’s time to pack your bags and say your farewells. See you again soon!

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Arrival information

Arrive into Manila Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL) on day 1. There’s no activities on the first day, so you can arrive at any time. You’ll be met at the airport and taken to your starting accommodation.

Your amazing adventure finishes on day 13 in El Nido, Palawan. The nearest airport is El Nido (ENI), which is about a 30-minute drive away. However, the flight options here are quite limited and often expensive, so you may want to consider travelling to Puerto Princesa Airport (PPS), which takes around 5-7 hours by minibus. Please make sure you take travel times into consideration before booking your flights.

Accommodation & meals

12 nights of accommodation are included on this trip. All rooms are on a twin share basis.

  • 1 night in a cool, modern hotel in the heart of Manila
  • 2 nights in a beautiful beachside resort in Siquijor
  • 2 nights in sea-view suites in Moalboal with a beachfront pool
  • 2 nights in a centrally located, modern hotel in Coron
  • 2 nights in traditional Filipino huts on a remote island
  • 3 nights in a comfy inn, close to the beach in El Nido

Make sure you tell your travel adviser if you’re travelling with somebody, so we can place you in the same room.

12 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 3 dinners are included on this trip. You’ll have to buy any other meals, snacks and drinks yourself. It’s a great opportunity to explore the delicious local cuisine and your guide will be able to make suggestions to your group.

Minimum age & eligibility

UK citizens can enter the Philippines without a visa for a period of 30 days. You can also get a tourist visa from the Philippine Embassy before you travel, which will allow a longer stay of 59 days. Entry may be refused if you do not have evidence of return or onward travel (e.g. an air ticket). Your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay. Visa rules and regulations are subject to change. Please check the relevant embassy websites for up to date visa information.

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.

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.

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