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El Nido viewpoint, Palawan

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, 6 lunches and 2 dinners
  • Airport pickup
  • All on-trip transport (inc. 1 internal flight)
  • Group leader
  • Kawasan Falls canyoneering
  • Moalboal sardine run
  • Simala Church visit
  • Coron snorkel trip
  • 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
  • Organic farm visit
  • 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 Moalboal. We’ll journey to Cebu, taking a short flight and ferry as we head to paradise in Moalboal today. We’ll stop off to see some incredible waterfalls on the way, before checking into our resort and grabbing a cocktail in one of the many waterfront bars lining the beach.

Day 3: Kawasan Falls. We’ll visit Kawasan Falls, a multi-layered natural wonder, with bright turquoise water. One of the best ways to explore the falls is on a thrilling canyoneering adventure, and that’s exactly what we’re going to do! Among the luscious forest, venture into the water often described as ‘Gatorade Blue’ and tackle the natural water slides.

Day 4: 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 spectacular fish before an afternoon relaxing in paradise.

Day 5: Moalboal to Coron. Head to Coron with a stop at the impressive 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 6: Snorkelling in Coron. Dive into the gorgeous waters of the Sulu Sea to spot magical marine life. Snorkels are a must for these iconic swim spots! 

Day 7: Coron. 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 to relax at golden hour.

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 then spend the afternoon relaxing on the beach or exploring the local area. This evening check out the town’s bustling nightlife.

Day 11: Massage and Canopy Walk. Catch some rays, do some snorkelling and get to know the town a bit better. We’ve also included a traditional Filipino massage. Then get a birds-eye view of the town on a walk through the jungle canopy

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 local organic farm. 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
  • 3 nights in sea-view suites in Moalboal with a beachfront pool
  • 3 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 advisor if you’re travelling with somebody, so we can place you in the same room.

12 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 2 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

This trip is designed for those aged 18-39. 

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.