Philippines Paradise Islands
Live the beach life on the most beautiful islands on Earth!
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Group Size: Max 22
Trip code: TUPH
Duration: 17 days
Eat, sleep, beach, repeat. That’s how we roll on this incredible 17-day group trip to heaven on Earth (AKA the Philippines). With all the most idyllic tropical locations it’s the barefoot beach experience of your dreams. Swim under turquoise waterfalls, watch the sun go down over the ocean every night with a cocktail in hand, snorkel with sea turtles, fly through the air on a beach-to-beachzipline, learn how to make traditional Filippino food with a cooking class, get to know some locals with a shared lunch and party under the stars in beautiful Boracay. The Philippines is calling!
- Swim with a vast shoal of fish on the famous Moalboal sardine run
- Get your adrenaline pumping with a high-octane canyoneering experience at Kawasan Falls
- Snorkel over shipwrecks teeming with life on Coron
- Enjoy an overnight castaway experience on the untouched tropical island of Daracotan
- Experience the ‘Real Philippines’ in sleepy Port Barton
Day 1: Manila. Welcome to the Philippines! One of our local team will be waiting at the airport to whisk you off to our starting accommodation. Meet your guide and new travel family later today before heading out for a group dinner and a night out in Makati.
Day 2: Manila to Port Barton, Palawan. Take the short flight to Palawan, AKA Paradise on Earth. Our destination is the sleepy fishing town of Port Barton. Enjoy an authentic Filippino lunch with some lovely locals before watching the sun go down over the sparkling ocean with a cocktail in hand.
Day 3: Port Barton island hop. Hop on a longtail boat for an island-hopping adventure in paradise. We’re talking turquoise waters, vibrantly coloured reefs, and turtles! Stop for lunch in a small fishing village, where you’ll have a few hours to chillax on the beach before sailing back to Port Barton.
Day 4: Port Barton to El Nido. Today’s destination is El Nido. All crystal-clear lagoons, sugar-white beaches, soaring limestone cliffs and pristine coral reefs it’s one of the best beach destinations on Earth. Check out the town before another night out with your travel buddies.
Day 5: El Nido Island Hopping. Another day, another set of paradise islands! Hop on our traditional banca boats for a day of jumping into the sparkling water, kayaking around untouched bays, and snorkelling over thriving coral reefs, with a local lunch along the way.
Day 6: El Nido. Today starts with an exhilarating zip-line experience. Whizz through the air from beach to beach, then spend the afternoon at Nacpan Beach, one of the best in the Philippines.
Day 7: El Nido to Daracotan Island. Head to Daracotan Island for an incredible, overnight castaway experience. Sail to some local shipwrecks for an unforgettable snorkelling experience. Then pay a visit to a local village and take part in a cooking class before drinks round the fire.
Day 8: Daracotan Island to Coron. Soak up a few hours on Daracotan before we hop on the ferry to Coron, known for its limestone landscapes, stunning beaches, freshwater lakes, and shallow-water coral reefs. Tonight, we’re going out, out so put on your best island life glad rags!
Day 9: Coron boat trip. Shake off the night before with a boat trip around Coron's pristine islands. Stretch out on some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, cruise across glistening lagoons, and soak up the sun on deck. Sail back to Coron as the sky turns every colour of the rainbow overhead.
Day 10: Coron to Cebu. We’re jetting off to our next destination on a short flight today – Cebu, the capital and largest city in the Philippines. Kick back in the hotel, upload some pics from the last few days and hang with your travel buddies. This evening, we’ll see what Cebu’s nightlife is about.
Day 11: Cebu to Moalboal. We’re headed to the tiny coastal resort town of Moalboal today. But first we’ll enjoy a lechon style lunch (that’s suckling pig) with the locals and visit the spectacular Simala Church (think Disney castle with a Filippino twist!).
Day 12: Moalboal sardine run and turtles. Who’s up for more island hopping? With rainbow reefs and everybody’s favourite marine animal (we’re talking turtles), it’s the snorkelling location of your dreams. Tick off that bucket list as we hit the famous Moalboal sardine run.
Day 13: Moalboal canyoneering. Never been canyoneering? Picture beautiful blue waterfalls set in the most stunning setting. Then imagine throwing yourself off them! If you’re not down with white knuckling it over the falls, no problem. Just float down the river or bask on the rocks in the sun.
Day 14: Moalboal to Boracay. We’ve got another short flight today to Caticlan on Panay Island, before a 15-minute boat ride to beautiful Boracay. Famed for its pristine white beaches, thrilling water activities, and great nightlife, Boracay is next level. Cocktails anybody?
Day 15: Boracay paraw sailing. Catch up on some zzzzs this morning or head to the beach. This afternoon we’re going paraw sailing! Cruise across the calm, warm waters, taking in your exquisite surroundings. As the sun goes down, get together with the gang for dinner and a few beers.
Day 16: Boracay island hop. We’ll round off with one last day of island hopping, visiting three islands off Boracay, each one more gorgeous than the last. Walk along white sand beaches, snorkel, and enjoy a yummy local lunch. This evening is all about a farewell dinner and dancing under the stars.
Day 17: Trip end. All good things must come to an end and we’re packing our bags and checking out before heading back to the airport. Your guide can help get you back to Caticlan. Better get planning the next trip on the way!
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Fly into Manila Airport (MNL) on day 1 of your trip, where one of the local team will be waiting to
pick you up and take you to your starting accommodation.
The trip ends on day 17 in Boracay. The nearest airport is the Godofredo P. Ramos Airport in Caticlan
(MPH), which is a quick ten-minute boat ride away and caters to flights to and from Manila and
Cebu. You’ll need to make your own way to the airport, but your tour guide can help arrange
16 nights’ accommodation are included on this trip. You’ll be staying in twin-share rooms in hotels
and beach bungalows, with the exception of El Nido which is same sex dorms.
Manila: Centrally located accommodation with air-conditioned rooms with views of the city
and a rooftop bar, close to malls, the Salcedo Saturday Market and loads of restaurants and
Port Barton: Sustainable cottages on the beachfront with a balcony with amazing views of
the sea and a great restaurant specialising in local food and cocktails.
El Nido: Gorgeous hotel very close to the beach, in same sex dorm rooms with private bathrooms and a
relaxed communal terrace.
Coron: Hotel based near to lots of nice restaurants and dive shops with air conditioning and
amazing sunset views.
Cebu: Centrally located hotel close to Mactan Airport with loads of restaurants nearby, and
air-conditioned rooms with private bathrooms.
Moalboal: 3-star hotel in Moalboal with bar, restaurant, outdoor swimming pool and garden,
close to Panagsama Beach, and with a private beach of its very own!
Boracay: 4-star sustainable resort just 0.5km from Boracay's famous White Beach, with
rooms with TV and private bathrooms, two pools and an on-site bar.
14 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 2 dinners are included on this trip. You’ll have to buy the rest of your
You’ll need to be a minimum of 18 years old to participate in this trip.
UK passport holders are permitted to enter the Philippines visa free for an initial period of 30 days.
Your passport should be valid for at least 6 months from the intended date of entry to the
Please note: Visa rules are subject to change. Please check for the most up to date information
before you travel.