13 days from £1,599
Island hopping adventure in sun-soaked Southeast Asia
With endless white sands, cascading waterfalls, and untouched coral reefs, the Philippines is the barefoot beach destination of your dreams. Jump from paradise island to paradise island on this 13-day group trip through the archipelago. Swim with vast, shimmering shoals of sardines in Moalboal, get your adrenaline pumping with a high-energy canyoneering experience in Kawasan Falls, spend the night in an island beach camp, and go fully off-grid with a three-day cruise on a traditional banca boat. Life doesn’t get any better than this.
Day 1: Kamusta Manila!
Arrive in the Philippines' buzzing capital. We'll meet you at the airport and take you to our starting hotel, where you can chill after your long flight, before meeting the rest of the group. Tonight, head out for dinner and drinks in one of the city's lively bars.
Day 2: Fly to Paradise
Take the short flight and ferry to the idyllic tropical island of Cebu. Think sun-bleached beaches, crystal-clear waters and majestic waterfalls and you've got the picture. We'll stop at some exquisite waterfalls on the way to Moalboal.
Day 3: Kawasan Waterfalls
Today we're headed to beautiful Kawasan Falls, where we'll take the adventure level up to ten with a canyoneering experience. A combo of the best bits of trekking, cliff jumping, and swimming, it's an incredible way to explore the pristine network of falls.
Day 4: Sardine Run
We're going full Attenborough today with one of nature's great spectacles - Moalboal sardine run. Strap your snorkel on and watch in awe as millions of silvery fish move in unison to form vast swirling shoals around you. The afternoon is yours to relax on the pretty beach or by the pool.
Day 5: Simala & Flight
Get in touch with your spiritual side at Simala Church this morning. Admire the castle-like building and lovely grounds. Then hop on another short flight to Busuanga Airport. Our home for the next couple of nights is Coron Town, a laid-back fishing village with great nightlife.
Day 6: Snorkelling
Today you will experience some of the best snorkelling in the Philippines where you can swim alongside shoals of colourful fish and might even spot some wild turtles!
Day 7: Hot Springs Sunset
Relax by the pool or explore Coron Town this morning. Then strap on your walking sandals ready for the short hike up Mount Tapyas for mind-blowing views of the bay. Maqunit Hot Springs is on the menu later, for a relaxing soak as the sun goes down over the ocean.
Day 8: Banca Boat Cruise
Get completely off grid with our unforgettable 3-day cruise on a traditional banca boat. Pad along deserted beaches, snorkel in sapphire seas, and stay in rustic Filipino huts on the beach without another soul in sight.
Day 9: Beach Camp
It's another day in paradise as we continue our cruise through some of the most postcard-perfect scenes in the world. Soak up the sun on deck and dive into those jewel-like waters. Tonight, fall asleep with the sound of the waves as your lullaby in our traditional beach camp.
Day 10: El Nido Fun
Our boat trip comes to an end today as we sail into vibrant El Nido. Find your land legs again, relax on the beach, and pick up some artisan souvenirs before a night in the town's reggae bars.
Day 11: Canopy Walk
Relax with a delicious Filipino massage this morning. Then take a jungle canopy walk across stairways and hanging bridges. Drink in the ravishing views of Bacuit Bay, before spending the rest of the day at your own pace.
Day 12: Jeepney Tour
Take a Jeepney tour of gorgeous El Nido today. Visit an organic farm, check out some local hideouts, and stop at Nacpan Beach, one of Palawan's most beautiful spots. Enjoy lunch on the beach while watching a traditional Filipino dance performed by local children.
Day 13: Goodbye
Paalam Philippines! It's time to check out and say your goodbyes before heading home or continuing your travels. Until next time!
Accommodation & Meals
We’ve included all your accommodation on this magical tour. You’ll stay in everything from Santorini-inspired beachfront hotels and stylish hostels in the heart of the city, to authentic Filipino huts on a desert island. All nights are in twin share or double rooms.
Lots of our travellers are solo travellers, so when you book with us, we’ll pair you up with a like-minded roommate of the same sex. Our trips are great for couples or friends as well - just let us know you’re together, so we can be sure to put you in the same room.
- Manila (1 night): Funky hostel in the centre of the city with rooftop bar and restaurant.
- Siquijor (2 nights): Ocean front resort on the most beautiful beach on Siquijor, with private beach area, restaurant, and bar.
- Moalboal (2 nights): Airy beachfront hotel right on a dive site and marine sanctuary, with gorgeous views of Pescador Island, infinity pool, game room area, bar, and restaurant.
- Coron (2 nights): 3-star hotel in the heart of the action, with terrace, pool, and massage services.
- Coron to El Nido boat expedition (2 nights): Rustic Filipino huts on a remote hidden island – a real Robinson Crusoe experience (twin share huts with shared bathrooms).
- El Nido (3 nights): Four story hotel with a spacious roof deck, cliff views, and a seafood restaurant.
The above information is only intended to be used as a guide, giving you a flavour of some of our accommodation providers, and the style of accommodation you may be staying in. Please note that all nights are subject to change.
12 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 2 dinners are included on this trip. You’ll have the freedom to eat wherever and whenever you like the rest of the time.
While Filipino cuisine may not be as famous around the globe as that of its Thai and Vietnamese neighbours, with delicious dishes from the Mexican influenced adobo (rich stew with soy sauce, vinegar, and bay leaves) to indulgent Lechon (whole roasted pig with crispy skin), it’s only a matter of time before the rest of the world catches on. Food is delicious, unpretentious, and affordable and is a real feature of any trip to this part of the world.
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Dates & Prices
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Most expensive: £848 July, 2024
Arrive in Manila Ninoy Aquino Airport (MNL), on day 1 of your trip, where a member of the local team will meet you and transfer you to our accommodation in the centre of the city. There are no activities planned today so arrive at a time that suits you.
The trip ends on day 13 in El Nido on Palawan. Return airport transfers are not included so you’ll need to make your own way to the airport. Flying is the easiest and quickest way to get back to Manila, but you can also return by ferry. Your tour guide can help with this. Please ensure you leave plenty of time to make your connecting flight.
Group sizes range from 4 – 18. Travelling as a group is a great way to meet like-minded people and to share an amazing adventure.
This trip is designed for travellers aged 18-39. There are some light activities involved, including snorkelling and hiking and some more demanding inclusions such as canyoneering, so you’ll need a moderate level of fitness.