19 days from $3,160 (was $3,510)
- Live on a remote island for 2 days on our Coron castaway experience
- Swim with the legendary sardine run on Moalboal
- Visit traditional healers on mystical Siquijor Island
- Take a thrilling zipline between tropical islands in El Nido
- Learn to ride the waves on Siargao, the surfing capital of the Philippines
The Philippines is the ultimate destination for beach-lovers – think white sands, swaying palm trees and turquoise seas for days – it’s a slice of heaven on Earth! We take you to all the highlights of this idyllic country over 19 days on this incredible group trip. It’s the perfect mix of tranquil beaches, cultural experiences and lively party towns. Swim in crystal clear water, fly over the ocean on a zipline, soak up the sun on dazzling white sands, snorkel with turtles and millions of sardines, discover dreamy waterfalls and have your very own castaway experience with an island tribe! With tons of activities and 3 internal flights included, it’s great value as well. What are you waiting for?
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Day 1: Manila. Welcome to the Philippines! One of our local team will pick you up from the airport and take you to our starting hotel in the lively district of Makati. Meet the rest of your group and guide and head out into the city together.
Days 2 - 3: Palawan. Fly to Palawan on day 2. Our first stop is Port Barton, where we’ll enjoy lunch with a local family. Later we’ll watch the sun go down from the beach with a cold beer. On day 3 we’ll go island hopping, stopping at snorkelling spots and white sand beaches. We’ll have lunch at a fishing village and then take a dip in a waterfall before hitting the bars of Port Barton.
Days 4 - 6: El Nido. Head to El Nido by van, stopping for a quick dip in a waterfall before getting settled in. On day 5 we’ll take you on an epic island-hopping excursion, visiting the most stunning locations in the area and on day 6, we’ll have a thrilling zip-line experience across the ocean to another island, before visiting beautiful Napcan Beach.
Days 7 - 9: Coron Castaway Experience. Are you ready for a 3 day / 2 night castaway experience? We’ll be staying on a stunning remote island which is home to an indigenous community. You’ll take part in traditional activities like spearfishing, coffee brewing and mat weaving as well as enjoying the pristine reef and beach. On day 8 we’ll take a guided tour of Culion Town, a former leper colony, before snorkelling over some shipwrecks and tucking into a traditional Filipino dinner. On day 9 we’ll travel back to Coron via the island’s famous lagoon.
Day 10: Cebu. Take the short flight to Cebu. Drop your bag at the hotel and head into the city for dinner and drinks.
Day 11 - 13: Moalboal. Head to the lively seaside town of Molboal, stopping en-route at Simala Church. On day 12, we’ll go island hopping again, stopping at reefs to see tropical fish and maybe some turtles. You’ll also see Moalboal’s legendary ‘sardine run’– it’s an unforgettable experience. On day 13 we’ll visit Kawasan Falls where we’ll float downstream through gorgeous scenery, before arriving at the turquoise falls.
Day 14 - 15: Siquijor Island. Take the ferry to mystical Siquijor Island. Spend the afternoon on the stunning beach. On day 15 we’ll visit some of the island’s traditional healers and then explore breath-taking mountain viewpoints, caves and waterfalls.
Day 16 - 18: Siargao Island. Fly to Siargao - voted one of the best islands in the world. Spend 3 days enjoying the island’s sparkling white beaches and lush jungle as well as taking a lesson in how to surf. On day 18 we’ll go on our final island-hopping tour, snorkelling in clear water and soaking up the sun on white sand beaches before a farewell dinner with the group.
Day 19: Depart. Time to pack your bags, say your farewells and move on. See you soon!
- 18 nights’ accommodation
- 11 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 3 dinners
- All in-trip transport including 3 internal flights
- Tour guide
- Airport transfer on arrival
- Port Barton local family lunch
- Port Barton island hopping trip
- El Nido waterfall visit
- El Nido island hopping trip
- Las Cabanas Beach zipline
- Napcan Beach visit
- Coron castaway experience
- Tagbuana cultural activities
- Tour of Culion Town
- Shipwreck snorkelling
- Coron Lagoon visit
- Simala Church visit
- Moalboal island hopping
- Moalboal sardine run
- Kawasan waterfall visit
- Siquijor Island tour
- Healer visit
- Siargao surf lesson
- Sirgao island hopping
- 24 hour emergency support
- Travel insurance
- International flights
- Airport transfer on departure
- Most meals, snacks and drinks
- Optional activities and excursions
18 nights’ accommodation are included on this trip. Rooms are on a twin or multi-share basis. If you’d like any additional nights of accommodation arranged before or after the trip at an additional cost, speak to your travel advisor.
11 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 3 dinners are included. You’ll need to buy the rest of your meals yourself. This means you can eat wherever and whenever you like and is a great opportunity to explore Filipino cuisine.
The trip begins in Manila. You’ll need to fly into Manila Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL) on day 1 or earlier. One of our local team will meet you from the airport and transfer you to your starting accommodation in Manila.
Your adventure ends in Siargao on day 19. You’ll need to make your way to Sayak Airport (also known as Siargao Airport). From here you can catch internal flights to Mactan-Cebu International Airport (CEB) or Manila Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL) to fly internationally. If you book your internal flights early, they are extremely affordable. You’ll need to book your own transfer back to the airport, but your guide can help with that (or any onward travel) if you wish.
You must be at least 18 years old to join this trip. British citizens can enter the Philippines for up to 30 days without a visa. Entry may be refused if you do not have evidence of onward travel (i.e. onward or return air ticket). Your passport should be valid for the proposed period of your stay.
Please note: It’s your responsibility to obtain the necessary visas for your time away. Visa rules are subject to change without prior notice, so please do check requirements at the time of your trip.
How Much Money Do I Need To Take?
The amount of money you will need depends on your usual spending habits. Some people like splashing out on expensive cocktails while others prefer to travel on a tight budget. Fortunately, meals and drinks in the Philippines are relatively cheap, so eating out doesn’t have to cost a fortune. As a rough guide, meals at a restaurant will usually cost between £3-5, while a beer usually costs £1-2.
Can I Arrive Before The Start Date?
Yes, absolutely! Any additional night’s accommodation will be at an extra cost. Speak to your travel advisor.
Due to Covid-19, many of our partners and suppliers across the globe are putting in place new procedures and policies regarding health and safety in response to the outbreak. These new measures will adapt and change as the state of travel evolves, and the policies and procedures will vary depending on each trip. Some changes that you may experience on our trips are:
Updated safety & hygiene procedures
Health and safety measures will be adapted by our partners and suppliers, dependent on local laws and restrictions.
Different transport & accommodation
You may find yourself on transport or in accommodation that would not typically be used, such as hostels that are more secluded, or on more private transport. This may vary by trip, or even by individual departure dates.
Most trips include a meeting on arrival with the guide or local team to discuss the trip, and this is an opportunity for you to ask any questions. You should arrive in time to attend these briefings.
Emergency support 24/7
We have a UK based 24/7 emergency phone line if you have a genuine urgent matter that you need attending.
Knowledgeable & Trained Staff
We can help answer any questions or concerns you may have before you depart. Whilst travelling the guide or local team on our trips are there to help, and to ensure the smooth running of our trips.
Should you require medical assistance whilst travelling, the local team or guide will be able to help you get to a point of care. Medical facilities and standards can vary across the glove, so you should ensure you have adequate travel insurance in place.
Varying group sizes
To begin with, many trips will run with amended group sizes, so you may find smaller groups than would be typical. This may vary by trip, or even by individual departure dates.
Whilst there may be changes on our trips, it is vital that you make travelling safer for yourself, your travel companions, the local staff and guides, and the people of the country you are visiting. You should follow all local laws and restrictions, and follow the guidance of the local team. In addition, you can help make travel safer by bringing and using your own face coverings/masks and hand sanitiser, social distance where appropriate, wash your hands frequently, and cover your face when coughing or sneezing.