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Traveling on Cloud 9
Philippines
Traveling on Cloud 9

This trip provides all the best that the eastern part of the Philippines has to offer: a paradise island you can enjoy to yourselves, one of Southeast Asia’s best surf breaks and a step back into history hiking through the wondrous ancient emerald rice terraces of Banaue. There is a chance to do a little bit of everything on this 20-day adventure as there is ample time to unpack your bags and live on the beach when you spend a week in Siargao at the world famous Cloud 9 surf break. But there are also portions of the trip where days are filled with activity and crazy travel days as you get a taste of what travelling through the tropical island and mountain oasis of the Philippines is like!

 
Traveling on Cloud 9
Philippines
Manila

Often given a bad reputation for its enormous size and overcrowded population, Manila is actually much more charming than it is given credit for. The city is separated into many distinct districts and when you downsize sprawling Manila into more manageable and smaller cities then individually some of them aren't so bad. We stay at a very cool, backpacker's spot that showcases some of the best live music and dancing venues that Manila has to offer, and seeing the jovial spirit of Filipinos in full force at karaoke and dance bars is a great way to enjoy your time here. Another district houses a massive modern shopping complex that has a very unique vibe to it and is a convenient place for your all-in-one shopping stop. So your expectations may be low for Manila, but enter the city with an open mind and you may very well enjoy your time here!

 
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Banaue Rice Terraces

It'll feel like you're traveling back in time, and in many ways you are, when you take the winding road through Northern Philippines and into the dazzling world of the ancient emerald rice terraces of Banaue. Miraculously dug by hand and carved into the hills by the indigenous Ifugao people over 2000 years ago, the Banaue rice terraces cover over 10,000 km of hillside. And life has not changed much since the terraces were built as they are still the main source of food for the region. Hiking through the mountains of Banaue will not only give you incredible views of the stunning rice terraces and the surrounding scenery, but it will also give you a peek into a humbling lifestyle of farming and village life. Experiencing the Banaue rice terraces will give you an opportunity to see a sight often dubbed 'the 8th Wonder of the World' and also to walk through a world where simpler times prevail and just having food to eat and a place to sleep is more than enough reason to smile!

 
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Philippines
Catanduanes

With little development and very few tourists, staying on Catanduanes Island presents an awesome opportunity to hang out with the local Filipino people and experience their famous hospitality. The famous Majestics surf break is right outside our front door on Pururan Beach, our perfect spot on Catanduanes. There isn't much to the island besides the wicked beach, the stellar waves and the people on it, but that is just what we like from a destination! We spend most of our days hitting the beach for some R & R (rum and relaxation) and enjoying the happy-go-lucky atmosphere instilled by the local people, who ensure that each day and night is stress-free and full of fun!

 
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Panglao

Panglao Island is the perfect balance of having a long gorgeous beach, fun nightlife, and all sorts of natural wonders nearby to explore. It offers scuba diving and snorkelling trips that will blow you away. The visibility and sheer number of fish makes it feel like a dreamy underwater world. The dive sites are protected as UNESCO world heritage sites, where sightings of sea turtles are common, and it’s possible to see dolphins as well! Connected to Bohol Island by a bridge you will have the chance to explore some incredible spots. Bohol is home to the famous ‘Chocolate Hills,’ which are 1268 round hills popping out of the landscape for as far as you can see. At the ‘Tarsier Visitor’s Center’ you can see the resident furry, monkey-like animal with huge globe eyes that isn’t found anywhere anywhere else in the world. Or you can stop in to see the world’s largest python in captivity – it weighs more than 200 kg! We'll also venture deeper into Bohol Island to spend time at its massive waterfalls and natural swimming pools. Back in Panglao fresh chicken and seafood BBW are the favourite dinner choices, and the scene gets lively at several nightspots along the beach. With your group, there is never a shortage of fun and excitement, and this is another destination you definitely won’t want to leave.

 
Traveling on Cloud 9
Philippines
Donsol

The quiet fishing village of Donsol in a remote part of The Philippines has become one of the most astounding places to visit in the world because of its amazing residents that grace the waters here for part of each year and give you a chance to swim with the them. Whale sharks, the largest fish in the world and one of the most beautiful creatures on the planet, swarm to the tropical waters near Donsol in incredible numbers each year around March. We time our Philippines trip at this time to coincide with the arrival of the whale sharks to Donsol and getting to see and swim with these friendly giants makes the trip to Donsol more than worthwhile!

 
Traveling on Cloud 9
Philippines
Siargao

Located in the far eastern part of The Philippines, Siargao is an incredible island that truly offers everything we could want from a destination. Its low-key travel community and laid-back population create the perfect vibe to enjoy Siargao's gorgeous scenery, wicked beaches and its stellar surf scene that rivals any in Southeast Asia. There's plenty of reasons why we spend an entire week here on our Philippines trip, but the waves are what make it the hardest to leave. The water is warm, the surf community is friendly and helpful, the views from your board are always ridiculously amazing and the beaches offer a chilled sanctuary to rest between surf sessions. The few beach bars are great places to gather at night with the locals and other travellers and enjoy parties in paradise before you go to bed and wake up to another awesome day in the surf and sun.

 
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Sohoton Lagoon

Travelling by boat to Sohoton Lagoon, which is an island encircling a lagoon, you'll pass by many gorgeous islands and empty beaches including the aptly named Paradise Island, but you'll keep going until you reach a place that is especially amazing: an island of white-sand and palm trees surrounding a calm turquoise-blue lagoon shimmering in the sun. This is Sohoton Lagoon, an island paradise we get to enjoy on our Philippines trip, staying in a single giant house and enjoying incredible barbecue feasts on the beach. When visiting Sohoton Lagoon, you really do get to taste paradise!

 
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Cebu

Known as The Jewel of the South in the Philippines, Cebu is the country's second largest city and an important transit point for traveling around the southern part of the country. A relaxed and well-stocked city, it is a great place to enjoy the cozy amenities not found in some of the more isolated destinations in the country, such as taking in a new film at the cinema, pumping your guns at the gym, or eating at a nice guilty-pleasure restaurant. This charming port city also boasts some worthwhile historical sites such as the Catholic monuments of Santo Niño de Cebu and Magellan's Cross. Time in Cebu is mainly just time spent passing through, but that's no reason to not enjoy all that the city has to offer!

 
Step Off The Beaten Path
Philippines
Step Off The Beaten Path

You’ll get to visit some of the most beautiful and least visited beaches in the world during our 20-day trip through the western part of the Philippines. This trip also includes a visit to 1 of the New 7 Wonders of the World: the Puerto Princesa Underground River located in the spectacular area of Palawan, where almost half of the trip will be spent. Palawan is a remarkable archipelago of 1,780 islands that have been explored very little and its pristine tropical beauty will have you wide-eyed the entire time you’re there. But this trip isn’t all peaceful isolation as a visit to the Philippines’ most famous island, Boracay, brings the quintessential beach paradise and plenty of great parties to this 20-day trip that is a constant source of fun, amazement and adventure!

 
Step Off The Beaten Path
Philippines
Cebu

Known as The Jewel of the South in the Philippines, Cebu is the country's second largest city and an important transit point for traveling around the southern part of the country. A relaxed and well-stocked city, it is a great place to enjoy the cozy amenities not found in some of the more isolated destinations in the country, such as taking in a new film at the cinema, pumping your guns at the gym, or eating at a nice guilty-pleasure restaurant. This charming port city also boasts some worthwhile historical sites such as the Catholic monuments of Santo Niño de Cebu and Magellan's Cross. Time in Cebu is mainly just time spent passing through, but that's no reason to not enjoy all that the city has to offer!

 
Step Off The Beaten Path
Philippines
Malapascua

With the opportunity to do three different wreck dives, explore the underwater sanctuary of Gato Island and frequent appearances of the rarely spotted thresher shark near the island, Malapascua is a diver's dream! Couple the amazing adventures off the island with Malapascua's beautiful beaches, friendly locals and delicious food and this island is a beach bum's dream, too. So whether on land or sea, this is a great place to relax and experience the beauty of this epic destination!

 
Step Off The Beaten Path
Philippines
Boracay

Boracay is widely considered to be one of the nicest tropical islands in the world and its beauty is a source of pride for the Filipino people who love taking time off to enjoy the paradise island. With 7 km of powdery white-sand beaches contrasted by the vibrant aqua blue colour of the water, it is easy to see why we enjoy stopping off at Boracay on our Philippines trip! But half the fun in Boracay happens after the sun sets, when the nightlife heats up and a walk down the beach leads to grooving drum circles at Rasta bars as well as dancing and partying at one of the many outdoor clubs that host rocking parties well into the night. A good daily routine in Boracay consists of laying in the sun, swimming in the ocean, taking a nap in a hammock, then partying the night away. Wake up and repeat.

 
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Palawan

Palawan has long been on Free & Easy’s radar, but with 7107 islands in the Philippines we originally chose a different routing for our trips that had not included it. Transport has since improved, and more flights are available, so starting in 2013 we’ve added the Palawan island experience - and onwards to Coron - as a brand new 9-day component to our 20 and 40-day Philippines trips! Adding in these 9-days makes this our dream 20/40-day Philippines experience, and allows us to travel to some of the world’s most gorgeous beaches and dive sites, and visit the world’s longest underground subterranean river.

Palawan is an archipelago of 1,780 pristine limestone islands with underground rivers, rocky coves, virgin rainforest and, of course, sugar-white sandy beaches. The crystal clear waters and massive limestone karsts that drop down to powder white sand beaches give rise to comparison to places like Railay & Ko Phi Phi in Thailand, or Halong Bay in Vietnam – which are often considered to be some of the most beautiful places on the planet! For a more thorough description about El Nido and why it's such an amazing location on Palawan, check out this short article, www.everywheremag.com/articles/443.

The difference in Palawan is it's in the Philippines where there is a fraction of the tourists, and being so far West in the Philippines, it is relatively unexplored. Palawan is closer to Borneo than Manila, and Chinese traders used to walk the now sunken land bridge that connected to Borneo. Even Filipinos describe Palawan as their country's ‘Last Frontier’, as it is inconceivably exotic and tropical. The Palawan 9-days will visit 3 locations total - Puerto Princessa Underground River, El Nido, and thirdly Coron.

The beaches of Palawan, have earned credits such as best beach in Asia, or best in the Philippines and ranked in top 10 lists for best in the world! (Usually El Nido specifically.) We are very excited to take our groups, and can guarantee now that each of our 20 and 40-day Philippines trips will be even more jam-packed with goodness.

Click on the names ‘Underground River’ or ‘Coron’ above for a further summary of the Palawan experience.

 
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Sabang Beach, Palawan

Another jaw-dropping destination on our Philippines trip in the wondrous island province of Palawan, Sabang Beach is a small but nonetheless wicked beach town that is great for swimming, soaking in the sun and just spending all day on the beach! But the best part of being at Sabang Beach is visiting one of the most naturally wondrous places on the planet: The Puerto Princesa Underground River. Recently named 1 of the New 7 Wonders of Nature, it is one of the most impressive and pristine cave systems in the world that you can paddle right through! The river itself is 8.2 km long and flows directly to the sea, and being just a short hike away from Sabang Beach it makes for one of the most memorable day trips you're sure to ever take in your life.

 
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El Nido, Palawan

When we added the mythic island province of Palawan to our adventures in The Philippines, perhaps our best find when exploring the region was the incredible beach of El Nido. Its astonishing beauty will make each moment on the island feel like a life’s blessing. But this paradise isn't just a place to lay down your sarong and lay in the sun, its soaring limestone cliffs provide awesome rock-climbing and hiking opportunities. And El Nido's 45 surrounding islets are home to a huge array of wildlife as well as some stunning lagoons that make it clear why many visitors to El Nido proclaim it 'Heaven on Earth'.

 
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Coron

Coron Island in Palawan is a haven for divers from all over the world because of its famous World War II underwater shipwrecks that are surrounded by breathtaking coral reefs. It is widely considered one of the best dive spots in the world, and was even listed in Forbes Traveler Magazine’s top 10 best scuba diving sites! And for beach bums who just want to get their sun kissed tan, the powder white sand beaches of Coron Island make your time above the water just as epic as your time spent below it!

 
Step Off The Beaten Path
Philippines
Manila.

Often given a bad reputation for its enormous size and overcrowded population, Manila is actually much more charming than it is given credit for. The city is separated into many distinct districts and when you downsize sprawling Manila into more manageable and smaller cities then individually some of them aren't so bad. We stay at a very cool, backpacker's spot that showcases some of the best live music and dancing venues that Manila has to offer, and seeing the jovial spirit of Filipinos in full force at karaoke and dance bars is a great way to enjoy your time here. Another district houses a massive modern shopping complex that has a very unique vibe to it and is a convenient place for your all-in-one shopping stop. So your expectations may be low for Manila, but enter the city with an open mind and you may very well enjoy your time here!

 
Experience it All
Indonesia
Experience it All

For 20 days, you’ll have the chance to island hop through Indonesia, an archipelago of over 17,000 islands, on this once in a lifetime backpacking adventure. This country offers an infinity of possibilities for an epic adventure but we think we’ve nailed the perfect recipe for you to experience Indonesia in 20-days with just enough beach time, cultural experiences and adrenaline filled activity. Landing in the busy city of Jakarta is where your journey begins and it will take you to the beautiful Javanese beach town of Pangandaran, followed by Yogyakarta to see the sun rise over the spectacular Borobudur Buddhist temple, to Ubud the Balinese cultural hub, the volcanic island of Lombok to hike and camp overnight on the mystifying Mount Rinjani, that will take you to the more relaxing part of the trip when we reach the tiny paradise of the Gili Islands, and finally the trip wraps up in Kuta, Bali where you can surf all day and dance all night! If you are looking to relax on the beach with nonstop parties for 20 days, this trip isn't for you, but if you are looking to see many different places, have cultural experiences, do a plethora of activities as well as getting in some beach time then come Experience it All in Indonesia!

 
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Indonesia
Jakarta

A huge and sprawling megalopolis and capital to the world's 4th most populous country, Jakarta is at the very centre of Indonesia's rapid industriousness. Its high density of concrete buildings and high-rises jammed alongside its oft-gridlocked streets make Jakarta a bit daunting at first, and we won't try to fool anyone it's not the prettiest city to look at either. But the people of the city are surprisingly upbeat and relatively good-natured, compared to other cities of its size the crime rate in Jakarta is actually extremely low. And hidden amongst all the chaos of the city lies cool cafes, gorgeous hotels and lounges, and some very rad bars. So although we try to make our time in Jakarta as brief as possible, that doesn't mean we won't enjoy the night we have here!

 
Experience it All
Indonesia
Pangandaran

Home to a huge stretch of pristine volcanic black sand, Pangandaran's beach runs far past its town and into an endless, completely secluded paradise. Pangandaran Beach is wide and flat making it an ideal location for beach games and laying down your sarong to soak in the sun. The beach also sports a stellar beach break ideal for learning how to surf or for taking advantage of the nice, slow-moving waves to hone your skills. A quick walk further down the beach will take you to a national park formed by a narrow peninsula between two long sweeping beach bays where you can gawk at the beauty of the place and if you keep alert eyes, see an exotic array of monkeys, lizards and birds. Pangandaran is, without a doubt, one of Indonesia's premier beach towns!

 
Experience it All
Indonesia
Yogyakarta

Java’s culture-filled capital Yogyakarta, is the Javanese heart and soul of Indonesia, where its art and traditions are most present. The Hindu and Buddhist temples surrounding Yogyakarta are some of the oldest in Southeast Asia and include the colossal Borobudur, a massive and intricate temple set in a stunning jungle setting. There are many other cultural sights like the sultans old palace of Kraton and the water castle of Taman Sari. Some of the best markets in Indonesia are found in Yogyakarta and you can find virtually anything including the local's famous Batik artwork at the various marketplaces around the city. A very artistic city, its huge size is not over-bearing as the many cafes, malls and urban centres maintain an old-style way of living.

 
Experience it All
Indonesia
Ubud.

Hidden amongst the jungle canopies of Bali, Ubud exists in its own universe of creative mystique. Popularized in ‘Eat, Pray, Love.’ Ubud lives up to its reputation of intrigue, with an impressive display of handmade items for sale and a myriad of cafes, shops and spiritual temples to spend your time. Much of the experience of being in Ubud, however, is simply enjoying Ubud. It can be amazing all on its own to just walk around and soak in the sights of the dense rainforest, the active wildlife and the shimmering rice terraces decorating the hills. Be sure to either take as many photos as you can or keep an alert memory so you can savour everything about your experience in Ubud!

 
Experience it All
Indonesia
Mount Rinjani

Mount Rinjani is a massive active volcano on the island of Lombok, it rises to 12, 224 ft (so it's no quick hike), but it's sure to provide some of the most breath-taking views of your life that'll make the long hike more than worth it. On Mount Rinjani is a huge crater lake known as Segara Anak (Child of the Sea) that is an absolutely wondrous sight to see as you trudge up the mountain. But once you get to the top, you rise above the clouds and stand on top of the world feeling like a god on Mount Olympus, a fitting reward for the long hike! And instead of just hiking right back down we set up tents on top of Mount Rinjani with our whole group and have an amazing night enjoying the awesome camping experience. In the morning you're sure to awaken to one of the most memorable sights of your life as you open up the tent flap to stare out across the surrounding landscape as the first colourful rays of sun reach across the horizon and seemingly paint the sky.

 
Experience it All
Indonesia
The Gili Islands

The Gili Islands, located off the northwest corner of Lombok, is an incredibly glorious place where there are no cars, the beaches are as nice as can be and the turquoise water is as calm and clear as a swimming pool. The pristine reefs surrounding The Gili Islands host a fascinating array of exotic marine life. A good way to spend a day is popping on a snorkel mask, spotting 1 of the many sea turtles around the islands and simply following him around for awhile! The Gili Islands are a great place to kick back and enjoy the wonderful life of being on a tropical island, complete with wild beach parties at night!

 
Experience it All
Indonesia
Kuta Beach, Bali

The legendary island of Bali is what originally put Indonesia on traveler's radar - teeming with party-hardy travelers and a spectacular stretch of beach, Kuta Beach is arguably the liveliest beach destination in Bali. Home to the nicest sunsets in Indonesia, the beach stretches further than the eye can see and makes for a perfect place to learn to surf or perfect your wave-shredding abilities. The nightlife in Kuta is infamously awesome and when passing through this town you're sure to have a memorable (or hard to remember) night or two! Our stopover in Kuta beach is always full of wicked activities, chill beach days, great shopping and epic parties, making it a perfect spot for a Free & Easy group!

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Traveling on Cloud 9
Philippines
Traveling on Cloud 9

This trip provides all the best that the eastern part of the Philippines has to offer: a paradise island you can enjoy to yourselves, one of Southeast Asia’s best surf breaks and a step back into history hiking through the wondrous ancient emerald rice terraces of Banaue. There is a chance to do a little bit of everything on this 20-day adventure as there is ample time to unpack your bags and live on the beach when you spend a week in Siargao at the world famous Cloud 9 surf break. But there are also portions of the trip where days are filled with activity and crazy travel days as you get a taste of what travelling through the tropical island and mountain oasis of the Philippines is like!

Traveling on Cloud 9 (20 days)
Step Off The Beaten Path
Philippines
Step Off The Beaten Path

You’ll get to visit some of the most beautiful and least visited beaches in the world during our 20-day trip through the western part of the Philippines. This trip also includes a visit to 1 of the New 7 Wonders of the World: the Puerto Princesa Underground River located in the spectacular area of Palawan, where almost half of the trip will be spent. Palawan is a remarkable archipelago of 1,780 islands that have been explored very little and its pristine tropical beauty will have you wide-eyed the entire time you’re there. But this trip isn’t all peaceful isolation as a visit to the Philippines’ most famous island, Boracay, brings the quintessential beach paradise and plenty of great parties to this 20-day trip that is a constant source of fun, amazement and adventure!

Step Off The Beaten Path (20 days)
Experience it All
Indonesia
Experience it All

For 20 days, you’ll have the chance to island hop through Indonesia, an archipelago of over 17,000 islands, on this once in a lifetime backpacking adventure. This country offers an infinity of possibilities for an epic adventure but we think we’ve nailed the perfect recipe for you to experience Indonesia in 20-days with just enough beach time, cultural experiences and adrenaline filled activity. Landing in the busy city of Jakarta is where your journey begins and it will take you to the beautiful Javanese beach town of Pangandaran, followed by Yogyakarta to see the sun rise over the spectacular Borobudur Buddhist temple, to Ubud the Balinese cultural hub, the volcanic island of Lombok to hike and camp overnight on the mystifying Mount Rinjani, that will take you to the more relaxing part of the trip when we reach the tiny paradise of the Gili Islands, and finally the trip wraps up in Kuta, Bali where you can surf all day and dance all night! If you are looking to relax on the beach with nonstop parties for 20 days, this trip isn't for you, but if you are looking to see many different places, have cultural experiences, do a plethora of activities as well as getting in some beach time then come Experience it All in Indonesia!

Experience it All (20 days)

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IMPORTANT: If you are doing a combo trip and booking your own flights, please contact us to confirm the start and end point of your trip.

Traveling on Cloud 9: 20 days in Philippines

Day 1-2 Manila
Group flights arrive late in the evening, and upon arrival at the guesthouse you will meet your group over drinks. The following day we will do a group tour of the astonishing San Agustin Church (incl). In the evening, we will take a private* A/C bus to Banaue. *all bus & jeepney transfers will be private on this trip. Only ferry rides are public.
Day 2-3 Batad
Arrive off the night bus in Banaue and take jeepney to the rice terraces. Hike to the historic rice terraces of Batad, often dubbed 'the 8th Wonder of the World'. Stay overnight in a small village with one of the best views imaginable. The next day, hike back and take jeepney back to Banaue and board the night bus back to Manila.
Day 4-6 Catanduanes
Arrive from the night bus at the airport and take a flight to Catanduanes Island. From the airport take jeepney to our paradise beach bungalows. Spend the next few days relaxing on the beach, surfing, exploring and interacting with the incredibly friendly locals.
Day 7-10 Panglao
Fly from Catanduanes to Manila and then take a flight to Tagbilaran City. Our van will pick us up to take us to Alonaland Resort in Panglao. We'll spend the next few days hanging around the pool, checking out the restaurants, bars and diveshops on the beach and going to explore the famous Chocolate Hills. * In March we go to Donsol instead of Bohol.
Day 7-10 Donsol*
Take jeepney to the ferry terminal. Take ferry to Tabaco City and take minibus to Donsol. Here you will have a chance to swim with whale sharks, the gentle giants of the sea. On the last day, take minibus to the airport and fly to Cebu. Take minibus to the ferry terminal and board the night ferry bound for Surigao. * We only go to Donsol in March
Day 11-17 Siargao
Change to the ferry bound for Siargao. This island's laid back island combines gorgeous scenery and wicked beaches with a world class surf scene. Just around the corner from our ocean view hotel lies famous surf-breaks like "Cloud 9" and "QuickSilver". On the last day our jeepney transfer will take us to the airport and then we fly to Cebu.
Day 18-20 Cebu
From the airport our minibus will take you to the hotel. Cebu is known as 'The Jewel of the South in the Philippines'. Explore this city and enjoy local street-foods, shopping, and nightlife. On the last day the group will take taxis to fly out of Cebu International Airport.

Step Off The Beaten Path: 20 days in Philippines

Day 1 Cebu
Group flights arrive late in the evening, and upon arrival at the guesthouse you will meet your group over drinks.
Day 2-5 Malapascua
Take private* A/C minibus transfer to the pier. Take private boat to Malapascua. Spend your days scuba diving at this legendary dive spot famous for Thresher Sharks and Manta Rays or sit back and relax in paradise. *all bus transfers will be private on this trip. Only ferries will be public.
Day 6-9 Boracay
Take a private boat to the ferry terminal in Cebu. Take minibus transfer to the airport and fly to Cataclan Airport. A short ferry from the airport takes us to Boracay. This island with its 7 km of powdery white-sand beaches, is widely considered to be one of the nicest tropical islands in the world!
Day 10 Puerto Prinesca
Take local taxis to the pier, and take the ferry back to Cataclan Airport. A speedy flight takes you to Puerto Princesca.
Day 11 Sabang
Take minibus to Sabang. This is the home of the Puerto Prinesca Underground River. Recently named 1 of the New 7 Wonders of Nature, it is one of the most impressive and pristine cave systems in the world that you can paddle right through!
Day 12-15 El Nido
Take minibus to El Nido. We will stay at two different beach locations during our days here. El Nido is a true tropical beach paradise but this isn't just a place to get your tan on, its soaring limestone cliffs provide awesome rock-climbing and hiking opportunities.
Day 16-18 Coron
Take ferry to Coron. It is widely considered one of the best dive spots in the world. And for beach bums who just want to chill, the powder white sand beaches of Coron Island make your time above the surface just as epic as your time spent below it.
Day 19-20 Manila
Take minibus to the airport and fly to Manila. Explore the city and enjoy local street-foods, shopping, and nightlife. On the last day the group will take taxis to fly out from Manila.

Experience it All: 20 days in Indonesia

Day 1 Jakarta
Group flights arrive in the afternoon or late evening. If you arrive early you will have the opportunity to walk the bustling streets of Jakarta and visit the National Monument and surrounding park. This is the perfect occasion to sample Indonesian cuisine and beverages while getting to know your group.
Day 2-4 Pangandaran
Take a private A/C bus from Jakarta to Pangandaran. While in Pangandaran you will get to experience, beach bonfires, surfing, the Green Canyon tour, a local fish market and more!
Day 5-6 Yogyakarta
Take a bus and then train to Yogyakarta. Here visit historic Borobudur, the largest Buddhist Temple in the world, and watch the sunrise over volcanoes on the horizon. We also have a fun way of showing you some of the hidden gems of this culturally rich city.
Day 7-8 Ubud
Take a flight from Yogyakarta to Denpasar where mini buses will take you to the cultural destination of Ubud. Here we will see the more rural side of Bali and get a chance to see monkeys, temples and spend a day cycling through the countryside.
Day 9-11 Mount Rinjani
A minivan ride, followed by a fastboat will take you to the island of Lombok. From there we take a bus to Senaru, which is a small town at the base town of Mount Rinjani. The following day will be spent trekking up to the Crater Rim of Mount Rinjani where you will watch the sunset from above the clouds and then camp underneath the stars. Watch the sunrise, and start the trek back down to Senaru where you can celebrate your accomplishment!
Day 12-15 Gili Trawangan
Take a minivan and then a short ride on a local boat over to the paradise island of Gili Trawangan. Here the pace of the trip slows right down so you can experience Gili island living! Enjoy the beach life, or stay busy with scuba diving, paddle boarding, snorkelling with sea turtles, amazing food and nightlife that's perfect for backpackers.
Day 16-20 Kuta, Bali
Board the high speed "Fast boat" to Bali and then minivans to Kuta, Bali. Our centrally located hotel is minutes away from Kuta Beach, perfect for sunsets and learning to surf. Other options include traditional Balinese dance shows, white-water rafting, an incredible water park, or dance the night away at one of the many multi-storey night clubs! On the last day taxis take the group to Denpasar airport for departure.

To live Free and Easy is to live without busy, rigid schedules. Each destination provides some amazing activities, but we make sure that free time is there so you can take part in all of them or none of them, do as much or as little as you want. 'Take time, breathe it all in, no rush!'

More detailed information about what's included, destination information and activities are listed on this page.

Please note: The above itinerary is subject to change. A confirmed Free & Easy trip itinerary with exact routing will be provided at least 30 days prior to trip departure. 

IMPORTANT: If you are doing a combo trip and booking your own flights, please contact us to confirm the start and end point of your trip.

Epic Experiences you will have on this adventure

Traditional Kecak Fire Dance Show at Uluwatu

High up on the cliffs of Uluwatu, get ready to take in an incredible spectacle: the traditional Balinese dance called the Kecak. Based on the traditional Balinese ritual, it tells the famous epic Hindu story of the Ramayana. It’s a very popular performance - just to get there will bring you through the paths of the temples and along clifftops with their view of the ocean, finally arriving at the stage. The dance will feature no instruments, but rather the chanting of about 30 Indonesian men. The story that will unfold is that of a woman stolen from her husband by a demon, and the challenges he must face to rescue her. To top it all off? The whole performance takes place as the sun is setting, adding to the beauty and drama of the experience.

Go Scuba Diving

Diving is like no other experience on Earth. Life under the water is silent and peaceful, everything is flowing and moving in a way that we land creatures are unaccustomed to. Despite all of our high tech equipment, we are extremely out of our element in the water and it is a humbling experience to watch and observe what life is like under the sea. Fish come in all shapes, sizes and colours and move together in a harmonious unison through beautiful coral and twisted sunlight. On our trips, scuba diving is a huge activity as we travel to countries that offer some of the best diving in the world. The Caribbean in Central America possesses the second largest reef in the world, the warm waters of the South Pacific in Southeast Asia are home to the largest diversity of sea-life in the world and the seas of the Mediterranean are full of rich history and beauty. There is a whole universe under the ocean and experiencing what it's like to be in it is a must at least once in your life!

Swimming with Whale Sharks

***ONLY AVAILABLE ON OUR MARCH TRIP DATE!*** There’s nothing like swimming next to the largest fish in the animal kingdom to feel how small we truly are. While the word ‘shark’ might conjure up images of Jaws and blood-soaked waters, Whale Sharks are actually filter feeder sharks and the majority of their diet is made up of plankton -- so a clumsy looking human swimming around won't be very appetizing. But swimming with this beast isn't as easy as jumping into the ocean. Although you don't require scuba gear as whale sharks commonly swim around the surface, they can be elusive and many divers/snorkelers never get the chance to see one up close. Whale Sharks can be found in many places around the world but arguably the best place in the world to swim with them is the Philippines. Donsol possesses one of the largest school of whale sharks in the world and it's no coincidence that we time our March Philippines adventure to coincide with the best time to see these beautiful creatures up close. It's an experience our group leaders never get sick of and our group members never cease to be amazed by. So snap on your facemask, pull on those flippers and dive into the big blue for an awe-inspiring adventure with these gentle giants. (Boat & guide included, snorkel/diving gear not included).

Have a Tropical Island All to Yourself

This experience is one we all dream about, but think is only possible for the rich and famous, however, we are able to do this on our Indonesia, Philippines and Thailand trips! And it's true that having an entire island to yourself seems a bit lavish, but it's a luxurious and relaxing experience that also leads to a whole lot of fun! It's like when you were younger and you first got to experience what having a house to yourself was like, but this time there’s no neighbours or even cops. We like to head to the island with our groups for a night or sometimes several stocked with frisbees, food, snorkel gear, coolers of beer, guitars, bottles of rum, fishing gear and our hammocks - everything we could possibly need. And then we just literally do whatever we want!

Snorkel Trip in a Glass Bottom Boat

Let’s get that dose of Vitamin Sea! Free & Easy hires our very own private glass-bottom boat for a whole day. We’ll be cruising around the Gilis, throwing back beers, and stopping at a couple rad snorkel spots. The crystal clear, beautifully warm waters here are ideal to see all manner of sea life, so don’t be surprised if you get to hang with a couple of turtles throughout the day. Midway through we’ll be stopping on Gili Air for lunch, before heading back out to sea. There is no better way to chill out in the Gilis.

Hike the Rice Terraces of Banaue

There's no denying that the Banaue rice terraces in the Philippines are one of the most amazing sights on the planet. Etched out of the hillside over 2000 years ago, the seemingly endless number of terraces stretch through valleys and around hills and are all connected by thousands of stone staircases that the local farmers hike up and down each day. On our experience of the rice terraces, we ride out of town on the top of local Jeepnies until we reach the first breathtaking view and begin to walk. As you make your way across the terraces, you feel like you're stepping back in time as the rice is still farmed the same way it has been for thousands of years. The lifestyle of the farmers reflects the peacefulness of the setting as after our first day of trekking, we spend a night in a secluded guesthouse with a view so captivating that you'll spend your entire morning just admiring the place you've found yourself in. The second day of hiking requires a climb and the hundreds of steps may feel more like a fitness test than part of a vacation but upon reaching the top, you'll be completely invigorated by an amazing waterfall that'll cap off an incredible experience that showcases some of the great beauty that the Philippines has to offer.

Camp on Top of an Active Volcano

Volcanos are a fascinating natural force as well as one of the most beautiful things to see on the planet. The wondrous sight of a volcano is enhanced by its power and the knowledge that it could erupt at any minute, hiking up one is a great experience and puts a good perspective into the mountains that these powerful forces brood beneath. But some volcanos are worth more than a hike up and a hike down, once you get up there it's worth it to set up tents with your friends and enjoy the spectacular natural wonder that you stand atop of and wake up to perhaps the greatest sunrise of your life. And there is no volcano in the world better suited for this experience than Mount Rinjani in Indonesia.

Surf a Wave

Nothing compares to the feeling you get the first time you paddle into a wave, stand up as it breaks and ride the face of it – this is the incomparable feeling of surfing. When you get it right, you'll know, because you'll be more excited than the first time you had sex and probably more addicted to it, too! Surfing is arguably the most challenging sport in the world and requires you to learn much more than physical coordination. In order to surf a wave, you'll need patience, discipline, a lack of fear and an insatiable urge to have fun. It's no coincidence that 7 of the countries that we run trips to (Indonesia, the Philippines, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Peru & South Africa) have wicked surf scenes, because there's nothing quite like it. *** PLEASE NOTE surfing is dependent on the right conditions and not always possible

Travel through the Puerto Princesa Underground River

Named 1 of the new 7 Wonders of the World, the Puerto Princesa Underground River is one of the most stunning sights to see in the world. The underground river is 8.2 km long and navigates its way through a magnificent limestone karst mountain landscape. The caves are filled with massive formations of stalactites and stalagmites, as well as several large chambers and lagoons that truly make this sight a wonder!

Catch a Fish and Eat It, Too

We get so many people who come on our trips that say they don't like seafood and won't eat it - usually, they're not from a coastal town. So when we serve up a fresh barracuda or tuna or some other tasty fish that the fisherman caught that morning and we convince them to give it a try, the first thing they say (with a satisfied smile) is that this doesn't taste like the seafood they've tried. There's just no getting around it, fish is meant to be eaten fresh! And the only thing tastier than a fresh fish is one that you caught, too! Catching the fish that you eat used to be a part of life and still is in many parts of the world, however, more and more people are buying from the commercial fishing industry which is unsustainable and is destroying the ocean's eco-system. We offer the option to go fishing on nearly all of our trips with friendly, local fisherman that show you their tricks - it's an experience that not only teaches you the importance of fishing but is also a hell of a good time: on a boat, with friends, with beer, in the sun, drifting down a tropical coastline… 'nuff said!

Sunrise at Borobudur

Surrounded by droves of deep-green paddies and looming palm trees, Borobudur on the island of Java is a colossal Buddhist temple built over 1200 years ago and one of Southeast Asia's most incredible relics. The amazingly preserved temples show intricate detail and display the beauty of the past civilization that constructed Borobudur. The best time to see Borobudur is at sunrise, as the first rays of light cut across the horizon and the sculptures and temples seemingly come alive. It is one of the most incredible sight you'll ever see and we're sure all of our group members who have witnessed it will attest to that!

Practice Yoga on the Beach

Practicing yoga on the beach in warm, tropical weather provides you with the perfect environment to learn how to find a calm within yourself and feel your mind truly relax. Listening to the sounds of the jungle and the crashing of the waves on shore only adds to the bliss of this experience. You can experience practicing yoga in a beautiful and isolated setting under the expert guidance of yoga instructors on several of our our trips. So take an hour or so out of your day to stretch, breathe and enjoy one of the best yoga sessions of your life in paradise!

Bathe Under a Waterfall

When leaving home and hitting the road with your backpack, one thought you may have in mind is that you're not going to have another good shower for awhile. In most parts of the world water pressure is lower, there is often no hot water and you just can't seem to scrub off that distinct backpacker odour. However, there is one place where hundreds of gallons of refreshing fresh water can pour all over you in a surreal bathing experience and that spot is found at the bottom of a waterfall. When hiking around jungles, one of our favourite things to search out is a good tropical waterfall where you can swim, relax, and get right under it and let the huge torrent of water pour all over you and wash you clean! But the best part is often the simple sight of the waterfall itself, because for whatever reason there are few things in the world we find more captivating to watch than water dropping from great heights. Maybe it's because nothing falls with the grace of water, but either way it's an amazing feeling to come upon a gorgeous waterfall in the jungle and head straight into its downpour for the best shower of your life!

Surf A Wave

Nothing compares to the feeling you get the first time you paddle into a wave, stand up as it breaks and ride the face of it – this is the incomparable feeling of surfing. When you get it right, you'll know, because you'll be more excited than the first time you had sex and probably more addicted to it, too! Surfing is arguably the most challenging sport in the world and requires you to learn much more than physical coordination. In order to surf a wave, you'll need patience, discipline, a lack of fear and an insatiable urge to have fun. It's no coincidence that 6 of the countries that we run trips to (Indonesia, the Philippines, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Peru & Colombia) have wicked surf scenes, because there's nothing quite like it.

Go Snorkelling

Snorkelling is a great alternative for those looking to save a little money on diving costs or those who can’t dive for medical reasons. Floating along the surface of the water at any one of our incredible destinations around the world will give you a peak into a magical underwater world. More confident snorkelers can even dive down to get a closer look at the fauna and flora found in our oceans. From glittering fish, to colourful anemone, and super cool sharks (don’t worry, the non-carnivorous ones), snorkelling is a wonderful experience for the non-diver. So snap on a mask and grab your flippers (and DON’T inhale while diving) and you’ll be all set for a little adventure under the sea.

Go Stand Up Paddle Boarding

Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) is still a relatively young sport and gaining participants with great momentum. Learn to SUP with easy, progressive and fun SUP lessons in Cape Town on calm water or in the waves at Muizenberg. You will learn how to safely SUP in waves in the shallow beach break in Muizenberg, internationally recognized ideal spot for learning Stand Up Paddle Boarding and Surfing.

Learn to be a Mermaid (or Merman)

Now this is a unique experience you won't find anywhere else! Yes, there really is a Mermaid Swimming Academy to be found in Boracay. They will get you outfitted in your very own mermaid tail and teach you the basics of swimming like you're straight out of a Disney movie! How cool is that?! All your childhood fantasies are about to come true. And this isn't only for the ladies. Let it be known that Free & Easy trips have produced their fair share of handsome mermen. The warm turquoise waters and white sand beaches of Boracay are the perfect backdrop for this magical day. And let's be honest, this is probably one of the most Instagrammable activities you will ever take part in. Talk about an epic experience #UnderTheSea!

Bike Ride Adventure through Ubud!

What is adventure? It's a full day bike trip where you bike through the villages of Ubud, you stop to try all the local coffees including the "cat-poo-ccino,” you stop at a banyan tree, at a house in one of the villages to learn more about traditional Hinduism, at some rice fields, and you end the day off with a delicious late lunch buffet. It's the most incredible day! But what really makes it an adventure? Doing it all with two amazing leaders and a group of your new best friends who are just as excited as you are about trying new things and seeing the world from a local’s point of view. Treat yourself to adventure: Go to Indo.

Take a Jeepney Ride

Jeepneys are a traditional mode of transportation in the Philippines. They came to be after the American presence in the Philippines during WWII. After the Japanese were defeated by the Americans, many Jeeps were sold or left behind. The Filipinos, with their ever sunny dispositions, turned the vehicles into brightly coloured, flashy, and economic modes of public transportation for the people of the Philippines. We are very lucky to have the chance to take them for a few rides ourselves! Many Jeepneys offer the ability to sit on the roof, which makes for epic views when driving through some beautiful and scenic locations! We take multiple Jeepney rides on the Cloud 9 trip, but our favourite is in Catanduanes where we take them for a scenic drive along the coast, ending at an amazing view point and waterfall. Find a seat and hang on!

Visit Hot Springs after a long travel day

Now this is what we call a travel day! Leaving El Nido and heading to Coron, we hop on a boat for the day! Bring snacks, drinks, cards, whatever you want! Lay in the sun, have a nap, play some games. This is what travel is: making the best of your down time. You won’t even realize that you spent the day traveling from one island to another. Once we end up in Coron, we keep the party going at the Maquinit Hot Springs. A relaxing, all-natural hot spring, that allows alcohol consumption with a bar on the premises. What’s not to love? It’s a great way to unwind after a long (but very scenic) travel day. This is how we travel! Join us!

Visit the Monkey Forest in Ubud.

The Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary, also known as the Monkey Forest Ubud, is not just a tourist attraction, but also an important spot when it comes to research and conservation programs. Researchers from various institutions around the world visit the sanctuary to conduct research, particularly about the monkeys’ social interactions and behaviours. There are hundreds of monkeys running around this forest, and if you’ve ever wanted to interact with one, then this is the place to do it. Buy a couple bananas when you get there, and you’re guaranteed an exciting time! Take a walk through the forest and explore the shrines, temples and even graveyard contained within. This is a unique experience, not to be missed!

Sunset Bike Trip.

The Gili Islands are one of the most beautiful places you will ever visit. Picture idyllic small islands in the ocean, surrounded by white sand beaches and fluttering palm trees…it’s paradise. On Gili Trawangan, where we will be staying, there’s one main road that loops the entire island—yes it’s that small. So the best way to see a sunset? Grab some pedal bikes (rented for you courtesy of Free & Easy) and do a lap of the whole island! We stop at “Sunset Bar” to grab an ice cold bottle of Bintang and watch the sun go down, and then pop by the local market for dinner on the way back. You won’t forget this sunset anytime soon!

Green Canyon

The Green Canyon, or Cukang Taneuh, is a natural beauty in Western Java! It has been formed through millions of years of soil erosion that has left the Cijulang river with stunning emerald green water, bordered by towering cliffs and trees. The only way to reach this canyon is to hop aboard a local long tail and follow the winding river to the entrance of the canyon where you will get to jump into the refreshing water for a midday swim. This experience is always different based on the water level so it's something you simply have to try. One thing you won't miss no matter what: the unforgettable beauty of swimming in a fairy tale land that looks straight out of your day dreams. From the Green Canyon we head to Batu Karas, a beautiful beach with a great beginner surf break, and enjoy lunch and some drinks on the beach with your new best friends! This is an amazing day trip that we didn't think should be missed, so we decided to include it in the price of the trip!

Beach Cleanup

Our Trash Hero beach cleanups are a great way to do good, feel good, and get some beach all at the same time. With thousands of tons of trash swirling around the oceans, the unfortunate reality is that some of it washes up onto the beautiful beaches we fall in love with around the world. So we thought ‘Let’s do something about this!’ Our partnership with Trash Hero began in Koh Lipe, Thailand, where they regularly organized beach cleanup days. Today, Trash Hero has gone viral and can be found operating in Thailand and Indonesia, and is spreading into dozens more countries at a rapid pace. On our end, beach cleanup day quickly became one of the most fun and rewarding days on our Thailand trip. So we decided to spread the love, and have instituted a beach cleanup day into our regular itineraries across the world. Through our sponsorship and partnership with Trash Hero, our travellers and others like them have since collected tens of thousands of kilograms of trash from the beaches we travel to…and really, there’s nothing more epic than saving the world! ** We will always strive to make a beach cleanup happen, but sometimes we may not be able to make it happen **

Accommodations and Transportation

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What's included in this adventure

Accommodation

  • Accommodation for the duration of your Free & Easy experience

Transportation

  • All group travel between destinations
  • If you are doing multiple trips, all travel between trips is included
  • Return international flights and airport transfers*** (No surprise extra flight surcharges)

***Land Package prices do not include your international flight, airport taxes or transfers

Leaders

  • 2 knowledgeable and fun Free & Easy leaders
  • 17 years of trip leading experience
  • No commissions or gratuities required or accepted... ever!
  • Preparations guidebook
  • Trip Experience guidebook

Activities: Indonesia (20 Days)

  • 7 destinations, and 4-5 islands! (Java, Bali, Lombok, and the Gilis!...)
  • National Park Day Trip, Pangandaran
  • 2-Day Mt. Rinjani Volcano Crater Trek (guides, porters ncl.)
  • Green Canyon Day Trip
  • Batu Kara’s Surfing Day Trip
  • Snorkel trip on a glass bottom boat in the Gili Islands
  • Transportation to temples (Borobudur & Uluwatu)
  • FNEZ sponsored beach cleanup

Activities: Philippines (Cloud 9)

  • 3 beach destinations & 2 surf destinations (Siargo and Catanduanes) Tons of surf breaks!
  • Intramurous - Saint Augustin Church tour (incl. guide)
  • Two day trek through the Batad Rice Terraces (Waterfall hike, guides incl.)
  • Transportation to Waterfall and Viewpoint hike in Cantanduanes
  • Boat trip to see Whalesharks in Donsol (March trip only)
  • Boat trip to Naked Island (Incl. overnight stay at Sohoton, caving, kayaking, swim with jellyfish*)
  • Chocolate Hills exploration day trip
  • Tarsier Sanctuary experience
  • Butterfly Sanctuary experience

*Seasonal

Activities: Philippines (Off the Beaten Path)

  • 4 beach destinations
  • Viewpoint/lighthouse hike in Malapascua
  • Travel through the Puerto Princesa Underground River in Sabang, guide included
  • Viewpoint in Coron*
  • Hot Springs in Coron*
  • Private island hoping boat trip on Coron where we will visit two beaches, lagoon, cave and viewpoint* 

*seasonal (September-June)

Meals: Indonesia (20 Days)

  • All meals incl. on 2-Day Mt. Rinjani Volcano Crater trek
  • Breakfast incl. in Jakarta, Pangandaran & Ubud
  • BBQ dinner on the beach, Pangandaran

Meals: Philippines (Cloud 9)

  • One Filipino style group dinner
  • Lunch at a national park after trek through the Batad Rice Terraces
  • All meals included on boat trip to Naked Island/Sohoton Island (1 breakfast, 2 lunch, 1 dinner)

Meals: Philippines (Off the Beaten Path)

  • One Filipino style dinner
  • Lunch on boat trip in Coron
  • Buffet lunch on Underground River Tour 

Optional Activities: Indonesia (20 Days)

  • Fishing
  • Sunrise at Borobudur
  • Scuba Diving
  • Surfing
  • Yoga
  • Waterpark
  • Whitewater Rafting
  • Trip to the Fish Market
  • Visit Waterfalls
  • Sunset Bicycle Trip
  • Balinese Cultural Fire Dance
  • Ubud Bicycle Trip
  • Bali Countryside Bicycle Trip
  • Explore Monkey Forest in Bali

Optional Activities: Philippines (Cloud 9)

  • Fishing
  • Yoga
  • Surfing lessons
  • Surf world class breaks
  • Wake Boarding
  • Paddle Boarding
  • Dolphin Snorkel trip

Optional Activities: Philippines (Off the Beaten Path)

  • Scuba Diving (Dive World War 2 ship wrecks!)
  • Fishing
  • Boat trip
  • Kayaking
  • Parasailing
  • Yoga 

Not Included

  • All meals and drinks (except those mentioned above)
  • Activities outside of the ones listed above (optional activities are not included)
  • Any Visa or Visa fees

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