Philippines Trip: 20 Days
Picture Perfect Philippines
We've blended our two 10-day Philippines trips together to make one epic 20-day Philippines trip! You'll get to learn to surf one of the world's best surf breaks on Siargao Island, explore the underground caves in Puerto Princesa and so much more!
If you are looking for the renowned blue waters, soft sandy beaches and beautiful people, look no furterh than the Philippines. There are many chances to scuba dive, relax on the beach, and take time to explore. This trip has lots of opportunities to scuba in AMAZING places.The lagoon trips are breathtaking, swimming in water that bright and clear is such a great, unforgettable feeling. If you love beers, scuba, boat trips, chillaxin' and good people… sign up!
- Mackenzie, November 2019
East Philippines (10 Days)
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 a 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 6-10 (Siargao)
Take a private boat to the ferry terminal in Cebu. Take minibus transfer to the airport and fly to Siargao.
This 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".
West Philippines (10 Days)
Day 1 (Cebu)
Group arrives in Cebu. Meet your group and relax in a nice hotel in the middle of Cebu city where you can walk around and try different restaurants with local and international food available.
Day 2-3 (Sabang)
Fly to Puerto Princessa and take a minibus to Sabang. This is a nice quiet town with the perfect beach that stretches on forever.
Wake up enjoy breakfast. Explore the world-famous UNESCO Puerto Princesa underground river with the crew. A once in a lifetime experience where you go inside the cave and see the amazing rock formations that go on for hours. It was 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!
After lunch on Day 4, we take a 5-hour drive in a minibus to Nacpan.
Day 4-5 (Nacpan)
In Nacpan you have the opportunity to sit back, relax, and soak in this paradise. Add in some adventure with epic snorkeling opportunities. After lunch on Day 6, we take a minibus to El Nido.
Day 6-7 (El Nido)
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 8-9 (Coron)
Take a 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 10 (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.
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.
- Accommodation for the duration of your Free & Easy experience
- All group travel between destinations
- If you are doing multiple trips, all travel & accommodations between combo trips is included in the price listed
- Return international flights and airport transfers*** (No surprise extra flight surcharges)
***Land Package prices do not include your international flight, airport taxes or transfers
- 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: Philippines (East 10)
- Light tower viewpoint hike
- Boat trip to Naked Island and Daku island. Lunch included
Activities: Philippines (West 10)
- 4 beach destinations
- Travel through the Puerto Princesa Underground River in Sabang, guide included
- Viewpoint in Coron
- Hot Springs in Coron
- Private island hopping boat trip on Coron where we will visit two beaches, lagoon, cave and viewpoint
Optional Activities: Philippines (East 10)
- Surfing lessons
- Surf world-class breaks
- Wake Boarding
- Paddle Boarding
- Sound healing and meditation
Optional Activities: Philippines (West 10)
- Scuba Diving (Dive World War 2 ship wrecks!)
- Boat trip
- 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
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) 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!
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!
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 peek 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.
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!
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 onshore 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!
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!
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 of 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 travelers 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 **
Go Scuba Diving
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!