Philippines (March)

Eastern Philippines Trip: 20 Days

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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 traveling through the tropical island and mountain oasis of the Philippines is like!

Why do we have a special itinerary just for March?  That's when the waters around Donsol turn into WHALE SHARK SOUP!  We only go to Donsol in March because the odds of getting up close with these majestic beauties is very, very good.


Just finished up a Philippines trip with FnEZ, and they were great as usual. My trip leaders were amazing and went above and beyond to make everyone’s trip great. The accommodations that Free & Easy picks are great, and they always choose to take you to the best locations. The best thing about travelling with them is that it’s a built-in group of friends who usually have similar mindsets, a love for travel and a bit of partying. Ten out of ten recommend.

- Barb, October 2018


  • 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 a 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 out and take a 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 a 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   (Donsol*)

    Take a 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 a minibus to the airport and fly to Cebu. Take a 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 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.

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.

What's included?

  • Accommodation
    • Accommodation for the duration of your Free & Easy experience
  • Transportation
    • 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

  • Leaders
    • 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
  • 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)
  • 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


  • Optional Activities: Philippines (Cloud 9)
    • Fishing
    • Yoga
    • Surfing lessons
    • Surf world class breaks
    • Wake Boarding
    • Paddle Boarding
    • Dolphin Snorkel trip
    • and so much more! If you're interested in something that isn't on the list just ask us, if it's possible we will find you some options.  We are here to try and help you find your ideal trip!
  • 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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