Philippines Trip: 12 Days
Welcome to the Philippines! See amazing sights, explore stunning beaches, splash around in waterfalls, swim with whale sharks, snorkel the crystal clear waters, discover the Filipino culture and enjoy the best sunsets of your life. Meet the locals, kayak through caves, take the leap and try some cliff jumping, relax in lagoons, indulge in delicious food and party the night away in this incredible country!
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
Day 1 (Manila)
Welcome to the Philippines! Upon your arrival at Manila airport, your group leader will be there ready and waiting to take you back to our hostel. Today is about relaxing and settling in after that long flight, so hit the streets for some shopping or just head out to explore some of the local sites. We have a quick orientation talk then head out for a welcome dinner and drinks with the rest of your new groupies.
Day 2-4 (Cebu)
R&R is over, it’s time to get on the move again, so get ready for a day of travelling. We will be heading to the beachside town of Moalboal, famous for the sardine run, and check into our beachfront hotel, which is our home for the next three nights. Once checked in, we will have time to explore the area and see what Moalboal has to offer with our new friends. What better than having dinner overlooking a sunset? Nothing, so that is what we will be doing.
Today we head out for a truly unforgettable experience; we jump in the water to swim with the majestic whale sharks. Bring your underwater camera, as trust us you will want to remember this forever! After that, we head deep into the hills of Cebu to visit some of the Philippines' most beautiful waterfalls. Cool down in the crystal clear azure waters of Tumalog falls, which is one of many natural springs in the area. We jump in and cool off in these stunning lagoons and get some pictures that will make your friends back home seriously jealous.
Rested and refreshed from a good night’s sleep, enjoy a relaxed morning laying by the pool or head out and explore then, we'll meet after lunch to snorkel with thousands of sardines on a “sardine run” - this will take your breath away! Afterwards, we'll have dinner and drinks and reminisce over some of the amazing things we've done already and it’s only day 4!
Day 5-7 (Port Barton)
This morning we hop on our bus and make our way back to Cebu City where we board our last flight of the tour to visit our final destination, making our way to Palawan voted one of the best islands in the world, Palawan. As soon as we land we will travel by private bus to Port Barton a beautiful fishing village. After checking into our amazing beachfront hotel we will head out for dinner and a few drinks for sunset.
We head out on our very own local sailing boat to cruise around the beautiful island of Port Barton, Palawan. We get the chance to explore some hidden beaches, indulge in a fresh homemade Filipino lunch prepared by our Local boat crew and snorkel in the blue quartz waters. In the evening, we enjoy our meal and party.
A little bit of TLC our style let's go chasing waterfalls. Grab your walking shoes, we will explore the untouched jungle in San Vicente and you will be rewarded with a refreshing plunge in the mesmerising Pamuayan Waterfall. Time to head to the beach and chill out, so grab yourself a drink, lounge about or even play some beach games in the sun.
Day 8-12 (El Nido)
After an amazing 3 days in Port Barton, it's time for a 3 hour's drive to El Nido. This coastal settlement boasts clear waters, jungle, steep limestone cliffs and stunning coves which will be our home until the end of our tour. Once we’ve checked into our amazing last hotel that boasts a rooftop to die for with 360 views of El Nido and the infinity pool overlooking some of the best sunsets. Philippines has to offer, it's time to take a short journey to Las Cabanas beach to chill and watch a beautiful sunset, for you adrenaline junkies we have an optional activity 'Ziplining where you fly head first to the beach!
The Philippines is famed for its many beautiful islands and today we get to explore some of them. We’ll spend the day on our local boat whilst stopping off at some truly stunning beaches, where we can enjoy some snorkelling and kayaking. We also get the chance to visit the breathtaking ‘Small and Big Lagoons’ which are among some of the most picturesque places on the planet! After an amazing day, its time to go and explore more of El Nido with your amazing group.
Today is about catching your breath, working on your tan on a stunning beach decorated with coconut trees and reflecting on where you are. We can enjoy some beach games with the rest of your awesome Wanderlands groupies. Then we’ll catch the sunset from one of the best spots before heading back to check out El Nido by night.
As we lay on the white sandy beach and soak up the sun, we will reflect on the amazing experiences we have had together and the memories we have created. We will take time to appreciate the beautiful surroundings and the unique culture of the island.
In the evening, we will gather for our farewell dinner and raise a glass to our journey and to the new friendships we have made. We will dance the night away and enjoy our last moments together before saying our final goodbyes and heading off to our respective homes.
It will be bittersweet to leave, but we will leave with full hearts and memories that will last a lifetime.
It’s time to say goodbye and end our unforgettable 12 day trip! After check out your group leader will sit down with you and help plan any onward travel whether you plan to stay in the Philippines, visit other destinations in Southeast Asia or just go home we are here to help and assist you with your next adventure.
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.
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See below for more details about what else is included in this amazing adventure.
Included Experiences (PH12)
Day 1-2 (manila)
- Airport Pick up
- Welcome Dinner
- day 2-4 (Cebu)
- Flight to Cebu
- Whale Sharks
- Sardine Run
Day 5-7 (Port Barton)
- Flight to Puerto Princesa
- Island Hopping *
Day 8-12 (El Nido)
- Mini Van to El Nido
- Island Hopping*
- Big & Secret Lagoon*
- Nacpan Beach
- Las Cabanas Beach
- Lio Beach
- Party Night
Some meals and drinks are included along the way.
All accommodations - We send our trip planners to each of our destinations so they can do on the ground, research. Checking for the best location, comfort and vibe that we can get for our budget while also supporting local businesses.
All transport - This trip will find us taking private A/C vans and 2 domestic flights.
Accommodation (PH12 )
1-2 group leaders - Our staff is consistently ranked as the #1 reason that people loved their trips. We meet most of our leaders while traveling with them so we can see in person if they are fun yet responsible, cool yet down to earth, professional yet laid back. This creates that perfect mix which makes our "tours" feel like a group of friends.
Not Included (PH12)
- 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