West Philippines

Western Philippines Trip: 20 Days

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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!


Just finishing up 20 days Philippines Off The Beaten Path trip. Amazing beaches, friendly people, and for my 5th Free & Easy Trip I had a great time!

- Nicole, April 2019


  • 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.

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 (Off the Beaten Path)
    • One Filipino style dinner
    • Lunch on boat trip in Coron
    • Buffet lunch on Underground River Tour 
  • 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
  • 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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