Philippines: In Search of Paradise

  • Destination: Philippines
  • Duration: 11 days
  • Price: $950

Overview

A dream-like journey to the Philippines. An amazing archipelago of over 7000 islands with stunning mountain ranges, beautiful waterfalls, underground rivers and caves, breathtaking beaches, tropical islands, hidden lagoons, amazing marine life, laidback beach resorts, charming countryside and exotic food. Paradise found!

Our adventure will take us to central Luzon island & the magical Cordillera mountains range and Palawan island, the world’s most exotic island and home of the world’s longest underground river with several adventurous activities along the way.

Highlights

- Driving through the amazing Cordillera Mountains range to Banaue
- Bangaan Village with its traditional Ifugao houses and beautiful rice terraces
- Trekking to Batad Village and its breathtaking amphitheater-like rice terraces
- Trekking to the amazing Tappiyah Waterfall
- Spelunking (Caving) from Lumiang Cave to Sumaguing cave
- Navigating a paddle boat through the world’s largest underground river
Island Hopping in El Nido archipelago, to explore the wonders of Bacuit bay
- Sea Kayaking around Cadlao Island
- Camping on a secluded Island away from civilization
- Ziplining to Las Cabanas Beach
- Swimming & relaxing in Nacpan Beach, El Nido’s most beautiful beach

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Itinerary & Trip Details

Day 1: The Pearl of the Orient

The Pearl of the Orient

Arrival in Manila airport, pickup and transfer to the hotel, spend the day exploring the capital of the Pearl of the Orient Seas

Accommodation: Standard Hotel

Day 2: Cordillera Mountain Range

Cordillera Mountain Range

Drive from Manila to Banaue in Cordillera mountain range. It is a long drive but with amazing mountain passes, beautiful mountain scenery and lush environment which makes the drive quite enjoyable. After check-in and some rest we will visit the village of Bangaan and its beautiful rice terraces, a typical village of the Ifugao tribes where we can see the traditional Ifugao houses, their livelihood and their method of farming the rice terraces. Afterwards we will return to Banaue where we can visit the markets, handicrafts center and souvenir shops.

Accommodation: Basic Guesthouse
Meals: B
Driving Time: 9 hours (375 km)

Day 3: Stairway to Heaven

Stairway to Heaven

After breakfast we will make our way to the stunning rice terraces of Batad through a very scenic trail known as the stairway to heaven! The terraces are also known as the 8th wonder of the world due to its unrivaled beauty and dramatic setting in the heart of Cordillera mountain range. This adventurous day will start by a quick drive to Batad Saddle point then start our trek to Batad village for a breathtaking panoramic view over the terraces. Check-in our local guest house then make our way through the terraces to the stunning Tappiyah waterfalls for a refreshing swim then hike back to our accommodation for overnight.

Accommodation: Basic Guesthouse
Meals: B

Day 4: The Underworld

The Underworld

Today will take us to Sagada, the adventure hub of the Philippines. First we hike back to Banaue then drive to the viewpoint over the famous Banaue rice terraces then continue to Sagada. Check-in our accommodation then embark on a unique spelunking (caving) adventure  by entering Lumiang cave and make our way to Sumaguing cave through an underground trail connecting the two caves with many caving techniques like scrambling, use of ropes and making our way through underground pools.

Accommodation: Standard Guesthouse
Meals: B
Driving Time: 2 hours (65 km)

Day 5: Farewell Cordillera

Farewell Cordillera

Breakfast then go wander around the beautiful town of Sagada or we can opt for one last trek to Mount Ampacao, the highest point in Sagada before we drive back to Manila

Accommodation: Standard Hotel
Meals: B
Driving Time: 10 hours (435 km)

Day 6: The Last Frontier

The Last Frontier

Transfer to the airport to catch our flight to Palawan Island which is known as the Last Frontier and was voted as the world’s most beautiful island several times! We land in Puerto Princesa the capital and only city on the island and spend the day exploring the surroundings.

Accommodation: Standard Hotel
Meals: B

Day 7: A Natural Wonder

A Natural Wonder

Puerto Princesa is the home of one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature, which is the longest underground river in the world. The river flows underneath a mountain range, through the St. Paul Underground River Cave, and then goes out into the South China Sea. We hop on a paddle boat with search light to explore this geological wonder with its unique rock formations and amazing flora and fauna. After this amazing tour we will drive to the heavenly archipelago of El Nido.

Accommodation: Standard Hotel/Guesthouse
Meals: BL
Driving Time: 6 hours (265 km)

Day 8: Island Hopping

Island Hopping

El Nido is one of these destinations that will leave you in awe! A true tropical paradise with endless white sand beaches, crystal clear waters, many secluded islands and an amazing marine life. To explore this unspoiled paradise we will embark on an island hopping tour from one island to another, exploring beautiful lagoons, hidden beaches, snorkeling and relaxing by the palm-fringed beaches.

Accommodation: Standard Hotel/Guesthouse
Meals: BL

Day 9: A Glimpse of Paradise

A Glimpse of Paradise

Today we continue exploring the islands of Bacuit bay in El Nido but with some adventurous twists as we visit more hidden beaches, explore beautiful lagoons with sea kayaks and camp on a secluded island in the middle of the ocean for an unforgettable experience in this tropical paradise.

Accommodation: Camping in Tents
Meals: BLD

Day 10: El Nido Inland

El Nido Inland

After breakfast we will sail back to town then go for an adrenaline fix on one of the most breathtaking ziplines in the Philippines where we make our way to Las Cabanas beach via 2 thrilling rides over the ocean. Afterwards we drive to Nacpan, ElNido’s most beautiful beach where we spend the rest of the day and watch the amazing sunset then drive back to our hotel.

Accommodation: Standard Hotel/Guesthouse
Meals: BL

Day 11: Departure

 Departure

Transfer to Puerto Princesa airport for our final departure

Meals: B
Driving Time: 5 hours (230 km)

Price Includes/Excludes

Price Includes

- All transfers in a private vehicle
- All Travel & Environmental Permits
- Accommodation for 10 nights in standard hotels & guesthouses as per the itinerary
- Banaue and Bangaan Village Tour
- Trekking to Batad rice terraces and Tappiyah Waterfall
- Cave connection tour from Sumaguing cave to Lumiang cave
- Puerto Princesa Underground river tour
- Island Hopping in Bacuit Bay for 2 days
- Sea Kayaking & Camping on one of the islands
- Ziplining & Nacpan beach tour
- All mentioned meals (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)

Price Excludes

- International flights to Manila
- Domestic flights to Puerto Princesa (avg. $150) and Terminal Fees ($4)
- Visa Expenses
- Tips & Gratuities

 

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