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Philippines Palawan Island Getaway

8 Days | Getaway to the beachside paradise of Palawan.

4.8 out of 5 based on 16 reviews submitted.
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Be mesmerised by the nature and people of the Philippines on this eight-day adventure from Manila to Palawan. Explore one of the greenest cities in the country, trek to the Batak tribe to meet some locals, stroll white-sand beaches and island hop around El Nido. Snorkel in the sapphire waters, discover the limestone caves of Sabang and see fireflies dancing at dusk at the Iwahig River. With plenty of free time to travel your own way, this is a beach getaway abounding with natural beauty, stunning landscapes and vibrant culture.

Trip overview

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Start
Manila, Philippines
Finish
El Nido, Philippines
Theme
Explorer
Destinations
Philippines
Physical rating
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Style
Original
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 12
Trip code
TOSH
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Why you'll love this trip
  • Contrast the chaos and bustle of city life in Manila with the relaxed way of life in Palawan. With an option to extend your trip on either end, you can focus on the stuff you want.
  • Take an evening adventure to the Iwahig River where you’ll see swarms of fireflies dancing at dusk. The natural beauty of the Philippines continues to shine, whatever time of day.
  • Enjoy a full day of island hopping and snorkelling off the coast of El Nido. Look to the bottom of these clear waters, and glide among the coral and tropical fish.
  • Have plenty of free time beachside to choose your own adventure – day trip to the pristine Nacpan Beach, self-guided kayaking adventure or a spot of shopping? You choose!
  • Experience a unique meeting with one of Palawan's great indigenous groups – the Batak tribe. Interact with the locals of the village and witness daily life as it is today.

Is this trip right for you?
  • The Island of Palawan is less developed than other South East Asian countries, so you might experience delays when ordering food at local restaurants and major festival periods can cause a hold-up in travel journeys. Despite the possibilities of delays, the laidback nature of this destination is well worth the wait.

Itinerary

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Inclusions

Meals

7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

Transport

Boat, Jeepney, Private Minibus, Plane

Accommodation

Hotel (5 nights), Beach chalet (2 nights)

Activities
  • Puerto Princesa - Iwahig River Firefly Boat trip with dinner
  • Sabang - Puerto Princesa Subterranean River boat trip
  • Sabang - Batak Tribe trek
  • El Nido - Island hopping boat trip & snorkelling
Add on activities
  • Sabang - Mangrove River Tour - PHP250
  • El Nido - Kayak Hire - PHP700
  • El Nido - Bike hire - PHP500

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Important notes

1. A single supplement is bookable for this trip, and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for more information.
2. Please provide your full name exactly as per passport at the time of booking for the flight ticket on this trip. Ticketing fees may apply for amendments to details within 45 days of departure, and in some cases you will be required to cover the cost of issuing a new ticket.
3. Internal flight includes 20kg checked luggage plus 7kg carry on.

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Reviews

4.8 out of 5 based on 16 reviews submitted.
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Kirsten · Traveled January 2024
This was a fantastic trip. We enjoyed the beautiful scenery and meeting lovely people and learning about the culture. There is a good mix of adventure with relaxation. I would highly recommend this trip
Review submitted 28 Jan 2024

Sarah · Traveled January 2024
Recommend this tour to anyone with an interest in visiting Philippines. Palawan is a corner of paradise. The tour is suitable for all ages and a perfect mix of organised activities and downtime to self explore / relax. Couldn’t recommend our guide Donna enough.
Review submitted 27 Jan 2024

Richard · Traveled January 2024
I signed up for this trip as it was the only one that I could find in the Philippines in early January. It was an enjoyable trip with a good bunch of travellers. But I wonder why we met in Manila at 6.00 pm only to fly out the next morning without discovering Manila. Overall a good trip but thanks mainly to our leader.
Review submitted 16 Jan 2024

Silvia · Traveled December 2023
Review submitted 09 Jan 2024

Nicki · Traveled December 2023
This was our first intrepid trip and we were not disappointed. Our guide Donna Gunn was amazing and we simply had the most awesome island holiday experience in the Philippines. Do your self a favour and explore this amazing country with all the thousands of islands and postcard beaches, just wow.
Review submitted 10 Jan 2024
Philippines Palawan Island Getaway
From
GBP £1,458