Travel from magnificent Manila to picturesque Puerto Princesa
Be mesmerised by the magic of the Philippines on this 19-day tour from Manila to Puerto Princesa. See the fusion of the past and present in Manila, stare in awe at the eighth wonder of the world, be fascinated by the curious Hanging Coffins in Echo Valley and relax on the beach in sunny El Nido. This is a journey brimming with vibrant cities, stunning natural beauty, age-old culture, new experiences and real adventure.
Embark on a 3-day trek through rice fields, forests and villages, staying in local Ifugao communities along the way
Be left breathless by the lush Banaue rice paddies, millennia old terraces that stretch like stepping-stones towards the sky
Witness the unique hanging coffins in Echo Valley, and discover more about the fascinating traditions of the local people
Just 25 years old, the lake-filled crater of Mt Pinatubo is a fresh wonder to explore – trek to the summit and camp right next to pristine emerald waters in the heart of the volcano
Contrast the chaos of Manila with the relaxed way of life in Palawan. This is a part of the world that's yet to be overloaded with tourists
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
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
This trip includes a sightseeing tour of the Philippine capital of Manila, giving you a taste of what it has to offer. You'll even whizz around the streets in an authentic jeepney
This trip includes a lot of energetic included activities, so a good level of fitness is required for this trip.
Due to some of the remote locations that are visited on this trip, some of the accommodation is basic. Some nights are in multishare rooms, with shared bathrooms with Asian style toilets. Hot water showers are available on most nights.
The rice terraces in this region are very steep, and at time you will be trekking on very narrow paths with steep drops on either side. Therefore a very good level of balance is required, and shoes with good grip are essential. Your leader can assist you by providing a walking stick to help you keep your balance on these sections.
When picking guesthouses, we value location and the things that come with it. The noise (whether we like it or not) is all part of the scene. Passengers may wake up to the sound of roosters or church bells in the morning, so if you’re sensitive to noise, we recommend bringing earplugs to the trip.
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 laid back nature of this destination is well worth the wait.
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Our Philippine Adventure trips score an average of 4.5 out of 5 based on 8 reviews in the last year.
This is a great trip but does require a good level of fitness. The treks through the rice terraces can be arduous and taxing for those who do not regularly hike or walk long distances. Note that at times there are large climbs on the treks. The Palawan section of the trip felt rushed. I felt I spent more time in a van than on a beach or island hopping. I feel the long drive back from El Nido to Puerto Princess is unnecessary given that we could have had an extra day and perhaps flown to Manila from El Nido. These are small gripes however, as overall the trip was fantastic.
Review submitted 17 Feb 2018