Philippines Palawan Island Getaway

8 Days | Getaway to the beachside paradise of Palawan.

4.7 out of 5 based on 14 reviews submitted.
USD $2,175
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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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Manila, Philippines
El Nido, Philippines
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Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 12
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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.


This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2024 to 31 December 2024.

View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2023 - 31 December 2023

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7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner


Boat, Jeepney, Private Minibus, Plane


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

  • 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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4.7 out of 5 based on 14 reviews submitted.
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Lucas · Traveled March 2023
A fantastic little trip, perfect for unplugging from your daily grind. Just relax on the beach, or do your own thing, eat, drink - and repeat!
Review submitted 29 Mar 2023

Kaye · Traveled March 2023
If you love to chill and hang out with like minded people of all ages then Intrepid is for you. And Palawan - what a destination ! So many different experiences in such a short amount of time - subterranean rivers , snorkeling , kayaking , cool bars , beach bonfires , Jeepney rides and sunset cocktails . All expertly and enthusiastically coordinated by our awesome leader -Ian . Thanks for the memories Ian and the March23 crew xx
Review submitted 10 Apr 2023

Olivia · Traveled March 2023
Our guide Ian made sure we had everything we needed to make this trip wonderful. He regularly imparted local knowledge that enabled us to have a greater appreciation of our destinations. He always recommended the best food and was accomodating of my allergy.
Review submitted 13 Apr 2023

Nicholas · Traveled March 2023
This trip was amazing and a big part of that was because of my amazing tour guide Ian, such a great friendly person I cannot recommend this enough. He was also amazing at managing peanut allergy needs. 10/10
Review submitted 13 Apr 2023

Matthew · Traveled February 2023
I found this trip a great way to experience the Philippines. I enjoyed the mix of the city and relaxing on the islands. The tour guide was great and overall I really enjoyed the experience.
Review submitted 01 Mar 2023
Philippines Palawan Island Getaway
USD $2,175