Philippines Island Hop

12 days

from £1,229

Trip Highlights

  • Snorkel, kayak, paddle board and swim in crystal clear waters
  • Swim with huge (but friendly) whale sharks
  • Explore the underground river of the UNESCO World Heritage site; Subterranean River National Park
  • Visit some of the most stunning waterfalls and natural springs in the Philippines
  • Explore the ‘small and big lagoons’ on your group's private boat
  • Try traditional Filipino cuisine
  • Explore the islands around Boracay Island on a sailing boat 

Trip Summary

Thinking about exploring the Philippines, but only got a limited amount of time? The Philippines has so much to offer and this epic 12-day tour takes you to all of the very best locations.

After meeting your group and guide in Manila, you’ll head out to the islands to spend the rest of the trip relaxing on sandy white beaches, enjoying the seafront nightlife and cruising through crystal clear waters on a sailing boat.

You’ll journey through the underground rivers of Subterranean River National Park in a kayak, explore the picturesque ‘small and big lagoons’, swim in natural springs, taste the local cuisine, try to stay standing on a paddle board and swim with huge (but very friendly) whale sharks!

Interested and want to find out more? Download more trip information and detailed itinerary HERE!

Trip Info

DAY 1: ARRIVE INTO MANILA 

Welcome to the Philippines! Your group leader will be waiting for you at Manila airport and will transfer you to your first nights’ accommodation. You can spend the rest of the day exploring the local area, hitting the shops or recovering from the flight.

This evening you’ll meet up with the rest of your group and head out for a welcome dinner and drinks (paid for locally).

DAY 2: TRANSFER TO PUERTO PRINCESA 

After breakfast, your group leader will run through the itinerary and give you a full orientation on what’s to come. It’s then time to board the first flight of the trip to the incredible city of Puerto Princesa.

Once you’ve settled into your accommodation, you’ll head out for a group meal at a local restaurant (paid locally).

DAY 3: KAYAKING AT SUBTERRANEAN RIVER NATIONAL PARK 

This morning will have an early start, but it will be well worth it as we are doing an experience which is not only epic but unique to the Philippines. We’re going to explore the underground river in the UNESCO World Heritage site of Subterranean River National Park in a kayak!

In the afternoon, we’ll take a bus ride to El Nido. You’ll have time to check into your accommodation and freshen up, before enjoying some dinner and drinks. 

DAY 4: BOATS, LAGOONS & ISLAND BEACHES

Today, we’ll spend the day on our private boat exploring some of the Philippines most stunning islands. You’ll have the chance to do some snorkelling, hire a kayak (approx £2) and relax on some breath-taking beaches, before heading to one of the most picturesque places in the world, the ‘small and big lagoons.’

DAY 5: BEACH DAY

Seeing as it’s been such a busy start to your Philippines Island Hop, you’ll have today to relax and top up your tan on a stunning white sand beach.

DAY 6: TRANSFER TO OSLOB 

It’s time to head to the next destination! We’ll take the bus back to Puerto Princesa and board a quick flight to Cebu. Once we’ve arrived, we’ll drive to Moalboal, which will be our home for the next three nights. After your day's journey you’ll have time to check in and get freshened up before exploring the local area and enjoying a yummy dinner with the rest of your group.

DAY 7: WATERFALLS & NATURAL SPRINGS 

Today, we’ll head deep into the hills of Cebu to visit some of Philippines most breath-taking waterfalls. Take your swimmers as you’ll have a chance to swim in the clear blue waters of Kasawan Falls, which is just one of the many stunning natural springs in this area. This really is the perfect place to cool off and spend the day. 

DAY 8: SWIM WITH WHALE SHARKS!

Are you ready for an unforgettable experience? Today, we’ll head out on a boat and swim with some giant (but friendly) whale sharks! Don’t forget to take your underwater camera; you’ll want to remember this.

Once we’ve dried off we’ll take a short ride back to Moalboal, where we’ll get to snorkel with thousands of sardines on a ‘sardine run’ – pretty spectacular!

DAY 9: TRANSFER TO BORACAY ISLAND 

After taking the bus back to Cebu City and boarding the last flight of the trip, we’ll arrive at our final destination, Boracay Island.

After your day of travel you will arrive in the evening and get to explore the beach before watching one of the most stunning sunsets in the world and enjoying Boracay’s night life, right on the beach front.

DAY 10: FREE DAY

Today you will get to chill out on the beach and top up your tans in Boracay. Enjoy a beer or a cocktail, dip in the warm ocean and enjoy the stunning scenery!

DAY 11: ARIEL’S POINT, PADDLE BOARDING & KAYAKING

We’ll head over to Ariel’s point, which is just a short boat ride away from Boracay Island. Here you’ll get to spend the day snorkelling in the clear water, exploring in a kayak and trying some paddle boarding. We’ll also try some of the yummy local cuisine for lunch. This evening we’ll celebrate this incredible adventure at a farewell meal and party. An amazing way to round of this awesome experience!

DAY 12: TIME TO SAY GOODBYE! 

After an awesome time in the Philippines, it’s sadly time to check out of your accommodation and say goodbye to your new friends. This tour finishes on Boracay Island, but your group leader will be able to help you plan your onwards travel. 

Please note: All itineraries are subject to change based on local weather conditions and operational reasons. If an activity cannot go ahead the local team will always endeavour to replace it with a similar alternative.

Accommodation & Meals

Throughout your time in the Philippines, you will be staying in basic but clean and secure accommodation.

Rooms can vary between twin/triple share rooms to dorm style accommodation. All rooms are single sex and you will be sharing with other members of your group.

Food and drinks will are not included, however, our team will be able to show you the best places to eat and drink throughout the trip.

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Eligibility & FAQ's

The minimum age for this trip is 18 years old.

 

Whats Included

  • 11 nights’ accommodation
  • All transport mentioned in the itinerary (Including 3 domestic flights)
  • Underground river boat trip
  • Paddle boarding
  • Small & Big Lagoon cruise
  • Swim with whale sharks and sardines
  • Ariel’s Point excursion
  • Arrival airport transfer
  • Advice and assistance for onward travel around South East Asia

What's Not Included

  • Flights (apart from the 3 internal flights mentioned in the itinerary)
  • Travel insurance
  • Return airport transfer
  • Food and drink
  • Any additional activities not stated in the itinerary

Flights

Your flight to Philippines should arrive at Manila Ninoy Aquino International Airport (airport code: MNL) on your programme start date. We recommend arriving in the morning or early afternoon, so that you are able to get settled in and freshened up before your welcome meal at 7:30pm. 

The tour finishes on Boracay Island on the programme end date. The nearest airports to Boracay Island are Caticlan airport (MPH) which is about an hour away, or Kalibo airport (KLO) which is about 3 hours away

To book your flights, please contact our flight specialist on 01892 277037 who will do their best to get you the best deal on the day. Please provide them with your full name as it is stated in your passport.

Before you make the call please make sure you have your required departure dates, return dates and other details you may require. It is important that once you have booked your flights you add these details to your online account or alternatively you can contact us with your departure date, the flight number and arrival time at your destination.

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What were the highlights of your trip?

The tour guides, the places, included activities. All of it!!

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Would of liked less trips to shopping malls

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Emily Barnes

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What were the highlights of your trip?

I felt very supported before my trip and I would definitely book with Real Gap Experience again.

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

Don't think so, no!

Tips for other travellers?

- get your money out at ATM's at the airports - Get some reef shoes to wear when swimming in the water if there is coral about

Any other comments?

An amazing experience in a fantastic country!

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