7 nights in boutique hostels (Manila / El Nido/ Coron) ** Dorm style accommodation (can be upgraded to private in checkout)
2 nights beach cottage (Port Barton)
1 night in a hotel (Palawan)
Internal Flight with 20kg luggage allowance per person
All transportation in destination location
All activities as per itinerary
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Why do we love this
Start in Manila and end in Coron on this epic 11-day Philippines holiday package. Perfect for backpackers and adventure travellers, this budget Philippines tour will take you on an epic adventure through the Palawan Islands where you will see the very best of the islands voted the best in the world for multiple years in a row!
WHAT TO EXPECT
The Palawan Islands Discovery takes you from Manila to Puerto Princesa to visit the Underground River. Then to Port Barton, El Nido and Coron for crystal clear waters and white sand beaches!
The Palawan Islands Discovery is an independent tour package that includes accommodation in a perfect mix of hostels, hotels and beachfront cabins, all internal flights, expert local guides, some meals, transportation, and all activities.
Day 1 - Manila - Your adventure begins! (Manila)
Mabuhay and welcome to the Philippines! Arrive in Manila and be transferred to your hostel. The rest of the night is free to enjoy as you wish. You may wish to enjoy a drink on the sun deck overlooking the city or head out to red light district Makati for a night you will never forget!
Day 2 - Manila - Sunset Bike Tour and Cultural Show (Manila)
Enjoy the day in Manila at leisure before heading off in the evening on a 2-hour historical sunset bamboo bike tour. Enjoy a view of the sunset, a buffet of Spanish Filipino food in a heritage restaurant, and a live Filipino cultural show with this Sunset experience! You will be leisurely toured around the historic walled city of Intramuros Manila using bamboo bikes (Bambikes). Our local tour guide will share with you stories of Intramuros and the Philippines while you enjoy the sightseeing. Just before the sun sets, you will be lead to the skydeck of The Bayleaf Hotel where you will be served a complimentary drink as you watch the sunset over Manila Bay, then make your way to Barbara’s Heritage Restaurant where an eat-all-you-can buffet of Filipino food is waiting. A live Philippine cultural show will play as you dine.
Day 3 - Palawan (Palawan)
After breakfast, check out and be transferred back to Manila airport for flight to Palawan. The flight time is approximately an hour and a half. When you arrive in Palawan you will be picked up and taken to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to do as you wish.
Day 4 - Puerto Princesa Underground River (Palawan)
This morning you will be picked up from your hotel to head over to the Puerto Princesa Underground River – one of the seven natural wonders of the world! Have an absolutely incredible experience being guided through the national park, exploring the underground cave systems aboard a bamboo raft. This is an absolute must-do while in the Philippines. In the afternoon you will be transported by van to your beachfront home in Port Barton.
Day 5 - Port Barton (Port Barton)
Spend your day sipping fresh coconuts on white sand while listening to some island reggae in the background. Tucked away on a secluded beach. Snorkel with turtles, explore the island or lay in a hammock and read a good book. This is your time to truly experience idyllic island life.
Day 6 - El Nido (El Nido)
In the morning you will be transported to El Nido! When you arrive, you will see why Palawan was named the most beautiful island group in the world. Surrounded by islands and cliffs, El Nido is a secret paradise we are lucky enough to share. Once you arrive, check in to the hostel, settle in, and head out to check out the restaurants and bars along the beach.
Day 7 - El Nido - Island Hopping (El Nido)
Today is all about experiencing what El Nido is famous for- and that is the island hopping. Set sail to enjoy the emerald waters, snorkel incredible reefs and try and spot some unique wildlife on a shared El Nido Island Hopping Tour. Discover the clear waters of Miniloc Island, where you will find three breathtaking lagoons -Soak up the sun and relax on the white sand beaches of Shimizu island -Relish a delicious grilled lunch on the beach -Snorkel in the pristine waters of Seven Commando beach, and get a chance to see a few sea turtles!
Day 8 - El Nido - Free Time (El Nido)
Today is your chance to explore this beautiful island however you wish. You may choose to take another Island hopping tour, flag down a tricycle driver to drive you to one of the many waterfalls or explore the town and have lunch on the beach.
Day 9 - Coron (Coron)
This morning you hop on the ferry from El Nido town and cruise across the sea to the small fishing village of Coron. Spend the rest of the day at your leisure exploring the town.
Day 10 - Coron - Island Hopping (Coron)
Today you’ll set off on an island-hopping adventure to visit the stunning lagoons and lakes in the area. Cool off in the clear blue sea and take in the rays. Get a picture-perfect view of Kayangan Lake, the cleanest lake in the Philippines Discover the Barracuda Lake, a natural wonder that’s famous for its layers of cold, warm, and hot water Explore Siete Pecados Marine Park where you can observe vibrant tropical fish and admire coral gardens Experience this tour with a delicious lunch at Beach 91 which you will indulge in along with the views of the ocean
Day 11 - Coron - Checkout (Coron)
Sadly all good things must come to an end.. This is the final day of the tour. There are no more activities or inclusions today.
How much spending money will I need?
All of your internal flights, activities, accommodation, transport and some meals are included throughout the duration of the tour, so you’ll just need money for any extra meals, drinks, shopping, and any onward travel. We recommend you bring at least $300 AUD spending money for the trip.
What luggage do you recommend?
We always recommend traveling with a backpack and packing light! 10-20kgs of stuff should be plenty. It’s generally quite hot in the Philippines so dragging around a huge suitcase is not much fun.
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1. Our contract
All bookings are made with Do You Travel (ABN 28 564 274 760) (us/we). By booking a trip with us you are deemed to have agreed to these Booking Conditions (which constitutes the entire agreement between you and us) and your booking will be accepted by us on this basis. The services to be provided are those referred to in your booking confirmation invoice.
2. Deposit requirement
You are required to pay a non-refundable deposit per person per trip for your booking to be confirmed. If your booking is made within 60 days of the departure date then the full amount is payable at the time of booking.
3. Acceptance of booking and final payments
If we accept your booking we will issue a confirmation invoice. A contract will exist between us from the date we issue the confirmation invoice or if you book within 60 days of departure the contract will exist when we accept your payment. Payment of the balance of the trip price is due 60 days before the departure date. Your card will be charged the remaining amount on this day. If this balance is not paid on or before the due date we reserve the right to treat your booking as cancelled and retain your deposit.
4. Free and flexible changes
For bookings made in 2020, we’ve dropped our trip transfer fee. This means you can change your trip, for any reason, up to 14 days before your scheduled departure date. No hassle, no questions asked and no charge. If you choose to amend your booking, you can select any new departure date that is suitable
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Scheduled tour dates will be available on the website once travel restrictions are lifted.
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Once you have selected a start date we will email you an invoice to pay the remaining balance of your booking, which will be due for final payment 60 days prior to your tour start date.
Cancellation by the traveller:
If you need to cancel your booking with Do You Travel you will need to notify us in writing (by e-mail).
- 60 days or more prior to departure, we will offer you the choice of moving to a different trip or forfeiting the deposit.
- Between 31 and 59 days prior to departure, we will retain the deposit or 50% of the total booking cost; whichever is greater, and
- 30 days or less prior to departure, we will retain 100% paid by you in connection with the booking.
You are strongly advised to take out cancellation insurance at the time of booking which will cover cancellation fees. If you leave a trip for any reason after it has commenced we are not obliged to make any refunds for unused services. If you fail to join a tour, join it after departure, or leave it prior to its completion, no refund will be made. The above cancellation fees are in addition to fees which may be levied by accommodation providers, travel agents or third party tour and transport operator fees.
Cancellation by the operator:
Do You Travel may cancel a trip at any time prior to departure if, due to terrorism, natural, disasters, political instability or other external events which make it difficult or unsafe to run the tour. If we cancel your trip, you can transfer amounts paid to an alternative start date or in circumstances where cancellation is due to external events outside our reasonable control, refunds will be offered less any unrecoverable expenses such as domestic flights booked already by Do You Travel. We are not responsible for any incidental expenses that you may have incurred as a result of your booking including, but not limited to, visas, vaccinations, travel insurance excess or non-refundable flights.