Get a taste of the Philipines and experience secret island and bustling cities on this epic 10-day trip
Explore the world famous Puerto Princesa Underground River and visit Iwahig Prison
Go island hopping in Palawan (including food and drinks)
Relax on a private island beach camp (including all food)
Wander through rainforests, bathe in waterfalls and snorkel over coral reefs
Embark on an island kayaking trip through some of the most spectacular scenery in the world
Enjoy paddle boarding, swimming and beach picnics as you explore secluded islands
Enjoy a guided cliff top climb overlooking El Nido
Learn about local culture and take a traditional cooking class
Private western guide throughout
Airport pickup on day 1
All accommodation, transportation & transfers including vans, flights, boats, taxis, and tricycles included
Welcome dinner and drinks overlooking the Manila skyline included
Sunset zipline (day 9) available for PHP 500, to be paid on the day.
Why do we love this
An island adventure that takes you to secluded beaches, private island camps and through some of the Philipines most beautiful landscapes? What's not the love? This tour has everything, from Manila nightlife to tranquil ocean sunsets, and we think that's pretty cool.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Want to see the Philipines but not sure where to start? Or just want to embark on an epic adventure? This is the tour for you.
Join a small group full of people who all want the same thing - to explore some of the most amazing places on earth! You'll have the chance to create lifelong memories with like-minded travellers and explore untouched paradise with new friends, all the while soaking up the beauty that is the Philipines. Before your adventure starts there'll be the chance to get in touch with others joining the trip, so you'll feel like old friends when you finally meet.
Are you ready?
Day 1 - Manila
Today, all you have to do is make it to Manila! Arrive at any time and the friendly One Adventure team will meet you at the airport. Travel with them through the winding city streets to your boutique hostel in central Manila, where you can settle in before joining the rest of the group for a welcome meal at a local restaurant.
After dinner, head up to the rooftop terrace and enjoy a few drinks overlooking the Manila skyline. For those looking to party, it's time to check out some famous Manila nightlife spots with guest-list entry into clubs and local bars!
Day 2 - Palawan
Today, take a short flight to Puerto Princesa in Palawan to really begin your Philipines trip. Check into your stunning boutique hotel and relax by the pool under the Palawan sun.
Come afternoon, it's time to visit we visit the Iwahig Prison. Here, the inmates govern themselves and learn new skills such as farming and Michael Jackson moves. It's a truly bizarre experience that you won't forget!
In the evening, take walk along the bay and sample some weird and wonderful Filipino street food by the water. If you’re brave enough you can try a balut (fertilized duck egg), a Filipino delicacy. Yum!
Day 3 - Underground River and Port Barton
It's an early start today! After a delicious breakfast, head out to the UNESCO listed Underground River, where you'll spend the day exploring the 5-miles of rivers and caves by boat.
Afterwards, drive over dirt roads to reach the remote fishing village of Port Barton. This is when you will truly feel like you’ve arrived in paradise. And it gets even better!
Spend the afternoon sipping fresh coconuts on golden sand while listening to some island reggae in the background.
Tonight you'll sleep in traditional Filipino style beach bungalows listening to the sound of the ocean outside your door... what bliss.
Day 4/5 - Private beach camp and 'Islander Experience'
Enjoy a fresh breakfast before hopping aboard a boat with a local guide. For the next 2 days, you'll delve into the local island way of life. This is the real islander experience!
Spend your days snorkelling over coral reefs, learning to fish with local guides, showering in jungle waterfalls and exploring tiny islands.
Come nightfall, gather around the fire by your own private beach bar. This is also the place to catch some of the most spectacular sunsets you will have ever seen, so sit back on a sandy perch and get ready. And don't worry about getting hungry! You'll be fully catered for with feasts of grilled fish, pork, rice and fruit prepared by locals.
Tonight you'll sleep in tents right on the beach, ready to wake up in paradise!
Day 6 - El Nido
After breakfast, it's time to say goodbye to soak in the last of your spectacular beach surroundings. El Nido is your next stop! This spot proves why Palawan was named the most beautiful island group in the world.
Surrounded by islands and towering cliffs, El Nido is a secret paradise that you will never forget. It's hard not to feel lucky as you take in the spectacular views that surround you.
Tonight you're staying in the funkiest hostel in Palawan. Exclusive to One Life, this slick hostel looks more like a boutique hotel than a backpackers! Settle in, then head out to one of the favourite reggae beach bars in the evening for food and fun with your new friends.
Day 7 - Island Hopping
Today, set sail on the most (in)famous boat in El Nido. This custom built boat will take you on an island-hopping adventure to secret beaches and pristine reefs around the Bacuit Archipelago. Go kayaking in emerald waters or jump in and snorkel over coral teaming with life.
All your food and drinks are taken care of today, including cocktails and beer, so all you need to do is relax and have fun.
Snap some shots of your backflips and sunbathing, then settle back and watch the sunset over the pristine ocean.
Come nightfall, set sail back to El Nino where the comfort of your bed awaits.
Day 8 - El Nido Town
It's time to get active today. Embark on a short trek and canopy walk up to the famous cliffs overlooking El Nido and catch the best view of Cadlao Island.
After all that exercise, you’ll need some chill-out time, so it's lucky that there's a traditional Filipino massage around to help out! Enjoy a massage near the beach to help ease those muscles and take your time to relax and enjoy your surroundings for the rest of the day.
If you feel like exploring further, walk around the town and meet some friendly locals.
Day 9 - Cultural Day
Today it’s time to experience and immerse yourself in unique Filipino culture. Start the day with a bike ride to the local market to learn about the types of fresh seafood and local produce on offer.
Afterwards, take a short jungle hike and discover the flora and fauna that grows in the lush rainforest.
Later on, check out your accommodation for tonight - an exclusive beach hut nestled in the trees.
There's a huge range of fun activities for you to do today, from climbing coconut trees, bottom line fishing and coconut shaving, to traditional Filipino cooking lesson or learning Filipino dance. Enjoy learning more about this fascinating country as you laugh and play with your fellow travellers and locals.
Afterwards, relax on the stunning Las Cabanas Beach to take in the incredible sunset. There's also the option to ride of a zip line here if you're after an extra adventure! An exhilarating ride between two islands over the ocean, you won't forget this experience in a hurry.
Day 10 - Goodbye!
Sadly, all good things must come to an end. It's the end of this adventure, but that just means the next one can start! If you've booked onward travel, say goodbye early, or jump in a minivan back to Puerto Princesa where you'll finish your trip.
This is a 10-day tour, starting in Manila and finishing in Puerto Princessa.