Philippines Adventure Tour - 10 Days

Explore secluded beaches, majestic limestone cliffs, local villages and hidden gems on this island escape.
San Juan, Philippines
10 days
Max Group Size
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Max 18
Pick-Up & Drop-Off
Pick-Up & Drop-Off
Fitness Level
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What's Included

  • 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

What's Excluded

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. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Travel insurance on all One Life Adventures trips is compulsory. Our group leader will be taking care of you from the moment you arrive, though things can happen which are out of our control. This is why we require everyone who travels with us to have their own travel insurance by the time they depart for the trip. You will have a much more enjoyable trip knowing that you are covered no matter what happens! When you are choosing your insurance policy, it’s important to make sure it covers the following things:

  • Adventure activities included in the tour
  • Medical expenses
  • Personal belongings (in cases of lost luggage or theft)
  • Missed flights
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Visa restrictions can vary depending on your nationality and we advise you check which conditions apply to you as soon as possible. For flights out of the Philippines it is compulsory to have proof of onward travel when entering the country so ensure that you have a flight departing the country before you arrive.
It is up to you to organise your own visas (if required) for the trip. Most nationalities are allowed to enter the Philippines without visas for a stay not exceeding twenty-one (21) days for tourism.

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The cost of food and drink in the Philippines is quite low, even for South East Asian standards. Everyone spends money differently so it’s not easy to give a specific number for how much money you will need. 
ATMS are few and far between, so make sure you have enough cash with you for smaller day-to-day expenses. We do not advise to bring travelers cheques as finding a place to exchange them can be difficult in Palawan. Your group leader will advise you where there are ATMS in the towns and cities so you don’t have to carry too much cash on you at any one time.

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Shuttle buses run from El Nido every hour on the hour from 4 am to 7 pm (with the exception of 12 pm). Therefore guests can book their flight from Puerto Princesa to any destination in the Philippines on Day 10 of the tour anytime after 3 pm. The journey takes 6 hours so bear this in mind.
There is also a small airport in El Nido from which can you fly to Manila, Cebu, or Boracay from with an airline called Air Swift. The flights tend to me a little more expensive from here but you won't have to sit in a bus for 6 hours. If you fly from El Nido you can leave at any time of day.

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Terms & Conditions:

Visa restrictions can vary depending on your nationality and we advise you check which conditions apply to you as soon as possible. For flights out of the Philippines it is compulsory to have proof of onward travel when entering the country so ensure that you have a flight departing the country before you arrive.

For domestic flights in the Philippines, One Life Adventures provides you with all your transport whilst on tour. This includes taking 1 domestic flight along with 20kgs of luggage. For all departures from September 3rd onward, a checked luggage allowance of 20kg is included in the price of the domestic flight.

What to bring 
We do a fair bit of moving around during the trip, including buses, vans, flights and boats. This is why we highly recommend traveling light and with a backpack rather than a suitcase. Trust us, jumping off a fishing boat onto an island beach camp with a 25kg suitcase is not an easy task.

It is a mandatory requirement for you to have the necessary basic personal insurance cover in order to participate on any of our tours. Please reply to this email with your insurance number and full insurance details. More information about this can be found on our website. Travel insurance on all One Life Adventures trips is compulsory. Our group leader will be taking care of you from the moment you arrive, though things can happen which are out of our control. This is why we require everyone who travels with us to have their own travel insurance by the time they depart for the trip. You will have a much more enjoyable trip knowing that you are covered no matter what happens!

Cancellation Policy:

If you need to cancel your booking with One Life Adventures you will need to notify us in writing (by mail or e-mail). If you cancel your booking the following charges will apply:
• Cancelation fee $300 (AUD) per booking.
• For cancellations received less than 30 days prior to departure full payment will be lost.

No cancellation fees will be waived as a result of the following:
• Injury or sickness.
• Unexpected incidences at home.
• Delayed, rescheduled or missed flights.
• Climatic, social or political problems.

Cancellations by One Life Adventures
One Life Adventures 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 given less any unrecoverable expenses such as domestic flights booked already booked by One Life Adventures. 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.

There could be times where we do not make the minimum passenger numbers to run the tour. If this occurs, One Life Adventures will notify customers as far before departure as possible. We will give each passenger the option to transfer their booking to another available departure date. If you are unable to join another tour, then you will be fully refunded. If this occurs you shall not be entitled to make any claim for loss arising as a consequence of cancellation or curtailment in these circumstances. These include but are not limited to non-refundable flights and future flight disruption.

Pickup Locations

  • Make own way to Z Hostel
  • Manila Airport
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