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Southern Philippines Palawan Adventure

  • 9 Day(s)
  • Trip Code : GAAQPS

It would take several lifetimes to explore the 6,000+ islands that make up the Philippine Archipelago, but since you've only got one to spare, spend it in the South. A haven for sunbathers and spelunkers alike, the Southern Philippines are a thrill to discover-both above ground and under. Blessed with miles of pristine, uncrowded beaches, intriguing caves and the two-tiered Puerto Princesa Subterranean River, the Palawan province is perfect for travellers eager to try their hand at a variety of experiences in an underexplored part of Southeast Asia. Looking for something different? You'll find plenty of it here.

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Day 1 Manila

Arrive at any time.

You may arrive at any time today. Please look out for signs in your hotel telling you the details of your group meeting this evening, which is your chance to meet your guide and the rest of your group before heading out for an optional evening meal. The Spanish knew this city as the jewel of their Pacific Empire and Manila is a city that has to be experienced to be understood. Heavily attacked during WWII, Manila has risen again, sprawling across many distinct areas, to claim the commercial and political heart of the Philippines. To dive into the atmosphere of this predominantly Catholic nation, you might like to visit Manila Cathedral, destroyed in WWII but rebuilt in 1951, which faces out onto Plaza de Roma, once the site of a corrida (bullring). For a glimpse into the colonial past, visit Casa Manila, a reproduction of a 19th century Spanish home. Built by Imelda Marcos this is a chance to see some stunning antique furniture and artwork. If people-watching is more your thing, then there's no better place to go than Rizal Park where, every day, locals can be seen jogging, picnicking, or simply hanging out with friends, singing and playing music. You might also chance upon some people practicing arnis de mano, the local form of martial arts which is a pre-Hispanic style of stick-fighting.

Day 2 Manila Puerto/Sabang (1B)

Fly to Puerto Princesa, tour around the town visiting Bakers Hill and the Iwahig Penal Colony.

After breakfast in Manila take a domestic flight to Puerto Princesa, the capital of the island paradise of Palawan. On arrival, proceed on tour of Puerto Princesa: visiting Bakers Hill and the Iwahig Penal Colony. After the tour proceed to Sabang (approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes). Check into our accommodation for the night. Approximate travel time: 1hr domestic flight, 1.5 hrs drive from Puerto Princesa to Sabang.

Day 3 Sabang (1B,1L)

Explore the underwater caves of the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park on an included tour. Opt to go on a mangrove river ride or trek in the national park.

Enjoy an included visit to the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park for a boat tour. Opt to get up close and personal with the mangroves on a river ride during your free time in Sabang.

Day 4-7 El Nido (4B,1L)

Cruise along the Palawan shoreline by boat to stunning El Nido, known for its large limestone karsts emerging from the turquoise ocean. While here, enjoy an included island-hopping snorkelling trip.

Transfer to El Nido. Cruise along the Palawan shoreline by boat to stunning El Nido, known for its large limestone karsts emerging from the turquoise ocean. Spend your days enjoying several optional activities such as visiting Bacuit Bay, Simezu Island, Intalula Island. Enjoy an included snorkelling tour during our stay in El Nido. Approximate travel time: 7 hours

Day 8 Manila (1B)

Drive back to Puerto Princesa before an afternoon flight to Manila. Enjoy one last evening in Manila.

Drive back to Puerto Princesa before an afternoon flight to Manila. Approximate travel time: 7 hours with a 1hr flight to Manila.

Day 9 Manila (1B)

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  • TRIP NAME: SOUTHERN PHILIPPINES PALAWAN ADVENTURE
  • DURATION: 9 DAYS
  • FROM PRICE: $1499
  • TRIP CODE : GAAQPS
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  • Trip Style: Small Group Adventures
  • Comfort Level: Standard
  • Physical Demands: There'll be some light walking and hiking. Suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.

What's included?

Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park visit. Puerto Princesa city tour. Cruise along Palawan shore including island-hopping snorkelling tour. Internal flights. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

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