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.
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, a Wildlife Rescue Center, 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.
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.
Drive along the Palawan shoreline 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
Drive back to Puerto Princesa before a flight to Manila. Due to the airline's flight schedule change, please book any onward travel after 9pm. Approximate travel time: 7 hours with a 1hr flight to Manila.