13 Day Philippines Island Explorer Tour

Boasting pristine white beaches, majestic emerald cliffs and rich cultural heritage, the Philippines is a tropical haven to entice every sun seeker, culture lover and adventure junkie.

The Philippines Island Explorer is our 13 day adventure that will have you snorkelling turquoise waters, visiting local villages, hanging out at waterfalls, discovering untouched islands on a multiday boat expedition, and much more! Oh, and did we mention that you’ll be doing this with an experienced Group Leader and instant crew of new friends?

Highlights (TL/DR):

Discover the mystical mountains, shamans and waterfalls of Siquijor
Canyoneering through the stunning Kawasan Falls
Experience an underwater wonderland at the famous Sardine Run in Moalboal
Explore majestic emerald cliffs, uninhabited islands and incredible snorkeling spots on a 3-day boat expedition
Tour the best of the iconic El Nido in a traditional Jeepney

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13 Day Philippines Island Explorer Tour
Tour itinerary - 13 Days

Day 1: Arrive in Manila
Arrive in Manila

Welcome to Manila! We’ll meet you at the airport and take you to the hotel. Once you’ve checked in you’ll then have plenty of time to recover from your flight and relax before you meet everyone in your group!

You will stay at Lub D, a funky hotel in the heart of Manila.

Day 2: Siquijor and Sunsets
Siquijor and Sunsets

This morning we travel to the stunning island of Siquijor via an internal flight and ferry. We’ll check in to our hotel before heading down to one of the island’s famous stretches of white coast to watch the sunset with a drink in hand.

Meals: Breakfast
Day 3: Shamans, Waterfalls and Snorkelling
Shamans, Waterfalls and Snorkelling

Today we’re off on a tour of Siquijor, starting with a trip into the mountains to visit village shamans, who are believed to have mysterious healing powers. Next up we’ll check out Cambugahay Falls, a picturesque waterfall complete with bamboo rafts and rope swings, perfect for those Instagram shots! Later we’ll have our first snorkeling stop of the trip, giving us a taste of what’s to come as we continue hopping around the Philippines.

Meals: Breakfast
Day 4: Kawasan Falls Canyoneering in Moalboal
Kawasan Falls Canyoneering in Moalboal

Leaving Siquijor, today we’ll stop for a thrilling canyoneering adventure at Kawasan Falls that’ll have us leaping into bright blue pools. This evening we’ll check in to our accommodation at Moalboal. 

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch
Day 5: Snorkelling and Sardine Run
Snorkelling and Sardine Run

This morning we’re off on a snorkelling trip to observe the Sardine Run that Moalboal is famous for. A phenomenon worthy of a David Attenborough documentary, we’ll have the chance to snorkel amongst countless sardines in amazingly clear water - an experience like nothing else! The afternoon is yours to check out more of Moalboal town or relax by the beach or pool under the tropical sun.

Meals: Breakfast
Day 6: Simala Church and Travel to Coron
Simala Church and Travel to Coron

Today we’ll stop at Simala Church, a castle-like monastery where we can learn about the Spanish colonization of the Philippines. From Cebu City, we’ll take our second internal flight to Busuanga Island, check in to our hotel, and head into town for dinner and drinks!

Meals: Breakfast
Day 7: Explore Coron
Explore Coron

This morning you can choose to wander Coron Town or just chill by the pool. Later that day, we’ll hike up Mount Tapyas for beautiful views of the bay. After some exercise, we’ll travel to Maquinit Hot Springs to relax our bodies and be rewarded with a golden sunset as we soak in the hot saltwater pools.

Meals: Breakfast
Day 8: Boat Expedition
Boat Expedition

Today we set off on a spectacular 3-day island-hopping expedition from Coron to El Nido. Sailing on a traditional Banca boat we’ll go off the beaten track to explore untouched islands, pristine oceans, meet local tribes, and sleep on the beach. Our Filipino huts are simple, but with very few tourists, loads of fresh food and marvelous vistas everywhere you turn, we think the trade-off is absolutely worth it.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 9: Boat Expedition
Boat Expedition

Continuing our trip to Palawan we’ll pass more white beaches and swim with fish in some of the world’s most colourful snorkeling spots. Completely off the grid we’ll be able to fully immerse in the heavenly beauty of our surroundings. With nothing else to worry about, all we have on the agenda is swim, snorkel, sunbathe, repeat! Tonight we stay on the beach in a traditional camp, dozing off to the sounds of the waves under the stars.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 10: El Nido Canopy Walk
El Nido Canopy Walk

Today our island-hopping expedition comes to an end as we arrive on the island of Palawan. We’ll check into our accommodation for the remainder of the trip, then head off to see the town from above on a walk through the lush jungle canopy.

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch
Day 11: Relax in El Nido
Relax in El Nido

After a few days of swimming and sailing, today is ours to relax on the beach, sip cold drinks and discover El Nido. To ease your muscles we’ve also included a Filipino massage, the ultimate way to chill after so much adventure. This is paradise!

Meals: Breakfast
Day 12: Jeepney Tour and Nacpan Beach
Jeepney Tour and Nacpan Beach

Our last full day will see us hopping in a Jeepney to tour El Nido. First up is Nacpan Beach, one of the most beautiful spots on Palawan, then we’ll visit a few local hideouts to get a taste of island life. Tonight we wrap things up with a farewell dinner and drinks to toast the incredible adventures we’ve had together.

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
Day Check Out and Onward Travel: 13

Your amazing 13-day adventure comes to an end. You can either check out and make your way back home, stay on longer in El Nido or continue your travels in the Philippines.

Meals: Breakfast

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Booking Conditions

Age Restriction: 18 - 39

Other Important Info:

The Philippines Island Explorer starts in Manila. It’s best to arrive on the actual start date. There are no activities on the first day, so you can arrive at any time. If you do arrive early we’ll still pick you up from the airport and will book you into our Manila hostel from the day you arrive. Extra nights will be approx. £40/$75 AUD per night for a twin room, or £20/$35 AUD for a dorm bed, and can be pre-paid with your agent or paid on arrival. It’s also recommended to have onward travel booked out of the Philippines before traveling there, as you may get asked for proof of this before boarding your flight to the Philippines.

What's included

Personal Airport Pickup
12 Nights Twin Share Accommodation
All Transport & 2 Internal Flights
Meals as Indicated
Awesome Group Leader
Island trip to Local Shamans
Beach Sunsets
Sardine Run
Kawasan Falls Canyoneering
Simala Shrine
Hot Springs
Coron Viewpoint
3 Day Boat Expedition
Deserted Paradise IslandsCultural Activities
Jeepney Tour of El Nido
Nacpan Beach
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Get ready for the trip of a lifetime exploring the Philippines island paradise! The great thing about the Philippines is it’s usually quite hot and dry whilst we are operating, so it’s great to go at any time from late September to early June. Please keep in mind that we don’t operate our tours during the main wet season (July, August, early September).