Philippines Highlights 12 Days Adventure

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Overview
Start and end in Manila! With the Explorer tour, the package taking you through Manila and 4 other destinations in Philippines that includes accommodation in a hotel as well as flights, an expert guide, meals, transport. Get ready to checked off your next bucket list destination.
 
Itinerary

Day01Manila

Description:
Welcome to Manila, Philippines. On arrival get transferred to the hotel. Today is the free dat to relax and explore area on your own.

Day02Embark on an Epic Adventure: Your Thrilling Flight to Boracay Begins!

Description:
Get ready for an electrifying start to your adventure as day one kicks off with an exhilarating flight to Boracay! To fully immerse yourself in this incredible experience, ensure you arrive in Manila on day one. If you’re eager to get started, you can also opt for pre-tour accommodation to make your journey even more heart-pounding!

Your initial destination is the breathtaking island of Boracay. We guarantee that you’ll have an unforgettable time exploring this tropical paradise. With its palm-studded shores, powdery white beach, delightful weather, and crystal-clear waters, Boracay is like a mesmerizing oasis. The crown jewel of the island is its 4-kilometer white beach, renowned as the “finest beach in the world.” Get ready for an adventure of a lifetime!

Day03Unleash Your Inner Explorer: Free Time to discover Boracay's Hidden Gems!

Description:

Boracay is known for its picturesque beaches, vibrant nightlife, and delicious food. We recommend taking a stroll along the white beach and taking in the stunning views, trying some of the local seafood, and visiting some of the many bars and clubs that line the shore. Whether you are looking to relax on the beach, try a new water sport, or explore the local culture, there is something for everyone on this beautiful island.

A free day in Boracay can be spent exploring the island on one’s own. The island is relatively small, so it’s easy to get around and see all the main attractions.

Start the day with a refreshing swim in White Beach, one of the most famous beaches in Boracay. The beach is known for its powdery white sand and crystal clear waters, perfect for swimming and sunbathing.

After that, explore the island by foot or by renting a bike or a scooter. You can take a stroll along the beach, or take a road that goes around the island and take a glimpse of the local life.

After some beach time, take a break and have a delicious lunch at one of the many restaurants on the island. There are many options available, from local seafood to international cuisine.

After lunch, continue exploring the island by visiting the D’Mall, the main shopping and dining area of Boracay. The D’Mall is home to a variety of shops and restaurants, as well as a lively night market where you can find souvenirs and local handicrafts.

As the day comes to an end, head back to White Beach and catch the sunset, it’s a perfect way to end the day. After that, you can choose to have a dinner at one of the beachside restaurants or just enjoy the nightlife at some of the bars on the beach.

Lastly, you can take a relaxing massage to end the day.

This is just a sample itinerary, and there are many other things to do and see on the island.

Day04Smooth Transition: Your Flight from Boracay to Cebu and What to Expect

Description:
Today marks the beginning of your exciting journey to Cebu! Following a delightful breakfast, you’ll have the entire day at your disposal before your flight.

As you bid farewell to your current location, you’ll be making your way to the airport for your domestic flight to Cebu.

Cebu City, often referred to as the ‘Queen City of the South,’ boasts a rich history as the oldest city in the Philippines. It serves as the vibrant hub of trade, commerce, and tourism in the Visayas region. Cebu City beckons with its captivating blend of captivating heritage sites and thrilling adventures, promising an unforgettable experience

Day05Oslob Whaleshark Encounter and Canyoneering Adventure or Sumilon Island

Description:
Today you will have the chance to experience both worlds and the uplifting magnificence of nature. After being picked up from your accommodation at 4:00am. You’ll head in the direction of Oslob to enjoy an adrenaline-filled day on the island of Cebu. A 3 hour drive passing thru countryside, old churches, ancestral homes and scenic beaches to the town of Oslob, home of the gentle giants. Board a 6-8 seater paddleboat with a boatman rowing out about 2M from the shore and enjoy a 30 min close encounter with these whale sharks. At around 7:30 am, you’ll climb into your boat and set sail in search of whale sharks, the world’s biggest fish. Meeting the whale sharks and even jumping in to snorkel with them too, if you choose to.

At 10am get ready to trek down a jungle path, rise and jump in Badian for Canyoneering Adventure. Canyoneering is one of the most exciting and thrilling outdoor adventures you can do. There is just so much to do in this journey, but it will be one of your most unforgettable.

– For the less adventurous one, you will skip the Canyoneering Adventure and will be replace by visit Sumilon Island.

At around 3pm you’ll make the return journey to Cebu City, where you’ll be dropped off at your hotel at around 630-700pm.

Accommodation: Cebu Central Hotel or similar class

Day06Setting Sail Through the Skies: Your Enchanting Flight from Cebu to Puerto Princesa

Description:
Today marks the beginning of your journey from vibrant Cebu to the enchanting city of Puerto Princesa, nestled on the pristine Palawan Island in the Philippines. Puerto Princesa is a gateway to awe-inspiring adventures, with its crown jewel being the massive limestone caves and the mesmerizing underground river of the biodiverse Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park. Beneath its lush canopy, you can embark on boat trips that unveil a hidden world of natural wonders.

Upon touching down in this exotic locale, you’ll be whisked away to your hotel, where you can check in and

Enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure.

Accommodation: Empire Suites or similar Class

Day07Underground River Tour at Puerto Princesa's Subterranean River National Park

Description:
After a quick breakfast, prepare to tour the famous Underground River. Named as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You are scheduled for pick-up at around 730am; you’ll drive to Sabang Wharf before transferring by boat to the Underground River National Park. This location is not merely the access to the river: it’s also a national park that is a haven for local and some endemic wildlife in the Philippines, and famous as a bird watching site. The highlight of the tour remains as the guided paddle boat which will take you across the underground river. For around 45 minutes, you’ll be able to explore this deep, cavernous river, and see the rock formations that have captured the imagination of the world. Listen to your audio commentary or get insider knowledge from your boatman guide as he points out numerous fascinating features within the cave by torchlight. From stalagmites and stalactites shaped as vegetables, dinosaurs, Jesus and more, to the thousands of swallows and bats that swoop about the tunnels, you’re sure to be in awe throughout the trip. After this thrilling experience, you’ll enjoy a buffet spread at a restaurant at Sabang Wharf, before being brought back to the hotel.

Accommodation: Empire Suites or similar Class

Day08Journey of Discovery: Overland Expedition from Puerto Princesa to El Nido

Description:
After enjoying breakfast, it’s time to check-out and make your way to the Puerto Princesa Terminal for your transfer to your hotel in the enchanting El Nido. El Nido is celebrated for its awe-inspiring lagoons, unspoiled white sand beaches, striking rocky islets, towering limestone cliffs, and the transparent waters teeming with vibrant marine life. This island paradise has consistently captivated the hearts of visitors and amassed a multitude of accolades, solidifying its reputation as one of the globe’s foremost island and beach destinations.

Please proceed to Puerto Princesa Terminal before 9:00am for your transfer to El Nido. Travel time is approximately 5-6 hours with a stop in between to rest and take refreshments. Vehicles are modern Toyota or Hi-Ace or equivalent with seating capacity of 10-12 passengers

IMPORTANT REMARKS: Passenger need to take trike (own account) to/from accommodation. El Nido’s Local Government have implemented this to provide livelihood to locals, streets are too narrow to accommodate mini-van.

Accommodation: Spin El NIdo or Similar Class

Day09Exploring Paradise: Island Hopping Tour in El Nido, Palawan

Description:
Start your day with an early breakfast and prepare for an adventure in El Nido, Palawan, one of the most renowned destinations in the Philippines. Your day begins with an exciting boat day trip, taking you to must-see locations including the Big Lagoon, Shimizu Beach, Papaya Beach, and Secret Island. These are absolute must-visit spots for all El Nido guests.

Prepare to be amazed as you relax and indulge in the simple pleasures of discovering the hidden marvels, awe-inspiring rock formations, and enchanting lagoons unique to Bacuit Bay.

Your day’s explorations will conclude, and you should return to your hotel around 3:00/4:00 pm. With the evening ahead, you’ll have the rest of the day to enjoy as you please

REMARKS:

El Nido Eco-Tourism Development Fee (ETDF) requires all tourists to pay PHP200 before going to any tourist destination within El Nido. This one-time fee will be valid for 10 days. Directly pay to the tour coordinator.

Insider Tips:

We recommend that you wear flip flops or shoes that are easy to take on and off as you may have to step into the water to transfer in and out of the boats

Bring a bag that can be zipped up and leave any food items in the van. You may come across monkeys in the national park and they are always eager for a snack! Avoid bringing plastic bags as the monkeys associate them with food!

Bring along insect repellant and sunscreen, and don’t forget your camera!

Accommodation: Spin El NIdo or Similar Class

Day10Discover El Nido at Your Own Pace: Leisure Time to Explore

Description:
Embrace the Freedom to Explore El Nido at Your Own Pace.

A day of leisure in El Nido offers a world of possibilities, allowing you to chart your adventure on your terms. Here are some suggestions to make the most of your time:

Consider joining an island hopping tour to explore more hidden gems if the Island. You can discover secluded lagoons, mesmerizing coral reefs, and dramatic limestone formations that make El Nido famous.

Kayaking and Snorkeling: Rent a kayak and paddle around the captivating coastline, or don your snorkel gear to explore the vibrant underwater world. Some spots offer excellent opportunities for both activities.

Local Cuisine: Sample delicious Filipino cuisine at local restaurants or food stalls. Don’t forget to try fresh seafood and regional specialties.

Souvenir Shopping: Stroll through the town and visit local shops for souvenirs, handicrafts, and unique gifts to remember your trip.

Relaxation and Photography: Take advantage of your free time to relax on the beaches, snap photos of the breathtaking landscapes, and create lasting memories.

Sunset Watching: End your day by watching the sunset from a beachfront spot or a viewpoint. El Nido offers some of the most spectacular sunsets in the Philippines.

With the freedom to explore, El Nido invites you to make your day as adventurous, relaxing, or culturally enriching as you desire. Enjoy every moment of your time in this tropical paradise.

Day11The Grand Finale: Your Last Flight from El Nido to Manila

Description:
Today after breakfast you will catch flight to Manila dna rest of the day is free time to explore the city.

Day12Manila

We arrive at the final day of your remarkable 12-days Philippine Tour with us, as the saying goes, “All good things must come to an end,” and though it’s bittersweet, we’re grateful to have been part of your adventure.

For those of you who have booked onward journeys, this is the moment when we bid our farewells. Our paths may diverge for now, but we carry with us the cherished memories of the Philippines and the hope of crossing them once more. Until then, safe travels, and remember, the Philippines will always be here, ready to welcome you back with open arms.

See you again!

Inclusions

Price Includes

  • 9 Nights Hotel Accomodations

  • Daily Breakfast 

  • Lunch (4)
  •  4 Internal / Domestic Flights 

    1. Manila to Caticlan Boracay  Flight with 7kgs Carry-on Baggage and 20kgs Check-in Baggage

    2. Boracay to Cebu Flight with 7kgs Carry-on Baggage and 20kgs Check-in Baggage

    3. Cebu to Puerto Princesa Flight with 7kgs Carry-on Baggage and 20kgs Check-in Baggage

    4. El Nido to Manila Flight with 7kgs Carry-on Baggage and 20kgs Check-in Baggage

  • English Speaking Guide during Tours and Activities

  • Please take note that you are booked on a shared island tour basis. Pick up times may vary depending on number of clients, local weather and traffic condition. 

Price Excludes

  • Flights

  • Meals

  • Personal Expenses

  • Optional activities

  • Travel insurance / Visa

  • Tips

Tour Information
Tour Start Tour End Country
Manila
Manila
Philippine
Flights
  • Arrival: Day01 before 2pm (Flexible)
Fly IN Airport: Ninoy Aquino Intl. airport (Philippine)
  • Return: Day12 anytime after breakfast (Flexible)
Fly OUT Airport: Ninoy Aquino Intl. airport (Philippine)
Meeting Point
  • The group meets at the arrival airport or at the hotel on Day01.
  • More details will be provided via group chat on WhatsApp
* Minimum number of members requires for all group tour. Please confirm with the organizer before any flight booking!
Route
FAQ

I'm a solo traveler, can I still join the tour?

Yes of course, As all our tours are for solo travelers. You will travel with like-minded and fun-loving people who like to explore new destinations and activities like yourself.

I want to join with my partner or friends; is it possible?

No condition for fun! You can always join the group tours with anyone by your side either your partner or a group of crazy friends. We make sure to arrange accommodation and all other activities accordingly. Do you want to know the lined-up list of tours; please check our tour finder section for more details.

I am travelling solo, do I have to pay single supplement?

No. All trip prices are based on double occupancy rooms. You will be paired with another solo traveler of the same gender to share the accommodation. If you enrolled with another person, you’ll room with that person. Although single supplement option is available if you prefer a room for yourself. If you are interested in a single room please select the single supplement package while booking.

What are the accommodation options?

We offer luxurious hotels, budgeted motels, spontaneous camps, handy lodges and every other possibility at your destination.

What is cancellation policy?

If you cancel your booking cancellation fees could apply. A cancellation will only be effective when we receive written confirmation of the cancellation. If you cancel a trip:

More than 60 days prior to departure you will receive a full refund less deposit amount
Between 45 to 60 days prior to departure we will retain the deposit or 50% of the amount paid (whichever is greater)
Less than 45 days prior to departure we receive the right to not refund any of the costs paid

Do I need a Travel Medical insurance?

Yes, Travel insurance is required for all international trips. Insurance covers (and reimburses you) for things like trip cancellation, trip interruption, and trip delay, lost or delayed baggage, medical coverage, medical evacuation, etc.

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    James U Calizaire
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    Priyanka Rk
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  • The trip was to the Galapagos and it was wonderful Quito was also a beautiful City.

    Graciela Montani
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  • This was a trip of a lifetime, been wanting to do this for a long time. All planning done right and price was great can’t wait for my next trip, unfortunately I can only do one a year

    Slatorvator
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  • Had a great experience through BLGT recently in Alaska; appreciated the trip leaders’ ability to handle logistics so you could focus on the experience and having fun. It was just like traveling with a group of friends, with the added bonus of the itinerary being all taken care of.

    Asma Madad
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Ann
09:44 14 Jul 22
Just finished 7 day hike to Mont Blanc. What a trip!! Great combination of wonderful hike and gorgeous scenery!! We... met in Geneva and started hike from Les Houches, France and finished at Le Tour. Went through France, Italy and Swiss portions of Alps. We have seen and crossed Glaciers, Rocky mountains, lush green valleys and peaks!! The weather was absolutely gorgeous except one day it rained with pea size hail for about 7 minutes which made it more interesting. Spent nights in Refugio, hotels and hostels. Food was very good with varieties. I had Veal steak, Raclette, Scalopini, Chicken Cacciatore, Fondue. Phillipe, our Mont Blanc trekking guide was very passionate and knowledgeable about Alps including every peak, plants, trees. He was very intuitive of people's level and helped us pace so we all finished trekking safely. Couldn't have ask for a better guide. The trip was excellent and the price was even better 👌read more
Christine Popowski
Christine Popowski
20:42 30 May 22
I had a wonderful time and meet some wonderful people. Everyone was so nice and patient with me while I was bringing... up the rear. I would like to personally thank David and Phil our guide for all their help and patience. Everyone was so patient and wonderful and gave me great memories. I will for sure plan another bucket-list tour in the future. Miss you all. Christineread more
Maria Guran
Maria Guran
16:51 11 May 22
My Hawaii trip was above and beyond my expectations! The views were breathtaking and the landscape was absolutely... gorgeous. The experience overall was amazing and Judy, our tour leader, was professional, knowledgeable and lots of fun! The small group made a huge difference and everybody was friendly and easygoing. If you are a solo traveler and would like to have the experience of a lifetime, this tour is for you. Thanks again Himanshu and Bucket List Group Travel! Mahalo! 🤙read more
Christopher Tucciarone
Christopher Tucciarone
21:48 30 Mar 22
This is definitely my most preferred travel group. Each trip is such a fun experience. The tour guides are very... well-organized, and make the most of every trip. You meet so many amazing people, and visit new and exciting places. The perfect travel group for individuals, friends, and families alike.read more
lucy king
lucy king
13:40 26 Mar 22
It was a wonderful experience. Thank you Himanshu.Alaska beautiful state
Saket Jupudi
Saket Jupudi
22:06 28 Feb 22
We had the best time in the trip. Himanshu is a great host. I throughly recommend others to join his trips.
Tanya
Tanya
18:32 01 Nov 21
Had a wonderful time at Yellowstone park. The trip was well organized, our guides Himanshu and Judy were very... knowledgeable and professional. I would 100% recommend booking a trip with Bucket List Group Travel. I am looking forward to my next trip with them. Thank you guys for an unforgettable experience!read more
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13:05 07 Jul 21
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Linda
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03:30 25 May 21
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Divya Grover
Divya Grover
23:38 06 May 21
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The Amazing Adventures of Alan Aim
05:11 04 Jan 21
Very good value for money. Bucket List Group Travel are a small operator but provide tours around the US & the World.... Himanshu gives a very personalised service ideal for small groups of solo travellers coming together to share experiences. He acted as guide and driver with a hire van.We did New Year in Las Vegas over 4 days with 3 Americans, staying at the Luxor Hotel & Casino. The itinerary included Helicopter ride over the strip, socialising to get to know the group, Little Church of the West, Strat Observation tower with rides, New Year celebrations and Casinos, drive to Red Rock Canyon for hiking, 7 Magic Mountains stone art, Shark Acquarium, Zipline over Fremont Street, drive to Death Valley for Zabriskie point, Furnace Creek, Badwater Creek salt planes, Artist Palet, Mosaic Creek, Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, Star Gazing in Nevada, Gondola ride at Venetian Hotel, Indian dining.Very flexible and accommodating, great communicator before and during tour, and even on the departure day helped give airport taxi and accompanied to hotel exhibitions of Titanic, and the Human Body.Good degree of being part of the group whilst also sitting back allowing the group to interact and take photo opportunities while friendships were formed. Highly recommended.read more
Tom Narayan
Tom Narayan
01:32 07 Dec 19
Costa Rica trip was awesome. Bit adventurous, well organized, great host, made good friends. Impossible to say... anything bad. Looking forward to do another trip with this group.read more
James U Calizaire
James U Calizaire
00:24 07 Nov 19
Egypt trip 2019Truly one of the best trips I've ever had. It was my first time ever doing a solo trip. Himanshu gave... us an itinerary and a list of good traveling tips for Egypt months in advance. He is very organized and responsive so I never had any concerns. Everything was already taken care of. All I had to do was show up. The scenes in Egypt were breathtaking and I saw places that I never thought I'd see. I got to experience floating over the Valley of Kings in a hot air balloon! How many people can say they got to travel via plane, train, bus, hot air balloon, and boat all within one week?! Such an adventure! The people I met in our group were so cool and accommodating, all with their own unique backgrounds and stories. Dancing on the boat with them while sailing up the Nile River is one of my favorite memories. I now have new friends scattered all over the United States. The tour-guides were so friendly and patient despite the fact that our group kept scattering in different directions taking pictures. If you're looking for a fun, stress-free vacation where you get to move around, meet new fun people, and immerse yourself in new cultures, TripNTrek is for you. I'm definitely doing another trip.read more
Susan Colon
Susan Colon
16:33 23 Oct 19
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Jennifer Jackson-Kim
19:08 19 Oct 19
Trip was amazing and the group leader was wonderful! Got to see a lots of different aspects of Iceland. Would... recommend Trip N Trek to others.read more
Joe Gresci
Joe Gresci
20:11 24 Jul 19
Group adventure traveling done right!!! Amazing trip, amazing people, and with an amazing group leader!!! Our Iceland... Adventure trip was extremely well organized, and any unexpected minor challenges were immediately handled by our group leader. I wouldn't consider myself a "world traveler" so naturally I was a bit nervous about my first time traveling in a group like this, BUT I was super impressed with how it all came together each day during our trip. Our group leader was excellent. He always made sure everyone was included and communication was clear in each one of our adventure activities. It takes a special skill set to accommodate everyone's situation with understanding, patience and a great positive attitude - and our group leader did just that! Trip of a lifetime. I would absolutely recommend this travel company to friends and family, and I am already thinking about what my next trip will be!read more
Jason Gresci
Jason Gresci
13:12 22 Jul 19
I took the TRIP N TREK Group Travel and Adventure to Iceland (July 2019) with Himanshu. It was well organized, and I... got to experience everything that I was promised. It was a trip of a life-time, and I would definitely go with Himanshu again. It's not easy organizing a group of people, but TRIP N TREK did it well. I hope to go on another vacation next year.read more
Rahma Hejja
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04:59 23 May 18
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