The Philippines are one of the Epic Gap Year teams favourite countries to explore and with over 7,000 postcard perfect island there’s a whole lot of exploring to be done!
For those who want to kickstart their adventure in The Philippines or are just heading there for a quick break figuring out which islands to hit up and making the most of your time there can be a daunting task.
Which is why we’ve teamed up with our buddies from One Life Adventures to offer your guys an epic 10 Day Philippines Adventure Package – to give you an awesome taster of what this incredible country has to offer, take in some of the must do bucket list destinations and of course meet some new travel buddies too!
From the Underground River in Puerto Princesa (a world heritage site) to the cityscapes of Manila, island hopping in the world famous paradise of El Nido to kicking back in their private beach camp this is 10 days packed full of awesome adventure and Filipino hospitality.
As you can see you’ll be making the most of your 10 days which ticks off some of The Philippines top bucket list items – both destinations and activities – and you’ll experience a wide range of what The Philippines has to offer.
Alongside your tour leader you’ll explore each area with the help of knowledgable local guides, allowing you to make the most of each area you explore.
“Fun times, sunshine and awesome Filipino hospitality!”
At the end of the trip you have the option to jump on a mini bus back to Puerto Princesa for your onward journey (perhaps home, or maybe to Siargao for some surfing!), or you can choose to kick back in El Nido a little while longer – or even continuing your island escape by heading over to Coron afterwards.
So no matter whether you’re looking for a stand alone trip for a 2 week holiday or something that fits into a bigger Philippines experience our 10 Day Ultimate Philippines Adventure is the ideal way to start your adventure in this incredible country!
Arrive at any time on day 1 and your guide will be there to meet you at the airport. Weave through the streets of one of Asia’s most frenetic cities straight to your accommodation. Time to settle in and meet the group! If you arrive earlier in the day, you can use your time to explore the city and do some last-minute shopping. In the evening, we all go out for a welcome dinner and then on to experience some Manila nightlife!
Palawan here we come! Today we take a short flight to Puerto Princesa in Palawan. We check in to our awesome boutique hotel and then head into the town. There are some interesting spots we visit here, including the Iwahgin Penal Farm. This is a prison without walls where inmates learn to farm organic produce, and also dance to Michael Jackson. Truly a bizarre experience! In the evening we take a tricycle ride to the water and walk around the bay sampling some Filipino street food as the sun goes down. We then make our way to Palawan’s only microbrewery for craft beer tasting and a cultural show
We have an early start today to explore the famous Underground River! We explore the 5-miles rivers and caves by boat before driving over dirt roads to the remote and stunning fishing village of Port Barton. This is when you will truly feel like you’ve arrived in paradise but trust us, it gets better! Spend the afternoon day sipping fresh coconuts on white sand while listening to some island reggae in the background. Not your thing? For the adventurers, you will have the chance to experience a rainforest trek and to relax in a beautiful jungle waterfall.
Day 4 & 5
Private Beach Camp
Jump on a boat to take you to our private island beach camp. Tucked away on a secluded beach, the camp has everything we need. Snorkel, go kayaking, explore the island, or catch fish to grill by the beach over a couple of beers. This is your time to truly experience idyllic island life. In the evening, we get together around the fire by our own little beach bar and watch the spectacular sunset that this area is famous for. Perfect! Don’t worry about food either, Thelma, our local host on the island will cook absolute feasts of her famous traditional Filipino cuisine
Onward To El Nido
Unzip your tent and watch the sunrise over the water, with only the sounds of the waves and the birds around you. Enjoy a tropical breakfast and have some more time to appreciate your spectacular surroundings. We then hop back on the boat and head across the water on our way to El Nido,. When we arrive, you will see why Palawan was named the most beautiful island group in the world. Surrounded by islands and cliffs, El Nido is a secret paradise we are lucky enough to share. Once you pick your jaws up off the ground, we wil check in to the funkiest hostel in Palawan, ‘Spin’. Exclusive to One Life, this slick hostel looks more like a boutique hotel than a backpackers! Settle in, then head out to one of our favourite beach bars in the evening for food and fun.
El Nido Island Hopping
Today we set sail on the most (in)famous boat in El Nido! Another One Life exclusive, this custom built boat will take us on an island hopping adventure to secret beaches and pristine reefs. Go kayaking over the emerald waters or jump in and snorkel over coral teaming with life. The awesome crew will take care of all your food, and include all your beer and rum. So go on, you’ve earned a drink! Get some pictures of you doing a backflip off the boat with the sun setting in the background, or just sit back and enjoy one of those ‘life is good’ moments before setting sail back to El Nido.
El Nido Town
Today we do a trek up to the famous cliffs overlooking El Nido to get the best view of incredible bay and Cadlao Island. After all that exercise, you’ll need some chill-out time! That’s why we include a traditional Filipino massage near the beach to help ease those muscles. Take your time today to relax and enjoy your surroundings. Explore the town and meet some friendly locals
El Nido Beach
Today we head to Las Cabanas beach in El Nido. Grab a guitar and chill on the beach and have a bite to eat with your One Life family. When you are feeling brave enough, it’s time to take a hike up to the top of the mountain overlooking the beach. Why? Because this is your time to know how it feels to fly across the ocean between two islands over beaches and corals reefs. Once you finish your zipline on Snake Island, wade across the water and join the crew on the beach! In the evening we all head into town for one final farewell dinner.
Sadly all good things must come to an end! For those of you who booked their onward journey, this is where we must say our goodbyes. The rest of us jump in a minivan back to Puerto Princesa where we finish our trip.
- Explore Manila, Puerto Princesa, Port Barton & El Nido in one epic adventure
- Heaps of awesome activities to keep you busy and showcase the best of The Philippines
- Enjoy islands, cities and world heritage sites
- Tick of some of The Philippines to bucket list items and destinations
- Mingle with the locals and experience true Filipino hospitality
- Meet heaps of new travel buddies
- Snorkel in crystal clear waters amongst some of the worlds best islands
- Accommodation throughout (mixed dorm, guesthouses, hotel, permanent tent)
- All transportation & transfers including vans, flights, boats, taxis, and tricycles
- Welcome dinner overlooking the Manila skyline
- Guest-list entry to some of the best clubs in Manila
- Visit to the world famous Puerto Princesa Underground River
- Visit to the Iwahig Prison, a bizarre prison without walls (time permitting)
- Beer tasting and cultural show at Palawan’s only craft brewery
- Private beach camp adventure (including all food)
- Rainforest walks to take a dip in a waterfall
- Island kayaking through some of the most spectacular scenery in the world
- Snorkeling coral reefs
- Island hopping on the best boat in Palawan (including food and drinks!)
- Zip-lining between islands over beaches and ocean
- Beach picnics
- Guided climb to the top of the cliffs overlooking El Nido for the most stunning view on the island
- Traditional massage
- Good times and memories to last a life time!