Enjoy The Philippines
The Philippines is a tropical paradise for the fish-at-heart. With over 7,100 majestic islands, choosing where to start can be tough. There is so much to discover and explore in the Philippines whether by land or sea. Wander in awe of the Rice Terraces in Banaue, go spelunking at the Puerto Princesa Underground River, party at the white-sand beach of Boracay, or climb the peak of Mt. Pulag, there will always be a unique adventure that awaits you at every destination.
The Philippines is also home to a diverse species of animals, plants, and sea creatures. From the miniature Tarsier in Bohol to the gentle whale sharks in Donsol, the country is teeming with stunning wildlife.
The Philippines is also a diver’s paradise with at least 400 coral species to be found at various diving spots around the country. The Apo Island in Dauin, Negros Occidental was named one of the 100 best dive sites in the world [add more]. If you’re looking for something a bit more, dive for the remains of a WWII Japanese warship at the WWII Wrecks in Coron Bay, Palawan which is home to some of the most diverse and richest marine life.
If there’s one thing that tourists in the Philippines speak highly of after their trip, it’s the Filipino hospitality. Filipinos are fun-loving people and it is this friendly and upbeat attitude that highlights how It’s more fun in the Philippines. Throughout the islands, there are fiestas celebrated everyday and foreigners are always welcome to their homes.
Batanes, the northernmost province of the Philippines is one of the dream destinations in the country of both local and foreign tourists because of its serene environment and breathtaking sights as it lies between two large bodies of water – the South China Sea and Pacific Ocean.The land of blooming flowers is blessed with generally good weather all year round. The province is a melting pot of many indigenous cultural groups and an abode to the ethnic tribes of the Bagobo, Mandaya and Mansaka. In living colorful contrast, its population is a mix of cultural minorities and cosmopolitan Catholics and Muslims.Home of the world-renowned Rice Terraces, Ifugao is a land-locked area that boasts wonderful views of rugged terrains, river valleys, and massive, lush forests. The name of this scenic place is coined from the term “i-pugo” which means “people of the hill.”North Luzon, a region of one of the major islands of the Philippines, Luzon, features majestic mountainous areas, volcanic landscapes, and a beautiful coastline dotted with heavenly beaches. Explore the region’s cities and provinces, each with distinct, admirable attractions to offer local and foreign tourists alike.Batanes, the northernmost province of the Philippines is one of the dream destinations in the country of both local and foreign tourists because of its serene environment and breathtaking sights as it lies between two large bodies of water – the South China Sea and Pacific Ocean.
Dumaguete, the capital of Negros Oriental, is nicknamed as the city of the Gentle People. Apart from being known as a University city, Dumaguete also boasts numerous pristine beaches and tourist spots. The city is known for having a close proximity to the famous Apo Island and Bais Island, where one can have a look at the friendly dolphins.Palawan, a nature’s paradise is the last ecological frontier of the Philippines known for its crystal clear lagoons, white sand beaches, limestone cliff islands and virgin forests. From Puerto Princesa, the province’s capital, one can go to numerous islands and other natural attractions. In the northern part, group of islands namely Taytay, Coron and El Nido, are sought after for their unspoiled picturesque islands. In Palawan, there are numerous choices of resorts ranging from the basic to the most luxurious accommodation.Puerto Princesa is a city located in the beautiful island of Palawan. It is one of the country’s most popular tourist spots with its beach resorts and seafood restaurants. Acclaimed many times as the cleanest and greenest city in the country, Puerto Princesa is the perfect destination for those who want to enjoy being one with nature and to see scenic landscapes and waterscapes.Palawan, a nature’s paradise is the last ecological frontier of the Philippines known for its crystal clear lagoons, white sand beaches, limestone cliff islands and virgin forests. From Puerto Princesa, the province’s capital, one can go to numerous islands and other natural attractions.Recognized as one of the world’s best beaches, Boracay is a perfect island getaway with its warm blue waters, powder-fine white sand, and palm fringed four kilometer-long stretch of beach. During the day, there’s so much to do in the island from water sports to interaction with the locals.Nature’s splendor abounds in the island of Bohol. It is famous for its Chocolate Hills, a group of uniformly shaped hills that turns brown during summer, and the many old Spanish churches. Despite the strong Spanish influence, the people have retained much of their local culture.Puerto Princesa is a city located in the beautiful island of Palawan. It is one of the country’s most popular tourist spots with its beach resorts and seafood restaurants. Acclaimed many times as the cleanest and greenest city in the country, Puerto Princesa is the perfect destination for those who want to enjoy being one with nature and to see scenic landscapes and waterscapes.
Experience the famous Pampanga’s cuisine and its rich cultural heritage.Visit a local ancestral house, where Atching Lillian will serve a sumptuous Brunch with the traditional local dishes of Pampanga. Discover the secrets behind the famous Kapampangan food by a cooking demo by Atching Lillian herself. After the cooking demo, visit the San Guillermo Church, a half-buried church in Bacolor Pampanga. The church is one of the badly devastated by the lahar during the Mt. Pinatubo eruption. Not too far is the Betis Crafts showcasing their world class, high-end woodcarvings. Another must-see church to visit is the St. James the Apostle Parish also called Betis Church of Guagua. The church is known of its amazing hand-painted walls and ceiling. After the tour, be delighted in another sumptuous afternoon snack and unique pasalubong of Pampanga delicacies right at Susie’s Cuisine.This tour will bring you in a virtual time warp, authentic 19th century Principalia Mansions and original Bahay na Bato (Stone Houses), stand resplendent around a cobblestone plaza and streets paying tribute to the magnificent craftsmanship of our forefathers. Walking along the cobblestone streets or riding one of the caruajes (horse- drawn carriages), one has to constantly remind one’s self that he is in the present somehow trapped in the past; not just peeking through a looking glass but walking, touching, living amongst history’s silent witnesses.The structures, at least 100 years old, are restored to its former grandeur creating a museum of Filipino architecture. Located in Bagac, Bataan, significant in Philippine history for the World War II Death March, this "village" of heritage houses is designed to replicate Hispanic town settlements. Lunch at the resort. Enjoy the sea breeze after lunch then return back to Manila.This world – famous volcano known to be the home of Apo Malyari “ The Great Provider “ of the nomadic aeta ( a local indigenous tribe ) in Pampanga, Tarlac, and Zambales provinces. The former dormant volcano rises up to 4740 feet until its massive eruption in June 1991 from a 500 year slumber reducing its height by 985 feet. This event erased entire farm communities, forced the United States to abandon its largest overseas air force base and alter the world’s climate. Trekking is forbidden during the rainy season from January to October. Mt Pinatubo is located 55 miles north of Manila. The conquest begins from Barangay Sta. Juliana in Capas, Tarlac. This will take you around 2 hours to the 2.5 kilometer emerald crater lake on board a 4 x 4 all weather jeep along O’Donell streambed. EnjoyThe experience of life in the countryside is what this resort (formerly a plantation) offers. Visitors are welcomed with songs and guitar music by rural folk in traditional costumes and are brought into the resort proper in a cart drawn by a water buffalo. The original plantation house has been preserved and beside it is a chapel and museum displaying a collection of religious art from the personal collection of the owner of the plantation. The farm produces rice and coconut. There is a wide and green river for rafting, a village where residents graciously show off their homes and weekend presentations of traditional dances and music. Lunch is served by the flowing stream down the foot of a man-made mini waterfalls.Tagaytay is a picturesque city perched on a ridge 750 meters above sea level and overlooking Taal Lake and the Taal Volcano Island. Taal Volcano is the lowest volcano in the world and one of the most active. The lake and the volcano are sometimes described as “an island within a lake within an island within a lake”.Two (2) hours’ drive from Manila, Tagaytay is called the “garden city” for its abundance of fruits, vegetables and cut flowers coming from the many farms around the area.There are two (2) interesting stops on the way to Tagaytay. First is the Las Pinas Church where a 178-year old organ with pipes made of bamboo still plays music for everyone’s enjoyment. Second, is the Jeepney factory. Jeepneys are the local transport that serve as public shuttle service and the term was derived from the old American World War II jeeps. Now locals manufacture jeepney out of the old pieces of automobile surplus.This tour offers an experience of Davao’s highland adventures. Drive through the metropolis of Davao and across the lush countryside to Malagos, Calinan where you’ll get up close and personal with one of the Philippines’ most majestic bird, the Philippine Eagle – the second largest in the world, at its home at the foot of Mt Apo, in the Philippine Eagle Center.Cebu City is located on the central eastern part of Cebu Province, an island at the center of Visayas. It is also known as the “Queen City of the South” as it is the country’s oldest city and the center of commerce, trade, education and industry in Visayas region.Pagsanjan is a prime attraction in Laguna province, which is only two hours drive southeast of Manila. The drive to Pagsanjan passes through a rich agricultural region of rice and coconut plantations; the University of the Philippines’ College of Agriculture; the International Rice Research Institute; Calamba town, the birthplace of the national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal; and the fertile volcanic plains at the foot of two famous and mystical mountains, Mounts Makiling and Banahaw.Located in nearby Laguna province and a one and a half hour’s drive from Manila, this subterranean valley was formed thousands of years ago during a volcanic eruption. It is enveloped by rain forests of primeval beauty with age-old trees, giant ferns, wild orchids and mineral springs with varying degrees of temperature.The premier city of the Philippines, Manila, is a vital stopping point in Southeast Asia. The city was also a former Malay settlement, founded by the Spanish Conquistador, Miguel Lopez de Legaspi in June 1571. It was then known as the “Distinguished and Ever Loyal City of Manila”.
Puerto Princesa is a city located in the beautiful island of Palawan. It is one of the country’s most popular tourist spots with its beach resorts and seafood restaurants. Acclaimed many times as the cleanest and greenest city in the country, Puerto Princesa is the perfect destination for those who want to enjoy being one with nature and to see scenic landscapes and waterscapes.
Day 1 Manila-Puerto Princesa
Welcome to Puerto Princesa! Your first day here will allow you to visit the city’s center, rich fish and vegetable market, Palawan Museum as well as the Butterfly and Crocodile Farms. Lunch will be served at the Badjao Seaport Restaurant, which is located within the mangrove-protected area of the city. You will be checked in at Palo Alto Bed & Breakfast for accommodations.
Day 2 Puerto Princesa-Sabang-Underground River
Start your day with a sumptuous breakfast at the hotel before departing to Bambua Resort in Sabang. The Underground River is claimed as the longest underground river discovered in the world and thereby declared as a UNESCO World’s Natural Heritage Site. Cruise the tunnel river to a kilometer long and visit the monkey trail before heading to the resort for lunch, dinner, and an overnight stay.
Day 3 Sabang
Your third day at Puerto Princesa will begin with a hearty breakfast. Enjoy the rest of your morning at your own leisure and then go and experience the beautiful mangroves of Palawan. Lunch will be served back at the resort, followed by a nature and beach tour of Sabang. Spend the rest of your night at Blue Bamboo Resort where you will have an appetizing dinner and comfortable stay.
Day 4 Sabang-Port Barton
Fill your stomach with a sumptuous breakfast before departing for Port Barton. Check in at the beautiful and cozy Coconut Garden Island Resort.
Day 5 Port Barton-El Nido
The fifth day of your Northern Palawan tour will begin after breakfast. After land travel, you will take a short boat ride to San Vicente proper before continuing your journey by land to El Nido. You will then check in at Lally & Abet Resort for accommodations where you can relax and regain your energy for tomorrow’s adventures.
Day 6 El Nido
Day 6 will give you the freedom to explore the sea and sandy beaches. Take a swim, ride a boat or lounge on the sand; just be sure to create lasting memories.
Day 7 El Nido-Manila
Your tour ends with a delicious breakfast at the resort before being taken to El Nido airport where you will take your flight back to Manila. We hope you enjoyed the wild and wet wonder of Puerto Princesa and El Nido!
- One night superior room accommodation at Palo Alto Bed & breakfast or similar accommodation
- Two nights village cottage accommodation at Blue Bamboo Resort or similar accommodation
- One night cottage accommodation at Coconut Garden Island Resort or similar accommodation
- Two nights duplex beachfront accommodation at Lally & Abet Resort or similar accommodation
- Daily breakfast
- Full-board meals at Bambua Resort or similar accommodation
- Underground River tour with lunch
- Mangrove and Sabang Beach tour with lunch
- Use of airconditioned vehicle during the tours and transfers
- Used of motorized boats during transfer in Port Barton
- Visit of Puerto Princesa City on arrival with lunch at a seafood restaurant
- Airport assistance during transfers and services of a local English-speaking guide
- Other meals and drinks not mentioned in the program
- Domestic airfare: (Manila/Puerto Princesa )
- Terminal fees and environmental fees whenever applicable
- Gratuity pay for the driver and guide
- Travel Insurance
- Surcharge during Super Peak Season
Tagaytay is a picturesque city perched on a ridge 750 meters above sea level and overlooking Taal Lake and the Taal Volcano Island. Taal Volcano is the lowest volcano in the world and one of the most active. The lake and the volcano are sometimes described as “an island within a lake within an island within a lake”.