Start your adventure on Day 1 as you arrive at your Manila accommodation and meet your group! Fly to beautiful Palawan on Day 2 and settle into your Port Barton accommodation. Enjoy an island hopping tour on Day 3, complete with fishing, snorkelling, and a beach BBQ. Transfer to incredible El Nido on Day 4 for a night of beach bar-hopping and embark on a 2-day private boat & kayak adventure on Days 5&6. Go snorkelling and camp out on a remote beach for an unforgettable experience in pristine nature! Venture into the jungle on Day 7 for an amazing inland adventure where you will swim at a hidden waterfall and explore ancient caves. Say goodbye to your new friends on Day 8 before you take a shuttle to Puerto Princesa.
Day by Day Itinerary:
Day 1: Welcome to Manila! Accommodation Check-In & Introduction to the City
Kamusta and welcome to the fantastic Philippines! Arrive anytime and make your way to your accommodation, where you can start to meet the rest of the group as they trickle in. You will be staying in the heart of Makati, Manila’s hip business district. Depending on your arrival time, you can choose to go for a walk with your tour leader to discover the surroundings, or hop in a cab to discover the Green Hills Mall, a huge market where there are no set prices and everything is about the art of the deal. Practice your haggling skills on everything from local handicrafts to mobile phones. Hungry? Go discover a hole-in-the-wall joint for your first taste of mouth-watering Filipino food!
At 6pm you will have an orientation meeting with your group and your Happiness Leader for an overview of your upcoming adventure. In the evening head to the rooftop bar of your hostel, a popular spot for locals and tourists alike, to meet your group members and bond over cocktails, or rest up in your room before the real adventure begins! Overnight in Manila.
Note: Make sure to withdraw cash before you leave Manila, as this is your last chance to find an ATM before heading to Palawan.
Day 2: Flight to Puerto Princesa & Van Transfer to Port Barton (B)
Enjoy breakfast before getting picked up at your accommodation and transferred to the airport for your flight to Puerto Princesa. Meet up with your driver for a stunning 3-4 hour seaside drive past beautiful beaches and sparkling ocean to your accommodation in idyllic Port Barton in the early afternoon. Enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure in this laid-back beach town chill in a hammock, hit the beach, watch the sun set over the Pacific. Port Barton is all about relaxation in stunning, undeveloped nature. In the evening share a meal with your group to celebrate your first night all together (not included)! Overnight in Port Barton.
Day 3: Island Hopping with BBQ, Fishing & Snorkelling & Port Barton Walking Tour (B/L)
Today we join a local guide to do some island hopping around breathtaking Port Barton! Discover remote beaches where you can enjoy the soft sand and the crystal clear water. Don’t worry, we’ll bring the snorkelling gear! Our first stop will be the most special of the day, with a visit to the local fishing village of Begaho. Here you’ll have an experience that very few travellers get to have, by interacting with the locals to learn how they sun dry their fish to create a local delicacy. Try one yourself if you’re an adventurous eater! Take a refreshing dip in the local waterfall before we continue on our island hopping tour.
Back on the boat you’ll put your fishing skills to the test to see if you can catch your own lunch using traditional Filipino methods taught to you by the locals. If you don’t have any luck, not to worry! We’ve packed plenty of food for a BBQ on the beach.
Upon arrival back at Port Barton, we will take a walking tour to see how the locals live and visit the market to see what kind of products are made in the surrounding areas. At 7pm we will end our tour with a Philippine-style dinner where you can unwind, have your fill, and share some hearty laughs with your group at one of the local restaurants (not included). Overnight in Port Barton.
Day 4: Transfer Port Barton to El Nido (B)
Today we depart beautiful Port Barton for a 5-6 hour drive through stunning landscapes to central El Nido. We will walk from here to our accommodation, about 5-10 minutes. Relax, get something to eat, and unwind from the long drive until 10pm, when we head out for some beach bar hopping! Try the local beer and spirits with free drinks along the way and impress your new friends with your fearlessness behind the mic at karaoke! Although it’s still down to earth and is way less developed than hotspots like Thailand, El Nido is the most party friendly and popular tourist spot in Palawan, so take advantage and stay out late with your friends! Overnight in El Nido.
Days 5 - 7: Linapacan Kayak Safari (3B, 3L, 2D)
Have breakfast before meeting at 9am in front of your accommodation. You will spend the next 3 days exploring the beautiful rock formations, secret lagoons and secluded beaches of El Nido and the area of Linapacan, kayaking at your own pace and deciding the itinerary day by day with your captain. You will be camping on secluded beaches on Cagdanao Island and in Kulaylayan Village, with a BBQ and a drink to end each day as you reflect on the day’s adventures. The area of Linapacan is known for the clearest waters in the world, so you’ll be sure to have an incredible trip! You will arrive back into El Nido around 4pm on the third day. (2 Nights Camping, 1 Night El Nido) (Included: Kayak, Paddle Board, Tent and Bedding, Tax and Fees, All Meals and Drinks, Island Insurance)
Day 8: Bon Voyage! (B)
All good things must end. Make sure that you exchange contact information with your new friends, you’ll have a lot to reminisce about! If you are going back to Puerto Princesa, you will head out at 9am to jump on a shuttle van from El Nido bus terminal. If you want to stay in El Nido, your adventure ends after check-out.
***Please note that this trip requires a minimum of 5 travellers for a guaranteed departure. While we accept individual bookings, there is a chance that this number will not be reached. In this case you will be notified of cancellation 6 weeks prior to trip departure. In case of cancellation, we offer two solutions:1) An independent trip with the same duration and similar itinerary, plus the price difference to be paid or refunded