One Life Adventures - The Philippines

Travel with an experienced guide and a group of like-minded travellers. Fly to Puerto Princesa in Palawan, explore the UNESCO Underground River, sleep in beach bungalows, camp on an island beach, island hop and spend time in El Nido town.

  • Duration: 10 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • Supplier Tour ID: MANLYF/208664
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Starts: Manila, Philippines
  • Finishes: El Nido, Philippines
  • Age requirement: 18 +
You will Visit
  • Manila
  • El Nido



Day 1

Welcome to Manila
Arrive at any time in Manila and we will meet you at the airport (if you are already in Manila, meet at the Z Hostel). Settle in to our accommodation and then join us on the roof terrace to meet the group, and have some Filipino BBQ eaten out of a banana leaf overlooking the Manila skyline. After that, guests will get the option to checkout some famous Manila nightlife spots, with guest-list entry into clubs and good times at our favourite bars. (D)
Accommodation: 4-bed dorms in boutique hostel in down-town Manila


Day 2

Manila to Palawan
Iwahig Prison, street food, and craft beer
Fly to Palawan in the morning. Check in to our boutique hotel and relax by the pool for a while. If we have the time, we visit the Iwahig Prison where the inmates govern themselves and learn new skills such as farming and dancing. In the evening, we sample some weird and wonderful Filipino street food by the water. Once we have eaten, we go for some beer tasting and a small cultural show at Palawan`s only craft brewery! (B)
Accommodation: Twin/double rooms in artistic boutique hotel


Day 3

Underground River and Port Barton
After a delicious breakfast, we head to the UNESCO heritage Underground River. We jump into a small boat, and are taken around this amazing place by an experienced local guide. In the afternoon, we drive along dirt roads to the beautiful village of Port Barton. Port Barton is so remote it doesn`t even have electricity for half the day! We spend the night in a beach bungalow listening to the sounds of the ocean. (B)
Accommodation: Twin/double rooms in Filipino style beach-front bungalows
*** Due to recent events in the area, the Underground River may be substituted with Honda Bay. This trip takes you around the Honda Bay marine reserve, activities include swimming, snorkeling, and lunch.
Please note that snorkels will need to be rented from the kiosks on the island.


Day 4

Islander Experience
Snorkeling, fishing, and meeting the locals
Today we get to experience the local island way of life, with our Islander Experience. After breakfast, we join our local guides on their boat for a day of exploring islands and experiencing the islander way of life. We will catch fish to grill on the beach, snorkel reefs with turtles, and really get to know this incredible area. In the evening, our guides will bring out a guitar to play while we watch the sunset. Accommodation for the night is in tents right on the beach. (L,D)
Accommodation: Local style tents on the sand - absolute beach-front


Day 5

Port Barton Island Life
Experience more paradise island life! Today we explore more of the area with our guide. We visit a small fishing village in a remote area to watch the fishermen pulling in the days catch. After a couple of days of sun and sand, you will need a shower. Our guides will lead us to a small, refreshing jungle waterfall for you to get clean. In the late afternoon we will head back to Port Barton for one more night. (B,L)
Accommodation: Twin/double rooms in Filipino style beach-front bungalows


Day 6

Bound for El Nido
This morning is time to say goodbye to this incredible place. Today we are travelling to El Nido in the north of the island by minivan. Relax and enjoy the scenery as we journey to the north of Palawan. We check in to our boutique hostel and relax for the afternoon before heading to our favourite reggae beach bar for dinner and good times. (B)
Accommodation: 4-bed dorms in top-rated boutique hostel


Day 7

Island hopping
We have an early start to board the custom-built, exclusive boat to take us around all the tiny islands in the bay. You will explore the most spectacular islands and the bluest waters you have ever seen. Snorkel and kayak with your new friends, and feast on the freshly prepared food on board. We will have our drinks included, and music to match the scenery. This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience! (B,L)
Accommodation: 4-bed dorms in top-rated boutique hostel


Day 8

El Nido viewpoint hike, and massage (mostly free day)
Today we make our way through the small streets of the town to where we start our hike. We climb to the top of the limestone cliffs surrounding the town for an unbelievable view of the town, bay, and islands. Definitely the best views on the island! Spend the rest of your day exploring and getting to know the area and meeting the locals. Today we include a traditional Filipino massage to ease those aching muscles. In the evening we meet for dinner by the water. (B)
Accommodation: 4-bed dorms in top-rated boutique hostel


Day 9

Around El Nido
Full day cultural experience, zip-line, farewell dinner
Today we have our cultural experience in the surrounding area of El Nido in small villages. This will be with local people showing you their traditional ways of living; a great way to experience a slice of local life. Learn how they make coconut rum and oil, try weaving with palm leaves, discover the secret to making the famous Filipino food `Adobo`, then finish with a Halo-Halo (Filipino iced dessert). We then head to the amazing Las Cabanas beach where you get the option to experience flying on a 750m long zip-line over the ocean between 2 tropical islands (additional cost).
This is also the day we help with any advice on further travel around the Philippines. In the evening we have one farewell dinner with everyone at our favourite place and say our goodbyes! (B,L)
Accommodation: 4-bed dorms in top-rated boutique hostel


Day 10

Stay on longer, or head to Puerto Princesa
Take a bus back to Puerto Princesa airport (included), or stay on in El Nido. We help organise other activities such as diving courses, our Whale sharks and Waterfalls pack, and our Boracay Party Pack! (B)
***Shuttle buses run from El Nido to Puerto Princesa every hour on the hour from 4am to 7pm (with the exception of 12pm). Therefore guests can book their flight from Puerto Princesa to any destination in the Philippines on Day 10 of the tour any time after 3pm. The journey takes 6-7 hours so bare this in mind. There are also flights out of El Nido with Air Swift which can leave any time on Day 10. Please ensure your tour guide is aware of your flight arrangements***

    • Experienced leader, accommodation, touring, meals and transport as indicated, arrival airport transfer (if arriving on Day 1, domestic flight as per itinerary, traditional massage, cultural experiences including cooking class. A bus transfer from El Nido to Puerto Princesa Airport at the end of the tour is included
    • End Point: ENI (9am) or PPS Airport (6pm)

      8 night’s multi-share accommodation with shared bathroom and one night tent camping (or upgrade to 8 night’s private ensuite accommodation and one night tent camping

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Tour Highlights:
    • Explore some of the most amazing places on Earth in the hottest adventure destination right now! This epic journey into Palawan is a blend of different cities, villages, activities, local experiences and beaches.
    • End point of this tour is:
    • ENI (9am) or PPS Airport (6pm)