Philippines West

We could tell you The Philippines is home to more beauty than you'd find in a copy of National Geographic, or tell you that the sand is so golden you'll have to put your sunglasses on to be able to see straight but hey you'll have to experience the West of the Philippines for yourself! Jump into legendary crystal clear waters of Palawan, bathe under waterfalls in Port Barton or learn the local ways with a cooking class off the beaten track at our exclusive Isla Experience in El Nido. Head to Coron and hang back with the sand between your toes or dive deep to explore the local shipwrecks. Whatever your thing is, you'll find epic fun, new friends for life and an authentic experience only TruTravels can bring on this 10-day Island hopping tour.

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classic

When we say classic, we mean the perfect balance of culture, adventure, beaches and parties. High number of inclusions, low cost. Tru-ly authentic experiences from home-stays & hostels to beach huts, hotels and boats. A classic tour means maximum adventure, minimum hassle. Built for backpackers by backpackers.

What's Included

Activities
Snorkeling with Turtles El Nido Lagoons Isla experience Canyoneering Island Hopping in Port Barton Visit waterfalls, beaches, and local villages Lunch with the locals Visit crystal clear lagoons in El Nido 2 night castaway experience Island Hopping in Coron Snorkel at a shipwreck Beach Day Ziplining

Airport Pickup
(up to two days before as long as you are booked into the start hotel)

Travel Ninja
Your Guide! Like travelling with your best mates and one of them happens to know where they're going!

Transport
All Transport Included Flight to Puerto Princesa flight baggage allowances 20kg Private Bus Ferry to Coron

Accommodation
9 Nights Accommodation Hotels Twin share Rooms Hostel Beachside Bungalows

Meals
8 x Breakfast 5 x Lunch 2 x Dinner
WHERE WE STAY
MANILA
PORT BARTON
EL NIDO
CORON
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The first stop on our amazing 10-day adventure is Manila and our accommodation is in a great location - close to malls, the Salcedo Saturday Market and loads of nice restaurants and bars. After you dump your bags and you meet your new besties, grab a cocktail on the rooftop bar that has great views of the Manila skyline or explore the city before we take you for a great dinner and night out nearby.

Each room is air-conditioned and has views of the city (as if the rooftop bar wasn't enough already!)

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philippines - accommodation - Port Barton
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From city life to the chilled, relaxing beach town of Port Barton! Just a 1-minute walk from your room to the beach, here we stay in some amazing, sustainable cottages on the beachfront... dreamy, right?!

Cameras at the ready because it has a balcony with amazing views of the sea... no big deal! There's also a restaurant that serves great local grub and some delicious cocktails!

El Nido is known for its amazing beaches and lagoon tours, so it's only fitting that we stay somewhere in El Nido, which is a 1-minute walk from the beach. The hostel has free WiFi in all areas and a terrace where TruTravellers can chill. It's such a great hostel with incredible vibes.

We will also have one nights stay in Isla Daracotan where we will live our best island lives!

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Onto The Philippines' top dive spot - Coron. There are lots of nice restaurants and dive shops next to our hotel so it's easy to grab a delicious Filipino meal nearby before watching the sunset (our hotel has one of the BEST views of the sunset in town!) So, kick back, grab a sundowner and get ready to be wowwed by the famous Filipino sunset!

Each room has air conditioning and free WiFi.

Bucket List
Castaway Experience
El Nido
Swim with Turtles
Epic Philippines Sunsets

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 Day 7 Day 8 Day 9 Day 10
Day 1

HELLO MANILA!

You've made it! You're here and time to start your trip of a lifetime! Take advantage of your airport pick up in the bustling capital of Manila or meet us directly at the hotel in the lively district of Makati. Put your feet up (it's been a long journey and you deserve it). We give everyone time to relax, settle in and of course catch some wifi! You've arrived in paradise, so update your insta story to let everyone know that yes, you are in the Philippines! Later on, you'll meet your guide and the rest of your group (soon to be TruFam) for welcome drinks and dinner where you'll make the first of many incredible memories! After a few Red Horses (that's the Philippines local beer btw, not some fictitious animal that runs the streets) we head out to explore. Day One in the Philippines, you'll already know you made the best decision of your life.

Manila
Airport Pick Up
Day 2

TRAVEL TO PALAWAN & LOCAL LUNCH WITH FAMILY

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Well yes, yes it is a plane, but a plane full of now-bestie backpackers on their way to Puerto Princesa, the gateway to Palawan AKA Paradise AKA what dreams really are made of! We travel by private minivans, yes that's how we roll, private, exclusive whatever you want to call it. We get chauffeured to the idyllic and unspoilt fishing town of Port Barton. On the way we stop to have lunch with a local family, taste some local cuisine, and grasp an understanding of a different way of life. Hey, there may be even a giant coconut to drink (or three). After checking in to our beachfront hotel in Port Barton, enjoy the first of many idyllic Filipino sunsets, bev in hand, before venturing out to grab dinner!

Port Barton
Flight to Puerto Princesa & Van to Port Barton
1x Lunch with local family
Day 3

PORT BARTON ISLAND HOPPING

Wake up, have you seen the colour of the water outside?! Today we hop on a traditional Banca boat. Get your snorkel, mask and budgie smugglers at the ready as we dive into some of Palawan's most beautiful spots. Keep an eye out for turtles, the rainbow-coloured reefs and if you get the chance, reenact your best bond girl or guy scene. Daniel Craig, unfortunately, can't make it, but your TruNinja has better moves anyway. We stop island hopping for a local style lunch and have a few hours free time to chill in the most beautiful place you've ever seen. The time is yours to spend it however you like, drooling optional! After a magical day, we sail back in style to Port Barton where we freshen up before hitting some of the best bars and restaurants in town!

Port Barton
Island Hopping & snorkelling
1x Breakfast, 1x Lunch
Day 4

WE'RE GOING TO EL NIDO…

Sing it with us! The star attraction of Palawan, the Brad Pitt/Margot Robbie of the Philippines, if you will - EL NIDO! After today, anywhere you visit will be compared to here, the sheer beauty of it all. We start day 4 of your TruTravels by travelling to paradise. We arrive at lunchtime and after settling into our accommodation in El Nido. That evening, we grab dinner and check out some local bars with big party vibes. El Nido is known for producing one of the best sunsets in the world too. It really doesn't get better than this.

El Nido
1x Breakfast
Day 5

EL NIDO ISLAND HOPPING

Day 5 and we're feeling alive! Today we experience the world-class island hopping that made El Nido famous! We'll island-hop to some of the best locations the region has to offer, including the insane lagoons of Bacuit Bay, (a Secret Beach we can't really talk about) all surrounded by friendships you can now never live without. Hire a kayak and show off your Olympic level paddling, or get your snorkel out and dive down making your own Little Mermaid sequel. You'll never want to leave, but we'll head back to the hotel before sunset for some time to relax before meeting up later for grub, bevs and reminisce on a real bucket list day.

El Nido
Island hopping & snorkelling
1x Breakfast, 1x Lunch
Day 6

NACPAN BEACH & ZIPLINING

Time to explore El Nido by land! We start our day with a Mission Impossible-style zipline experience. We'll zoom from beach to beach taking in these incredible views sure to get your blood pumping. After an adrenaline-filled morning, we head to Nacpan Beach, one of the Philippines most famously pristine beaches lined with palm trees so lush you might question reality. Beach time messing will surely ensue.

EL NIDO
Beach & Ziplining
1x Breakfast, 1x Dinner
Exclusive! Itinerary Star Icon Day 7

CASTAWAY EXPERIENCE, SNORKELLING & COOKING CLASS

Ready for a Tru-ly unique experience? After a jam packed day, we head to Daracotan Island, a TruExclusive, as you begin your castaway Isla Experience! We don't want to give too much away but trust us when we say it'll be way more fun than being your own dentist with an ice skate like poor Tom Hanks in Castaway (we encourage frequent cries of WILSON during your stay). It's time to explore some shipwrecks before taking a guided tour of Daracotan Island, home to 88 full-time residents (including a pig or two). Hear fascinating tales of their heritage, meet a local family and learn how tourism positively impacts their lives today. In the evening we take part in a traditional local cooking demonstration where you'll learn how to eat Filipino style! We dine together, devouring the local delicacies we prepared shortly before and make a mental note to add "world renowned chef" to the CV when we get back home. Now it's time to wind down round the bonfire with a few beers!

DARACOTAN ISLAND
Snorkelling, local village tour, cooking class, bonfire
1x (B) 1x (L) 1x (D)
Castaway Accommodation
Day 8

TRAVEL TO CORON

Have a relaxed morning, you deserve it and take in your last few hours of bliss before we head back to El Nido town. Today, we catch the ferry across to Coron, yet another world-famous island in Palawan. Tonight is a big one, it is party time, and we really hope you brought some shit shirts because we are going to give Coron our very best shot(s)!

Coron
Snorkelling, travel to Coron
1x Breakfast
Day 9

CORON Boat Trip

It's our last full day together with your TruFam! Friendships for life have been made, your TruNinja has gained another dozen adoring Insta followers, and you'll start reflecting on what's been a life-changing week. We're making one last adventure, this time exploring the island of Coron including the impossibly beautiful Coron Bay and the mind-boggling underwater mountains. We'll have an afternoon of fun rolling around on beaches, jumping in the sea, and filling your hair with too much sand! We head back for one last TruFam dinner and drinks before we bid Palaam, for now! That's goodbye in Filipino, but you already know that by now!

Coron Town
Island hopping
1x Breakfast, 1x Lunch
Day 10

CHILLED CHECK OUT

Today we check out of the hotel, and it's time to say goodbye. The TruFamily you've become over the past ten days will live on longer than the turtle you saw on Day 3 (remember him?). Whether you were the naughty child of the group, the mum making sure everyone wears suncream or the exuberant auntie that gets pissed every night. We will miss you! If your adventure's continuing, our TruNinjas will be there to give you a hand with any onward travels plans you have, if you're heading home...It's emotional, it's been a life-changer but most of all it's been our absolute pleasure to have shown you around the Philippines. This isn't goodbye, it's see you soon!

HELP & SUPPORT WITH ONWARD TRAVEL
1x Breakfast

Trip Departure Dates

Dates START - ENDAvailability REMAINING SPOTSPrice PER PERSON
October 2024
DATE: START - END13 Oct 2024 - 22 Oct 2024 priceU$1,595.00
November 2024
DATE: START - END6 Nov 2024 - 15 Nov 2024 priceU$1,595.00

FAQS

Where does the trip start & Finish?

The trip begins in Manila and ends in Coron.

Which airport do I need to fly into?

You will need to fly into Manila Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL). Please note that in order to enter the Philippines you need an onward ticket exiting the country within 30 days or you may not be allowed to board your flight and enter the country.

WHAT IS THE CLOSEST AIRPORT TO THE END DESTINATION?

The closest airport to Coron is Francisco B. Reyes Airport, commonly known as Coron Airport or Busuanga Airport. It is a 30 minute drive from Coron Island town proper. From here you can catch internal flights to Mactan-Cebu International Airport (CEB), or Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in Manila to fly internationally.

HOW DO I GET BACK TO THE START DESTINATION AND IS THIS INCLUDED IN THE PRICE?

You will need to book an internal flight from Coron to either Cebu or Manila. This is not included in the price of the tour but our sales team (info@trutravels.com) can give you advice on how to go about booking this.

Are there any flights you'd recommend booking for this trip?

Here are a selection of flights from across the UK that work well for the The Phillipines trips*

 

14th September Tour:

From LHR: Saudia, departure 13/09/24 12:50, stopover in RUH, arrival 14/09/24 13:50pm

From LGW: Singapore airlines, departure 13/09/24 10:15, stopover in SIN, arrival 14/09/24 13:05pm

From MAN: Etihad Airways, departure 13/09/24 9:10am, stopover in AUH, arrival 14/09/24 15:50pm

 

 

13th October Tour:

From LHR: Saudia, departure 12/10/24 10:00am, stopover in RUH, arrival 13/10/24 13:50pm.

From LGW: China Southern, departure 12/10/24 12:00, stopover in CAN, arrival 13/20/24 10:35pm

From MAN: Gulf Air, departure 12/10/24 9:15am, stopover in BAH, arrival 13/10/24 11:30am.

 

6th November Tour:

From LHR: Etihad Airways, departure 5/11/24 13:55pm, stopover in AUH, arrival 6/11/24 15:10pm

 

 

 

*TruTravels are not responsible for the cancellation, delay or other complications that may arise from booking these flights. These are just a guide to make booking your trip more easy.

How much is my baggage allowance for the included flight?

All our included flights come with a free 20kg check-in bag. If you have oversize and additional bags to check in you will need to pay for them yourself.

WHAT KIND OF ACCOMMODATION IS INCLUDED ON THIS TRIP?

In general our rooms are all twin/share private. On the Isla Experience TruExclusive boat trip we sleep in open-air bungalows on the beach, with mattresses and mosquito nets. Beach camping at it's finest!

*From trips departing 3rd October we will be staying in an Hostel in El Nido!*

HOW MUCH IS A PRE NIGHTS ACCOMMODATION?

A pre nights accommodation is £45 for a private twin or double room. If you would like to arrange a pre night please email info@trutravels.com.

WHAT IS THE CURRENCY?

The currency in the Philippines are Philippine Peso (PHP).

Are there any COVID precautions in place for my trip?

Yes! We’re doing everything we can to make your trip as safe and stress- free as possible. All trips are run with enhanced safety and hygiene protocols advised by the FCO (Foreign Commonwealth Office) & WHO (World Health Organisation) including only working with partners who uphold the same standard and are taking the maximum amount of precautions. From switching to private transport where possible to offering private room upgrades, we’ve got all areas covered to ensure your trip is an amazing one! Click here to read more about our COVID policy.

What happens If I can’t travel due to COVID?

We’re only operating in countries that are open without quarantine and are safe and easy to travel in. That being said if you could no longer travel due to COVID or if something were to arise our TruCrew are always here to give you some TLC and to go through your options. Think of us as ya BFF’s, the fun auntie/uncle of the family who loves a drink or your travel guardian angels. We're not fussed.

Is my money protected?

Yep! You’re protected. TruTravels is both ABTA and ATOL registered meaning your money is safe. We also offer 1 free date change before 60 days of your departure date.

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