10 Days
The Philippines

The Philippines is an incredible country to explore but with over 7,000 islands it can be difficult to figure our where to head and how to get there!

This 10 day Ultimate Philippines Adventure Tour with our buddies at One Life Adventures takes in some of the best destinations that the Philippines has to offer – including the world famous town of El Nido.

The island for your stay will be Palawan – consistently voted the best island in the world, so you know you’ll be heading to paradise!

You’ll discover the friendly smiles of the locals, explore historic sites and bustling markets as well as kicking back on island time, swimming in crystal clear waters and strolling along beautiful beaches.

Included activities such as The Underground River in Puerto Princesa (a UNESCO Heritage site), island hopping in El Nido, fishing village visit and snorkel tours allow you to sample heaps of what The Philippine has to offer.

Choose to finish your trip in El Nido (where you can extend your stay or island hop up to Coron) or Puerto Princesa, where you can grab an internal flight back to Manila or onwards to explore another island like Cebu, Siargao or Bohol.

It’s 10 days of adventure, fun, good times and Filipino hospitality!


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DepartsEvery Monday & Friday in 2020 (EXCEPT JULY AND AUGUST)

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Day 1

Arrive at any time in Manila and we will meet you at the airport. 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.

Accommodation: 4-bed dorms in boutique hostel in down-town Manila

Meals: Dinner


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!

Accommodation: Twin/double rooms in artistic boutique hotel

Meals: Breakfast


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.

Accommodation: Twin/double rooms in Filipino style beach-front bungalows 

Meals: Breakfast


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.

Accommodation: Local style tents on the sand – absolute beach-front 

Meals: Lunch, dinner


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.

Accommodation: Twin/double rooms in Filipino style beach-front bungalows 

Meals: Breakfast, lunch


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.

Accommodation: 4-bed dorms in top-rated boutique hostel

Meals: Breakfast


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!

Accommodation: 4-bed dorms in top-rated boutique hostel

Meals: Breakfast, lunch


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.

Accommodation: 4-bed dorms in top-rated boutique hostel

Meals: Breakfast


Day 9

Around El Nido – Full day cultural experience, zipline, 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 zipline over the ocean between 2 tropical islands (own cost of PH500).

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!

Accommodation: 4-bed dorms in top-rated boutique hostel

Meals: Breakfast, lunch


Day 10

Stay on longer, or head to Puerto Princesa

Take a bus back to Puerto Pricnesa 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!

Meals: Breakfast

2019 Philippines Tour Dates

NOV – 3, 6, 9, 14, 18, 21, 24, 29

DEC – 7, 10, 13, 16, 19, 23, 28, 31

2020 Philippines Tour Dates

Now departs every Monday and Friday, with the exception of;



Starts: Manila (day 1)

Finishes: Puerto Princesa (day 10) – Can finish in El Nido if the customer would like to fly from there instead

  • Starts: Manila (day 1)
  • Finishes: Puerto Princesa (day 10)

2017 Departure Dates

  • March 5th, 18th, 24th
  • April 1st, 14th, 27th
  • May 1st, 14th, 26th
  • June 8th, 20th
  • July – NO TOURS (Monsoon Season)
  • August – NO TOURS (Monsoon Season)
  • September 1st, 14th, 27th
  • October  5th, 9th, 20th, 31st
  • November 5th, 12th, 19th, 23rd
  • December 3rd, 14th, 18th, 28th

International flights not inluded 

If you arrive earlier than the start date, your airport pickup is not included 

The following meals are included, the rest you have to budget for:

  • 8 x breakfasts
  • 3 x lunches
  • 3 x dinners

Open date tickets are subject to availability, please give at least 14 days notice to book. All bookings must be reconfirmed at least 48 hours in advance via phone. Due to conditions out of our control (such as weather conditions), One Life Adventures reserves the right to change the itinerary if necessary. Travel insurance must be provided either at time of bookings, or at least 2 weeks before deparure.Travel insurance is compulsory. If booking onward travel, please ensure a flight is booked out of Puerto Princesa after 6pm on day 10, or for the day after the tour finishes.

Free phone on: 1800 819 498

Important: We use domestic flights in this tour, so the customer’s name must be provided exactly how it’s written on their ID

Important: We use domestic flights in this tour, so you must provide names EXACTLY how they’re written on your ID

Please also add the following information to your booking notes:

  • Customer name
  • Email address
  • Phone number
  • Nationality
  • D.O.B.
  • Emergency contact name and number
  • Flight e-ticket or copy of flight details, so we can arrange an airport pick up.

Cancellation fees:

If a customer cancels within 30 days of departure, they will be subject to a 50% cancellation fee. If they cancel within 14 days of departure, they will be charged for 100% of the tour cost. If booking onward travel, please ensure a flight is booked out of Puerto Princesa after 6pm on day 10, or for the day after the tour finishes.

Provider Details
One Life Adventures Pty Ltd
Free Phone: 1800819498 Australia

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Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 1 review
September 26, 2018

Perfect for our limited time in the Phillipines, we covered so many beautiful destinations and activities, El Nido was amazing!

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