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Caramoan Peninsula Explorer: From Manila and Luzon to Donsol and Siargao

Exhilarating adventures and island-living await you on this 15-day Caramoan Peninsula Explorer holiday. Swim alongside the stunning whale shark, visit a sanctuary of non-stinging jellyfish, hike a volcanic crater and more when you visit the natural chain. Not frequented by many travelers, the beach is unspoilt and serene. After having exciting excursions, spend the final days of your holiday gazing at the sea and lounging on the sand. Begin in the non-stop action capital of Manila and travel onwards to the picturesque smaller islands of Legazpi, Donsol and Siargao.

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  • Explore the ancient Spanish walled city within Manila - Intramuros
  • Indulge in a full day of pampering spa treatments Island hop through the gold-drenched beaches in the Caramoan Peninsula
  • Enjoy a private aerial tour of Mt. Mayon’s peak and crater
  • ATV through volcanic lava terrain
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Day 1

Arrive in the bustling capital of the Philippines, Manila, for the perfect introduction to the multi-island country and Latin-Asian fusion culture. Check into your luxurious hotel before you are taken on an exciting tour of the old walled Spanish city within Manila. From Fort Santiago, the Manila Cathedral, Casa Manila, San Agustin Church and more - the city is just waiting to be explored. Sit back and relax on a historic calesa ride to the inner area of Intramuros (the walled city). Tonight, experience delicious Filipino cuisine at a local restaurant.

Day 2
San Benito

After breakfast, drive to the quaint, historic estate - Villa Escudero. Tour the old-style coconut plantation aboard a carabao-drawn cart as you are sung local songs by a native band. Enjoy a sumptuous lunch beneath a man-made dam alongside a rushing river. Drive to the Farm at San Benito, where you will spend the night.

Day 3
San Benito

An indulgent full day of pampering is in store. Let the experts work their magic with local oils, herbs and treatments. Enjoy both a healthy lunch and dinner at the resort to ensure your entire body, inside and out, is pampered to the fullest today.

Day 4
Caramoan Peninsula

After breakfast, step aboard your private helicopter to reach the extravagant Tugawe Resort in the Caramoan Peninsula. After a fresh lunch at the resort, you will be taken on an island-hopping tour by way of the local bancas. Enjoy a delicious dinner and overnight at the resort.

Day 5
Caramoan Peninsula

Today, your adventure begins! Caramoan is one of the most beautiful and also one of the less-visited areas in the Philippines. Drive to the port town of Sabang to take a local ferry boat to the main port of the Caramoan Peninsula, Guijalo. Take a local jeepney ride to reach your resort once you reach Guijalo.

Day 6
Caramoan Peninsula

Visit the most important sites in this stunning, remote part of Luzon. The first stop of the day is one of the oldest churches in the Philippines, Caramoan Catholic Church. Next, visit the Mt Caglago Shrine of Our Lady of Peace. After lunch head to the National Park to explore the beautiful limestone caves. Return to the resort to relax and snorkel on the beach.

Day 7
Caramoan Peninsula

After breakfast, a local banca will escort you on a full-day island hopping through the chains’ most select, incredible islands. Sabitan Laiya, Nagiahos Island, Matukad Island, Lahos and Lahuy Island are true gems, where the sand appears to be drenched in gold. On Tayak island, take a short walk to the mystical Tayak Lake. Late in the afternoon, return to your resort.

Day 8
Caramoan Peninsula

River kayaking, caving and island-hopping make for an active morning. Return to the resort after lunch, where you can choose how to spend the rest of your day. Relax or go rock climbing, trekking or rappelling on the limestone cliffs.

Day 9
Caramoan Peninsula - Legazpi

Your helicopter picks you up after breakfast to take you to the Legazpi Airport. En-route, enjoy an unrivaled view of Mt. Mayon’s peak and crater. After arriving in the airport, take an exhilarating ATV ride through the volcanic lava terrain that crosses small streams and rocky areas. Halfway through your ride, pause to climb a lava wall and catch a spectacular view of Mt. Mayon. Enjoy a cooking demo on how to cook some of the local popular dishes before trying the delicacies yourself. Transfer to your resort, stopping at the Cagsawa Ruins along the way.

Day 10

Drive to the charming little fishing town of Donsol. The town is surprisingly the home of whale sharks, the largest fish in the world. Step aboard a boat with a marine biology officer who will spot the whale sharks for you. Dive in the water with snorkeling gear to swim alongside the huge, blue-grey and silver-spotted creatures. Return to your resort this evening.

Day 11
Legazpi - Siargao Island

After breakfast at your resort, you are transferred to the airport to catch your chartered plane. The plane will take you to the tropical island of Siargao. Transfer to your resort to spend your day at leisure.

Day 12

Post-breakfast, you can choose how to spend your first full-day on the colorful island. It may be the perfect day to relax after the past few active days. If you desire a relaxed exploration, the tear-shaped island is home to the largest mangrove forests in the region.

Day 13

It’s another full day to enjoy at your leisure. Amazing adventure options include island-hopping and snorkeling. The Bucas Grande Island is home to several waterways, limestone cliffs, caves and non-stinging jellyfish at a jellyfish sanctuary.

Day 14

Soak in the sun, snorkel in the active corals and enjoy your tropical paradise. Take long, lavish meals at the all-inclusive resort. If you’ve had enough relaxation, take one of the exciting island-hopping tours in the area. You may choose to enjoy your final night on Siargao with a romantic beachfront dinner.

Day 15
Siargao Island - Cebu

After your exciting adventures, exploring Filipino culture and relaxing aside turquoise waters, your holiday is coming to a close. Enjoy one last breakfast at your resort and check out. Transfer to the airport, where you will fly to Cebu to connect with your international flight back home.


Suggested Accommodations

Raffles Makati, The Peninsula Manila

Raffles Makati

Raffles Makati Hotel lives up to the renowned Raffles repute. This luxurious hotel is located in central Manila, making it a prime base from which to explore the vibrant city. There are just 32 opulent suites that boast cityscape views. The hotel has plenty of amenities for the discerning guest including a spa, sauna, Jacuzzi, steam room and fitness center. The four dining options combine the best of local culture and cuisine, as well as plenty of international dishes. There is a lounge bar and a pool bar mixing up tasty cocktails alongside wines, beers and light snacks. The Writers Bar, serving afternoon tea, was created in tribute to the famous novelists who have stayed at or written about Raffles. The Raffles Makati is a 30-minute drive from the airport.


The Peninsula Manila

Strategically placed on the corners of Ayala and Makati Avenues, The Peninsula Manila is close to premier shopping facilities and within easy access of Manila's numerous attractions. The hotel is a nine kilometres drive from Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL) and just six kilometres from Manila's domestic airport. Elegantly furnished in classic style, the hotel's 469 rooms and suites provide modern, technologically advanced conveniences, including complimentary broadband Internet access. The Club has been designed with the needs of business travelers in mind and offers an exclusive Club Lounge, serving complimentary continental breakfast, afternoon tea, and cocktails, as well as a boardroom, business center, and butler service. Continental and Pan-Asian cuisine is served at The Peninsula's many restaurants, including Old Manila and Spices, which are two of the top restaurants in the city. Salon de Ning, the hotel's quirky lounge, features musical entertainment on most evenings.

Hotel Venezia, Tugawe Resort

Hotel Venezia

Situated within sight of the spectacular Mayon Volcano, Hotel Venezia is an Italian-themed boutique hotel ideally located for exploring the sights of Bicol and the surrounding area. The hotel has 40 rooms/suites with coffee/tea making facilities, hair dryer, in room safe, LCD TV with cable channels, mini bar, telephone and, in some rooms, balconies with views of the volcano. The hotel also has San Marco restaurant, which serves tasty Italian cuisine, as well as a lobby bar, swimming pool, tennis court and reflexology massage. WiFi is available in all public areas.

Tugawe Resort

Imagine yourself lounging in an infinity pool, overlooking the turquoise blue waters of the Caramoan Peninsula in the Philippines. At Tugawe Cove Resort, this can become a reality beyond your wildest expectations. During a stay at Tugawe Resort, guests can spend their days exploring the coves and lagoons of the ocean, nearby uninhabited islands and hidden caves, and Patag Bay for world-renowned rock climbing, before returning to the resort for a bite to eat at RestoBar - the on-site restaurant with a striking 360-degree panoramic view of the sea. Enjoy down time in your own private cabana - each with personalized butler service - and take in a spa treatment while listening to the surf crash into the shore. The only thing guests will be asking is, can this dream last forever?

Misibis Bay

Misibis Bay

Escape into your own private island oasis at the Misibis Bay Resort on Cagraray Island in the Philippines. This four star retreat, located 45 minutes by land from Legazpi and 30 minutes by boat, is designed to fit all tastes, from exotic restaurants to exhilarating activities, all with the backdrop of the crystal blue ocean and the soft, white beach. Choose from one of eight different room choices, including a Luxury Villa, and spend your days relaxing by the pool, sipping a cocktail at Sula Bar, indulging in some South Asian cuisine at the Spice Market, or zipping across the waves on a windsurf or the sand dunes on an ATV. Whether you’re looking for thrills or to bliss out and chill, Misibis Bay Resort is calling your name. 

Dedon Island

Dedon Island

Dedon Island provides a tropical island escape at its finest, on the stunning Siargao Island in the southern Philippines. With its all-inclusive packages, guests never have to worry about signing bills or carrying their wallet around, since everything guests could possible want or need is included in the room price. Only nine villas make up this exclusive resort, all extremely luxurious, with private terraces and stunning views of the lush, tropical surroundings. Dining is fresh, and meals are cooked to order, whenever and wherever guests please. Guests never have to leave the resort, with its stunning infinity pool and luxurious surroundings being more than enough for anyone on holiday, but those who do venture out will enjoy the verdant, ancient mangrove forest surroundings, which can be explored through various vehicles on guided tours. Of course, with Siargao Island being one of the world’s surfing capitals, surfing lessons and equipment are available in abundance.

Plantation Bay , Shangri-La's Mactan Resort & Spa

Plantation Bay

Plantation Bay’s unique feature that sets it apart from other resorts is a vast, man-made lagoon set at the center of the resort. Surrounding the seawater lagoon are various bathing areas, waterfalls, water slides and a fresh water pool. Plantation Bay sits within 18 acres of tropical vegetation next to a small stretch of white beach. The spacious rooms are designed in a classic colonial style and have private marble bathrooms with bathtubs. For those who like to keep active on vacation, there are canoes for rent, a climbing wall, archery amenities, tennis courts and a fitness center. Outside of the resort, guests can enjoy fun watersports such as diving, snorkeling parasailing, jet skiing, boating and banana boat rides as well as fishing, mini-golf and hiking. For those wanting to relax try the in-house spa offering Asian and international relaxation therapies and massage. Dining choices include local, Asian, Italian and international cuisine, as well as poolside and beach-side lounge bars.

Shangri-La's Mactan Resort & Spa

Shangri-La's Mactan Resort & Spa is the finest luxury resort in Cebu. Located on a beautiful private beach and surrounded by lush tropical gardens, the resort has 537 rooms & suites, all equipped with the latest state-of-the-art facilities including internet & cable TV, as well as balconies with either sea or garden views. The resort is ideal for families, boasting an adventure Zone, an indoor playground, and E-Zone, a complete entertainment hub with arcades and two state-of-the-art karaoke rooms. The resort spa, Chi, is one of the finest in the Philippines. Sporting activities include tennis, golf, table tennis, snooker/billiards and sailing. The Shangri-La is 15 minutes away from Mactan International Airport.

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