Sand, sea, sun and adventure are ready to be enjoyed on this 13-day luxurious adventure. Begin by trekking volcanoes and exploring the Philippines stunning natural geological formations, cultural sites and historical buildings. Then, continue to El Nido, a small island picturesque for seaside relaxing, before returning back to the busy real world. Make sure to try the area’s fantastic cuisine, including the famous edible nest soup in El Nido! This is the perfect tour of the Philippines’ tropical chain with the ideal balance of adventure and relaxation.This itinerary is an example. It’s designed to inspire you and provide you with thoughtfully curated ideas. You can choose to do this exact itinerary or completely personalize it. All trips are 100% bespoke.
• Volcano in a Volcano: Just south of the capital of Manila sits a 15-mile-long volcano caldera forming Taal Lake, and inside that is Taal Volcano. Travelers will take a boat to the island and climb to the rim.
• Shoot the Rapids: Learn from expert boatmen in Pagsanjan in Laguna Province to navigate the turbulent waters in a wooden canoe all the way to Cavinti Falls — and the cave hidden behind the falls.
• Palawan Beaches: Palawan has become one of the most impressive beach destinations in Southeast Asia, particularly those in the north of El Nido. Travelers can lounge, snorkel, and eat their way through tropical paradise.
Fly into the lively capital of Manila. Upon arrival, you will be met by your friendly guide and transferred to Tagaytay. Enjoy the scenic drive, as you pass bright green rice plantations and colorful fruit plantations. Once you reach Taal Ridge, pause and catch a breathtaking view of the looming Taal Volcano. The volcano is inside another volcano and also contains a lake within a lake. Spend the night in Tagaytay.
Get an early start on the day as you are transferred to the Taal lakeside and step aboard the local outrigger boat - a “banca.” Your banca takes you to the crater island. Hike for an hour to reach the crater. Next, return to town, where you will have lunch at a local restaurant before visiting the sustainable Taal Heritage Town for a full tour.
The natural town of Pagsanjan in the Laguna Province is on the menu for today. Along the way, you visit the eerie Underground Cemetery of Nagcarlan, a burial ground that serviced Spanish friars and society’s elite Once you reach the riverbank resort, dugout canoes will take you to the cascading falls. Expert boatmen will teach you to “shoot the rapids” and travel between the turbulent waters in a friendly competition. Spend the night in the quaint town.
Take an early morning flight to the Batanes archipeligo. Upon arrival in Basco on Batan Island, transfer to your comfortable hotel in the scenic province as you are greeted by the friendly locals. Next, enjoy a Batan Northern Part Tour, stopping at the Tukon Radar Station, the Valugan Boulder Beach, Naidi Hills and the Vayang Ranch.
Begin the day with an early morning drive to San Vicente port to reach your next destination, Sabtang Island, by way of a quick 45-minute boat ride. The area has beautiful Savidug Vernacular houses, which are lined with green plants coming out of every crevasse. The Savidug Ruins is a great place to see the damage done by tropical storms. Next, visit the tranquil community of Chavayan before making your way to Nakabuang Beach for a relaxing afternoon. Return to Batan Island and overnight at the hotel.
Today it’s time for a tour of Batan’s southern region. Enjoy a scenic, winding drive along the coastal road, stopping at the Chawa View Deck for a stunning photo opportunity. Visit the Mahatao town proper to explore the historical old church, the Spanish Lighthouse and Breateria. Continue along to the House of Dakay, a beautiful 18th-century building and now a UNESCO Heritage Site. Stop by the unique Honesty Coffee Shop for a caffeine boost before visiting your last few remaining stops of the day. Stops include the Ruins of Song Song and “Marlboro Country.” Return to your hotel this evening.
The day is entirely yours to explore the lush natural surroundings. Immerse yourself in the island’s rich culture as you roam the area. It’s the perfect spot for biking and you can cover much more ground this way.
After breakfast, transfer to the airport to fly back to Manila. From Manila, you will transfer to the hangar to fly to El Nido - the northern tip of Palawan Island, named for its’ edible nests. We recommend staying at El Nido resorts whose properties are its own islands, reachable by speedboat from the mainland.
You are able to choose your activities today, or you can simply lounge on the soft, white sand beaches. The island’s corals are full of tropical fish, much to a snorkeler's delight. The dense forest is home to over 100 different species if you care for a scenic hike.
Enjoy the day at your leisure or engage in one of the many activities available in the area. You can choose from island-hopping, cave investigation, lagoon exploration, snorkeling or even try your hand at diving! There’s plenty to do on the sunny island - or it’s a fantastic environment if you prefer to simply relax and live on island time.
Today is another day to enjoy at your leisure. Keep your eyes peeled to spot endangered sea turtles crawling across the plush sand. If you haven’t tried “nido,” the region’s famous soup, today is the perfect day to try the exotic local favorite. The soup's’ main ingredient is the famous edible nest.
Swim, sun, read or explore on your final full day in the tropical paradise. Snorkel through the animated corals or hike through the lively forest in search of rare animal sightings. Enjoy a last indulgent sunset dinner at your resort.
After breakfast at the resort, take one last look at the sparkling sea. You are transferred to the small airport to begin making your way home. From here, you will fly to Manila where you can connect to the international airport for your journey homewards.
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 kilometers drive from Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL) and just six kilometers from Manila's domestic airport. Elegantly furnished in classic style, the hotel's 351 rooms and suites provide modern, technologically advanced conveniences, including complimentary high-speed wireless Internet access. The Gallery Club Lounge is available 24 hours a day, providing live musical entertainment and all-day refreshments and nibbles, including a breakfast buffet, The Peninsula Afternoon Tea, gourmet canapés and an open bar with a curated selection of spirits and sommelier-selected wines. The thoughtfully-designed private lounge is enhanced with custom-designed tables and soft furnishings arranged in an intimate lounge setting. 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.
Only an hour’s drive from Metro Manila, Discovery Country Suites is the perfect city escape, nestled as it is in the cool, relaxed Tagaytay countryside. This luxury bed & breakfast is a local and international favorite, having struck the perfect balance between the warm, friendly hospitality for which the Philippines is known, and services that could rival top international hotels. The exclusive hotel is home to just seven suites, each with its own unique theme, featuring cloud-like mattresses and incredible panoramas of the Tagaytay landscape, with the famous Taal Lake and volcano, as well as some of the country’s best golf courses, to look out upon. Gourmands will love that the hotel’s Restaurant Verbena has been highly-ranked in The Miele Guide for the past two years, among its many accolades.
At the foot of the Sierra Madre mountain range lies Villa Socorro Hotel's 11-hectre property with stunning views of the surrounding nature. Nestled among the lush vegetation are several ranch-style cottages decorated with wooden furniture and equipped with air conditioning, showers, and baths. The premises also offer an activity pavilion, conference room, bonfire area, and viewing deck. Ecologically minded, the resort grows much of its own vegetables and the ecologically rich location is a delight for naturalists. Various local dishes are available on-site from the hotel's ever evolving menu. The hotel has been used for such major films as Thirteen Days and Platoon. Wi-Fi is available in public areas.
Philippines’ northernmost province, Batanes, is the smallest in population and land area. The landscape is mostly covered with rolling green hills and mountains, perfectly manicured by cows. Small boxy, cobblestone-walled Ivatan houses with thatched roofs sit atop the emerald mounds. Travelers to this slice of paradise are welcome to stay at Fundacion Pacita, an artist’s home studio turned hotel. Designed to promote the traditional Ivatan houses in Batanes, the hotel supports the local community through culinary, artistic, and heritage-conservation initiatives. Each Ivatan-inspired room is adorned by local artwork, and provides views of the Pacific Ocean, the West Philippine Sea, or green hills. The onsite restaurant, Cafe du Tukon serves a taste of Batanes using fresh farm to table, locally produced and organically raised ingredients. Savor garlic sauteed seafood and roasted pumpkin hilltop the clear blue skies, warm sea salt air, idyllic land and seascapes, and the sound of pounding waves against the cliffs.
Nestled between a lush four-hectare forest and a calm, shallow lagoon, Lagen Island Resort in El Nido, Northern Palawan, is an ideal destination for those seeking a relaxing holiday in a private and tranquil island. The resort offers a magnificent view of Bacuit Bay and the El Nido sunset. The surrounding forest and the breathtaking limestone cliffs are natural attractions that also serve as a sanctuary for a diverse variety of birds and mammals. Here, guests can observe and delight in wildlife flourishing in their natural habitat. Lagen Island Resort offers 50 modern rooms that exude an air of subdued elegance. It has an air-conditioned restaurant and a poolside bar. Recreational facilities include a swimming pool, spa suite, massage cabana, and a marine sports center. There is a boutique, game area, library, a garden chapel for intimate weddings, and a conference room that can accommodate up to 70 persons theatre-style. Complimentary wi-fi connection is available at the Clubhouse.
Located on a private island with breathtaking scenery comparable to Vietnam's spectacular Halong Bay, Pangulasian Island is the first and only luxury accommodation available in this pristine hideaway setting. Known as the “Island of the Sun”, guests at Pangulasian can enjoy stunning views of the sunrise and sunset from the expansive white sandy beach stretching over 2400 foot. The resort has 42 select palm-thatched beach villas built with a contemporary Filipino flair. The high-end amenities include an infinity pool, restaurant, a private dining area, beach bar, poolside grill, boutique, library, gym, spa, hiking trail with viewing deck, five-star dive center and a marine sports center. The deluxe abodes rest either on stilts above the lush flora and fauna or beside the beach or pool, all just a stones throw from warm inviting water. The villas, decorated with a neutral palate and natural materials, are spacious with their own private balcony (some have private pools and bath tubs), complimentary Wi-Fi, international TV channels, iPod dock, tea and coffee making facilities and mini-bar.
Price is based on double or twin hotel room occupancy and includes accommodation, transfers, car/driver, English-speaking guide, activities and entrance fees, breakfasts and some casual lunches while touring. Flights and optional special activities will be quoted separately. Most personal expenses, including dinners, alcoholic beverages, spa treatments and gratuities can be paid on the spot while traveling. Prices may vary depending on season, choice of accommodation and other factors.
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With Remote Lands you'll travel with people who have made Asia the solitary focus of their own lifelong adventure. As our guest, in the continent that our north American founders Catherine and Jay have adored and explored for decades, you'll discover Asia on a journey that is completely, authentically your own, adapted from our own remarkable experiences and adventures over the years.
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