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Adventure and Relaxation in Batanes and El Nido

Duration
13 days / 12 nights
Price Per Person
Interests
Beaches, Open Spaces, Post-Covid Wellness
Destinations
Philippines

Sand, sea, sun and adventure are ready to be enjoyed on this 13-day luxurious adventure. For an adventure you will explore waterfalls and trek volcanoes, exploring the Philippines stunning natural geological formations, cultural sites and historical buildings. While also experiencing relaxation exploring Batanes, finishing the trip 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.

Highlights

  • Mt. Pinatubo: Trek to one of the most powerful active volcanoes from the 20th century.
  • 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.

Day-by-Day

Day 1

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Manila

Fly into the capital city of Manila. Arrive in the lush Philippines, an archipelago of 7,000 incredible tropical islands. Meet your guide and private transfer to your hotel spending the rest of the day at your own leisure.

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Why We Love This Hotel

Outstanding Service: Guests rave about the staff at Fairmont Makati, from the front desk, concierge, and housekeeping professionals to the expert bartenders and chefs.

Fitness Forward: The hotel’s fitness and spa facilities are especially well-equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and creatively planned classes. The spacious fitness center alone occupies some 928 square feet.

Indulgent Cuisine: Fairmont Makati’s culinary offerings include “live culinary theater,” handcrafted pastries, and artisan cocktails.

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Fairmont Makati Preferred Hotel
Why We Love This Hotel

Location: The Peninsula Manila is the most centrally located five-star hotel in Manila.

Dining: Four world-class dining and drinking options including a modern French restaurant, a restaurant serving exotic Asian fare, a 1930s Shanghai mansion style bar and an ostentatious lobby lounge.

Health and Fitness: The Peninsula Manila boasts a host of luxury well-being facilities including a spa, swimming pool, gym, steam and sauna rooms.

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The Peninsula Manila Preferred Hotel

Day 2

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Manila

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. Return to Manila to your hotel and leisure time for the rest of the day.

Manila
Manila

Day 3

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Batanes Archipelago

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.

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About

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.

This accommodation has been personally vetted by the Remote Lands team and is the best available in the area. More information on this property is available on the “Hotels” tab at the top of the page.

Day 4

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Batanes Archipelago

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.

Day 5

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Batanes Archipelago

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.

Batanes Archipelago
Batanes Archipelago

Day 6

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Batanes Archipelago

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.

Day 7

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Pampanga

After breakfast, transfer to the airport to fly back to Manila. From Manila, you drive to Pampanga. After checking into your hotel spend the day at your leisure.

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About

Abe’s Farm is a lifestyle destination nestled at the foothills of Mt. Arayat in the heart of Pampanga.

This accommodation has been personally vetted by the Remote Lands team and is the best available in the area. More information on this property is available on the “Hotels” tab at the top of the page.

Day 8

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Pampanga

Depart early this morning as you drive to Mt. Pinatubo, one of the most powerful active volcanoes from the 20th century, and now one of the country's top hiking destinations. The climb is not difficult, with minimal steep ascends, and enjoyable for seasoned and new trekkers alike. The first 1.5 hours of the trek is fairly flat over rocky ground, through lahar valleys and small streams - the last 20 minutes is a steeper climb on a single trail to the summit of the Crater Lake. After your trek, return to your hotel for leisure time for the rest of the day.

Day 9

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El Nido

Today you will 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.

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Why We Love This Hotel

Location: Getting to and from the beautiful Pangulasian Island Resort is a relatively simple process, with an airport only a 25 minute boat ride away from the hotel.

History: The Palawan area where this hotel is located is known as one of the last ecological frontiers of the Philippines, and still retains much of its rustic, natural charm.

Service: The Pangulasian Island Resort combines its five-star service with the traditionally warm and friendly hospitality for which the Philippines is known.

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El Nido
El Nido

Day 10

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El Nido

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.

Day 11

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El Nido

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.

Day 12

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El Nido

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.

El Nido
El Nido

Day 13

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Departure

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.

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