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.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.
• Most Active Volcano in the Philippines: Mount Mayon is a busy volcano indeed. The stratovolcano rises from the earth in a perfect cone, making it a favorite for both photographers and adventure travelers taking ATVs around the Cagsawa Ruins.
• Chopper to Caramoan: Before hopping from island to island to explore the famed Caramoan Peninsula’s underwater wildlife, take a private helicopter from Lipa to Caramoan's tranquil hillside.
• Nay Palad Hideaway: Experience the beaches, mangroves, and surfing of Mindanao’s Siargao from the ultra-luxe beach rooms of the all-inclusive Nay Palad Hideaway.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A truly one of a kind experience in the Philippines, the internationally lauded The Farm at San Benito provides a transformative, rejuvenating experience for both the bodies and minds of guests. Situated in a private paradise amongst the lush, tropical jungle, the modern, locally styled suites feature scenic views and comfortable interiors. Rooms are equipped with complimentary Wi-Fi, flat-screen televisions, open-air showers, and luxurious porches. Guests can enjoy a variety of signature treatments from acupuncture to massages to saunas. Many more treatment options are available at the state of the art on-site spa. The resort’s signature Alive! restaurant serves celebrated vegan dishes with ingredients sourced from an organic farm. The resort has three outdoor pools, a poolside bar, and a gymnasium.
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?
Nay Palad Hideaway 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.
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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