Example Itinerary

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

Duration
15 days / 14 nights
Price Per Person
Interests
Romance
Destinations
Philippines

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.

Highlights

• 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.

Day-by-Day

Day 1

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Manila

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.

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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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Lipa

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.

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About

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.

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.

Lipa
Lipa

Day 3

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Lipa

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

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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.

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About

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.

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 5

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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.

Caramoan Peninsula
Caramoan Peninsula

Day 6

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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

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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

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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.

Bicol
Bicol

Day 9

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Legazpi City

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.

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About

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.

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 10

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Legazpi City

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

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Siargao

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.

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Why We Love This Hotel

Location: Located on the southeastern edge of Siargao island, this resort has a truly special location. Siargao island is one of 7,107 islands that make up the archipelago that is the Philippines, and this palm-fringed island in particular has some of the best wildlife, biodiversity and overall tropical paradise feel that this stunning country has to offer.

History: Home to one of the world’s most renowned surfing reefs, “Cloud 9” has put this island on the map. Having been discovered in the early 1980s by travelling surfers, it is now famed the world over and is home to the Siargao Cup, a domestic and international surfing competition.

Service: Guests never have to worry about opening their wallet for a single item or service at this hotel, with all extras included, from food to drinks, excursions, and more.

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Nay Palad Hideaway Preferred Hotel
Siargao
Siargao

Day 12

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Siargao

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

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Siargao

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

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Siargao

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.

Siargao
Siargao

Day 15

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Departure

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.

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