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Philippines Island Hopper

17 days
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Trip overview

This is the Philippines Island Hopper, AKA the best 17 days of your life! Is that dramatic? Nope! We've put together everything you could ever wish for in these epic 17 days. Zipline James Bond-style over Las Cabanas beach, Canyoneer in turquoise waterfalls at Kawasan Falls, snorkel shipwrecks in the deep blue in Coron, swim with turtles and experience the phenomenon of the sardine run in Moalboal, do it all! If you're looking for the ultimate barefoot beach babe vibe, we've got you.


What's Included

  • Visit waterfalls, beaches, and local villages
  • Lunch with the locals
  • Island Hopping in Port Barton
  • Snorkelling with Turtles
  • Ziplining over the ocean
  • Visit crystal clear lagoons in El Nido
  • 2 night Isla Experience
  • Snorkel at a shipwreck
  • Beach Day
  • Island Hopping in Coron
  • Sardine Run in Moalboal
  • Moalboal Boat Trip
  • Snorkelling with Turtles
  • Kawasan Waterfalls - Canyoning (optional)
  • Waterfalls & Beaches
  • Paraw Sailing
  • Island Hopping Boat Trip
  • Beach Day


10 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 3 dinners

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Trip itinerary

Day 1

Begin with an airport pick up, and arrive at our hotel in the lively district of Makati, where you’ll meet your guide and the rest of your group. We give everyone time to arrive and relax a bit before we all meet up for a welcome dinner and drinks to get to know each other!

Day 2

The following morning we catch a flight to Puerto Princesa – the gateway to Palawan. From here, we get private minivans directly to a beautiful, quiet fishing village named Port Barton. On the way, we stop to have lunch with a local family; getting a feel for the local cuisine and way of life.

Day 3

Today we hop on a boat to explore the beautiful islands around Port Barton. We head out to several snorkel spots to look for turtles, view the reef and see some amazing beaches. Stop at a small fishing village for a local style lunch (included) and then afterwards head to a waterfall. In the evening we check out some of the best bars in town.

Day 4

It’s time to pack your stuff and get in private vans bound for one of the most popular destinations in the Philippines – El Nido! We stop at a waterfall on the way for a cheeky swim and chill out. After getting settled into our El Nido accommodation, we head out for dinner and explore the nightlife.

Day 5

Today we experience the world-class island hopping that made El Nido famous. We visit some of the best locations the region has to offer and enjoy a delicious local-style lunch. We arrive back at the hotel by sunset; there’s some time to chill out before we meet again later for dinner.

Day 6

Time to explore El Nido by land. We start our day zip-lining across the ocean to another island on the Las Cabanas beach zipline. After zip-lining we head to Nacpan beach, also known as El Nido’s ‘twin beaches’ to chill out and enjoy some quality beach time. We enjoy the incredible sunset at the beach and then head back into town.

Day 7

This morning we get an early start, and catch the fast boat to Coron Island. After a break for lunch, we embark on our 3 day/2 night Red Carabao Coron Castaway Expedition! We stay at Camp Carabao – a private beach with basic beach-style bungalow accommodation. Get a feel for the local Tagbanua way of life by meeting some of the locals, and participating in some cultural activities, such as spearfishing, coffee brewing, mat weaving, and an indigenous Filipino cooking class.

Day 8

Head out for an exciting day of island hopping and local history. We enjoy a walking historical tour of Culion town, formerly the worlds largest leper colony, and spend the rest of the day island hopping and snorkelling at shipwrecks. We return to Camp Carabao in the evening where we enjoy a local Filipino dinner after an optional beach clean-up.

Day 9

It’s time to make our way back to Coron Island. We visit the lake and lagoon that made Coron famous in the morning and enjoy an optional hike up to the viewpoint for sunset before having our farewell dinner in Coron town. Cap off the final night out with the rest of the group over a few drinks in town.

Day 10


Day 11

Day 2 we're heading for the gorgeous seaside town of Moalboal, (pronounced mole-bowl if you were wondering). We'll visit the stunning Simala Church, this place will undoubtedly end up on your Instagram. It's pretty much one of the most spectacular buildings you'll ever see. It's also a long-standing myth that miracles happen here, so if you're looking for next week's lottery numbers, then you're in the right place. After a walking tour and short history lesson, we continue into Moalboal where the afternoon is ours! Grab an iced coffee, treat your tense self to a traditional Filipino massage or just check out the local town. There are real hidden gems in Moalboal, and our Travel Ninjas know them all!

Day 12

Rise and shine! We kick off day 3 by hitting the sea. ARGGH MATEY. That's our best pirate impression btw, but don't worry the waterways are full of friendly local fishermen and the odd tourist. Grab your snorkelling gear as we head to one of The Philippines' best snorkelling spots, a rainbow of coloured corals and marine life. Swim amongst the Nemos and Dorys of the ocean and glide alongside some of the island's local turtles. There really is something magical about seeing our hard-shelled green amigos thriving in their natural habitat. *Secretly cries happy tears*. Later in the day, you'll experience something a bit special - The Sardine Run. Hundreds of thousands of sardines swimming simultaneously in a giant school, a spectacle you'd only ever see in a documentary by the legend David Attenborough himself. In the evening, we head out to explore the local nightlife. Practise showing off what you saw in the day through the movement of dance. You know, the classics - BIG FISH, LITTLE FISH, CARDBOARD BOX!

Day 13

An early start you'll have no trouble with as we're off to Kawasan Falls. If you haven't felt like the ultimate, cut off from the world, backpacker island babe you are yet then today is THE day. Kawasan Waterfall is on the bucket list of every seasoned traveller. It's iconic. Whether you're an adrenaline junkie who's pure thrill for frills runs through your very veins, parkour 24/7 or if you're on a chilled out, laid back, I'm not jumping off anything sort of vibe. It's cool, we've got you. We can't promise you that you won't be nicknamed Chicken for the rest of the trip, but whatever. Like we said It's cool. Float downstream and get involved in some rock-hopping canyoneering before reaching the falls themselves. Get the go pro ready for this one... Finish the day with a lazy evening to recharge those batteries before moving on to our next destination, Siargao Island - voted the best island in the world in 2019 and Asia's surfing capital!

Day 14

We’re heading to Boracay! Today we head to Cebu airport before catching a short flight to Caticlan and then a 15 minute boat road to the idyllic island of Boracay! Buckle up, it is a beauty. Known for it’s incredible nightlife and white sandy beaches, we can’t promise you won’t fall in love with the island and the 10/10 vibes there. If you ever had the urge to pack up and move across the world, well.. Boracay may just convince you too. We check into the hotel for our last 3 nights so unpack your last pair of clean socks, that shirt that's now far too creased that you've been saving to wear and settle in. We arrive late afternoon, so let’s explore! Sunsets in Boracay are next level. We’re talking an ombre of golden oranges blending into lilac’s and deep purples. Yep, I-N-S-A-N-E. So we’ll watch the sun go down over a few beers on the beach or join a sunset cruise for cocktails. Afterwards, we see where the night takes us. Psssttt.. It’ll be one of Boracay’s best cocktail bars!

Day 15

Beach days & Sunset Paraw Sailing! Today’s a lazy morning, wake up when you like and grab a fruit smoothie nearby. The morning and early afternoon are free to explore, so head to the beach and catch some rays or perhaps hit the shops and grab some souvenirs for back home.. Or a postcard (We did say you might want to move here and never return!) Late afternoon we’re going Paraw sailing as the sun goes down! Never heard of it? Paraw sailing is a local sail boat activity in Boracay which uses two outriggers and two sails and calmly and gently sails you to the very best viewpoints and spots around the island. Thought last night’s sunset was good? Wait till you see this one TruFam! As the sparkling stars replace the sunset, we’ll head out for dinner together and grab a few beers. It’s the penultimate night.. It’s only right! Right?

Day 16

-Boracay Island Hopping & Snorkeling It's our last full day together as the TruFam we've become. We're not crying, you are. So we spend it doing what we do best! ISLAND HOPPING. We head to 3 different islands just off the coast of Boracay. We're pretty much all professional beach babes at this point so grab your favourite snorkel & mask and jump in. We spend the day sailing from island to island stopping to lay on white sand beaches, snorkel in tropical waters and chill in some hammocks reminiscing on what we can only assume has been the best 16 days of your life. From Pukka beach to crocodile island and crystal cove, we’re squeezing in every last minute in paradise, early afternoon we’ll stop for a delicious local lunch before carrying on our island hopping adventures. In the evening we head out for a farewell dinner over sunset cocktails. Our last Hurrah, the final act of the show. One last performance and we're not ending without a standing ovation! Dance on the table, order 2 desserts or simply have 1 too many shots before proceeding to tell every single one of your TruFam how much you love them. Hey, we love ya too!

Day 17

Departure day and we're not ready to say goodbye. You've become a part of our TruFam which means you'll forever be a part of us. That's how family works, right? How will we go on without you? We can' let's just say its not Au revoir, it's more Arnie with the "I'll be back". If you're travelling on further or heading home, our TruNinjas are on hand to help you on your way. Shaka's up, let's hug it out, you bloody legends. And finally… Hasta La Vista Baby.

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