Welcome to the Philippines! See amazing sights, explore stunning beaches, splash around in underwater rivers,  snorkel the crystal clear waters, discover the Filipino culture and enjoy the best sunsets of your life. Meet the locals, kayak through caves, indulge in delicious food and party the night away.

Epic Philippines 10 Day Tour

The Philippines is consistently rated to have some of the best beaches and most spectacular islands in the world, a natural beauty only rivalled by the friendliness of its people and fascinating culture. We show you the best of the Palawan islands, an area largely untouched by tourism. You will explore jungles and cities, discover the Puerto Princesa Underground River, greet the rising sun from a private beach camp, island hop on a private boat, climb for your own coconuts, snorkel the starfish fields, and loads more!
For those wanting to continue their adventure and visit Boracay or swim with the whale sharks in Cebu*, we also offer optional self-guided packages after your 10 day tour has finished (flights not included). Join us and walk the path less traveled!

 

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Explore the Magic of The Philippines in A Group

 

DAY 1 – ARRIVE IN MANILA! LETS GO!
DAY 2 – PALAWAN HERE WE COME!
DAY 3 – UNDERGROUND RIVER EXPLORATION!
DAY 4/5 – THE CASTAWAY EXPERIENCE – PRIVATE BEACH CAMP!
DAY 6 – BOUND FOR EL NIDO PARADISE
DAY 7 – ISLAND HOPPING
DAY 8 – EL NIDO TOWN
DAY 9 – CULTURAL DAY
DAY 10 – TIME TO SAY GOODBYE!

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Itinerary

Itinerary

Day 1 – Manila
In and around Manila

Arrive at any time on day 1 and your guide will be there to meet you at the airport. Weave through the streets of one of Asia’s most frenetic cities straight to your accommodation. Time to settle in and meet the group! If you arrive earlier in the day, you can use your time to explore the city and do some last-minute shopping. In the evening we get together for a BBQ on the roof terrace overlooking the city, and then on to experience some Manila nightlife!

Day 2 – Puerto Princesa
Palawan here we come! Today we take a short flight to the southern end of the Palawan Islands. We check in to our guest house and then head to the Iwahig Prison. This is a strange ‘prison without walls’, where inmates control how the prison functions. They even have a mayor! Meet and interact with some inmates and hear their stories. We then take you to the Bay Walk, where you can try all different kinds of famous Filipino food in small food stalls lining the water. Later in the evening we head out for some more fun!

Day 3 – Underground River & Port Barton
After a quick breakfast, we head to the famous Underground River. We go by boat through the incredible subterranean river system. In the afternoon we make our way from Puerto Princesa to the stunning fishing village of Port Barton. This is when you will truly feel like you’ve arrived in paradise but trust us, it gets better! Spend your evening sipping fresh coconuts on white sand while listening to some island reggae in the background. Tonight we stay in traditional Filipino beachfront bungalows. Accommodation here is basic but comfortable and in a great location.

Days 4 and 5 – Island camping with the locals
Jump on a local fishing boat to take you to our tropical island beach camp. Tucked away on a secluded beach, the camp has everything we need. Snorkel with turtles, explore the island, or catch fish to grill by the beach over a couple of beers. This is your time to truly experience idyllic island life. We have our own boat, which allows us to explore the surrounding islands and experience how the local island communities live. In the evening, we get together around the fire by our own little beach ‘bar’ and watch the spectacular sunset that this area is famous for. Perfect! For the more adventurous, we visit a secret rainforest waterfall for a dip on the second day to wash off all that sand and salt. Don’t worry about food either, our local guides will be catching fish during the day while we explore the area and cook up feasts for us! Condition permitting, we will visit one of the small schools on neighboring islands to meet the kids and find out what it’s like to grow up in a remote area of the Philippines.

Day 6 – Bound for El Nido
In the morning we all jump into a bus and we are on our way to El Nido! When we arrive, you will see why Palawan was named the most beautiful island group in the world. Surrounded by islands and cliffs, El Nido is a secret paradise we are lucky enough to share. Once you pick your jaws up off the ground, we will check in to the funkiest hostel in Palawan. Exclusive to Xtreme, this slick hostel looks more like a boutique hotel than a backpackers! Settle in, then head out to one of our favourite beach bars in the evening for food and fun.

Day 7 – Island hopping
Today we set sail on the most (in)famous boat in El Nido!  This custom built boat will take us on an island hopping adventure to secret beaches and pristine reefs. Go kayaking over the emerald waters or jump in and snorkel over coral teaming with life. The awesome crew will take care of all your food, and include all your beer, rum, and cocktails in the afternoon. So go on, you’ve earned a drink! We have music on board, chill-out areas, and a freshly cooked buffet including of the best seafood you can get. Before we set sail back to El Nido, get some pictures of you doing a backflip off the boat with the sun setting in the background, or just relax on deck listening to the music on board.

Day 8 – El Nido town
In the morning, we climb up to the top of one of the cliffs surrounding El Nido bay and get the most spectacular views in the area! After the big morning, we feel you’ll need some chill out time. We include a traditional Filipino massage to ease those muscle aches. Take your time today to relax and soak up your surroundings, or explore the surrounding area. Ask your guide where the coolest spots are, or just discover them for yourself!

Day 9 – Cultural experiences and zipline at Las Cabanas
We spend today outside El Nido in small villages with the local people. We try a little fishing in traditional boats, learn about the many uses they have for coconuts, discover the secret for cooking a perfect ‘Adobo’ (national dish of the Philippines), try your hand at weaving with palm leaves, and finish with a Halo-Halo (Filipino iced dessert). When you are feeling brave enough, it’s time to take a hike up to the top of the mountain overlooking the beach. Why? Because this is your time to know how it feels to fly across the ocean between two islands over beaches and corals reefs. Once you finish your zipline on Snake Island, wade across the water and join the crew on the beach! In the evening we all head into town for one final farewell dinner.

Day 10 – Good Bye!
Sadly all good things must come to an end! For those of you who booked their onward journey, this is where we must say our goodbyes. The rest of us jump in a minivan back to Puerto Princesa where we finish our trip. We also help with any onward travel. Want to visit Cebu? Party on the white sand beaches in Boracay? Just let us know and we’ll make it happen!
*We are an adventure tour company and include more than any other company in our itinerary. We are committed to showing our guests the most beautiful and untouched areas of Palawan. This means that sometimes the facilities in these more remote areas may be rather limited. Embrace it as part of the adventure!

Not done yet? Check out our 5 Day add-ons:

CEBU 5 DAY WHALE SHARKS & WATERFALLS

Welcome to Cebu City, Queen City of the Philippines, known to many as the second capital of the country. The Island of Cebu is known the world over for world class waterfalls, incredible diving and snorkelling and acts as a central transport hub to other areas in The Philippines. Conde Nast Traveler Magazine named Cebu the 4th best island destination in the world, so you know its going to be phenomenal. Your personal driver, will be waiting for you in the airport as you land to transfer you directly to your hostel in the bustling centre of the city. Once you get there, you can take the rest of the day to explore this wonderful city and treat yourself to some famous Cebu Lechon!
Gorge yourself on the huge breakfast in the guesthouse before meeting your driver outside who will transfer you to the Ceres South Bus Station. Hop on the plush air conditioned bus, sit back and relax whilst enjoying the stunning Cebu scenery as you whizz through its centre. After a couple of hours you’ll arrive in the town of Moalboal where your hostel will pick you up and transfer you to your room. After which, you have the chance to explore Panagsama Beach, grab a devious burger in Chilli’s or throw on a snorkel and swim with the millions of sardines swimming just off the coast, the choice is yours.
This is your free day to explore the area around Moalboal, our recommendation is to head to Kawasan Falls. This stunning 2 tiered waterfall is a popular destination for tourists around the world and always makes it onto any Philippine Travel Video. The water is powerade blue and the lush greenery to flanks the flowing whitewash make a heck of a profile picture. If you’re feeling adventurous you can book a canyoneering tour through your hostel and jump, slide and rope swing your way downstream.
Make sure you get an early night as your driver will be arriving to pick you up at 4am in the morning. The reason for this is that today is your day to swim with the biggest fish in the ocean, the whale sharks. A truly mind-blowing and unforgettable experience as you spend 30 minutes surrounded by these friendly giants just off the coast, make sure you charge that GoPro! After your swim, you’ll be directed to your breakfast spot before getting back in the car to head down the cost to Aguinid Waterfalls. Aguinid Falls is smaller version of Kawasan but nevertheless still a spectacular 5 tiered waterfall. Once you’ve finished posing for photos under the falls, your driver will then take you to your last spot, Tumalog Falls. This majestic and quiet waterfall is the perfect spot for some relaxation and reflection after a busy morning. You’ll then be transferred back to Cebu City to your original hostel where you can finally pinch yourself after a day to remember.
Xtreme will provide you with a handy Cebu city guide which you can use to aid you in your DIY tour around the City. Cebu city is one of the oldest and proudest cities in the Philippines with a rich colonial and religious history to sink your teeth into. Some of the oldest cathedrals in the country are here and prime for you to explore. Cebu is also the food capital of the country with some incredible eateries detailed on your guide, make sure you attempt to try them all! When you’re ready to leave, you’re driver will be waiting for you 2 hours before your flight at your hostel to take you to the airport. We hope you enjoyed your time in Cebu and have some incredible pictures to prove it!

BOROCAY 5 DAY PARTY PACK

Welcome to Boracay, one of the top-rated beach destinations in the world! It is known as the Ibiza of Asia, with its powdery white sand beach lined with some of the most exciting bars filled with travelers ready to party. You’ll arrive in Caticlan Airport, where you’ll be picked up and led into a bus that will take you to the Caticlan Jetty Port. From here, you will be taken to the outrigger boat that will bring you to your shuttle on Boracay Island. You’ll be dropped off by the shuttle at Second Wind Bed Bunk & Breakfast or MNL Hostel. Take this time to explore on your own and get to know your new destination!
Hop on a tricycle and make your way to Ariel’s House. Make sure to be there BEFORE 10:30AM for your pre-departure registration. At 11:15AM, you’ll go on a boat cruise on a traditional Filipino outrigger boat known as a banca beyond the shorts of Boracay. A stark contrast to the famous White Beach, you’ll see the coastline comprised of lush forests, deserted beaches, and volcanic rock. The boat ride lasts 35- 45 minutes, depending on the type of boat used, and is the perfect time to make new friends and enjoy the start of your open bar! Get your day officially started with some heart-stopping, death defying cliff diving. Huffington Post named Ariel’s Point as the perfect place to check cliff diving off your bucket list. With five different diving boards and platforms ranging from 3-15 meters, it’s not hard to believe. If you’re not yet ready for this, it’s okay. There’s a bamboo ladder and floating dock, for simply chilling out. Ariel’s Point’s protected location makes it the perfect area for kayaking along the unspoiled shoreline of Buruanga, a small coastal village on the island of Panay. Enjoy paddling to nearby deserted beaches or use your sit-on-top kayak as a mobile platform for cliff diving and nature photography. You might even encounter some flying fish or start a conversation with the local fishermen. Both single (one-person) and tandem (two-person) kayaks are available. Life jackets are provided and must be worn at all times. The beautiful seas of the Philippines are teeming with marine life. The coastline around Ariel’s Point is no exception. Clownfish, damselfish, starfish, and sea anemones are just a few of the fascinating species you might encounter during your underwater adventure. Some guests have even spotted sea turtles and dolphins visiting the area. Snorkels, masks, and life jackets are provided. Of course, you won’t go hungry! Enjoy a delicious buffet that includes fresh and traditional dishes such as grilled fish, grilled pork, barbecue chicken, longaniza sausages, pancit noodles (vegetarian), eggplant salad (vegetarian), herb potatoes (vegetarian), steamed rice (vegetarian), prawn crackers, and an assortment of fruits (vegetarian). The package also includes a late afternoon snack or merienda such as caramelized bananas or local sweet potatoes. Don’t forget! You can enjoy unlimited drinks during you visit to Ariel’s Point.
Boracay is known for its unholy never-ending happy hours, but the happiest of hours happen with a classic Boracay Pubcrawl! Hop through five bars and clubs and take advantage of the crazy Pubcrawl special discounts. Your Pubcrawl Party Captain will lead the way, and take you through some fun and funny get-to-know games. You’ll get your own Pubcrawl Shirt, a shot glass, and a baller band to take as a souvenir. Objective: Party with an awesome group with VIP treatment!
Time to nurse your aching head! Your whole night partying will definitely have you feeling a bit tired. Take this day to relax and chill out. Grab a fresh mango shake at Jonah’s, pick up a choriburger (chorizo burger) and just lie on the beach. You’ll find plenty of locals offering you a massage or a paraw (sailboat) ride, if you feel like doing a little bit more.
Time to bid farewell to your white sand party island! You’ll be picked up at Second Wind Bed Bunk & Breakfast or MNL Hostel to start your journey back to the airport. Just make sure to confirm with the receptionist at your hostel your flight details, so they can advise you on the best time that you can be picked up according to your flight. As your flight takes off and flies over Boracay Island, relax in your seat, and look out the window, and bid adieu to your home for what was hopefully some of the best 5 days!

Arrival Details

You will need to fly into Manila International Airport.  Airport transfers are included in the cost of the tour on the start day of the tour only. If you arrive any earlier, you can book an extra night in the Z Hostel and make your own way. Taxis are easy to arrange from the airport.

Your tour ends in Puerto Princessa on day 10. Return airport transfer (to Manila) is not included as part of the tour.

Trip Frequently Asked Questions

When booking flights after the tour, we suggest booking your onwards flight to leave early evening (6pm local time) on the last day in Puerto Princesa then you have plenty of time to get to the airport from Palawan  to Manila.
The main way to get back to Manila is by flight.

 If you are flying out of El Nido airport then you can book the flight to Cebu for any time. If you are flying out of Puerto Princesa airport then it should be at 3pm or later. 
You will need to book flights for the last day of your 10 day tour to either Cebu or Boracay, depending on which add-on you have chosen.
  • Return airport transfers to/from Caticlan Airport
  • Daily breakfast
  • 4 nights accommodation 5min from the famous white sand beach of Boracay
  • Ticket to join the famous Boracay Pub Crawl (biggest and best crawl on the island!
  • Day at Ariel’s Point for partying, cliff jumping, kayaking and loads more
  • Return airport transfers to/from Cebu Airport
  • 4 nights of central accommodation
  • Guide to Cebu City
  • Transfers to and from activities
  • Trip to swim with the whale sharks of Oslobl
  • Visit to Tumalog Waterfalls
  • All breakfasts and 1 lunch

 

Duration Option Price  
10 (Days)Multi ShareGBP 869Book Now
14 (Days)With Cebu Extention Waterfalls & Whalesharks (Dorm)GBP 1159Book Now
14 (Days)With Borocay Extention (Dorm)GBP 1159Book Now

INCLUDED

  • Private western guide throughout
  • Airport pickup on day 1
  • All accommodation
  • All transportation & transfers including vans, flights, boats, taxis, and tricycles
  • Welcome dinner and drinks overlooking the Manila skyline
  • Guest-list entry to some of the best clubs in Manila
  • Visit to the world famous Puerto Princesa Underground River
  • Visit to the Iwahig Prison, a bizarre prison without walls
  • Private island beach camp adventure (including all food)
  • Rainforest walks to take a dip in a waterfall
  • Island kayaking through some of the most spectacular scenery in the world
  • Snorkeling coral reefs
  • Paddle boarding
  • Island hopping on the best boat in Palawan (including food and drinks!)
  • Beach picnics
  • Zip-lining between islands over beaches and ocean (PHP500 local payment)
  • Guided climb to the top of the cliffs overlooking El Nido for the most stunning view on the island
  • Local cultural experiences including cooking class and making coconut oil
  • Good times and memories to last a life time!
  • Please note some activities listed are weather dependent and subject to change.

EXCLUDED

  • International Flights
  • Internal Flights for add-ons
  • Drinks
  • Some Meals
  • Travel insurance
  • Transfer back to Manila

Dates

Start dates 2017

November: 5; 12;16; 23
December: 3; 14; 18; 28

Start dates 2018
January: 10; 17; 23; 30
February: 5; 12; 19; 26
March: 5; 11; 18; 24
April: 1; 8; 14; 27
May: 1; 8; 14; 26
June: 8; 20
September: 1; 9; 14; 27
October: 5; 9; 20; 31
November: 5; 12; 19; 23
December: 3; 14; 18; 28

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