What's included

  • 12 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners, including a beach BBQ & a floating feast
    12 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners, including a beach BBQ & a floating feast
  • 12 night’s accommodation in boutique beachfront hotels
    12 night’s accommodation in boutique beachfront hotels
  • All activities, from paddle-boarding to beach glamping, included. Local Flash Pack guides throughout
    All activities, from paddle-boarding to beach glamping, included. Local Flash Pack guides throughout
  • Max 14
    Max 14
  • Two domestic flights to El Nido and Cebu<br />
    Two domestic flights to El Nido and Cebu
  • Air Conditioned Minibus, Private Boat, quad bikes & airport pickup any time on day 1
    Air Conditioned Minibus, Private Boat, quad bikes & airport pickup any time on day 1

Spend two nights glamping on a secret beach in the Bacuit Archipelago, with a private chef for beach BBQs, and a private boat to whisk you around the hidden coves and lagoons. Wallow in infinity pools and knock back sundowners at a series of hand-picked boutique hotels in spectacular settings, including a beachfront retreat on the World’s Best Island. Explore the legendary Chocolate Hills on a fleet of quad bikes, and paddle-board down the Loboc river amid a vast expanse of jungle wilderness. Take a bamboo bike ride around the ancient quarter of Manila, and soak in the country’s finest street food, seafood and sunset hammock spots. Snorkel and sea-kayak through azure waters filled with shoals of tropical fish, and find your Eden on remote, powdery-white beaches

 

Our sun-kissed getaway to the tropical Philippines is a delight for anyone in need of a serious break. Over the course of this 12-day adventure, we pay homage to some of the most spectacular beaches on the planet: think powdery-white coves framed by tropical greenery and warm, turquoise sea stretching far into the horizon. We begin with a two-day escape through the Bacuit Archipelago, hopping aboard a private boat to explore this spectacular maze of lagoons and limestone karsts. With a healthy supply of ice-cold beer on-board, we’ll go off-grid and follow our gut in moseying around a treasure trove of islets. Come night, we’ll camp out on a secret beach in a series of beautiful one-man tents, with a private chef on-hand to cook up a beach BBQ or two. After bedding beneath the stars, we’ll sample the delights of a beachfront boutique hotel, with an infinity pool overlooking the place voted as the World’s Best Island. In fact, this trip comes with a hefty dose of beautiful retreats, with gleaming pools, sundown cocktails and sublime yoga spots all thrown into the mix. And there’s plenty of excuses to get that adrenaline pumping, too. We’ll quad bike through the iconic Chocolate Hills and paddle-board down Loboc River, amid a remote swathe of jungle wilderness. We’ll explore the backstreets of Manila on a fleet of bamboo bikes, and sea-kayak our way around hidden bays. Flashpackers, who’s in?

 

The Flash Pack promise

Here at Flash Pack, we’re committed to unique adventures that deliver great value for money. We pack our trips with epic experiences (unlike other companies, all activities are included), hand-pick stylish hotels and match you with like-minded people.

  • Spend two nights glamping on a secret beach with a private chef
  • Cruise around the hidden coves and lagoons of the Bacuit Archipelago via private boat
  • Jump aboard a fleet of quad bikes to explore the legendary Chocolate Hills
  • Stay in a series of exquisite beachfront hotels, with infinity pools and epic views
  • Sea-kayak and snorkel around remote islets and white-sand beaches
  • Paddle board down Loboc river, in the heart of the jungle wilderness
  • Cycle through the backstreets of Manila on eco bamboo bikes
  • Feast on street food, beach BBQs and a floating seafood banquet

Itinerary

Day 1: Touch down in a tropical paradise

Welcome to Manila, and your tropical haven! Check into your boutique hotel – an urban oasis in the heart of the city with a strong creative vibe – and meet your fellow Flashpackers for rooftop drinks and a sizzling dinner of BBQ street food

 

Touch down in Manila, the gateway to the 7000 islands of the Philippines, and the starting point of your tropical adventure. Please arrive at Manila airport before 4pm, where your transfer awaits to whizz you the short journey to your boutique hotel. Check in and freshen up in this hipster oasis – a one-time artists’ compound with 1950s design and a gorgeous outdoor pool – before embracing the madness of Manila. Get ready to tuck into tasty BBQ street food and explore the lively streets of the capital. Get to know your fellow Flashpackers as you discover its dynamic mixture of old and new, from gleaming high-rises to beautiful Spanish architecture. Power on to the pulsating clubs and rooftop bars (if your jetlag can hack it), or retreat back to the sanctuary of your peaceful hotel. This is only the beginning!

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Arrive in your charming Manila oasis

Hello, pool-side haven

Embrace the creative ethos of this one-time artists' compound

Toast the delights of Manila with your fellow Flashpackers

Tuck into moreish BBQ street food

Modern financial and business district of Metro Manila, Philippines

This is one exciting city

Enjoy the very first night of your tropical adventure

Day 2: Bamboo bikes and rooftop sundowners

Cycle through the historic city of Intramuros on eco-friendly bamboo bikes and unwind by the pool at your sublime mid-century hotel. Grab sundowners at one of Manila’s leading rooftop bars

 

Here at Flash Pack we don’t like to do things the ordinary way. So this morning we’re heading to the walled city of Intramuros, but forget your standard walking tour – we’ll be cruising through the historic streets by bamboo bikes. Handmade by Gawad Kalinga villagers, these quirky bikes are a really great way to contribute to ecotourism whilst covering more ground. After you’ve pedalled your way through the ancient ruins of this historic walled neighbourhood  and soaked in its rich architectural heritage, dig into lunch at a local restaurant. There’s just time for a few hours of sunshine by the turquoise hotel pool, before we head to one of Manila’s best rooftop bars. Here you can watch the sun fade behind the striking cityscape, while sipping sundowners and revelling in what’s to come.

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Bamboo bikes Philippines

Jump aboard your fleet of eco bamboo bikes

Saddle up for a morning bike ride

This is a great way to explore your new surroundings

Philippines Bamboo bikes

These wheels are both sustainable and stylish

Cycle through the walled city of Intramuros

Philippines Henry Hotel

Then, stretch out by the pool at your boutique hotel

Come evening, head to one of Manila's finest rooftop bars

Toast your newfound Flash Pack crew

Sensational views are all part of the experience

Day 3: Ahoy, the best island in the world

Swap the city for the white sand beaches of Palawan, voted the best island in the world. Make yourself at home in your oceanfront boutique hotel, complete with an infinity pool, yoga platform and dreamy views of Bacuit Bay

 

After breakfast at your hotel, bid farewell to the vibrant capital and hop on a flight to El Nido. This town lies on the insanely picturesque island of Palawan, recently voted the best island in the world by Travel & Leisure (for two years running!). With its pristine white beaches, deep turquoise ocean and lush rainforest, it’s not hard to see why. Even the worst photographers among us will struggle not to get some serious envy-inducing snaps amid the emerald-green seascape and sleepy fishing villages. Check into your family-run oceanfront hotel and take a stroll to the beach and get a feel for this laid-back little town overlooking the sea. We recommend making a beeline for the infinity pool, with spectacular views of the bay and tropical mountains. There’s also a spacious yoga platform, for those of you who fancy meditating to the sound of the ocean waves…

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Your new island is about as idyllic as you can hope to get

Drink in the dreamy views from the hotel infinity pool

And relax...

Make yourself at home on the World's Best Island

Get set for some serious island-hopping

Forget cars: boats are all you need here

The sunsets are as amazing as you'd expect

Important notes

Fly into: Manila Ninoy Aquino International Airport

Fly out of: Mactan-Cebu International Airport

If this is the holiday of your dreams, please book ASAP to avoid disappointment. The domestic flights to El Nido are on small planes that only run once a day, so seats tend to get filled up pretty quickly to this island paradise!

Please be aware that the itinerary, activities and hotels are subject to change. These changes can happen with little notice due to availability, poor weather, seasonal changes, or other circumstances beyond our control. From time to time we may also make changes to your itinerary to try out new ideas and keep things fresh.

We take safety very seriously on Flash Pack adventures, click here to learn more.

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