What's included

  • 12 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
    12 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
  • 12 night’s accommodation
    12 night’s accommodation
  • All activities with local Flash Pack guides throughout
    All activities with 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 & airport pickup any time on day 1
    Air Conditioned Minibus, Private Boat & airport pickup any time on day 1

WARNING: the following images and itinerary may cause serious wanderlust. Continue reading at your own risk. Do read on however, if you’re a burnt out workaholic in need of the ULTIMATE detox. On the idyllic islands of the Philippines you’ll find white-sand beaches nestled amid tropical greenery, with the crystal clear ocean shimmering beyond. We’ll be swimming, snorkelling and island hopping our way through this irresistible landscape, starting at the vibrant capital and beyond. This is your chance to lie back on a palm-shaded hammock and read the books you’ve always wanted, to snorkel alongside turtles and to sip cold beers on your own private boat. And with local people as warm as the climate, you’ll be greeted with a smile wherever you go. Prepare to camp on secret beaches, go chocolate hill hopping and discover the island voted best in the world…why settle for anything but the best?

  • Stay 3 nights on the island voted best in the world by Travel & Leisure
  • Camp on a secret beach for 2 nights with a personal chef and cruise through islands on your own private boat
  • Rev through the Chocolate Hills of Bohol on quad bikes
  • Explore the buzzing capital of Manila and go for drinks at a rooftop bar
  • Paddle board across the lush River Loboc
  • See tiny tarsier monkeys
  • Become a Filipino foodie and sample some of the freshest fish caught that day and grilled
  • Cycle through the historic Intramurous by bamboo bikes


Day 1: Welcome to your tropical detox

Touch down in Manila, the gateway to the 7000 islands of the Philippines, and the starting point of your tropical getaway! Your transfer awaits to whizz you the short journey to your first hotel, where you can freshen up 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. Kick 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!

Modern financial and business district of Metro Manila, Philippines

Welcome to the lively capital of the Philippines

Enjoy the first night of your tropical adventure!

Tuck into sizzling street food

Check out the lively Manila night life with your fellow Flashpackers

Day 2: Bamboo bikes and 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 rich heritage here, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. We’ll then take you back to your hotel when you can relax in the spacious pool, before we head to one of Manila’s best rooftop bars. Here you can watch the sun fade behind the striking cityscape, all whilst sipping sundowners and revelling in what’s to come.

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Bamboo bikes Philippines

Why have normal bikes when there's bamboo bikes?!

Philippines Bamboo bikes

These bikes are both sustainable and stylish!

Saddle up for a morning bike ride

Cycle through the walled city of Intramuros

This is a great way to explore your new surroundings

Enjoy the view from a rooftop bar

The dizzy heights of your rooftop bar

Make the most of city life before hitting the beach...

Go for drinks with your new Flash Pack pals

Day 3: Arrive on the best island in the world

After breakfast at your hotel, bid farewell to the lively capital and hop on a flight to El Nido. This town can be found on the insanely picturesque Island of Palawan, recently voted the best island IN THE WORLD by Travel & Leisure (for 2 years running!). And 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 here. You’ll check into your hotel with some awesome views of the bay, so stroll to the beach and enjoy this laidback little town overlooking the ocean.

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El Nido Town in Palawan

Arrive in this award winning paradise

Welcome to a world of white-sand beaches

These sunny shores are your new home

Get ready for some serious island hopping

Boats are all you need here

The sunsets here are amazing

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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