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 Air Conditioned Minibus, Private Boat

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, beach loving 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 swim alongside turtles and to sip rum cocktails 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 sip cocktails at a rooftop bar
  • Paddle board across the lush River Maribojoc
  • See tiny tarsier monkeys
  • Stay in some seriously stylish hotels
  • 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. You’ll be taken on a quick tour of this vibrant city, where you’ll 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!

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 into a twinkling cityscape, all whilst sipping cocktails 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!

The dizzy heights of your rooftop bar

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

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

Explore the many Lagoons in the Philippines

landscape of Coron, Busuanga island, Palawan province, Philippin

Get ready for some serious island hopping

Important notes

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!

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Number of days 11 days
Number of people Max 14

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  • Visits to three UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Release baby turtles
  • Spot leopards & elephants at Yala national park
  • Taste the world's best tea at Ella
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hot air balloons above Bagan in Myanmar
Number of days 12 days
Number of people Max 14

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  • Bathe elephants at rescued elephant camp
  • Cruise around Bagan on an electric bicycle tour
  • Relax on a private boat cruise along the Ayeyarwady river
  • Enjoy a sunset tour of Shwedagon Pagoda
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Kayaking Halong Bay
Number of days 14 days
Number of people Max 14

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  • Trek through stunning Sapa Villages and meet the indigenous people
  • Gaze at the sunrise over Angkor Wat
  • Kayak through awesome limestone caves
  • Discover the secrets of Vietnamese cuisine at a cooking class
  • Float along the turquoise waters of Halong Bay in a traditional junk boat
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Number of days 13 days
Number of people Max 14

South Africa Garden Route

  • Abseil down Table Mountain
  • Have awesome wildlife encounters, from whale watching to swimming with playful seals
  • Get up close and personal with the penguins of Cape Town
  • Explore the beautiful scenery of the Garden Route
  • Stay in a luxury lodge and go on incredible safaris and bush walks
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Climb Rainbow Mountain in Peru
Number of days 12 days
Number of people Max 14

The Peak of Peru

  • Conquer the colourful heights of Rainbow Mountain
  • Trek to a lost city at Machu Picchu
  • Explore the Amazonia Jungle on foot and by boat
  • Mountain bike through the stunning scenery of the Sacred Valley
  • Celebrate Latin American culture and cuisine
  • Camp in the Andes mountains before hiking the secret Rainbow Mountain
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Number of days 13 days
Number of people Max 10

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  • Follow in the footsteps of Escobar on an exciting Medellín tour
  • Taste your way through Colombia’s world renowned coffee farms
  • Trek through the rainforest and enjoy its cacophony of calling birds and wildlife
  • Stay in a luxury glampsite on the paradise beaches of Tayrona National Park
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  • Sit back on your private speed boat and cruise around the idyllic Rosario Islands
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