We start our adventure in the teeming capital of Manila before making our way to the mountains and lush countryside of North Luzon, home to hundreds of ethnic groups. After admiring the volcanic crater lake of Mt. Pinatubo and the tiered agricultural land of Banaue, we journey to the island of Palawan where we explore the underground network of rivers and caves in the Puerto Princessa N.P. We spend the end of our adventure in El Nido, amongst the enchanting lagoons with tranquil turquoise water and secluded beaches.
13 breakfasts and 4 lunches
All accommodation (see itinerary)
Tour leader throughout
Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
Single accommodation (available on request)
Visas or vaccinations
No visa required for British passport holders. Citizens of most countries are allowed to enter the Philippines without a visa for a stay of up to 21 days, provided they hold a valid return ticket.
Vaccines and Health
There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Diphtheria, Yellow Fever. The risk of malaria is slight but you may wish to consult your GP or travel health clinic for further advice. Bilharzia is known to occur in some of the lakes or rivers visited on this itinerary, we therefore advise all to take advice from your guide or leader locally before venturing for a swim.
Weather and Seasonality
The Philippines has a hot and humid tropical climate with a wet season from May to October and a dry season from November to April. The best time to visit is during the dry season when temperatures average 22 – 32ºC. January and February are the coolest months and good for travelling, while March and April warm up significantly with sunshine all day and temperatures reaching to highs of 36°C. December, January and February can get a little cold up in the mountains so we would suggest you bring a fleece or jumper to keep warm at this time.
Eating and Drinking
Filipino food is an exotic, tasteful fusion of Chinese, Spanish and American with Malay culinary influences. There is a wide variety of fresh seafood available throughout. The national dish is adobo, which is either chicken or pork, or both, simmered in soy and vinegar with garlic and black pepper. Another delicacy is Lechon de leche; roasted suckling pig. Almost every dish is served with portions of plain steamed rice (kanin). Coconut, soy, vinegar and fish sauce are widely used to add flavour. Western food will be available in some areas but cannot be guaranteed. Vegetarian food is available in the Philippines, however the concept of vegetarianism can be misunderstood so if you are a vegetarian please be clear and state that you don’t eat meat, chicken or fish.The best beer to try is San Miguel although a fresh coconut juice is a refreshing alternative. Locally made rum is called Tanduay rum and it is worth trying Tapuy, a very strong rice wine. Western food will be available in certain parts of the Philippines.