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The beauty of Palawan

Highlights

  • Experience Palawan’s pristine beauty

  • Explore the colorful underwater world

  • Discover mystical caves

  • Relax on the pristine beaches

  • Combines well with individual beach stays

Description

Immerse yourself in Palawan’s world of unspoiled beauty. Its idyllic location boasts turquoise lagoons and secluded islands that offer romance, tranquility, and relaxation. During this round trip, explore the different islands and their colorful underwater worlds with over 400 coral species and 800 fish species!

Destination

Asia

Manila - Puerto Principessa - Sabang - El Nido - Apulit - Miniloc

Your journey to the magical world of Palawan begins in Manila (optional pick-up from your separately booked hotel). Fly to the tropical gateway and Palawan’s capital, Puerto Principessa.

From here, you’ll head toward Sabang in the early afternoon. The small fishing village nestles right on the coast and on the edge of the Saint Paul Subterranean River National Park — home to the longest navigable underground river in the world.

The rest of the day is up to you!

Flight time Manila - Puerto Principessa: approx. 1 hour

Transfer time Puerto Principessa - Sheridan Beach Resort: approx. 45 minutes

1 night at Sheridan Beach Resort & Spa**** in a standard room with breakfast, Puerto Principessa, Philippines

After a refreshing breakfast, you’ll go on an exciting tour into Palawan’s mystical underwater world. Drive to the picturesque lagoon, where you’ll board a canoe that will take you through the hidden entrance. Suddenly the daylight disappears, and only the flashlights’ glow illuminates the underground system. The Sabang River is a UNESCO World Heritage Site because it winds spectacularly through cave systems, creating extraordinary rock formations, concealed grottos, and huge chambers up to 120 meters high.

When you return to the daylight, you’ll go on a 1.5-hour hike along the Monkey Trail. It guides you through the green mountains and breathtaking nature. Once in Sabang, you will replenish yourself with a tasty lunch in a local restaurant.

Board the canoe once more and head into the impressive Taytay Bay toward your next island destination: Apulit. End your eventful day by unwinding on the fine sandy beach or snorkel in the species-rich reef.

Travel time: Puerto Principessa - Apulit Island: approx. 115 km / 3.5 hours

2 nights at Apulit Island Resort**** in a standard room with breakfast, Apulit Island, Philippines

Today is all about the fantastic underwater world. First, you’ll go by boat to the neighboring island, Nabat, where you’ll discover one of the country’s most beautiful coral reefs. Explore the multitudes of colors and let the schools of fish enchant you with all of their unimaginable colors.

After lunch, continue to the NoaNoa Reef. If you were already impressed by Nabat’s stunning colors, then this reef will inspire you even more. The NoaNoa Reef has the most biodiversity of all the country’s reefs. What new creature do you think you’ll see today!?

In the morning, set off for Taytay by boat and continue to El Nido. Once you have arrived, you will switch to another boat and cross over to the idyllic Miniloc island.

Transfer time: Apulit Island - Miniloc: approx. 3.5 hours

2 nights at Miniloc Island Resort**** in a standard room with breakfast, Miniloc Island, Philippines

Today is all about discovering the natural beauties of Miniloc! Experience the diverse underwater world, home to more than 400 different coral species and 800 fish species. Embark on a paddling tour to the Twin Rocks, where you can admire the colorful sea creatures during a snorkeling session.

After lunch, head to the Big Lagoon and swim in a vast natural pool deep inside the island. Enjoy the breathtaking scenery’s limestone cliffs and lush nature. From here, you can jump into a rowing boat to a small bay for another snorkeling adventure.

Today it’s time to say goodbye to Palawan’s breathtaking natural beauties. Depending on your transfer time, you can do as you wish for the remaining hours. Then, someone will drive you to the El Nido Airport for your connecting flight back to Manila.

If you want to extend your stay in the Philippines, contact us, and we will gladly organize it for you.

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Sheridan Beach Resort & Spa****, Puerto Principessa, Philippines (1 night)

This resort embeds itself into its surrounding tropical landscape and the long, fine sandy beach of Sabang. There are some restaurants and shop just steps away from your front door! During your stay, take advantage of the hotel’s large pool area, the children’s pool, whirlpool, and pool bar, which runs through the entire resort. There’s also a reception area, restaurant, lobby lounge, two bars, spa, fitness center, library, and Kids Club. The 94 rooms and suites boast modern Asian interior design and come furnished with air conditioning, a telephone, safe, minibar, coffee/tea making equipment, flat-screen TV, hairdryer, bathrobe, slippers, and a bathroom with a shower and toilet.

Apulit Island Resort****, Apulit Island, Philippines (2 nights)

The resort has 50 waterfront cottages that combine traditional Filipino architecture with contemporary design. The cottages are built on stilts over the sea, offering uninterrupted views of the blue Taytay Bay, surrounding islands, and breathtaking limestone cliffs. Apulit Island is an eco-adventure hotspot, offering unique and exciting experiences amidst the beautiful natural landscape of Taytay, Palawan.

Miniloc Island Resort, Miniloc Island, Philippines (2 nights)

The resort nestles in a beautiful bay with a fine white sandy beach, boasting a picturesque backdrop that invites you to relax. The architecture’s Filipino design interweaves throughout the resort and models after a local coastal village. Facilities include a restaurant (with free WiFi), bar, massage cabana, boutique, library, water sports center, and Kids Club (babysitting service offered here).

The 50 rooms are designed in a local style, intertwining perfectly with its wooden floors and bamboo-clad walls. You can enjoy views of the resort, glistening sea, and offshore, secluded islands from the private terrace. Tropical gardens surround the 13 garden cottages, and they are just a stone’s throw away from the beach. These 27 m² cottages come with air conditioning, a minibar, hairdryer, shower, and toilet.

Duration of the trip: 6 days / 5 nights

Date of the trip: Begins every Monday

Including

  • 6-day round trip tour from/to Manila in a small group (min. number of participants: 6 people)

  • Transfers, boat trips, and visits according to the program with a local English-speaking tour guide, including entrance fees

  • 5 nights at the mentioned hotels, including daily breakfast

  • 4x dinner, 3x lunch

  • Domestic flights Manila - Puerto Principessa and El Nido - Manila

  • Snorkel gear during activities on Apulit Island and Miniloc Island

Excluding

  • International flights

  • Personal expenses (tips, etc.)

  • Visa fees

  • Services and meals not mentioned in the itinerary

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