Philippines Island Hopper

This is the Philippines Island Hopper, AKA the best 17 days of your life! Is that dramatic? Nope! We've put together everything you could ever wish for in these epic 17 days. Walk high canopies for 10/10 views, Canyoneer in turquoise waterfalls at Kawasan Falls, snorkel shipwrecks in the deep blue in Coron, swim with turtles and experience the phenomenon of the sardine run in Moalboal, do it all! If you're looking for the ultimate barefoot beach babe vibe, we've got you. Fall asleep under the stars at our TruExclusive castaway experience, island-hop on traditional Banca boats or parasurf on the party hotspot Island of Boracay! From island hopping to paddle boarding, jaw dropping magenta sunsets to golden amber sunrises. The Philippines is calling you. The only question is…When shall we expect you there?

When we say classic, we mean the perfect balance of culture, adventure, beaches and parties. High number of inclusions, low cost. Tru-ly authentic experiences from home-stays & hostels to beach huts, hotels and boats. A classic tour means maximum adventure, minimum hassle. Built for backpackers by backpackers.

What's Included

Airport Pickup
(up to two days before as long as you are booked into the start hotel)

Travel Ninja
Your Guide! Like travelling with your best mates and one of them happens to know where they're going!

Transport
All Transport Included 3 x Internal Flights Private Van 2x Ferry boats

Accommodation
16 Nights Accommodation Hotels - Twin share room Beach Bungalows

Activities
Island Hopping in Port Barton 2 night Isla Experience ​​​​​​​Sardine Run in Moalboal  Paraw Sailing

Tru Exclusives
Isla Experience

Meals
14 X Breakfast 7 X Lunches 2 X Dinners

Meals
14 x Breakfast 7 x Lunch 2 x Dinner
WHERE WE STAY
MANILA
PORT BARTON
EL NIDO
CORON
CEBU
MOALBOAL
BORACAY
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Welcome to The Philippines! Our first stop is Manila and our accommodation is in a great location, close to malls, the Salcedo Saturday Market and loads of nice restaurants and bars. So dump your bags, meet your new besties and explore the city before we take you for a great dinner and night out nearby. If you wanna keep the night alive when we get back to the hotel, you can enjoy some cocktails on the rooftop bar!

Each room is air-conditioned and has views of the city (as if the rooftop bar with views of the skyline wasn't enough already!)

 

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Let's go to the beach, beach! In Port Barton, we stay in some amazing, sustainable cottages on the beachfront... can it get any better than that?! Walk out of your room and walk just 1 minute to the beach!

WiFi is available all throughout the property and it has a balcony with amazing views of the sea. There's also a restaurant that serves great local grub and some delicious cocktails!

El Nido is known for its amazing beaches and lagoon tours, so it's only fitting that we stay somewhere in El Nido, which is a 1-minute walk from the beach. The hotel has free WiFi in all areas and a terrace where TruTravellers can chill.

Each room has air conditioning and a private bathroom fitted with a shower.

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Coron is our next stop - one of the best places for diving in the Philippines! Our hotel here is ideally located next to lots of nice restaurants and dive shops AND it has one of the best views for sunset, so sit back, relax and get ready to be mesmerised by the famous Filipino sunset with a beer in hand!

Each room has air conditioning and free WiFi.

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Next, we head East and go to Cebu City! It is close to Mactan Airport so you'll be able to dump your bags and get to the beaches on Mactan Island in no time! There are loads of restaurants nearby so you can get your fill of tasty Filipino delicacies and unwind before heading off to Moalboal the next day!

All rooms come with both air conditioning and a fan. The private bathrooms all have hot water and towels.

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Our 3-star hotel in Moalboal is super close to Panagsama Beach, the most famous beach in Moalboal to see the Sardine Run and turtles too! BUT the best thing about this hotel is that it has its very own private beach too so if you fancy a bit more of a secluded chill, we gotcha!

Our hotel has a restaurant, bar and a garden so you've got everything you need at your fingertips. It also has an outdoor swimming pool and free WiFi!

Our 4-star sustainable resort in Boracay is just 0.5km from Boracay's famous White Beach and not far from Willy's Rock either (no... we're not being rude... look it up!) Our resort has two amazing pools (one even has views of the ocean so you get the best of both worlds) and not to fear, there's an on-site bar so you can lounge at the pool with cocktails on tap!

Each room has air conditioning, a personal safe, a TV and a private bathroom. There is free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel.

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Bucket List
El Nido
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Swim with Turtles
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Paraw Sailing
Castaway Experience
Canyoneering
Sardine Run

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 Day 7 Day 8 Day 9 Day 10 Day 11 Day 12 Day 13 Day 14 Day 15 Day 16 Day 17
Day 1

ARRIVE IN MANILA

Hop off the plane at MNL, That's Manila airport code (In case you didn't know) and take advantage of airport pick up. If you fancy meeting us directly at the hotel, that's cool too. Check in, relax, put your feet up and wind down before meeting up with your new TruFam and travel ninja. (That's what we call our tour guides, not someone who will continuously karate chop your dinner up for you every single night of your trip... I mean they might if you ask nicely) We grab some dinner before heading for a night on the town of Makati! One of Manila's liveliest cities, we'll show you to some of the best bars. Although we can't promise we won't bring some outrageous dad dancing, we can promise you'll have a sick time!

Manila
Airport Pick Up
A group enjoying their welcome dinner on Khao San Road in Bangkok Thailand
Day 2

TRAVEL TO PALAWAN & LOCAL LUNCH WITH FAMILY

Welcome to Palawan, formerly known as the gateway to heaven. Maybe we made that part up but if you're looking for paradise then look no further, my friend! We start the day by jumping aboard a short flight to Puerto Princesa before getting picked up in our very own private minivans. Look up the word "unspoilt" in the dictionary, and you'll see a picture of Port Barton as the definition. The small, idyllic, fishing town is where we spend the next few days off the tour. We stop to have lunch with a local family, try out some delicious Filipino grub and chat about the workings of life in paradise. Check in to our beachfront hotel, yeah we're fancy. Watch the sun go down bev in hand, before venturing out to grab dinner and maybe even a sex on the beach! We mean the drink obviously…

Port Barton
Flight to Puerto Princesa & Van to Port Barton
1x Lunch with Locals
Day 3

PORT BARTON ISLAND HOPPING

Island Hopping the Philippines is an experience like no other. We hop on a long tail boat and sail the day away. If you think you've seen beauty, wait till you see Palawan's rainbow-coloured reefs, beautiful majestic turtles and the crystal clear colour of the waves. Great Barrier what? Head to golden sand beaches and reenact your best Baywatch scene whilst jogging out the water in slow motion. You've built up an appetite after a 'Shell of a good time' did you see what we did there? Because we saw turtles? No? Ok. We have lunch in a small fishing village. Have a few hours free time to chill, whether you prefer attempting to form a human pyramid on the beach with your TruFam or top up those tan lines whilst sunbathing in ya speedo. The time is yours to spend however you like! Sailing in the Philippines is 10 outta 10! We cruise back to Port Barton where we freshen up and check out the best bars and restaurants in town!

Port Barton
Island Hopping & snorkelling
1x Breakfast, 1x Lunch
Day 4

WE'RE OFF TO EL NIDO!

That's right, we're going to El Nido, the star attraction of Palawan, the George Clooney of the Philippines if you will. If you're looking for good vibes, good times and good beer, El Nido is the place to be. Roam around the town and do some shopping before settling into our accommodation, putting on a bit of lippy and grabbing dinner with your now inseparable TruFam. El Nido is known for producing one of the best sunsets in the world, so hold your TruFam, ice-cold beer in each hand and savour this moment forever. It really is bloody magical.

El Nido
Private Van to El Nido
1x Breakfast
Day 5

EL NIDO ISLAND HOPPING

Day 5 and what a day it is! We're jumping on our famous traditional Banca boats and heading out to island hop to some of the best locations the island has to offer. Think, crystal clear blue lagoons, kayaking with your new BFF in what can only be described as paradise. It's been scientifically PROVEN that jumping in the sea can cure pretty much any hangover. I mean maybe not scientifically but it's defo a long-living Tru theory we stand by. Grab your snorkel and dive under to see the magic of the Philippine Sea or re-energise sunbathing on the golden sands. We stop for a local style lunch before heading back to the hotel around sunset. There's some time to chill out before we meet up for dinner with the TruFam.

El Nido
Island hopping & snorkelling
1x Breakfast, 1x Lunch
Day 6

NACPAN BEACH, CANOPY WALK & CASTAWAY EXPERIENCE

Time to explore El Nido by land! But first we're heading high! We see El Nido from above as we take a canopy walk to take in the stunning views! After snapping those Insta shots, taking in some fresh air and marvelling at aqua blue oceans from above. We spend the afternoon at the famous Nacpan beach. Sip on a Blue Lagoon (it’s a cocktail btw, we're not expecting you to drink sea water...eurgh) or laze the day away swinging blissfully in a hammock before we head off to our ultimate Castaway 'Isla Experience'. This is a TruExclusive on one of the tour highlights! We head to Daracotan Island, where we'll stay for 2 nights. Lay on the beach and gaze into the night's sky. With little to no light pollution, you'll be reciting star constellations like it's the alphabet! Head to bed content from a perfect day or perhaps just a little too merry from the 6 rum punches you had earlier. Fall asleep to the sounds of the waves to-ing and fro-ing as we stay in traditional Filipino beach huts…Magical.

DARACOTAN ISLAND
Beach & Canopy Walk
1x Breakfast, 1x dinner
TRU Exclusives
Isla Experience
Day 7

SNORKELLING, LOCAL VILLAGE TOUR & COOKING CLASS

Wake up, rub your eyes, rub them again no this isn't a mirage. You really have woken up in paradise again and today we're headed to... the beach! Swim in the warm waters, squeal with excitement as you walk alongside your one Tru spirit animal or relax under the rays of what has already been a perfect morning. Board our private chauffeur service (our Banca boat) and head to explore the local shipwrecks. Filled with an abundance of marine life, you're set to see all those Nemo's and Dories. In the afternoon we take a guided tour around the local village, home to just 88 residents! (Including a pig or two). We hear fascinating tales of their heritage, meet a local family and learn how tourism positively impacts every aspect of their lifestyle. We help with a beach clean up on this tiny island, encouraging a sustainable lifestyle both for tourists and locals. Prepare your tastebuds, because this evening is going to be out of this world as we take part in a cooking class on the beach. Whether you think you'll be leaving with a Michelin star to add to your CV or you're just happy to learn some new skills. It's a fun evening so enjoy it! Wind down round the bonfire with a few beers. We can't promise someone won't bring out a guitar and start singing Kumbaya, but hey you're on holiday join in ;)

DARACOTAN ISLAND
1x Breafkast, 1x Lunch, 1x Dinner
Beaches, shipwrecks & culture
TRU Exclusives
Isla Experience
Day 8

SNORKELLING & TRAVEL TO CORON

Have a relaxed morning taking in our last few hours on the magical island we called home for the past few days. Grab a snorkel or just simply lay out on the beach and top up ya tan before we leave to catch the ferry to Coron. After living our ultimate beach babe life, we head to Coron. Spend the afternoon relaxing or checking out the local shops. TIP - Grab a smoothie they're delicious. Recharge those batteries before a night on the town. Unpack that shit shirt, your favourite floral dress or those linen trousers you've been dying to wear as we're heading OUT OUT. Let's hear you say it! CO-RON! CO-RON! CO-RON! We thought it was catchy?

Coron
Snorkelling, travel to Coron
1x Breakfast
Day 9

Coron Boat Trip

After a wild night on the town, we're up and out to sail around Coron. We've pulled out all the stops for you guys. Don't worry, the days just keep getting better and better. We land on some of the most beautiful beaches in the world whilst sailing through turquoise lagoons. After an afternoon of fun, bury the most hungover TruTraveller 7ft deep in the sand, snap those insta beach shots or do competitive handstands on the ocean bed floor we sail back to Coron to freshen up for dinner.

Coron Town
Island hopping
1 X Breakfast 1 X Lunch
Day 10

FLY TO CEBU

TO THE WESTTTTTT TO THE EASSSTT

*Sang to the tune of from to the window to the wall* NEXT STOP CEBU. We catch a short flight over to Cebu. Relax in the hotel, unwind from a crazy few days and use some good wifi to shoot across your photos from the past few days. Enough to make any group chat jealous. In the evening we head out to grab some drinks!

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Flight to Cebu
1 x Breakfast
Day 11

MOALBOAL & Simala church

We pack up and head to the seaside town of MoalBoal! Hope youve brought your appetite as we will be having lunch with the locals - lechon style! (for those of you brave enough to try the local delicacy). Bellies full, energy buzzing and spirits high we'll make our way to the stunning Simala Church! Think Disney castle on steroids. It's astonishingly beautiful and one thing you literally HAVE to see in person. The Simala Church has a long-standing myth that miracles happen here, so if you're looking for the next big Facebook to invest in or you just really want your crush to text you back, then here's the place to be. As we said, miracles can happen here. After a walking tour and short history lesson, we continue on to Moalboal where we have some free time to enjoy the afternoon! Grab a coffee, spend far too much money on keyrings and fridge magnets or treat yourself to a massage. You're on holiday after all.

MOALBOAL
simala church
Day 12

SARDINE RUN, SNORKELLING & TURTLES

We're up early to island hop around Moalboal. We're heading to some of the best snorkelling spots the Philippines has to offer. Suncream up, no one likes a snorkel mask tan line. You get the chance to see a rainbow of coloured coral reefs and marine life swimming around you. Pack the GoPro kids because it's a good’n. TURTLES! If you've ever dreamt of swimming alongside turtles in their natural habitat, then get that pencil ready - WE'RE TICKING IT OFF YOUR BUCKET LIST BABY. There's something magical about swimming with our hard-shelled, old AF, unproblematic green friends that can really bring a happy tear to anyone's eye. Jump back in the sea again later that day, and you are in for a treat! We're taking you to a drop off where this phenomenon only happens in 2 locations in the world. SARDINE RUN. Hundreds of thousands of sardines swimming simultaneously in a giant school. You wouldn't believe it until you've seen it. Jump in and experience this spectacle first hand, live the dream and film your best David Attenborough narration along to this phenomenon. In the evening we head to explore the nightlife and boogie the night away!

MOALBOAL
ISLAND HOPPING, TURTLES, & SARDINES
1x Breakfast
Day 13

KICK A$$ CANYONEERING

Wake up we're going canyoneering! Don't know what canyoneering is? WELL LET ME TELL YOU! Imagine picture-perfect, aqua blue waterfalls then throw in some adrenaline junkie, high action jumping off everything and anything vibes. It's a once in a lifetime opportunity really. If parkour 24/7 isn't your thing or you're too hungover from last night's antics, then you can float the headache away bobbing along down the river before reaching the falls to bask in the sun. Whatever your thing, it's a SICK day! We finish the day with a lazy evening to recharge those batteries before we head to our next destination!

MOALBOAL
WATERFALL & CANYONEERING
1x Breakfast, 1x Lunch
Day 14

We’re heading to Boracay!

Today we head to Cebu airport before catching a short flight to Caticlan and then a 15 minute boat road to the idyllic island of Boracay! Buckle up, it is a beauty. Known for it’s incredible nightlife and white sandy beaches, we can’t promise you won’t fall in love with the island and the 10/10 vibes there. If you ever had the urge to pack up and move across the world, well.. Boracay may just convince you too. We check into the hotel for our last 3 nights so unpack your last pair of clean socks, that shirt that's now far too creased that you've been saving to wear and settle in. We arrive late afternoon, so let’s explore! Sunsets in Boracay are next level. We’re talking an ombre of golden oranges blending into lilac’s and deep purples. Yep, I-N-S-A-N-E. So we’ll watch the sun go down over a few beers on the beach or join a sunset cruise for cocktails. Afterwards, we see where the night takes us. Psssttt.. It’ll be one of Boracay’s best cocktail bars!

Cebu
Flight to Boracay
1x Breakfast
Day 15

Beach days & Sunset Paraw Sailing!

Today’s a lazy morning, wake up when you like and grab a fruit smoothie nearby. The morning and early afternoon are free to explore, so head to the beach and catch some rays or perhaps hit the shops and grab some souvenirs for back home.. Or a postcard (We did say you might want to move here and never return!) Late afternoon we’re going Paraw sailing as the sun goes down! Never heard of it? Paraw sailing is a local sail boat activity in Boracay which uses two outriggers and two sails and calmly and gently sails you to the very best viewpoints and spots around the island. Thought last night’s sunset was good? Wait till you see this one TruFam! As the sparkling stars replace the sunset, we’ll head out for dinner together and grab a few beers. It’s the penultimate night.. It’s only right! Right?

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Paraw Sailing
1 X Breakfast
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Paraw Sailing Boracay Philippines
Day 16

Boracay Island Hopping & Snorkeling

It's our last full day together as the TruFam we've become. We're not crying, you are. So we spend it doing what we do best! ISLAND HOPPING. We head to 3 different islands just off the coast of Boracay. We're pretty much all professional beach babes at this point so grab your favourite snorkel & mask and jump in. We spend the day sailing from island to island stopping to lay on white sand beaches, snorkel in tropical waters and chill in some hammocks reminiscing on what we can only assume has been the best 16 days of your life. From Pukka beach to crocodile island and crystal cove, we’re squeezing in every last minute in paradise, early afternoon we’ll stop for a delicious local lunch before carrying on our island hopping adventures. In the evening we head out for a farewell dinner over sunset cocktails. Our last Hurrah, the final act of the show. One last performance and we're not ending without a standing ovation! Dance on the table, order 2 desserts or simply have 1 too many shots before proceeding to tell every single one of your TruFam how much you love them. Hey, we love ya too!

Boracay
Island Hopping
1 x Breakfast 1x Lunch
Day 17

Chilled Check Out

It's departure day and time to check out of the resort and just like any good friend would we'll drop you off at the airport! BRING IT IN YA BLOODY LEGENDS, IT'S BEEN A BLAST. After 17 epic days together it feels more painful than Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake's breakup. We've loved every minute. Goodbye isn't in our vocabulary, we're rubbish at them, and there's nothing good about saying bye. SO WE SAY SEE YOU NEXT TIME! If you're carrying on your wild adventures, our Travel Ninja is on hand to help with anything you heart desires. If you're heading home, they can hitch you a ride to the airport. C'mon then...One last hug for old times sake.

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Where does the trip start & Finish?

The trip begins in Manila and ends in Boracay.

WHICH AIRPORT DO I NEED TO FLY INTO?

You will need to fly into Manila Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL). Please note that in order to enter the Philippines you need an onward ticket exiting the country within 30 days or you may not be allowed to board your flight and enter the country.

WHAT IS THE CLOSEST AIRPORT TO THE END DESTINATION?

Caticlan's Godofredo P. Ramos Airport. You will need to catch a short ferry Boracay to Caticlan. From here you can catch internal flights to Mactan-Cebu International Airport (CEB), or Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in Manila to fly internationally.

HOW DO I GET BACK TO THE START DESTINATION AND IS THIS INCLUDED IN THE PRICE? IF NOT, HOW MUCH IS IT?

You will need to book an internal flight from Caticlan to Manila with a possible connection in Cebu. This can be booked for as little as £45 if you book early.

How much is my baggage allowance for the included flight?

All our included flights come with a free 20kg check-in bag. If you have oversize and additional bags to check in you will need to pay for them yourself.

WHAT KIND OF ACCOMMODATION IS INCLUDED ON THIS TRIP?

In general our rooms are all twin/share private. On the Coron Castaway boat trip we sleep in open-air bungalows on the beach, with mattresses and mosquito nets. Beach camping at its finest! Occasionally family style rooms in Siquijor or Siargao, but not often.

HOW MUCH IS A PRE NIGHT’S ACCOMMODATION?

A pre night’s accommodation is £45 for a private twin or double room. If you would like to arrange a pre-night please email info@trutravels.com.

WHAT IS THE CURRENCY?

The currency in the Philippines are Philippine Peso (PHP).

Are there any COVID precautions in place for my trip?

Yes! We’re doing everything we can to make your trip as safe and stress- free as possible. All trips are run with enhanced safety and hygiene protocols advised by the FCO (Foreign Commonwealth Office) & WHO (World Health Organisation) including only working with partners who uphold the same standard and are taking the maximum amount of precautions. From switching to private transport where possible to offering private room upgrades, we’ve got all areas covered to ensure your trip is an amazing one! Read more about our COVID policy here.

What happens If I can’t travel due to COVID?

We’re only operating in countries that are open without quarantine and are safe and easy to travel in. That being said if you could no longer travel due to COVID or if something were to arise our TruCrew are always here to give you some TLC and to go through your options. Think of us as ya BFF’s, the fun auntie/uncle of the family who loves a drink or your travel guardian angels. We're not fussed.

Is my money protected?

Yep! You will never lose your money. You’re protected. TruTravels is both ABTA and ATOL registered meaning your money is safe. We also offer 1 free date change before 60 days of your departure date.

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