Not sure what there is to do in the Philippines? Well, step into our office because if aqua blue waters, tropical reefs, quaint seaside towns complete with jaw-dropping architecture, many, many turtles, canyoneering, surfing and having the best week of your life sounds good to you, this 8-Day Philippines East tour is the one for you! Some call us the dream makers, some the gangsters of love, but hey we don't like to blow our own trumpet. Learn to paraw sail the waves of the ocean in Boracay, spend a day canyoneering in Kawasan Falls or experience the phenomenon of the Sardine Run in Moalboal! What more could you need?! Head to the East and we promise you won't be disappointed.
We’ve perfected the balance between culture, adventure, beaches and parties. A high level of inclusions at a low cost. Think of a Ferrari for the price of a Ford. Highlights, hotspots & hidden gems are crafted into each itinerary with our own TruExclusives. We stay in a variety of different accommodations such as hotels, hostels, homestays, beach huts & even boats. Maximum adventure, minimum hassle.
Welcome to the Philippines, it's hot, isn't it?! Get ready to meet your group of legends, including your TruNinja! Soon you'll wonder how you explored anywhere without them. We'll pick you up from Cebu airport and bring you to our hotel in Cebu City for the first night of the best week of your life (so far). That evening we'll grab dinner and get to know each other over a Pina Colada or five.
Day 2 we're heading for the gorgeous seaside town of Moalboal, (pronounced mole-bowl if you were wondering). 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! This place will undoubtedly end up on your Instagram being pretty much one of the most spectacular buildings you'll ever see. It's also a long-standing myth that miracles happen here, so if you're looking for next week's lottery numbers, then you're in the right place. After a walking tour and short history lesson, we continue into Moalboal where the afternoon is ours! Grab an iced coffee, treat your tense self to a traditional Filipino massage or just check out the local town. There are real hidden gems in Moalboal, and our Travel Ninjas know them all!
Rise and shine! Grab your snorkelling gear as we head to one of The Philippines' best snorkelling spots, a rainbow of coloured corals and marine life. Swim amongst the Nemos and Dorys of the ocean and glide alongside some of the island's local turtles. There really is something magical about seeing our hard-shelled green amigos thriving in their natural habitat. *Secretly cries happy tears*. Later in the day, you'll experience something a bit special - The Sardine Run. Hundreds of thousands of sardines swimming simultaneously in a giant school, a spectacle you'd only ever see in a documentary by the legend David Attenborough himself. In the evening, we head out to explore the local nightlife. Practise showing off what you saw in the day through the movement of dance. You know, the classics - BIG FISH, LITTLE FISH, CARDBOARD BOX!
An early start you'll have no trouble with as we're off canyoneering. If you haven't felt like the ultimate, cut off from the world, backpacker island babe you are yet then today is THE day. It's iconic. Whether you're an adrenaline junkie who's pure thrill for frills runs through your very veins, parkour 24/7 or if you're on a chilled out, laid back, I'm not jumping off anything sort of vibe. It's cool, we've got you. We can't promise you that you won't be nicknamed Chicken for the rest of the trip, but whatever. Like we said It's cool. Float downstream and get involved in some rock-hopping. Get the go pro ready for this one and make a splash... Once you're all splashed out with fingers shrivelled up like prunes we'll head for a late lunch, getting ready to finish the day with a lazy evening to recharge those batteries before moving on to our next destination... Boracay! Known for its famous powdery white-sand beaches and azure waters, amazing beach clubs and vibrant marine life!
Ladies and gentlemen this is your captain speaking, we will shortly be arriving into paradise! Wahoooo! Today we head back to Cebu airport before catching a short one-hour flight to Caticlan and over to Boracay. Boracay has some of the world's most beautiful beaches and is known as "The party hotspot of The Philippines".We arrive early afternoon and check into our resort which will be our home for our final three nights! We’ll head out to watch the sun go down. We’ll either head to the beach with a few beers or join a boozy sunset cruise. Whatever the group fancies! Afterwards we’ll enjoy a group dinner and see where the night takes us. If flying exhausts you more than a 60-minute spin class at the gym, take the evening to chill in our resort, grab a massage and get some shut-eye. However, if you're itching to unpack those Havaianas and dance the night away, LET'S GO! Our Travel Ninjas are with you every step of the way as we head OUT OUT to Boracay’'s well known lively nightlife.
Today’s a lazy morning, wake up when you like and take a walk round Boracay. The morning and afternoon is free to spend as you please. Perhaps hit the beach with the TruFam, catch some rays and bury last night’s worst dancer in a 7ft hole in the ground. Or maybe check out the local shops and cafes! In the late afternoon, we meet back up for an epic activity! We’re going Paraw sailing! 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. The views are out of this world. Boracay is famous for it’s sunsets and trust us, these will not disappoint. Float gently through the waves as the sky changes from warm golden oranges to magenta and lilac skies. Breathtaking. After taking enough snaps to fill a facebook photo album and mastering the art of Paraw sailing (or just enjoying the ride) we head back to the hotel, get ready and check out the best cocktail bars in town! Pass us a mojito!
It's our last full day together as travel amigos, comrades, BFFs some may say, or TruFam to us. So let's round off our trip together with arguably the best activity... did somebody say BOAT PARTY? We snorkel in the crystal clear waters, layout on our floaties and spend the day dreaming of our amazing trip together. After squeezing in every last minute of crucial tanning time, some lunch and many drinks later, we head back before dressing to the nines for a farewell dinner. It's our last night together, pop the champagne, order the dessert, do a shot off the waiters' body if you fancy it. Whatever helps the heartbreak of leaving, we support it. What a week!
It's departure day and it's time to say goodbye. You've become a part of our TruFam which means you'll forever be a part of us. That's how family works, right? How will we go on without you? We can't...so let's just say its not Au revoir, it's more Arnie with the "I'll be back". Hasta La Vista Baby.
Cebu City is the first stop on this life-changing 8-day tour! 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.
Our 3-star hotel in Moalboal has its very own private beach so if you're after a super chill and secluded vibe, we gotcha! If that's not enough, the hotel is also super close to Panagsama Beach, the most famous beach in Moalboal to see the Sardine Run and turtles too!
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!
Conveniently situated in the Station 3 part of Boracay Island, this hotel is close to attractions and interesting dining options. Be sure to set some time aside to visit Ariel's Point as well as White Beach nearby. Massage and restaurant are among the special facilities that will enhance your stay with on-site convenience.
Each room has air conditioning, a personal safe, a TV and a private bathroom. There is free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel.
Where does the trip start & Finish?
The trip begins in Cebu City and ends in Boracay.
Which airport do I need to fly into?
You will need to fly into Mactan-Cebu International Airport (CEB). 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.
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 is the closest airport to the end destination?
The nearest airport, the Godofredo P. Ramos Airport in Caticlan (also known as the Boracay Airport), From here you can catch internal flights to Mactan-Cebu International Airport (CEB), or Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in Manila to fly internationally. Please ensure you have enough time between domestic and international flights in the event of any unexpected delays.
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 either Cebu or Manila.
What kind of accommodation is included on this trip?
Accommodation is twin share or double.
How much is a pre night’s accommodation?
If you would like to arrange a pre-night please email email@example.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! Click here to read more about our COVID policy.
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, we’re offering complete flexibility for our TruTravellers. From free date changes to lifetime deposits. The 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. Were 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’re offering free date changes or to keep your deposit on file for as and when you’re ready to travel, 2 months, 2 years or even 20!