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Philippines island hopping

By Siobhan Henderson
Product & Sales Manager for Alfred&

Explore the natural beauty of three diverse islands on this 13-day tour, from Bohol’s fascinating Chocolate Hills to the spectacular beaches and coastlines of El Nido and Boracay. You’ll spend plenty of time on the water, cruising remote islands and navigating the Abatan River, while enjoying memorable scenery and meeting friendly local communities on the way.

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Length
13 days
Best months to go
March to June
Guide price range
On request

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Island hopping in El Nido

Our island hopping tour is the perfect way to experience El Nido’s white-sand beaches, remote islands and crystalline lagoons...

Day by day
Itinerary in details

1

Arrival in Manila & Bohol

Welcome to the Philippines. On arrival in Manila, transfer to the domestic airport for the internal flight to Panglao. A local representative will be waiting at the airport to transfer you to your resort. The rest of the day is free to relax and get settled in. Overnight at Amorita Resort.

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Bohol

After breakfast, an experienced local guide will meet you at the resort for the start of the Abatan Community Tour. Sail along the Abatan River in a traditional Filipino banca boat, passing sleepy fishing communities where locals practice traditional freshwater fishing techniques and gather shellfish and mud crabs by hand. Then visit a community who harvest nipa palm leaves and weave them into baskets and roof thatching. Here you can try your hand at weaving, under the watchful eye of the expert local women. Following the tour, transfer to the Chocolate Hills viewpoint to marvel at the collection of over 1,700 hills stretching into the horizon. Overnight at Amorita Resort.

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Bohol

Starting early today, take a packed breakfast from the resort and head to the beachfront where a motorised outrigger boat will be waiting. Your destination is Balicasag, a tiny island surrounded by a beautiful reef that is a designated marine sanctuary. It’s a fabulous place to snorkel, as its waters are home to some of the richest marine biodiversity in the country, including a vast variety of fish and green turtles. You’ll enjoy a fabulously fresh picnic lunch, served al fresco on the beautiful beachfront. Returning to your resort, the rest of the afternoon is free for relaxation. Overnight at Amorita Resort.

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Bohol

Enjoy a day at leisure at your resort. Swim in the superb infinity pool, explore the white sand Alona beach directly below the resort, or snorkel across the house reef to discover a vast array of coral and marine life. The Sea Tree Spa is the perfect place to rejuvenate mind, body, and soul with complimentary yoga and an exclusive range of authentic Filipino therapies. Overnight at Amorita Resort.

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Bohol & El Nido

Enjoy a final breakfast at your resort, then transfer to the airport for the short flight to El Nido. On arrival you’ll be met by a representative, then travel to your resort by a combination of land and boat transfer. The afternoon is free to relax and explore. Overnight at Pangulasian Island Resort.

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El Nido

After breakfast, meet an experienced resort guide for a half-day of island hopping. El Nido forms the gateway to the remote Bacuit archipelago, a vast marine reserve that is home to over 800 species of fish and 100 species of coral, as well as endangered marine turtles. Highlights of the cruise include the Big Lagoon, a breeding ground for fish and crustaceans, the Secret Lagoon with its white sand beach concealed by cliffs, and the scenic S-shaped sandbar of Snake Island. Depending on weather and tide conditions, you’ll enjoy lunch either on the boat, on a beach, or back at your resort. The afternoon is free for relaxation. Overnight at Pangulasian Island Resort.

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El Nido

Today, enjoy an interactive introduction to the way of life of the local Cuyonon people with a tour of Sibaltan, an idyllic farming and fishing community on the east coast of El Nido. You’ll meet the friendly staff at the Sibaltan Women Weavers Association and try your hand at weaving. Then learn about the history of the community at Balay Cuyonon, an intimate museum set in a traditional Cuyonon house, and at the Pangko Maritime museum named after the traditional wooden boats used by locals to explore Palawan. Overnight at Pangulasian Island Resort.

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El Nido

Enjoy a day of leisure at your resort. Choose between an active day of watersports, or a more tranquil day on the 750-metre stretch of private beach, relaxing in the infinity pool, or pampering yourself at the spa. Overnight at Pangulasian Island Resort.

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El Nido & Boracay

Enjoy a final breakfast at your resort, then transfer to the airport for the flight to Boracay. On arrival you’ll be met by a representative, then travel to your resort for a free afternoon to relax and explore. Overnight at Shangri-la’s Boracay Resort & Spa.

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Boracay

A visit to Boracay will not be complete without exploring the spectacular coastline, so after breakfast you’ll board a boat and set sail. The island is surrounded by turquoise waters, colourful coral reefs and undeveloped beaches – prime swimming and snorkeling territory! Highlights of this Boracay Island Hopping tour include the Coral Garden house reef, Balinghai Wall and Puka Beach. Overnight at Shangri-la’s Boracay Resort & Spa.

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Boracay

Enjoy a day of leisure at your resort. There are a huge range of activities to try, including plenty of optional watersports at the Marine Centre and dive shop. The island is surrounded by more than 20 dive sites, including the resort’s very own marine sanctuary which is also great for snorkeling. The world famous Chi Spa offers an extensive selection of massage and traditional treatments. Overnight at Shangri-la’s Boracay Resort & Spa.

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12

Boracay

Another free morning offers the opportunity to try more new activities, or repeat anything that you have particularly enjoyed already. Mid-afternoon, board a paraw sailing boat to experience the traditional way of sailing and discover the island’s beautiful coastline from a completely different perspective. The highlight of the trip is undoubtedly the uninterrupted views of the spectacular setting sun, Boracay’s most photographed subject. Overnight at Shangri-la’s Boracay Resort & Spa.

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Boracay & Departure

Your tour comes to an end today. After breakfast, you’ll have some final leisure time before transferring to the airport for your return flight to Manila and onward travel.

Alfred & Siobhan Henderson

Siobhan has been with Kuoni for over 11 years and is passionate about all things travel, particularly when it comes to South East Asia. Having travelled the region extensively, from Cambodia  to Japan, Vietnam and many countries in between, Siobhan now shares her expert knowledge of the region as the Alfred& Product and Sales Manager. One of Siobhan’s most memorable travel moments was reaching the top of Heaven’s Gate while leading a charity trek to the Great Wall of China in aid of Cancer Research UK.
Siobhan Henderson

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