During our action packed time in Palawan, we will trek to waterfalls and through tropical rainforest, canoe the longest underground river in the world, visit magical islands, hidden beaches, relax at a luxurious eco resort and explore tropical islands. There is also time for snorkeling and diving wrecks.
I had the most amazing time, the itinerary was great.
– P. O’Grady
Palawan Island Explorer Itinerary
Day 1: Arrival Manila
Upon arrival in Manila, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel.
New World Hotel or similar Overnight hotel
Day 2: Manila to Busuanga/Coron (B)
You will be collected from your hotel and transferred to Manila Airport where you will have a short flight to the Calamian group landing on the largest island, Busuanga where we will meet our guide who will accompany us for the entire trip around Coron.
Overnight hotel – Club Paradise, Beachfront Cottage or similar
Day 3: Coron Bay (B,L,D)
Today we will head to Coron Bay – After a 1hr bumpy ride by jeepney to Coron town we will board our private motorised outrigger boat and set off on our exploration around Coron Bay.
The Bay is surrounded by majestic limestone cliffs with rich natural beauty to discover such as : Kayangan and Barakuda Lakes, Siete Pecados shallow reefs and Maquinit Seawater Hot Spring.
The sea in this area is renowned for its first class snorkelling and diving with incredibly clear water, huge coral reefs just below the surface, steep drop offs, a myriad of marine life, big fish and shallow sunken wrecks (from Spanish galleons to Japanese WW2 ships). Coming across a dugong whilst out snorkeling or diving is an unforgettable experience of a lifetime. Over the next few days, when not on the water, we will be able to hike to hidden mountain lakes with their warm geothermal waters & relax in natural hot springs. There is also rock climbing, bird watching and trails to explore into the thick jungle.
Today, we will have lunch on board the boat, before we discover Coron’s secrets including a twin lagoon accessible through underwater cliff opening and pocket of hidden coves and beaches. Tonight we will set up our tents on one of the hidden beaches before preparing dinner at the camp and enjoying the amazing sunsets sitting by a roaring fire – a truly magical experience
Day 4: North Cay (B,L,D)
After waking up at sunrise, we will enjoy breakfast on the beach overlooking the cliff island of Coron. We will be able to watch the change of color hues of the mountains as the sun awakens nature and take a short dip in the water before packing up. Today we will spend the full day visiting the numerous islands of the Calamianes on board our motor boat as we set off to North Cay Island. We will snorkel ‘skeleton wreck’ before heading to Malcapuya, one of the favourite islands in Coron, with its long white sand beach. We will spend several hours here which allow us to trek to the hilltop overlooking the neighboring islands. After lunch we will then continue on to North Cay – arriving there in the late afternoon, where we will once again set up our tents, before enjoying a BBQ on the beach.
Day 5: South Cay (B,L,D)
There are numerous islands with breathtaking beach shores and seascapes around. This morning after breakfast and strolling along the beach, with sand pipers and family of grey mangrove herons, we are free to explore the neighbouring islands (including South cay, Maltatayok and Pamilacan) by small fishing boat or kayak. A simple hook and line will be provided to those of us who want to have a chance to catch the fish for our own lunch – but don’t worry, we’ve got a backup plan if fishing isn’t sucessful.
Day 6: Coron (B,L,D)
We board our boat after breakfast and cruise the eastside of the bay to return to Coron town. We can take some time here to enjoy snorkelling on the shallow world war-II wrecks and Coral Garden of Sangat. We will have lunch on board the boat before saying goodbye to our guide and setting off at 4pm to Uson Island.
Overnight hotel – Club Paradise, Beachfront Cottage or similar
Day 7: Coron/El Nido (B,L,D)
This morning we transfer by boat to El Nido and Miniloc.
El Nido is the gateway to the spectacular Bacuit Archipelago, a muddle of limestone karst islands rising out of crystal clear waters, some to almost 600 metres in height.
Bizarre shapes, hidden lagoons, palm-fringed white sand beaches, giant rock faces, snaking sand bars and impressive coral reefs teeming with life are all part of this fabulous marine area. We stay in a superb island resort – Lagen Resort, making the most of its existing natural beauty and excellent facilities, including free use of sea kayaks.
Overnight Resort – beachfront
Day 8 – 9: El Nido (B,L,D)
We have a day of leisure today to enjoy all that El Nido has to offer. We can take advantage of a mid morning trip to explore El Nido Bay by kayak.
Day 10: El Nido/Cacnipa Island (B, L, D)
Today we set off to Cacnipa Island
This densely vegetated, natural tropical island has a beautiful palm fringed white sand beach with crystal clear waters supporting abundant marine life over mature coral gardens. Within 20 metres of the beach, in just a few metres of water it is possible to see turtles, reef sharks and a huge array of colourful tropical fish. We will sleep in traditional native accommodation made of bamboo and palm materials.
Day 11: Cacnipa Island/Sabung
This morning we head (on a 3 hour outrigger cruise) to Sabang. This afternoon we will set out on a short trek to the small cove containing the entrance to St Pauls Cave – the entrance to the underground river. Here we transfer to a paddle boat for a guided trip to penetrate the mountain on the underground river, home to swiftlets and eight species of bats, fantastic rock formations, huge caverns, towering columns and enormous stalactites.
Day 12: Sabang/Tarabanan/Tagnaya Forest Camp (B,L,D)
Today we will drive to Tarabanan where we will have to register before setting of on our trek to visit the Batak tribe settlement. After an hour, our guide and porters will set up our tents and prepare dinner in our riverside setting.
Day 13: San Rafael/Sabang
After breakfast at the camp, we will trek back and head back to Puerto Princesa (approx. 2 hrs by car) where we will take our flight onwards to Manila and our international flight home.
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I had the most amazing time, the itinerary was great