Winner of Asia Tour of the year 2019
Day 1 - Manila
Arrive at any time on day 1 and your guide will be there to meet you at the airport. Weave through the streets of one of Asia's most frenetic cities straight to your accommodation. Time to settle in and meet the group! If you arrive earlier in the day, you can use your time to explore the city and do some last-minute shopping. In the evening we'll get to know your new One Life family over dinner and a few drinks.
Day 2 - Puerto Princesa
Palawan here we come! Today we take a short flight to the southern end of the Palawan Islands. We check in to our guest house and then head to the Iwahig Prison. This is a strange 'prison without walls', where inmates control how the prison functions. They even have a mayor! Meet and interact with some inmates and hear their stories. We then have the opportunity to kickback by the pool whilst making the most of 2 for 1 cocktails before enjoying a traditional Filipino meal together.
Day 3 - Underground River & Port Barton
After a quick breakfast, we head to the famous Underground River. We go by boat through the incredible subterranean river system. In the afternoon we make our way from Puerto Princesa to the stunning fishing village of Port Barton. This is when you will truly feel like you've arrived in paradise but trust us, it gets better! Spend your evening sipping fresh coconuts on white sand while listening to some island reggae in the background. Accommodation here is basic but comfortable and in a great location, right on the beach front.
Day 4 & 5 - Island Camping
Jump on our custom-built One Life boat to take you island hopping finishing at our tropical island beach camp. No ordinary camp, we have built this especially for our guests complete with hammocks, volleyball nets and even a treehouse! Tucked away on a secluded beach, the camp has everything we need. Snorkel with turtles, explore the island or join in on our beach games over a couple of beers. This is your time to truly experience idyllic island life. We have our own boat, which allows us to explore the surrounding islands and experience how the local island communities live. In the evening, we get together around the fire by our own little beach 'bar' and watch the spectacular sunset that this area is famous for. Perfect! For the more adventurous, we visit a secret rainforest waterfall for a dip on the second day to wash off all that sand and salt. Don't worry about food either, our local guides will be catching fish during the day while we explore the area and cook up feasts for us! Condition permitting, we will visit one of the small schools on neighbouring islands to meet the kids and find out what it's like to grow up in a remote area of the Philippines.
Day 6 - Off to El Nido
In the morning we all jump into a bus and we are on our way to El Nido! When we arrive, you will see why Palawan was named the most beautiful island group in the world. Surrounded by islands and cliffs, El Nido is a secret paradise we are lucky enough to share. Once you pick your jaws up off the ground, we will check in to the funkiest hostel in Palawan. Exclusive to One Life, this slick hostel looks more like a boutique hotel than a backpackers! Settle in, then head out to one of our favourite beach bars in the evening for food and fun.
Day 7 - Cultural Day
We spend today outside El Nido in small villages with the local people. We learn to climb a coconut tree, learn about the many uses they have for coconuts, discover the secret for cooking a perfect 'Adobo' (national dish of the Philippines), try your hand at weaving with palm leaves, and finish with a Halo-Halo (Filipino iced dessert). When you are feeling brave enough, it's time to take a hike up to the top of the mountain overlooking the beach. Why? Because this is your time to know how it feels to fly across the ocean between two islands over beaches and corals reefs. Once you finish your zip line, wade across the water and join the crew on the beach, we'll then head to one of our favourite sunset spots before heading back to town for dinner.
Day 8 - El Nido Island Hopping
Today is all about experiencing what El Nido is famous for- and that is the island hopping. We set sail to enjoy the emerald waters, snorkel incredible reefs and try and spot some unique wildlife. We have music on board, chill-out areas, and a freshly cooked buffet including of the best seafood you can get. Before we set sail back to El Nido, get some pictures of you doing a backflip off the boat with the sun setting in the background, or just relax on deck listening to the music on board. Enjoy one of those "life is good" moments with your One Life family.
Day 9 - El Nido Town
In the morning, we climb up to the top of one of the cliffs surrounding El Nido bay and get the most spectacular views in the area! After the big morning, we feel you'll need some chill out time. We include a super relaxing full body massage to ease those muscle aches. Take your time today to relax and soak up your surroundings, or explore the surrounding area. Ask your guide where the coolest spots are, or just discover them for yourself!
Day 10 - Goodbye!
Sadly all good things must come to an end! For those of you who booked their onward journey, this is where we must say our goodbyes. The rest of us jump in a minivan back to Puerto Princesa where we finish our trip. We also help with any onward travel. Want to visit Bohol? Dive in Coron? Just let us know and we'll make it happen!
*We are an adventure tour company and include more than any other company in our itinerary. We are committed to showing our guests the most beautiful and untouched areas of Palawan. This means that sometimes the facilities in these more remote areas may be rather limited or basic - such as in Port Barton. Embrace it as part of the adventure!
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