1-Week Palawan & Mount Pinatubo Natural Wonders Philippines Itinerary Tour Package from Manila

El Nido, Palawan
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Description

Summary

Tour starts
Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines
Starting time
Flexible
Duration
7 days
Ending place
Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines
Languages:
English
Difficulty:
Easy
Available:
All year
Minimum age:
None

Description

Visit and explore one of the top destinations in the Philippines and the world, Palawan, with this 7-day vacation package to the Philippines. This multi-day tour lets you visit some of the best islands and beaches in El Nido and Puerto Princesa. But that’s not all. You will also have a chance to see historical sites and even explore an active volcano on this Luzon itinerary. This Philippine tour package already includes flights from and back to Manila, accommodations with breakfast, and land and sea transfers. To make your trip even better, the service of tour guides and entrance fees are included in the tours of this package. 

Aside from going to Palawan, you’ll also go to the Luzon mainland. Your trip will start in Manila, where you will have the option to go on an add-on tour of the walled city of Intramuros. It’s the site of many age-old structures and historically-significant spots. To continue your tour of the Philippines, you will make your way up north to the province of Tarlac. Be prepared to go on rough terrain to visit Mt. Pinatubo.

More than half of this vacation package to the Philippines is dedicated to Palawan because it has so much to offer. Year after year, Palawan has been on the must-visit lists of both local and international travel sites. Although it is known for its beautiful beaches, you will explore more than that during your Philippine travel package.

In Puerto Princesa, you will visit the Underground River, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then you will go on an island-hopping tour at Honda Bay. You’ll get to go to popular tourist sites as well as hidden sanctuaries. In El Nido, you’ll see some of the most photographed sites and tourist spots, including majestic lagoons and beautiful islands.

Have an amazing Philippine itinerary and explore top Palawan attractions as well as Mount Pinatubo on this 7-day Philippine vacation package. Check the availability by choosing a date.

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Included

6 nights accommodation in a deluxe level hotel or similar in Manila, Puerto Princesa & El Nido
Economy seat class with 7kgs carry-on baggage and 20kgs check-in baggage | Manila - Puerto Princesa via Philippine Airlines & El Nido - Manila via AirSWIFT
All private airconditioned land transfers in Manila, Mt. Pinatubo, Puerto Princesa & El Nido
Daily breakfast
Lunch (5) included during tours
Day 2 - Tarlac Mount Pinatubo Crater Day Hike with 4x4 Ride, Lunch & Transfers
Day 4 - Choose between: Palawan Puerto Princesa Underground River Tour OR Palawan Puerto Princesa Honda Bay, Cowrie & Pandan Island Hopping Tour
Day 5 - El Nido Big Lagoon Island Hopping Shared Tour A with Lunch
Complimentary Wi-Fi Access inside hotel premises
Complimentary access to hotel facilities and amenities

Activities

Island Hopping
Hiking and Trekking
Hotel + Flights + Transfers
Outdoor Activities

Daily itinerary

Day 1
Front view of the Fort Santiago facade in Manila

Day 1 - Day 1: Arrival in Manila + Check-in + Add-on Tour

On your first day of this Philippine holiday package, you will arrive at Ninoy Aquino International Airport. Your designated driver will be waiting for you. After meeting up with them, they will drive you to your deluxe-level accommodations. You are free to explore the city on your own, but you also have the option to book a walking tour of the walled city of Intramuros.

You can book either a morning or night tour. The morning tour will bring you to Fort Santiago, a citadel that was completed in 1593, and Casa Manila, a house that serves as a museum showcasing Spanish-era elements and furniture. You will also visit the Manila Cathedral, which boasts Neo-Romanesque architecture.

If you choose the night tour, be prepared to learn about the dark history of Intramuros and the atrocities that happened during the war. You will visit Fort Santiago and Casa Manila, but this tour will also take you to the Philippine Military Academy and the Memorare-Manila 1945, which commemorates the civilians who perished during the Battle of Manila. 

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Day 2
4x4 vehicle parked at the foot of Mt. Pinatubo

Day 2 - Day 2: Tarlac Mount Pinatubo Crater Day Hike with 4x4 Ride, Lunch & Transfers

On the second day of your tour of the Philippines, you will be heading up north to the province of Tarlac. The distance between Manila and Tarlac is about 130km. You will be visiting Mount Pinatubo, an active volcano that had an infamous eruption in the early 90s. It was the 20th century’s second-biggest eruption. Since then, Mount Pinatubo has become a popular tourist attraction. 

The terrain has become rough as a consequence of the eruption. Roads are craggy and filled with lahar, that’s why during your trip, you will be riding a 4x4 vehicle. It’s best to gear up for the day as it will involve a bit of hiking to reach the crater lake of Mount Pinatubo. You will be walking through an open space, so dress accordingly. There won’t be any shade in the immediate vicinity. The climb is fairly easy and can be done by beginners. At the very end of your journey, you will come upon Mount Pinatubo’s crater lake. It’s quite a sight at the very end that is well worth the hike. Once your trip to Mt. Pinatubo is completed, you will return to the base camp. Your van will take you back to your accommodations in Manila.

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Day 3
Curved shape sandbar of Luli Island in Puerto Princesa

Day 3 - Day 3: Arrival in Puerto Princesa + Check-in

On your third day, you will leave Manila and head to Palawan. Your driver will bring you to Ninoy Aquino International Airport. From there, it’s a short flight to the Puerto Princesa International Airport. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel for check-in.

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Day 4
View of Puerto Princesa Underground River entrance during a sunny day

Day 4 - Day 4: Choose between Underground River Tour OR Honda Bay, Cowrie & Pandan Island Hopping Tour + Arrival in El Nido + Check-in

Today is your last day in Puerto Princesa, but before you leave for El Nido, you may choose between visiting a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Puerto Princesa’s Underground River. It is a protected national park and about 8 kilometers long and is home to interesting fauna and flora. It also has one of the world’s largest cave rooms. During your tour, you will also be able to see stunning stalactites and stalagmites in the caves. Meanwhile, you may also enjoy island-hopping in Honda Bay. This bay is mainly used for tourism but is also a fishing site for the locals. It has several small islands, and you’ll get to visit two of them. The first island you will go to is Cowrie Island, where you will find tourist facilities, such as showers, bathrooms, and a dining area. It also has a safe swimming area, and it has a net to keep jellyfish away. This island is the largest among those in Honda Bay. It’s also shaped like a seashell, hence its name. You will also visit Pandan Island, a great spot for snorkeling, where you may chance upon a sea turtle or two. 

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Day 5
Kayak inside the beautiful Big Lagoon of El Nido, Palawan

Day 5 - Day 5: El Nido Big Lagoon Island Hopping Shared Tour A with Lunch

On day 5 of your tour, you will be doing one of the most popular activities in El Nido, island-hopping at Bacuit Bay. Expect to see pristine beaches, wonderful islands, and picture-perfect backdrops. The first stop of the day is the Big Lagoon. This amazing El Nido spot starts with a narrow entrance that will open up to an amazing view. It is surrounded by limestone cliffs and boasts rich, blue waters. After enjoying the sites of the Big Lagoon, you will go to Shimizu Island, where you can go snorkeling. This is your chance to spot colorful corals and fish.

The next destination is not quite a secret anymore. The Secret Lagoon is a favorite site among tourists. This hidden lagoon has a very small entrance, so small that boats can’t enter, and visitors have to crawl through it. Outside the Secret Lagoon is a beautiful beach you can relax in. It’s not a bad spot if you have to wait in line to enter the lagoon. Your last destination, the serene Seven Commandos Beach, has white sand and is lined with palm trees. It is surrounded by lush mountains, a perfect site for travel photos.

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Day 6
Several kayaks going around Miniloc Island in Palawan

Day 6 - Day 6: Free & Easy + Add-on Tours

On your last full day of this vacation package, you have the option to book any of the following island-hopping tours: the Snake Island & Caves tour (Tour B), the Hidden Beach tour (Tour C), or the Small Lagoon tour (Tour D).

If you choose El Nido Tour B, you will visit Snake Island, which is known for its S-shaped sandbar that gives it its name, and Popolcan Island, one of the top snorkeling spots in El Nido. You will also visit Cudognon Cave and Cathedral Cave. El Nido Tour C will take you to Hidden Beach, Matinloc Island, and Secret Beach, all of which boast stunning tropical views. You will also visit Helicopter Island, a popular snorkeling spot. Choose El Nido Tour D if you want to avoid large crowds. The tour will take you to Small Lagoon, Paradise Beach, Cadlao Lagoon, and Pasandingan Beach. These spots, while equally beautiful, usually see fewer visitors compared to other tourist attractions.

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Day 7
Plane in an airport in Manila

Day 7 - Day 7: Departure + Check-out

Your 7-day Palawan tour has come to an end. Before you head back to Manila, you can explore the areas near your accommodations in El Nido and shop for souvenirs. Once you have checked out of your accommodations, your driver will pick you up. From Palawan, you will ride a plane back to Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

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What to bring

Passport (Valid for 6 months from date of departure)
Vaccination Card
Camera, phone, charger, and power bank
Personal sanitizing alcohol and face mask
Personal drinking water and or snacks
Personal medicine
Extra money in Philippine Peso Currency
Swimwear and extra clothes
Sunblock

Good to know

Tours and Itinerary - Please wear appropriate clothing based on the itinerary. Please also be aware that your itinerary may have to be rearranged to fit your arrival date and time better. For any services i.e. meals, sightseeing etc. not utilized on your tour package, we, unfortunately, cannot offer refunds.

Other Important Notes - Bring cash as not all establishments accept credit or debit cards, and ATMs can be limited.

Travel Requirements - Guests are solely responsible for meeting the passport & visa conditions of the country of travel. We do not accept any responsibility if the passenger cannot travel because of any passport or visa issue, and the cancellation policy will be applicable as per the booking terms.

Government Guidelines - This tour is subject to community guidelines mandated by the Philippine Government and Local Government Units. Travel requirements and COVID restrictions might change anytime without any notice.

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Accommodation

This package is inclusive of accommodation during your trip in the Philippines.

Guide to the Philippines curates only the accommodation for each and every destination so you can enjoy your trip and worry less about finding a place to stay. See our accommodation levels below and our preferred accommodation partners together with your rooms under each day in the daily itinerary.

Deluxe - 3-star accommodations providing average amenities with higher quality service and design. Deluxe accommodations are often located near airports, tourist and business areas. It also feature access to guest lounge, restaurant, fitness center and swimming pool.

Premium - To make your trip extra special, you may also upgrade your hotel accommodation on selected destinations to a premium level. You will stay in 4-5-star accommodation which include above-average to opulent interior design and guests have complimentary access to all-day dining, spa services, swimming pool and a fitness center. Please note that not all locations offer premium level accommodation.

Standard check-in time is 1500H PST. Standard check-out time is 1200H PST. Bookings for one person will be arranged in single rooms, and bookings for two or more people will share a twin/double, or triple room(s). Children will be arranged in the same room with their parents. If additional room(s) is needed and for special requests, additional costs will incur.

Guide to the Philippines will select the accommodations best suited for you at the time of your booking from our preferred partners. If our preferred partners are fully booked at the time of your booking, we will find another suitable accommodation for you of similar level.

We always do our best to accommodate special requests, which may incur additional costs. Press choose a date to find availability.

Deluxe

Deluxe accommodation is equipped with room air-conditioning, private bathroom with shower, cabled television, average in-room amenities such as toiletries, fresh towels and coffee and tea-making facilities, comfortable bed with linens and access to Wi-Fi internet. Breakfast is included.

Premium

Rooms on the premium level feature large queen or king-sized beds, premium beddings and toiletries, private bathroom with rain shower head and a plenty of room space. Nightly turndown and full housekeeping services each day is also available to guests upon request. Breakfast is included.

Flights

This package includes economy class seat with 7kgs carry-on baggage and 20kgs check-in baggage via Philippine Airlines and AirSWIFT, flying you to your destinations not drivable from Manila. Below are your flight details:

Manila to Puerto Princesa

• Manila (MNL) - Puerto Princesa (PPS) via Philippine Airlines | Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 2

El Nido to Manila

• El Nido (ENI) - Manila (MNL) via AirSWIFT | El Nido Lio Airport

Seat selection can be made during online-check-in 24-48 hours prior to flight departure. Seats with corresponding additional fees are on personal account. For domestic flights, it is recommended to check-in at the airport 3 hours prior to your estimated time of departure.

Guide to the Philippines will select the best available flight to maximize your vacation in the Philippines.

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