Northern Philippines & Islands on a Shoestring

18-to-Thirtysomethings, Manila to Moalboal

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Tour description provided by G Adventures

This 17-day trip brings together the very best of Filipino culture and hospitality with its simply perfect island beaches. Begin by heading north to explore remote villages and see stunningly green rice terraces. Then island-hop around Siquijor and Bohol, snorkelling and swimming to your heart's content. Check out Moalboal and swim with sardines. With two unique homestays to experience the warmth of the Philippines and its welcoming people, this tour is an experience you'll talk about for years to come.

What’s included

  • G Adventures for Good: Bohol Island Homestay, Bohol Local Living: Batad Homestay, Batad
  • Orientation walk (Baguio)
  • Rice terraces trek (Batad)
  • Cultural performance (Batad)
  • Orientation to local community (Bohol)
  • Chocolate Hills visit
  • Beach time in Siquijor, Bohol, Panglao, and Moalboal
  • Canyoneering Kawasan Falls
  • Sardine Snorkelling
  • Departure Transfer
  • Internal flights
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Explore the beautiful chocolate hills
  • Learn about the tiny tarsiers
  • Snorkel crystal-clear blue waters
  • Relax on gorgeous white-sand beaches
  • Trek along rice terraces to a remote village
  • Experience filipino culture and hospitality on an overnight homestay

Itinerary

Day 1 Manila Arrive at any time. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Manila/Baguio (1B) Travel north by bus, then enjoy an orientation walk upon arrival to Baguio. Opt to get a massage. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: Local bus (7.00 hour(s))
Day 3 Baguio/Sagada (1B) After another long day of travel, arrive at the outdoor paradise of Sagada, a base for adventuring. Transport: Local bus (7.00 hour(s))
Day 4 Sagada (1B) The natural beauty of the area features caves perfect for exploring, hikes along an underground river system, a waterfall and delightful pool to cool off in after a day of exploring. Relax in the quiet serenity only found off the beaten path—this is a place to just sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery.
Day 5 Sagada/Batad (1B, 1D) Travel via jeepney along scenic mountain roads and then by foot on local hiking trails to reach a local village for an overnight homestay experience. Discover the daily lives of the Ifugao people. Enjoy a cultural performance and a local dinner. Additional Notes: The trekking here can be challenging, especially in inclement weather. If you don't feel fit enough for the activity, your CEO can help you organize some optional activities. Included Activities: Rice Terraces Trek and Ifugao Village Visit Batad Homestay Transport: Jeepney (4.00 hour(s))
Day 6 Batad/Banaue (1B) Hike back to the main road and hop in a jeepney bound for beautiful Banaue. Enjoy free time and views of the famous rice terraces. Transport: Jeepney (2.00 hour(s))
Day 7 Banaue/Manila (1B) Free time to trek along the terraces or relax. After soaking in the last of the spectacular views hop on an overnight bus to Manila. Transport: Overnight bus (9.00 hour(s))
Day 8 Manila Explore this bustling city with free time.
Day 9 Manila/Siquijor (1B) Fly to Dumaguete and transfer to the port to board a boat bound for the mystical island of Siquijor. Transport: Tuk-tuk (1.00 hour(s)) Plane (1.50 hour(s)) Ferry (0.75 hour(s))
Day 10 Siquijor (1B) Enjoy free time to explore caves, waterfalls, coral-filled waters, and 106km (65 mi) of white-sand beaches. Snorkelling and diving are both great options here.
Day 11 Siquijor/Bohol (1B, 1D) Enjoy a homestay at a community tourism project. Please note accommodations here are basic. Included Activities: Bohol Island Homestay Transport: Private Vehicle (0.75 hour(s)) Ferry (2.00 hour(s))
Day 12 Bohol/Panglao (1B, 1L) This morning opt to join your host family as they tend to the farm before helping prepare a barbecue feast for lunch. After lunch together, say good bye to your hosts and head out to explore the famous Chocolate Hills. Included Activities: Chocolate Hills Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s))
Day 13 Panglao (1B) Free day to tour the island or go snorkelling.
Day 14 Panglao/Moalboal (1B) Board a boat to Cebu then transfer from Cebu to Moalboal. Beautiful beaches and bright, turquoise waters await. Transport: Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s)) Boat (2.00 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s))
Day 15 Moalboal (1B) Jump into a busy underwater wonderland to snorkel surrounded by a school of sardines. Enjoy the rest of the day on the beach. Included Activities: Sardine Run Snorkelling
Day 16 Moalboal (1B) Today enjoy canyoneering at the beautiful Kawasan Falls and it's surrounding fresh water streams and pools. Additional Notes: The included canyoneering activity is appropriate for anyone with a moderate level of fitness (and brave enough to make required jumps of up to 4 metres!). For travelers that would not like to join this activity, a full day snorkeling trip to Pescadora Island will be offered as an alternative. Included Activities: Kawasan Canyoneering
Day 17 Moalboal (1B) Depart at any time. Departure transfer included. Included Activities: Departure Day
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