***Please note that this itinerary and its activities are subject to change depending on local weather conditions and other circumstances beyond our control.
Arrive on Day 1 to Puerto Princesa airport in the morning, get picked up and transfer to El Nido. Visit the Big & Small Lagoon, Simizu, Secret Lagoon and 7 Commando on an island hopping adventure on Day 2. Return to Puerto Princesa by van on Day 3 and choose a Honda Bay Island Hopping Tour or a unique and exciting excursion to the Underground River on Day 4. Your fun Palawan Getaway will end on Day 5 with an airport transfer after checkout of your hotel for your onward journey.
Day by Day Itinerary:
Day 1: Puerto Princesa Airport Pick-Up - El Nido
On arrival in Puerto Princesa airport you will be met and transferred to El Nido (the last departure for El Nido is at 18:00. If you arrive in Puerto Princesa later than 16:30, please book this trip for the following day). Travel time is approximately 6 to 8 hours depending on local conditions. Upon arrival in El Nido, you will be dropped-off at your accommodation for check-in. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure to settle-in. Overnight in El Nido.
Day 2: El Nido Island Hopping Tour (B/L)
Explore breathtaking lagoons and unspoiled beaches with the El Nido Island Hopping Tour. Visit incredible sites such as the Big and Small Lagoons, which are some of El Nido’s pride. Their limestone walls serving as backdrop to sparkling turquoise waters never fail to amaze travelers.
Venture into the dreamy world of the Secret Lagoon, a tiny island enclosed within limestone cliffs. Relax along the stretch of sandy white beach of Seven Commandos, named after the seven Japanese commandos who inhabited the island after World War II. And of course, you’ll be visiting the awe-inspiring Simizu Island, which completes your experience of the beautiful paradise of El Nido. After the tour, transfer back to the hotel. Overnight in El Nido.
Day 3: El Nido - Puerto Princesa (B)
Take the local tricycle in town to bring you to the terminal to catch a bus back to Puerto Princesa. Upon arrival, you will be picked up at the terminal and transferred to the hotel for overnight.
Day 4: Honda Bay Island Hopping or Underground River Tour (B/L)
Today you have the choice to go on the Honda Bay Island Hopping Tour OR to the Underground River Tour. After the tours you will be dropped-off at your accommodation in Puerto Princesa for overnight.
Honda Bay Bay Island Hopping Tour:
Experience the best of Palawan's shores with an island hopping tour in Puerto Princesa Honda Bay. Begin your morning bright and early and sail to Starfish Island named so for housing the largest population of Starfish and Sea Stars in all of Palawan. After a delicious buffet lunch by the beach, venture to Luli Island, a nickname that comes from the local phrase "Lulubog - Lilitaw" or Sink and Rise which comes from the fact that this island is only visible during low tide, so make sure to catch it then. Finally, pay a visit to Cowrie Island to enjoy the beautiful beach on this without the thick crowds of other islands.
Underground River Tour:
Start your morning reveling in this wonder of nature – the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage that is truly worthy of awe. Afterwards, enjoy a hearty lunch back at the resort then spend the rest of the day lounging under the sun on the pristine beach and clear waters of Palawan.
Day 5: Bus El Nido to Puerto Princesa & Airport Drop-Off
This morning you will be transferred to the El Nido bus terminal for your transfer to the Puerto Princesa airport to catch your departing flight. You will arrive at the airport by 13:00, so please plan your flight time accordingly. Happy trails!
Accommodations: Please be aware that this is a developing country and not all facilities may be up to the same standards as in your home country. Please also keep in mind that air-conditioning is not standard in the Philippines.
When booking budget and standard accommodations, we will try to book you in beachfront locations as much as possible. Our preferred accommodations have been selected for proximity to the beach, and for this reason most do not have swimming pools. Please don't expect swimming pools at hostel accommodations either.