- Prices between £2799 - £2949
- 13 days
12 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners, including a beach barbeque and a floating feast
12 nights’ accommodation in twin room boutique hotels and camping in one-man tents
All activities, from paddle-boarding to quad biking, included. Local Flash Pack guide and driver
Max 14 Flashpackers
2 domestic flights to El Nido and Cebu
Private airport transfers anytime on Day 1, country travel in private minibus, private boats
A Secret Beach Campsite
One-man tents on the Bacuit Archipelago
Bed down in unique mesh tents on a secret and secluded beach on the Bacuit Archipelago, miles away from civilisation.
Why we stay here
This is a true Robinson Crusoe experience that lets you get right off-grid, with the added luxe touch of a private boat and a private chef for beach barbeques.
Amorita Resort, Panglao
Luxury hotel overlooking Alona Beach
A sophisticated resort full of thoughtful touches, such as complimentary ice pops and cooling sprays by the pool, early morning hot chocolates at the restaurant and cookies in the chic bedrooms.
Why we stay here
Several pools, including a huge infinity pool with views of Alona Beach, and Amorita’s private beach, where you’ll see few people but lots of colourful marine life.
The Henry Hotel, Manila
An old colonial hotel in Metro Manila
The madness of Manila falls away the minute you step foot inside the manicured grounds of The Henry Hotel. The striking white house, with its brass fittings, shutters, dark wood and low lighting, feels like a Hollywood film set.
Why we stay here
On a hot day, the palm-fringed swimming pool, cool tiled floors and shady private decks are a welcome antidote to the hustle and bustle of the city. Think of it as an oasis escape.
The Flash Pack Promise
Here at Flash Pack, we’re committed to unique adventures that deliver great value for money. We pack our trips with epic experiences (unlike other companies, all activities are included), hand-pick stylish hotels and match you with like-minded people.
Touch down in a tropical paradise
Touch down in Manila, the gateway to the 7000 islands of the Philippines, and the starting point of your tropical adventure. Please arrive at the airport before 4pm, where your private transfer will whisk you to your boutique hotel. Check in and freshen up in this hipster oasis before embracing the madness of Manila. Get ready to tuck into tasty barbeque street food and explore the lively streets of the capital. Get to know your fellow Flashpackers as you discover its dynamic mixture of old and new, from gleaming high-rises to beautiful Spanish architecture. Power on to the pulsating clubs and rooftop bars (if your jetlag can hack it), or retreat back to the sanctuary of your peaceful hotel. This is only the beginning!Read more
Bamboo bikes and rooftop sundowners
Here at Flash Pack, we don’t like to do things the ordinary way. So this morning we’re heading to the walled city of Intramuros, but forget your standard walkabout – we’ll be cruising through the historic streets by bamboo bikes. Handmade by Gawad Kalinga villagers, these quirky bikes are a really great way to contribute to ecotourism whilst covering more ground. After you’ve pedalled your way through the ancient ruins of this historic walled neighbourhood and soaked in its rich architectural heritage, dig into lunch at a local restaurant. There’s just time for a few hours of sunshine by the turquoise hotel pool at your midcentury hotel, before we head to one of Manila’s best rooftop bars. Watch the sun fade behind the striking cityscape, while knocking back sundowners and revelling in what’s to come.Read more
Ahoy, the Best Island in the World
After breakfast at your hotel, bid farewell to the vibrant capital and hop on a 70-minute flight to El Nido. This town lies on insanely picturesque Palawan, regularly voted the Best Island in the World by travel magazines. With its pristine white beaches, deep turquoise ocean and lush rainforest, it’s not hard to see why. Prepare for your Instagram to creak under an influx of snaps of the emerald-green seascape and a series of picturesque fishing villages, along with beaches dotted with colourful paraw boats. After checking into your family-run oceanfront hotel, take a stroll to the beach to get a feel for small and laid-back El Nido – or you can hire motorised tricycles from the hotel to make the journey that bit sweeter. In the evening, we recommend a graceful flop into the pool, for glorious views of Bacuit Bay and its green-shrouded karsts at sundown.Read more
Camp out on a secret beach
An epic day of island-hopping lies ahead today. Step aboard your private boat and prepare to head off-grid to explore Bacuit Archipelago; a labyrinth of limestone karsts, caves and hidden lagoons lying off the coast of Palawan. Your captain knows the best and quietest islands for you Flashpackers to savour all to yourselves, complete with idyllic beaches, coral reef and crystal-clear waters. Channel your inner Robinson Crusoe as you boat between inlets and coves, passing by palm trees, powdery-white sands and pristine sea. Feel the spray of the ocean as you zip from island to island in this spectacular wilderness; nothing else matters aside from which beach looks the most inviting. This evening, we’ll wash up on a secret island, where we’ll camp for the next two nights in unique one-man mesh tents; perfect for star-gazing. A private chef will also be waiting to conjure up a beach barbecue by the waves. Dine beneath the open skies and savour your remote beach-side sanctuary.Read more
Snorkelling and sea kayaking
Wake up to the sound of the sea lapping on the shore, your powdery beach paradise stretching out before you. Today, the island-hopping dream continues aboard your private boat, all stocked with snorkelling gear, sea kayaks and a picnic lunch to tuck into on any island of your choice. In this turquoise playground, you can admire shoals of tropical fish in the rich marine world, paddle between hidden coves or swim to the shore for fresh coconuts. All this fresh air and sunshine is thirsty work, so dig into our supply of ice-cold beers as a refreshing refuel. Come twilight, dock up once more on your secret beach, for another delicious barbecue as the sun fades to moonlight. Sometimes, all you need in life is to be marooned on a picture-perfect desert island, far from the cry of civilisation (well, apart from the personal chef, of course).Read more
Life’s a beach in El Nido
Tuck into breakfast in the palm-shaded shores of your beach camp, and drink up these last few hours on your own island haven. There’s a hammock nearby with your name on. Then, take a languorous sail back to El Nido, where you can retreat to the same lovely hotel that you stayed in a few days ago. You’ve embraced the shipwrecked lifestyle but now it’s time to return to the land of hot showers and air conditioning. This afternoon is yours to do as you please in the island town; embrace the barefoot lifestyle. The hotel has a spacious yoga platform, for those of you who fancy meditating to the sound of the ocean waves. There are some great beach-side bars nearby, as well as an emerging foodie scene, with Filipino and international cuisine up for grabs. Come dive into a delicious helping of sunset views, live reggae music and moreish fresh fruit cocktails.Read more
Today is a day of freedom to do exactly as you please. This is your chance to live your best beach life in the sun-soaked straits of El Nido. We suggest more snorkelling (take advantage of the clearest waters known to mankind) or flexing your beach volleyball skills with your Flashpacker team at the ready. You might also want to join locally-run kayak expeditions to nearby lagoons. Cathedral caves, with their majestic tall ceilings, are another highlight on El Nido. If you’re feeling particularly active, you could hike to the top of Taraw Peak for sweeping views of Bacuit Bay, or clamber through the jungle to the Nagkalit-kalit Falls. Then again, you can always simply sprawl out on one of the many glorious beaches with a beer and a captivating book for company. In the evening, refamiliarise yourself with a string of laid-back beach bars, your Flash Pack pals in tow.Read more
A boutique retreat in Bohol
Today we’ll catch a 90-minute flight to Cebu and a two-hour ferry to Bohol’s Panglao island, another in the Philippines’ chorus line of enchanting hideaways. Be sure to pack well for all this island-hopping; we’re talking great reads, cards and top-notch tunes. A treasure trove of powdery beaches, lush forest and symmetrical hills, Panglao is a beauty – welcome to your sublime home for the next four nights. You’ll find your stunning hotel perched on the edge of a limestone cliff on the south of the island, right by the shimmering Bohol sea. Wallow in pristine infinity pools, or say hi to the spa for some well-deserved pampering. There’s also a marine sanctuary that you can snorkel around off a nearby beach cove. After a tough day travelling, take advantage of the island’s effusive bars on Alona Beach (think easygoing beach crowds and guest DJs) to party the night away by the ocean waves.Read more
Quad-bike the Chocolate Hills
Today we head inland to Carmen, where more than a thousand green grass Chocolate Hills stretch across the horizon, turning brown in the dry season (hence the name). Hop onboard a fleet of quad bikes and rev your way around this spectacular geological landscape, in a thrilling off-road adventure. Sadly, there’s no actual chocolate here, but legend suggests these rolling hills are the teardrops of a heartbroken giant. After driving up to a panoramic view of the island terrain, we’ll visit the Tarsier Sanctuary to see the tiny monkeys with their distinctive huge eyes in their natural habitat. If time is on our side, we’ll also pay a quick visit to the centuries-old Baclayon Church, made from coral stone cut from the sea. We’ll then return to the hotel to hit the beach bars for another round of moreish sundowners. Trust us, this lifestyle never gets old.Read more
Paddle-board Loboc River
Flashpackers, get set for another day of the Great Unknown. Today, we’re whisking you off to Loboc River, an emerald-green waterway that snakes through the wild interior of Bohol island. Tucked away from the tourists, get to know this serene and magical landscape with a spot of stand-up paddle boarding. Splash your way through a remote world of jungle river banks and tiny villages, with waterfalls here and there. The unspoiled canvas of lush greens and abundant wildlife will have you feeling like you’ve stepped into Jurassic Park (minus the dinosaurs). Take time to unplug and reflect in the dense palm-frond terrain. Once we’ve floated for a good few hours, we’ll head back to Panglao island for lunch. Spend the afternoon soaking up some rays, snorkelling or doing whatever else your beach-side self desires. You’re getting good at this now.Read more
Pools, sea and last-minute sun
Spend today packing in as much last-minute sunshine as you possibly can in your island idyll. There’s loads to do, from checking out the nearby Balicasag Island, where there are loads of turtles to swim with, alongside vibrant shoals of fish. Virgin Island is another dreamy neighbour to explore, with white strips of sand spooling into the ocean. Head to Pamilacan Island to see dolphins and whales or pop Cabilao Island on your radar for hammerhead sharks (season dependent). Back at the hotel, ride one of the hotel bikes around the tropical gardens, or make use of the paddle-boards and kayaks to meander around nearby coves. Or simply take a pew by the pool and order a watermelon shake to watch the sun go down over the beach. It’s a tough life…Read more
Dine at a floating restaurant
Savour breakfast and a lazy morning as you please before heading to the seaport for an afternoon ferry back to Cebu. Here, your transfer awaits to take you to your next hotel on Mactan Island, cue: more swimming pools and gently swaying palm trees, with aquamarine sea as far as the eye can see – plus paraw boats nestling on the sands here and there. Check in and freshen up for your farewell dinner with your Flashpacking gang. Such an amazing 12 days deserves a fitting finale, so you’ll be wined and dined in style on the Lantaw Native Floating Restaurant. You have mastered your sea legs, after all. Tuck into a seafood feast amid breathtaking views of the ocean, and toast your Flash Pack squad of sun-worshippers.Read more
Farewell, the sun-kissed Philippines
The time has come to leave your sun-addled pocket of paradise. But before you sob into your morning smoothie, think of all the amazing experiences you’re going home with. You’ve cruised through the capital on bamboo bikes, stayed on the Best Island in the World and glamped out on a secret beach. You’ve snorkelled through coral reefs, quad-biked across the legendary Chocolate Hills and gone paddle-boarding down a remote jungle river. You’ve had your fill of sizzling beach barbeques, street food and sundowners. You’ve wallowed in turquoise seas and infinity pools, fuelling your soul with shady hammocks and tropical sunsets. And you’ve hung out in a string of decadent beach hotels, bonding with a brand new crew of solo travellers along the way. It’s been one island-hopping whirlwind of pure, sun-kissed escapism. So, return home a glowing version of your former self. Or, you could just paddle away into the fiery sunset – and who would blame you?Read more
- Fly into Manila Ninoy Aquino International Airport and out of Mactan-Cebu International Airport.
- Please try and arrive in Manila by 4pm on Day 1 and feel free to leave anytime on Day 13.
- If this is the holiday of your dreams, please book ASAP to avoid disappointment. The domestic flights to El Nido are on small planes that only run once a day, so seats tend to get filled up pretty quickly to this island paradise!
- Travelling to the Philippines is not for everyone. This adventure involves a remote island location where there is no mobile connection, basic facilities and we camp out on the beach. We love it there and it’s a great chance to unplug, but it won’t suit travellers with expectations of luxury.
- Please be aware that the itinerary, activities and hotels are subject to change. These changes can happen with little notice due to availability, poor weather, seasonal changes, or other circumstances beyond our control. From time to time we may also make changes to your itinerary to try out new ideas and keep things fresh.
- We take safety very seriously on Flash Pack adventures, click here to learn more.