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Filipijnen Eiland Hoppen
This exclusive trip through the Philippines will treat you to the most idyllic beaches and fantastic cultural life. But ... don't think it's just islands and beaches in the Philippines. Here, you will also find beautiful rice terraces, waterfalls and caves. During this trip you will work on a diving project and remove waste and plastic from the ocean. Although this is already an amazing experience as the Philippines is the ultimate diving destination, it is not only about rolling up your sleeves, there is certainly time to enjoy your 'picture perfect' custom adventure through crystal clear water, pure white sandy beaches, limestone rocks, impressive bays, a beautiful underwater world, dozens of uninhabited islands and towering rice terraces. Stroll through the famous Chocolate Hills of Bohol (not suitable for consumption), snorkel with clown fish (Nemo!), turtles and stingrays and take a boat trip through the enchanting underground river of Palawan. From interaction with local communities to a lot of built-in leisure time, this trip is both useful and liberating. All this off the beaten track and under the guidance of an experienced local guide during the entire trip.
What is included in your trip
From The Netherlands incl. luggage, airport tax and fuel tax
3 domestic flights
20 nights of
3 en 4* hotels
5 lunch, 4 diner
Team & Groep
Expert, English-speaking trip manager and local guides
Professional diving guidance
Small groups of max. 18 people
All transfers are included during the trip
Marine volunteer project
All entrance fees according to the program
Reusable water bottle with filter
Below mentioned trip includes my service
Whether this is before, during or after your trip; I am always available for you
Departure dates 2020 :
2 April 2020
20 November 2020
Guaranteed departure at 6 people
Today you fly from Amsterdam to Dumaguete.
Your trip to the Philippines has begun!
International flight from Amsterdam to Manilla incl. luggage. Meals on board.
Today you will arrive in Dumaguete. Welcome in the Philippines! You will be picked up by our local representative of the volunteering project who will take you to the resort. The rest of the afternoon is at your leisure. Relax at the pool or beach and drink a cocktail in the pool bar! In the evening you will enjoy a welcome dinner.
International flight from Amsterdam to Manilla incl. luggage. Domestic flight from Manilla to Dumaguete incl. luggage. Meals on board. Dinner at the resort.
During these six days we make 9 dives to clean up the coral reef. We will equip you with the knowledge and skills needed to conduct a Dive against Debris survey. You will learn how to create a survey dive profile, understand the best use of photography and make effective decisions on what to remove and what to leave behind. In addition, we do two beach clean-ups to ensure that no more waste goes into the sea.
Not only will you learn valuable information and gain great experience as a diver, you’ll also become part of the bigger movement to protect the oceans and keep them clean for sea life.
To participate in this volunteer project you do not need to have a diving license (PADI). You can get this at the project site.
Breakfast on all project days and 1x Dinner.
PADI Open Water course and certificate €249,-
Excursions: Casaroro Waterfall € 25,- ; Kookoo's Nest € 20,- (min 4 pax)
After we have cleaned up dozens of kilos of waste, it is time to further explore the Philippines. We make our way to Lake Balinsasayaw. On the way, you will see the scenic view of the islands of Negros and Cebu separated by blue waters of Tanon Strait. Lake Balinsasayaw is one of two small but deep crater lakes rising less than 1000 feet above sea level. The guide will take you around the lake by a local outrigger boat. At the other side of the lake you take a short walk to the falls. There is time for swimming in the waterfalls, kayaking around the lake and visit to the upper lake. We spend a few hours here before we descend the mountain and the guide takes us to the hotel in Dumaguete.
Sierra Hotel or similar
Breakfast. Lake Balinsasayaw Tour.
In the morning we travel by ferry to Bohol. We explore the beautiful green inland of the island with the famous 'Chocolate Hill'. This is a remarkable hill group that is situated in the middle of the island as a kind of group of large molehills. In this beautiful landscape you will find rivers, waterfalls and caves here and there. At the Philippine Tarsier Foundation we will see the smallest primate in the world, who is threatened with extinction. Due to of his round eyes he is also called the 'ghost animal'. At the foundation, they try to protect the Tarsiers from extinction with a special program.
Loboc River Resort or similar
Breakfast. Ferry to Bohol. Excursion to the the Chocolate Hills and Tarsier Foundation.
In the morning the transfer to Moalboal follows, a pleasant coastal town known for its diving locations and beautiful white sandy beaches. Upon arrival we put the bags away and spend the rest of your afternoon swimming, relaxing with a drink in your hand, taking a walk through the area or even getting a relaxing massage. If you fancy a night of fun, head to Chili Bar for a few oceanside cocktails and good music, and dance the night away with the locals.
Turtle Bay or similar
Breakfast. Ferry to Moalboal
Get your snorkels and masks ready, because today you will enjoy an exciting boat trip! On the boat, our first stop will be Pescadores Island, where you will see a lot of beautiful, colourful fish and amazing reefs and corals. Your second stop will be the wonderful Sardine Run. You can snorkel and experience being surrounded by thousands of sardines. Don’t forget to take lots of photos, this really is a once in a lifetime experience. Finally, it’s time for the Turtle Sanctuary. You will have the opportunity to see and swim with sea turtles! They are protected animals so please don’t get too close. After your long day of making memories in the sun, you will be taken by to your hotel our private boat.
Turtle Bay or similar
Breakfast. Boat trip with snorkeling experiences.
Today you will get to experience one of the major highlights of the Philippines, namely Kawasan Falls! You can choose here from two activities:
- Canyoneering: A day full of adrenaline with hiking, swimming, waterfalls and jumping off cliffs (optional)! The trek lasts approximately 4-5 hours, depending on the pace of the group. After the adventure-filled canyoneering experience in Kawasan Falls, you will be treated to a spread of Filipino food before heading back to the hotel.
- Kawasan Falls Trip: First, we head by van to the Kawasan area before enjoying a nice walk (around 20-30 minutes) along the river to the beautiful Kawasan Falls. Enjoy the famous turquoise water and take a dip if you wish!
Turtle Bay or similar
Breakfast and Lunch. Excursion option Canyoneering or Kawasan Falls Trip.
In the morning the transfer to Cebu City Airport follows for the flight to Puerto Princesa, the gateway to all the magic that Palawan has to offer. The Philippines has more than 7000 islands, but if you ask for the pearl, then Palawan is the unanimous answer. That is not an exaggeration, because in 2014 Palawan won the title of "best island in the world". In the afternoon we visit the special Iwahig prison. This prison in unique because there are no walls around it and almost never anyone "escaped". The prison and the land around it are about twice as large as Paris and almost 3000 prisoners work and live together here as if it were a large village. We can walk around the prison freely, learn about the unique system and see what it's like to live here. There is always a prisoner who can tell you something about his life here!
Hue Hotels & Resorts or similar
Breakfast. Domestic flight to Puerto Princesa. Excursion to the Iwahig prison.
Today we visit one of the most important protected nature reserves in the Philippines: the Princesa Subterranean River National Park. It is an 8.2 km long underwater river and is known as one of the most complex cave systems in the world; the Princesa Underground River. There are spectacular limestone rocks and karst mountains, which makes the area beautiful as if you were in a fairytale. The Princesa Underground River is one of the 7 Wonders of Nature and is the longest navigable underground river in the world. A local guide will tell you all about this natural wonder during an impressive boat trip.
Hue Hotels & Resort or similar
Breakfast and Lunch. Boat trip through the Princesa Underground River with a local guide.
Today we visit a few islands off the coast of Puerto Princesa. Snorkeling equipment is provided so you can explore the underwater world of Honda Bay. During this private boattour we visit Pambato Island, Luli Island and Cowrie Island. We stop on these small islands as they are known for their white-sand beaches and snorkeling opportunities. Admire the coral and tropical fish at Pambato Island. Luli Island gets its name from the phrase “Lulubog-Lilitaw” meaning to sink and rise - the island disappears at high tide. Cowrie Island is home to cabanas and thatch-roof huts with views of the water, providing a resort-style atmosphere. This excursion contains a delicious picnic for lunch.
Hue Hotels & Resorts or similar
Breakfast and Lunch. Private boat trip with snorkeling experiences.
Today the transfer to El Nido follows for a free, relaxed day. The drive goes straight through the stunning inland to El Nido, where you will arrive in the mid-afternoon. Welcome to one of the most beautiful areas of the Philippines! The chalkstone formations are genuinely beautiful. The area is increasingly visited by tourists. You can take a walk along the beautiful beach, visit some cool bars for a drink and get delicious food from all kinds of kitchens. It is also a great place for a night out! Try the local alcohol or stick to a traditional cocktail in one of the lively beach bars, our personal favourite is SAVABeach Bar. If you are adventurous, you can always grab a trike and head to Las Cabanas Beach to watch the sunset.
Lagun Hotel or similar
Na de lunch volgt de transfer naar El Nido. Welkom in een van de mooiste gebieden van de Filipijnen! De krijtsteenformaties zijn prachtig. Het gebied wordt steeds meer bezocht door toeristen. Hier kunt u een wandeling kunt maken langs het prachtige strand, wat coole bars bezoeken voor een drankje en heerlijk eten uit allerlei verschillende keukens. Het is ook een geweldige plek voor een avondje uit! Probeer de lokale alcohol of blijf bij een traditionele cocktail in een van de levendige strandbars, onze persoonlijke favoriet is SAVABeach Bar. Als u avontuurlijk bent, kunt u altijd een trike pakken en naar Las Cabanas Beach gaan om de zonsondergang te bekijken.
Lagun Hotel of vergelijkbaar
Ontbijt en Lunch
Today we enjoy swimming in the sun and exploring the colorful and beautiful marine life of El Nido. We wil take you to explore the most beautiful islands and beaches. It is a full day activity exploring lagoons, hidden beaches and more. The snorkels are ready! After today you will understand why Palawan has been voted the best island in the world!
Lagun Hotel or similar
Breakfast. Boat trip with snorkeling experiences.
Today you will experience the raw tropical beauty of Daracotan Island! This is paradise on earth and a place to relax like you've never done before. Take a nap in a hammock overlooking the inredible ocean views or snorkel to the Island's shipwreck and home to abundant clown fish (Nemo!), rays and turtles. Two pet pigs live on the island who love omantic strolls along the beach and a swim in the ocean.
Enjoy a boat tour around the island in the afternoon, stopping off at empty, secluded beaches. We visit the local island village and experience their daily lives. Interact with the locals while enjoying a cup of tea in one of their bamboo houses.
In the evening we enjoy a local island style dinner by the campfire on the beach. This location is completely outside the tourist path, so enjoy the stars, the tranquility and the surrounding landscape.
Open, cultural Nipahut
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Boat trip around the island. Visit to the locals.
In the morning you will be transferred to Taytay Wharf, from where you will take the boat to Apulit Island for your relaxing stay in a beautiful bungalow. The cottages are all built on stilts, perched above the sea with an unobstructed view of Palawan’s azure Taytay Bay, surrounding islands, and dramatic limestone cliffs. Spend a wonderfully relaxing afternoon in this paradise. This eco-resort also offers exciting activities for thrill seekers. You can go climb and rappel down the 60-meter limestone cliff, with birds’ eye-view of the whole island. Dive and discover sunken treasures just off the beach, with a Japanese ship wreck and a plethora of marine species to greet you. Put on headlights and go spelunking in the different caves of Apulit, or hop on the banca as one go island hopping and snorkelling with the resort’s marine sports guides to identify and explain the different species around the area.
Water Bungalow – El Nido Resorts, Apulit Island
Breakfast and Dinner
A delicious breakfast overlooking the ocean marks the end of the trip. It is time to say goodbye, but we will never forget the times we shared in the Filipino waters. From El Nido you fly back to capital Manila for the connecting flight back to Amsterdam with one of the world's best airlines, enough time to dream about the next trip, to Nepa, maybel?
Breakfast. Domestic flight from El Nido to Manilla incl. luggage. International flight from Manilla to Amsterdam incl. luggage. Meals on board.
In the morning you will arrive in Amsterdam.
International flight from Manilla to Amsterdam incl. luggage. Meals on board.
For technical and / or organisational reasons, the route and / or order of the tour may be deviated from. You will receive your travel documents approximately 2 weeks before departure.
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Calamity Fund contribution (€ 2.50 per booking)
Don't book too late
Do not wait too long to book a trip, because we often have to return our unused airplane seats to the relevant airline two months before departure. The seats are then "on request" and it is possible that the flight schedule may deviate and the price of the trip may increase. In addition, booking within two months prior to departure can bring along a single room supplement.
The costs for inexperienced divers who have to obtain a diving certificate on location are €249,- per person.
The costs for a deluxe cottage (double room) during the volunteering project are €80,- per person.
The costs for a deluxe cottage (single room) during the volunteering project are €310,- per person.
The costs for a single room during the entire trip are € 1349,- per person.
Do you not want to or are you medically unable to dive? Then there is the possibility to only do beach clean-ups during the project period. Please contact us for more information.
It is also possible to only book the land package of this trip. You will arrange the international flights and the transfer on arrival and departure yourself. You then make the trip according to the program with the other participants. Please contact us for more information.
For cancellation up to 45 days (exclusive) before departure: the 40% deposit
For cancellations from 45 days (inclusive) to 30 days (exclusive) before departure: 50% of the travel sum
For cancellations from 30 days (inclusive) to 16 days (exclusive) before departure: 65% of the travel sum
For cancellations from 16 days (inclusive) to 8 days (exclusive) before departure: 85% of the travel sum
Cancellation 8 days (including) before departure: the full travel sum
A 40% deposit applies for this trip