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Philippines – Island Hopping & Wildlife Wonders
Philippines – Island Hopping & Wildlife Wonders
Day 2 – 5 – Atmosphere Resort, Negros
Day 2 – 5 – Atmosphere Resort, Negros
Day 5 – 11 – Amorita, Bohol
Day 5 – 11 – Amorita, Bohol
Day 12 – 15 – El Nido
Day 12 – 15 – El Nido
Clown fish
Clown fish
Tarsier
Tarsier
Turtle with diver
Turtle with diver
Whale shark
Whale shark

Philippines – Island Hopping & Wildlife Wonders

Combine three wonderfully wild and untouched islands of the Philippines and discover incredible marine life, unique wildlife and awe-inspiring scenery. This two-week island-hopping escape starts on the island of Negros, where you can experience some of the best snorkelling and scuba diving in the Philippines, before heading over to Bohol, home to the fascinating Tarsiers (tiny primates with bulging eyes), famous Chocolate Hills and pristine reefs. End your trip surrounded by picture perfect scenery in world famous Palawan, known for its impressive limestone karst landscape.

  • Philippines – Island Hopping & Wildlife Wonders

    Day 1 – Manilla

    After your overnight flight from London you will be met and transferred to The Peninsula for a one-night stay. The hotel is perfectly located to get out and explore the lively area of Makati, a favourite with expats, there are plenty of local cafes and restaurants to enjoy.

    Stay: 1 night in a Deluxe Room at The Peninsula, Manila, including daily breakfast

  • Day 2 – 5 – Atmosphere Resort, Negros

    Day 2 – 5 – Atmosphere Resort, Negros

    This morning you’ll return to the airport for your onward flight to Dumaguete, where you’ll transfer to Atmosphere Resort & Spa. This charming boutique hotel, tucked away on the south coast of the island, is a perfect hideaway from which to explore the amazing underwater world of the region. Explore the unspoilt reefs around neighbouring Apo Island, or swim on the equally sublime house reef. The island of Negros is blessed with unspoilt jungle and beautiful scenery. For nature at its best visit Casaroro Falls and Forest Camp, or further still head to Lake Balinsasayao and Danao Lakes, twin crater lakes surrounded by dense rainforest, ideal for an afternoon of swimming and canoeing.

    Spend a day dolphin watching off the coast of Bais City, en route stop briefly at Talabong Mangrove Island, a 400-hectare protected mangrove forest that serves as a natural habitat for wild birds and crustaceans. From Talubong, head straight for Campuyo White Sandbar while scouring the sea for dolphins. When the sea is calm, the deep waters of Tanon Strait become the playground of bottlenose, melon-head and spotted dolphins. Further afield there is a chance to cruise across to Oslob, a well-known area for swimming with Whale sharks.

    Stay: 4 nights at in a Deluxe Suite at Atmosphere Resort, including breakfast

  • Day 5 – 11 – Amorita, Bohol

    Day 5 – 11 – Amorita, Bohol

    Transfer by ferry to the neighbouring island of Bohol. Located east of Cebu, it is an island province that is naturally beautiful and historically rich. Along its coastlines are numerous isles including Panglao, Cabilao, Mahinay and Lapinpin, which are excellent diving spots. You’ll be staying on Panglao, connected to Bohol by a bridge and home to the enchanting Amorita Resort. Perched on a cliff edge at the end of delightful Alona Beach, this is a wonderful place to relax and unwind, enjoy the local bars and restaurants of Alona and explore the region. Diving and snorkelling are top of the list of activities, either off the coast or at Balicasag Island, a small island with crystal clear waters, and there is also a chance to cruise over to Oslob to swim with the whale sharks, although there is a good chance you will spot them swimming off the coast of Panglao.

    During your stay you must also explore the island of Bohol, stopping off at the Philippine Tarsier Foundation in the town of Corella, which serves as a refuge for the smallest primate in the world, the tarsier. Observe these rare, nocturnal creatures in their natural habitat and be amazed by their agility as they move about, leaping from one tree to an other, and swivel their heads nearly 360 degrees. Exploring the island, you’ll pass local villages, rice paddies and the famous Chocolate Hills, which change in colour with the season. In summer the hill grasses turn deep brown and resemble chocolate candy drops, hence the name. Enjoy lunch at a local bee farm.

    Stay: 6 nights in a Deluxe Room at Amorita, Bohol, including breakfast

  • Day 12 – 15 – El Nido

    Day 12 – 15 – El Nido

    Take a ferry over to Cebu, where you’ll transfer to the airport and fly to El Nido, staying at the picturesque Cauayan Island Resort. This serene hideaway is cocooned amongst the striking limestone scenery of Bacuit Bay. Days are spent exploring this magnificent scenery by outrigger boat, stopping off at remote beaches, snorkelling on untouched reefs and kayaking on lagoons, surrounded by giant limestone karsts. This area is regularly voted as one of the most beautiful in the world and you’ll discover why – it is simply stunning! The resort will create a menu of experiences tailored to your interests and there is always relaxation on the menu in the resort spa!

    Stay: 4 nights in a Beachview Villa at Cauayan Island Resort, including breakfast

  • Day 16 – Home

    Fly back to Manila for your flight home.

  • Take me there:

    15 nights from £3,525 per person, including international and domestic flights, ferry crossings from Negros to Bohol and Bohol to Cebu, accommodation as indicated. All touring is optional at additional cost.

Island of the month: Mauritius

Mauritius isn’t just an island to enjoy a luxury hotel with soft, white sandy shores and delicious locally grown food with tip-top service. It’s also an island to explore and find exhilarating activities such as hiking, zip-lining and horse riding, as well as helicopter tours and swimming to a waterfall.

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Island of the month: Mauritius

Mauritius isn’t just an island to enjoy a luxury hotel with soft, white sandy shores and delicious locally grown food with tip-top service. It’s also an island to explore and find exhilarating activities such as hiking, zip-lining and horse riding, as well as helicopter tours and swimming to a waterfall.