Philippines Island Hopping with Contiki (without expedition)

9 days
07 Dec 24 to 06 Apr 25
Book by 28 Feb 25
Are you ready, beach enthusiasts? We’ve got 9 days of ultimate island hopping in store. It’s time to experience this tropical symphony of crystal blue waters, white-sand beaches, awe-inspiring historical sites (and countless insta-worthy spots too). You’ll discover reefs and shipwrecks in Port Barton. Take a boat ride through the jaw-dropping limestone caves at Puerto Princesa. Dine on authentic Filipino food. Catch once-in-a-lifetime sunset views in El Nido. And of course, soak in the blissful beach vibes throughout - all with your new set of fellow island lovers. Grab your swimsuit and let’s go!

Without Expedition: This 9 day version takes you from Manila to El Nido, with regular marine adventures.


  • 9 Day Contiki Guided Holiday
  • 7 nights in Hotels, 1 night in Special Stay
  • 8 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 2 Dinners
  • Transport by Mini Van + Internal Flight + Boat
  • Expert Trip Manager
  • Optional free time add on experiences (additional costs apply)
  • Included Experiences
  • Guided Tour: Sigiriya Rock Fortress
  • Kandy to Nanuoya by Train
  • Visit the Elephant Transit Home (MAKE TRAVEL MATTER ® Experience) and much more!


  • Flights not mentioned
  • Arrival/ departure transfers
  • Visas
  • Travel Insurance
  • Spending money and items of a personal nature
  • Boat Expedition


  • You have to be between the age of 18 and 35 years old to travel with Contiki
  • Additional costs apply for optional free time add on experiences
  • Secure your spot today with a deposit from as low as R1000* and pay the rest 60 days before departure


  • 8 Nights Contiki Tour
  • 14 Meals
  • Included experiences and sightseeing


Day 1: Manila to Puerto Princesa

Breathtaking beaches. Spectacular seafood. Rustic marine rendezvous. Welcome to Asia’s Pearl of the Orient, packed with some of the BEST views of your lifetime! There’s so much to see, and there’s no time to waste. You’ll meet your crew before we zip through the skies straight to our very first white-sand destination. Puerto Princesa Feel the beach vibes hitting you already? Same. Nothing’s better than a free evening to spend on one of the most pristine islands here, Palawan. But first, we feast. Exchange proper hellos with your fellow travellers over a welcome dinner. And for a prime local experience, you can end the night at a Tiki bar with Filipino tunes and cocktails. Today might be over, but this is just beginning… Accommodation: Acacia Tree Hotel (or similar) Included Meals: Dinner Included Experience: Fly to Puerto Princesa Soar over the Manila skyline and aquamarine waters to one of the most beautiful islands in the country - Palawan, in an included flight.

Day 2: Puerto Princesa to Port Barton via Underground River

Puerto Princesa Morning, sunshine lovers! Today’s the first full day on this wonderful island, so you know we’re starting with a bang. You’ll grab some breakfast at the hotel and head straight to the Subterranean River National Park for a fascinating underground endeavour. Underground River Ready? Put on your neon helmets. For your very first adventure, you’ll float through an aquamarine river into one of the most complex cave systems in the world. Surrounded by intricate limestone formations (some of them egg-shaped too!) - you’ll have no doubt about why this glorious landscape is an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Port Barton Bet your eyes are pleased with those gorgeous views. Now it's time to please our tummies - as part of a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience. You’ll stop by at Nanay Elena’s House for a traditional Filipino meal, made using only the freshest ingredients (that she grows in her own farm!). Afterwards, drop your bags at our beachfront hotel. Relax on the shore. Explore the tiny town. Or make your own rings & bracelets in a local workshop. The night is still young, and it’s all yours! Accommodation: Ausan Beachfront (or similar) Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Included Experience: Explore the Underground River via boat. Cruise through the serene Subterranean River National Park into a kaleidoscope of pointy limestone caves. Don't miss the chance to watch the 8.2 km long river flow directly into the ocean. Included Experience: Taste traditional food at Nanay Elena's House Included Experience: Join a local jewellery-making workshop

Day 3: Port Barton

Need your beauty sleep? Or just need to spend some time on the sandy beach? Today’s the day you can do anything you want. Dive into the crystal blue waters. Grab a book and soak in the sun. Or go on a morning hike to check out the rocky hills. Either way, sublime beach vibes are guaranteed here. Accommodation: Ausan Beachfront (or similar) Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 4: Sigiriya to Kandy

Port Barton Ocean-lovers, unite! Today, we’re going island hopping in our very own private boat. You’ll swim with sea turtles. Snorkel along the vibrant reefs. Grab a scrumptious locally-cooked meal. Dodge waves at the beach. And chill at a starfish sandbar (with your newly-made best friends, of course) as the sun sets over the serene sea. Is this island exploration done right or what? Accommodation: Ausan Beachfront (or similar) Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Port Barton

It’s time to bid farewell to our (now) favourite island stop. But don’t worry, there are plenty more destinations here to give it competition. You’ll start the day with some breakfast at the hotel and with no time to waste, head to the next turquoise-tinted spot. El Nido A free afternoon to spend in another wonderful tropical paradise? How lucky are we? Taste the local street food. Or check out the unique shops around town. Oh, and please don’t forget to charge your camera! This evening, we’ll hop onto a Filipino-classic tricycle to go to Las Cabanas - one of the best sunset points in the ENTIRE country. There’s no better way to end the day, we promise. Accommdodation: Coral Cliff (or similar) Included Meals: Breakfast Included Experience: Catch a scenic sunset at Las Cabanas

Day 6: El Nido

Rise and shine folks. It’s time to hit the road (just like the locals) in a wonderfully colourful, classic Jeepney. First stop? The beautiful Lio Beach. Enjoy the peaceful views and walk the wooden footpath that leads into the ocean. And it doesn’t end there. Next, we’ll head to Bulalacao Waterfalls. It’s gonna be really hard to stop yourself from taking a plunge into the enigmatic milky-white water. So, don’t! And finally, we’ll end the day on the most popular beach in all of Palawan (and maybe even the Philippines, if you ask us) - Nacpan Beach. Accommodation: Coral Cliff (or similar) Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Included Experience: Ride on a classic Filipino Jeepney Included Experience: Visit the spell-binding Nacpan Beach Included Experience: Plunge into the Bulalacao waterfalls

Day 7: El Nido

It’s not often you get an entire day in a palm tree paradise to spend just the way you please. But the stars must’ve aligned, because today is one of them! You can explore the pristine white-sand beaches while the sun’s out and spend the night chilling with your crew. It’s a ‘you do you’ kinda day. Accommodation: Coral Cliff (or similar) Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 8: El Nido to Island Special Stay

Mabuhay, travellers! The sun has risen, and so has the opportunity to explore another destination with crystal clear water. Munch on your final El Nido meal before we catch a boat-transfer. Accommodation: Island Special Stay This is what you’ve been waiting for. You’ll drop your bags off at our Special Stay and head to our next MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® experience where we'll spend time exploring local culture - something straight outta a storybook. Afterwards, you’ll snorkel under the crystal blue water and explore a local shipwreck! We’ll then head to another authentic Filipino experience. Delicious local food served on a long banana leaf across the table devoured with your hands AKA a boodle fight. Finally, we'll light up a soothing bonfire and end the day resting on the shores (next to our rustic beach huts). The Isla Experience Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Included Experience: Stay at the Isla Experience on Darocotan Island

Day 9: Island Special Stay to El Nido

Ah, the final day is here. Make the most of your last meal in this wonderful marine ecstasy. Because we’re heading straight to El Nido. El Nido Our island exploration has come to an end. Goodbyes are due. Contacts are shared. Tears are shed. New friends are tagged on insta stories. And perhaps, plans are made to meet again at another destination to reminisce about these unforgettable island hopping memories (and make some new ones too!) Included Meals: Breakfast

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Prices are per person twin share/multi share as per itinerary, and are subject to availability and rate of exchange changes. Offers above are a guide only and will vary depending on departure date, our guide price is based on the cheapest departure within the stipulated season and availability is correct at time of loading. Visas may be necessary and insurance is essential. Pentravel and Tour Operator terms and conditions apply, and may be found on our website. Offer can be removed at any time. Pricing varies pending departure date. Trips valid for travellers aged 18-35 years. Excludes flights. Only R1000 deposit per person is required to confirm your trip booking. Deposit is due within 3 days of booking; airlines may impose different penalties and cancellation fees. Payment due in full 120 days before departure. All savings / discounts mentioned has already been included in advertised price. Pentravel and Tour Operator reserves the right to withdraw or amend promotional offers at any time. Advertised price is based on 22 February 2025 departure. At time of loading this may not be a definite departure. These packages are based on CASH price. E&OE;.

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