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Honest advice from a published journalist and photographer with a passion for raw, unguided adventures. My trip will help you find the most adventurous things to do, shortcuts on how to find them and tips on how to make your adventure run smoothly. Take my advice for a few weeks of epic adventures in the Philippines on a trip you will never forget! Filipinos will do everything they can to make you feel welcome. Respect their home, their land, their culture and everything about this beautiful country. In return, you will enjoy a great trip throughout some of the most stunning places on earth. The Philippines is the ultimate adventure destination right now. Around 7500 islands make up this country. With beautiful landscapes, stunning beaches and kind people who are the most helpful, honest and genuine locals you will encounter in the world, it is paradise on earth. If you like adventure, paradise, beautiful beaches and lots of memorable experiences, this trip is perfect for you!
$1500 USD per person
I am a published journalist and photographer with a passion for raw, unguided adventures. I began a travel blog while in my last semester of college and have turned it into one of the biggest travel blogs in the world, called Journey Era. I have been travelling around the world since 2015 and am always looking for real adventures like treks, waterfalls and cliff jumping!
Explore the incredible lagoons and beaches while island hopping in El Nido.
Freedive into WWII shipwrecks in Coron.
Visit the epic waterfalls of Bohol.
Relax on the white sands of the world-famous Boracay Beach.
Unwind on the secluded Sumilon Island.
Hike to the top of Osmena Peak in cebu for an epic sunrise!
Included in Price
- All accommodation
- Ground transportation
- Airport transfers
- Paid activities
- Access to the storyteller's interactive guide (including lots of free activities and helpful tips)
Not Included in Price
- Travel insurance
- Entry visas / airport departure tax
- Personal expenses
- An actual guide or host of the trip (Airguides trips are unhosted)
Stop 1: Alegria
Alegria is the perfect base to start your adventures. In this region are several key tourist attractions and epic adventures. The most well-known attraction in this area and one of the must-see spots in the Philippines is Kawasan Falls. Alegria is also close to Mainit Hot Springs and is a good jump-off spot for the sunrise trek up Osmena Peak. I recommend two days in Alegria. One day to do the canyoneering adventure from Badian to Kawasan Falls and one day to do the Osmena Peak hike for sunrise and Mainit Hot Springs later in the day. There are other waterfalls accessible by bus but those are the three key spots to visit nearby Alegria.
Canyoneering at Kawasan Falls
While staying in Alegria we visited a town just north called Badian, famous for the spectacularly blue Kawasan Falls. I recommend doing the canyoneering from Alegria to Kawasan Falls. Just seeing Kawasan Falls at
the end was not nearly as awesome as the entire experience. This was definitely a highlight of the trip. The adventure began by jumping into the vibrant blue water of the river. From that point on we floated, jumped and climbed our way down the river. All the time guided brilliantly by our expert local guides. The highest jumps were 50ft but they were optional. The highest jump that everybody had to make to continue the course was only about 10-15 feet. A few tips: 1. Do the Canyoneering from Alegria to Kawasan Falls. 2. Don’t try and do canyoneering alone. 3. Only bring a GoPro. 4. Wear grippy closed shoes.
Mainit Hot Spring in Malabuyoc
A 15-minute bus ride away from D’Allegre (costing less than $1) you will head to Mainit Hot Springs. A short walk through the jungle and you will arrive at some amazing hot springs, surrounded by lush greenery
and a waterfall. The Hot Springs were steaming. So hot we could hardly sit in some of the springs which ranged from 38-42 degrees celsius. Set in a rainforest just beyond a local village we could feel this was just the beginning of an amazing trip.
Sunrise hike at Osmena Peak
The Peak is known for having amazing panoramic views across jagged cliff lines and the ocean. We were told it would be best for sunrise and we were left speechless by the scene from the summit of the short 20-minute
trek. There is an entrance fee of a few dollars to the hike, which comes with a guide who you can choose to tip and of course the cost of the motorbike. It is quite a cheap adventure and an amazing sunrise experience. From Alegria, we organized a motorbike to take both myself, a friend and of course the driver to Osmena Peak. It was only $10 per person return and was a 1.5-hour journey each way. This was the budget option. If you are after a bit more comfort, I recommend taking a car. We had to leave before 4 am in order to make it to the summit before sunrise.
Stop 2: Oslob
Oslob has long been known as the whale-shark capital of the Philippines. It processes the most tourist swims with whale sharks in the entire country. However, because the procedure at Oslob involves feeding the whale sharks and can be intrusive to their environment it is no longer encouraged. Having said that, there is still a reason to travel to Oslob. Sumilon Island is a short boat trip away and it is also a good base for your transfer to Bohol, the local way. There are also several waterfalls in the area if you do stay more than one day in Oslob.
Visit Sumilon Island
The boat ride to Sumilon Island is only 15 minutes and they let me drive the boat for a few minutes in the middle of the ocean. Music was playing on board and everyone was having a great time. A tour to Sumilon
Island costs is relatively cheap and runs for about half a day depending on your tour. Once you are at the island, you can relax, hang out in the crystal clear water, unwind and enjoy your isolated island looking back towards Oslob.
Tumalog Falls is one of the most impressive waterfalls in Cebu. You can swim here and enjoy a nice afternoon. It only costs $1 for entry and is just a 10-minute drive from the whale shark area.
Stop 3: Bohol
Bohol is an amazing little island with so many draw-cards. The biggest drawcard is the world-famous Chocolate Hills. However, other attractions are the epic waterfalls of Bohol. The island is also home to a unique animal, the incredibly tiny and cute Tarsier. A man-made tree tunnel, island hopping, scuba dive scene and reggae beach bars make Bohol an action-packed part of your Philippines trip! To get around Bohol you can walk to all of the restaurants nearby on Alona beach, which are within a 1km distance. The best thing to do is to rent a moped or motorbike. You could also rent a car or join a tour group if you prefer not to ride a motorbike.
An incredible landscape, unlike anything I have ever seen. Hills as far as the eye can see pop out of the jungle terrain. The unique part about the hills is that there are no plants or trees on them, they are brown
throughout most parts of the years. This is how they got the name Chocolate Hills Entrance is $2 to go to the top viewpoint. Chocolate Hills is quite a drive from Alona Beach and it took us 2 hours to drive on the moped from Alona Beach.
Twin Falls (Pahangog Falls)
Twin Falls is one of the most popular waterfalls on the island of Bohol. Two giant falls pour down into a giant pool. It’s a great spot for exploring with rocks, ledges and bridges throughout the area. The entrance
was free on the day I went but this may have changed as often waterfalls have an entrance fee of a couple of dollars.
Hinagdanan Cave is on the way to all of the waterfalls, Chocolate Hills and pretty much everything from Alona Beach. It is overflowing with tourists most of the time but somehow we entered the cave and we enjoyed
it all to ourselves for a good fifteen minutes before more than 40 nervous tourists huddled around the pool as we backflipped and dove into the crystal clear water. It costs $3 to enter the caves and is about 30 minutes drive away from Alona Beach.
Stop 4: El Nido
El Nido is one of the most amazing spots in the world. The island hopping in El Nido is some of the best I have ever done in the world. It is getting a little crowded these days but it is still beautiful and well worth the visit. To get around El Nido you can walk to all of the restaurants nearby El Nido Town. They are within a 1km distance. The best thing to do is to rent a moped or motorbike for at least one day. For $5, we rented a motorbike for the day while we were in El Nido and drove to nearby beaches. You could also rent a car or join a tour group if you prefer not to ride a motorbike.
Island Hopping Tour A
This epic tour takes you to a few different spots: Seven Commando Beach: Coconut trees lined the beach and we sipped on a few after a quick snorkel. The rocks in El Nido are incredibly sharp almost all over
the region, so you might want to bring shoes. Big Lagoon: Cruising up the lagoon was our first real look at how dramatic the cliffs and landscape are in El Nido. The lagoon has a narrow and the boats manage to navigate alongside each other as everyone onboard arches their necks checking out the intense cliffs. Lunch at Shimizu Island: Our guides had been cooking on the grill all morning as we cruised around from island to island. It was an absolute feast. Secret Lagoon: We had to swim to a small hole and clamber through. The landscape here was by far my favourite spot of the day. Small Lagoon: They saved the best for last. We could pick between kayaking or swimming to the Lagoon. It was a beautiful, calming and great way to end the day.
One of the best things to do is to rent a kayak and paddle out to Paradise Beach and Pasadingan Island. It is quite an intense workout but you get the tranquillity and isolation that you might not get on the island
hopping tours. If you can manage to stay out on the water during sunset, you will be in for a treat!
Nacpan Beach Moped Adventure
Rent a motorbike or moped for $7-10 in El Nido Town and head out towards Nacpan Beach, which is about a 1-hour drive away. Along the drive, there is a waterfall to visit if you wish. Nacpan Beach is a palm-tree-lined
beach with an epic viewpoint, chilled vibes and famous shrimp plates!
Stop 5: Coron
Coron is as epic as El Nido. The cliffs, lagoons, islands and beaches are out of this world. You will find it hard to enjoy another beach again after your time in Coron!
Arriving in a new place, it’s sometimes tough to get your bearings to begin with. One of the best ways to figure out the layout of the town or city is to get to the highest viewpoint and take it all in. Coron
has a great little trek that leads you up 742 steps to the summit of Mt. Tapyas. A Hollywood-style ‘CORON’ sign is perched on the hill below a giant cross. The cross is covered in lights and is quite impressive at night. The hike will only take 10-15 minutes and the view is worth the effort. There is no entry fee for the hike but you might want a tricycle to take you to the entrance from the town. This could cost a few dollars.
Island Hopping Day Trip 1
Kayangan Lake: Hike up a couple of hundred stairs to a little viewpoint hidden in the cliffs. It’s a view I won’t forget and even after El Nido, this one blew me away. The Philippines is truly one of the most
beautiful places on earth. Siete Pecados Marine Park: Next stop was a snorkel at Siete Pecados.The coral was like an underwater fossilized forest. Starfish, hundreds of different fish and fluorescent coral. Atwayan Beach: Enjoy a full seafood and barbecue spread conjured up on the grill at the back of the boat. Skeleton Wreck: Something I was quite excited about was free diving at Skeleton Wreck. It’s a mostly intact WWII ship that found its resting place in Coron. Thousands of fish surrounded the wreck and swarmed us as we swam. Twin Lagoon: Our final stop of the day was Twin Lagoon, a stunning pool of water hiding amongst the breathtaking cliffs. Through a small gap, you can swim under the cliff and into Twin Lagoon.
Island Hopping Day Trip 2
Bulog Dos Island: Depending on the time of day you visit will depend if the sandbars connect. I climbed to the top of the hill and almost destroyed my camera in a tumble down the rock face after my handhold crumbled.
I knew I wanted a better vantage point of the whole scene and in the end, I think it was worth it. Banana Island: Lunch was at Banana Island which might need to be renamed ‘The Hammock Island’. We enjoyed another amazing spread for lunch including oysters, squid, grilled pork, salads and fruit. After lunch, everyone got into the hammocks and we had a mini siesta in the shade. Malcapuya Island: Our last island to visit on our adventure was Malcapuya. A stunning stretch of sand, lined with coconut trees made the perfect spot for our afternoon chill session. There is a little viewpoint on the left side of the beach and caves to explore on the right. Coconuts are harvested by locals who free-climb the trees and cut the coconut. It doesn’t get any fresher.
Maquinit Hot Springs
Only a 20-minute drive from Coron town in a tricycle is a hot spring oasis in the mountains. Amazingly the hot spring also has a view of the ocean and it is a salt-water hot spring. The sunset was beautiful and
lit the sky up with deep pinks and purples... It is busy but there is enough space for everyone to chill around the edge. Sometimes I prefer places to be empty but the Maquinit Hot Spring had a real chill vibe with everyone enjoying their relaxing soak under the stars.
Stop 6: Manila
Manila is the best airport to finish at because they have the most international flight options at the cheapest prices. This is why you are finishing here. You will be able to fly back home or to your next destination easily. You can stay a few nights in Manila if you’d like to live the city life but it is definitely a fast-moving city. There is lots of hustle and bustle, which will be in contrast to your time on the islands.