Philippines Palawan Island Getaway

Trip Code: TOSH

Why we love it

Contrast the chaos and bustle of city life in Manila with the relaxed way of life in Palawan. With an option to extend your trip on either end, you can focus on the stuff you want., Take an evening adventure to the Iwahig River where you’ll see swarms of fireflies dancing at dusk. The natural beauty of the Philippines continues to shine, whatever time of day., Enjoy a full day of island hopping and snorkelling off the coast of El Nido. Look to the bottom of these clear waters, and glide among the coral and tropical fish., Have plenty of free time beachside to choose your own adventure – day trip to the pristine Nacpan Beach, self-guided kayaking adventure or a spot of shopping? You choose!, Experience a unique meeting with one of Palawan's great indigenous groups – the Batak tribe. Interact with the locals of the village and witness daily life as it is today.

Is this trip right for me?

The Island of Palawan is less developed than other South East Asian countries, so you might experience delays when ordering food at local restaurants and major festival periods can cause a hold-up in travel journeys. Despite the possibilities of delays, the laidback nature of this destination is well worth the wait.

Important information

1. A single supplement is bookable for this trip, and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for more information.
2. Please provide your full name exactly as per passport at the time of booking for the flight ticket on this trip. Ticketing fees may apply for amendments to details within 45 days of departure, and in some cases you will be required to cover the cost of issuing a new ticket.
3. Internal flight includes 20kg checked luggage plus 7kg carry on.

What to bring/pack

What you need to bring will vary according to the trip style you have chosen, the countries you are visiting and when you are travelling. Generally speaking, we recommend you pack as lightly as possible and make sure that you are able to carry and lift your own luggage and walk with it for short distances or up or down a flight of stairs. Our travellers usually find the smaller their luggage is, the more they enjoy the trip not having to worry about carrying heavy bags! Aim to keep your main luggage under 15kg.

Many travellers carry their luggage in a compact smaller suitcase or backpack with wheels. We recommend your bag has carry straps or handles so it is easy to lift and carry for the times you are unable to wheel it (ie. on rough surfaces or up steps).

If you are taking overnight trains, or primarily using public transport then the smaller your luggage the easier it will be to store under or above bunks. Large suitcases may not be able to be taken on board. A lockable bag or small padlock for your bag will be useful especially when travelling on public transportation as well.

You'll also need a day pack/bag to carry water, camera, swimming suit, waterproof pouch/bag for phone, hiking shoes and jacket etc. when you’re exploring during the day.

Below we have listed the essentials for this trip:, https://www.intrepidtravel.com/packing-list, SHOES
We recommend you bring shows with a good grip for the Batak trek on this trip. There is many river crossings on this trek so ideally sandals with a back strap and a good grip would be ideal.

Physical rating

 
2

Joining your group

Coro Hotel, 8436 Kalayaan Ave., Brgy. Poblacion, Makati, Manila, Luzon, 1210, PHILIPPINES, Phone: 88131000

Alternate Joining Point


Joining instructions

An arrival transfer is bookable upon request. You'll need to advise your flight details no later than 14 days prior to departure. Please speak to your booking agent for more details.
If you have a confirmed arrival transfer, our designated representative will be waiting at any of the following areas, holding a signage with your name on it. Please follow below instructions:
For international arrivals,
- At NAIA Terminal 1 Arrival EXTENSION Area Bay 6
- At NAIA Terminal 3 International Arrival Exit Front of BDO Counter (near Gate 5)
For domestic arrivals,
- At NAIA Terminal 2 Bay 10 for Air Asia Flights and Bay 16 for Philippine Airlines flights
- At NAIA Terminal 3 Domestic Arrival Exit (Left side of the glass wall) near Gate 3
- At NAIA Terminal 4 Main Arrival Exit
If you have any trouble finding our representative, please contact our local emergency number.
Otherwise, you may take a taxi to get to your hotel. A taxi from the airport to the hotel will take approximately 30-60 minutes (depending on traffic) and will cost around PHP 500 (USD 12). Please be aware of taxi tout and only use official taxis (yellow and white taxis with taxi booths).
You may also use GRAB taxis which are easily available with more transparency on the taxi cost too. But you'll need to setup an account first to use it.

Finishing your trip

Sea Cocoon, Calle Real, El Nido, Palawan, El Nido, 5313, PHILIPPINES, Phone: +63 9176741024

Alternate Finish Point


A departure transfer to the airport is available to be pre booked. Please contact your agent with your flight details at time of booking if you would like to book this additional service.

Your leader or hotel staff can assist you with getting a taxi to the airport for your departure

Meals & dietary information

Breakfasts included: 7

Lunches included: 1

Dinners included: 1

While travelling with us you'll experience the vast array of wonderful food available in the world. Your group leader or local representative will be able to suggest restaurants to try during your trip. To give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat, generally not all meals are included in the trip price. This also gives you more budgeting flexibility. As a rule our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. If you have dietary requirements and/or food allergies, please let your booking agent know prior to departure.

Climate & seasonal information

SAND FLIES
Sand flies are common during the Summer months of March to May and can be found around beach areas and mangrove swamps. We recommend you bring a strong Insect repellent which contains DEET and wear long sleeve tops and long pants at Dusk and Dawn when the sand flies are most active.

PALAWAN SUBTERRANEAN RIVER
Please note we must obey the Philippine Coast Guard warnings in relation to the underground river activity. If the Philippine Coast guard cancel this activity due to unsafe weather an alternative activity will be offered.

In case of emergency

While we always endeavour to provide the best possible holiday experience, due to the nature of travel and the areas we visit sometimes things can and do go wrong. Should any issue occur while you are on your trip, it is imperative that you discuss this with your group leader or local representative straight away so that they can do their best to rectify the problem and save any potential negative impact on the rest of your trip.

We recognise that there may be times when your group leader or local representative may not be able to resolve a situation to your satisfaction - if this is the case, please ask the group leader or local representative to speak to their direct manager.

You may also choose to provide details in your online feedback, which we ask you to complete within 30 days of the end of your trip. Please do be aware that it is very difficult for us to provide any practical help after the trip is completed, so informing us while still travelling will give us the opportunity to resolve the issue in real-time.

For general contact details please use the following page: http://www.intrepidtravel.com/ourtrips/contact/

In case of a genuine crisis or emergency, you can reach our local office on the numbers below:

For general enquiries or questions about your booking, please contact your agent or adventure specialist, or visit us at www.intrepidtravel.com/contact-us

In case of a genuine crisis or emergency, you can reach our local operator on the number below.

Intrepid’s Local Operator (Philippines, reachable via call or WhatsApp): +63 917 107 7408, +63 917 626 5639, +63 915 118 0626

Accommodations

OCCASIONAL ALTERNATIVE ACCOMMODATION
The style of accommodation indicated in the day-to-day itinerary is a guideline. On rare occasions, alternative arrangements may need to be made due to the lack of availability of rooms in our usual accommodation. A similar standard of accommodation will be used in these instances.

TWIN SHARE
Accommodation on this trip is on a twin basis.

CHECK-IN TIME
Throughout the trip we request that our hotels prepare rooms in time for our arrival, especially if we're arriving prior to normal check-in time. However this isn't always possible which means we won't be able to check-in immediately on arrival at some hotels. Instead, we can store our luggage and explore our new destination.

PRE/POST TRIP ACCOMMODATION
If you've purchased pre-trip or post-trip accommodation (if available), you may be required to change rooms from your trip accommodation for these extra nights.

Transportation