Hiking, islands, history and city life, G Adventures offers it all on small group tours that focus on eco friendliness and giving back to the community.
Best for: Eco enthusiasts and adventure lovers
Our favourite itinerary: The Philippines Palawan Adventure takes you to some of the most beautiful spots on the Philippine island of Palawan such as Puerto Princesa and El Nido, allowing time for exploration and relaxation.
Bamba Experience: The name says it all – Bamba Experience is all about the experiences you have travelling. It has a focus on adventure and water activities in the Philippines with tours dedicated to kayaking, diving and canoeing.
Wanderlands Travel: Though Wanderlands Travel only offers one Philippines tour, we think it’s one of the best out there that covers all of the most beautiful islands in one trip.
G Adventures: G Adventures leads small groups to some of the Philippines’ most picturesque islands like Cebu and Palawan while giving back to the locals and communities.
Bamba Experience: This company focuses on creating tours that help you live in the moment with incredible experiences, so it has included swimming with whale sharks in Donsol.
Free & Easy Traveler: Group tours for millennials are affordable and include all of the top experiences in a destination, such as swimming with whale sharks in Donsol.
Wanderlands Travel: Wanderlands Travel has tours in tropical destinations that focus on culture, fun and adventure is each place including swimming with whale sharks in Cebu.
Hiking and trekking
Intrepid Travel: Intrepid leads small group tours on hiking trips to the Philippines’ best natural landscape destinations.
Bamba Experience: Bamba offers a wide variety of nature and adventure tours that incorporate outdoor activities. For the more active adventurers it also features an Ifugao Mountain Adventure which features a 10+ hour trek across 3 days.
G Adventures: Marine-based activities pepper G Adventures’ touring activities, providing you with the chance to get up-close-and-personal with its underwater wildlife.
Bamba Experience: Much of the Philippines wildlife is underwater with incredible diving opportunities which Bamba Experience offers on tours.
Viator: Viator has one of the largest selections of wildlife and marine life tours for one to multi-day trips from destinations across the Philippines.
Popular Philippines tour routes
Palawan: Puerto Princesa and El Nido
Palawan has consistently been named one of the most beautiful islands in the world with waters multiple shades of blue and green, top diving sites and one of the world’s seven natural wonders.
Most Palawan tours start in Manila with a quick flight to Puerto Princesa and all stop in El Nido, some venturing further to explore additional islands just off the coast.
Palawan from TourRadar
This tour takes you to the highlights of El Nido and Puerto Princesa as well as to islands and beaches that are off the beaten track, so you can have picturesque destinations practically to yourself.
Tour company: Bamba Experience
Best for: Off the beaten track adventures and Palawan highlights
The Northern Philippines shows off the country’s diversity. Luzon Island is where all of the magic is, such as the UNESCO World Heritage rice fields where many hike through, the mega city of Manila, waterfalls and more.
Northern Philippines from G Adventures
The Northern Philippines on a Shoestring tour gives travellers the advantage of travelling on a budget as well as taking time in each destination visited on Luzon Island so that they can discover the culture in depth in remote villages such as Banaue and the ever-busy Manila.
Cebu is a large island where you experience city life, waterfalls and go diving with whale sharks. The islands surrounding and close to Cebu such as Bohol hold some of the best wildlife in the country and natural Chocolate Hills, while Boracay is the ultimate beach destination.
Central Visayas from G Adventures
This tour is ideal for travellers wanting to go island hopping, to see as much as possible and to do it all on a budget. Visit some of the Philippines’ best islands such as Cebu, Bohol, Boracay and more for adventure and relaxation.
Tour company: G Adventures
Best for: Travellers on a budget and with limited time
The answer varies for all travellers depending on what you want: hiking, beaches, diving, island hopping or a combination of everything.
Our best advice is to spend a minimum of 5 days as this allows you to explore the highlights of 1-2 destinations.
A week and a half lets you explore these destinations more in depth, or add a third destination.
Two weeks gives you ample time to get active in the north and see a couple of the islands.
If you really want to see a large chunk of the Philippines, plan to spend a minimum of 3 weeks to a month.
Top 5-day tour
Bohol Explorer from TourRadar
Explore one of the Philippines’ most diverse islands: Bohol. Here you can soak up the sun on the beaches, see the Chocolate Hills, spot wildlife and island hop to more destinations off Bohol’s scenic coast, such as Cebu.
Get to see one of the world’s most beautiful islands, Palawan, with stops at natural wonders like the Underground River in Puerto Princesa, as well as the chance to relax on white sand beaches and get active hiking.
Tour company: Intrepid
Best for: Scenic sites and island lovers
Places visited: Manila, Puerto Princesa, San Rafael Beach, El Nido
This tour really has it all. In 15 days you can capture the scenery on Bohol, go underwater in Moalboal, see one of the 7 natural wonders of the world in Puerto Princesa and have time to explore El Nido by land and water.
Tour company: Bamba Experience
Best for: A taste of all Philippines experiences and sites
Places visited: Manila, Cebu, Bohol, Moalboal, Puerto Princesa, El Nido
Northern Philippines & Islands on a Shoestring from G Adventures
See the true diversity of the Philippines on this 17-day tour that will take you to the picturesque hills of the north and to the waters of multiple islands for more scenic sites, wildlife, island hopping and to places that are often not visited by tours.
Up to $4,000 in free extras cruises + flights worldwide
Valid on select 2019 and 2020 dates with MSC, Carnival, Princess, Royal Caribbean, Cunard, P&O and more. Destinations include Vietnam, Philippines, England and Dubai. Inclusive of additional bonus nights, return flights, onboard meals and more. T&Cs apply.
Stephanie Yip is the travel editor at Finder and has been writing about travel and lifestyle for over a decade. She has written for Travel Weekly, Escape, Thomas Cook Magazine, Showpo, The Nibbler and Hostelworld. She was also the editor of kids magazine DMAG. Stephanie has a Bachelor of Communications from the University of Technology Sydney and has visited over 50 countries (and counting). She has a passion for sharing her experiences and knowledge of travel and helping readers stretch their dollars while on holiday.
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