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Adventure Holidays in the Philippines

Picture a cluster of over 7,000 verdant islands thrusting upwards from glittering sapphire waters: this is the Philippines. Rice terraces form a lush green carpet over the countryside, smouldering volcanoes stretch towards clear skies, white sand beaches border secluded lagoons and massive networks of caves and tunnels run beneath it all. This elegant archipelago is also one of the most diverse places on the planet, both in terms of wildlife and ethnicity. Explore the geological wonderland of El Nido, the rich countryside of North Luzon and the thriving capital of Manila, as well as the volcanic crater lake of Mount Pinatubo. From exquisite white sand beaches to an eight kilometre subterranean river, with tropical forests, volcanic craters and emerald rice terraces in between, the scenery is never short of exceptional.

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Philippines Adventure Holidays

Philippines Adventure

Discover emerald rice fields, smoldering volcanoes and colonial architecture

Guided Group, Tailormade Adventures

Discovery & Wildlife
13 days
From $3,485 USD
Activity Rating - Leisurely/Moderate
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Colourful transport: the spectacular Jeepneys, old US army vehicles left behind after the Second World War, are colourfully decorated by their drivers with plenty of kitsch, religious icons and irreverent slogans. They make for a memorable ride.

El Nido’s secret lagoons: Luminescent blue water scattered with many hundreds of islands and limestone outcrops of rock. Here karst cliffs rise dramatically from the water, there are many secret beaches and idyllic lagoons tucked away out of sight. Very few of the islands in the Bacuit Archipelago are inhabited, and it’s remote location means it still sees relatively few tourists. You can explore the lagoons on a traditional Philippine fishing boat, getting out to swim and snorkel.

Walking on Mount Pinatubo: an active volcano, located in the Cabusilan Mountains, last erupted in 1991. It was previously obscured from sight and covered in dense forest which supported a population of several thousand indigenous people. At the crater summit you’re arewarded with views of the crater lake and its deep turquoise colour.

Ancient rice terraces of Banaue: Built by the Ifugao tribes and stretching as far as the eye can see, the emerald green terraces were carved out by generations of traditional farmers and remain one of Asia’s most spectacular sights. They are over 2000 years old.

Batad: forming an amphitheatre, the rice terraces here are the most spectacular as the concentric circles that line the mountain-side frame the village in the middle of the valley. Nearby is the Tappiyah waterfall, an ideal spot for a refreshing swim.

Puerto Princesa underground river: we make our way through a 8.2km navigable river that winds through a series of spectacular caves, cathedral chambers and stunning geological formations by boat.

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We can tailor almost any holiday to suit you, perfect if you’d like to change the dates, itinerary, or simply want a private adventure with a group of friends, family or fellow enthusiasts. All Tailormade Adventures run with a minimum of two people, but the more who travel, the less it costs per person – and you’ll still get a local guide and all the other Exodus benefits. So if you’d like to celebrate your birthday at the top of a mountain, or visit a particular beach, let us know your dates, and we’ll do the rest.

To find out more, or to arrange your own Tailormade Experience call 0203 733 4849

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