Infos pratiques

Langue
Filipino et anglais
Devise
Peso philippin (1 EUR = 52.5840 PHP)
Météo
Tropical

Bienvenue aux Philippines

Les Philippines sont un archipel de 7 107 îles paradisiaques au bout du monde sans aucun tourisme de masse (ou presque), ce qui est rare en Asie du Sud-Est. Faire le voyage, c'est s'adapter au rythme d'un peuple nonchalant et amical à l'identité culturelle riche et métissée. Les Philippines c'est aussi des kilomètres de côtes ponctuées de plages de carte postale baignées d'eaux limpides prisées par les plongeurs qui viennent profiter de sites sous-marins parmi les plus prisés du monde. Les Philippines peuvent également combler le voyageur aventureux. Un trek dans les spectaculaires rizières en terrasses de la Cordillère du nord, vieilles de plus de 2 000 ans, ravira les amateurs de randonnée, comme l'ascension de l'un des nombreux volcans que compte le pays. Autant d'activités qu'une agence locale pourra gérer votre organisation à merveille dans le cadre d'un séjour sur mesure, en compagnie de guides expérimentés, selon vos envies et votre budget.

Les + des Philippines

Une aventure permanente

Elle est à portée de main. Un petit trajet en bus ou en Jeepney, et c'est déjà l'aventure. Sac au dos et appareil photo prêt à être déclenché, l'aventurier peut la rencontrer à tout moment aux Philippines, que ce soit en explorant des grottes où sont déposés des cercueils, en escaladant des volcans ou en se perdant dans les rizières en terrasses.

Un climat tropical

Les Philippines ont un climat chaud et humide auquel on s'habitue rapidement. Le temps est idyllique toute l'année. Et bien que la saison humide voie s'abattre des pluies abondantes sur le pays de mai à novembre, on peut établir son itinéraire en choisissant les parties du pays les plus épargnées. En outre, les températures ne descendent que très rarement en dessous de 25 °C.

Des îles variées et paradisiaques

Le pays compte plus de 7 000 îles paradisiaques qui font le bonheur des voyageurs. Le Robinson souhaitant s'isoler du reste du monde peut trouver un confetti inhabité ; les amateurs de stations balnéaires n'ont que l'embarras du choix ; le plongeur en quête de récifs coralliens est au paradis...Un peuple chaleureux et accueillantLa majorité des Philippins parle parfaitement anglais, ce qui facilite grandement la communication. L'hospitalité fait partie intégrante du savoir-vivre philippin. Les habitants sont toujours ravis de pouvoir renseigner le voyageur égaré. Toujours souriants malgré les épreuves, les Philippins font partager au voyageur leur joie de vivre. Si vous organisez votre voyage avec une agence locale, les rencontres avec les Philippins seront encore plus souvent au rendez-vous et ce sera la garantie d'un séjour plein d'authenticité.

Infos pratiques

Filipino et anglais

Les Philippines sont certainement un des pays d'Asie où l'anglais est le mieux parlé et par une très grande majorité de la population, résultat de cinquante années de tutelle américaine. La quasi-totalité des Philippins parlent couramment l'anglais. Il est plus ou moins bien parlé dans toutes les régions et par toutes les couches de la population. Ce langage administratif est appris dès l'école primaire.L'espagnol, jadis la langue de l'élite, n'est plus pratiquée aujourd'hui. On le trouve sous forme de dialecte chavacano dans le sud, vers Zamboanga. On le surnomme l'espagnol cassé.Le tagalog forme la base de la langue nationale ; le filipino est parlé par 94,4 % des habitants. Le visayan est la seconde langue locale, parlée par 25 % des Philippins, dont 2,5 % parlent le cebuano et 5,6 % parlent l'ilonggo.

Peso philippin (1 EUR = 52.5840 PHP)

La devise des Philippines est le peso, également appelé piso. En abrégé, il s'écrit P ou PHP. Les pièces et billets sont émis par la Banque centrale des Philippines (Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas).Les coupures se présentent en billets de 10, 20, 50, 100, 500 et 1 000 P ; la monnaie en pièces de 1, 5, 10, 25, 50 et 1, 2 et 5 P.

Tropical

Les Philippines ont globalement un climat tropical, chaud et humide, tout au long de l'année. La moyenne d'humidité s'élève à 77 %. La température moyenne est de 25 °C. La majeure partie du pays connaît un climat de mousson, avec une saison sèche, plus favorable au tourisme de novembre à mars, quand les températures varient entre 22 °C et 28 °C. Seul le sud de Mindanao est caractérisé par un climat équatorial.

Autres idées de Séjour

Palawan's Best Kept Secrets

Philippines
par Uncharted Philippines
890€

Discover islands, beaches, rainforests, caves, and waterfalls that few travelers know about. See Philippine cockatoos in their natural habitat, snorkel rich coral reefs and get to know the indigenous Batak people. Visit the world-famous Puerto Princesa Underground River but go far deeper into the Philippines' last frontier. Highlights and activities: - Snorkel rich coral reefs in Ulugan Bay. - Hike the rainforests of Cleopatra's Needle, home to 85% of Palawan's endemic flora and fauna and the indigenous Batak people. - Visit Rasa Island, habitat of the katala or red-vented cockatoo. - Explore the "Hundred Caves" of Tagabinet. - Trek to the most prisitine parts of Narra's majestic Estrella Falls - Soak in nature at a hideaway in Maruyugon and enjoy a quiet beach facing Honda Bay. - Visit the St. Paul Subterranean River. Palawan is often – and deservingly – cited as the most beautiful island in the Philippines. To call the 14,650 sq. kilometer (5,656 sq. miles) province an island, however, is not quite apt. Palawan has hundreds of islands surrounding the 450 kilometer (280 mile) long strip that is the mainland. It is referred to as the country's last frontier because of the magnitude of its area that remains undiscovered and pristine. This adventure takes you to the Palawan that most resort-going tourists never see. You will hike through rainforests of unbelievable biodiversity, enter the alien landscape of a cave system and visit the community of an indigenous tribe. We take you to secluded beaches, an awe-inspiring series of waterfalls, and an island inhabited by white cockatoos. We also visit the famous Puerto Princesa Underground River which is a natural wonder of the world and a must-see, but that is the only part of this adventure that can be found in regular Palawan tours. This is a unique trip that takes you away from crowds and lets you experience Palawan's nature at its best.

Swimming with Whale Sharks in Donsol

Philippines
par Uncharted Philippines
450€

Interact with whale sharks in a natural and environmentally responsible way. Enjoy the islands, beaches, waterfalls and lagoons of Ticao. Float down an enchanting river lined by trees ablaze with fireflies. Highlights and activities: - Swim and snorkel with wild whale sharks. - Go island hopping to see the beautiful beaches, lagoons, coral reefs and waterfalls of Ticao. - Spend an evening on the spellbinding Firefly River of Donsol. - See the perfectly cone-shaped Mayon Volcano. Donsol gets the largest congregation of whale sharks in the world. Every year the gentle giants come to the waters of the sleepy fishing town to feed on plankton and they stay in the area longer than any other place on the planet – typically from November to June. The whale sharks feed on plankton on the surface of the water and, if undisturbed, peacefully go about their business paying little attention to any tiny humans swimming beside them. With truly wild animals that range from camper-sized juveniles to adults bigger than a bus, Donsol is the best place in the world to get an authentic and natural whale shark experience. Other places, such as Oslob in Cebu, have become popular in recent years because they guarantee the presence of whale sharks all year round. This is because they have adopted the environmentally irresponsible and damaging practice of feeding whale sharks to attract and keep them in an area. Feeding whale sharks results in a number of environmental problems. The animals get accustomed to being fed by boats and are conditioned to approach all watercraft. As a result they often get injured by propellers. The whale sharks become dependent on humans for food. Instead of migrating naturally in search of plankton they stay in one area and rely on people to survive. The water in the feeding area gets polluted due to excess food that is uneaten. The whale sharks also get skin parasites because of the contaminated water and uncontrolled direct contact with people. Not only is the practice of feeding whale sharks harmful to the animals and the environment, watching these semi-domesticated animals being fed is also unsatisfying compared to the experience of swimming with wild sharks. Whale sharks that are fed stop beside a boat, go in a vertical position with their tails down and mouths to the surface (something they never do naturally), and wait for people to scoop krill (small shrimp) down their throats while hordes of tourists harass them from all sides. Wild whale sharks, on the other hand, feed while swimming, filtering the plankton-rich water with their huge mouths. They usually have a posse of fish with them, and the sight of this moving behemoth and its entourage is truly amazing. In Donsol we set a limit to the number of people that can swim with a particular shark so that the animal can go about its business without feeling like a celebrity desperately trying to escape from paparazzi. People are not allowed to touch the sharks and must keep a two-meter distance away from them. These rules make for undisturbed, healthy and happy sharks while providing a richer experience for the people who observe them. In this adventure we not only give you the best whale shark experience but also show you the other natural wonders of the Donsol area. You spend a day visiting the various islands of Ticao, with their spectacular rock formations, beaches and lagoons. We also spend a surreal evening floating down a river lined by trees full of fireflies. And throughout your adventure the awe-inspiring Mayon Volcano will serve as the backdrop. We offer this trip from January to May which is prime time for the whale sharks. Note that since the animals are wild and we do not have a contract with them, seeing them is not guaranteed.

Circuit d'île en île / Mindoro, Pandan & Busuanga

Philippines
par Philippines Roads

Avec ce circuit aux Philippines, vous partirez à la découverte de trois îles du pays. Mindoro, l’une des îles les moins développées des Philippines, Pandan, île sauvage loin des sentiers battus et pour finir, l’île de Busuanga, l’un des plus beaux joyaux naturels de l’archipel.

Ifugao Villages Trek

Philippines
par Uncharted Philippines
260€

Immerse yourself in the land and culture of the Ifugao. Trek from Banaue and visit four different Ifugao villages. Hike through spectacular rice terraces, mountains and waterfalls. Highlights and activities - Visit four (4) different Ifugao villages. - See various styles of rice terraces. - Trek through spectacular mountains, forests, rivers and waterfalls. Ifugao is the name of the region and the people famous for the Banaue rice terraces that stand out among other terraced crop paddies in the world because of their magnitude and beauty. But, unknown to many, the grandeur of the Ifugao province extends far beyond Banaue. This adventure takes us deep into the Ifugao region to places that most tourists do not see. We trek through stunning scenery of mountains, rice terraces and forests and stop at native communities along the way. We interact with the fascinating Ifugaos and get a deep appreciation of their culture by making a different village our home each night.

Anilao Snorkeling Day Tour

Philippines
par Uncharted Philippines
210€

Spend a day snorkeling three vibrant sites. See rich and colorful marine life only a couple of hours away from Manila. Private transportation and snorkeling gear included. Highlights and activities: - Snorkel three rich and colorful coral reefs. - See batfish, puffer fish, tangs, parrotfish, starfish and a host of other fish and sea creatures. The Philippines has the highest marine biodiversity in the world and the country's greatest attractions are found in its seas and oceans. Only 130 kilometers (80 miles) south of Manila is an underwater paradise. Anilao has over 40 dive sites and is the most popular scuba diving destination in the country. But you don't need to dive deep to enjoy the riches of Anilao because the area has several coral reefs that are shallow and ideal for snorkeling. No deeper than two meters (6.5 feet) you can already see a multitude of creatures such as feather stars, damsel fish, sea cucumbers, angelfish, sea squirts and the ever-popular clownfish. A little deeper and you can find giant clams and moray eels. If you're lucky you might even run into a sea turtle. On this trip, we take you to three vibrant snorkeling sites, each with its own different set of marine inhabitants. If you love snorkeling, this is the best day trip that you can take from Manila.

Taal Day Tour: Taal Lake, Taal Volcano, and Taal Heritage Town

Philippines
par Uncharted Philippines
180€

Ride a boat across the lake of a huge caldera, trek up to the crater rim of an active volcano and visit a historic town that survived the volcano's last major eruption. Highlights and activities: - Visit Taal Lake and Taal Volcano, two of the country's must-see sights. - Hike up an active volcano, passing steam vents along the way. - Visit 19th century churches and houses and learn about Philippine culture and history. Taal is the name of a lake, a volcano and a town. Taal Lake is the third largest lake in country and is actually the caldera of a very large extinct volcano. In the center of this lake is Taal Volcano, which is very active. A volcano within a volcano, Taal's beauty and uniqueness make it one of the country's must see sights. Most enjoy Taal Volcano and Taal Lake from a distance on the tourism and leisure hub that is Tagaytay ridge. While the view from Tagaytay is truly picturesque, on this adventure we go deeper into the Taal experience by sailing across Taal Lake and trekking up Taal Volcano's slope up to the rim of its main crater. Only there, peering into the crater lake with its water streaked with sulfur and shore dotted by fumaroles, can we appreciate the full glory of Taal Volcano. Just off the shore of Taal Lake is Taal Heritage Town, established in 1572. It is one of the oldest towns in the country and home to Asia's biggest Catholic church, as well as a collection of old houses that showcase traditional Filipino-Spanish architecture. The town and its people played an important role in the Philippine revolution against the Spanish and is a great place to learn about the country's history and culture. Taal Town is also known for making the country's best barongs, our traditional formal men's attire, and it is the birthplace of the famous balisong or butterfly knife.

Ifugao Villages Trek

Philippines
par Uncharted Philippines
260€

Immerse yourself in the land and culture of the Ifugao. Trek from Banaue and visit four different Ifugao villages. Hike through spectacular rice terraces, mountains and waterfalls. Highlights and activities - Visit four (4) different Ifugao villages. - See various styles of rice terraces. - Trek through spectacular mountains, forests, rivers and waterfalls. Ifugao is the name of the region and the people famous for the Banaue rice terraces that stand out among other terraced crop paddies in the world because of their magnitude and beauty. But, unknown to many, the grandeur of the Ifugao province extends far beyond Banaue. This adventure takes us deep into the Ifugao region to places that most tourists do not see. We trek through stunning scenery of mountains, rice terraces and forests and stop at native communities along the way. We interact with the fascinating Ifugaos and get a deep appreciation of their culture by making a different village our home each night.

Best of Batangas: Taal Volcano, Taal Heritage Town, and Anilao Marine Reserve

Philippines
par Uncharted Philippines
390€

Trek up to the crater rim of an active volcano, marvel at the Filipino-Spanish architecture of preserved houses and churches and experience excellent snorkeling with rich marine life all within three hours of Manila. Highlights and activities - View Taal Volcano from afar and up close. - Visit preserved 19th century churches and houses. - Snorkel at Twin Rocks, Anilao – one of the best marine sanctuaries in the country. Batangas is only a couple of hours south of Manila and it holds some of the Philippines' best attractions. A volcano within a volcano, Taal's beauty and uniqueness make it one of the country's must see sights. Taal is an active volcano and most enjoy it from a distance on the tourism and leisure hub that is Tagaytay ridge. While the view from Tagaytay is truly picturesque, on this adventure we go deeper into the Taal experience by sailing across Taal Lake and trekking up to the volcano's main crater rim. Only there, peering into the crater lake with its water streaked with sulfur and shore dotted by fumaroles, can we appreciate the full glory of Taal Volcano. Batangas also has Taal Heritage Town, established in 1572 and home to Asia's biggest Catholic church and a collection of old houses that showcase traditional Filipino-Spanish architecture. The town and its people played an important role in the Philippine revolution against the Spanish and is a great place to learn about the country's history and culture. Taal Town is also known for making the country's best barongs, our traditional formal men's attire, and it is the birthplace of the famous balisong or butterfly knife. Finally, Batangas is home to Anilao Marine Reserve, the country's most popular snorkeling and diving destination. Located in Balayan Bay and protected from natural and human damage, the richness and variety of Anilao's marine life are world-class. This adventure takes us through the best of Batangas in two days.

Palawan's Best Kept Secrets

Philippines
par Uncharted Philippines
890€

Discover islands, beaches, rainforests, caves, and waterfalls that few travelers know about. See Philippine cockatoos in their natural habitat, snorkel rich coral reefs and get to know the indigenous Batak people. Visit the world-famous Puerto Princesa Underground River but go far deeper into the Philippines' last frontier. Highlights and activities: - Snorkel rich coral reefs in Ulugan Bay. - Hike the rainforests of Cleopatra's Needle, home to 85% of Palawan's endemic flora and fauna and the indigenous Batak people. - Visit Rasa Island, habitat of the katala or red-vented cockatoo. - Explore the "Hundred Caves" of Tagabinet. - Trek to the most prisitine parts of Narra's majestic Estrella Falls - Soak in nature at a hideaway in Maruyugon and enjoy a quiet beach facing Honda Bay. - Visit the St. Paul Subterranean River. Palawan is often – and deservingly – cited as the most beautiful island in the Philippines. To call the 14,650 sq. kilometer (5,656 sq. miles) province an island, however, is not quite apt. Palawan has hundreds of islands surrounding the 450 kilometer (280 mile) long strip that is the mainland. It is referred to as the country's last frontier because of the magnitude of its area that remains undiscovered and pristine. This adventure takes you to the Palawan that most resort-going tourists never see. You will hike through rainforests of unbelievable biodiversity, enter the alien landscape of a cave system and visit the community of an indigenous tribe. We take you to secluded beaches, an awe-inspiring series of waterfalls, and an island inhabited by white cockatoos. We also visit the famous Puerto Princesa Underground River which is a natural wonder of the world and a must-see, but that is the only part of this adventure that can be found in regular Palawan tours. This is a unique trip that takes you away from crowds and lets you experience Palawan's nature at its best.

Circuit Trekking de Cambulo à Bangaan

Philippines
par Philippines Roads

Avec ce circuit trekking aux Philippines, vous partirez pendant 11 jours à la découverte de village typiques hors des sentiers battus, vous explorerez des spots de plongée incroyables et vous visiterez à pied de somptueuses rizières en terrasses.

Anilao Scuba Diving Day Tour

Philippines
par Uncharted Philippines
260€

Dive in the Philippines' most popular diving destination. See rich and colorful marine life only a couple of hours away from Manila. Private transportation included. Do three (3) dives in three excellent dive sites. Anilao is the staple dive destination of Manila-based divers who are lucky to have an excellent diving area close to the city. Anilao is a marine reserve, and the fruits of protection are evident in the quantity and diversity of marine life. Reef creatures such as sea turtles, triggerfish and moray eels are common sights, as are pelagic fish such as giant trevally. Anilao's coral gardens are underwater rainbows, home to enough colorful tropical marine creatures to fill any diver's wish list. This trip takes you to from Manila to this underwater paradise and back in a single day. Multi-day trips are also easily arranged upon request.

Northern Palawan Snorkeling Expedition

Philippines
par Uncharted Philippines
1100€

Go on a private boat safari to explore the Calamian archipelago. Snorkel coral gardens and shipwrecks. Visit stunning beaches, lagoons, lakes and marine sanctuaries. Swim, kayak and hike your way to the greatest island adventure of your life. Highlights and activities: - Take a private expedition boat to explore the Calamian islands. - Spend nights in beach huts. - Visit spectacular island features such as lakes, coral reefs, shipwrecks, caves and lagoons. Overview: The Calamian archipelago or Calamianes lies in the Sulu Sea, midway between mainland Palawan and Mindoro. In World War II, the US Navy sank 24 Japanese ships that were anchored in the calm waters of the islands. The popular story is that the ships were hiding in the Calamianes, disguised with foliage to make them look like islands to surveillance planes that saw them from above. When pilots noticed over time that some islands changed position, the ruse was up and the ships were sitting ducks for the US Navy's dive bombers. Whether this story is accurate or not, one thing is certain: the Japanese chose a magnificent area to anchor their fleet. The group of over thirty islands has white sandy beaches, vibrant coral reefs, dramatic rock formations and picturesque lagoons and lakes. The islands are also rich in culture, being home to fishing villages and the Tagbanuas, an indigenous people that lives off the sea. This private expedition gives you the most in-depth and intimate experience of the Calamian archipelago. You will visit remote and uninhabited islands, explore them at your own pace and take in nature's beauty with only your own small group to share the adventure.

Palawan's Best Kept Secrets

Philippines
par Uncharted Philippines
890€

Discover islands, beaches, rainforests, caves, and waterfalls that few travelers know about. See Philippine cockatoos in their natural habitat, snorkel rich coral reefs and get to know the indigenous Batak people. Visit the world-famous Puerto Princesa Underground River but go far deeper into the Philippines' last frontier. Highlights and activities: - Snorkel rich coral reefs in Ulugan Bay. - Hike the rainforests of Cleopatra's Needle, home to 85% of Palawan's endemic flora and fauna and the indigenous Batak people. - Visit Rasa Island, habitat of the katala or red-vented cockatoo. - Explore the "Hundred Caves" of Tagabinet. - Trek to the most prisitine parts of Narra's majestic Estrella Falls - Soak in nature at a hideaway in Maruyugon and enjoy a quiet beach facing Honda Bay. - Visit the St. Paul Subterranean River. Palawan is often – and deservingly – cited as the most beautiful island in the Philippines. To call the 14,650 sq. kilometer (5,656 sq. miles) province an island, however, is not quite apt. Palawan has hundreds of islands surrounding the 450 kilometer (280 mile) long strip that is the mainland. It is referred to as the country's last frontier because of the magnitude of its area that remains undiscovered and pristine. This adventure takes you to the Palawan that most resort-going tourists never see. You will hike through rainforests of unbelievable biodiversity, enter the alien landscape of a cave system and visit the community of an indigenous tribe. We take you to secluded beaches, an awe-inspiring series of waterfalls, and an island inhabited by white cockatoos. We also visit the famous Puerto Princesa Underground River which is a natural wonder of the world and a must-see, but that is the only part of this adventure that can be found in regular Palawan tours. This is a unique trip that takes you away from crowds and lets you experience Palawan's nature at its best.

Palawan: Adventure in Paradise

Philippines
par Uncharted Philippines
980€

Snorkel Ulugan Bay, enter the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River, explore the islands of El Nido on kayak, and discover why Palawan is in a league of its own when it comes to tropical destinations. Highlights and activities: - Take a boat deep into the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River. - Snorkel the rich coral reefs of Ulugan Bay - See breathtaking limestone karst landscapes and forest ecosystems. - Kayak and skin dive amidst El Nido's limestone formations. - Explore El Nido's many islands, each with its own distinct features. When Filipinos, people who live in a country of 7,107 islands and countless beaches, consider a place to be the epitome of tropical paradise, you know it must be something special. Palawan is exotic, even for Filipinos. Its geography and richness of flora and fauna are exceptional in a country that already has its fair share of amazing natural beauty. Nowhere else in the country can you float down a river flowing through an eight kilometer tunnel of karst or kayak amidst towering islands of sheer limestone walls that rise directly out of the sea. And yes, Palawan's beaches will make you wonder why you ever bothered with anything less perfect.

Swimming with Whale Sharks in Donsol

Philippines
par Uncharted Philippines
450€

Interact with whale sharks in a natural and environmentally responsible way. Enjoy the islands, beaches, waterfalls and lagoons of Ticao. Float down an enchanting river lined by trees ablaze with fireflies. Highlights and activities: - Swim and snorkel with wild whale sharks. - Go island hopping to see the beautiful beaches, lagoons, coral reefs and waterfalls of Ticao. - Spend an evening on the spellbinding Firefly River of Donsol. - See the perfectly cone-shaped Mayon Volcano. Donsol gets the largest congregation of whale sharks in the world. Every year the gentle giants come to the waters of the sleepy fishing town to feed on plankton and they stay in the area longer than any other place on the planet – typically from November to June. The whale sharks feed on plankton on the surface of the water and, if undisturbed, peacefully go about their business paying little attention to any tiny humans swimming beside them. With truly wild animals that range from camper-sized juveniles to adults bigger than a bus, Donsol is the best place in the world to get an authentic and natural whale shark experience. Other places, such as Oslob in Cebu, have become popular in recent years because they guarantee the presence of whale sharks all year round. This is because they have adopted the environmentally irresponsible and damaging practice of feeding whale sharks to attract and keep them in an area. Feeding whale sharks results in a number of environmental problems. The animals get accustomed to being fed by boats and are conditioned to approach all watercraft. As a result they often get injured by propellers. The whale sharks become dependent on humans for food. Instead of migrating naturally in search of plankton they stay in one area and rely on people to survive. The water in the feeding area gets polluted due to excess food that is uneaten. The whale sharks also get skin parasites because of the contaminated water and uncontrolled direct contact with people. Not only is the practice of feeding whale sharks harmful to the animals and the environment, watching these semi-domesticated animals being fed is also unsatisfying compared to the experience of swimming with wild sharks. Whale sharks that are fed stop beside a boat, go in a vertical position with their tails down and mouths to the surface (something they never do naturally), and wait for people to scoop krill (small shrimp) down their throats while hordes of tourists harass them from all sides. Wild whale sharks, on the other hand, feed while swimming, filtering the plankton-rich water with their huge mouths. They usually have a posse of fish with them, and the sight of this moving behemoth and its entourage is truly amazing. In Donsol we set a limit to the number of people that can swim with a particular shark so that the animal can go about its business without feeling like a celebrity desperately trying to escape from paparazzi. People are not allowed to touch the sharks and must keep a two-meter distance away from them. These rules make for undisturbed, healthy and happy sharks while providing a richer experience for the people who observe them. In this adventure we not only give you the best whale shark experience but also show you the other natural wonders of the Donsol area. You spend a day visiting the various islands of Ticao, with their spectacular rock formations, beaches and lagoons. We also spend a surreal evening floating down a river lined by trees full of fireflies. And throughout your adventure the awe-inspiring Mayon Volcano will serve as the backdrop. We offer this trip from January to May which is prime time for the whale sharks. Note that since the animals are wild and we do not have a contract with them, seeing them is not guaranteed.

Pinatubo Volcano Off-Roading and Hiking

Philippines
par Uncharted Philippines
240€

Drive over a volcanic desert and hike into the crater of Mt. Pinatubo, one of the most destructive volcanoes of the 20th century. Visit a village of the Aetas, the indigenous people of the Pinatubo area. Private transportation from Manila included. Highlights and activities: - Take a 4x4 jeep through a desert of volcanic ash. - Hike through eerie volcanic desolation into the crater of Mt. Pinatubo. - Enjoy Pinatubo's spectacular crater lake. Before 1991, most people did not know that Mount Pinatubo was a volcano or that it even existed. It was an unremarkable little mountain that was covered with vegetation and mostly hidden from view by the peaks that surrounded it. After its explosion on June 15, 1991, however, Pinatubo became known to everyone in the Philippines and to most of the world. The surrounding area, once thickly forested, became a desert in a few minutes. A hundred miles away, Metro Manila was thrown into an eerie winter, buried in several inches of light gray ash. The explosion coincided with a typhoon and rain mixed with ash to create lahar flows that caused immeasurable destruction and death. Mt. Pinatubo's eruption was the second most powerful terrestrial volcanic eruption of the 20th century and is arguably the greatest natural catastrophe in Philippine history. Pinatubo's fury subsided as suddenly as it had escalated. Rain filled its crater, creating a milky turquoise lake that is among the most spectacular sights in the country. On this adventure, we take an off-road jeep across the ash desert surrounding Pinatubo then hike through streams and volcanic debris into the very crater that exploded in apocalyptic fashion over twenty years ago. On the way, we take time to visit a village of the Aetas, the indigenous people of the area, and marvel at man's resilience in the face of nature's power.

Heritage of the Cordillera: Banaue, Batad, Sagada

Philippines
par Uncharted Philippines
590€

Trek through the Philippine mountain region and be awed by its natural and cultural heritage which include the famous Banaue Rice Terraces, quaint villages, sacred waterfalls and rivers, extensive cave systems, hanging coffins, and picturesque rock formations. Highlights and activities: - See the famous Banaue Rice Terraces. - Learn the customs and traditions of the ancient people of the mountain region. - Trek to and spend a night in Batad, a village within an amphitheater of rice terraces. - Trek to spectacular waterfalls and dive into their lagoons. - Traverse a beautifully alien quartz and limestone cave system. - See the unique hanging coffins of Sagada. The Cordillera is the most mountainous and the only landlocked region in the Philippines. In a country of coastlines, it stands out because of its unique geography and cultural tradition. In this adventure, you will immerse yourself in the mystique of its nature and its people. Be awed by the ingenuity of the Ifugaos as you trek through ancient rice terraces carved into mountainsides. Take in the beauty and tranquility of Sagada, a quaint town in the clouds. Get into the heart of the mountains as you explore an extensive cave system.

Ifugao Villages Trek

Philippines
par Uncharted Philippines
260€

Immerse yourself in the land and culture of the Ifugao. Trek from Banaue and visit four different Ifugao villages. Hike through spectacular rice terraces, mountains and waterfalls. Highlights and activities - Visit four (4) different Ifugao villages. - See various styles of rice terraces. - Trek through spectacular mountains, forests, rivers and waterfalls. Ifugao is the name of the region and the people famous for the Banaue rice terraces that stand out among other terraced crop paddies in the world because of their magnitude and beauty. But, unknown to many, the grandeur of the Ifugao province extends far beyond Banaue. This adventure takes us deep into the Ifugao region to places that most tourists do not see. We trek through stunning scenery of mountains, rice terraces and forests and stop at native communities along the way. We interact with the fascinating Ifugaos and get a deep appreciation of their culture by making a different village our home each night.

Taal Day Tour: Taal Lake, Taal Volcano, and Taal Heritage Town

Philippines
par Uncharted Philippines
180€

Ride a boat across the lake of a huge caldera, trek up to the crater rim of an active volcano and visit a historic town that survived the volcano's last major eruption. Highlights and activities: - Visit Taal Lake and Taal Volcano, two of the country's must-see sights. - Hike up an active volcano, passing steam vents along the way. - Visit 19th century churches and houses and learn about Philippine culture and history. Taal is the name of a lake, a volcano and a town. Taal Lake is the third largest lake in country and is actually the caldera of a very large extinct volcano. In the center of this lake is Taal Volcano, which is very active. A volcano within a volcano, Taal's beauty and uniqueness make it one of the country's must see sights. Most enjoy Taal Volcano and Taal Lake from a distance on the tourism and leisure hub that is Tagaytay ridge. While the view from Tagaytay is truly picturesque, on this adventure we go deeper into the Taal experience by sailing across Taal Lake and trekking up Taal Volcano's slope up to the rim of its main crater. Only there, peering into the crater lake with its water streaked with sulfur and shore dotted by fumaroles, can we appreciate the full glory of Taal Volcano. Just off the shore of Taal Lake is Taal Heritage Town, established in 1572. It is one of the oldest towns in the country and home to Asia's biggest Catholic church, as well as a collection of old houses that showcase traditional Filipino-Spanish architecture. The town and its people played an important role in the Philippine revolution against the Spanish and is a great place to learn about the country's history and culture. Taal Town is also known for making the country's best barongs, our traditional formal men's attire, and it is the birthplace of the famous balisong or butterfly knife.

Best of Batangas: Taal Volcano, Taal Heritage Town, and Anilao Marine Reserve

Philippines
par Uncharted Philippines
390€

Trek up to the crater rim of an active volcano, marvel at the Filipino-Spanish architecture of preserved houses and churches and experience excellent snorkeling with rich marine life all within three hours of Manila. Highlights and activities - View Taal Volcano from afar and up close. - Visit preserved 19th century churches and houses. - Snorkel at Twin Rocks, Anilao – one of the best marine sanctuaries in the country. Batangas is only a couple of hours south of Manila and it holds some of the Philippines' best attractions. A volcano within a volcano, Taal's beauty and uniqueness make it one of the country's must see sights. Taal is an active volcano and most enjoy it from a distance on the tourism and leisure hub that is Tagaytay ridge. While the view from Tagaytay is truly picturesque, on this adventure we go deeper into the Taal experience by sailing across Taal Lake and trekking up to the volcano's main crater rim. Only there, peering into the crater lake with its water streaked with sulfur and shore dotted by fumaroles, can we appreciate the full glory of Taal Volcano. Batangas also has Taal Heritage Town, established in 1572 and home to Asia's biggest Catholic church and a collection of old houses that showcase traditional Filipino-Spanish architecture. The town and its people played an important role in the Philippine revolution against the Spanish and is a great place to learn about the country's history and culture. Taal Town is also known for making the country's best barongs, our traditional formal men's attire, and it is the birthplace of the famous balisong or butterfly knife. Finally, Batangas is home to Anilao Marine Reserve, the country's most popular snorkeling and diving destination. Located in Balayan Bay and protected from natural and human damage, the richness and variety of Anilao's marine life are world-class. This adventure takes us through the best of Batangas in two days.

The Waterfalls of Laguna: Hulugan and Pagsanjan

Philippines
par Uncharted Philippines
210€

Hike through rainforests, rappel down a gorge and canoe through rapids to see some of the most spectacular waterfalls in the Philippines. Private transportation from Manila included. Highlights and activities - Visit 4 waterfalls including Pagsanjan Falls and Hulugan Falls - Hike through lush rain forests. - Descend a gorge by walking, climbing and rappelling down a forest walkway. - Ride a traditional dugout canoe through river rapids. - Swim in waterfall lagoons. Laguna de Bay, just south of Manila, is the biggest lake in the Philippines and it is surrounded by some of the greenest mountains in the country. These forested mountains are braided by countless streams and rivers that feed into the lake, blessing the Laguna area with numerous waterfalls. Of all the beautiful cascades in Laguna, Hulugan Falls and Pagsanjan Falls (also known as Cavinti Falls and Magdapio Falls) are the most impressive. Not only are the waterfalls striking but their surroundings and the experience involved in getting to them are unforgettable. Hulugan Falls is in a rainforest and to get to it we hike on narrow trails, cross streams and scramble over rocks. Before reaching Hulugan Falls we arrive at two other cascades, Talay Falls and Hidden Falls, each remarkable in its own right. Hulugan Falls itself is stunning with its 70 meter (230 foot) high curtain of water creating a fine veil over a richly vegetated rock wall. Pagsanjan Falls is at the bottom of a gorge and is surrounded by a dense forest of exotic plants. Scenes of the movie Apocalypse Now were filmed in the Pagsanjan river gorge and it is one of the must-see destinations of the Philippines. To get to the falls we make our way through the rainforest and down the gorge using a system of elevated walkways, stairs and ladders. It’s an exciting and scenic descent that involves the use harnesses and ropes to lower down several sections. Pagsanjan Falls spills violently into a lagoon and we hop on a bamboo raft to get up close and behind the falling water. The experience is culminated by a canoe ride down a river bordered by sheer cliffs and dotted by rapids.

Northern Palawan Snorkeling Expedition

Philippines
par Uncharted Philippines
1100€

Go on a private boat safari to explore the Calamian archipelago. Snorkel coral gardens and shipwrecks. Visit stunning beaches, lagoons, lakes and marine sanctuaries. Swim, kayak and hike your way to the greatest island adventure of your life. Highlights and activities: - Take a private expedition boat to explore the Calamian islands. - Spend nights in beach huts. - Visit spectacular island features such as lakes, coral reefs, shipwrecks, caves and lagoons. Overview: The Calamian archipelago or Calamianes lies in the Sulu Sea, midway between mainland Palawan and Mindoro. In World War II, the US Navy sank 24 Japanese ships that were anchored in the calm waters of the islands. The popular story is that the ships were hiding in the Calamianes, disguised with foliage to make them look like islands to surveillance planes that saw them from above. When pilots noticed over time that some islands changed position, the ruse was up and the ships were sitting ducks for the US Navy's dive bombers. Whether this story is accurate or not, one thing is certain: the Japanese chose a magnificent area to anchor their fleet. The group of over thirty islands has white sandy beaches, vibrant coral reefs, dramatic rock formations and picturesque lagoons and lakes. The islands are also rich in culture, being home to fishing villages and the Tagbanuas, an indigenous people that lives off the sea. This private expedition gives you the most in-depth and intimate experience of the Calamian archipelago. You will visit remote and uninhabited islands, explore them at your own pace and take in nature's beauty with only your own small group to share the adventure.

Ifugao Villages Trek

Philippines
par Uncharted Philippines
260€

Immerse yourself in the land and culture of the Ifugao. Trek from Banaue and visit four different Ifugao villages. Hike through spectacular rice terraces, mountains and waterfalls. Highlights and activities - Visit four (4) different Ifugao villages. - See various styles of rice terraces. - Trek through spectacular mountains, forests, rivers and waterfalls. Ifugao is the name of the region and the people famous for the Banaue rice terraces that stand out among other terraced crop paddies in the world because of their magnitude and beauty. But, unknown to many, the grandeur of the Ifugao province extends far beyond Banaue. This adventure takes us deep into the Ifugao region to places that most tourists do not see. We trek through stunning scenery of mountains, rice terraces and forests and stop at native communities along the way. We interact with the fascinating Ifugaos and get a deep appreciation of their culture by making a different village our home each night.

Pinatubo Volcano Off-Roading and Hiking

Philippines
par Uncharted Philippines
240€

Drive over a volcanic desert and hike into the crater of Mt. Pinatubo, one of the most destructive volcanoes of the 20th century. Visit a village of the Aetas, the indigenous people of the Pinatubo area. Private transportation from Manila included. Highlights and activities: - Take a 4x4 jeep through a desert of volcanic ash. - Hike through eerie volcanic desolation into the crater of Mt. Pinatubo. - Enjoy Pinatubo's spectacular crater lake. Before 1991, most people did not know that Mount Pinatubo was a volcano or that it even existed. It was an unremarkable little mountain that was covered with vegetation and mostly hidden from view by the peaks that surrounded it. After its explosion on June 15, 1991, however, Pinatubo became known to everyone in the Philippines and to most of the world. The surrounding area, once thickly forested, became a desert in a few minutes. A hundred miles away, Metro Manila was thrown into an eerie winter, buried in several inches of light gray ash. The explosion coincided with a typhoon and rain mixed with ash to create lahar flows that caused immeasurable destruction and death. Mt. Pinatubo's eruption was the second most powerful terrestrial volcanic eruption of the 20th century and is arguably the greatest natural catastrophe in Philippine history. Pinatubo's fury subsided as suddenly as it had escalated. Rain filled its crater, creating a milky turquoise lake that is among the most spectacular sights in the country. On this adventure, we take an off-road jeep across the ash desert surrounding Pinatubo then hike through streams and volcanic debris into the very crater that exploded in apocalyptic fashion over twenty years ago. On the way, we take time to visit a village of the Aetas, the indigenous people of the area, and marvel at man's resilience in the face of nature's power.

Ifugao Villages Trek

Philippines
par Uncharted Philippines
260€

Immerse yourself in the land and culture of the Ifugao. Trek from Banaue and visit four different Ifugao villages. Hike through spectacular rice terraces, mountains and waterfalls. Highlights and activities - Visit four (4) different Ifugao villages. - See various styles of rice terraces. - Trek through spectacular mountains, forests, rivers and waterfalls. Ifugao is the name of the region and the people famous for the Banaue rice terraces that stand out among other terraced crop paddies in the world because of their magnitude and beauty. But, unknown to many, the grandeur of the Ifugao province extends far beyond Banaue. This adventure takes us deep into the Ifugao region to places that most tourists do not see. We trek through stunning scenery of mountains, rice terraces and forests and stop at native communities along the way. We interact with the fascinating Ifugaos and get a deep appreciation of their culture by making a different village our home each night.

Heritage of the Cordillera: Banaue, Batad, Sagada

Philippines
par Uncharted Philippines
590€

Trek through the Philippine mountain region and be awed by its natural and cultural heritage which include the famous Banaue Rice Terraces, quaint villages, sacred waterfalls and rivers, extensive cave systems, hanging coffins, and picturesque rock formations. Highlights and activities: - See the famous Banaue Rice Terraces. - Learn the customs and traditions of the ancient people of the mountain region. - Trek to and spend a night in Batad, a village within an amphitheater of rice terraces. - Trek to spectacular waterfalls and dive into their lagoons. - Traverse a beautifully alien quartz and limestone cave system. - See the unique hanging coffins of Sagada. The Cordillera is the most mountainous and the only landlocked region in the Philippines. In a country of coastlines, it stands out because of its unique geography and cultural tradition. In this adventure, you will immerse yourself in the mystique of its nature and its people. Be awed by the ingenuity of the Ifugaos as you trek through ancient rice terraces carved into mountainsides. Take in the beauty and tranquility of Sagada, a quaint town in the clouds. Get into the heart of the mountains as you explore an extensive cave system.

Palawan's Best Kept Secrets

Philippines
par Uncharted Philippines
890€

Discover islands, beaches, rainforests, caves, and waterfalls that few travelers know about. See Philippine cockatoos in their natural habitat, snorkel rich coral reefs and get to know the indigenous Batak people. Visit the world-famous Puerto Princesa Underground River but go far deeper into the Philippines' last frontier. Highlights and activities: - Snorkel rich coral reefs in Ulugan Bay. - Hike the rainforests of Cleopatra's Needle, home to 85% of Palawan's endemic flora and fauna and the indigenous Batak people. - Visit Rasa Island, habitat of the katala or red-vented cockatoo. - Explore the "Hundred Caves" of Tagabinet. - Trek to the most prisitine parts of Narra's majestic Estrella Falls - Soak in nature at a hideaway in Maruyugon and enjoy a quiet beach facing Honda Bay. - Visit the St. Paul Subterranean River. Palawan is often – and deservingly – cited as the most beautiful island in the Philippines. To call the 14,650 sq. kilometer (5,656 sq. miles) province an island, however, is not quite apt. Palawan has hundreds of islands surrounding the 450 kilometer (280 mile) long strip that is the mainland. It is referred to as the country's last frontier because of the magnitude of its area that remains undiscovered and pristine. This adventure takes you to the Palawan that most resort-going tourists never see. You will hike through rainforests of unbelievable biodiversity, enter the alien landscape of a cave system and visit the community of an indigenous tribe. We take you to secluded beaches, an awe-inspiring series of waterfalls, and an island inhabited by white cockatoos. We also visit the famous Puerto Princesa Underground River which is a natural wonder of the world and a must-see, but that is the only part of this adventure that can be found in regular Palawan tours. This is a unique trip that takes you away from crowds and lets you experience Palawan's nature at its best.

Best of Batangas: Taal Volcano, Taal Heritage Town, and Anilao Marine Reserve

Philippines
par Uncharted Philippines
390€

Trek up to the crater rim of an active volcano, marvel at the Filipino-Spanish architecture of preserved houses and churches and experience excellent snorkeling with rich marine life all within three hours of Manila. Highlights and activities - View Taal Volcano from afar and up close. - Visit preserved 19th century churches and houses. - Snorkel at Twin Rocks, Anilao – one of the best marine sanctuaries in the country. Batangas is only a couple of hours south of Manila and it holds some of the Philippines' best attractions. A volcano within a volcano, Taal's beauty and uniqueness make it one of the country's must see sights. Taal is an active volcano and most enjoy it from a distance on the tourism and leisure hub that is Tagaytay ridge. While the view from Tagaytay is truly picturesque, on this adventure we go deeper into the Taal experience by sailing across Taal Lake and trekking up to the volcano's main crater rim. Only there, peering into the crater lake with its water streaked with sulfur and shore dotted by fumaroles, can we appreciate the full glory of Taal Volcano. Batangas also has Taal Heritage Town, established in 1572 and home to Asia's biggest Catholic church and a collection of old houses that showcase traditional Filipino-Spanish architecture. The town and its people played an important role in the Philippine revolution against the Spanish and is a great place to learn about the country's history and culture. Taal Town is also known for making the country's best barongs, our traditional formal men's attire, and it is the birthplace of the famous balisong or butterfly knife. Finally, Batangas is home to Anilao Marine Reserve, the country's most popular snorkeling and diving destination. Located in Balayan Bay and protected from natural and human damage, the richness and variety of Anilao's marine life are world-class. This adventure takes us through the best of Batangas in two days.

The Waterfalls of Laguna: Hulugan and Pagsanjan

Philippines
par Uncharted Philippines
210€

Hike through rainforests, rappel down a gorge and canoe through rapids to see some of the most spectacular waterfalls in the Philippines. Private transportation from Manila included. Highlights and activities - Visit 4 waterfalls including Pagsanjan Falls and Hulugan Falls - Hike through lush rain forests. - Descend a gorge by walking, climbing and rappelling down a forest walkway. - Ride a traditional dugout canoe through river rapids. - Swim in waterfall lagoons. Laguna de Bay, just south of Manila, is the biggest lake in the Philippines and it is surrounded by some of the greenest mountains in the country. These forested mountains are braided by countless streams and rivers that feed into the lake, blessing the Laguna area with numerous waterfalls. Of all the beautiful cascades in Laguna, Hulugan Falls and Pagsanjan Falls (also known as Cavinti Falls and Magdapio Falls) are the most impressive. Not only are the waterfalls striking but their surroundings and the experience involved in getting to them are unforgettable. Hulugan Falls is in a rainforest and to get to it we hike on narrow trails, cross streams and scramble over rocks. Before reaching Hulugan Falls we arrive at two other cascades, Talay Falls and Hidden Falls, each remarkable in its own right. Hulugan Falls itself is stunning with its 70 meter (230 foot) high curtain of water creating a fine veil over a richly vegetated rock wall. Pagsanjan Falls is at the bottom of a gorge and is surrounded by a dense forest of exotic plants. Scenes of the movie Apocalypse Now were filmed in the Pagsanjan river gorge and it is one of the must-see destinations of the Philippines. To get to the falls we make our way through the rainforest and down the gorge using a system of elevated walkways, stairs and ladders. It’s an exciting and scenic descent that involves the use harnesses and ropes to lower down several sections. Pagsanjan Falls spills violently into a lagoon and we hop on a bamboo raft to get up close and behind the falling water. The experience is culminated by a canoe ride down a river bordered by sheer cliffs and dotted by rapids.

Taal Day Tour: Taal Lake, Taal Volcano, and Taal Heritage Town

Philippines
par Uncharted Philippines
180€

Ride a boat across the lake of a huge caldera, trek up to the crater rim of an active volcano and visit a historic town that survived the volcano's last major eruption. Highlights and activities: - Visit Taal Lake and Taal Volcano, two of the country's must-see sights. - Hike up an active volcano, passing steam vents along the way. - Visit 19th century churches and houses and learn about Philippine culture and history. Taal is the name of a lake, a volcano and a town. Taal Lake is the third largest lake in country and is actually the caldera of a very large extinct volcano. In the center of this lake is Taal Volcano, which is very active. A volcano within a volcano, Taal's beauty and uniqueness make it one of the country's must see sights. Most enjoy Taal Volcano and Taal Lake from a distance on the tourism and leisure hub that is Tagaytay ridge. While the view from Tagaytay is truly picturesque, on this adventure we go deeper into the Taal experience by sailing across Taal Lake and trekking up Taal Volcano's slope up to the rim of its main crater. Only there, peering into the crater lake with its water streaked with sulfur and shore dotted by fumaroles, can we appreciate the full glory of Taal Volcano. Just off the shore of Taal Lake is Taal Heritage Town, established in 1572. It is one of the oldest towns in the country and home to Asia's biggest Catholic church, as well as a collection of old houses that showcase traditional Filipino-Spanish architecture. The town and its people played an important role in the Philippine revolution against the Spanish and is a great place to learn about the country's history and culture. Taal Town is also known for making the country's best barongs, our traditional formal men's attire, and it is the birthplace of the famous balisong or butterfly knife.

Northern Palawan Snorkeling Expedition

Philippines
par Uncharted Philippines
1100€

Go on a private boat safari to explore the Calamian archipelago. Snorkel coral gardens and shipwrecks. Visit stunning beaches, lagoons, lakes and marine sanctuaries. Swim, kayak and hike your way to the greatest island adventure of your life. Highlights and activities: - Take a private expedition boat to explore the Calamian islands. - Spend nights in beach huts. - Visit spectacular island features such as lakes, coral reefs, shipwrecks, caves and lagoons. Overview: The Calamian archipelago or Calamianes lies in the Sulu Sea, midway between mainland Palawan and Mindoro. In World War II, the US Navy sank 24 Japanese ships that were anchored in the calm waters of the islands. The popular story is that the ships were hiding in the Calamianes, disguised with foliage to make them look like islands to surveillance planes that saw them from above. When pilots noticed over time that some islands changed position, the ruse was up and the ships were sitting ducks for the US Navy's dive bombers. Whether this story is accurate or not, one thing is certain: the Japanese chose a magnificent area to anchor their fleet. The group of over thirty islands has white sandy beaches, vibrant coral reefs, dramatic rock formations and picturesque lagoons and lakes. The islands are also rich in culture, being home to fishing villages and the Tagbanuas, an indigenous people that lives off the sea. This private expedition gives you the most in-depth and intimate experience of the Calamian archipelago. You will visit remote and uninhabited islands, explore them at your own pace and take in nature's beauty with only your own small group to share the adventure.

Anilao Snorkeling Day Tour

Philippines
par Uncharted Philippines
210€

Spend a day snorkeling three vibrant sites. See rich and colorful marine life only a couple of hours away from Manila. Private transportation and snorkeling gear included. Highlights and activities: - Snorkel three rich and colorful coral reefs. - See batfish, puffer fish, tangs, parrotfish, starfish and a host of other fish and sea creatures. The Philippines has the highest marine biodiversity in the world and the country's greatest attractions are found in its seas and oceans. Only 130 kilometers (80 miles) south of Manila is an underwater paradise. Anilao has over 40 dive sites and is the most popular scuba diving destination in the country. But you don't need to dive deep to enjoy the riches of Anilao because the area has several coral reefs that are shallow and ideal for snorkeling. No deeper than two meters (6.5 feet) you can already see a multitude of creatures such as feather stars, damsel fish, sea cucumbers, angelfish, sea squirts and the ever-popular clownfish. A little deeper and you can find giant clams and moray eels. If you're lucky you might even run into a sea turtle. On this trip, we take you to three vibrant snorkeling sites, each with its own different set of marine inhabitants. If you love snorkeling, this is the best day trip that you can take from Manila.

Best of Batangas: Taal Volcano, Taal Heritage Town, and Anilao Marine Reserve

Philippines
par Uncharted Philippines
390€

Trek up to the crater rim of an active volcano, marvel at the Filipino-Spanish architecture of preserved houses and churches and experience excellent snorkeling with rich marine life all within three hours of Manila. Highlights and activities - View Taal Volcano from afar and up close. - Visit preserved 19th century churches and houses. - Snorkel at Twin Rocks, Anilao – one of the best marine sanctuaries in the country. Batangas is only a couple of hours south of Manila and it holds some of the Philippines' best attractions. A volcano within a volcano, Taal's beauty and uniqueness make it one of the country's must see sights. Taal is an active volcano and most enjoy it from a distance on the tourism and leisure hub that is Tagaytay ridge. While the view from Tagaytay is truly picturesque, on this adventure we go deeper into the Taal experience by sailing across Taal Lake and trekking up to the volcano's main crater rim. Only there, peering into the crater lake with its water streaked with sulfur and shore dotted by fumaroles, can we appreciate the full glory of Taal Volcano. Batangas also has Taal Heritage Town, established in 1572 and home to Asia's biggest Catholic church and a collection of old houses that showcase traditional Filipino-Spanish architecture. The town and its people played an important role in the Philippine revolution against the Spanish and is a great place to learn about the country's history and culture. Taal Town is also known for making the country's best barongs, our traditional formal men's attire, and it is the birthplace of the famous balisong or butterfly knife. Finally, Batangas is home to Anilao Marine Reserve, the country's most popular snorkeling and diving destination. Located in Balayan Bay and protected from natural and human damage, the richness and variety of Anilao's marine life are world-class. This adventure takes us through the best of Batangas in two days.

Circuit Trekking de Cambulo à Bangaan

Philippines
par Philippines Roads

Avec ce circuit trekking aux Philippines, vous partirez pendant 11 jours à la découverte de village typiques hors des sentiers battus, vous explorerez des spots de plongée incroyables et vous visiterez à pied de somptueuses rizières en terrasses.

Heritage of the Cordillera: Banaue, Batad, Sagada

Philippines
par Uncharted Philippines
590€

Trek through the Philippine mountain region and be awed by its natural and cultural heritage which include the famous Banaue Rice Terraces, quaint villages, sacred waterfalls and rivers, extensive cave systems, hanging coffins, and picturesque rock formations. Highlights and activities: - See the famous Banaue Rice Terraces. - Learn the customs and traditions of the ancient people of the mountain region. - Trek to and spend a night in Batad, a village within an amphitheater of rice terraces. - Trek to spectacular waterfalls and dive into their lagoons. - Traverse a beautifully alien quartz and limestone cave system. - See the unique hanging coffins of Sagada. The Cordillera is the most mountainous and the only landlocked region in the Philippines. In a country of coastlines, it stands out because of its unique geography and cultural tradition. In this adventure, you will immerse yourself in the mystique of its nature and its people. Be awed by the ingenuity of the Ifugaos as you trek through ancient rice terraces carved into mountainsides. Take in the beauty and tranquility of Sagada, a quaint town in the clouds. Get into the heart of the mountains as you explore an extensive cave system.

Palawan's Best Kept Secrets

Philippines
par Uncharted Philippines
890€

Discover islands, beaches, rainforests, caves, and waterfalls that few travelers know about. See Philippine cockatoos in their natural habitat, snorkel rich coral reefs and get to know the indigenous Batak people. Visit the world-famous Puerto Princesa Underground River but go far deeper into the Philippines' last frontier. Highlights and activities: - Snorkel rich coral reefs in Ulugan Bay. - Hike the rainforests of Cleopatra's Needle, home to 85% of Palawan's endemic flora and fauna and the indigenous Batak people. - Visit Rasa Island, habitat of the katala or red-vented cockatoo. - Explore the "Hundred Caves" of Tagabinet. - Trek to the most prisitine parts of Narra's majestic Estrella Falls - Soak in nature at a hideaway in Maruyugon and enjoy a quiet beach facing Honda Bay. - Visit the St. Paul Subterranean River. Palawan is often – and deservingly – cited as the most beautiful island in the Philippines. To call the 14,650 sq. kilometer (5,656 sq. miles) province an island, however, is not quite apt. Palawan has hundreds of islands surrounding the 450 kilometer (280 mile) long strip that is the mainland. It is referred to as the country's last frontier because of the magnitude of its area that remains undiscovered and pristine. This adventure takes you to the Palawan that most resort-going tourists never see. You will hike through rainforests of unbelievable biodiversity, enter the alien landscape of a cave system and visit the community of an indigenous tribe. We take you to secluded beaches, an awe-inspiring series of waterfalls, and an island inhabited by white cockatoos. We also visit the famous Puerto Princesa Underground River which is a natural wonder of the world and a must-see, but that is the only part of this adventure that can be found in regular Palawan tours. This is a unique trip that takes you away from crowds and lets you experience Palawan's nature at its best.

Best of Batangas: Taal Volcano, Taal Heritage Town, and Anilao Marine Reserve

Philippines
par Uncharted Philippines
390€

Trek up to the crater rim of an active volcano, marvel at the Filipino-Spanish architecture of preserved houses and churches and experience excellent snorkeling with rich marine life all within three hours of Manila. Highlights and activities - View Taal Volcano from afar and up close. - Visit preserved 19th century churches and houses. - Snorkel at Twin Rocks, Anilao – one of the best marine sanctuaries in the country. Batangas is only a couple of hours south of Manila and it holds some of the Philippines' best attractions. A volcano within a volcano, Taal's beauty and uniqueness make it one of the country's must see sights. Taal is an active volcano and most enjoy it from a distance on the tourism and leisure hub that is Tagaytay ridge. While the view from Tagaytay is truly picturesque, on this adventure we go deeper into the Taal experience by sailing across Taal Lake and trekking up to the volcano's main crater rim. Only there, peering into the crater lake with its water streaked with sulfur and shore dotted by fumaroles, can we appreciate the full glory of Taal Volcano. Batangas also has Taal Heritage Town, established in 1572 and home to Asia's biggest Catholic church and a collection of old houses that showcase traditional Filipino-Spanish architecture. The town and its people played an important role in the Philippine revolution against the Spanish and is a great place to learn about the country's history and culture. Taal Town is also known for making the country's best barongs, our traditional formal men's attire, and it is the birthplace of the famous balisong or butterfly knife. Finally, Batangas is home to Anilao Marine Reserve, the country's most popular snorkeling and diving destination. Located in Balayan Bay and protected from natural and human damage, the richness and variety of Anilao's marine life are world-class. This adventure takes us through the best of Batangas in two days.

Heritage of the Cordillera: Banaue, Batad, Sagada

Philippines
par Uncharted Philippines
590€

Trek through the Philippine mountain region and be awed by its natural and cultural heritage which include the famous Banaue Rice Terraces, quaint villages, sacred waterfalls and rivers, extensive cave systems, hanging coffins, and picturesque rock formations. Highlights and activities: - See the famous Banaue Rice Terraces. - Learn the customs and traditions of the ancient people of the mountain region. - Trek to and spend a night in Batad, a village within an amphitheater of rice terraces. - Trek to spectacular waterfalls and dive into their lagoons. - Traverse a beautifully alien quartz and limestone cave system. - See the unique hanging coffins of Sagada. The Cordillera is the most mountainous and the only landlocked region in the Philippines. In a country of coastlines, it stands out because of its unique geography and cultural tradition. In this adventure, you will immerse yourself in the mystique of its nature and its people. Be awed by the ingenuity of the Ifugaos as you trek through ancient rice terraces carved into mountainsides. Take in the beauty and tranquility of Sagada, a quaint town in the clouds. Get into the heart of the mountains as you explore an extensive cave system.

Anilao Snorkeling Day Tour

Philippines
par Uncharted Philippines
210€

Spend a day snorkeling three vibrant sites. See rich and colorful marine life only a couple of hours away from Manila. Private transportation and snorkeling gear included. Highlights and activities: - Snorkel three rich and colorful coral reefs. - See batfish, puffer fish, tangs, parrotfish, starfish and a host of other fish and sea creatures. The Philippines has the highest marine biodiversity in the world and the country's greatest attractions are found in its seas and oceans. Only 130 kilometers (80 miles) south of Manila is an underwater paradise. Anilao has over 40 dive sites and is the most popular scuba diving destination in the country. But you don't need to dive deep to enjoy the riches of Anilao because the area has several coral reefs that are shallow and ideal for snorkeling. No deeper than two meters (6.5 feet) you can already see a multitude of creatures such as feather stars, damsel fish, sea cucumbers, angelfish, sea squirts and the ever-popular clownfish. A little deeper and you can find giant clams and moray eels. If you're lucky you might even run into a sea turtle. On this trip, we take you to three vibrant snorkeling sites, each with its own different set of marine inhabitants. If you love snorkeling, this is the best day trip that you can take from Manila.

Northern Palawan Snorkeling Expedition

Philippines
par Uncharted Philippines
1100€

Go on a private boat safari to explore the Calamian archipelago. Snorkel coral gardens and shipwrecks. Visit stunning beaches, lagoons, lakes and marine sanctuaries. Swim, kayak and hike your way to the greatest island adventure of your life. Highlights and activities: - Take a private expedition boat to explore the Calamian islands. - Spend nights in beach huts. - Visit spectacular island features such as lakes, coral reefs, shipwrecks, caves and lagoons. Overview: The Calamian archipelago or Calamianes lies in the Sulu Sea, midway between mainland Palawan and Mindoro. In World War II, the US Navy sank 24 Japanese ships that were anchored in the calm waters of the islands. The popular story is that the ships were hiding in the Calamianes, disguised with foliage to make them look like islands to surveillance planes that saw them from above. When pilots noticed over time that some islands changed position, the ruse was up and the ships were sitting ducks for the US Navy's dive bombers. Whether this story is accurate or not, one thing is certain: the Japanese chose a magnificent area to anchor their fleet. The group of over thirty islands has white sandy beaches, vibrant coral reefs, dramatic rock formations and picturesque lagoons and lakes. The islands are also rich in culture, being home to fishing villages and the Tagbanuas, an indigenous people that lives off the sea. This private expedition gives you the most in-depth and intimate experience of the Calamian archipelago. You will visit remote and uninhabited islands, explore them at your own pace and take in nature's beauty with only your own small group to share the adventure.

Swimming with Whale Sharks in Donsol

Philippines
par Uncharted Philippines
450€

Interact with whale sharks in a natural and environmentally responsible way. Enjoy the islands, beaches, waterfalls and lagoons of Ticao. Float down an enchanting river lined by trees ablaze with fireflies. Highlights and activities: - Swim and snorkel with wild whale sharks. - Go island hopping to see the beautiful beaches, lagoons, coral reefs and waterfalls of Ticao. - Spend an evening on the spellbinding Firefly River of Donsol. - See the perfectly cone-shaped Mayon Volcano. Donsol gets the largest congregation of whale sharks in the world. Every year the gentle giants come to the waters of the sleepy fishing town to feed on plankton and they stay in the area longer than any other place on the planet – typically from November to June. The whale sharks feed on plankton on the surface of the water and, if undisturbed, peacefully go about their business paying little attention to any tiny humans swimming beside them. With truly wild animals that range from camper-sized juveniles to adults bigger than a bus, Donsol is the best place in the world to get an authentic and natural whale shark experience. Other places, such as Oslob in Cebu, have become popular in recent years because they guarantee the presence of whale sharks all year round. This is because they have adopted the environmentally irresponsible and damaging practice of feeding whale sharks to attract and keep them in an area. Feeding whale sharks results in a number of environmental problems. The animals get accustomed to being fed by boats and are conditioned to approach all watercraft. As a result they often get injured by propellers. The whale sharks become dependent on humans for food. Instead of migrating naturally in search of plankton they stay in one area and rely on people to survive. The water in the feeding area gets polluted due to excess food that is uneaten. The whale sharks also get skin parasites because of the contaminated water and uncontrolled direct contact with people. Not only is the practice of feeding whale sharks harmful to the animals and the environment, watching these semi-domesticated animals being fed is also unsatisfying compared to the experience of swimming with wild sharks. Whale sharks that are fed stop beside a boat, go in a vertical position with their tails down and mouths to the surface (something they never do naturally), and wait for people to scoop krill (small shrimp) down their throats while hordes of tourists harass them from all sides. Wild whale sharks, on the other hand, feed while swimming, filtering the plankton-rich water with their huge mouths. They usually have a posse of fish with them, and the sight of this moving behemoth and its entourage is truly amazing. In Donsol we set a limit to the number of people that can swim with a particular shark so that the animal can go about its business without feeling like a celebrity desperately trying to escape from paparazzi. People are not allowed to touch the sharks and must keep a two-meter distance away from them. These rules make for undisturbed, healthy and happy sharks while providing a richer experience for the people who observe them. In this adventure we not only give you the best whale shark experience but also show you the other natural wonders of the Donsol area. You spend a day visiting the various islands of Ticao, with their spectacular rock formations, beaches and lagoons. We also spend a surreal evening floating down a river lined by trees full of fireflies. And throughout your adventure the awe-inspiring Mayon Volcano will serve as the backdrop. We offer this trip from January to May which is prime time for the whale sharks. Note that since the animals are wild and we do not have a contract with them, seeing them is not guaranteed.

Anilao Scuba Diving Day Tour

Philippines
par Uncharted Philippines
260€

Dive in the Philippines' most popular diving destination. See rich and colorful marine life only a couple of hours away from Manila. Private transportation included. Do three (3) dives in three excellent dive sites. Anilao is the staple dive destination of Manila-based divers who are lucky to have an excellent diving area close to the city. Anilao is a marine reserve, and the fruits of protection are evident in the quantity and diversity of marine life. Reef creatures such as sea turtles, triggerfish and moray eels are common sights, as are pelagic fish such as giant trevally. Anilao's coral gardens are underwater rainbows, home to enough colorful tropical marine creatures to fill any diver's wish list. This trip takes you to from Manila to this underwater paradise and back in a single day. Multi-day trips are also easily arranged upon request.

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