11 Days Philippines Palawan Islands Discovery Tour

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Start in Manila and end in Coron on this epic 11-day Philippines Palawan Islands Tour with Do You Travel. Perfect for backpackers and adventure travellers, this budget Palawan holiday package will take you on an epic adventure through the Palawan Islands where you will see the very best of the islands voted the best in the world for multiple years in a row!


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The Palawan Islands Discovery is the perfect Palawan Holiday package for backpackers and solo travellers! Let us take you on an adventure through the Philippine Islands voted the best in the world!

Start your holiday in the Philippines capital city of Manila. On day 3 fly to Puerto Princesa, the gateway to the Palawan Islands, and visit the famous Underground River on day 4. On days 5 and 6 relax on the beach or explore the islands surrounding the sleepy town of Port Barton. On day 7 take a van ride to El Nido and spend 2 days discovering the most breathtakingly beautiful islands in the world and finally on day 9 take a short ferry ride to Coron for more island-hopping adventures!

The Palawan Islands Discovery is an independent tour package that includes accommodation in a perfect mix of *hostels, hotels and beachfront cabins, all internal flights, expert local guides, some meals, transportation, and all activities.


*This tour can also be upgraded to hotel accommodation if staying in hostels is not your thing. 


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How many days


Places Visited

  • Manila
  • Palawan
  • Port Barton
  • El Nido
  • Coron

Travel Style

Independent | Adventure

Good For

Solo Travellers | Friends travelling together | Young Couples

Price Includes

  • 7 nights in boutique hostels (Manila / El Nido/ Coron) ** Dorm style accommodation (can be upgraded to private in checkout)
  • 2 nights beach cottage (Port Barton)
  • 1 night in a hotel (Palawan)
  • Internal Flight with 20kg luggage allowance per person
  • All transportation in destination location
  • Some Meals
  • All Transport
  • All activities as per itinerary

Price Excludes

  • International flights
  • Visas
  • Travel Insurance

Day 1Manila - Your adventure begins!

Mabuhay and welcome to the Philippines! Arrive in Manila and be transferred to your hostel. The rest of the night is free to enjoy as you wish. Enjoy a drink on the sun deck of your hostel overlooking the Manila city skyline or head out to the red light district of Makati for a night you will never forget!

Day 2Manila - Sunset Bike Tour and Cultural Show

Enjoy the day in Manila at leisure before heading off in the evening on a 2-hour historical sunset bamboo bike tour. Enjoy a view of the sunset, a buffet of Spanish Filipino food in a heritage restaurant, and a live Filipino cultural show with this Sunset experience! You will be leisurely toured around the historic walled city of Intramuros Manila using bamboo bikes (Bambikes). Our local tour guide will share with you stories of Intramuros and the Philippines while you enjoy the sightseeing. Just before the sun sets, you will be lead to the skydeck of The Bayleaf Hotel where you will be served a complimentary drink as you watch the sunset over Manila Bay, then make your way to Barbara’s Heritage Restaurant where an eat-all-you-can buffet of Filipino food is waiting. A live Philippine cultural show will play as you dine.

Day 3Palawan Islands

Time to head to the islands! After breakfast, check out and be transferred to Manila airport for your flight to Palawan. The flight time is approximately an hour. When you arrive in Palawan you will be picked up from the airport and transferred to your hotel in the centre of Puerto Princesa city. The rest of the day is free for you to do as you wish.

Day 4Puerto Princesa Underground River

This morning you will be picked up from your hotel to head over to the Puerto Princesa Underground River – one of the seven natural wonders of the world! Have an absolutely incredible experience being guided through the national park, exploring the underground cave systems aboard a bamboo raft. This is an absolute must-do while in the Philippines. In the afternoon you will be transported by van to your beachfront home in Port Barton.

Day 5Port Barton

Spend your day sipping fresh coconuts on white sand while listening to some island reggae in the background. Tucked away on a secluded beach. Snorkel with turtles, explore the island or lay in a hammock and read a good book. This is your time to truly experience idyllic island life.

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Day 6El Nido

In the morning you will be transported to El Nido! When you arrive, you will see why Palawan was named the most beautiful island group in the world. Surrounded by islands and cliffs, El Nido is a secret paradise we are lucky enough to share. Once you arrive, check in to the hostel, settle in, and head out to check out the restaurants and bars along the beach.

Day 7El Nido - Island Hopping

Today is all about experiencing what El Nido is famous for- and that is the island hopping. Set sail to enjoy the emerald waters, snorkel incredible reefs and try and spot some unique wildlife on a shared El Nido Island Hopping Tour. Discover the clear waters of Miniloc Island, where you will find three breathtaking lagoons -Soak up the sun and relax on the white sand beaches of Shimizu island -Relish a delicious grilled lunch on the beach -Snorkel in the pristine waters of Seven Commando beach, and get a chance to see a few sea turtles!

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Day 8El Nido - Free Time

Today is your chance to explore this beautiful island however you wish. You may choose to take another Island hopping tour, flag down a tricycle driver to drive you to one of the many waterfalls or explore the town and have lunch on the beach.

Day 9Coron

This morning you hop on the ferry from El Nido town and cruise across the sea to the small fishing village of Coron. Spend the rest of the day at your leisure exploring the town.

Day 1oCoron - Island Hopping

Today you’ll set off on an island-hopping adventure to visit the stunning lagoons and lakes in the area. Cool off in the clear blue sea and take in the rays. Get a picture-perfect view of Kayangan Lake, the cleanest lake in the Philippines Discover the Barracuda Lake, a natural wonder that’s famous for its layers of cold, warm, and hot water Explore Siete Pecados Marine Park where you can observe vibrant tropical fish and admire coral gardens Experience this tour with a delicious lunch at Beach 91 which you will indulge in along with the views of the ocean

Day 11Coron - Checkout

Sadly all good things must come to an end. There are no more activities or inclusions today. We truly hope you fell in love with the Palawan Islands!

11 Day Palawan Islands Tour - More Info

Arrival Information

Start your Palawan holiday with ease with an included airport pickup. Just let us know your flight details into Manila so that we can arrange this for you. 

After your Palawan Island holiday

Your Palawan holiday finishes on the island of Coron. If you’re staying on longer in the Philippines, we can help organise all of your onward travel including any of our add-on packages. If you’re just doing the 11-day trip, it’s a short van ride to Coron airport and a 1 hour flight to Manila. There are several direct flights per day from Coron arriving in Manila between 9:30AM and 7:30PM. 

Travel Insurance

Travel Insurance is not compulsory but highly recommended. We have teamed up with Nomads Travel Insurance to make getting your travel insurance super easy! Get yourself a quote here


Most nationalities including Australia, UK, Europe, NZ, Canada, and the US do not need a visa to enter the Philippines. If you plan to stay in the Philippines for longer than 30 days you will need to extend your visa for a fee of approximately $80 AUD. We recommend checking with your local Philippines consulate for up to date visa requirements and costs. If you need any further help with visas just contact us.


How much spending money will I need?

All of your internal flights, activities, accommodation, transport and some meals are included throughout the duration of the tour, so you’ll just need money for any extra meals, drinks, shopping, and any onward travel. We recommend you bring at least $300 AUD spending money for the trip.

What luggage do you recommend?

We always recommend traveling with a backpack and packing light! 10-20kgs of stuff should be plenty. It’s generally quite hot in the Philippines so dragging around a huge suitcase is not much fun.

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