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Boracay: Island and Beach-Hopping Boat Tour with Snorkeling

1. Boracay: Island and Beach-Hopping Boat Tour with Snorkeling

Explore Boracay in comfort and style with a 5.5-hour island hopping boat tour. Incorporate both exploration and relaxation into your day with opportunities to swim, snorkel and sunbathe at sites such as Crystal Cove Island, Crocodile Island, Magic Island, Puka Beach, and Balinghai Beach. Visit various white sand beaches, coves and little islands with your bilingual guide, who will escort you to the best snorkeling spots in the area. The island is surrounded by beautiful coral and diverse marine wildlife such as colorful wrasses, moray eels and sea snakes. The tour includes various stops. Visit Crystal Cove, a small private beach with two coves and white sand beaches. Splash around and snorkel in the clear, shallow waters just off the shore. Cliff dive and pose in front of clean waters at Magic Island, while you can sunbathe at the popular beaches of Puka Beach and Balinghai Beach. Relax as you take in the views all around the island before trying a local-style seafood buffet. To wrap up a great day at Boracay, you can choose the option that includes a dinner at Paradise Garden Resort. This buffet is filled with international cuisines and various drinks from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM.

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Boracay: Sunset Cruise with Water Activities

2. Boracay: Sunset Cruise with Water Activities

Meet at the boat station by Astoria Boracay hotel on White Beach to board your traditional banca boat. Enjoy the picturesque scenery on a 2-hour cruise around the area. Accompanied by friendly crew members, you can sit back and relax as the sun sets behind the horizon. Cruise along White Beach to take in the beautiful coastline while you enjoy the spectacular arrays of color of the Boracay sunset. Stop off for a quick swim, try stand up paddleboarding, and snorkel in the clear water. Or simply chill on the boat, before heading back to Boracay to arrive at approximately 6:15 PM.

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Boracay: Private Island Hopping & Snorkeling Tour

3. Boracay: Private Island Hopping & Snorkeling Tour

Explore Boracay in comfort and style with a private island hopping boat tour. Incorporate both exploration and relaxation into your day with opportunities to swim, snorkel, and sunbathe at the most popular beaches and islands of Boracay. You and your group can have more flexibility on which places to visit and how long you would like to stay at each stop because this tour is private. Explore signature islands such as Crocodile Island with your bilingual guide, who will escort you to the best snorkeling spots in the area. Visit Crystal Cove, a small private beach with two coves and white sand beaches. Splash around and snorkel in the clear, shallow waters just off the shore. Cliff dive and pose in front of clean waters at Magic Island, and sunbathe at the popular Puka Beach and Balinghai Beach. Relax as you take in the views all around the island. Enjoy a local-style seafood buffet as well if you choose the add-on for your tour.

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From Manila: Day Tour to Enchanting Hidden Valley

4. From Manila: Day Tour to Enchanting Hidden Valley

Located 78 kilometers south of Metro Manila lies Hidden Valley Resorts whose bewitching natural vegetation flourishes in a 110 acre crater 300 feet deep, believed to have been formed by a violent volcanic upheaval thousands of years ago. Located between two mountains, Mts. Makiling and Banahaw - these two mountains have been for many years a major staple for local myths and folklores, the place boasts of an impressive collection of rare orchids and other exotic flora. Several naturally heated volcanic water pools are available for those who want to take a refreshing dip so bring your swim suit!

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From Puerto Princesa: Underground River Full-Day Trip

5. From Puerto Princesa: Underground River Full-Day Trip

Start your day with a convenient pick-up service from your downtown accommodation at 7:00 AM. From there, travel by land to the famous underground river. Your tour guide will provide information about the area and Puerto Princesa City in general along the way, ensuring you get to learn as much as you can about this wonderful location. During the trip a stop will be made at Buenavista, a delightful viewpoint where you can get a glimpse of Ulugan Bay. Arrive at Sabang Wharf at approximately 8:00 AM, and board a pump boat to the mouth of the cave. This place is home to Monitor Lizards, monkeys, snakes, and other forms of wildlife, some of which are exclusive to Palawan. After a short walk, you'll ride a paddleboat to the underground river and marvel at this natural wonder. Once back at the wharf, lunch will be served at one of the restaurants in Sabang. Get to enjoy local cuisine and sample the taste Filipinos love. An optional side trip to Ugong Rock Adventure Zipline and Spelunking is available after the Underground River Tour so that you can make the most of your day. Once back in the city, you'll be dropped off at your hotel. If you want a relaxing end to the day, select one of the massage options. Hotel drop-off after the massage can be provided with an extra charge, which can be booked as an add-on upon checkout.

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Boracay: Helicopter Sightseeing Tour with Hotel Pickup

6. Boracay: Helicopter Sightseeing Tour with Hotel Pickup

Admire the Boracay coastline from a birds-eye perspective on a helicopter sightseeing tour. Choose between 3 different flight options, and enjoy convenient hotel pickup whichever one you choose. After pickup from your hotel, transfer to the helicopter platform in Boracay's higher ground to set off on your adventure. Depending on the exact location of your accommodation, the transfer takes between 30-50 minutes. Please note that after the tour you will be dropped off at D'Mall, not back at your accommodation. If you select the 10-minute Beach Tour option, delight in an adrenaline-filled experience touring the island by helicopter. This route takes you near Boracay's coastline and beaches where you can see white sands, blue green waters, and reefs. On the 15-minute Island Tour option, catch a glimpse of Tambisaan Reef, as well as the several stunning beaches of Boracay, including Bulabog Beach, Puka Beach, Diniwid Beach, and White Beach. Or, choose to maximize your incredible sightseeing experience from the sky with the 20-minute VIP Tour. See not only Boracay but also the neighboring islands of Carabao and Crocodile Island. Witness the amazing turquoise waters surrounding the lush forests of the islands and capture what it feels like to see paradise from above.

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Boracay: Private 6-Hour Customized Walking Tour With A Local

7. Boracay: Private 6-Hour Customized Walking Tour With A Local

Explore the island of Boracay with a local guide with the 6-hour itinerary of your choice. Visit any place of your interest or allow your guide to help you design the perfect walking tour to show the island's history, culture, and leisurely way of life. After you meet your guide at your accommodation, or at any other location in Boracay of your choice, spend 6 hours with your guide exploring.  Go for some great shopping at D'mall and check out the vendors with fun souvenirs, exotic fruits, and delicious street food.  Walk around White Beach and let your guide help you find the best spots for beautiful photos. If are looking for recommendations, your guide can take you to the best restaurants on the island.

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Caticlan: Private Airport Transfer From/To Boracay

8. Caticlan: Private Airport Transfer From/To Boracay

Enjoy a pre-arranged private transfer service between Caticlan Airport accommodation in Boracay. With this service, avoid the hassle of negotiating taxis fares or navigating the public transportation system with heavy bags. Meet your driver who will be holding a sign with your name on it, either at the airport or in your hotel lobby. If your accommodation is not accessible by a vehicle, you may be asked to wait on the main road.  If arriving at the airport, take the fast-track lane to process terminal fees, taxes, and ticket purchase for the public ferry ride from Caticlan Airport to the island of Boracay. Then, take a 30-minute electric tricycle ride between the ferry terminal and your accommodation in Boracay. (Itinerary is reversed for transfers to the airport). Choose to upgrade to an air-conditioned ferry or van ride instead of the tricycle as an add-on upon booking.

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Puerto Princesa: Honda Bay Island Hopping & Optional Massage

9. Puerto Princesa: Honda Bay Island Hopping & Optional Massage

Experience the beauty of marine life in Puerto Princesa. Honda Bay is located on the eastern shore of Puerto Princesa and hosts a variety of tiny islands with resorts and beaches. It is also home to a wide variety of fishes, corals, and giant clams. Begin your 30-minute journey from the city to Barangay Sta. Lourdes, where the Honda Bay Wharf is located. Before boarding your boat, you will make a stop to rent your snorkel, aqua shoes, and swimming fins. Once on board, you will be taken to 3 different places each with its own unique attractions and characteristics. First is Luli Island. This sand bar got its name from the Filipino 'Lulubog at LIlitaw', which means to appear and disappear on water. The sand bar disappears when the tide is high and appears when the tide is low. It has powdery cream-colored sand and clear blue water, which is perfect for swimming and relaxing. There is a cocktail bar where you can sample the local mixes. There is a dive platform where you can take a jump into the water.  Next is Pambato Reef. This reef is a famous snorkeling site in Honda Bay. It has an average depth of 13 meters and covers an area as wide as 16 hectares. It has a thriving community of branch and ear corals and schools of fish including lapu-lapu (grouper), parrot fish, and spadefish. Finally, head to Cowrie Island where you will spend most of your day. Your buffet-style lunch will be served on this island. The clear blue waters and powdery sand are perfect for swimming, snorkeling, and sun bathing. There is a massage center where you can treat yourself to a relaxing massage. Your day will end at approximately 2:30 PM. You will head back to the wharf and your driver will meet you there to return you to your accommodation. If you want a relaxing end to the day, select one of the massage options. Hotel drop-off after the massage can be provided with an extra charge, which can be booked as an add-on upon checkout.

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Oslob Whale Shark Swimming and Kawasan Falls Canyoneering

10. Oslob Whale Shark Swimming and Kawasan Falls Canyoneering

Embark on a once-in-a-lifetime swimming experience with whale sharks. Your private guide will take you on a scenic journey from Cebu's East Coast to the town of Oslob to capture a sight of this magnificent fish. Snorkel and swim alongside these gentle giants in their natural habitat. After swimming alongside your new fish friends, you'll arrive at Badian for lunch before your canyoneering adventure. You'll travel to the jump-off point and swim, climb, rappel and more all over Badian's picturesque cliffs—don’t miss an opportunity to jump off of cliffs as high as thirty feet. Come down from your heart-pounding jumps with a relaxing swim in the beautiful waters of the beautiful and serene Kawasan Falls. You'll be brought back to your hotel carrying priceless memories and the thrill of adventure in your heart.

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With its cosmopolitan cities, lush jungles, and white sand beaches, the Philippines are an ideal tourist destination. This archipelago nation offers surprises around every corner, from beautiful waterfalls such as Pagsanjan Falls and the Kawasan Waterfall to the unusual cone shaped Chocolate Hills of Bohol. For travelers looking for something different, the Philippines will not disappoint.

The most densely populated city in the world, Manila is truly a melting pot of culture. A city tour is a great way to orient oneself to this exciting city. A number of tours are available which include all of the must-see sites. A visit to Makati, the country's financial center, will contrast with a day trip to Hidden Valley where visitors can relax in thermal pools.

The colonial city of Cebu offers a number of exciting opportunities. History buffs will enjoy tours which include such sites as Magellan's Cross and Fort San Pedro as well as the opportunity to watch the renowned indigenous handicrafts of the area being produced. A number of tours are also available outside the city. Visitors will enjoy touring guitar and furniture factories in Mactan or a day spent snorkeling and exploring old Spanish ruins at nearby Sumilon Island.

Visitors to the island of Boracay will want to discover everything this region has to offer. Visitors can experience the rural life of the Philippines with a day tour to Caticlan where they will explore caves and enjoy Malayan cuisine. Those interested in learning about the real community life of the area can take advantage of tours offering the opportunity to help school children with their English skills and a visit to a handicrafts cooperative.

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