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Enjoy a warm welcome to the lush Philippines on this 10-day tour of Bicol and Coron!
You will start the tour in the charming city of Legazpi with the iconic cone-shaped Mayon Volcano as its ever present backdrop. Explore it on an adventurous day with your ATV! You will leave the land and spend the next few days immersed in the water: In search of the gentle giants who frequent the waters of Donsol on an Eco Whale Shark Experience Tour, snorkelling through coral reefs and shipwrecks and diving into crystalline fresh-water lakes framed by the jagged, vertical karst walls typical of Coron. After so many natural adventures you will head into the big city and spend some time strolling through Manila.
This tour packs big experiences into 10 exciting days!
Manila International Airport
3 Hours Before Flight Time
Upon arrival at Manila’s International Airport, you are met by your driver who will transfer you via air-conditioned vehicle to your hotel in the historic walled area of Intramuros. You have the evening free to explore this mega-city’s world class restaurants or enjoy its famous sunset from your hotel’s Sky Bar.
This morning you will fly to the city of Legazpi which is set at the foothills of the iconic Mount Mayon volcano. The Bicol region is located in the southern part of Luzon with Legazpi being its center, and as it sits along the Pacific Rim of Fire is home to several volcanoes. In the afternoon you will enjoy a tour of the city, visiting landmarks such as Ligñon Hill Nature Park, the Japanese Tunnel, the Cagsawa Ruins and the church Daraga. Take a stroll along Legazpi Boulevard and savor local favorites like Pinangat and Bicol Express for dinner. If you’d like to try your hand at preparing local dishes of the Bicol region, we can include a cooking class as an optional add-on.
Today you’ll have the chance to drive an ATV to the lava wall of Mayon Volcano. This ultimate adrenaline rush takes you through gullies, rivers and fallen rock. The entire trail was created by nature – made by the fury of the volcano Mayon. On this 3 to 4 hours adventure you will ride a 150CC ATV and will be accompanied by your guide. Afterwards, you will be transferred to your next accommodation, a beachfront resort in Donsol. There you’ll have the evening free to do as you wish! Relax on the beach or enjoy a drink by the pool.
Donsol is one of the few places in the world that offers very good chances of whale shark sightings throughout the months of December to May. The name Donsol has become synonymous with whale sharks as a large congregation of these animals is often found here. Keeping in mind that these are wild creatures in their natural habitat, sightings are never guaranteed. However, our knowledgeable guides will do their best to find them for you in a safe and ecological manner. With simple snorkelling equipment, you will have the opportunity to swim alongside these gentle giants.
Today you have a long journey ahead as you make your way from Donsol to Coron. After breakfast at the hotel you are driven back to Legazpi, from where you will board a plane to Coron, connecting in Manila. Upon arrival at Busuanga Airport, you will be picked up and taken to your hotel where you have the afternoon free. Relax after this long journey and take a first glance around this beautiful island. You are in paradise!
This 6th day of your visit to the Philippines is spent visiting a couple of the nearby islands. You will stop at Pass Island and Lusong for some breathtaking underwater scenery. Jump into the crystalline waters and explore beautiful coral reefs and coral gardens as well as a sunken WW2 gun boat. In between your snorkeling and swimming excursions you will enjoy a grilled lunch on the beach.
Another big day excursion lies ahead, this one putting together all of Coron’s “must sees.” Grab your waterproof camera and snorkelling gear! You will experience the beautiful Kayangan Lake, a lake with crystal clear freshwater and unbelievable underwater rock formations that make it one of the most incredible sites of Coron. Next you will head to the magical Twin Lagoons, a pair of dazzling blue lagoons set amongst a backdrop of the typical vertical karst walls. The other stops you will explore today are Siete Pecados Marine park, Beach 91, Skeleton Wreck, CYC Beach, and Malwawey Reef & Coral Garden. To accompany this incredible experience, your boat crew will prepare a delicious barbecue lunch on the beach.
There are no scheduled activities for today but many optional activities available to explore more of this paradise. Alternatively, you might want to simply relax at your resort and take in the natural beauty of Coron.
It is time to say good bye to Coron and head back to the big city of Manila. You will have the evening to discover Manila on your own, get a feel for the night life or indulge in the local cuisine trying out a restaurant.
Unfortunately this 10-day travel experience has come to an end. At the designated time you will be driven by private transfer from your hotel to the airport for your flight home. We hope you have had a truly wonderful experience and look forward to having you come back again!