Trip Details

This is a perfect option after a volunteering experience in Palawan.

The Palawan Beach Week is an excellent opportunity for any traveller looking for a relaxing week in one of Southeast Asia’s most beautiful locations. Palawan is widely considered to be one of the Philippines’ top destinations, with El Nido being the top spot for white sand beaches and blue water. It is famous for diving and snorkeling, and its diverse marine life offers fantastic opportunities for underwater wildlife spotting.

For those who join this programme, there is plenty of free time to take part in underwater activities, relax on the beach or explore the local area. El Nido is home to friendly locals and travellers can be sure to find a peaceful and welcoming atmosphere.

Two programme activities are scheduled for this week: on Wednesday you will spend a day exploring by kayak, and on Friday there is a relaxing, traditional Filipino massage to look forward to.

Trip Itinerary

Monday to Tuesday
Breakfast
Free time
Lunch
Free time
Dinner

Wednesday
Breakfast
Kayaking
Lunch on the way
Back to accommodation
Dinner

Thursday
Breakfast
Free time
Lunch
Free time
Dinner

Friday
Breakfast
Body massage
Lunch
Free time
Dinner

Weekend
During your free time you are encouraged to explore the area and take in the culture. The locals are all friendly and someone will also be able to point you toward new sites or discoveries to enjoy.

This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.

Trip Accommodation

According to CNNGo, El Nido is the Best Beach and Island destination in the Philippines. It boasts fifty white sandy beaches, limestone cliffs, five different types of forest, an unparalleled ecosystem and a hundred species of coral that makes it a diver’s paradise.

Accommodation & Food

You will be accommodated in this cozy guesthouse that’s only 2 minutes walking distance from El Nido’s amazing beaches. You will share a room with one other person, or you can opt for a private room.

There are limited laundry facilities, so expect to wash your clothes by hand. You will be expected to clean up after yourself and to play your part to keep the accommodation neat and organised.

Food Arrangements
The food will consist mainly of local Philippine cuisine (lots of vegetables, meat, egg and rice) and will be served here on site.

Facilities
All amenities, shops and ATMs are available within walking distance of the accommodation.

Sights & Surroundings
El Nido really is a paradise on earth and there is so much to do and admire in this area. Composed of 45 islands and islets, there are no shortages of beaches and boat/snorkelling trips to take you on a tour of the area. There are also prehistoric caves and waterfalls which all lie waiting to be explored. Please speak to a coordinator on site for further advice!

 

Trip Country Info

Philippines

Capital: Manila
Language: Filipino
Currency: Peso (PHP)
Time zone: PST (UTC +8)

The Philippines is made up of a total of 7,107 islands, only 2000 of which are inhabited. The islands are broadly categorised under 3 main geographical divisions: Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. It is the 7th most populated country in Asia and the 12th most in the world.

As a newly industrialised country, the Philippine economy which was once founded upon its agriculture is now moving towards an economy based on services and manufacturing.

It is unsurprising that the Philippines attracts tourists due to its incredibly rich biodiversity found across its islands. The mountains, rainforests and diving spots as well as its impressive cultural heritage all add to the reasons why the Philippines is such an incredible place to experience.

Climate
The Philippines experiences a tropical maritime climate meaning that it is normally hot and humid and there are 3 distinct seasons:

Hot, dry season from March to May
Rainy season from June to November
Cool, dry season from December to February
The southwest monsoon lasts from May to October and the dry monsoon in the northeast from November to April.

Temperatures in the Philippines normally range from 21°C to 32°C with the coolest month being January and the hottest, May. The yearly average is 26.6°C..

The Philippines sits on the typhoon belt and so most islands experience torrential rains and storms from July to October.

Culture
The Philippines is a secular state and stemming from its Spanish cultural influence and it is one of only two Roman Catholic countries in Asia. Its Christian population is at about 90%. The country displays a mixture of Eastern and Western culture. Whilst it undeniably preserves cultural aspects found elsewhere in Asia, its Hispanic influence is perhaps most noticeable especially in the architecture and names of streets, towns and provinces.

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

No requirements have been provided.

Additional Requirements

No requirements have been provided.

What's included

  • 24/7 support in case of emergencies
  • Accommodation
  • Airport Pick up
  • English speaking coordinator
  • Meals
  • Orientation

What's not included

  • Airport drop off
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Vaccination
  • Visa