Grabba Backpack Travels is excited to offer a 3 week backpacking tour to the islands of Luzon and Palawan. When it comes to traveling South East Asia Philippines is often the forgotten Country. Most people gravitate to Thailand and Vietnam, while the Philippines is out of the way and off the beaten track. However the travelers that do make it to the Philippines are richly rewarded with endless islands to explore. There are 7,107 islands to discover, however, we will only be exploring two islands. We will spend our first day on the tour in Manila (a bustling and energetic city of over 11 million people in the metro area including Philippines largest City, Quezon) before heading to Northern Luzon to visit Banaue and the rice paddy in the village of Batad, considered by many and is advertised, as the eighth wonder of the world. It is truly a beautiful area. We will be spending two relaxing days in the village where you will get a look at the most impressive rice paddy anywhere in the world. (see Photo, top left). Via Banaue we travel to the laid back mountain town of Sagada where we will explore the underground river caves. Here, we will have time to explore the area before going back to Manila to make our way to the island of Palawan. We will also get more time to explore Manila while we wait to catch our flight to Palawan.
Palawan island: lagoons, diving, snorkeling and Beaches
Tour boats anchored in El Nido
Our first port of call is the beautiful city of Puerto Princess(PP) and gateway to Palawan. From PP we head directly to the beautiful small coastal town of El Nido. We will be able to kick back and relax for four nights and enjoy everything El Nido has to offer. That includes diving, snorkeling, visiting lagoons and enjoying the beaches. El Nido offers a variety of day trips by boat to different islands and lagoons. (photo to the left) You might want to take two or three day trips during our stay in El Nido and/or chill out on the beach. After a relaxing stay in El Nido we make our way to another laid back seaside town of Port Barton.
Palawan island: Port Barton and Sebang beach
Palm tree lined beach in Port Barton
More Beach time awaits us in the charming seaside town of Port Barton. The relaxation continues as we spend a couple of days chilling in Port Barton before taking a morning boat ride to the under water caves near Sebang Beach. The under water caves will be the only day tour that is included in the adventure. After visiting the caves in the morning we continue our water cruise to Sebang beach. Once we have arrived in Sebang Beach people will have the option to stay in Sebang Beach overnight or continue to Puerto Princess where we will spend the last few days of the tour before having a group final meal which will mark the end of the tour. The next day we will head back to Manila or some people may choose other destinations if you continue to explore the Philippines.