Arrive in Sandakan in the afternoon and check in to the Four Points Sheraton. Gather at the hotel in the evening for a welcome reception and dinner.
In the morning, drive to a lowland rainforest, home of the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Center. Observe the young orangutans, many of them orphans, who have been rehabilitated and taught to live in the wild. Embark on the Caledonian Sky in the afternoon and settle in to your cabin as the ship sets sail.
Arrive in Puerto Princesa in the afternoon and embark on a tour of the city and its environs. Learn about the local culture at the Palawan Heritage Museum and watch a weaving demonstration at Binuatan Creations. Or, seek out the Palawan flycatcher, melodious babbler, and other resident species on a birding tour.
Visit Tubbataha Reef Natural Park, a marine and bird sanctuary that covers over 370 square miles. Part of the Coral Triangle, this area was recognized as a World Heritage Site due to a high density of marine species and important breeding grounds for seabirds and marine turtles. Spend the day snorkeling or diving over pristine reefs.
Explore the natural and cultural wonders of Coron, including an active hike up Coron’s vertical cliffs, which is rewarded with breathtaking views of Kayangan Lake. Afterwards, snorkel or dive in they crystal-clear waters. In the afternoon, visit the Banuang Daan who will showcase their rich traditions with a performance and display of handicrafts.
The second-largest contiguous coral reef in the world after the Great Barrier Reef, Apo offers a kaleidoscope of hard and soft corals. Discover luminescent anemones and nudibranchs, pygmy seahorses, pipefish, and other wondrous small creatures, as well as large pelagics such as sharks, tuna, and barracudas.
In the morning, go ashore and attend a traditional Pag-alad performance. Then board Jeepneys, the colorful symbols of Philippine culture, for a scenic drive to the Cantingas River’s hydro plant, a major source of the island’s clean energy. Watch the process of harvesting and milling rice, using the traditional bayo method. Continue to Dagubdob Falls, a series of cascades surrounded by dense tropical forest. After a lunch of local delicacies, walk with naturalists to search for flora and fauna, or take a swim in the refreshing freshwater pool.
After a morning at sea, enjoy excellent snorkeling or diving at Balicasag, a Marine Protected Area.
Rise early for a scenic drive through the countryside, past emerald rice paddies and forested hillsides. Arrive at the Chocolate Hills, a unique landscape of almost perfectly conical hills, and ascend to the viewing platform for commanding views. Spend the afternoon snorkeling or diving off tiny Pamilican Island, with the possibility of going ashore to visit with locals.
Venture into the foothills of Mt. Hibok-Hibok, an active volcano, then make a stop at the 245-foot-high Katibawasan Falls and take a dip in the refreshing pool. After visiting a village and local market, enjoy a feast of traditional dishes, fresh seafood, and lechon, a whole roasted pig. After, snorkel or dive off a nearby island.
Board local boats to search for whale sharks, often found feeding around Pintuyan. In the afternoon, visit the beautiful Limasawa Island.
The people of Capul possess a rich cultural heritage including a language unique to this small island. After a short motorbike ride to the 17th-century fortress, enjoy a performance of dance and songs set to folk music. A stroll past the 18th-century lighthouse takes you to a farm to sample traditional dishes and fresh local produce.
Spend the morning snorkeling and diving at tiny San Miguel Island. In the afternoon, take a scenic Zodiac cruise along the coast of Ticao to the base of Catandayagan Falls—a supremely photogenic waterfall that cascades over sheer limestone cliffs directly into the sea—then step ashore in a tiny fishing village to visit with locals.
Disembark the ship in the morning and enjoy a morning tour Manila. After lunch at a local restaurant, transfer to the airport for an early afternoon flight to Manila. Upon arrival, check in to the Marriott Hotel Manila for dinner and overnight.
Independently travel to the airport for your continued journeys home.