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The unique landscape of the Chocolate Hills

Exploring the Philippines

15 Day Sample Cruise aboard Caledonian Sky
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Immerse yourself in the beautiful islands of the Philippines archipelago on this 15-day South Pacific cruise. This expedition offers a captivating mix of eastern and western cultures, and features exceptional snorkeling and diving. The lush, tropical forests are filled with a variety of endemic flora and fauna, and the shores are fringed with colorful coral reefs and extensive limestone caves. A special highlight is the opportunity to interact with native cultures whose customs are reflected in their intricate tribal dress, colorful dances, and rich folklore.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Sandakan, Malaysia
Day 2 : Sandakan / Embark Caledonian Sky
Day 3 : Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines
Day 4 : Tubbataha Reef
Day 5 : Coron Island
Day 6 : Apo Reef
Day 7 : Sibuyan Island
Day 8 : Balicasag
Day 9 : Bohol / Pamilacan Island
Day 10 : Camiguin Island
Day 11 : Pintuyan / Limasawa
Day 12 : Capul
Day 13 : San Miguel Island / Ticao Island
Day 14 : Manila / Disembark
Day 15 : Depart Manila

Ship

Caledonian Sky

Places Visited

  • South Pacific
  • Bohol
  • Bucas Grande Island
  • Cagayan de Oro
  • Camiguin Island
  • Capul Island
  • Coron Island
  • Davao City
  • Donsol
  • El Nido
  • Pamilacan Island
  • Philippines
  • Puerto Princesa
  • Sibuyan Island
  • Sogod Bay
  • Ticao Island

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

The unique landscape of the Chocolate Hills A lone fisherman off the coast of the Philippines Children of the Philippines Marvel at nature as you sail the volcanic nation of the Philippines A fish hides in the reef

Day 1 Sandakan, Malaysia

  • 1 Dinner
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.

Day 2 Sandakan / Embark Caledonian Sky

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 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.

Day 3 Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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.

Day 4 Tubbataha Reef

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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.

Day 5 Coron Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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.

Day 6 Apo Reef

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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.

Day 7 Sibuyan Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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.

Day 8 Balicasag

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After a morning at sea, enjoy excellent snorkeling or diving at Balicasag, a Marine Protected Area.

Day 9 Bohol / Pamilacan Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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.

Day 10 Camiguin Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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.

Day 11 Pintuyan / Limasawa

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Board local boats to search for whale sharks, often found feeding around Pintuyan. In the afternoon, visit the beautiful Limasawa Island.

Day 12 Capul

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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.

Day 13 San Miguel Island / Ticao Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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.

Day 14 Manila / Disembark

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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.

Day 15 Depart Manila

  • 1 Breakfast
Independently travel to the airport for your continued journeys home.

Caledonian Sky

Per person starting at
$14,980
Your suite on the Caledonian Sky features three portholes
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Category 1
Category 1 suites are 240 square feet and have three portholes.
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Category 2
Category 2 suites are 230 square feet and have large picture windows.
Your stateroom on the Caledonian Sky is large and allows great light
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Category 3
Category 3 suites are 220 square feet with a picture window.
Greet the day through your sliding glass window
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Category 4
Category 4 suites have 220 square feet and have direct deck access via a sliding glass door.
Your cabin on the Caledonian Sky has a sliding glass door and two portholes
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Category 5
Category 5 suites are 240 square feet and feature two forward facing portholes and direct deck access via a sliding glass door.
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Category 6
Category 6 suites are 215 square feet and pave patio doors leading to private balconies, which are 45 square feet.

Notes

- Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

Included:
*All gratuities
*Accommodations in listed hotels and on board the Caledonian Sky
*All onboard meals and group meals ashore, including soft drinks, beer, and wine with lunch and dinner
*Arrival and departure transfers on group dates
*Services of the expedition staff, including lectures, briefings, slide/film shows
*All group activities and excursions
*Landing and port fees
*Medical expense coverage
*Emergency evacuation insurance

Excluded:
*All air transportation
*Excess baggage charges
*Airport arrival and departure taxes
*Transfers for independent arrivals and departures
*Passport and/or visa fees
*Travel insurance
*Items of a personal nature, such as laundry, bar charges, alcoholic beverages (other than listed above)
*E-mail/Internet/fax/telephone charges

Included

  • 14 Breakfasts, 13 Lunches, 14 Dinners
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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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