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Island Trails of the Philippines

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Stroll through traditional markets, sample local cuisine, and learn about Filipino cultural practices on a 17-day cruise hosted by Coral Geographer. On Palaui Island, tour Cabo Engano lighthouse and learn about Japan's trading history in the Philippines. The beaches of the Philippines are famed for their beautiful beauty, and the lively Catanduanes and Cuatro Islas are excellent locations to snorkel and dive. Visit the historic churches, houses, and shrines of Marinduque as you approach Manila. The kalutang instrument, which is one of the Philippines' intangible cultural treasures, is found in Marinduque.

 
Relax in the beautiful PhilippinesMonument in memory of Jose Rizal in Rizal park in Metro Manila, PhilippinesThe unique landscape of the Chocolate HillsA lone fisherman off the coast of the PhilippinesLoboc river in the rainforest Philippines, BoholRelax in the beautiful Philippines
Highlights
  • Explore the natural beauty of Palaui Island National Park
  • Visit UNESCO-listed Catanduanes Islands' scenic beaches, caves, and delicious seafood
  • Cruise the Loboc River with traditional song and dance entertainment
  • Dive, snorkel and swim in pristine marine environments such as Cuatro Islas
Places Visited
  • Asia
  • Bohol
  • Hualien
  • Keelung
  • Manila
  • Oceania
  • Pamilacan Island
  • Philippines
  • Taiwan
Activity Level: Variable
Activity options vary depending on destination and operator. Activity level is determined by the range and intensity of activities you choose to participate in. Discuss with your Trip Planner which options are best for you.
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Day 1: Keelung | Embark

Board Coral Geographer r at 4:00 pm at Keelung, Taiwan. Settle into your stateroom and relax as we set sail across the Pacific Ocean. Join the Captain’s welcome drinks and meet your crew and fellow guests as the sun sets.

Day 2: Hualien, Taiwan

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning we arrive at Hualien City on the east coast of Taiwan. The central Pine Garden is a cultural center set inside a former Japanese military office. The Hualien County Stone Sculpture Museum displays contemporary and traditional stone carvings. Tzu Chi Cultural Park is a tranquil green space, with statues and a meditation hall. On the Pacific Ocean coast, sprawling Nanbin Park features a popular night market. Explore the myriad of walking trails and suspension bridges that wind through towering marble valleys and past thundering waterfalls of Taroko Gorge National Park. Carved by the Liwu River, the spectacular Gorge is the largest marble canyon in the world and boasts a wide variety of trails, temples, and landscapes.

Day 3-16: Explore the Philippine Islands

  • Ship
  • 14 Breakfasts, 14 Lunches, 14 Dinners
Claveria, Luzon

Located on the north coast of Luzon and directly south of Taiwan, Claveria is known as ‘Paradise of the North. On our visit here, cross the hanging bridge at Baranggay Nagsabaran and taste local food. Explore the rich biodiversity of the land, experience local catch fishing, and learn about how different species of fish are hatched at the Bureau of Fishery and Aquatic Resources. See one of the heritage houses, the grotto of the Lady of Lourdes, and a 948 church bell at the Sta Maria Eco Park.

Calayan Island

One of five major islands belonging to the Babuyan Group located along the Luzon Strait, Calayan Island boasts pristine white sand beaches and great hiking terrains. Beach comb at Sibang Cove and hike to Nagudungan Hills for a spectacular view of the town, hills, and cliffs.

Palaui Island​

Experience the natural beauty of Palaui Island National Park where wildlife encounters, both on land and in the sea are the main attractions along with the historic Cabo Engano lighthouse. The decommissioned 19th century Faro de Cabo Engano lighthouse on Palaui Island was built during the Spanish colonial period and is considered a National Cultural Treasure. Explore the Punta Verde falls and trek to faro de Cabo Engano at Cape Engano to be rewarded with a breathtaking view.

Polillo Island​

A relaxed tropical island, Polillo is the largest of 27 islands that make up the archipelago. With white-sand beaches and clear waters, we will spend time snorkeling, swimming, and kayaking around the small islets. Beachcomb and admire the rock formation resembling two chickens. Bird watching is available close by Minasawa Island and Putting Bato has hidden caves to discover.

Catanduanes Islands

Enjoy water activities and leisurely beach walks at some of the Philippines' famously scenic beaches with their palm-fringed white sand, aquamarine sea, and coral reefs populated by vibrant coral and tropical fish. Enjoy having the island to yourself. At the UNESCO Geopark Reserve of Catanduanes Island explore its unique landscape with lagoons, caves, and waterfalls and learn about the melding of the Philippines and Spanish culture and history at the Museo de Catanduanes.

Biri & Capul Islands

Biri Island is a marine protected reserve with opportunities to explore the underwater marine wonderland, we also learn about Biri Island’s place in WWII history on our visit here. Visit the Magasang Rock formations for their view and take a dip in the water in the middle of these rocks. Those who choose to dive here have the opportunity to join the volunteer program by NGO Biri Initiative to help remove sea pests feeding on coral.
Capul Island’s church, Saint Ignatius of Loyola Parish Church, is a National Cultural Treasure designated by the National Museum of the Philippines. Equally well known is the Capul Lighthouse which has been safely guiding mariners through the San Bernadino Strait since the 1890s. Visit these historic landmarks and take a walking tour leading to a natural spring once used by Spanish galleons to fetch water prior to their departure to Mexico.

Mariripi

Known as the ‘Isle of Gems’ for its clear waters, friendly locals, and dazzlingly bright white sand beach, Maripipi along with Sambawan and Carnaza Island offer opportunities for snorkeling, diving, kayaking as well as bird watching in the lush forests. Visit the township of Viga and experience cultural immersion such as tasting local delicacies, watching the weaving of wild vines, and participating in pottery making.

Tacloban, Leyte

Learn more about Leyte’s history at the MacArthur Landing Memorial National Park in Palo. The park honors General Douglas MacArthur and his return to the Philippines to help defeat the Japanese forces on the 20th of October 1944. On your visit here you will see the bronze statues of the heroic general and his comrades in a shallow pool. View artworks from around the world at Santo Nino Shrine & Heritage Museum, visit the Anibong shipwreck memorial, and stroll through local markets.

Cuatro Islas

Meaning ‘four islands’ in Spanish, Cuatros Islas is a group of elusive islands, three of which are inhabited and rarely visited by locals and tourists alike. They are an idyllic location for a full day of relaxing and water activities including snorkeling, diving, kayaking, and cruising around the tropical paradise by Xplorer.

Bohol

Board a riverboat for a leisurely cruise along the picturesque Loboc River while enjoying a buffet-style lunch of local delicacies accompanied by local musicians. Enjoy passing by waterfront villages and watching local children swinging from rope swings strung from coconut palms. Moor up against a floating platform where women and children dressed in traditional costumes perform a lively song and dance performance where you are welcome to join in. Visit the Tarsiers Conservatory to see the world’s smallest primate which is a little bigger than mango and is considered a near-threatened species. From this viewpoint, the lookout to admire the cacao-colored Chocolate Hills with their symmetrical mounds.

Mactan

Learn of Mactan history and visit the Lapu Lapu Monument is a majestic 20m bronze statue of the hero armed with a kampilan (a native sword) and a shield, erected to honor the bravery of the Datu on the very ground the battle was believed to have taken place. The Magellan Monument, on the other hand, is a large obelisk dedicated to the Portuguese explorer who brought Christianity to the Philippines. Learn about the art of making guitars at Alegre Guitar Factory, known for ukuleles and the bandurria, a plucked chordophone similar to a mandolin and used in Spanish folk music. Enjoy an optional traditional Mactan meal for lunch at the Sut TuKil restaurant.

Ticao

Ticao Island is an ecological frontier for the conservation of Manta Rays and a rare subspecies of the Visayan warty pig. Swim with Manta Rays and pass over wrecks of the world’s biggest battleship – IJN Musashi. We may also stop in at Matangtibig Spring for a fresh-water dip. Admire the old-style homes of San Jacinto and Monreal and enjoy watching the sunset on board with a view of Guinlatayan Rock.

Marinduque

Go on a cultural tour by visiting heritage houses, churches, and shrines. Browse traditional handicrafts stores and souvenir shops to learn more about the island province’s local industries. Visit the Century-old Boac Cathedral and the Biglang Awa Shrine as well as the Marl Insects and Butterfly Garden. The area is also home of the Kalutang, a musical instrument made of two pieces of wood cited by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts as one of the intangible cultural heritages of the Philippines.
 

Day 17: Manila | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
The voyage ends in the Philippines capital of Manila. Disembark Coral Geogprapher at 9:00 am and bid farewell to new-found friends, the Master, and crew.

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Coral Deck Stateroom
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Coral Deck Stateroom
Located on the Coral Deck, these 17 Sq m staterooms are furnished with a junior King size bed which can be separated into two singles. A wardrobe, desk and armchair are included. A compact en-suite bathroom has a toilet, shower and ample storage. Twin porthole windows give you views of the world outside.
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Promenade Deck Stateroom
Located on the Promenade Deck, these 17 Sq m staterooms are furnished with a junior King size bed which can be separated into two singles. A wardrobe, desk and armchair are included. A compact en-suite bathroom has a toilet, shower and ample storage. A large picture window gives you wide views of the world outside.
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Explorer Deck Balcony Stateroom
These 21.4 Sq m staterooms are comfortably furnished with a junior King size bed which can be separated into two singles. A wardrobe, desk and armchair are included. A compact en-suite bathroom has a toilet, shower and ample storage. Your private balcony has seating for two from which to view the passing coastal vistas. These staterooms are located on the Explorer deck.
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Bridge Deck Balcony Suite
Bridge Deck Balcony Suites are equipped with a lounge area, minibar and personal coffee machine. Along with special King sized beds which can be separated into two singles. An 3.5 sq m private balcony has an outdoor daybed and lounge chair for two.

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Included
  • 16 Breakfasts, 15 Lunches, 16 Dinners
  • 16 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • All entrance fees to National Parks, ports, traditional owner fees and charges imposed by governing authorities
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Selected wines, selected beers and house spirits, juices, and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner
  • Captain’s welcome and farewell events, and open bridge access
  • Use of Xplorer, Zodiacs and kayaks
  • All excursions with our Expedition Team
  • Daily lectures and briefings with Guest Lecturers
  • Use of all onboard facilities, incl. a reference library
  • Your expedition photos captured during the voyage
  • Post-cruise transfers (in most destinations)
  • Snorkelling & SCUBA equipment (SCUBA diving at an additional cost)
  • 24-hour barista-style coffee and tea station
Excluded
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Laundry Service
  • Entry visas/Travel permits
  • Alcoholic drinks including beer and wine outside of lunch and dinner service
  • Internet 
  • Pre-cruise transfers
  • Pre and post cruise flights/charter flights
  • Pre and post cruise accommodation
  • Items of a personal nature such souvenir purchases
  • Optional Extras (in some destinations)
  • Scuba Diving 

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