50 Shades of Blue – Philippines

- A Secret Retreats journey -
9 days/8 nights
from 4,150 USD /person



This journey has been personally designed by Paulette, who lives in Cebu and is a passionate traveller who has travelled extensively to different parts of the Philippines. Paulette’s travel style reflects his deep appreciation for connecting with locals and learning from their unique perspectives. Whether it's engaging in conversations with fellow travelers, immersing herself in the local cuisine, or exploring the historical and artistic gems of a place, she cherishes the interactions that add depth and authenticity to her journeys.

All our itineraries have generally been constructed on the basis of the rooms that have the most charm or best view, and not necessarily the first prices, nor the most expensive suites.
We can of course adjust according to your request.

Highlights of the Journey:

  • Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park
  • Secret Lagoon at El Nido
  • Calamian Archipelago
  • The powdery white sand beach of Boracay

The best way to exploring the breathtaking natural beauty of the Philippines is through the enchanting adventure from one island to another. With an astonishing array of over 7,000 islands, the country offers an abundance of opportunities for island-hopping expeditions. Each island boasts its own unique wonders, from immaculate white-sand beaches and different shades from dark blue to turquoise seas with vibrant coral reefs. This journey commences in Manila, the bustling capital city, situated in the southern part of Luzon Island, the we continue to Puerto Princesa and El Nido in Palawan. Three options to continue the trip: to Coron, to Boracay... or if you have more time, both Coron and Boracay.


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Your Journey Day by Day

from 4,150 USD /person for 9 days/8 nights
from 5,400 USD net /person for 12 days/11 nights (Coron or Boracay)
from 6,700 USD net /person for 15 days/14 nights

based on 2 people sharing the same room
with the option to add 3 or 6 nights


Day 1 : Manila Airport – Intramuros (-/-/-)
Upon arrival at Ninoy Aquino International Airport, a guide will welcome you and transfer you to the boutique hotel The Henry Hotel, a rare hidden gem amid the bustling metropolis to allow you to relax away from the busy urban life. Manila is a modern metropolis with Filipino heritage and Spanish, Chinese and American cultures creating a unique atmosphere. Spread throughout the city there are many temples and places of worship of different religions. Baroque colonial churches, Buddhist and Taoist temples and the beautiful Golden Mosque are an example of the city’s multi-cultural heritage. You’ll be surprised how such a rather busy and modern area can cradle a relaxing nook. Relax at the Henry Hotel to recover from your flight.
HOTEL: The Henry Hotel (Classic room)
Day 2 : Manila (B/L/-)
Your guide and driver will meet you at the hotel for a full private day tour of Manila and drive to Fort Santiago where we start our exploration of Intramuros. Visit the interesting Rizal Museum and learn about Jose Rizal, the national hero of the Philippines. Visit Casa Manila, which is a replica of Spanish colonial mansion of late 19th century Manila. It is filled with period furniture and furnishings of Philippine, Chinese and European origins. Continue to San Agustin Church, a UNESCO World Heritage site and visit their museum. From here we drive to Binondo, the oldest Chinatown in the world. Here we start a short walking tour through Chinatown. The final visit today will be to the Chinese cemetery which is a city in itself with some very interesting mausoleums. If you still have time visit more places of interest. After the tour, your driver and guide will transfer you to the hotel.
No arrangement for dinner.
HOTEL: The Henry Hotel (Classic room)
Day 3 : Manila - Puerto Princesa – Sabang (B/-/-)
Meet your driver and guide who will transfer you to the airport to catch your flight to Puerto Princesa (recommended Philippine Airlines PR2785 11:40-13:00). Upon arrival at Puerto Princesa Airport, meet your driver and drive to Sabang for about 2 hours. Check-in at Daluyon Beach and Mountain Resort, a multi-awarded 4-star resort situated in a prime beachfront location and is the closest resort to the UNESCO World Heritage Site – The Puerto Princesa Underground River. Breathtaking views of its pristine powdery sand beach and the West Philippine Sea. The rest of the day is at your leisure.
HOTEL: Daluyon Beach and Mountain Resort (Deluxe A Room)
Day 4 : Sabang (B/L/-)
You will start your day with an early breakfast so that you can explore the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of the longest navigable underground rivers in the world, with a total length of 8.2 Kilometers. This breathtaking tour takes you on a canoe journey into the first 1.5 kilometres of the cave, where you will experience the beauty of Stalagmites and Stalactites, formed over thousands of years, as well seeing the Swift and Bat populations that inhabit the cave. This is a join-in tour.
HOTEL: Daluyon Beach and Mountain Resort (Deluxe A Room)
Day 5 : Sabang – El Nido (B/-/-)
Your drive will come pick you up and transfer you to El Nido. Travel time is around 5-6 hours. Upon arrival at El Nido Resorts Jetty Lounge, guests will be welcomed by the resort’s representative. A boat ride to Pangulasian Island will take 30-45-minute depending on tide and weather conditions. Pangulasian Island is El Nido Resorts’ Eco-Luxury island resort in Bacuit Bay, El Nido. The resort is set fronting a pristine beach and against a backdrop of tropical forest. Also known as the “Island of the Sun”, Pangulasian has breathtaking views of both the sunrise and sunset. Frolic in the 750-meter stretch of white sand beach and be amazed by the marine sanctuary right at its doorstep. Discerning guests will be treated to luxurious amenities and impeccable and personalized service at Pangulasian Island. The resort offers a total of 42 deluxe accommodations built with contemporary Filipino and cutting-edge “green” design.
HOTEL: Pangulasian Island (Beach Villa)
Day 6 & 7 : El Nido (B/L/D)
You will have 2 free days of leisure at your disposal, on the island resort with all the free-to-use snorkeling equipment and non-motorized water sports facilities (kayak, stand-up paddle board) to use for fill hearts content. The resort will also have standard guided tours and activities to offer.
HOTEL: Pangulasian Island (Beach Villa)
back to Manila (see Day 14) for a last night
or extension to Coron
or extension to Boracay
Option Coron:
Day 8-10 : El Nido – Coron (B/-/-)
On Day 8, from Pangulasian Island transfer to the Airport (with other guests). Fly from El Nido to Coron (Busuanga) on Airswift T6-538 09:00-09:40. Note that you will have an early check out to catch the boat transfer from Pangulasian Island at 05:45. From Busuanga Airport, you will be transferred to Coron Town with the resorts’ private coaster or bus. Finally, after a scenic boat ride from Coron Town on board one of their private boats, you will reach your beach resort in Coron for the next 3 nights: Two Seasons Coron Island Resort on Palawan’s beautiful Malaroyroy Peninsula in Bulalacao Island. You will be in a haven in the middle ground of fine luxury and raw nature, Two Seasons Coron is also a turtle and giant clam sanctuary, and known as the first eco-friendly luxury island resort in Coron. Among the myriad things to look forward to is a sandbar connecting to a islet, a vibrant house reef, lush tropical gardens, a 200-meter west-side beach, and another 200-meter east-side beach with mangroves. You will have two full days to explore the expansive nature haven with the resort’s complimentary use of the Under the Sea Playhouse with full disposal of the non-motorised water sport facilities. You can already feel the sanding running through your fingers.
HOTEL: Two Seasons Coron Island Resort & Spa (Sandbar or Hilltop Bungalow)
Option Boracay:
Day 8-10 : El Nido – Boracay (B/-/-)
On Day 8, the boat transfer from Pangulasian Island to the Airport is at 11:30. Upon arrival at Caticlan Airport, meet the staff for ground assistance and take a private vehicle then a speedboat from Jetty Port to Cagban Port; from where a shuttle will drop you at Two Seasons Resort, your hotel for the next 3 nights. This address does not only let you laze under the sun while savoring the calm; it also puts you close to top attractions like Diniwid and Willy’s Rock. Moreover, a short stroll on the most peaceful in all of the island’s 4-kilometer White Beach. or a brief rickshaw ride will already take you to the island’s nightlife and shopping center. You will also have two full days to fill your heart's content to immerse your body and soul whilst you wander the whites sands of Boracay, frolic through the waters and shop.
HOTEL: Two Seasons Boracay Resort ( Suite Heaven )
Day 11 : Back to Manila or Option Boracay + Coron
If you cannot choose, you have the possibility to combine both Coron and Boracay: 3 nights + 3 nights as described above.
Back to Manila from El Nido/Coron/Boracay
Day 14 : Coron or Boracay - Manila (B/-/-)
From the Coron Island resort, board one of the resorts’ private boat to their wharf in Busuanga (with the other guests). Once you arrive, you will be transferred to the Airport with the resorts’ private vehicle to fly from Coron to Manila.

Or from Boracay resort, you will have a private transfer to Cagban Port followed by a private speed boat transfer to Jetty Port. From there you will be transported by a private vehicle to the airport to fly from Boracay to Manila.

Once you arrive at Manila Airport you will meet with your driver awaiting to take you to your accommodation at the Henry Hotel for your last night of rest before heading off home.
HOTEL: The Henry Hotel Manila – (Classic Room)
Day 15 : Manila - Home (B/-/-)
Depending of the time of your flight, check out and a driver will transfer you to Manila airport, to catch your flight back home.

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Your Accommodation on this Asia Travel Itinerary

50 Shades of Blue – Philippines

9 days/8 nights
from 4,150 USD /person
from 5,400 USD net /person for 12 days/11 nights (Coron or Boracay)
from 6,700 USD net /person for 15 days/14 nights

based on 2 people sharing the same room
with the option to add 3 or 6 nights


The total price includes:
Accommodation for 8, 11 or 14 nights
All meals as mentioned (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
All excursions and activities as detailed within the program.
All entry fees for places visited within the program.
All domestic flights, transfers by car, van or boat mentioned in the program
Government taxes as currently in force.

The total price does not include:
International flights to and from Manila
Visa to The Philippines (if applicable)
Extra activities and meals not mentioned in the program
Beverages, personal expenses and other services not clearly mentioned
Tipping guides and drivers, which are of course not mandatory, but always appreciated, are subject to your discretion.
Travel insurance (recommended)

This journey has been designed by Travel Authentic (license #CS201533435)


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