This 6-day itinerary takes you from the bustling capital city of the Philippines, Manila, to the stunning, pristine beaches of Boracay. Spend two days on a cultural tour of the capital complete with ineresting characters, quirky restaurants, and a beautiful volcano tour.
Next, head to paradise on earth – the incredible island of Boracay. Snorkel, island-hop, or just spend your days relaxing by the pool or on the pearly-white sands of the island’s famous White Beach.
Day 1: Arrival in Manila
Arrival in Manila at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. VIP facilitation is included with fast tracked immigration procedures, and dedicated immigration counters are appointed. Guests are then transferred to the luxury Fairmont Makati where they will spend the next two nights.
After you are checked in and have a bit of time to unwind after the flight, you will begin a one-of-a-kind Intramuros Tour, where artist Carlos Celdran takes you through the old Spanish walled city of Intramuros. Since its destruction during World War II, Intramuros has stood as a silent memorial to the glory that Manila once had. Ride a horse‐drawn carriage and walk around a selection of Intramuros’ most stunning structures and take in a humorous analysis of Philippine art, culture, and society from Pre‐Hispanic Manila until the present.
From Intramuros, transfer to the wharf. Board a yacht and cruise around Manila Bay experiencing the distinct Manila Bay sunset. Cocktails are served with live music. as well as cocktail bites or pica-pica – typical Filipino fares in bite-sized pieces.
After the cruise, disembark from the yacht and proceed to “La Cocina de Tita Moning”, the only place in Metro Manila where you can walk into an actual ancestral home, filled with priceless works of art and memorabilia, and re-live one of Manila’s most elegant eras — complete with the heirloom recipes, doting staff, and family collections of china, glassware and silverware. The “restaurant” is a highly personal one, and every member of the Legarda Family and Staff looks forward to sharing their unique heritage with the group.
Stay: Fairmont Makati
Day 2: Day excursion from Manila
Drive south of Manila to Tagaytay, located on a ridge 2,250 ft. above sea level. See the breathtaking sight of one of the world’s strangest wonders – Taal Volcano. It is the world’s smallest volcano, and a volcano within a volcano and a lake within a lake.
From the vista, proceed to Antonio’s Restaurant via colorful jeepneys: the world-famous Philippine public transport that has become a folk art. On the jeepney, there will be a singing butler, and a champagne will be passed around to guests. One of the best dining destinations in the country, Antonio’s is tucked away in the hills of Tagaytay. From the awesome wooden doors that usher you into Antonio’s world to the pictures on the wall that give you a sense of home, Antonio’s has always been a slightly surreal, but always delightful experience!
Guests will have the evening at leisure to explore the dining options in Manila.
Day 3: From Manila to Boracay
Transfer to the domestic airport for your one-hour flight to Boracay via Caticlan airport. When you arrive, you will be welcomed by dancers and drumbeaters in Ati-Atihan costumes, a portrait of the colorful “Ati-Atihan” festival celebrated every year in the province. You will then be transferred on a boat to the island and to the beautiful Shangri-la Boracay Resort & Spa.
You will then have time to enjoy the resort and its swimming pool or private beach. Yo may want to saunter onto the famous White Beach teeming with bars and cafes, shops, henna art, braiders, body massage on the beach, and just generally experience Boracay island life.
Guests will find their evening attire, a malaong, in their rooms with directions on how to wear the ethnic skirts. An ice-cold beer tower will be put up – featuring San Miguel – the oldest beer maker in the country. During dinner, fire dancers will appear one by one and start to perform. After dinner, the group is free to party and enjoy the night life Boracay is famous for.
Stay: Shangri-La Boracay
Day 4: Island hopping in Boracay
From the beach, take the local catamarans made of bamboo called “paraw” and sail to Puka Beach on the opposite side of the island. Island legend has it that the name Puka Beach was given by Elizabeth Taylor, who once visited the then unknown island in the 1980s.
Tricycles will be waiting for a cool, easy ride back to White Beach to check out the shops and cafes. Daring adventurers may want to try to “drive” these tricyles. You will have the rest of the afternoon at leisure.
Stay: Shangri-La Boracay
Day 5: Snorkelling
You will be picked at the resort and lead to the area of beach where you can board the banca. Then head to the centre of the west coat of Boracay to stop at Coral Garden for some snorkelling. The Coral Garden is literally a garden full of corals especially cabbage corals, and is also an established fish feeding area. You may bring pieces of bread to feed the damselfish, parrotfish, sergeant majors, and butterflyfish that abound the area. Next stop will be Crocodile Island, another nearby island, named as such because of the shape. After some swimming and snorkelling, proceed to Crystal Cove, a private island featuring a series of beautiful caves. On Tambisan Beach, a buffet lunch will be served: barbecued meats, grilled fish, shrimps, salads, tropical fruits and rice. From Tambisan Beach, proceed to Puka Beach, and then return to the resort passing by Friday’s Rock and Balinghai.
You will have the rest of the afternoon free at leisure.
Stay: Shangri-La Boracay
Day 6: Departure
A special brunch is prepared at the resort complete with free-flow champagne. Then you will transfer to the airport for you flight back to Manila.
|Day 1:||Arrival in Manila||Fairmont Makati|
|Day 2:||Day excursion from Manila|
|Day 3:||From Manila to Boracay||Shangri-La Boracay|
|Day 4:||Island hopping in Boracay||Shangri-La Boracay|
|Day 5:||Snorkelling||Shangri-La Boracay|
- Accommodation with daily breakfast
- All transfers and transport
- 24 hour emergency contact
- International airfare
- Visa and airport taxes
- Personal expenses
- Tips and gratuities
- Travel insurance (please note that travel insurance is mandatory for all Lightfoot Travel holidays)
From USD 3,265 per person
Notes on our prices
- This price guide provides you with a broad indication of how much to budget for your holiday.
- Prices are generally based on two people travelling together (unless stated otherwise) on a shared room basis.
- Prices can fluctuate depending on season, standard of accommodation, excursions selected (private versus shared) etc.
- This basic structure works very nicely, but don’t forget that Lightfoot Travel can provide a range of experiences and we tailor-make each itinerary based on your travel requirements. Get in touch to start planning your perfect trip with your own travel consultant
- Capital: Manila
- Main Language: Filipino, English
- Population: 94.85m (2011)
- Time Zone: GMT +8
- Currency: Philippine Peso (PHP)
- Best time to go: October through May
- Exploring all the sidestreets and hearing quirky tales about the old Spanish walled city of Intramuros
- Sailing around Manila Bay at sunset
- Island hopping around Boracay, experiencing some of the whitest sands and clearest seas in the world
From USD 3,265 per person