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P H I L I P P I N E S
June 22 - July 04

Palawan, Philippine's last frontier. It is wrapped in a mantel of rainforests, outstanding dive sites, majestic mountains,

primeval caves, and pristine beaches. 

Seven thousand and hundred plus islands - shimmering white, golden brown and pink beaches,
powders on your feet!


Hidden lagoons, mangrove forests, stunning landscapes, and one of the most hospitable people.

Explore Philippines rich history, its incredibly well-preserved Spanish colonial architecture, and the Batanes Islands far north, are quite different to anywhere else in this country’s thousand islands. 

What's Included

Highly Rated Hotel Accommodation (14 days, 13 nights) 

Daily Breakfast, 6 Lunches, 5 Dinners including dining with families  

Tours including tickets, Cultural Performances, etc. as stated in the itinerary

Airport to Hotel vv Transfers, Tour Transfers 

Yoga, Hikes, and Other Hotel Beach Facilities or Activities are optional

WiFi, Souvenir T-shirt, and More! 

WHAT'S EXCLUDED:

International and Domestic Flights.

Email henna@culturalwanderer.com for travel agent referral

More at the bottom.

Tropical Beach
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Filipino Hospitality is the
best in the world!

Part of your fee ($20.00) will support or help BUILD LITTLE FREE LIBRARY in Guiuan, E Samar.

Updates will be emailed every now and then. Website, FB and IG Page will be created soon. 

 

You may also pay by Venmo, cash, check.

Note and Optional: 

IF you want to, you can add / pay additional amount of $350 for the domestic flights. This will cover the flights: RT Manila to Batanes in Basco and RT Manila to Palawan in El Nido.

Email if interested - click here.

ITINERARY:

June 21 Friday - Departure from your city, country

June 22 Saturday - Arrival in Manila at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL)

Delta Airlines has few flights daily, and other airlines.

WELCOME TO THE PHILIPPINES!

Airport Pick Up to Hotel Transfer.

Checkin at the New World Makati Hotel website: https://www.manila.newworldhotels.com/en or similar

Note: You will likely arrive later in the afternoon or evening.  

Get settled.

Consider arranging an advance schedule for your SPA / full body massage. Included but not the tip.   

Depending on your arrival: 6:00 pm Sunset Yoga is optional.  

MANILA

June 23 Sunday: Afternoon City Tour, and Family Dinner 

Note: Take it easy as your body is adjusting to changes in the time zone. 

6:00am - 10:00am Buffet Breakfast

Consider: 

Taking an earlier short walk around the neighborhood. Most likely there's the Farmers Market Day.

Lunch on your own.

12:30 pm Pick Up for City Tour and Family Dinner. Details will be emailed.

The rest of the day is yours.

Note: Consider checking out later in the day for the next day's departure.

Hello BATANES!

June 24 Monday: Bye Manila for now

Note: Flights to Batanes depend on the weather. Be ready to reroute ourselves. Philippine Airlines and JetAir have flights during this season.

Philippine Airlines has 6:00 am flight to Basco Airport (IATA: BSO, ICAO: RPUO JetAir has not announced yet.

We will take the 6:00 am PAL Manila to Basco flight so consider getting up as EARLY as 3AM. 

 
Welcome to Batanes! 


Unique famous stone houses, Scenic nature views and Naidi rolling Hills.

Raw and untouched beauty. Batanes remains to be at its rawest form since it has only opened its doors to tourists in the past 2 decades. 

It pays to have very limited access to the island after all.

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June 26 Wednesday: EARLY FLIGHT

3:00am WAKE UP CALL suggested

 

We will ask for to go breakfast.

Manila Hotel Check Out.

3:30am Airport Pick Up. 20-min drive to airport.

Note: It is a busy airport, lines are long even at an early time. 

 

4:00am Flight Check In. 

6:00am Manila Departure.

8:30am Estimate Basco, Batanes arrival.

 

Airport pick up.

Hotel Check in at Fundacion Pacita Nature Lodge. 

 

Get settled. Enjoy Basco's natural beauty from your hotel windows.

Lunch is included at hotel.

2:00pm Short Village Tour towards art galleries, one is the Creative Hub. Also you may consider reading this (3-min read) article- A Year In Batanes

You will leave with a priceless piece of art, a gift from one of the artists. Check them out here on Facebook.  

Option: 5:30pm Watch the Sunset 

From rjdexplorer: ...a dawdling walk to Vayang Rolling Hills is recommended. It offers a great landscape of perpetual waves of rolling hills having lush green sleek grass perfect for sprawling all afternoon. Additionally, at this point, you can actually see the three major islands of Batanes: Batan, Sabtang, and Itbayat, on a clear day. A farther attraction located at the foot of Mount Iraya is the Nakamaya Burial Site where boat-shaped grave markers that testify the values of the pre-historic Ivatans can be found.

Dinner at an agreed place.

June 27 Thursday: Basco Island Tour and Nearby  

6:00am - 8:45am Breakfast 

 

9:00am Tour Pick Up. Details will be emailed to participants.

 

2:00pm to be confirmed Late Lunch at Diura fishing village where an association of fishermen called Mataw practice the traditional fishing for Arayu (dorado). They have a ritual called kapayvanuvanua signifying the start of the fishing season which usually falls in March.

 

The rest of the day is yours. 

5:30pm Yoga all levels 45-min optional.

 

7:00pm Dinner with water included at the hotel.

Note: Consider hotel check out later in the day for our departure to Manila then El Nido, Palawan. 

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July 28 Friday: Bye Batanes. Hello PALAWAN!

Be ready for a full day of flights! Estimated and Suggested Itinerary:

9:00 am or earlier flight from Basco to Manila so we can have enough time for our connection to El Nido. It is a different airline and in a different tarmac/terminal. 

11:30am or earlier Transfer to a different terminal. Check in for flight.    

AirSWIFT Airlines has daily flights. We will book for the 2:00pm or earlier MNL to ENI flight 90-min duration. 

Welcome to Palawan, the last frontier.

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June 28 Friday: 

4:00pm or earlier El Nido Arrival. Airport Pick Up.

Check in at Hotel Maregmeg Beach Club or similar.

Enjoy the magnificent views. Dip your toes in the sand.

Lunch on your own.

6:00pm Dinner and water included. Other drinks are yours. 

Note: Check out Maremegmeg Beach Resort Happy Hours, Live Music and Events.

June 29 Saturday: Island Hopping, Lagoons and Beaches Day! 

6:00 - 8:45am Breakfast. 

9:00am Tour Pick Up. Lunch included.

Awesome beaches, great snorkeling spots, beautiful places to relax, even play volleyball, and of course 'store stands' selling cold beer!.

Amazing lagoons! As you kayak in the Big Lagoon, you’ll see how blue and clear the water is as you are submerged between beautiful limestone cliffs. There is also a cave you can kayak to and you might spot some turtles.  

 

And, the secret lagoon! You have to “queue” to get through the little rock into the secret lagoon. Be aware the water is filled with little stinging jellyfish. It just feels like little shocks and it’s not painful - but definitely a discomfort.

4:00pm The rest of the day and dinner are yours.

June 30 Sunday: Caves, Beach Walks, and More Island Tours

6:00 - 8:45am Breakfast

9:00am Tour Pick Up. Lunch included.

Pinagbuyutan Island - considered to be one of the most picturesque spots in El Nido...and the Philippines, so definitely worth a visit!

Snake Island - a sand bank that stretches in the water and you can walk on the sand during low tide.

Cudugnon Cave - enter this huge cave through a narrow opening and inside you’ll be greeted with unique rock formations and bats! 

And more idyllic islands and beaches, perfect for swimming, snorkeling, relaxing on the beach.

July 01 Monday: This Day Is Yours.

Included: The resort offers access to water sports facilities such as paddle boards, speedboats, and kayaks and activities such as snorkeling. Plan accordingly.

Breakfast included. Lunch and Dinner are yours.

Options:

8:30am Yoga and Early Village Hike. 

Note: Consider hotel check out later in the day for our departure to Manila next day. 

Back in Manila in MAKATI.

July 02, Tuesday: Suggested Flight Itinerary: Leave El Nido at 12:15pm for Manila. 

Breakfast. Maregmeg Hotel Check out. 

10:00am Airport Pick Up

12:00pm Arrival in Manila. Check in at New World Hotel or similar. 

Lunch on your own. 

The rest of the afternoon is yours with options emailed.

Option 7:00pm Dinner at The Penthouse at http://www.paseopenthouse.com

The Penthouse 8747 is a classic and chic lounge that is greatly inspired by the art deco period also recognized as The Great Gatsby era. This rooftop lounge is over looking the Ayala Triangle Gardens with an amazing view of the Makati Skyline and its Central Business District.

  

July 03 Wednesday: Rockwell City and BGC Tour 

6:00 - 9:45am Breakfast

10:00 - 2:00pm Tour  with Lunch included and water.

The rest of the afternoon is yours. Suggested experiences will be emailed.

Dinner on your own.

Note: Consider checking out later in the day for next day's departure for USA / home.

WELCOME HOME!

July 04 Thursday: Bye Philippines. Hello Home.

Happy 4th!

Depending on your flight itinerary:

Breakfast. Hotel Check Out. Airport Transfer. 

HAVE A SAFE FLIGHT. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

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Makati and nearby

SPECIFICS, INCLUSIONS, EXCLUSIONS, etc.

Includes:

Hotel Accommodation 13 days, 12 nights 

Daily Breakfast,  5 Lunches, 5 Dinners including Family Dinners  

Tours incl. tickets, Cultural Performances, etc. as stated in itinerary

Airport to Hotel vv Transfers, Tour Transfers 

Yoga, Hikes, Other Hotel or Beach Facilities as stated 

WiFi and Souvenir T-shirt

Excludes:

- International and Domestic Airfares unless stated and purchased at least 45 days prior to departure. 

- Passport, Visa, Health and Documents that maybe required

 

- Transfers and Accommodation not stated in the itinerary

 

- Travel Insurance - YOU MUST PROVIDE ONE before departure date

 

- Gratuities, Tips that maybe required.

 

- Meals not stated in the itinerary

 

- Tours, Excursions, Events, not stated in the itinerary

 

- Spa, Massages, etc.  unless stated.

Double Occupancy Shared Room: $4,260.00 include tax and deposits.

Each Person Pays $2,130.00 

You must provide your own roommate if you want to share a room. Cultural Wanderer can't promise to provide you with one.

DOUBLE Occupancy means there are two people maximum in the room.

- The two people are sharing the cost of the room for 12 nights, 13 days. They can share a King, Queen or Twin beds. 

- These TWO are sharing in paying the entire cost of breakfast included for 13 days. 

- EACH person is charged (individually charged) for every tour or event, for the transportation, for tickets to museums and, or events. 

 

 

Single / Solo (One) Occupancy Room: $3,210.00

SINGLE Occupancy means there’s only one person in the room whether the bed is King, Queen, etc.

- He / She is paying the entire cost of the room for 12 nights 13 days with breakfast included. 

- He / She is paying for the cost of transportation for one person e.g. airport pick up, domestic transfers, etc. 

- He / She is paying for tours, events for one person.

 

Please note:

Non Refundable Deposit of $500 per participant.

Full or remaining balance is required on March 15, 2024 and non refundable.

Non Refundable Full Payment is required on March 15, 2024.

If cancellation takes place on or after March 15, 2024 One Hundred Percent (100%) of the trip price will be forfeited.

You may pay also Henna Fuller by cash, check, money order, Venmo @Henna-Fuller or PayPal to mahenna_2000@yahoo.com

Email henna@culturalwanderer.com for inquiries or Call / Text 816.591.3642

CULTURAL WANDERER / Hegina A Fuller reserves the right to make any changes deemed necessary by the team, trip leaders, guides, travel agents, partners, etc. In the rare case of a cancellation on our part we will offer a refund deemed necessary. 

You will receive weeks before the scheduled trip the Participant's Waiver, Release, Indemnification Agreement.

 

Please read it, sign and return by email or mail to HENNA A FULLER 4030 NW Claymont Dr. Kansas City, MO 64116 USA few days at least before the trip.

Questions to henna@cultural wanderer.com, Tel: 816.591.3642 

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