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Family Fun

Family travel in the Philippines is easy to arrange with many rooms large enough to accommodate a young family and plenty of activities fun for kids of all ages. This 9-day holiday starts in Manila to give everyone time to adjust to the time change and see the old district of Intramuros. Then fly to Bohol for some beach time and wildlife viewing. There’s loads to do and space to spread out in a family-friendly beachside boutique resort.

Your Itinerary

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Day 1 - Arrival

This afternoon your overnight flight arrives in Manila, an energetic city with a historic heart. Your private driver will greet you at Nino Aquino Manila International Airport and transport you to your comfortable accommodation. We’ve not planned anything for this afternoon to allow you to recover from your flight, so relax or head out for a wander.

Day 2 - Explore historic Intramuros by bicycle

Today you will tour the walled city of Intramuros on bamboo bicycles. Your guide will explain the history of the walled city as you cycle leisurely along on a hand-made bicycle. See the UNESCO-designated Saint Augustin Church, Fort Santiago, and other historic buildings. Exploring by bicycle allows you to see more of this historical area and absorb the sights and sounds of what was once the heart of Manila. The tour including time to reach Intramuros and return to your hotel takes approximately 4 hours. You may wish to have lunch in the old city, and the remainder of the day is at your leisure.

Day 3 - Beach time in Bohol

After breakfast your driver will collect you and take you to the airport for a flight to Bohol. On arrival, you’ll be met and transferred to your seaside resort to check in to a one-bedroom suite large enough for a family of four.

Days 4-5 - Wildlife Spotting

On two of your days in Bohol, we’ve arranged for full and half-day tours. One morning, head out on the water to look for dolphins and whale sharks on the way to Pamilacan and Balicasag islands where you can snorkel and swim with sea turtles. Another day, your private driver and guide will take you inland to see the Chocolate Hills, Tarsier Sanctuary, and Butterfly Center before you join a lunch cruise on the Loboc River. Afterward, you’ll visit fishermen and go for a leisurely kayak on the Abatan River.

Days 6-8 - Rest and Relaxation

Your other three days in Panglao are unplanned so the kids can join in the hotel’s afternoon activities, splash in the pool, play on the beach or on the playground, and partake of treats like popsicles on hot days and a pop-up candy bar. Mountain bikes and paddle boards can be used by all and there’s ample space to run or cycle on the resort’s property. Adults can visit the spa, arrange for diving and relax pool or oceanside. Babysitting is available.

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Day 9 - Bid farewell to the Philippines

This morning your driver will deliver you to the airport in Bohol where you’ll fly to Manila and connect to your international flight home. Safe travels!

DETAILS: -

This itinerary costs from £1130 per person B&B and is based on two adults and two children under the age of 12 sharing during the high season (Nov-May) excluding the Christmas and New Year, Chinese New Year, Easter, and other holiday periods. The price includes all private transfers and domestic travel but not international flights.

International flights tend to cost between £400 and £700 per person return – do ask us for advice. Alternatively we can book the flights for you but a booking fee may apply.

What's included?

INCLUDES:
  • Prices start from £1130 per person based on two adults and two children under 12 sharing
  • Accommodation on B&B basis
  • Private transfers in an air-conditioned vehicle
  • Local taxes
  • Entrance fees
  • All excursions and activities mentioned in the itinerary
  • Internal flight
  • All trips are ATOL protected or ABTA bonded to ensure you are fully covered
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Manila
The bustling capital city is home to historic Intramuros and Rizal Park. Let us arrange a bicycle tour of the walled city so you can explore the narrow streets and learn about the nation's colonial past. More
Banaue
Ancient rice terraces in Batad, coffins mounted on a cliff in Sagada, the Cordillera is home to some of the most unique and fascinating bits of the Philippines. More
Vigan
Some of the best preserved Spanish colonial architecture in the world can be found in Vigan. Wander the cobbled streets, sample the Spanish-influenced cuisine, and relax in one of the city's historic boutique hotels. More
Boracay
Sink your toes into the white sands of Boracay. Grab a cocktail, take it easy, and watch the clear blue water lap against the shore. When night falls, join the parties of District Two or slip away to romantic Diniwid beach. More
Bohol
Chocolate hills, tiny tarsiers, Boholano art, beautiful beaches, and some lovely snorkeling and diving make Bohol one of our favorite parts of the Philippines. The gorgeous boutique resorts don't hurt, either! More
Negros Oriental
The island of Negros is home to world-class diving off the coast of Dauin and on neighboring Apo Island. Waterfalls and adventure are just a day trip away from the university town of Dumaguete. On neighboring Siquijor settle in to the tranquility of an island known for sorcery and healing powers. More
Negros Occidental
On the west coast of Negros you'll find Bacolod, the city of smiles. Sugar plantations in the area host historic mansions and in October, the streets come alive with the annual MassKara festival. More
Puerto Princesa
The gateway to Palawan, Puerto Princesa sits near one of the longest subterranean rivers in the world. Let us arrange a stay for you at a beachside hotel with mountain views just a short boat ride away. More
El Nido
When people refer to Palawan as the most beautiful island in the world, images of El Nido come to mind. Limestone cliffs jut from aquamarine water, lush jungle fills the interior, and the coasts are lined with dazzling beaches. Some of the finest resorts in the country dot the islands around this northern bit of Palawan. More
Coron
For divers, the WWII shipwrecks of Coron are one of the highlights of the Philippines. Natural hot springs, clear blue lakes, isolated beaches, and a rather surprising game reserve and wildlife sanctuary make Coron a fun destination for divers and landlubbers alike. More
Puerto Galera
Fast drift dives and schools of big fish await experienced divers in Puerto Galera while shallow macro dives make for excellent underwater photography, relaxing night dives, and the perfect place to learn or improve your dive skills. More
Tubbataha Reefs
The greatest variety of marine life in the Philippines is within Tubbataha Reefs National Marine Park; only accessible for diving mid-March to mid-June

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