10 Day Philippines West

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Immerse yourself in the beauty of Philippines West on our newest island hopping adventure. Explore the stunning Islands of Port Barton, cool off under El Nidos waterfalls, and get the adrenaline pumping on the Las Cabanas beach zipline before heading to Coron for a Castaway expedition not to be missed!

Highlights
  • 3D/2N Coron Castaway Boat Trip
  • Las Cabanas Zipline
  • El Nido Island Hopping
  • Snorkeling with turtles in Port Barton

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Reviews

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based on 14 reviews
  • Value 9.8
  • Fun 9.9
  • Staff 9.9
  • Safety 9.9
  • Organization 9.6
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Brie
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Best Post Exam Stress Reduction

Philippines West Tour was easily one of the best travel experiences I have had. We had an amazing group of people and a fantastic leader in Justin. We all bonded and became very close through the various group activities. Justin was informative and fun. He always had the tunes going and a great attitude, I honestly don't know how he does it. The man doesn't sleep and he always watched out for our safety, which was especially important considering the fact we were majority female. He is like a brother to the group and always brought with him so much positivity, you could not help but have the best time!

I particularly enjoyed the zip lining, ship wreck and dancing the nights away with a bunch of amazing people! I also usually hate cooking but making the collective dinner at Castaways was a real treat and certainly helped that Justin a chef; he was very encouraging.

I would highly recommend this tour to others looking to travel and meet great people. This was a trip full of long life friendships and unforgettable memories! I am coming home relaxed, tanned and full of cherished memories with fantastic friends. It was everything I expected and more.

Cheers,
Brie (Like the Cheese)

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Unless it's for taking pictures, leave your phones alone. Get off the internet and just enjoy what you have right in front of you.
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Heather
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Philippines West

The Philippines west tour was my 5th tour with TruTravels and it definitely won't be my last. It was so much fun exploring the beautiful waters of the Philippines with snorkeling trips, getting to see a WW2 shipwreck and even some turtles!

Being on your own private island for 3 days was amazing to disconnect from the world and enjoy the simple life with the rest of the group. My personal highlights were the kayaking into small lagoon in El Nido, Port Barton, ziplining between two Islands which was unreal and perfect for adrenaline junkies. We also visited Culion Island and had a private tour of the island by a very enthusiastic and knowledgeable Pastor. We got to learn about the history of leprosy and met some locals who told us about the stigma which no longer exists. This was something I was completely unaware of before the trip and added a good mix of history and culture.

Our Tour guides Justin and Fretchie were incredible throughout the tour. They were super organized, made everyone feel so comfortable and they were always up for a good time. Fretchie would always be telling us the history of the places we visited which gave us a lot of cultural insight to the places we visited.

I honestly can't give them both enough credit for making this a trip to remember. I loved it so much I extended onto the Philippines East Tour. Which Justin organized for me! Thank you so much guys I hope to see on another Tru Tour soon!!

Layne
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Phillipines West

I just finished the Philippines west tour, this was my first tour I have ever done and TruTravels nailed it!! The places we visited were insane and so picturesque and I loved every bit of it!! The tour guides were nothing short of amazing... So organized but so relaxed at the same time. And constantly in the best mood and ready to help at anytime.

Huge thank you to Justin and Fretchie for making it the funnest, easiest trip for us travelers and I honestly could not have asked for a better bunch of girls to experience all these beautiful places with. We were so lucky to experience the Castaway on Coron Island and have that private beach all to ourselves fora whole two nights!! I would highly recommend this trip to any solo traveler/ Couple or group of any age. Thank you guys you rock!!! <3 Layne

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Lily
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Philippines West Tour (TruTravels)

I just finished the Philippines West Tour. This tour has been a once in lifetime experience. The activities, the people and our guide Justin all had a massive impact on making this experience the best it could be. Could not fault any of the accommodations and activities, each which brought a whole new insight into another world - whether that would be underwater exploring or visiting and learning of the people that live on respective islands. Especially the fishing village in Port Barton and the Coron Castaway experience!! Justin was a great tour guide - he was friendly and inclusive feeling like a member of the group, while also being informative and reliable. I always felt safe even when some men in coron made the girls feel uncomfortable, I could not fault Justin or the tour at all!! I would 100% recommend people to use TruTravels!!

What was your funniest moment?
At the Twin Lagoon when Ellen and I thought if we carried on swimming in the other direction we’d get back to the boat quicker.. definitely not the case and we ended up swimming around the whole thing not knowing if we would find the boat or not.. tiring but comical at the time!
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Ellen
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Best Experience In West Philippines

I just finished the Philippines West tour and it was by far the best experience of my life. I was very lucky to have one of the best tour guides in the TruFam Justin Saunders. My Highlights included snorkeling in Port Barton, the small lagoon in El Nido and chilling with new fiends on some incredible beaches. The tour was full of things to do and see everyday. The Coron Castaway experience was by far my favorite part as it was a real insight into other peoples way of life. It was fascinating to learn of the Spanish culture which gave me a better insight. This adventure has been a once in a lifetime chance and I am so privileged that I could spend it with a fantastic group and a even better tour guide. Justin is amazing and will keep on bringing joy to customers and those he comes into contact with in life. I can't wait for more adventures! Just Go!!

What was your funniest moment?
While zip lining over stunning crystal blue water my friend got stuck and had to be rescued from the zip line by one of the workers. It was a funny memory I'll never forget.
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Dirk
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

What to say...

Start with the good stuff then, saw alot and trip built up nicely, every day better than the previous day. Sights are truly amazing and its dificult to select what photos are better. Food was generally good and the places we ate at very good. The pizza in El Nido was insane... Really enjoyed the lagoons in Coron, really breathtaking. Phillipino people are amaxing as well, I have never seen so many happy kids on a trip.
Nacpan beach was also amazing and loved every minute of it. Warm but so worth it. So many positives....

BUT, you can do with the following improvements, more detailed intenary, better accomodation like working showers. The day out to see the lepar colony was not great. Other that that i can fault much, overall good value for money.

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Alexandra
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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I loved this trip !! The boat trips were amazing and the guides were great. Accommodation was lovely especially in Manila and El Nido was good ! (Apart from the cold showers) the cast away experience was really good and the local people there were great hosts! I did unfortunately get ill during this time which wasn’t great timing being away from a western toilet and running water However Amer made me feel safe and in good company ! He was amazing when I was unwell and had to go to hospital. Luckily I was fine however if there was a more serious issue, and someone had to leave the island immediately, something should be in place in case this happens. Overall the Philippines was beautiful and I really enjoyed my trip! Would 100% recommend to my friends.

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
Walking a pig in the ocean, living on a cast away island in a hut and making coffee in the morning with them !!
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Shanae
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Fantastic Trip

I could not have asked for a better experience!!

Our days were jam packed full of amazing adventures with amazing people. It is crazy to think 10 days ago I didn't know anyone on this tour (other than the two I came with) and within that time they have all become like family to me.

The tour guides were super welcoming and helpful. Their passion for their work shines through them and radiates a positive outlook on the whole group. The bars and restaurants that Justin and Fretchie took us to were great, we were always eating the best food and sipping on the strongest cocktails.

The Philippines is beautiful, the culture is beautiful and so are the people. I will definitely be back, thank you for having me. Until Next time, on the east side :) xxxx

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Jo
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

What a Trip!

Being my first extended overseas trip, I was skeptical coming into it but our guides Justin and Fretchie were amazing - so knowledgeable and helpful, friendly and bubbly!! Accommodation was fantastic but the highlights were of course all the amazing activities TruTravels had lined up for us!! My favorites were the Zip lining and the Port Barton Island Hopping. We saw the most amazing sea life including a turtle which was beautiful. Our tour guides had planned out all of our dinner destinations and none of them disappointed... and I’m a big foodie so that’s saying something!I'll definitely be back for more and could not recommend the Philippines West Tour more!! Thank you TruTravels for such an amazing trip and for memories that will last a life time!

What would you improve about this program?
The only thing I would do would be to add a day somewhere in the middle as a rest day! Everything about the trip was great!
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Lottie
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Best 10 days with the best people

My overall experience was amazing. The activities that we did and the places we got to go to were better than I ever imagined. The group I was with were great, all different ages and had different personalities, but we all got on like a house on fire!
Traveling as a couple you get worried you won’t be part of the group as much. That was not the case at all. Everyone is so welcoming and the tour guides really make an effort with each and every one of you. There isn’t any part of my trip that I didn’t enjoy!
However what really made the trip was the tour guides Justin and Jason. Always answering the 100 questions I would ask, always super helpful, positive and overall lovely! They both made an extra effort birthday by getting a huge cake delivered for the El Nido Island Hopping and made it a fantastic day. I couldn't have asked for a better trip, only wished I was doing the full 19 days!!! Best 10 days ever. This my third TruTravels tour and it did not disappoint!!

What would you improve about this program?
Nothing, it was more then I could ever ask for- absolutely perfect. Perfect people and perfect tour guides
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Gemma
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I never wanted to come home!

Justin was my favorite part of this trip, he is super organized and professional and experienced. He always made everyone comfortable and has the patience of a saint. I could not recommend him and the tour enough. He is extremely caring and attentive to everyone's needs and made the whole 10 days stress free. I loved every excursion and visiting certain places really seemed to see real Filipino life. From my first night to my last night both Justin and Jason have been incredible. Both extremely knowledgeable about the Philippines and engaged us to learn more (eating with our hands haha) The trip has allowed me to learn about the Philippines in both commercial cities and local life. Everyday was different from snorkeling/ waterfalls to visiting local families. Philippines is by far my favorite in the world simply because of this trip. Would highly recommend to anyone!

What would you improve about this program?
Nothing to improve everything step was more than you could ever ask for! I wish I didn’t have to leave!
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Pattararuethai​
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My dream come true!

I am a Thai girl, living in the the country full of well known culture and beautiful nature, Thailand. I love snorkeling and try new things&vibes, specially foods!. I have been traveling more than 45 provinces around Thailand and tried every Thai foods I can, take lots lots of pictures that I never counted how much, till one day I decided to explore somewhere I had never been in South East Asia! Philippine is one of best country in my bucket list! My dream come true when my feets touch Philippines land 🇵🇭... So excited in every minute! First of all their English skills in general are better than mine lol. Oh oh it is so easy easy for everyone! They just open their country for tourism so I can say, I was so lucky that now everything hasn't been changed. It looks like Thailand in 20-30 years ago that nature is still completely beautiful and not too busy. Everything in the tour was well organized. All of us love each other and get along too well😂... We all had a good time. The weather is sunny and not too hot, no humidity. I am so brown now😂. I love every beaches where we had been. Christal clear water and coral leaf are unreal. The highlight of the tour is Red Carabao Beach, OH My Buddha, It is stunning. We were staying in the beach huts that mad of me feel like bamboo and woods. We had seen Platon on the sand in the night. A billion stars on the sky, listen to the noise of wave when laying on Hammock. I like Phillipines pp and felt safe like at home 😍😍😍... So sad that it was only 10 days there. Will go back for sure! 😘

What would you improve about this program?
Can't ask any better! Everthing was well organized! As long as we are ready to except differences of pp, foods and culture, respect and appreciate, you will have a best time like I do😘
Justin
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The best 10 days of my life!!

Wow where to start! This trip has been life changing no word of a lie! Not only was it perfectly planned and ran so smoothly but it was also allowed me to see the best parts of Palawan.

We got to full immerse ourselves into Tru Filipino culture right from the start!! Our first stop was Port Barton where we did some incredible island hopping, swam with turtles, had lunch with a local fishing village spent the day with the locals playing basketball. Oh and the food we had was out of this world!!

We then headed to one of the most sort after destinations in the world El Nido The island hopping and snorkeling there was incomparable to anything I have ever had the pleasure of doing!! The lagoons and reefs Truly are what everyone says they are!!

To finish the trip off we did what I consider the highlight of the tour!! 3 days and 2 night spent on our own private beach at Camp Carabao on Coron Island!! I feel my words will only let this place down. But to get the opportunity to no see but live with the local tribes on the island is a memory I will never forget! I have never seen a more picturesque location nor met such lovely people in my life. The sunsets were the most intensely beautiful sunsets I could imagine! The day trips were phenomenal! And the night sky's where like actually being in out space itself there were so many stars.

A huge, huge, huge thank you to Try Travels and our incredible guide Dan for the trip of a lifetime!! I would definitely recommend this trip to anyone in seek of the Tru wanderlust.

What would you improve about this program?
The only way to improve this is to make it never end!!!
Jack
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing

Shout outs to Tru Travels for an amazing experience, this company is next level when it comes to value for money, experiences, sights and most of all guides! Massive props to my Bois Dean, Jason and Amer for making my time in the Philippines and unforgettable time, they were all insightful, helpful and made sure the party was always happening! I got to see so many cool things and the best part was I didn't have to organise anything, in fact Jason was my own personal alarm clock if that isn't quality service I don't know what is! My personal favorite activity on this trip was the castle like church, it was made hundreds of years ago and has so much amazing history about it, the architecture was superb and spires we're pristine, and the church choir was incredible, plus I got to be blessed by the priest! Do this tour you won't regret it, you WILL have the time of your life! Much love

What would you improve about this program?
Their are no need for any improvements of any kind this trip is amazing!