Brochures Brochures
1800 079 545 Australia +61 7 4040 9999
1800079545
Coral Expeditions Mobile menu
Close
Philippines-cruise-coral-expeditions
Catanduanes-Philippines-Cruise-Coral-Expeditions
Hualien-cruise-coral-expeditions-japan

Island Trails of the Philippines

Keelung to Manila16 nightsAll InclusiveFrom $14,690.00* PP

Join us on a journey of discovery through the hard-to-reach island trails of the Philippines. Departing from Keelung in Taiwan, this will be a unique adventure unveiling the rich colonial heritage of the region shaped by Spanish explorers and the historical conflicts of World War II. Share in traditional ceremonies, learn ancient customs, and enjoy the pristine natural marine and terrestrial environs of these secluded shores. On Taiwan’s east coast, hike across elevated boardwalks and suspension bridges that wind into the towering marble valleys and thundering waterfalls of Taroko Gorge National Park. Visit the historic Cabo Engano lighthouse on Palaui Island. Beachcomb on the idyllic shores, and explore the aquatic paradise of Catanduanes and Cuatro Islas. Explore local handicraft markets and visit the churches, houses and shrines of Marinduque, home of the culturally significant kalutang instrument. Along the way, enjoy the expert guidance and warm Australian hospitality of our crew.

  • Dive, snorkel and swim in pristine marine environments such as Cuatro Islas
  • Visit the township of Maripipi to taste local delicacies, watch wild vine weaving and experience traditional pottery making
  • Explore the historic Cabo Engano lighthouse and learn of its significance
  • Cruise the Loboc River on a leisurely river cruise with traditional song and dance entertainment
  • Visit the Tarsiers Conservatory to see the world’s smallest primate which are little bigger than a mango and are considered a near-threatened species
  • Be immersed in island village life on strolls through traditional markets, tasting local delicacies and witnessing cultural practices

Itinerary

13 Expedition Days, 1 Full Sea Day, 4 Half Sea Days

Island Trails of the Philippines - Keelung to Manila Map

Keelung-Taiwan

Arrive at Keelung Eastern Terminal #4 at 4:00 pm and meet your Expedition Team for check-in.  Board Coral Geographer, settle into your stateroom, and relax as we set sail.  Join the Captain’s welcome drinks and meet your crew and fellow guests as the sun sets.

Hualien-Philippines-Cruise-Coral-Expeditions

This morning we arrive at Hualien City on the east coast of Taiwan. The central Pine Garden is a cultural centre set inside a former Japanese military office. The Hualien County Stone Sculpture Museum displays contemporary and traditional stone carvings. Tzu Chi Cultural Park is a tranquil green space, with statues and a meditation hall. On the Pacific Ocean coast, sprawling Nanbin Park features a popular traditional market.

Explore the myriad of walking trails and suspension bridges that wind through towering marble valleys and past thundering waterfalls of Taroko Gorge National Park. Carved by the Liwu River, the spectacular Gorge is the largest marble canyon in the world and boasts a wide variety of trails, temples and landscapes.

Claveria-Philippines-Cruise-Coral-Expeditions

Located on the north coast of Luzon and directly south of Taiwan, Claveria is known as the ‘Paradise of the North’. On our visit here, Learn the processes of rice growing and production in a local village and taste local food. Explore the rich biodiversity of the land, experience Daklis, a unique community fishing technique, and learn about the dwindling species that the community can now catch. See one of the heritage houses, the grotto of the Lady of Lourdes, and a 1948 church bell at the Santa Maria Eco Park.

Calayan-Philippines-Cruise-Coral-Expeditions

One of five major islands belonging to the Babuyan Group located along the Luzon Strait, Calayan Island boasts pristine white sand beaches and great hiking terrains. Beach comb at Sibang Cove and hike to Nagudungan Hills for a spectacular view of the town, hills and cliffs.

Palaui Island, Faro de Cabo Engano Lighthouse

Explore the historic Cabo Engano lighthouse and learn of its significance. The decommissioned 19th century Faro de Cabo Engano lighthouse on Palaui Island was built during the Spanish colonial period and is considered a National Cultural Treasure. Trek to faro de Cabo Engano at Cape Engano to be rewarded with a breathtaking view. This trek will require reasonable fitness. An optional scenic Xplorer cruise will also be available for those not participating in the trek.

A relaxed tropical island, Polillo is the largest of 27 islands that make up the archipelago. With white sand beaches and clear waters, we will spend time snorkelling, swimming and kayaking around the small islets. Beachcomb and bird watch along the coastline of Jomalig Island. 

Catanduanes-Philippines-Cruise-Coral-Expeditions

Catanduanes Island offers a captivating blend of Filipino and Spanish culture and history. Visit the Museo de Catanduanes, housed in a restored Spanish-era building, to explore artifacts and exhibits that chronicle the island’s past. Nearby, the Virac Cathedral stands as a remarkable architectural gem, showcasing the fusion of Filipino craftsmanship and Spanish influence. Together, these sites provide a glimpse into the melding of cultures on the island, making it a must-visit destination for history and culture enthusiasts.

Biri-Capul-Philippines-Cruise-Coral-Expeditions

Biri Island is a marine protected reserve with opportunities to explore the underwater marine wonderland, we also learn about Biri Island’s place in World War II history on our visit here. Visit the Magasang Rock formations for its view and take a dip in the water in the middle of these rocks. Those who choose to dive here have the opportunity to join the volunteer program by NGO Biri Initiative to help remove sea pests feeding on coral.

Capul Island’s church, Saint Ignatius of Loyola Parish Church, is a National Cultural Treasure designated by the National Museum of the Philippines. Equally well known is the Capul Lighthouse which has been safely guiding mariners through the San Bernadino Strait since the 1890’s. Visit these historic landmarks and take a walking tour leading to a natural spring once used by Spanish galleons to fetch water prior to their departure to Mexico.

Mairipipi-Philippines-Cruise-Coral-Expeditions

Known as the ‘Isle of Gems’ for its clear waters, friendly locals and dazzlingly bright white sand beach, Maripipi along with Sambawan which offers opportunities for snorkelling, diving, kayaking as well as bird watching in the lush forests. Visit the township of Viga and experience cultural immersion such as tasting local delicacies, watching weaving of wild vines and participating in pottery making.

Tacloban-Philippines-Cruise-Coral-Expeditions

Learn more about Leyte’s history at the MacArthur Landing Memorial National Park in Palo. The park honours General Douglas MacArthur and his return to the Philippines to help defeat the Japanese forces on the 20th of October 1944. On your visit here you will see the bronze statues of the heroic general and his comrades on a shallow pool. View artworks from around the world at Santo Nino Shrine & Heritage Museum, visit the Anibong shipwreck memorial and stroll through local markets.

Cuatro-Islas-Philippines-Cruise-Coral-Expeditions

Meaning ‘four islands’ in Spanish, Cuatros Islas is a group of elusive islands, three of which being inhabited and rarely visited by locals and tourists alike. They are an idyllic location for a full day of relaxing and water activities including snorkelling, diving, kayaking and cruising around the tropical paradise by Xplorer.

Bohol-Philippines-Cruise-Coral-Expeditions

Board a riverboat for a leisurely cruise along the picturesque Loboc River while enjoying a buffet-style lunch of local delicacies accompanied by local musicians. Enjoy passing by waterfront villages and watching local children swinging from rope swings strung from coconut palms. Moor up against a floating platform where women and children dressed in traditional costumes perform a lively song and dance performance where you are welcome to join in. Visit the Tarsiers Conservatory to see the world’s smallest primate which are little bigger than a mango and are considered a near-threatened species. From the viewpoint lookout admire the cacao-coloured Chocolate Hills with their symmetrical mounds.

Lapu Lapu Monument, Mactan

Learn of Mactan history and visit the Lapu Lapu Monument is a majestic 20m bronze statue of the hero armed with a kampilan (a native sword) and a shield, erected to honour the bravery of the Datu on the very ground the battle was believed to have taken place. The Magellan Monument, on the other hand, is a large obelisk dedicated to the Portuguese explorer who brought Christianity to the Philippines. Learn about the art of making guitars at Alegre Guitar Factory, known for ukuleles and the bandurria, a plucked chordophone similar to a mandolin and used in Spanish folk music.

Ticao-Philippines-Cruise-Coral-Expeditions

Admire the old-style buildings of San Jacinto before we stop in at Matangtubig Spring for a fresh-water dip. Later, enjoy watching the sunset onboard off San Miguel island.

Boac Cathedral, Marinduque

Go on a cultural tour by visiting heritage houses, churches and shrines. Visit the Century-old Boac Cathedral and the Biglang Awa Shrine as well as the Marl Insects and Butterfly Garden.

The area is also home of the Kalutang, a musical instrument made of two pieces of wood cited by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts as one of the intangible cultural heritages of the Philippines. Browse traditional handicrafts stores to learn more about the island province’s local industries, with possible opportunity to purchase some traditional handicrafts.

Our voyage ends in the Philippines capital of Manila. Disembark Coral Adventurer at 9:00am and bid farewell to new-found friends, the Master and crew.

This itinerary is an indication of the destinations we visit and activities on offer. Throughout the expedition we may make changes to the itinerary as necessary to maximise your expeditionary experience. Allowances may be made for seasonal variations, weather, tidal conditions, and any other event that may affect the operation of the vessel. Coral Expeditions suggests that you do not arrive on the day of embarkation or depart on the day of disembarkation due to any changes that may occur in scheduling. 



Fares & Availability

Bridge Deck Suites

Private Balcony - 37.5m2

Available

Explorer Deck Balcony Stateroom

Private Balcony - 21.4m2

Available

Promenade Deck Stateroom

Picture Window - 17m2

Available

Coral Deck Stateroom

Porthole Window - 17m2

Available
Book this Departure

Bridge Deck Suites

Private Balcony - 37.5m2

Available

Explorer Deck Balcony Stateroom

Private Balcony - 21.4m2

Available

Promenade Deck Stateroom

Picture Window - 17m2

Available

Coral Deck Stateroom

Porthole Window - 17m2

Available
Book this Departure

Prices are per person twin share, listed in Australian Dollars (AUD).  Booking Terms & Conditions >
For solo traveller rates see our Solo Traveller Program >


Additional Information

Inclusions:

  • All excursions with our Expedition Team
  • Use of Xplorer, Zodiacs and Kayaks
  • Snorkelling & SCUBA equipment (SCUBA diving at an additional cost)
  • Daily lectures and briefings with Guest Lecturers
  • All meals, chef-prepared on board
  • Captain’s welcome and farewell events, and open bridge access
  • Selected wines, selected beers and house spirits, juices, and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner
  • 24-hour barista-style coffee and tea station
  • All entrance fees to National Parks, ports, traditional owner fees and charges imposed by governing authorities
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Use of all onboard facilities, incl. a reference library
  • Expedition diary, along with a photo and video gallery documenting the highlights of your voyage
  • Post-cruise transfers (in most destinations)
  • Wifi Access – Standard speed connectivity enabling email, social image sharing, web browsing and messaging

Not Included:

  • Pre-cruise transfers
  • Pre and post cruise flights/charter flights
  • Pre and post cruise accommodation
  • Travel Insurance
  • SCUBA Diving (view Scuba diving rates)
  • Entry visas & travel permits for the country you are travelling to/from
  • Alcoholic drinks (including beer and wine) outside of lunch and dinner service
  • Laundry service (available at a cost)
  • Items of a personal nature such souvenir purchases
  • Optional Extras (in some destinations)

OTHER INFORMATION

Coral Geographer, the newest addition to our fleet, carries a maximum of 120 guests, delivering Coral Expeditions’ renowned warm Australian hospitality, intimate onboard atmosphere, and world-class expedition experience. More About Coral Geographer >

Travel Insurance is not included in your cruise fare. We highly recommend all guests to obtain comprehensive travel insurance with remote area evacuation coverage. Please refer to our Pre-Cruise Checklist page for facts that should be considered and shared when speaking with Travel Insurance suppliers regarding travel insurance.

At Coral Expeditions dining is a celebration of great food and good company enjoyed in extraordinary destinations. People and place are key to enjoyable dining experiences, where food becomes the vehicle for conversation and creating memorable occasions.

We now offer two wine selections that guests may purchase in addition to our new house selection of wines. These packages showcase contemporary choices of Australian wines and French Champagne. More About Cuisine & Wine >

  • A Taste of Australia Selection | 6 Bottles | $280.00
  • Connoisseur Selection | 6 Bottles | $400.00

Our Cruise Collection Merchandise including expedition gear is also available for purchase in our onboard gift shop. View our Cruise Collection here >

When it comes time for the exciting time of packing for your cruise, our packing lists are available to assist you. More specific information regarding weather conditions in your destination will be included in your Cruise Documentation which you will receive prior to your cruise.

Find your Japan & Philippines expedition packing list here.

Most walks in this itinerary are leisurely and no more than 1-2km, through villages and over beaches. There are some longer, more vigorous walks available - an alternative activity will be offered for those who do not wish to participate in more vigorous activities. It should be noted that most walks will be over rough and uneven ground and in warm temperatures.

An alternative excursion will always be offered in place of higher impact walks. The Expedition Team will advise walking conditions and requirements prior to each excursion. Should you have any physical limitations or mobility issues, please notify our reservations team in advance prior to your departure.

There will be multiple opportunities to snorkel and dive at several locations including Polillo Island, Maripipi and Cuatro Islas (subject to weather conditions). These opportunities are a guide and not all are guaranteed.

Scuba diving is offered on this itinerary - For more information view our Snorkel & Dive Information page.

Please ensure your passport has at least 6 months validity from the time the expedition commences, and two blank pages. Please email a scanned colour copy of your passport identification page to our team at [email protected] no later than 45 days prior to your departure.

Important: Please bring your physical passport with you on all international departures.

The travel advice information below is for Australian guests only. If you are a non-Australian passport holder travelling on these departures, please contact your relevant government department, embassy or your travel agent for applicable information.

Travelling guests are fully responsible for arranging their own health and visa requirements to travel abroad.
Taiwan: Australian Citizen can visit Taiwan without a Visa if visit is less than 90 days.
Philippines: Australian Citizen can enter the Philippines without a Visa for a period of stay 30 days or less. Guests must register their travel to and from Philippines on the eTravel Card online (https://etravel.gov.ph/) to receive a QR Code to use for arrival and departure formalities. This needs to be done within 72 hours of arrival or departure date, and may be needed for your flight.

Please see your doctor or travel clinic to plan any vaccinations you may need at least 8 weeks before you leave.

Taiwan

The Bureau of Customs (BOC) of Taiwan is responsible for enforcing the customs and quarantine laws and regulations of Taiwan. The BOC works to protect the health and safety of the people of Taiwan from harmful pests and diseases, and to ensure the fair and efficient trade of goods.

When arriving in Taiwan, all passengers are required to complete a customs declaration form and submit to a customs inspection. The customs declaration form asks for information about the items that you are bringing into Taiwan, including their value and quantity. The customs inspector may ask you to open your bags and suitcases for inspection.

There are a number of items that are prohibited from being brought into Taiwan, including plants and flowers, certain medications, narcotic drugs and controlled substances. If you are bringing any of these items into Taiwan, you must declare them to the customs inspector. You may be required to pay a duty or a fine.

Philippines

The Bureau of Customs (BOC) of the Philippines is responsible for enforcing the customs and quarantine laws and regulations of the Philippines. The BOC works to protect the health and safety of the people of the Philippines from harmful pests and diseases, and to ensure the fair and efficient trade of goods.

When arriving in the Philippines, all passengers are required to complete a customs declaration form and submit to a customs inspection. The customs declaration form asks for information about the items that you are bringing into the Philippines, including their value and quantity. The customs inspector may ask you to open your bags and suitcases for inspection.

There are a number of items that are prohibited from being brought into Taiwan, including plants and flowers, certain medications, narcotic drugs and controlled substances. If you are bringing any of these items into the Philippines, you must declare them to the customs inspector. You may be required to pay a duty or a fine.

We do not have currency exchange onboard. Guests are advised to exchange money into local currency prior to departure from their home port. Currency exchange and eftpos style point of sale is increasingly available in the regions we visit. We recommend carrying small denominations.

Taiwan: TWD (Taiwan Dollar)

Philippines: PHP (Philippines Peso)

Micronesia: USD

  • History of Taiwan - by Captivating History
  • Looking through Taiwan - by Keelung Hong
  • Homelands: Indigenous Lives in a Changing Philippine Landscape - by Jacob Maentz
  • The Making of the Modern Philippines Pieces of a Jigsaw State - by Philip Bowring
  • Philippine Folk Tales - by Mabel (Cook) Cole

Pre-cruise Flights: Please ensure you have secured your own flights to Keelung prior to your voyage. We encourage guests to arrive at least one day prior to their schedule departure. There are flights to Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport in Taipei City from Australia, including Qantas, China Airlines and Cathay Pacific. From Taipei City it is roughly 1 hour by car to our pre-cruise check-in location at Evergreen Hotel, Keelung.

Post-cruise Flights: Please ensure you have secured your own flights for your onward journey. There are flights to Manila with airlines Cathay Pacific, Qantas and China Airlines from Australia.

Pre Cruise: Guests are required to make their own way to the pre-cruise check-in location at Evergreen Hotel at 1400. From the check-in venue there will be a transfer to the ship to board at 5:00pm for a 6:00pm departure. (Check-in Location Address: No. 62之1號, Zhongzheng Rd, Zhongzheng District, Keelung City, Taiwan)

Post Cruise Transfers: Disembark Coral Adventurer in Manila and bid farewell to new-found friends, the Master and crew. A post cruise transfers to Manila CBD hotels or the Manila airport is included.

We want to ensure that your journey with us is smooth and hassle-free. To help you prepare for your cruise, refer to our Pre-Cruise Checklist for more detailed information on the milestones leading up to your voyage.

Other Itineraries You May Be Interested In

cedar forests TH

Through Japan’s Ryukyu Islands

Fukuoka to Keelung | 16 Nights

Save 10% on this adjoining cruise

proboscis monkeys TH

An Equatorial Adventure Across North Borneo

16 Nights | Manila to Singapore

Save 10% on this adjoining cruise

Subscribe to Be Among The First To Know

Sign up to join our community and be notified of new releases, special offers & behind the scenes articles.