Amazing 2 in 1! Visit both the Philippines and Papua New Guinea in one trip from London for only £544!
There are plenty of reasons to visit the Philippines! This amazing destination offers pretty much everything you need: the world class beaches, awesome conditions for water sports, stunning mountains and volcanoes, along with caves and rice terraces to explore.
Head to Legazpi, in the south of Luzon Island, to see the perfect cone of the majestic Mayon Volcano (2,463 m) and the ruins of Cagsawa Church. 460 km north from Manila, you’ll find Banaue village, surrounded by rice fields of Batad. Going up and down the rice terraces in this breath-taking scenery is a truly unique experience! The fields were introduced around 2000 years ago by the Chinese.
In Bohol island, near Cebu, you’ll see the weirdest landscapes ever! The plain is dotted with more than 1260 so-called Chocolate Hills. In the dry season, the grass-covered geological formations turn chocolate brown. On the island of Bohol there’s also a tarsier sanctuary where you can come face to face with the world's smallest primate!
With its complex cultures and almost no tourism infrastructure, Papua New Guinea is a destination for real adventurers! Step off the beaten tourist paths and discover the striking natural beauty of this unknown country in Oceania.
Papua New Guinea occupies half of the island of New Guinea and assorted outlying islands in Melanesia. Bougainville Island, the largest of the Solomon Islands archipelago, has some of the greatest biodiversity in the region. It forms a single landmass with the adjacent island of Buka, separated by a narrow strait. There are several active, dormant or inactive volcanoes in Bougainville. Take a three day hike to Mount Balbi, a stratovolcano that rises to 2 715 m. Mount Billy Mitchell is a dormant volcano with beautiful 2 km wide caldera lake. Amazing coral reefs, that fringe the shore of this pristine island paradise, offer world-class diving.
You can take a journey through some very picturesque coastal village communities, which include Tinputz at the most north-easterly point of the island. Buin, situated on the southern coast, was a Japanese military base during World War II. There are several relics from that era, including the wrecked bomber of Admiral Yamamoto, who planned the attack on Pearl Harbour.
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March – April 2019
London – Manila – London
Manila – Port Moresby – Manila
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In Cebu we highly recommend 4* Maayo Hotel with excellent reviews. Located 5 km from SM City Cebu, Maayo Hotel offers well-appointed rooms with free WiFi access. Boasting a spa centre, the property has an infinity pool and 3 on-site dining options. Guests can enjoy free private parking on site. All air-conditioned rooms have carpeted flooring, personal safe and a flat-screen TV. Certain units feature a seating area to relax in after a busy day. You will find a kettle in the room and all rooms include a private bathroom equipped with a bath and bidet. For your comfort, you will find slippers, free toiletries and a hairdryer. The on-site restaurants serve a wide range of culinary delights, including local specialties and international dishes. Maayo Hotel operates 24-hour front desk where staff can assist you with luggage storage and airport transfer service.
Ayala Center Cebu is 6 km km the hotel, while Fort San Pedro is 7.5 km away. The nearest airport is Mactan Cebu International Airport, 4 km from Maayo Hotel.