Join us on our inaugural 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. Encounter Japanese trading heritage at Luzon and visit the historic Cabo Engano lighthouse on Palaui Island. Beachcomb on the idyllic shores, and snorkel and dive 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