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14 Days Private Birdwatching Wildlife Tour in the Philippines

Microtel by Wyndham - Mall of Asia, Metro Manila, Philippines

Private Wildlife Tour in the Philippines

Philippine Trails is often asked, "Where are the best places to visit in the Philippines?" and "How do I book a Philippines holiday?" This tour shows you the most popular Philippines bird watching locations. If you are looking for a holiday or vacation in the Philippine while seeing different bird species, this tour is for you! Tours can start on any day, and at any time of the year. You can travel at a pace that suits you and that fits in with your dates of travel.

Key information

  • Private tour for two persons
  • Starting point and ending point: Manila
  • Park fees are included.

Highlights

  • 10 bird watching activities
  • Entrance fees with environmental permits and fees
  • Birding at Villa Escudero to see different bird species
  • Visit Olango Island Wildlife Sanctuary and Raja Sikatuna Protected National Park
  • See the Tarsier Sanctuary, St. Paul's National Park, and Pandan Island
  • Domestic flights as per itinerary with airport transfers
  • Explore Mount Makiling and Candaba Marsh
  • 13 nights' accommodation

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13 activity days
The maximum participants in the group is 2
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Accommodation

Accommodation will be provided in Villa Escudero, Los Banos, Subic, Cebu, Bohol, Cebu, Sabang, and Puerto Princesa. The following options will be included in this tour:

  • Manila - Microtel Hotel Mall of Asia - Double queen bed
  • Subic - Mountain View Resort - Standard forest view room
  • Villa Escudero - River unit
  • Los Banos - SEARCA - Standard room
  • Cebu - Be Resort - Cool room
  • Bohol - Simply Butterfly - Cottage
  • Palawan - Sabang Sheridan Beach Resort - Superior room
  • Puerto Princesa - Acacia Tree Hotel - Standard room

Program

Day 1: Arrival in Manila

Pick up from airport. Transfer to Villa Escudero and Plantation. Free time at leisure.

Day 2: Birding at Villa Escudero and Plantation

In Villa Escudero you can see the Common Koel, Philippine and Lesser coucals, Grassbirds, Philippine Scops Owl, Sunbirds, Flowerpeckers, and water birds among others. You can also see the Indigo-banded Kingfisher and if lucky enough see the Spotted-wood Kingfisher. You can also go to nearby places in Villa Escudero for birding like Bangkong Kahoy Valley about 30 minutes’ drive up from Villa Escudero. You can see Blue-headed Fantails, Citrine Canary Flycatcher and if lucky enough the Ashy Ground Thrush among others. Accommodation at Villa Escudero.

Day 3: Continue birding at Villa Escudero in the morning

After lunch, travel to Los Banos, Laguna. Overnight in Los Banos.

Day 4: Early morning bird watching at Mount Makiling

Some of the best-looking birds in the Philippines can be found on the flanks of this mountain, that borders the chilled-out university at Makiling. The campus itself holds some special birds, like the Luzon endemic Spotted Buttonquail. Others include the crazy-looking Scale-feathered and Red- crested Malkohas. Other great looking birds there include the well-named Luzon Bleeding-heart and Ashy Ground-Thrush.

After a day birding the mountain and surrounding campus return to Manila. Overnight in Manila.

Day 5: Early morning pick-up from Manila - Birding at Candaba Marsh and Subic

Visiting the lowland areas on the Philippines’s largest island searching for Luzon specialties like Green Raquet-tail, White-lored Oriole, and other more widespread endemics like Philippine Falconet and Philippine Pygmy-Woodpecker. In addition to birding the forest, you will visit some wetlands loaded with waterbirds like the rare Philippine Duck, Pheasant-tailed Jacana, Yellow and Cinnamon Bitterns, and Barred and Buff-banded Rails. Proceed to Subic late afternoon. Accommodation at Subic.

Day 6: Pick up at hotel lobby early morning birding at Subic

After lunch, return to airport for early evening flight to Cebu. Pick up from airport. Transfer to hotel. Overnight in Cebu.

Day 7: Birding at Olango Island, Cebu

The Olango Island Wildlife Sanctuary has become a major birding attraction as it is one of the seven best-known flyways in the world for migratory birds. The 920-hectare sanctuary is a haven for birds migrating from Siberia, Northern China, Japan, and other parts of northern Asia during the winter months.

Some species of the migratory birds that stop at the wildlife sanctuary are considered endangered. Among the migratory birds in the island group are Chinese egrets, Asiatic dowitchers, Eastern curlews, plovers, sandpipers, Black-tailed Godwit, and Red Knot.

Day 8: Cebu to Bohol

Birding at Raja Sikatuna Protected National Park. Overnight in Bohol.

Day 9: Visit to Tarsier Sanctuary

  • Visit the Tarsier Sanctuary in Bilar then afternoon birding around Chocolate Hills. Fast ferry back to Cebu after birding. Overnight Cebu.

Day 10: Puerto Princesa

Check out then transfer to the airport for flight to Puerto Princesa. Transfer to accommodation. Free time at leisure. Overnight Sabang.

Day 11: Birding at St. Paul's National Park

Here the birding can be surprisingly easy, and you should find many of the island endemics including Blue Paradise - Flycatcher, Palawan Tit, Palawan Hornbill, Sulphur-bellied Bulbul, and Palawan Blue Flycatcher. Others may require more work, like the dazzling Palawan Peacock - Pheasant and Falcated Ground-Babbler. Afternoon birding at either Balsahan Trail or Irawan Eco Park. Overnight Sabang.

Day 12: Pandan Island

Check out. Pick up hotel for boat trip to Honda Bay to visit Pandan Island. Mantanani Scops Owl, Great-billed Heron, and Grey Imperial Pigeon are the main target species. Overnight Puerto Princesa.

Day 13: Balsahan Trail to Puerto Princesa to Manila

You will depart early for Balsahan Trail, another lowland excellent site very near the city. This site features two Palawan endemics that are very difficult to find elsewhere: Melodious Babbler and Palawan Flycatcher. You will also be looking for other birds such as Yellow-throated Leafbird, Blue Paradise Flycatcher, Palawan Blue Flycatcher, and Falcated Ground-Babbler. Afternoon flight back to Manila. Pick up from airport. Transfer to hotel. Overnight in Manila.

Day 14: End of tour

Check out accommodation. Transfer to airport for flight back Home. End of tour/services.

Location

Starting off and ending at Manila, this tour will take you through Villa Escudero and Plantation, Los Banos, Laguna, Mount Makiling, Candaba Marsh, Subic, Cebu, Olango Island Wildlife Sanctuary, Bohol, Raja Sikatuna Protected National Park, Bilar, Chocolate Hills, Sabang, Puerto Princesa, St. Paul's National Park, Pandan Island, and Balsahan Trail.

Food

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 13 nights' accommodation
  • Daily breakfast and lunch
  • Evening dinner on days 1 and 2
  • Entrance fees
  • Environmental permits and fees
  • Transportation and luggage transfers
  • Ferry tickets Cebu - Bohol - Cebu
  • All domestic flights as stated in the itinerary
  • Airport transfers
  • Park guides

What's not included

  • International flights
  • Personal expenses
  • Any excess baggage charges
  • Travel insurance
  • Airport/port departure fees
  • Any expenses caused by reasons beyond our control such as flight/ ferry delays, rescheduling or cancellations, any accidents, medical evacuations, riots, strikes, etc.
  • Tips and gratuities

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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