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The Best of the Philippines & Borneo

At a glance

Duration: 15 Days

Coverage: Hong Kong to Singapore

From: $4,199

Season: January-February, December

Activities: Birding, Culture, History, Wildlife

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Unwind on a postcard-perfect Philippine beach full of natural beauty and see the blinding procession of Philippine wonders from Boracay, the “Best Island in the World” to Hundred Islands National Park including an overnight in charming Manila. Explore the tiny sultanate of Brunei and discover the maze of wooden boardwalks there. Captivating cities and untamed nature entice you, in turn, from your graceful ship.

Highlights

  • Overnight in Manila to explore Spanish colonial architecture and stroll through the cobblestone streets of Intramuros
  • Experience the fascinating and tiny sultanate of Brunei, visit the most beautiful mosque in southeast Asia or wander the night market
  • Venture among the islands in an outrigger and swim in the idyllic crystal waters of Hundred Islands National Park
  • Snorkel or SCUBA dive among well preserved historical WWII Japanese wrecks off Busuanga Island
  • Taste a variety of exotic fruits and unique spices in the local flavors of Singapore, Hong Kong, and everywhere in between
  • Visit orangutans at the Semenggoh Wildlife Centre, a rescue and rehabilitation center for this endangered species
  • Take a boat trip down the Subterranean River, a UNESCO World Heritage Site located on Palawan and one nof the 7 Wonders of Nature

Day-to-Day Itinerary

Day 1 - Hong Kong, China

Your ship docks right in the heart of Hong Kong’s harbor, putting you at the center of all manner of attractions. Watch sampans and junks glide through the waters of Aberdeen. Soak in the towering skyscrapers, peaceful green hillsides and world-famous Harbour from the top of Victoria Peak. Pursue bargains at Stanley Market. Have your fortune told at the Temple Street Night Market. Visit Lantau Island where a giant bronze Buddha holds court.

Day 2 - At Sea

Day 3 - Hundred Islands, Philippines

There are actually 124 islands at low tide, 123 at high tide in Hundred Islands National Park. Very few of the islands are inhabited but you will find lots of marine life, including crab-eating macaques, civets, dolphins, the occasional dugongs and a number of sea turtle species. Today is a day for island hopping, swimming, lounging on the beach or snorkeling.

Day 4-5 — Manila, Philippines

Manila is considered one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world with a delightful blend of cultures and flavors. It has experienced Spanish, British, Japanese and American rule as evidenced in the variety of architecture. Sights to see in Manila include the Manila Cathedral, Fort Santiago, and San Agustin Church. The city's Binondo neighborhood is home to the oldest Chinatown in the world. Rizal Park is home to many museums, themed gardens and other interesting sights. Overnighting in Manila will allow for plenty of time for the great shopping found there.

Day 6 — Boracay, Philippines

Another day in tropical paradise. The beaches of Boracay are the feature on this small island only 4 miles long and 1/2 mile wide. Sunbathe on the powdery white sand of White Beach, consistently rated as one of the top beaches in the world, or spend some time snorkeling the pristine waters.

Day 7 — Coron/Busuanga Island, Philippines

Coron is famous for divers and snorkelers due to the numerous well-preserved Japanese shipwrecks from WWII that are found there. Sought-after snorkeling sites include Siete Pecados, the Twin Lagoons and Atuwayan Beach. Coron itself is very small but offers beautiful beaches and is the jumping off place for island tours and boat trips.

Day 8 — Palawan Puerto Princesa, Philippines

Voted the "Best Island in the World" by Travel & Leisure Magazine in 2016, this island is a center for eco-tourism and home to multiple natural UNESCO sites including the coral reef Tubbataha and the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River, the longest navigable underground river in the world. Other highlights of Puerto Princesa include the Palawan Heritage Centre, Iwahiq Penal Colony and Immaculate Conception Church.

Day 9 — At Sea

Day 10 — Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

Situated on the coast of Borneo bordered by the South China Sea, Kota Kinabalu is your gateway to Kinabalu Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its exceptional array of functioning ecosystems. You will see over 1,200 species of orchids, and more than half of Borneo's plants, birds, mammals and amphibians live here. In Kota Kinabalu itself you will get an idea of the numerous indigenous ethnic groups of Borneo at the Mari Mari Cultural Village, including the local culture that lives in stilt villages along the coast.

Day 11 — Bandar Seri Begawan/Muara, Brunei

The vast oil fields and oil production of Brunei have made it one of the wealthiest countries in the world. Not to be missed here is the Sultan Omar Saifuddin Mosque, with its gold domes. You might also venture by water taxi to the water village and discover the maze of wooden boardwalks there. Brunei is also filled with many beautiful markets, including the famous Pasar Gadon Night Market.

Day 12 — At Sea

Day 13 — Kuching, Malaysia

Once a part of the Brunei empire, Kuching (translated means cat) is the cat lover's capital of the world. You will find cat statues and cat monuments throughout the city. The natural beauty of the tree-lined waterfront and the Sarawak River running through the city, is also found at the Sarawak National Park, Bako National Park, and Semenggoh Wildlife Centre, an orangutan rehabilitation facility.

Day 14 — At Sea

Day 15 — Singapore

Say hello to Stamford Raffles’ engaging city, a modern metropolis which is blended with the traditional historic towns of the founders. These include Chinatown, Little India and the Malay community of Kampong Glam. The Singapore River meanders through the center of the island with vistas of skyscrapers and historic shop houses, often side-by-side. Singapore is a tropical garden city with flowers and greenery everywhere. Among the attractions are the domes at Gardens by the Bay located near Marina Bay and the UNESCO World Heritage Site Botanic Gardens. Orchard Road is the epicenter for shopping some of Asia’s leading retailers and includes both international brands and local shops.

The Best of the Philippines & Borneo Itinerary Map

Dates & Rates

Dates Direction Ocean View Ocean View 1 Ocean View 2 Ocean View 3 Balcony Suite Balcony Suite 1 Classic Suite Owner's Suite
Dec 1, 2018 Hong Kong to Singapore $4,199 $4,399 $4,699 $4,999 $5,999 Call $8,699 Call
Jan 13, 2019 Singapore to Hong Kong $4,999 $5,199 $5,499 $5,799 $6,299 $6,599 $8,899 Call
Feb 19, 2019 Singapore to Hong Kong $5,199 $5,399 $5,699 $5,999 $6,399 $6,799 $8,599 Call

Rates shown are per person, based on double occupancy, reflect all discounts and include non-discountable amounts. Taxes, Fees & Port Expenses are additional.

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