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Setting sail from Cairns
Cairns is a buzzing tourist hub, gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest. A snorkelling trip out to the reef is the most obvious excursion to take here, but other options include riding the Skyrail cableway over the rainforest canopy or swimming in the croc-free saltwater lagoon.
Australia: Cape York
Indonesia: Asmat Region
Indonesia: Kei Islands, Banda Islands
Indonesia: Pulau Lihaga, Pulau Saronde
Philippines: El Nido (Palawan)
El Nido, in the northwest of Palawan province, is the gateway to the spectacular Bacuit archipelago. Dramatic jungle-covered peaks, karst cliffs and pristine beaches draw intrepid travellers to this remote corner of the Philippines, along with the incredibly clear waters, perfect for snorkelling.
Arriving in Manila
Manila is a sprawling, chaotic conglomeration of soaring skyscrapers, faded colonial facades and ramshackle slums, and it's certainly not everyone's cup of tea. But if you have the stamina and an inquisitive nature, there is plenty to be enjoyed in the Philippines' boisterous capital, including the world's oldest Chinatown, the historic walled city of Intramuros and the bustling shopping malls of Makati. You can escape the madness and grab some respite in pleasant Rizal Park, or explore the remarkable Chinese Cemetery, where Manila's wealthiest Chinese citizens are laid to rest in unbelievably lavish mausoleums, complete with chandeliers, kitchens and air-conditioning!
Cool and laid back is the style here. Don’t lose face by losing your temper, and don’t fret about delays – arriving on time isn’t polite anyway.
Tailor-make your trip
Where to stay in Manila
If you’re a fan of classic colonial hotels, the Manila Hotel is one for you.
Excursions from Manila
Visit the nearby heritage town of Taal and step back in history.