Intas Destinations is the country’s leading multi-disciplined destination management company and tour operator with over 30 years of experience. Having extensive knowledge, expertise and resources, we strive to enhance the destination experience of our clientele in the Philippines.
A service-driven and multi-disciplined organization, Intas Destinations provides professional services in the design, planning, organization and implementation of travel & tour packages, incentive programs, conference, events and group activities. All our business activities are characterized by leadership and passion from a highly skilled, dynamic and creative team dedicated to the pursuit of excellence. Having established client confidence and privileged relationship with our suppliers, we have built a valuable reputation as one of the most reputable and leading tourism organizations in the Philippines today.
Whilst we offer classic tour products, we also offer cutting edge programs that include real cultural immersions, local community encounters and home stay experiences. Intas Destinations takes the lead in making bold steps to offer new destinations, as well as add in new twists to classical programs.
More than 7,000 islands scattered gracefully in the westernmost rim of the Pacific Ocean-‐ the Philippines, a country known for its boundless hospitality and the friendly smiles of its people. Endless possibilities of discovery and adventure await you in these islands of contradictions and diversity. A mix of old and new, tribal and contemporary, the wild and the luxurious, it has something for everyone. It will capture your heart and feed your soul. It is for anyone looking for something new yet comforting, unusual yet fascinating.
Perhaps, the Philippines’ most valuable jewel, amongst its wondrous sights and islands, are the Filipinos themselves. Filipinos are a friendly people. Wherever you travel in the Philippines you will be sure to be greeted with smiles. They have welcomed so many visitors to their shores that generosity has become a national trait. Mabuhay means "hello" and "welcome" in Filipino, and it is a phrase you'll see and hear often when you visit the Philippines.
Filipinos are unique among its neighbours in Southeast Asia – who have shown to the world remarkable ability to accept and assimilate foreign cultural influences and yet they think and behave in a manner that is uniquely Filipino. So it is that the visiting Chinese would see traces of his own culture and traditions.
After all, history records the 12th century traders from China, along with Indian and Islamic merchants who came to engage in bustling trade with the original Malay residents of the Philippines. The American visitor would immediately feel a kinship with the people and the land. After almost 50 years of American occupation, western influences are very much evident. But then, the Filipinos “filipinized” what the Americans brought in. And as to the visiting Hispanic, traces of Spanish influence remain in the cities of the Philippines and has become manifest in the language of the people. Filipinos are mainly of Malay origin with some Chinese, American, Spanish, and Arab ancestry. Characteristic Filipino traits are Bayanihan (the spirit of cooperation), piety, and close family ties. Filipinos's flair for English and love of popular culture may be derived from the American Occupation. Filipinos are emotional and passionate about life.
If you want to know what to do in the Philippines, keep in mind that as many as the islands, its contradictions and diversity, are the endless possibilities of discovery and adventure. A mix of old and new, tribal and contemporary, the wild and the luxurious, the Philippines has that covered for you.
Urban adventures include a jeepney ride, the funky public transport that has become a folk art, shopping in mammoth malls and markets where excellent barter skill is the key to a deal. Or a visit to the bizarre Chinese Cemetery where you find such quarters of the dead are comparable, or even better than that of the living? And that’s just in Manila.
Move northbound and this takes you to the Banaue Rice Terraces. Built by hands, these spectacular terraces are enjoyed via trails, the simple and the off-beaten ones. These will give you the spectacle of the terraces and along those trails you’ll get to meet up with the age-old tribes whose ancestry built the rice terraces themselves.
There are burial caves, volcanoes and mountains to be conquered on bicycles too. And yes, you can hop on those 4x4 jeeps to ride across rugged, Mars-like valleys and sand dunes.
And then the Philippine seas, an alluring marine diversity that is an underwater adventurer’s dream. Swim or dive its seas and experience the most exciting and magnificent marine life and vistas. There are legends of the seas too. Catch monster swells at one of the best-known surf that is “Cloud 9” in Siargao. Or swim alongside whale sharks in Donsol. Or snap a photo of the sea cow a.k.a. dugong in Palawan.
But if you’re idea of paradise is just to get lost in the tropics, you have an array of islands to choose from. Party it up in the beat craze beaches of Boracay, live it up in the swanky enclaves of Busuanga Islands, mix it up with locals in vibrant Cebu, be it nature, adventure, art and culture, food, exceptional holidays, Intas Destinations has these to offer and more.
• Moonlight Sonata at the Lagoon
Dinner at the Lagoon is the most awesome dining experience in El Nido, especially under a divine full moon. Surrounded by the magnificent limestone cliffs, and calm waters of the lagoon, dinner is served on bamboo rafts with candle and torch lights. Cocktails on board the banca on the way to the lagoon are served while resort staff serenade the guests with a medley of romantic songs.
• CSR in Local Communities
The group will be huddled for house visitation & community interaction. An experience that is not touristy, guests will be able to see the set-up of the household without pretence. There will be better understanding on how Filipino daily lives in the town is led by heads of families. After which, group will visit a small school where a group of singing children will welcome them. Children will play local games that are original to the Philippines. The group will bring with them snacks from Jollibee -- Jollibee is the most popular food chain in the Philippines for children and the children from these rural communities do not often get to eat it because it is only available in the city.
• Bamboo Bike Tour
Bambike Ecotours Intramuros is an exciting and educational ecotourism activity in the heart of Manila’s old walled city of Intramuros. Guests will be riding through the streets on bamboo bikes that have been handmade by Gawad Kalinga villagers here in the Philippines. Tourists will be led around the area, getting to cover more ground than if on a walking tour and having a more interesting experience than if going around on a calesa.This ecotour will both teach visitors about Philippine history and make them feel like kids again.
• Survivor El Nido
Group will be divided into teams who will be on an island expedition using the local banca and a route sheet. The objective is to follow the route sheet, with a task to do in each of the destination. This gives the group an opportunity to go island-hopping and the same time have an experience in each of the spots. Each team will have an expedition leader and a route plan with coordinates to follow. They will be directing the boatmen which direction they should go according to the coordinates. Each destination will have a task for them to perform.
• Cook-Out (Cooking Lesson)
Pick a traditional Filipino dish that can be eaten as a snack, for instance, Lumpia, consisting of shredded fresh vegetables minced ubod (a palm tree trunk), flaked chicken, crushed peanuts, and turnips in a double wrapping of lettuce leaf and a yellowish egg crepe. The chef will demonstrate how this favorite Filipino fare is cooked and prepared. Savor the Lumpia after the preparation as it is best eaten right away, before the wrapper dries out or gets soggy.
• Jeepney Ride
Ride the iconic Philippine public transport, king of the roads, and visit public markets in Manila.
• Trek in the World’s Smallest Active Volcano
Wonders are just few hours away from Manila! Invigorate yourself with an energizing adventure that the Taal Volcano offers you. Taal trekking is an ideal activity for exercising and relaxing. Depart from Talisay in a motorized outrigger boat, after a short boat ride across the lake you will reach the trekking point. Be stunned with the first sight of the crater and be mesmerized with the bright turquoise waters which are surrounded by the volcano’s huge crater walls.
See the Philippines with your own eyes
The Philippines consists of 7107 islands, many very small. There are many possibilities for typical "sun, sea and beach holidays" and for specific adventure holidays. You can even meet the whale sharks and swim close to them. For those who want to discover geographically interesting landscapes or who want to meet mountain tribes, the Philippines has it all!
The Philippines is a Southeast Asian country in the Western Pacific, comprising more than 7,000 islands. Its capital, Manila, is famous for its waterfront promenade and centuries-old Chinatown, Binondo. Intramuros, a walled city in colonial times, is the heart of Old Manila. It’s home to the baroque 17th-century San Agustin Church as well as Fort Santiago, a storied citadel and military prison.
Donna and her team are true professionals who share the same business ethic as Chateau Élan. They are a perfect match and I know our clients are in the best hands.
Kim Waterhouse, , Chateau Elan at The Vintage, Hunter Valley
I have a long-standing respect for Donna and trust in her ability. Her self-motivation and extremely good time management skills are to be admired. Her limitless energy when on sales calls in contagious and very effective. It's a pleasure to work with her.
Adrienne Readings, General Manager, Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre