Follow the footsteps of 2nd Lt. Hiroo Onoda, the ultimate Japanese World War 2 straggler. Walk his jungle trails, visit caves that he sheltered in and trek along the river that sustained him for 30 years. Enjoy Lubang Island's white sandy beaches, dramatic rock cliffs, waterfalls, mangrove and marine sanctuary.
In 1944, Hiroo Onoda was sent to Lubang Island and given two orders: 1) hold the island against the enemy, and 2) do not surrender under any circumstance. World War 2 ended less than a year later. Onoda, however, staying true to his orders and disregarding all reports that the war was over, continued to fight on Lubang Island. For 30 years he harassed villagers and soldiers with his guerilla activities, surviving through his wits and the island's abundant resources. Only in 1974 when his original commanding officer flew to Lubang Island and ordered him to lay down his arms did Hiroo Onoda finally surrender.
The Lubang Island of today is surprisingly unchanged from the time of 2nd Lt. Onoda. Partly due to his destabilization operations that slowed down development, much of the island remains wild and mysterious. On this adventure we take to the jungles, caves, rivers and beaches where Onoda waged his 30 year war. As we surrender to the rugged beauty of Lubang Island, we may understand why for Hiroo, giving it up was not an option.
We assemble in Manila and take a ship to Lubang Island. As we sail, we take in the sights of Luzon's western seaboard. Upon arrival in Lubang, we drive on a dirt road and hike over a seemingly impassable cliff barrier to arrive at a beautiful seaside hut that will be our home for the next four (4) nights.
We drive to the highest point of the island to get a view of our playground over the next few days. Then we proceed to the trailhead to begin our all-day hike. We visit caves that Onoda sheltered in and hike to a spring that is the source of a river. We follow this river out of the jungle, passing rich flora and fauna and learning about Onoda's survival techniques.
We take a boat to Cabra, an island off of Lubang with beautiful beaches and an old Spanish lighthouse. We then sail back to Lubang where we visit a rich mangrove forest before heading to our breathtaking lunch area: a beach lined by sheer rock cliffs. The bottom of these cliffs is lined by caves that beg to be explored, and the water beneath them teems with marine life.
The beachside rock formations near our hut are amazing, and early risers may opt to join our trip leader to explore them at daybreak. After breakfast we take a boat to ply the coastline of Lubang Island. We stop at select areas in the marine sanctuary for skin diving and come ashore often to enjoy features such as hiking trails, streams, waterfalls and beaches.
After an early morning hike to catch our ship, we say goodbye to Lubang Island and sail back to Manila.
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