Bohol Tarsier in the Tarsier Conservation Area

10-Day Philippines Nature Trip to Bohol Island, Dumaguete City & Cordillera Highlands from Manila

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Tour starts
Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines
Starting time
at 09:00
Duration:
10 days
Ending place
Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines
Languages:
English
Difficulty:
Easy
Available:
All year
Minimum age:
None

Visit some of the best highland, countryside, and island tourist spots around the Philippines on this 10-day vacation. This package will take you through tourist attractions in Manila, Luzon's highlands, and the islands of Visayas. It already includes your accommodations plus air, land, and sea transfers as well as tour guides and entrance fees. This best-value package is a hassle-free way to explore the wonders of the Philippines.

In Luzon, you will be going on tour in the capital of the Philippines, Manila. It’s where the historic, walled area of Intramuros is located. After that, you will be making your way up north, where you will hike up a volcano in Tarlac, Mt. Pinatubo.

Your trip to the highlands will start in Banaue, where you will get to see a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can hike up Banaue Viewpoint to get a better vantage of the rice terraces. During your vacation, you will also get to explore the caves of Sagada and visit the expansive La Trinidad Strawberry Farm in Benguet.

Your tour of the highlands isn’t complete without making a stop at the City of Pines. Baguio City is home to numerous attractions, from historical sites to refreshing parks. You’ll get to experience a little bit of both at Camp John Hay.

After exploring Luzon, you’ll then fly off to the islands of Visayas. On the island province of Bohol, you’ll get to see the stunning Chocolate Hills and have a relaxing journey on the Loboc River Cruise. You’ll also get to go to Dumaguete’s incredible Apo Island, a haven for sea lovers.

You’ll get to visit all of these destinations and more on this 10-day trip. It’s perfect for travelers who want to see a mix of highland and island attractions of the Philippines.

Enjoy a 10-day trip from Manila to Northern Luzon and the Visayas. Check availability by choosing a date.

Included

9 nights accommodation (budget category)
9 days breakfast
9 lunch
All flights with 20kgs baggage allowance
Day 1 - Intramuros Tour (Manila)
Day 2 - Mt. Pinatubo Tour
Day 3 to 6 - Banaue, Sagada, Benguet Tour (Cordillera Region)
Day 7 to 9 - Bohol and Dumaguete Tour (Central Visayas)
Day 10 - Back to Manila
All transportation to and from included activities and destinations
All environmental fees, port fees, and all other applicable taxes

Activities

Sightseeing and Walking
City Tours
Culture, Arts and Historical Tour
Outdoor Activities

Attractions

Chocolate Hills
Manila Cathedral
Casa Manila
Bahay Tsinoy
Mt. Pinatubo
Butterfly Conservatory
Bohol
Baclayon Church
Philippine Military Academy
The Mansion
Camp John Hay
Mines View Park
Wright Park
General Yamashita Surrender Site
Ifugao Museum
Tappiya Waterfalls
Bontoc Village Museum
Apo Island
Bilar Forest
Intramuros
Fort Santiago
San Agustin Church
Banga-an Village
Loboc River Cruise
Strawberry Farm
Centennial Park
Good Shepherd Convent
Sumaguing Cave
Echo Valley
Tarsier Conservation Area
Pamilacan Island
Baluarte de San Diego
Plaza Roma
Banaue Museum
Northern Blossom Flower Farm
Manila
Baguio
Sagada
Benguet
Tarlac
Dumaguete
San Diego Gardens
Batad
Batad Banaue Viewpoint
Atok Sakura Flowers
2nd Highest Point

Daily itinerary

Day 1
Manila Cathedral church in Intramuros Manila

Day 1: Intramuros Tour

In Manila, you’ll get to stay at a hotel along Roxas Boulevard. Your van will pick you up from the airport and take you to your accommodation before your tour starts. Day 1 is for exploring Intramuros, a walled area within Manila City. It is home to museums, centuries-old structures, and parks.

First on the itinerary is Fort Santiago, a historical landmark first built in 1590. Up next is the public square, Plaza Roma, which used to be the city's center. Bahay Tsinoy is a museum mainly dedicated to the Ethnic Chinese and their relationship with the Philippines, dating back as early as the 9th century.

The museum Casa Manila, on the other hand, is focused on the Spanish Colonial culture. You’ll get to see a replica of a Spanish grand mansion as well as preserved furniture from that era.

San Diego Gardens is one of the few green spaces in Manila. This park leads to the oldest stone fortification of the city, Baluarte De San Diego. Your next stop is the oldest stone church of the Philippines, San Agustin Church, and Museum.

Before making your way back to your hotel, you’ll make one last stop in Intramuros. You’ll visit the Manila Cathedral, which was originally a parish church from the 16th century.

Day 2
Mt. Pinatubo Crater Lake is one of the most popular Philippines' tourist spots

Day 2: Mt. Pinatubo Tour

On your 2nd day, you’ll be leaving Manila and head to Mt. Pinatubo. You’ll check out of your Manila hotel, and your van will take you to the province of Tarlac. The base camp of the active volcano is located in Barangay Santa Juliana.

Mt. Pinatubo is infamous for its massive eruption back in the 90s. It’s one of the world's most enormous explosions and had significant effects not just in the Philippines but in neighboring countries. What were once lush lands that surrounded the volcano have become ragged and dry terrain comparable to the moon's surface.

But the good thing that has come out of its eruption is its crater, which turned into a lake. It is a popular tourist destination that can be reached by hiking. You will first ride a 4x4 vehicle that will take you across Crow Valley. Once you have reached the base of the trail leading to the crater, you will start your hike.

Beginners can do the hike towards Mt. Pinatubo’s crater. But it’s best to wear the right gear to make your journey comfortable. After your tour of Mt. Pinatubo, your van will take you to your accommodation in Nueva Ecija.

Day 3
Small village of Bangaan in the middle of a rice terraces in Banaue

Day 3: Banaue Tour

After checking out from your hotel in Nueva Ecija, you will make your way up to the highlands. In the town of Banaue, you’ll get to see the amazing rice terraces, which is a world heritage site. The best place to see this is in the small village of Batad.

You can expect a lot of walking or hiking on this day as the tourist destination is remote. In Batad Village, there aren’t even any roads for vehicles. You can choose from 3 tourist sites for the next part of your trip. Batad Banaue Viewpoint is one of the best places to see the rice terraces. It does involve a 30-minute hike to reach it.

The next option is more challenging than going to the viewpoint. Tappiya Waterfall is a hidden gem that can be reached from Batad village by trekking. It boasts an enormous pool where visitors can take a refreshing dip.

By far the easiest option to visit is Banga-an Village. This small village is a great place to know more about the locals. It even has souvenir shops where you can purchase handcrafted items.

The last stop for the day is Banaue Museum. It has an impressive display of Igorot artifacts that includes traditional headgears and dresses and weaponry and jewelry.

Day 4
Hanging Coffins, a popular tourist spot in Sagada

Day 4: Sagada Tour

The town of Sagada is nestled in the Cordillera Mountains. Prepare for a long ride to reach this amazing destination. On your visit to Sagada, you’ll go to the famous Sugong Cave. It’s well-known for its hanging coffins, a traditional burial still practiced by the locals.

You will also go to Echo Valley, which boasts an excellent view of the lush surroundings. The valley is named as such because making a loud noise here is guaranteed to create an echo. Walking through Echo Valley will lead you to an underground river and Bokong Falls.

Aside from the natural sites above ground, Sagada is also known for its amazing caves. You’ll get to explore Sumaguing Cave, the largest cave in the area. Be prepared for a tricky descent. You will encounter natural rock formations, a few inhabitants of the cave, and even natural pools.

The last stop of the day is the Bontoc Tribal Museum. You’ll get to know more about the indigenous tribes of the Cordillera Mountains. What’s more, you will also see Chinese ceramics over a century old that have been unearthed from the caves.

After your tour, your van will take you to your hotel in Sagada.

Day 5
Orange flowers in a flower farm in Benguet

Day 5: Benguet Tour

For your next tour destination, you can expect a cool climate. Benguet is known as the Salad Bowl of the Philippines, as most vegetables come from this area. It has fertile lands and cool weather optimal for farming.

At La Trinidad Strawberry Farm, you can learn more about farming in Benguet. This massive farm produces over a thousand tons of strawberries every year. If you’re in luck, you’ll get a chance to handpick strawberries to sample.

Atok Sakura Flowers is a wonderful site where you can see authentic cherry blossoms from Japan. Over a dozen Sakura trees were given to the province of Benguet by the Japanese government. These white and pink cherry blossom trees were planted in 2016.

You’ll get to see colorful and fragrant flowers at your next destination, Northern Blossom. This hilltop plant nursery is also a must-visit for its awesome view of the surrounding mountains.

Next on the itinerary is the 2nd Highest Point, which is located along the Halsema Highway. Parallel to the highway is the Spanish Trail, your last stop for the day. This trail was made during the Spanish era. It has a few caves, which are tunnels that go through the mountains.

After your Benguet Tour, your van will take you to your hotel in Baguio City.

Day 6
Baguio Mines View park has a beautiful view of the city

Day 6: Baguio Tour

To cap off your tour of the highlands, you will be exploring Baguio City. The day starts at the Ifugao Museum, which has an excellent display of Ifugao artifacts. You’ll then learn more about the history of the city and its role during World War II at the Surrender Site of General Yamashita.

Baguio City is the home of the Philippine Military Academy since the 19th century. The military campus is a National Historical Landmark and is open to visitors. The city is also the site of the Philippine President’s summer home, The Mansion. This 1908 building is on an expansive property and features an ornate gate inspired by Buckingham Palace.

Camp John Hay was used as a military base by the Americans, but now it has become a top tourist destination. It has visitor facilities, shops, and restaurants as well as hotels. You’ll get to enjoy the cool weather and views of pine trees at the amazing parks of the city. This includes Mines View Park, Wright Park, and Centennial Park.

You can’t leave the city without going to the must-visit Good Shepherd Convent. What started as a charity turned into a social enterprise. The convent’s shop sells the tourist-favorite ube jam. Your van will take you to Manila after your Baguio tour.

Day 7
Bohol's Chocolate Hills is one of the go-to tourist spot in the area

Day 7: Bohol Countryside Tour

On the 7th day of your trip, you will tour the countryside of Bohol. You will catch a flight in Manila and land at Panglao International Airport. The first site you will visit is the Corella Tarsier Sanctuary. It’s where you’ll get to meet one of the smallest primates on earth, the tarsier.

You’ll then go on the Loboc River Cruise. This floating attraction starts at the Loay Bridge, and you’ll get to see the lush topography of Bohol. After your cruise, you’ll go to the neighboring town of Baclayon. The town’s top attraction is the historic Baclayon Church. This Neoclassical building is made of coral stones, and the church was founded in 1596.

At the Butterfly Conservatory, you’ll get to know more about the colorful, winged insects. There are around 300 butterfly species in Bohol, and the conservatory aims to conserve the province's butterfly population.

Also included on your Bohol Countryside Tour is the Bilar Forest. This 2km-stretch in between the towns of Loboc and Bilar is a man-made forest. The final stop for the day is a top tourist attraction of the country, the Chocolate Hills. This natural geological site is comprised of over a thousand hills that turn brown during the dry season.

Day 8
Apo Island is popular for its clear waters and the vibrant marine life

Day 8: Apo Island Tour

On Day 8 of your tour, you will leave Bohol and head to the neighboring Apo Island. This volcanic island is a top diving destination and is surrounded by a marine reserve. You can expect to see colorful fish and wonderful corals below the waters with a rich sea sanctuary.

At Apo Island, you can do more than watch fish swimming while snorkeling. You might get the chance to see and swim with sea turtles. The area around the island is a feeding ground for the green creatures.

If you aren’t a fan of the deep waters, you can relax on Apo Island's white-sand beaches. This 74-hectare island is also a good place to explore. You can go hiking on one of the trails and enjoy its natural sites. One of the best places to visit is the view deck at the southern tip of the island. You’ll get to see the beauty of Apo Island, from its limestone cliffs to its azure waters.

After your full-day tour of exploring Apo Island, you will go back to the main island of Negros through the town of Dauin. You will then go to your hotel in Dumaguete City, which is about 20km away.

Day 9
Pamilacan Island tour in Bohol

Day 9: Bohol Pamilacan Island Hopping Tour

Once you check out of your hotel in Dumaguete, you will ride a ferry to go back to Bohol. On this day, you’ll be exploring another island called Pamilacan.

Pamilacan Island is located in the Bohol Sea, which is more or less 10km from the mainland. During your boat ride, keep an eye out for some amazing sea creatures that may pop out of the water, like dolphins. There are also instances where manta rays and whales are spotted around the area.

Once you have reached Pamilacan Island, you can go snorkeling and find schools of fish as well as hard and soft corals. You can also explore the small island and see its small village. One of the attractions on Pamilacan Island is a declared National Cultural Treasure. There is a fort north of the island that is about 2 centuries old. It was used as a watchtower during the Spanish Colonial period.

Pamilacan Island is also known for its beautiful beaches. You can relax at one of the fine sand beaches on the island. After your Pamilacan Island Tour, you will go back to the mainland, and your van will bring you to your hotel in Panglao.

Day 10
Plane of Philippine Airlines in Manila Airport

Day 10: Departure to Manila

A van will pick you up from your Panglao hotel. You’ll catch a flight at Panglao International Airport and land at Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila.

What to bring

Facemask and Face shield
Extra Clothes
Passport (Valid for 6 months from date of departure)
Swimwear and sunblock
Personal Medicine

Good to know

Please bring appropriate clothing. Please be aware that your itinerary may have to be rearranged to fit your arrival date and time better.

All our guides speak English. For other languages, contact us for availability and rates.

Not all establishments accept credit or debit cards, and ATMs can be limited.

The season for dolphin watching in Dumaguete is from March to October and is subject to weather and wind conditions. If off-season or on days when the northeast monsoon is strong, dolphin watching may not be possible. During Habagat/ Southwest monsoon Season (June-October), boat ride to Apo Island may be rough.

Accommodation

See our accommodation levels below and our preferred accommodation partners under each day in the daily itinerary. All accommodation levels, bookings for one person will be arranged in single rooms, bookings for two or more people will share a twin/double, and odd number groups will always be allocated a single room. If you are travelling in a group, but prefer a single room, please make separate bookings. Teenagers and children will be arranged in the same room with parents. If additional room(s) is needed, additional costs will incur. For multi-day guided tours, accommodation cannot be upgraded and the levels below do not apply. Guide to the Philippines will provide you with the best available accommodation at the time of your booking from our preferred partners. If our preferred partners are fully booked at the time of your booking, we will find another suitable accommodation for you of similar level. We always do our best to accommodate special requests, which may incur additional costs. Press choose a date to find availability.

Budget

Private rooms with private bathrooms in guesthouses or small hotels with basic amenities.

Comfort

Private Rooms with a private bathroom at three-star hotels or resorts located in the city center, in close vicinity, or near the beach area. Breakfast is included and with basic room amenities and toiletries.

Quality

Rooms at four-star to a five-star hotel in the city center or beachfront resort with a private bathroom at the absolute best locations with the best amenities, facilities, and services.

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