10-Day Philippines Scenic Nature Trip to the Islands of El Nido, Puerto Princesa & Luzon Highlands

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Tour starts
Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines
Starting time
at 09:00
10 days
Ending place
Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines
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Visit the highland attractions and the islands of Puerto Princesa and El Nido in the Philippines with this 10-day tour package. For years, Palawan has become a favorite of both locals and international travelers alike. You’ll get to see why it is a top-listed island and beach destination. Aside from that, this 10-day vacation lets you explore the Philippines' breathtaking natural spots in its highlands. This package already includes transfers, accommodations, tourist guides, and entrance fees.

The Philippines is more than just beaches and islands. It also has historically- and culturally-rich tourist sites. You will get a deeper grasp of the country's history when you visit its capital city of Manila. You’ll get to explore Intramuros, the historic district of the city.

What’s more, you will also visit Vigan, which is a designated UNESCO World Heritage City. It is the site of the well-preserved Calle Crisologo, a street with cobblestone roads and well-preserved mansions and houses of the past.

In Northern Luzon, you will be able to visit some interesting highland attractions. In Baguio City, you will visit Camp John Hay, which was formerly a US base. And in Tarlac province, you’ll go on a hike to Mt. Pinatubo.

The archipelagic province of Palawan is also a part of Luzon. You will fly off to this site and see some of the most amazing islands of the country. In Puerto Princesa City, you’ll go island hopping at Honda Bay. The city also has some interesting sites on land that you will be able to visit. Before you wrap up your trip, you will also explore El Nido’s Bacuit Bay, which is the site of superb natural sites like the Big Lagoon.

See and enjoy Luzon's marvelous attractions, go to the highlands, fly off to Puerto Princesa, and go on a boat ride to the El Nido Islands. Check availability by choosing a date. 

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9 nights accommodation (budget category)
9 days breakfast
9 lunch
All flights with 20kgs baggage allowance
Day 1 - Intramuros Tour (Manila)
Day 2 - Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur Tour (Ilocos Region)
Day 3 to 5 - Sagada, Banaue and Baguio Tour (Cordillera Region)
Day 6 - Mt. Pinatubo Tour
Day 7 to 9 - Puerto Princesa and El Nido Tour (Palawan)
Day 10 - Back to Manila
All transportation to and from included activities and destinations
All environmental fees, port fees, and all other applicable taxes


Island Hopping
Culture, Arts and Historical Tour

Daily itinerary

Day 1
Sunrise in Casa Manila inside Intramuros

Day 1 - Day 1: Intramuros Tour

For your first day, you will be picked up from the airport and be taken to your hotel along Roxas Boulevard. Then you will start your vacation with a day tour of Intramuros, the Old Manila.

Intramuros is the walled area within the city. It is the site of important historical structures, including Fort Santiago. This citadel was built during the 1500s and has had its fair share of earthquakes and wars. Its restoration was started during the 1950s.

Today, Plaza Roma may seem like a quiet park, but it used to be a public square used for bullfights and other events. Intramuros is home to 2 important museums of the city: Bahay Tsinoy and Casa Manila. The former focuses on the relationship and contributions of the Ethnic Chinese to the Filipinos, while the latter depicts the lifestyle during the Spanish Colonial era.

San Diego Gardens is a well-landscaped park that will lead you to the Baluarte De San Diego, one of the oldest stone structures in the city. You will come upon a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Intramuros, the San Agustin Church and Museum. It is part of the Baroque churches of the Philippines. The last attraction of the day is the grand Manila Cathedral.

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Day 2
Paoay Church in Ilocos

Day 2 - Day 2: Ilocos Laoag & Vigan Tour

You will fly off to Laoag International Airport to visit the Ilocos Region. Upon arrival at Laoag, your van will take you to your hotel before starting your Ilocos tour. The first town you will visit is Paoay. It is the site of the Malacanang of the North, Paoay Lake, and 18th-century Paoay Church. The latter is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and also a National Cultural Treasure.

In Batac, you will visit the Marcos Museum, which is dedicated to the 10th President of the country, Ferdinand Marcos. Meanwhile, in Badoc, you’ll go to the Juan and Antonio Luna Museum dedicated to revolutionary heroes, the Luna brothers.

St. Paul Cathedral, also known as Vigan Cathedral, is an Earthquake Baroque church built in 1641. In the neighboring town, you will find Bantay Church, which was established in 1590.

You’ll get to know more about the history, culture, and traditions of Ilocos in the following locations: Pagburnayan, Burgos Museum, and the National Museum. The Crisologo Museum is an ancestral house of the political Crisologo family.

In Vigan City, you will also visit an expansive zoo called Baluarte. Then, you will head to Calle Crisologo, which is lined with preserved Spanish houses and mansions.

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Day 3
Hanging coffins, a popular tourist spot in Sagada

Day 3 - Day 3: Sagada Tour

The enchanting Sagada is the next destination on the itinerary. You will need to get an early start to reach this town in the Cordillera Mountains. Expect a long ride with scenic views and zigzagging roads. After checking-in to your hotel, you’ll start your Sagada Tour.

The first stop of the day is Sugong Cave. You won’t be exploring just yet, but you will see the mysterious hanging coffins at this site. The people of Sagada have a tradition of burying their dead by hanging a coffin on the side of a mountain. They have been doing this ancient burial practice for almost 2,000 years.

Up next, you will go hiking in the beautiful Echo Valley. They say that the valley is named that way because you will hear an echo if you yell. The trail of Echo Valley will lead to Bokong Falls.

The third attraction of the tour is Sumaguing Cave. This time, you need to be prepared as spelunking isn’t too easy. The climb down into the cave is very steep, and the steps are quite slippery. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself stepping on or even grabbing onto rocks with bat droppings on them. Before going back to your hotel, you will make a stop at the Bontoc Tribal Museum.

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Day 4
Beautiful scenery of the Batad Rice Terraces in Banaue

Day 4 - Day 4: Banaue Tour

Your next highland attraction is in the province of Ifugao. The town of Banaue is the known site of the Banga-an and Batad Rice Terraces. This jaw-dropping site is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of the country.

You will be able to set foot on the actual rice terraces when you go to the village of Batad. After reaching the village, it is up to you where to go next. One option is to climb up the Batad Banaue Viewpoint. It is about a 30-minute hike away and boasts a panoramic view of the terraces.

If you want to go somewhere a little more challenging, you should go trekking towards Tappiyah Waterfall. This 30m waterfall has a large, natural pool where you can take a dip.

If you want to know more about the locals in the area, then you should pay a visit to Banga-an Village. It’s easier to reach this destination as opposed to the first two. In the village, you will find souvenir shops where you can purchase unique handmade items.

After your tour of Batad, you will make a stop at the Banaue Museum. This museum displays indigenous artifacts, but it also has some of the written works of Otley Beyer, the Father of Philippine Anthropology.

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Day 5
Stunning view of Baguio City from Mines View Park

Day 5 - Day 5: Baguio Tour

In the City of Pines, you can expect to visit historical attractions, museums, and a lot of parks. Baguio City is known for its lush terrain and cool climate. You will start your tour outside of the city proper, in the town of Kiangan.

The Ifugao Museum has an excellent display of priceless artifacts of the local tribes. Nearby, you will be able to visit the Surrender Site of General Yamashita.

Back in the city, you will go to the Philippine Military Academy and then The Mansion, the summer palace of the country’s president. At Camp John Hay, you will find different attractions, including a zip-lining facility, an American Colonial house, and a garden.

Mines View Park is one of the most popular destinations in the city. Its main draw is its view deck, which overlooks an old mining town. Meanwhile, at Wright Park, visitors can enjoy the scenic views and also find a horseback-riding facility. Centennial Park is located within the massive Botanical Garden. At this park, you will be able to spot the artwork of Filipino artist Ben-Hur Villanueva.

The last stop on the itinerary is Good Shepherd Convent. It’s where sweet treats, like peanut brittle and ube jam, can be purchased.

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Day 6
Mt. Pinatubo crater Lake

Day 6 - Day 6: Mt. Pinatubo Tour

Your van will pick you up from your hotel in Baguio City and take you to the Tarlac province. At one of its towns, you will be able to access the base camp to Mt. Pinatubo. In 1991, the world turned its attention to Mt. Pinatubo as it made the 2nd largest explosion of the century.

Due to the eruption, a caldera was formed at the volcano’s summit. Soon after, monsoon rains filled it up. Today, Mt. Pinatubo has become a popular tourist attraction, thanks to its crater lake. You will be able to see it by journeying through rough terrains and going on a short hike.

From the base camp, a 4x4 jeep will pick you up to take you across Crow Valley. This area is likened to that of the moon due to the sandy and craggy surface of its terrain. Once you reach the trail, you will start hiking up to the crater lake.

What you will see at the end won’t seem like a crater. The lake is quite peaceful and has a blue-green hue. After descending Mt. Pinatubo and returning to the base camp, your van will pick you up and take you to Manila City.

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Day 7
Aerial view of Luli Island in Puerto Princesa

Day 7 - Day 7: Puerto Princesa Honda Bay Island Hopping Tour

On the 7th day of your tour, you will fly off to the province of Palawan. Your van will pick you up from your hotel in Manila and take you to Ninoy Aquino International Airport. The flight to Puerto Princesa International Airport is around an hour and 20 minutes.

From the airport, the Sta. Lourdes wharf is just a little over 10km away. This is where your island-hopping tour of Honda Bay begins. You will be able to visit some of the most popular sites in the area.

Contrary to popular belief, Star Fish Island is not shaped like a star. It is named as such as there are many starfishes on the island. If you go snorkeling, you may also find other types of fish.

Now, Cowrie Island is an island that is named after its shape. The shell-shaped island is the largest one on Honda Bay. It has a safe swimming area that doesn’t have any jellyfish as a net surrounds it.

Luli Island is named after its characteristic of emerging and submerging into the waters. “Lulubog” and “lilitaw,” when shortened is Luli. These Filipino words, when translated, mean to disappear and appear.

After your Honda Bay tour, your van will take you to Sabang.

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Day 8
Tourists exploring the Puerto Princesa Underground River in Palawan

Day 8 - Day 8: Puerto Princesa City Tour

From your hotel, it’s just a short ride to the port of Sabang. You will visit the Puerto Princesa Underground River, a protected National Park, and also a UNESCO World Heritage Site plus a new wonder of the world. You will ride a boat and see the beautiful St. Paul Mountain Range. Inside the underground river, you’ll spot ancient rock formations and even bats.

The next part of your trip will be in Puerto Princesa City, around 60km from Sabang. At Baker’s Hill, you can purchase local snacks and baked goods you can eat right away or even take home as gifts. Downtown, you will know more about Puerto Princesa's history at Plaza Cuartel, specifically during World War II.

At Crocodile Farm, you will be able to see dozens of crocodiles up close. This tourist destination is also a crocodile breeding facility and a research center. At Mitra’s Ranch, you can enjoy a panoramic view of Puerto Princesa City. If you want a thrilling experience, you can go on a ride on its zip-line facility.

Puerto Princesa Baywalk is the city’s seaside promenade. It’s frequented by both locals and visitors. There are several souvenir stalls and restaurants in its immediate vicinity.

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Day 9
Shimizu Island in El Nido

Day 9 - Day 9: El Nido Island Hopping Tour

You will check-out your hotel in Sabang and go to the northern area of Palawan. On this day, you will be exploring El Nido’s Bacuit Bay. From start to finish, get ready to see delightful island and beach attractions. Be sure to wear aqua shoes to keep your feet safe from sharp and pointy rocks.

The first stop is the Big Lagoon. It has a tiny entrance, just enough for a boat. Inside, the view dramatically opens up into a gem-hued lagoon with clear waters. Limestone cliffs surround it. The unique ecosystem of Miniloc Island makes it an excellent place to go snorkeling. This island also has white sand beaches and an evergreen rainforest.

The next stop is the Secret Lagoon. Compared to the first lagoon you have visited, the entrance to this one is tiny. In fact, a boat won’t fit, and you need to crawl through it to reach the Secret Lagoon.

Seven Commandos Beach is one of the most popular sites of El Nido, and you will see why. The white beach has a gorgeous backdrop of coconut trees and limestone mountains.

To wrap up your island-hopping tour, you will visit Shimizu Island. It’s another good site for snorkeling, thanks to the diverse marine life in the area.

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Day 10
Plane at Manila International airport

Day 10 - Day 10: Departure to Manila

Your 10-day vacation of exploring the islands and highlands of Luzon is finally done. On this day, you will go back to Manila. Your van will pick you up from your accommodation in Lio and take you to the airport. The flight back to Ninoy Aquino International Airport normally doesn’t last longer than 2 hours.

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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.

In El Nido island hopping tour mandatory environmental fee and/or user’s see is to be paid directly in cash to the service provider in El Nido, The tour itinerary is subject to change based on weather and tidal conditions. Tours will start only once operators are given permission to sail by the Local Government Unit (LGU) and the Philippine Coast Guard. Delays in start of tours or cancellation of tours affected by this is beyond the service providers’ control.

Limitation to the number of tourists, boats, kayaks and time of stay in El Nido lagoons are strictly enforced by the PAMB. Secret Beach, Big Lagoon and Small Lagoon are no longer allowed to be toured on the same day as part of the policies of the Protected Area Management Board (PAMB) of El Nido.

A mandatory user fee of PHP 200 per person is collected by PAMB for every entry to the Secret Beach, Big Lagoon and Small Lagoon.

Single use-plastics are banned in El Nido island tours. Please bring reusable water bottles or tumblers. All visitors are required to bring their own trash back to the boats.


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.


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


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.


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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