COVID-19 information & support

10-Day Philippines Vacation Package to Bohol, Cebu, & Palawan Islands from Manila

Boats docked at Seven Commandos Beach in El Nido Palawan
Likely to sell out soon
Perfect travel plan
Fully customizable
24/7 customer support
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

See some of the Philippines' best natural attractions in this 10-day vacation that will take you to Bohol, Cebu, and the Palawan islands. This package already includes all land, sea, and air transfers within the Philippines, as well as your accommodations and breakfast. 

The Philippines is known as one of the best beach and island destinations in the world. You'll get to visit tropical spots and more during this 10-day vacation. You'll also visit a quiet village, a river, a flower farm, and a national park.

In 10 days, you will visit major destinations of the country, starting with the city of Manila then to the island provinces of Bohol and Cebu. You will also spend some time in Palawan's Puerto Princesa, Port Barton, and El Nido.

Learn more about the country when you visit Manila's historic district, Intramuros. When you visit the island province of Bohol, you'll find natural wonders like the Cambuhat Village, the quiet Loboc River, and the iconic Chocolate Hills. 

In Cebu, you'll explore the grand Temple of Leah and the serene Sirao Flower Farm. Almost half of your 10-day trip will be spent in Palawan. You can expect amazing views at Puerto Princesa's Honda Bay and Underground River. You'll get the best of both worlds in Palawan by visiting the underrated Port Barton and the popular Big Lagoon in El Nido.

Enjoy an adventure-filled vacation to Bohol, Cebu, and the Palawan Islands. 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 to 5 - Bohol and Cebu Tour (Central Visayas)
Day 6 to 9 - Puerto Princesa, Port Barton 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

Activities

Sightseeing and Walking
Island Hopping
City Tours
Culture, Arts and Historical Tour

Daily itinerary

Day 1
Kalesa inside Intramuros in Manila

Day 1: Intramuros Tour

In the city of Manila, you will be exploring Intramuros, a historic walled city. You will come upon structures that date to almost half a millennia, interesting museums, and parks.

The first attraction on the itinerary is Fort Santiago. This citadel was first built in 1593, but it was destroyed several times, and then it was renovated in 1733. The public square Plaza Roma used to be the central square of the city.

When you go to Bahay Tsinoy, you will learn more about the contributions of the Ethnic Chinese to the Philippines throughout the years. Meanwhile, at Casa Manila, you will come upon a Spanish house replica, complete with preserved furniture.

The San Diego Gardens is one of the few parks in the city. It leads to the Baluarte De San Diego, which is part of the city's fortifications. This historical landmark was made in 1586 and was renovated and excavated during the 1900s.

Intramuros is the site of 2 important churches of the Philippines. The first is San Agustin Church and Museum, which is the country's oldest stone church. The second is the Manila Cathedral, which is the country's premier church.

Day 2
Fresh oysters at the Cambuhat Oyster Farm in Bohol

Day 2: Bohol Cambuhat Tour

The island province of Bohol is located in the region of Visayas. You will ride a plane at NAIA to Panglao International Airport to reach the province. On your first day in Bohol, you will go to the quiet Cambuhat Village.

To reach Cambuhat Village, your van will take you to the town of Buenavista. At the Daet Bridge, you will hop on a paddle boat and go through the beautiful Cambuhat River. This nipa-line river also has mangroves and vines.

Once you reach the village, you will be able to know more about Cambuhat and its people. One of the most important sources of living in the village is the Cambuhat Oyster Farm. At this eco-friendly enterprise, you will learn everything there is to know about oysters and oyster farming. You'll even get a chance to sample the oysters from the river.

Aside from this, you will also be shown a cultural presentation called the buri dance. The people of Cambuhat also make different types of handmade products. You can watch them use looms to weave baskets, mats, and other items. After you tour the village, your van will take you to your hotel on the island of Panglao.

Day 3
Deep blue waters of Pamilacan Island in Bohol

Day 3: Bohol Pamilacan Island Tour

The province of Bohol has over 70 islands and islets, and on this day, you'll be able to explore the remote island of Pamilacan. Pamilacan Island is about 10km from the main island of Bohol. It is part of the town of Baclayon.

During your boat ride to Pamilacan Island, you might see some dolphins or other sea creatures in the waters. There was a time when the people of Pamilacan relied on hunting for a living. However, hunting was banned during the 90s. When you reach the island, you might still be able to see some of the houses adorned with bones of whales.

You can enjoy relaxing on the beach of Pamilacan. This island is fairly small, and only a few families live on it. It's possible to go around Pamilacan Island as its coastline is less than 5km long. Be sure to keep an eye out for the old watchtower on the northern end of the island. This structure is said to be over 200 years old.

Of course, one of the best spots on Pamilacan is not on the land but in the water. If you want to see beautiful schools of fish, go snorkeling at the island's sanctuary.

Day 4
Relaxing environment at Loboc River in Bohol

Day 4: Bohol Countryside Tour

On your 3rd day in Bohol, you will be exploring the main island's countryside. First up, the Corella Tarsier Sanctuary. This is where you will get to meet the smallest primate in the world up close and personal. Be careful, though, as tarsiers are very sensitive animals.

Your next destination is the Loboc River, which starts at the Loay Bridge. You will hop aboard a floating restaurant during the Loboc River Cruise. This pleasant trip will have you seeing the beautiful natural sites of Bohol.

Afterward, you will visit the Baclayon Church. This Roman Catholic church is a National Cultural Treasure. It was established during the 1600s. However, it was heavily damaged in 2013 during an earthquake. The restoration was completed in 2017.

Your countryside tour also includes a visit to the Butterfly Conservatory, where you will learn everything about butterflies. You will also pass by the Bilar Forest. It may seem like a regular forest, but the mahogany trees there were hand-planted.

The last stop of the day is the most well-known attraction of Bohol, the Chocolate Hills. In the space of over 5,000 hectares, over 1,500 hills are sitting together. During the summer, the grasses turn brown, which gained its nickname, Chocolate Hills.

Day 5
Depiction of history at the ceiling of Magellan's Cross

Day 5: Cebu City Tour

The island province of Cebu is located in Central Visayas. You will reach Cebu City by riding a ferry from Bohol. On your city tour, you will visit the Taoist Temple. This temple complex was built during the 1970s as there were many Chinese people in Cebu.

Basilica Minore Del Santo Nino is said the be the birthplace of Christianity in the Philippines. This Roman Catholic church was established in 1565. Nearby, there is a chapel that houses Magellan's Cross. This was the very cross that explorer Ferdinand Magellan planted in the Philippines on his arrival in 1521.

The Heritage of Cebu Monument is a large piece of art made of bronze, brass, steel, and concrete. It depicts important symbols, people, and events of Cebu. It is said that the Yap - San Diego Ancestral House is the first Chinese residence that was built outside of the country of China. This ancestral building dates back to the 1600s.

You will make your way to the hills of Cebu, where you will come upon the grand Temple of Leah. Afterward, you will go to the Sirao Flower Farm. Aside from showcasing colorful blooms, it also has an excellent view of the surrounding mountains.

Day 6
Aerial view of Starfish Island in Palawan

Day 6: Puerto Princesa Honda Bay Island Hopping Tour

The next part of your vacation will take place in Palawan. You will fly off to Puerto Princesa International Airport from Mactan-Cebu International Airport. On the 9th day of your tour, you will go on an island hopping tour of Honda Bay.

To access Honda Bay, your van will take you to Sta. Lourdes Wharf, which is only about 10km from the airport. Once you are on the boat, you will make your way to Star Fish Island. As you can tell by its name, this island is where you can spot many starfishes.

The next island you will visit is the largest one on Honda Bay. Compared to other islands, Cowrie Island has more tourist facilities. Here, you will find sports facilities for both land and water. You can play beach volleyball or go kayaking. You'll also be able to find picnic tables, a dining establishment, and shower facilities on Cowrie Island.

The last destination on Honda Bay is Luli Island. This island can only be reached during low tide. When the tide is high, Luli Island disappears beneath the water. It's a good place to go snorkeling, and you'll be able to spot different types of fish.

Day 7
Entrance to the Underground River of Puerto Princesa

Day 7: Puerto Princesa Underground River and City Tour

Next, you will visit the Puerto Princesa Underground River. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a national park with amazing scenery. You will go on a boat ride where you can see the majestic limestone mountains of the region. Once you reach the cave, you'll get to see more stunning rock formations.

After you tour the underground river, you will head to the city proper of Puerto Princesa, which is around 70km away. Sample some of the best pastries of the city at Baker's Hill. You'll find brownies, hopia, Taiwanese buns, and more.

Plaza Cuartel is an outdoor park in the city. It's quite peaceful; however it was the site of a grim event during World War II. If you are interested in seeing crocodiles, you're in luck. The next site you will visit is the Crocodile Farm, which is home to different species of crocodiles.

At Mitra's Ranch, you can enjoy a panoramic view of Puerto Princesa City. Just go to the view deck that is set on the hill. At Puerto Princesa Baywalk, you'll get to see the city port. There are a few shopping establishments in the area where you can buy souvenirs.

Day 8
White sand beaches at Port Barton Palawan

Day 8: Port Barton Island Hopping Tour

On the 8th day of your tour, you will be visiting a tourist attraction that isn't as popular as the other sites in Palawan. Port Barton is a quiet village in San Vicente. It is also not as commercialized as other tourist sites. But you can expect top-notch island destinations here.

You will ride a boat and go to Inaladelan Island. On this island, you can expect clear waters and fine, white sand on the beach. You can do activities, such as kayaking or playing beach volleyball. The next destination is Luli Sandbar, an attraction that disappears underneath the water during high tide.

You'll get a chance not only to see but also swim with sea turtles at the next site. At the Turtle Snorkeling site, the turtles are quite large, so they are easy to spot. The final attraction you will go to is the Fish and Coral Snorkeling Site.

After your tour, your van will take you to Lio in El Nido.

Day 9
Big Lagoon in El Nido Palawan

Day 9: El Nido Island Hopping Tour

Limestone cliffs, coral reefs, and white-sand beaches are just some of the things you can expect to see on your El Nido island hopping tour. El Nido is one of the most popular sites of Palawan. It is usually included in the top beach destinations of international travel magazines.

On this day, you'll get to see why locals and foreigners rave about the beauty of El Nido. You will go on tour at Bacuit Bay and visit the Big Lagoon. This beautiful spot has stunning blue waters. Its color is further amplified with the surrounding dark limestone cliffs.

Next, you will visit Miniloc Island, which has a beautiful beach and lush forests. The Secret Lagoon is quite small and a bit challenging to reach. To reach this tiny pool of water, you need to crawl through a mini-entrance. Only a few people can enter at a time, so there is usually a line forming outside of it. It's a good thing the beach outside the Secret Lagoon is lovely.

Before you wrap up your island hopping tour of El Nido, you will make a stop at the Seven Commandos Beach and then Shimizu Island, which is a good spot for snorkeling.

Day 10
Terminal 1 at Ninoy Aquino International Airport

Day 10: Departure to Manila

In just ten days, you have visited some of the best island provinces of the Philippines. Your vacation is over, and on the 10th day, you need to go back to Manila. From Lio, your van will take you to the airport. The flight back to Ninoy Aquino International Airport is around an hour and 30 minutes.

What to bring

Face mask and Face shield
Extra clothes
Passport (Valid for 6 months from date of departure)
Swimwear and sunblock
Personal medicines

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.

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.

Terms of service

Similar tours