Go on a much-deserved vacation to the Philippines and visit Dumaguete, Cebu, and Palawan with this 10-day travel package. You’ll get your dose of the sun, sand, and sea during your trip and even more. This package is designed for a hassle-free trip. All of your accommodations and transfers are already arranged as well as entrance fees and tour guides.
Your vacation offers a good mix of low-key locations and tourist-favorite spots. There’s plenty of things during this trip, not just visiting sites and sight-seeing. You’ll get a chance to splash around under a waterfall, swim with sea turtles, crawl through a limestone wall to go to a lagoon, and more.
This 10-day vacation will also have you visiting interesting museums, mountain- and hill-side attractions, and historical structures. In Manila’s Intramuros, you’ll get to know more about the rich history of the city and the country as well.
Meanwhile, in Dumaguete and Cebu, you’ll be able to visit both city and rural attractions. There’s Silliman University in Dumaguete City and the remote Apo Island. In Cebu, you’ll get to go to Kawasan Falls in the countryside. When you are in the city, you’ll be traveling to the Temple of Leah as well as Sirao Flower Farm.
A big part of your trip will take place in Palawan, a top destination in the country for years. You’ll get to see why both locals and foreigners love this archipelagic province. In Puerto Princesa, you’ll be going to Honda Bay and the Underground River. There is also an entire day that is dedicated to the quiet Port Barton. When you are island-hopping in El Nido, you’ll make a stop at the Big Lagoon.
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On your first day in the Philippines, you will stay in its capital city of Manila. Your van will pick you up from the airport and take you to your hotel in Roxas Boulevard. The day is focused on exploring old Manila, which is Intramuros.
You’ll get to see Fort Santiago, which is a very important historical landmark of the city. This citadel was built during the 16th century and was even the garrison where the national hero, Jose Rizal, was imprisoned.
At Plaza Roma, you’ll get to see a monument dedicated to King Charles IV of Spain. It was erected during the 19th century in gratitude to the smallpox vaccines he sent to the country. You’ll get a deeper background of the city’s history and the country in the following museums you will visit: Bahay Tsinoy and Casa Manila.
You can take a little breather in the pleasant San Diego Gardens. Afterward, you’ll get to see one of the oldest stone fortifications of the city, Baluarte De San Diego. Before you wrap up your tour, you’ll visit two important historical and religious sites: the San Agustin Church and Museum and the Manila Cathedral.
After your tour, your van will take you back to your hotel.
On the second day of your tour, you will fly off to the province of Dumaguete. Your van will take you to the airport where you will catch a flight to Dumaguete-Sibulan Airport.
You will visit the campus of Silliman University. Afterward, you will make your way downtown to the Rizal Boulevard, the city’s seaside promenade. You will make a stop at Dumaguete’s church, St. Catherine De Alexandria, which was built in 1776. It features a bell tower, the Dumaguete Campanario.
You’ll get to see more city sights before you head to the neighboring towns of Dumaguete. You’ll go to the busy Dumaguete Public Market and then the Provincial Capitol and Freedom Park. You will also pay a visit to Claytown Pottery and Sidlakang Negros Village. Afterward, you’ll dine at Lab-as Seafood, which specializes in local delicacies and seafood dishes.
In the nearby town of Valencia, you’ll visit a refreshing mountain resort. Valencia Forest Camp has a skate park, swimming pools, and even a climbing wall. Also in the same town is the Cata-al War Museum.
In the town of Bacong, you’ll go to the San Agustin de Hippo Church and then the Negros Oriental Arts and Heritage Center.
One of the most popular attractions of Dumaguete is Apo Island. This volcanic island is a diver’s paradise. Even if you aren’t a fan of the deep sea, there’s still plenty of things to do on the island.
From your hotel in Dumaguete City, you will ride a van to the boat terminal. During your boat ride to Apo Island, be sure to watch out for sea creatures that may pop out of the water. Make sure to wear clothes and footwear that can get wet. The boat will not dock directly on the shores of Apo Island. You will wade through the waters to reach the beach.
You’ll be able to see a number of fishes when you go snorkeling on Apo Island. The water surrounding it is a protected marine habitat. Hundreds of fish and coral species have been documented in it. There’s also a spot on Apo Island where you will be able to see sea turtles.
If you would rather explore the land, there are a few trails available on Apo Island. Don’t miss out on going to the observation deck to enjoy a panoramic view of the area. Of course, you can also just take advantage of the island’s quiet beaches.
On the next part of your tour, you will leave Dumaguete City and go to the neighboring island of Cebu via ferry. You will check out of your hotel, and your van will take you to the port. The ferry ride should only take a few hours.
Once you reach Cebu, your van will take you to Kawasan Falls. This popular tourist destination is a known canyoneering site. Kawasan Falls has three waterfalls and also has rivers, jungle trails, and natural pools. Some visitors prefer to simply relax at the 3rd waterfall in the area or dip at the serene pools. For thrill-seekers, there are some areas where you can jump off of the waterfalls.
Your next destination is the town of Moalboal. It is the gateway to nearby islands and Panagsama Beach. You will ride a boat to go to Pescador Island. This area is for snorkeling, and you’ll get to see fishes and corals underwater. Afterward, you’ll go to Turtle Island, where you’ll get to see sea turtles.
The final attraction for the day is the Sardine Run, which happens at Panagsama Beach. Millions of sardines swim together. You will even be able to see them from the shore.
After exploring the countryside of Cebu, it’s now time to visit the city. After you have checked out of your hotel in Argao, your van will pick you up and take you to Cebu City.
The first attraction you will visit is the Taoist Temple. This multi-colored and multi-tiered temple has Chinese architecture elements, such as a pagoda-style roof, dragons, and even a replica of the Great Wall of China. There is a chapel, a library, and even a souvenir shop at the temple complex.
You’ll get to visit the oldest Roman Catholic church of the Philippines, the Basilica Minore Del Santo Nino. Outside of the church, you will find a small chapel where you will find Magellan’s Cross. This wooden cross, which is made out of tindalo wood, was planted by Ferdinand Magellan. He arrived in Cebu back in 1521.
You’ll get to know more about the rich history of Cebu when you visit the Heritage of Cebu Monument as well as the Yap - San Diego Ancestral House. Outside of the city center, you’ll get to visit the Temple of Leah and Cebu’s very own “Little Amsterdam,” Sirao Flower Farm.
After your tour, your van will take you to your hotel in Mandaue City.
Once you have checked out of your hotel in Mandaue City, your van will take you to Mactan-Cebu International Airport, which is about 8km away. You’ll catch a flight to Puerto Princesa International Airport.
Once you arrive in Palawan, you’ll start your tour of Honda Bay. You will ride a boat at Sta. Lourdes Wharf and go to Star Fish Island. The island is not shaped like a starfish, but it is named because there are many starfishes on it.
You can do a wide range of activities while you are at Cowrie Island. There is a swimming area with a net on the island to keep jellyfish away. You’ll also find different sports activities on the island, such as frisbee, banana boats, and jet skis. A few food concessions, picnic tables, and huts are on the island.
On the pristine Luli Island, you can spot several species of fish underwater. Don’t miss out on snorkeling in the area. If you want to do an exciting activity, there is a diving board you can jump off of at Luli Island.
You will go back to the mainland after exploring Honda Bay. Your van will then take you to your hotel in Sabang.
Your van will pick you up from your hotel and take you to the Sabang Boat Terminal. It’s a short boat ride to the Puerto Princesa Underground River. Even before you reach the cavern, you will be treated to wonderful sites, like lush forests and the Saint Paul Mountain Range. The underground river is about 8km long, but only half of it is open to the public.
After your underground river tour, you will head to Puerto Princesa City. At Baker’s Hill, you’ll find a wide range of baked goods. It’s a good place to purchase edible souvenirs or a little snack for the rest of your tour. The best-selling product at Baker’s Hill is the hopia (bean-filled pastry).
During your city tour, you will also go to Plaza Cuartel, a public park, and Crocodile Farm, a research facility, and a mini-zoo. At Mitra’s Ranch, you can enjoy a panoramic view of Puerto Princesa City. This hilltop ranch has a view deck and also zip-lining facilities.
The last stop for the day is the Puerto Princesa Baywalk. This downtown promenade offers a good view of the port. After your tour, your van will take you back to your hotel in Sabang.
On the 8th day of your tour, you will check out of your hotel in Sabang. Your van will then pick you up and take you to the quiet town of San Vicente. Port Barton is a seaside village that is a lesser-known tourist attraction of Palawan. It may not have 5-star hotels, but it has 5-star tourist sites.
You can expect to find pristine beaches and islands at San Vicente’s Port Barton. If you don’t like crowded places, this is the perfect tour day for you. The first island you will visit is Inaladelan. It has good watersports facilities and is a good site for beach camping.
The stunning Luli Sandbar is your next stop. This site has clear waters and fine, white sand. The sandbar got its name from the Filipino words “lulubog” and “lilitaw” which roughly mean sink and rise. Luli Sandbar appears and disappears depending on the tide of the water.
You’ll get to meet dozens of sea creatures at your next 2 sites: the Turtle Snorkeling Site and the Fish and Coral Snorkeling Site. After your island hopping tour, you will make your way back to the mainland. Your van will then take you to your hotel in Lio.
Your van will pick you up from Lio and take you to the port at El Nido Beach. You’ll then ride a boat to start your island hopping tour of Bacuit Bay. Be sure to put on sunscreen as you will be under the sun all day. It should also be noted that visitors are not allowed to bring plastic water bottles on tour.
The Big Lagoon is a stunning surprise that you’ll get to visit. The entrance to the lagoon is small, just big enough for the boat. It will then open up to rich blue-hued water. It is surrounded by dramatic limestone cliffs. You can get the chance to go swimming and kayaking at the Big Lagoon.
Miniloc Island has a unique ecosystem, making it a good site for snorkeling. The next stop is the Secret Lagoon, which may not seem like a secret. Long lines form outside this attraction as only a few people are allowed at a time. What’s more, the entrance to the Secret Lagoon is so small, you have to crawl through it.
The coconut tree-line Seven Commandos Beach makes for an amazing backdrop, thanks to its white sands and surrounding mountains. The last stop of the day is Shimizu Island.
After exploring the wonderful islands of Palawan and the provinces of Dumaguete and Cebu, your tour is finally complete. The 10th day is the day that you go back to Manila. After you check out of your hotel in Lio, your van will take you to the airport where you’ll catch a flight to Manila.
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.
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.