11-Day Philippines Best Islands & Nature Spots Trip to Palawan Island, Bohol Countryside & Cebu City

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

See the best attractions of Palawan Island, Bohol Island, and Cebu City with this 11-day Philippines tour package. This trip includes roundtrip flights from Manila City, land/ferry transfers, and accommodation.

Take a trip down the memory lane at the walled city of Intramuros in Manila City. You will learn about the Spanish colonial period as you visit several historical structures. Then, you will explore the lahar-filled terrain at Mount Pinatubo via a 4x4 vehicle. You will go trekking to reach its majestic crater lake.

From Manila, you will board a plane to Bohol Island via Panglao International Airport. At Corella Tarsier Sanctuary, you will encounter one of the smallest primates. Then, you will witness over 1,000 hills at Chocolate Hills.

Immerse at the Bohol Cambuhat Village and learn about the livelihood of the locals, known as oyster farming. Afterward, you will ride a ferry and van to Cebu City. Marvel at the Temple of Leah, also known as Cebu’s Taj Mahal. Then, see colorful flower gardens at Sirao Flower Farm.

Go canyoneering to the enchanting Kawasan Falls in Badian town. Then, you will see the magnificent sardine run at Pescador Island. From Cebu, you will ride a plane to Puerto Princesa City in Palawan. You will go island-hopping to Honda Bay’s finest islands, including Starfish Island. It is home to a wide variety of starfishes.

Afterward, you will enter a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Puerto Princesa Underground River. Then, you will take a tropical getaway to the beautiful beaches of Port Barton town in San Vicente, Palawan. Conclude your tour at El Nido islands and visit its finest lagoons. One of which is Big Lagoon, featuring scenic rock formations.

Fulfill your dream getaway to the best islands and countryside attractions of Palawan, Bohol, and Cebu with this 11-day vacation package. Check availability by choosing a date.

Included

10 nights accommodation (budget category)
10 days breakfast
10 lunch
All flights with 20kgs baggage allowance
Day 1 - Intramuros Tour (Manila)
Day 2 - Mt. Pinatubo Tour
Day 3 to 6 - Bohol and Cebu Tour (Central Visayas)
Day 7 to 10 - Puerto Princesa, Port Barton and El Nido Tour (Palawan)
Day 11 - 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
Park in Fort Santiago inside Intramuros

Day 1: Intramuros Tour

Upon your arrival at Ninoy Aquino International Airport, your private van will pick you up and take you to a nice hotel in Manila City or near Roxas Boulevard.

Marvel at beautifully preserved historical and notable structures in the walled city of Intramuros. Your first stop is Fort Santiago, an old citadel and fortress where political prisoners and resistance fighters were imprisoned during the Spanish era.

Your second destination is Plaza Roma, a former public square. The statue of King Charles IV of Spain stands at the center. Afterward, you will visit Bahay Tsinoy to check out Chinese ghettos, old coins, and porcelain. You will learn about the key contributions of ethnic Chinese in Philippine history.

Your next stop is Casa Manila, an 1850s San Nicolas House replica museum depicting the Illustrados extravagant lifestyle back then. Then, you will drop by the San Diego Gardens. Right across the garden is Baluarte De San Diego, a 16th-century bastion.

Finally, you will enter two century-old churches in Intramuros. First is San Agustin Church and Museum, the oldest stone church in the country. The second one is Manila Cathedral, a 300-year-old church that serves as the episcopal throne of the Archbishop of Manila.

Day 2
Beautiful view of Mt. Pinatubo Crater Lake

Day 2: Mt. Pinatubo Tour

Hop aboard a 4x4 vehicle on the 2nd day of your vacation. You will trek toward the mountain’s deck to reach Mt. Pinatubo’s crater lake.

Mount Pinatubo is an active stratovolcano located between the provinces of Tarlac, Pampanga, and Zambales. There is a turquoise-colored crater lake at the center of the volcano.

In 1991, Mount Pinatubo had a massive eruption that destroyed hundreds of households and structures. It is considered the world’s largest volcanic eruption in the past 100 years. Three decades after the eruption, Mt. Pinatubo is now a famous hiking spot.

To get there, you have to reach the base camp in Tarlac’s Barangay Sta. Juliana by riding a van. You will soon arrive at the camp. Afterward, you will switch to a 4x4 vehicle. The terrain going to the jump-off point is a bit challenging, so expect the ride to get rough and bumpy.

You need to wear proper hiking gear for your safety. To reach the jump-off point, your 4x4 jeep will traverse the Crow Valley. Upon arrival, you will get off the vehicle and trek toward the mountain’s deck. A majestic view of Mt. Pinatubo’s crater lake awaits you at the end of the trail.

Day 3
Scenic view of Chocolate Hills in Bohol

Day 3: Bohol Countryside Tour

On Day 3, you will board a plane to Bohol Island via Panglao International Airport. You will head to your first stop, the Corella Tarsier Sanctuary, a notable wildlife relief sanctuary in Bohol. It shelters one of the smallest primates known as Tarsiers. When taking pictures of them, avoid using the flash of your cameras because they’re highly sensitive to light.

Another highlight of your Bohol countryside tour is the enchanting Loboc River cruise. Indulge in a mouthwatering lunch aboard a floating restaurant. You are also accompanied by folk singers who will serenade you with classic love songs.

After your cruise, you will pay a short visit to Baclayon Church, a National Cultural Treasure and one of the oldest churches in the Philippines. Through the years, it successfully withstood various disasters except for the 2013 Bohol earthquake. It had its public reopening after its major renovation in 2018.

For your next destination, you will head to Bilar town. You will visit the Butterfly Conservatory, Bohol’s first butterfly breeding and conservation site. Your second stop is Bilar Forest, a 2km-long forest with hand-planted mahogany trees.

Finally, you will capture Bohol’s stunning Chocolate Hills. This geological formation boasts around 1,000 hills that will turn brown in summer and green during the rainy season.

Day 4
Fresh raw oysters from Cambuhat Oyster Farm

Day 4: Bohol Cambuhat Tour

Your Bohol escapade continues at the Cambuhat Village. To get there, you will paddle along the Cambuhat River. While traversing the calm river, you will see nipa huts and lush mangroves on the side of the river.

You will soon arrive at the laidback community. Oyster farming is the main source of living for the village people. Cambuhat Oyster Farm is located at the far end of the river. Other than oyster farming, the locals also sell hand-woven crafts. You can even purchase souvenir items from them at the end of your tour.

To preserve the beauty of the river, the Cambuhat locals implement eco-friendly practices to ensure the preservation of their natural resources. During your stay inside the community, don’t forget to follow their guidelines and respect their traditions.

You will also experience a laid-back life inside the community. If you ever get hungry during your tour, the locals can also prepare a mouthwatering seafood or shellfish lunch for you. You will get a chance to taste savory oysters that are freshly cooked from their farm.

After your Bohol Cambuhat tour, you will paddle back and ride a van to your hotel in Panglao, Bohol.

Day 5
Sirao Flower Farm in Cebu

Day 5: Cebu City Tour

From Bohol, you will ride a ferry and a van to Cebu City. Your first stop is the Taoist Temple, which stands majestically atop a hill. It features Chinese-inspired architecture with a replica of the Great Wall of China and dragon statues. You may also drop by a souvenir shop inside the temple complex.

Afterward, you will proceed to downtown Cebu. You will visit Basilica Minore Del Santo Nino, the country’s oldest Roman Catholic church.

The Basilica also features the original and oldest religious relic of the Holy Child Jesus in the Philippines. Magellan’s Cross is just a few steps away from the Basilica. This historic site was built to commemorate Ferdinand Magellan’s exploration in 1521.

Get a glimpse of Cebu’s rich culture and history at the Heritage of Cebu Monument. Here, you can find relevant symbols like the Spanish galleon. It also features the historical Battle of Mactan and well-known figures like Sergio Osmena, the 4th President of the country.

Up next is Yap-San Diego Ancestral House, a 17th-century Chinese settlement. Then, you will visit the Temple of Leah, Teodorico Soriano Adarna's symbol of love to his late wife Leah Albino-Adarna. Lastly, you will witness beautiful flowers at the Sirao Flower Farm.

Day 6
Aerial view of Kawasan Falls in Cebu

Day 6: Kawasan Falls and Moalboal Sardine Run Tour

Prepare for a canyoneering escapade on the 6th day of your vacation. You will leave early from your hotel in Mandaue City. The Kawasan Falls is located in Badian town. To get there, you will pass through slippery rocks and sharp edges along the beautiful gorges and river canyons of the Badian River.

At the end of the trail, you will be rewarded with a majestic view of the three-tiered cascade. Jump as high as 30 feet and plunge into its crystal emerald-blue waters. There are also natural pools and lagoons surrounding the falls. Feel free to strike a pose behind the enchanting falls as your backdrop.

After your adventure to Kawasan Falls, you will visit the beautiful coastal town of Moalboal. It boasts around 20 marine sanctuaries. One of which is Pescador Island, located less than 2km away from Panagsama Beach. Here, you will see the magnificent sardine run. You will also get a rare opportunity to swim with sea turtles and millions of sardines.

Then, you will head over to Turtle Island. Snorkel or dive into its pristine seascape to witness the island’s flourishing marine biodiversity. After your adventures, you will return to your hotel in Mandaue City.

Day 7
White sand at a beach in Honda Bay Palawan

Day 7: Puerto Princesa Honda Bay Island Hopping Tour

On Day 7, you will witness the breathtaking islands dotting Honda Bay in Puerto Princesa, Palawan. From Cebu, you will take a short flight to Puerto Princesa International Airport.

Alight at the terminal where your van awaits you. You will be staying in a nice hotel in Sabang. To begin your island-hopping tour, you will ride a boat heading to Honda Bay.

Deemed as the provincial capital, Puerto Princesa is the only coastal city in Palawan. It is a world-famous tropical haven that boasts stunning rock formations. Aside from limestone cliffs, it also features white-sand beaches that are mainly found in Honda Bay.

The first island in your itinerary is Starfish Island, home to a wide variety of starfishes. Here, you will also get a chance to swim with pufferfishes and yellowtail snappers.

Up next is the boomerang-shaped Cowrie Island. It is the largest among all of the islands in Honda Bay. Some of the water activities that you can try here include banana boat riding and snorkeling. Afterward, you can rest on the cabanas and huts on the beach.

Your last stop is Luli Island’s powdery white sandbar. The sandbar submerges and reappears again depending on the shifting tides. At the end of your tour, you can lounge on the floating hammocks throughout the bay.

Day 8
Underground River of Puerto Princesa Palawan

Day 8: Puerto Princesa Underground River and City Tour

Head to the famous UNESCO World Heritage Puerto Princesa Underground River on your 8th day. From Sabang Boat Terminal, you will ride a boat to Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park. This 8km-long underground river is recognized as one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature.

When you get inside the cave, you will see oddly-shaped stalactites and stalagmites. The underground river features impressive limestone cliffs, natural rock formations, and stunning cave systems. It covers 22,000 hectares of land area and stretches directly into the sea.

After your underground river tour, you will head to the city proper. Your first stop is at Baker’s Hill, where you can purchase baked goodies and local pastries. Then, you will visit Plaza Cuartel. It is a former Spanish garrison and penal colony that turned into a leisure park.

Your third stop is Palawan Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center, formerly established as Crocodile Farm Institute in 1987. It primarily shelters critically endangered species in the Philippines, including saltwater crocodiles and talking mynah birds.

Up next is Mitra’s Ranch, a leisure park atop a hill. It is located on one of the city’s highest points. Lastly, you can catch the sunset at the famous seaside promenade known as Puerto Princesa Baywalk.

Day 9
White sand beach in Port Barton Palawan

Day 9: Port Barton Island Hopping Tour

On Day 9, you will lounge on the white-sand beaches and majestic islands of Port Barton town in San Vicente, Palawan. Port Barton is also often positively compared with El Nido because of its palm-fringed beaches and world-class sceneries.

Your first stop is Inaladelan Resort, a famous glamping resort that sits on a 12-hectare private island. Back in the day, it was called German Island until the locals renamed it after Inaladelan, which means motherland.

Aside from glamping tents, Inaladelan Resort also features sports facilities on-site. You can kayak, play beach volleyball, or set up a picnic by the beach.

Every January, tourists get a chance to participate in the annual turtle hatching season. This heartwarming activity lets you guide baby turtles toward their first steps to the sea.

Next, you will visit Luli Sandbar’s piece of powdery white sand. It appears during high tide and submerges at low tide. Afterward, you will explore the turtle snorkeling site. Here, you can swim with sea turtles. You can also see an array of colorful fishes at the nearby fish snorkeling site.

After your unforgettable island tour in Port Barton, you will head back to your accommodation in Lio properties.

Day 10
Miniloc Island in El Nido Palawan

Day 10: El Nido Island Hopping Tour

Cap off your Palawan getaway at the world-class islands of El Nido. You will ride a boat to reach its pristine seascape. El Nido boasts stunning lagoons and impressive limestone formations dotting Bacuit Bay.

Your first stop is Big Lagoon. To get inside the lagoon, you will enter a steep and narrow entrance. Upon arrival, you will discover its hidden wonders beneath towering limestone formations.

Next, you will drop by the majestic Miniloc Island. This captivating natural wonder in El Nido features rich marine sanctuaries and serene landscapes. You will also find an evergreen forest and hidden cove behind its postcard-worthy white beach.

Up next is the Secret Lagoon. Unlike Big Lagoon, it has a smaller entrance. There is a beautiful and unspoiled beach right outside the Secret Lagoon. Your next stop is Seven Commandos Beach, a palm-fringed beach with tall coconut trees and lush mountains.

Finally, you will snorkel around the impressive coral gardens at Shimizu Island. You can plunge into its crystal blue waters and rest behind stunning rock formations and majestic limestone cliffs.

After your jam-packed El Nido island hopping tour, you will head back to your hotel in Lio Properties.

Day 11
PAL aircraft at NAIA

Day 11: Departure to Manila

On Day 11, you will conclude your vacation. Your private van will fetch you early from your hotel in Lio properties. Then, you will board a direct flight to Ninoy Aquino International Airport. You will head back to where you started, Manila.

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.

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