11-Day Philippines Natural Wonders Tour Package to Palawan Island, Cebu City & Bohol Countryside

A boat in Big Lagoon El Nido Palawan
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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

Go island hopping and snorkeling across Palawan Island, Bohol Island, and Cebu Province with this 11-day countryside holiday package. For your convenience, this trip includes roundtrip flights from Manila City, land/ferry transfers, and accommodation.

Get a glimpse of the Spanish colonial era at the walled city of Intramuros in Manila City. You will discover various beautifully preserved structures and century-old churches. Afterward, you will traverse the rocky terrain to Mount Pinatubo via a 4x4 vehicle. Then, you will trek towards its majestic crater lake.

Your scenic tour continues at the Bohol countryside attractions. From Manila, you will board a plane to Panglao International Airport. One of the highlights of your itinerary is the Loboc River cruise. You will indulge in a mouthwatering lunch aboard a floating restaurant. Another stunning destination you will visit in Bohol is the famous Chocolate Hills.

After your Bohol escapade, you will ride a ferry and van to the City of Gentle People, Dumaguete. You will explore the campus of Silliman University, the first American-Protestant university in the Philippines and Asia. Then, you will discover the world-famous diving spots on Apo Island.

From Dumaguete, you will ride a ferry to Cebu. You will go canyoneering to the three-tiered Kawasan Falls in Badian town. After your Cebu getaway, you will explore the majestic islands of Honda Bay in Puerto Princesa, Palawan. The boomerang-shaped Cowrie Island is the largest among all of its islands. 

Your Puerto Princesa tour won’t be complete without cruising along the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Puerto Princesa Underground River. Afterward, you will go island-hopping to El Nido’s pristine islands. One of which is Miniloc Island, which features an evergreen forest.

Visit Palawan islands, Cebu City, and Bohol islands with this 11-day island hopping, snorkeling, and countryside holiday package from Manila. 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 7 - Bohol, Dumaguete and Cebu Tour (Central Visayas)
Day 8 to 10 - Puerto Princesa 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
Baluarte de San Diego in Intramuros

Day 1: Intramuros Tour

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

On Day 1, you will explore the walled city of Intramuros. Marvel at beautifully preserved historical and notable structures, including Fort Santiago. Our national hero Jose Rizal was imprisoned inside this old citadel before his execution in Bagumbayan on December 31, 1896.

Up next is Plaza Roma, a former public square featuring the statue of King Charles IV of Spain. You will also gaze at Chinese ghettos, old coins, and porcelain in Bahay Tsinoy. Here, you will understand the ethnic Chinese lifestyle during the Spanish era.

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

Lastly, you will visit two century-old churches in Intramuros. First is San Agustin Church and Museum, the oldest stone church in the country featuring a hidden mausoleum of Miguel Lopez de Legazpi. Head next to Manila Cathedral, the episcopal throne of the Archbishop of Manila.

Day 2
Trekkers going to the peak of Mt. Pinatubo

Day 2: Mt. Pinatubo

Take your adventure to greater heights and hop aboard a 4x4 vehicle on the 2nd day of your vacation. To reach Mt. Pinatubo’s crater lake, you have to go trekking toward the mountain’s deck.

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

Mt. Pinatubo’s 1991 eruption is considered the world’s largest volcanic eruption. During that time, hundreds of households and structures in nearby towns were destroyed. Three decades after the eruption, Mt. Pinatubo is now a famous destination for those seeking adventures.

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. Expect that the ride will get rough and bumpy along the way.

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

Day 3
Aerial view of the Loboc River cruise experience in Bohol

Day 3: Bohol Countryside Tour

From Manila, you will board a plane to Bohol via Panglao International Airport. You will proceed to your first stop, the Corella Tarsier Sanctuary, a wildlife relief sanctuary in Bohol. It shelters Tarsiers, one of the smallest primates. They are highly sensitive to light, so be extra careful not to use the flash of your cameras.

Meanwhile, an enchanting cruise awaits you at the jade-green waters of Loboc River. Enjoy a well-curated lunch platter while folk singers serenade you in the background.

Afterward, you will marvel at Baclayon Church, a National Cultural Treasure and one of the oldest churches in the Philippines. Despite surviving natural disasters in the past, Baclayon Church got destroyed after the 2013 Bohol earthquake. After its successful renovation, it was reopened for the public 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.

Lastly, you will visit Bohol’s stunning Chocolate Hills. This geological formation boasts around 1,000 hills. During the summer months, the vegetation turns dry and brown. It changes back to green during the rainy season.

Day 4
Blue waters of Pamilacan Island in Bohol

Day 4: Pamilacan Island Tour

Discover Pamilacan Island’s hidden gems on the 4th day of your vacation in Bohol. You will leave early from your hotel in Panglao to take a short boat ride to the island.

Pamilacan Island is known for its rich and pristine seascape. It features an array of aquatic creatures like bucket sponges, moray eels, and sea snakes. If you get lucky, you may even spot some whales and dolphins on your way to the island. You may also get a rare opportunity to swim with green sea turtles and colorful exotic fishes.

Around 1,500 residents are currently inhabiting Pamilacan Island. Back in the 90s, the locals have previously relied on whale and manta ray hunting. After prohibiting this illegal practice, the local government urged the locals to develop and promote local tourism on the island.

Make the most of your time in Pamilacan and try some water activities like diving and snorkeling. You will discover world-class diving spots and marine sanctuaries.

Before the end of your tour, you can drop by the Pamilacan Watchtower to capture a breathtaking sunset view. During the Spanish era, it was used as a lookout tower to check nearby pirates.

Day 5
Rizal Boulevard in Dumaguete

Day 5: Dumaguete City Tour

On the 4th day of your vacation, you will head to the University town of Dumaguete via ferry and van transfer.

Dumaguete, the City of Gentle People, is a premier educational spot in Visayas and Mindanao.

One of the prestigious colleges here is Silliman University, the first American-Protestant university. The campus features a university zoo and a research facility.

Afterward, you will proceed to downtown Dumaguete. You will drop by the iconic structure of St. Catherine De Alexandria and the historical Dumaguete Campanario. Then, you may visit Dumaguete Public Market to buy fresh seafood. Then, you will stroll along the nearby Provincial Capitol and Freedom Park.

You can purchase handmade pots and other unique souvenir items at Claytown Pottery. Similarly, you can also buy novelty items at Sidlakang Negros Village. Then, you will take your lunch break at Lab-as Seafood.

Gaze at scenic and lush landscapes inside the Valencia Forest Camp. Next is the Cata-al War Museum, where you will browse through a vast collection of World War II artifacts.

Then, you will pay a short visit to San Agustin de Hippo Church in Bacong town. Lastly, don’t forget to purchase last-minute keepsakes at the Negros Oriental Arts and Heritage Center.

Day 6
Beautiful view of Apo Island in Dumaguete

Day 6: Apo Island Tour

On Day 6, you will ride a boat to Apo Island. It is around 25km away from Dumaguete and the boat ride approximately takes more or less 40 minutes.

Apo Island is found at the southeastern tip of Negros Island. In the Visayan language, the name “Apo” means elderly or respected ancestor. Apo Island is a protected marine habitat that shelters over 400 coral species and 650 documented fish species.

This volcanic island covers 74 hectares of land area. It is also considered one of the top diving and snorkeling spots in the Philippines. To preserve the beauty of the island, the locals implement strict eco-tourism practices.

Upon your arrival at Apo Island, the deep blue waters await you to take a plunge. See different aquatic creatures and get a chance to swim with tunas and manta rays. You may even get a rare opportunity to swim with sea turtles at Turtle Point.

Before leaving Apo Island, you can go trekking to the 600-meter Habagat Eco-Trail. Here, you will capture a captivating view of the surrounding mountains and natural rock formations.

At the end of your tour, you will head back to your hotel in Dumaguete.

Day 7
Aerial view of the town of Moalboal in Cebu

Day 7: Kawasan Falls and Moalboal Sardine Run Tour

Go on a canyoneering adventure on the 7th day of your fun-filled vacation. To reach Kawasan Falls, you will leave early from your hotel in Dumaguete to ride a ferry and van to Badian, Cebu.

Prepare to scramble through slippery rocks and sharp edges along its beautiful gorges and river canyons of the Badian River. The majestic three-tiered cascade awaits you at the end of the trail. Before plunging into the clear emerald-blue waters of Kawasan Falls, you will jump as high as 30 feet.

The enchanting cascade is also surrounded by natural pools and lagoons. Take a pause and strike a pose behind the majestic view of the falls.

After your canyoneering adventure, you will visit the beautiful coastal town of Moalboal. Here, you will explore more than 20 marine sanctuaries.

Situated less than 2km away from Panagsama Beach, Pescador Island features a magnificent sardine run. You will also get a rare opportunity to swim with sea turtles and millions of sardines.

Up next is the vast and pristine seascape of Turtle Island. Witness the island’s flourishing marine biodiversity as you dive deep below. After your Badian and Moalboal tour, you will head back to your hotel in Mandaue.

Day 8
Aerial view of an island in Honda Bay Palawan

Day 8: Honda Bay Island Hopping Tour

Explore the breathtaking islands dotting Honda Bay in Puerto Princesa, Palawan, on the 7th day of your vacation. From Cebu, you will board a plane to Puerto Princesa International Airport.

Expect your van at the terminal. You will be staying in a nice hotel in Sabang. To reach Honda Bay, you will ride a boat.

Other than being Palawan’s provincial capital, Puerto Princesa is the only coastal city in the province. It is home to world-class attractions and stunning rock formations. To discover more of its pristine seascape, you will go on an island-hopping tour to Honda Bay.

Your first stop is at Starfish Island, home to a wide variety of starfishes. You will also get a chance to swim with pufferfishes and yellowtail snappers.

Second is the boomerang-shaped Cowrie Island, the largest among all of the islands in Honda Bay. Apart from snorkeling, you can also try other water activities like banana boat riding. 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 9
Baywalk in Puerto Princesa Palawan

Day 9: Puerto Princesa Underground River and City Tour

Continue your Puerto Princesa tour at the famous UNESCO World Heritage Puerto Princesa Underground River on your 9th day. From Sabang Boat Terminal, you will ride a boat to Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park. This 8km-long underground river is Palawan’s natural treasure and one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature.

The underground river features stunning limestone cliffs, natural rock formations, and impressive cave systems. It sprawls over 22,000 hectares of land area, and its river goes directly into the sea.

After your exhilarating escapade, 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. Here, you can find critically endangered species in the Philippines, including saltwater crocodiles and talking mynah birds.

You will also stroll along a leisure park atop a hill, Mitra’s Ranch. It is considered one of the city’s highest points. Lastly, you will drop by the famous seaside promenade Puerto Princesa Baywalk.

Day 10
Rock formations and blue waters of El Nido Palawan

Day 10: El Nido Island Hopping Tour

Conclude your getaway in Palawan at the world-class tropical paradise of El Nido islands. You will ride a boat to go island-hopping. Your itinerary highlights include the finest lagoons and limestone formations dotting Bacuit Bay.

Your first stop is Big Lagoon. To get inside the lagoon, you will enter a steep and narrow entrance. Once you’re inside, you will witness its flourishing ecosystem, scenic landscapes, and towering limestone formations.

Second, you will visit the majestic Miniloc Island, a charming hideaway destination in El Nido. It boasts rich marine sanctuaries and underwater wonders. You will also find an evergreen forest and hidden cove behind its postcard-worthy white beach.

Up next is the Secret Lagoon. It has a smaller entrance, unlike Big Lagoon. Right outside the Secret Lagoon, you will see a beautiful and unspoiled beach. Your next stop is Seven Commandos Beach, a palm-fringed beach with tall coconut trees and lush mountains.

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

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

Day 11
Waiting area at NAIA

Day 11: Departure to Manila

It’s time to leave El Nido, Palawan, on the last day of your 11-day 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.

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.

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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