11-Day Philippines Nature Tour Package to Puerto Princesa City, Bohol Island, Cebu City & Dumaguete

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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

Description

Visit the beautiful islands, rivers, and countryside attractions of the Philippines with this 11-day tour package that will take you to six different destinations. From Manila City, you will make your way to Mt. Pinatubo in Tarlac province, lush forests in Bohol Island, heritage sites in Dumaguete City, historical places in Cebu City, and the stunning shores and rivers of Palawan Island. This package also covers accommodations, daily breakfasts, transportation, entrance fees to attractions, and the service of guides. 

After landing in Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila, your guide will fetch you and lead you to Intramuros, a walled district in the city. This historic site consists of various buildings that were significant during the Spanish era in the Philippines. You will then make your way up Mt. Pinatubo, an active volcano in the Tarlac province, to see its breathtaking crater lake. 

Following this, you will hop on a plane headed for the sunny province of Bohol. You will spend time in the Cambuhat Village, Tarsier Sanctuary, and world-famous Chocolate Hills. You will then get on a ferry bound for Dumaguete to explore the decades-old Silliman University and the pristine beauty of Apo Island. 

From there, another ferry ride will drop you off in Cebu. This package includes visits to the province's Kawasan Falls, Temple of Leah, and the Sirao Flower Farm. Thanks to its vibrant blooms, this large garden has earned the title of "The Little Amsterdam of Cebu." 

From Cebu, you will fly to the smooth shores of Puerto Princesa. Immerse in its tropical charms as you go island hopping across Honda Bay. Finally, you will cruise along the fascinating Puerto Princesa Underground River. 

Book this 11-day holiday package and enjoy an action-packed trip across Manila, Tarlac, Bohol, Dumaguete, Cebu, and Puerto Princesa. Check availability by choosing a date. 

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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 8 - Bohol, Dumaguete and Cebu Tour (Central Visayas)
Day 9 to 10 - Puerto Princesa 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

Island Hopping
Culture, Arts and Historical Tour

Daily itinerary

Day 1
Stone formation of Baluarte de San Diego

Day 1 - Day 1: Intramuros Tour

To kick off your adventure in the Philippines, your first guide will pick you with a van at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. You will then be escorted to a comfortable hotel in Manila City or along Roxas Boulevard.

After settling down, you will make your way to Intramuros. This walled city consists of various historic structures that were built when Spain colonized the country. Inside, you will proceed to Fort Santiago, a 16th-century fortification that was utilized as a stronghold. Then you will go to Plaza Roma, a public square that centers around a statue of Charles IV of Spain.

Following that, go to Bahay Tsinoy, a historical center that highlights the significant contributions of ethnic Chinese to the growth of the Philippines. Next, a short stroll will lead you to a huge Spanish villa that houses Casa Manila. This museum depicts how Filipinos lived and worked during the Spanish colonial period.

You will then walk across the San Diego Gardens' lawns before arriving at the Baluarte De San Diego. From there, you will visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site, San Agustin Church, and Museum. Lastly, before returning to your accommodation, you'll see the majestic halls of Manila Cathedral.

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Day 2
Beautiful view of Mt. Pinatubo Crater Lake

Day 2 - Day 2: Mt. Pinatubo Tour

On the second day, you will leave Manila City and travel to Tarlac province to hike up Mt. Pinatubo. This active volcano made headlines in the late 20th century for causing the second-largest eruption in the world. Following its historical eruption, the mountain eventually became a popular site for climbers and trekkers alike.

When you reach Tarlac, you will first make your way to the Sta. Juliana Tourism Center to prepare for the journey to the peak. Here, you will exit your van and board a 4x4 vehicle better equipped to traverse the sandy and rough terrain of Crow Valley.

As you head towards the mountain's base, you can see lava sand formations from the volcano's massive eruption. After arriving at the jump-off point, you will leave your 4x4 ride and head straight to the peak on foot. At the summit, you will be greeted by a panoramic view of its vast crater lake.

Following your trek, you will have time to feast on lunch by the lake and snap photos of the surrounding landscape. You will then begin your descent and return to the tourism center, where your guide will escort you to your hotel in Manila City.

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Day 3
Shucking an oyster at Cambuhat Oyster Farm

Day 3 - Day 3: Bohol Cambuhat Tour

The next day, your guide will pick you up from your hotel in Manila City. You will then ride a plane bound for the Panglao International Airport in Bohol Island to start the next leg of your vacation. Upon landing, you will be escorted to your hotel within Panglao Island.

You will then set off on your tour of the island's tranquil Cambuhat Village. Nestled in the town of Buenavista, in the northwestern region of Bohol, this hidden gem has steadily risen in popularity over the years. It is best known for its rich natural ecosystem and calming atmosphere.

Next, you will hop on a paddle boat by the Daet Bridge to cruise along the stunning Cambuhat River. Lined with lush greeneries such as mangroves and nipa trees, this tourist spot provides a breath of fresh air. You will then leave the boat to enter the Cambuhat Oyster Farm.

This farm serves as the village's main source of income and provides stable jobs for the locals. Take your time as you learn all about oysters and how they are bred, harvested, and cooked here. To end your time here, you will be treated to a tasty meal of fresh oysters.

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Day 4
Chocolate Hills in Bohol

Day 4 - Day 4: Bohol Countryside Tour

For Day 4, your guide will meet you at your hotel to begin your tour across Bohol Island's picturesque countryside. The first stop is the Corella Tarsier Sanctuary. Here, you can come close with their groups of Tarsiers, which are one of the smallest primates worldwide.

You will then make your way to the Loboc River. After reaching this popular stream, you will board the Loboc River Cruise and dine on a delicious buffet lunch on the boat. As you feast, locals onboard this floating restaurant will serenade you with Filipino music accompanied by native dances.

Following this, you will go to the Baclayon Church, one of the country's National Cultural Treasures. From there, you will visit the Butterfly Conservatory, where you can find around 200 species of butterflies. You will then head to the man-made grove of mahogany trees called the Bilar Forest.

Lastly, your tour for this day will end at the province's most famous attraction, the Chocolate Hills. The grass covering these symmetrical hills tends to turn brown in the summer, making them appear as mounds of chocolate. After taking in the panoramic view of the hills, your guide will lead you back to your hotel.

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Day 5
Silliman University in Dumaguete

Day 5 - Day 5: Dumaguete Tour

The morning after, you will take a ferry to Dumaguete City. Once you've settled in your accommodation in the city, your guide will bring you to Silliman University to start your full-day tour. This historic institution dates back to 1901, when it initially operated as a boys-only grade school.

Following your time on the campus, you will stroll along Rizal Boulevard. The next stop on your trip is the St. Catherine de Alexandria Cathedral. Its grand halls feature ornately carved altarpieces and sophisticated chandeliers. Beside the church stands another religious landmark, the Dumaguete Campanario.

Following this, you will drop by the Dumaguete Public Market, where you can buy local delicacies and souvenirs. You will then make your way to the Provincial Capitol and Freedom Park before entering the Clayton Pottery. After the pottery, you will head to the Sidlakang Negros Village. This lively hub showcases some of the province's best crafts and cuisines.

Next, you will stop at the Lab-as Seafood restaurant for lunch before going to Valencia's Forest Camp. You will then travel to the Cata-al War Museum. Finally, you will end your day with a visit to the San Agustin Church and the Negros Oriental Arts & Heritage Center.

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Day 6
Sunset in Apo Island, Dumaguete

Day 6 - Day 6: Apo Island Tour

On the sixth day, your guide will drive you to the Malatapay Boat Terminal. A boat will take you to Apo Island to commence your tour of this diving sanctuary. Home to a marine ecosystem teeming with a diverse range of aquatic animals, it has attracted flocks of divers from across the globe.

You can find a turtle conservation center on the island where you can see these calm creatures up close and personal. Afterward, you will have enough time to jump in the island's azure waters. As you wade through the sea, make sure to dive beneath its surface to see the thriving coral garden below.

Once you've had your fill of the sea and its lively schools of fish, you can lounge on the shore and take in the sunlight. On the other hand, travelers can also explore the island's lighthouse and head up a viewing deck to get a better look at this slice of paradise. Hiking is also available, and you can choose from three different trails that provide spectacular views of the coastline.

After your adventure-filled time on Apo Island, you will hop on a boat to head back to the mainland.

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Day 7
White sand beach at Moalboal in Cebu

Day 7 - Day 7: Kawasan Falls and Moalboal Sardine Run Tour

From your Dumaguete hotel, your guide will drive you to the port. You will then board a boat headed for Cebu Island. Upon disembarking, a van will take you to your accommodation in the town of Argao. From there, you will travel to Badian, where you will find the majestic Kawasan Falls.

Following your time in the falls, you will go to Moalboal town. This town boasts various white-sand beaches. You will make your way to one of the nearby isles, Pescador Island, from the town's shore. Take the time to explore the surrounding waters to find different kinds of marine life.

Next, you will sail to Turtle Island. Serving as a haven for these friendly sea creatures, you can get the chance to swim alongside them in this sanctuary. After your time with the turtles, you will head back to the mainland before continuing to Panagsama Beach.

This spot is well-known for the popular Sardine Run that takes place just a few meters off its shoreline. Once you've undergone a brief training on diving, a guide will then lead you underwater to see the natural phenomenon with your own eyes. The race consists of millions of sardines that appear to create walls of silver as they swim together.

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Day 8
Sirao Flower Farm in Cebu

Day 8 - Day 8: Cebu City Tour

The eighth day of your tour package will be dedicated to a tour around Cebu City. From your Argao hotel, your guide will drive you to your new accommodation in Mandaue. You will then go to the Taoist Temple. The whole property consists of tall towers, a wishing well, and an entrance that resembles the Great Wall of China.

The next spot on your list is the Basilica Minore Del Santo Nino, recognized as the oldest Roman Catholic church in the country. A few steps from the church stands Magellan's Cross. The Spanish explorer Ferdinand Magellan built this structure back in 1521 after setting foot in the Philippines.

You will then make your way to the Cebu Heritage Monument. Local artisan Eduardo Castrillo created the sculpture that depicts historical events in the province. After this, you will visit the Yap-San Diego Ancestral Residence. This Chinese home dates back to the 17th century and showcases antique furniture.

Following your time here, you will travel to the Temple of Leah. Another local artist created this site in 2012 for his wife. Your city tour will conclude in the Sirao Flower Farm. Known among locals as the "Little Amsterdam of Cebu," this garden boasts colorful fields of flowers.

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Day 9
Sand castle during the Honda Bay Island hopping tour

Day 9 - Day 9: Puerto Princesa Honda Bay Island Hopping Tour

After checking out of your Mandaue hotel, you will board a plane bound for Palawan Island. Upon landing in the Puerto Princesa Airport, your guide will pick you up with a van and escort you to your accommodation in Sabang. Once you've settled in, you will travel to Honda Bay for a day of island hopping.

This bay is famous for its white-sand beach and azure waters that are perfect for swimming. From the shore, you will get on a boat to begin your tour of the beautiful islands in the bay. The first stop is Star Fish Island, which was named as such due to the many starfish species that live on its sandbar.

From there, you will sail to Cowrie Island, the largest one within the bay. The island gets its name from its shell-like shape. Dive right in the island's surrounding waters worry-free as nets have been placed to keep jellyfish away.

Lastly, your island-hopping tour will wrap up on Luli Island. Tourists often drop by here to see its sandbar. Dubbed as a "disappearing" sandbar, this stretch of sand only surfaces when the tide is low. Following your time here, you will sail back to the mainland.

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Day 10
Tourists about to explore the underground river of Puerto Princesa

Day 10 - Day 10: Puerto Princesa Underground River and City Tour

On Day 10, you will trade the sea and the sand for a river and the bustle of the city center. Your guide will take you to Sabang Wharf, where you will hop on a boat to start your tour. Your first destination will be the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site home to many local animals and plants.

After arriving at the sanctuary, your guide will lead you to a paddle boat that will take you on a cruise through the world-famous Puerto Princesa Underground River. As you sail through the cave that the river runs through, you can spot spectacular limestone formations.

Following the cruise, you will take a boat back to the mainland. A van will bring you to Baker's Hill to buy tasty pastries you can bring home. Next, you will travel to Plaza Cuartel, which contains a restored garrison used in World War II. From there, your guide will drive you to Crocodile Farm.

Following your time at the animal conservation center, you will head to Mitra's Ranch. This park is situated on a hilltop and provides a panoramic view of the city below. You will then end the day on the Puerto Princesa Baywalk.

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Day 11
A plane flying above a Manila sign near the airport

Day 11 - Day 11: Departure to Manila

On the final day of your adventure across the Philippines, you will check out of your Sabang hotel. A van will then pick you up to escort you to Puerto Princesa International Airport, where you will catch a flight back to Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila City.

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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.

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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