Take a 14-day trip to the Philippines and visit must-see attractions in the country with this vacation package. You’ll be able to explore pristine beaches and tropical islands, learn the interesting history of century-old structures, and even set foot on UNESCO World Heritage sites. This vacation package already includes entrance fees, roundtrip flights from Manila, land and sea transfers, and accommodation with breakfast.
This package conveniently comes with the service of tour guides. They will lead you through the historic city of Intramuros in Manila, up high to the wondrous Chocolate Hills of Bohol, and then down below to the astonishing Underground River of Puerto Princesa.
With this 14-day tour, you can do more than just sightseeing. Not only does it cover the popular destinations in the Philippines but it also offers the chance for unique experiences. It’s a mix of man-made and natural sites, quiet coastal towns and busy cities, and everything in between. This tour highlights the very best spots the country has to offer.
Your island-hopping trip in El Nido will have you docking at sandbars that appear and disappear depending on the tides, secret lagoons, and beaches with powdery, white sands.
At the secluded Apo Island, you can get the rare opportunity to swim with sea turtles. There’s also a stopover at Cebu’s Kawasan Falls where you can add an adventurous canyoneering activity that’ll have you jumping to new heights.
You don’t have to worry about accommodation and transfers during your vacation. Everything will be arranged for you. You can choose from Budget, Comfort, and Quality accommodation options through the package to suit your needs and budget.
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The entire day tour is dedicated to the walled city of Intramuros. This popular attraction is home to religious, cultural, and historical sites, one of which is Fort Santiago. This 16th-century defense fortress is the first stop on your tour. After visiting the citadel, you will go to one of the public squares in Intramuros, Plaza Roma. During the Spanish colonial times, this square was used for various events, including bullfights.
You will learn more about the history of Manila at Bahay Tsinoy. It’s the site of the Kaiso-Angelo King Heritage Center, which showcases the relationship of the Ethnic Chinese with the Philippines as early as the 9th century.
The next stop is Casa Manila, a museum in a 19th-century grand Spanish house replica. It houses memorabilia and exhibits depicting the Spanish Colonial lifestyle. After that, you’ll be setting foot on the well-tended San Diego Gardens, which will then lead to a 16th-century bastion. Baluarte De San Diego features interesting architecture, it is composed of 3 concentric circular structures.
The final attractions on the itinerary are 2 historical and religious buildings. The 17th-century San Agustin Church and Museum is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a national historical landmark. Originally built during the 16th century, the Manila Cathedral has undergone several renovations and reopenings. The current Neo-Romanesque structure that now stands was completed in 1958.
The base camp is located in Tarlac’s Barangay Sta. Juliana. Your van will only take you to the base camp, from there you have to switch to a 4x4 vehicle. This is due to the effect of Mt. Pinatubo’s eruption. The terrain has become craggy and rocky plus it is filled with lahar.
It’s important to wear the proper hiking gear for your Mt. Pinatubo Tour. The 4x4 jeep will take you through Crow Valley but the mountain’s deck can only be reached on foot. Not to worry, as going up to the deck is easy enough for beginners. At the end of the trek, you can enjoy a wonderful view of the mountain’s crater lake.
After your Mt. Pinatubo Tour, you will then be returning to Manila.
The Bohol Cambuhat Tour takes place in the municipality of Buenavista. Your van will bring you to Daet Bridge where you will ride a small paddle boat. It’s just a short ride along Cambuhat River to reach the village of Cambuhat. You’ll get to see small nipa huts and mangroves as you go through the river.
Once you reach Cambuhat Village, you will be immersed in the tradition and culture of the locals. You’ll be able to learn their livelihoods, one of which is the Cambuhat Oyster Farm. At the eco-friendly farm, you will find out how this shellfish is harvested and even get to try it.
Another livelihood of Cambuhat Village you can know more about is their looming and weaving. The locals create various items such as brooms, mats, baskets, and hats. They even have a traditional dance, the Buri dance, which shows how they process the buri palm.
After a full day at Cambuhat, you will be taken back to the island of Panglao where your accommodation is located.
From your Panglao hotel, you will ride a van and then a boat to reach Pamilacan Island. The island is just 1.75sq.km and is right in the heart of the Bohol Sea. Keep a watchful eye for sea creatures, like dolphins, you might encounter some along the way. Sightings of whales and sharks have also been reported during the past years.
Once on Pamilacan Island, you have the option to simply relax on its white sand beaches or go for a swim in its clear waters. You can also explore the small Pamilacan village and learn more about the way of life on the island. After your tour, you will be taken back to your Panglao hotel.
The next stop on the itinerary is the well-known Loboc River Cruise. You will ride a floating restaurant that will traverse the Loboc River. Enjoy fantastic views and cultural presentations during your cruise. Right after that, you will head to Baclayon Church, which is a declared National Cultural Treasure. Although it was heavily damaged in 2013 by an earthquake, Baclayon Church has been completely restored in 2017.
You will head to the town of Bilar where you will visit 2 attractions. The first is the Butterfly Conservatory, which is Bohol’s first butterfly breeding and conservation livelihood program. The second is Bilar Forest, an impressive 2km man-made forest planted with mahogany trees.
Finally, on your last day in Bohol, you will get to visit the famous Chocolate Hills. This remarkable geological formation consists of more than 1,000 hills sitting closely together. As the green grass of the hills turns brown during the summer, they start resembling chocolates.
Next, you’ll be visiting the scenic and historic Rizal Boulevard. Named after Jose Rizal, the country’s National Hero, this seafront promenade was often visited by its namesake during his stays in Dumaguete. Less than a kilometer away from the boulevard are your next 2 destinations: the 18th-century St. Catherine De Alexandria church and the 18th-century Dumaguete Campanario.
After that, you’ll get into the busy Dumaguete Public Market. This important city hub is frequented by locals and tourists alike. It’s a source for fresh produce, fruits, seafood, local delicacies, and more. Up next is the Provincial Capitol and Freedom Park, a well-known spot for hosting festivals and events in Dumaguete.
If you are ready to shop for some souvenirs, you’ll surely spot unique goods at the next 2 stops. In Barangay Daro is Claytown Pottery, which is known for its handcrafted clay pots. At Sidlakang Negros Village, you will find a number of Dumaguete arts and handicrafts.
After shopping, you’ll have lunch at Lab-as Seafood, a beloved Dumaguete restaurant that has been operational since the 1980s. Try out their delicious seafood dishes, such as the Dumaguete express.
Up next on the itinerary is Valencia Forest Camp, which is outside of the city proper. This expansive resort offers a relaxing mountain escape with its cold spring pools and lush landscape. Just a short ride away is the Cata-al War Museum, which has a notable World War II exhibit.
At Bacong town, you will visit San Agustin de Hippo Church, which houses the Philippines’ oldest pipe organ. Also in the same town is Negros Oriental Arts and Heritage Center, where you can score exceptional novelties.
Be sure to wear your swimsuit so as not to miss out on all the sea has to offer. Aside from viewing wondrous fish and corals underwater, you will also get the chance to swim with sea turtles.
With a small population on Apo Island, you can expect the beaches to be quiet. If you want to further explore the area, there is an eco trail at Apo Island’s southern end. You can have a better vantage point to appreciate the rock formations of the island. After the tour, you will head back to your hotel in Dumaguete.
After visiting Badian, you will be heading north to Moalboal. This coastal town is well-known among divers as it has a good coral ecosystem. It’s the starting point for visiting interesting islands of Cebu, including your next destinations. The marine park Pescador Island is a good place to find colorful corals and exotic fish. At Turtle Island, you can spot sea turtles and also get a chance to swim with them.
One of the highlights of this day tour is the Sardine Run. This unique experience will have you seeing millions of sardines all in one place. There are so many sardines, they can almost block off the sun underwater. After your tour, you will ride a boat back to the mainland and then your van will take you to your accommodation in Argao, Cebu.
The Taoist Temple is the first attraction you will visit in the city. This multi-tiered temple was built in 1972. Visitors are allowed to enter the Taoist Temple, it has a souvenir shop, a chapel, a wishing well, and a library.
After the temple, you will then go to downtown Cebu where the 16th-century Basilica Minore Del Santo Nino stands. It is the oldest Roman Catholic church in the Philippines. Just a few steps from the basilica is the historically-significant Magellan’s Cross. Explorer Ferdinand Magellan planted the cross back in 1521.
Next on the list of city sites is the Heritage of Cebu Monument. This awe-inspiring artwork is located in Parian Park. The mix of concrete, bronze, brass, and steel illustrates Cebu’s important historical events. You can learn more about the history of Cebu at the next destination, the Yap - San Diego Ancestral House. It’s the oldest house in the city, built during the 17th century.
In comparison, the next attraction, the Temple of Leah, is fairly new. Built in 2012, this shrine is dedicated to a Cebuano’s wife. The elaborate Temple of Leah features Roman architectural details. Your last stop in Cebu is Sirao Flower Farm. The colorful blooms at the farm are comparable to the flowers in the Netherlands, thus earning the nickname, the Little Amsterdam of Cebu.
Your first stop in Palawan is Honda Bay in Puerto Princesa. You can expect to see everything from coral reefs and sandbars to blue waters and white sand beaches on this island hopping tour. Make sure to apply plenty of sunblock for a full day of fun in the sun.
At Honda Bay, you will get to visit beautiful islands, such as Star Fish Island. From its name, you can already guess what you will find on the island, starfishes! Apart from that, you may also get the chance to see yellowtail snappers and pufferfish.
Another island you will make a stop at is Cowrie Island. It is Honda Bay’s largest island and it is shaped like a shell, or a cowrie. If you feel like going for a swim, the island has a netted portion to make sure swimmers are safe from jellyfish.
The last attraction you will visit on Honda Bay is the aptly-named Luli Island. It’s name is derived from the Filipino words lulubog and lilitaw, which loosely translates to submerged and raised. Luli Island appears above and disappears underneath the waters, dependent on the tide.
You will ride a boat to Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park, be sure to take notice of the gorgeous limestone cliffs and the natural fauna and flora along the way. The underground river is around 8km long, however, only about half of it is open to tourists. It has amazing cave and rock formations plus it is inhabited by bats.
After returning to Sabang boat terminal, your van will take you to Puerto Princesa City. At Baker’s Hill, you will find shops selling local pastries. It’s a popular stopover to purchase souvenirs and baked goodies to bring home. Next, you will head to downtown Puerto Princesa to visit the historic Plaza Cuartel. This restored garrison was a World War II military base.
At Puerto Princesa’s Crocodile Farm, you’ll find dozens of crocodiles, both big and small. You will learn more about the scaly reptiles, including 2 endangered species: the Philippine freshwater crocodile and the saltwater crocodile. After visiting crocodiles, you’ll go to Mitra’s Ranch. This relaxing park is on a hilltop and it boasts brilliant views of the city.
The final stop for the day is Puerto Princesa Baywalk. This seaside promenade is popular among tourists and locals alike. Aside from offering a good view of Puerto Princesa Port, this baywalk also has a few stalls selling food and souvenirs.
The first island you will visit is Inaladelan, also known as German Island. Upon arrival, you will be greeted with clear, azure waters and a white, powdery sand beach. Inaladelan Island is a popular camping site and it offers different sporting facilities. It has a beach volleyball court and kayaks. If you prefer to chill on land, board games are available as well as hammocks.
After leaving Inaladelan Island, you will be heading to Luli Sandbar. When the tide is high, this sandbar is submerged underneath the water. During low tide, Luli Sandbar is a great place to spot starfishes.
The latter part of your island hopping tour will have you going for a swim. The Turtle Snorkeling site will have you seeing cute sea creatures. During hatching season, you might get a chance to spot baby turtles. At the Fish and Coral Snorkeling site, be prepared to watch a wide range of colorful fish under the sea.
Once on the boat, you will be heading to the Big Lagoon. You will enter a narrow entrance that will soon open up to a wonderful blue lagoon surrounded by limestone cliffs. After that, you’ll go to Miniloc Island, which boasts a lush rainforest and white sand beaches.
Also on Miniloc Island is your next destination, Secret Lagoon. Once a hidden gem of Bacuit Bay, Secret Lagoon is now one of the most visited sites in the archipelago. The entrance to the lagoon is quite small, just enough for a person but not a boat. Your efforts of crawling through the entrance will surely reward you with an enchanting scene.
After visiting lagoons, the next destination on the itinerary is Seven Commandos Beach. Although it is on the mainland, it can’t be reached without a boat. It’s truly a relaxing spot where you can sit by the sand or go for a swim. The last stop on the El Nido Island Hopping Tour is Shimizu Island. It is a well-known diving and snorkeling site, thanks to its incredible marine life and corals.
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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.
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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.