A boat in Shimizu Island in El Nido Palawan

14-Day Philippines Islands & Countryside Holiday Package to Palawan Island, Cebu City & Bohol Island

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

Go island hopping, countryside sightseeing, and trekking in the Philippines with this 14-day tour package. From Manila, you will discover the unspoiled seascape of Palawan, the scenic landscape of Cebu and Bohol, and the breathtaking crater lake of Mt. Pinatubo. The package also comes with pre-arranged accommodations with daily breakfast, transfers, entrance fees, and the service of guides.

Your 14-day vacation will kick off with a visit to the walled district of Intramuros in the heart of Manila. Known for its old-world charm and cobblestone streets, this area is a favorite hangout spot for picnics and educational tours. From Manila, you will make your way north to Tarlac, where you will go on a day hike up Mt. Pinatubo. 

Following your visit to Luzon, you will fly to the province of Bohol to explore its picturesque countryside. Here, you will visit the quaint Cambuhat Village, embark on the Loboc River Cruise, and see the thousand mounds of Chocolate Hills. Afterward, you will board a ferry to Dumaguete, home to the century-old Silliman University and diving haven, Apo Island. 

Another location you will discover in the Visayas is Cebu. Famous for its historical background, the province is also teeming with countryside attractions like Kawasan Falls and Pescador Island. You will also make your way to the Temple of Leah and Sirao Flower Farm in the highlands of Cebu, where you will see a panoramic view of the landscape. 

To cap off your tour, you will fly to Palawan and go island-hopping across Honda Bay. A cruise down the Underground River will also be included in your itinerary, along with a visit to the quiet village of Port Barton and the pristine Miniloc Island in El Nido.

See the best of Manila, Tarlac, Bohol, Dumaguete, Cebu, and Palawan with this 14-day vacation package. Check availability by choosing a date.

Included

13 nights accommodation (budget category)
13 days breakfast
13 lunch
All flights with 20kgs baggage allowance
Day 1 - Intramuros Tour (Manila)
Day 2 - Mt. Pinatubo Tour
Day 3 to 9 - Bohol, Dumaguete and Cebu Tour (Central Visayas)
Day 10 to 13 - Puerto Princesa, Port Barton and El Nido Tour (Palawan)
Day 14 - 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

Attractions

Chocolate Hills
Manila Cathedral
Casa Manila
Bahay Tsinoy
Mt. Pinatubo
Starfish Island
Luli Island
Cowrie Island
Underground River
Butterfly Conservatory
Baclayon Church
Magellan's Cross
Temple of Leah
Sirao Flower Farm
Rizal Boulevard
St. Catherine of Alexandria Church
Apo Island
Kawasan Falls
Taoist Temple
Bilar Forest
Cambuhat Village
Honda Bay
Baker's Hill
Big Lagoon
Port Barton
Intramuros
Fort Santiago
San Agustin Church
Secret Lagoon
Seven Commandos Beach
Shimizu Island
Loboc River Cruise
Basilica Minore Del Santo Niño
Heritage of Cebu Monument
Pescador Island
Moalboal
Tarsier Conservation Area
Crocodile Farm
Mitra's Ranch
Plaza Cuartel
Pamilacan Island
Sardine Run
Baluarte de San Diego
Yap-San Diego Ancestral House
Plaza Roma
Cambuhat Oyster Farm
Puerto Princesa City Baywalk Park
Cata-al World War 2 Museum
Lab-as Seafood Restaurant
Sidlakang Negros Village
Valencia Forest Camp
San Agustin Church Dumaguete
Negros Oriental Arts & Heritage
San Diego Gardens
Siliman University
Dumaguete Public Market
Claytown Pottery
Inaladelan Island
Miniloc Island
Dumaguete Campanario
Cambuhat River

Daily itinerary

Day 1
Facade of Manila Cathedral in Intramuros

Day 1: Intramuros Tour

After arriving in Manila, you will kick off the trip by visiting the walled city of Intramuros. This served as the administrative capital of the Philippines during the Spanish colonial era, making it home to some of the oldest bastions and buildings in the country.

When you arrive at Intramuros, your first stop will be Fort Santiago. Built in 1593, this Spanish stone fortress was national hero Jose Rizal's prison until his execution in 1896. Following your tour of the defense, your guide will take you to Plaza Roma, one of Intramuros' three main squares. From there, you will then head to Bahay Tsinoy next.

This museum features 12 sections highlighting the early Chinese people's contributions to Filipinos. Following the museum tour, you will visit Casa Manila, a fully furnished house/museum that depicts the life of Filipinos during the Spanish reign.

After exploring Casa Manila, your guide will bring you to the southwest corner of Intramuros to visit the San Diego Gardens and Baluarte De San Diego. This bastion, which dates back to the 16th century, is one of Intramuros' earliest stone defenses. Before heading to your accommodation, your final two stops will be the San Agustin Church and Museum and the Manila Cathedral.

Day 2
Viewing area of Mt. Pinatubo Crater Lake

Day 2: Mt. Pinatubo Tour

Your guide will take you from your Manila hotel to the province of Tarlac, where you will hike Mt. Pinatubo. Located about 125km from the capital, this active volcano is well-known for its deadly eruption in 1991. The blast was considered the second-largest terrestrial explosion of the 20th century after it destroyed 8,000 homes and caused losses amounting to ten billion pesos.

When you arrive in the province, you will stopover at the Sta. Juliana Tourism Center to transfer to a 4x4 jeep. Your guide will then take you to the mountain's base. To reach the jump-off site, you will pass through Crow Valley, known for its panoramic sand walls and bumpy landscape. You will then begin your ascent of the volcano once you arrive at the mountain's base.

The hiking trail is around 3.4 miles long and takes hikers between an hour and two hours to finish. While on your way, you'll probably come across some lava sand formations left behind from the volcano's 1991 eruption. When you reach the summit, you'll be met with the turquoise waters of the crater lake. Enjoy picture taking by the lake and dig into your lunch before heading back to the tourism center and making your way to your Manila hotel.

Day 3
Shucking an oyster in Bohol's Cambuhat Oyster Village

Day 3: Bohol Cambuhat Tour

On the third day, you will check out of your hotel in Manila and ride a plane to Panglao International Airport in the province of Bohol. You will then begin your Bohol trip with Cambuhat Village. Situated in the town of Buenavista, this serene community is the municipality's pride and joy due to its abundant natural resources.

From the airport, your guide will bring you to Daet Bridge, where you will board a boat. You will then cruise down the lovely Cambuhat River, lined with mangroves and nipa trees. Afterward, you will disembark at the Cambuhat Oyster Farm. This is one of the village's main sources of revenue. Here, you will learn about oysters, including how to harvest, prepare, and breed them. You can also pay a visit to the humble visitor's center on the river's edge.

After you explore the oyster farm, you will be treated to a mouthwatering oyster lunch. While you dine, some locals will entertain you with a traditional dance known as the Buri dance. Following your meal, you will observe how villagers weave their goods using traditional looms. You will then make your way to your Panglao lodging after the tour.

Day 4
Aerial view of Pamilacan Island in Bohol

Day 4: Bohol Pamilacan Island Tour

Prepare for an off-the-coast adventure for this day as you sail to Pamilacan Island. Located about 45 minutes away from Baclayon, this island is a haven for whales and dolphins. In fact, there are reported sightings of marine mammals like Bryde's whales and sperm whales in the area. While on the way to the island, make sure to keep an eye out for these gentle giants.

Apart from being home to these creatures, Pamilacan is also inhabited by around 240 families. However, the locals have managed to preserve the island's natural beauty. As you dock on the island, you will be greeted by its blue seas and pristine white sand. Feel free to jump into the sea as soon as you get on the island.

Make sure to bring your snorkeling gear, as well, to really appreciate the island's rich underwater environment. You might see some sea turtles and a variety of fish types when snorkeling here. If you're seeking a more adrenaline-pumping experience on the island, your guide can bring you to the diving locations surrounding Pamilacan.

After having your fill of the beach, you can take a short walk to the island's 200-year-old Spanish fort. This National Cultural Treasure was previously used to keep a watch out for Moro pirates. Afterward, you will return to your Panglao hotel.

Day 5
Loboc River Cruise in Bohol

Day 5: Bohol Countryside Tour

From your hotel in Panglao, you will make your way through the province's countryside to the Corella Tarsier Sanctuary. This woodland patch is home to a large tarsier population. Aside from the tarsier habitat, there is also a library, a tarsier-related study center, conference facilities, and a visitor's complex here.

Following your encounter with the googly-eyed primates, you will embark on the Loboc River Cruise, where you can dig into a sumptuous buffet meal. While cruising through the river's green streams, the locals aboard this floating restaurant will also entertain you with native Filipino music and dances.

After returning to the dock, you will visit Baclayon Church to see its walls and pillars made of coral stones. From there, you will proceed to the Butterfly Conservatory. This location is home to around 200 different types of butterflies. Your guide will then take you to the Bilar Forest, a man-made grove of mahogany trees.

To cap off your tour, you will visit Chocolate Hills, the province's most popular destination. It is composed of 1,268 to 1,776 very symmetrical hills resembling the shape of Hershey's Kisses. After you've had your fill of the sight, your guide will bring you to your Panglao accommodation.

Day 6
Silliman University Museum in Dumaguete

Day 6: Dumaguete City Tour

For Day 6, you will go on a full-day city tour of Dumaguete. After leaving Bohol, you will board a ferry to Dumaguete and head to Silliman University. This university was initially founded in 1901 as a boys' primary school. Following the campus tour, you will visit Rizal Boulevard, Dumaguete's promenade, to appreciate the city's beachscape.

Your next stop will be the St. Catherine de Alexandria Cathedral. Commonly referred to as Dumaguete Cathedral, this church features ornately carved altarpieces and beautiful chandeliers. Next to the cathedral lies the Dumaguete Campanario, the oldest bell tower in the Visayas.

You will proceed to the Dumaguete Public Market next. Here, you can grab some local snacks to eat on the way or buy some souvenirs to take home. From there, you will head to the Provincial Capitol and Freedom Park, as well as Clayton Pottery. After visiting the pottery, your guide will bring you to Sidlakang Negros Village, a one-stop-shop for the best of Negros Oriental's arts, crafts, and cuisines.

Afterward, you'll have lunch at Lab-as Seafood before heading to Valencia's Forest Camp. This mountain resort is a favorite camping location for locals due to its huge open area. You will then see some World War II antiques in the Cata-al War Museum. To cap off your tour, you will drop by the century-old San Agustin Church and the Negros Oriental Arts & Heritage Center.

Day 7
Aerial view of Apo Island in Dumaguete

Day 7: Apo Island Tour

From your Dumaguete hotel, you will make your way to the Malatapay Boat Terminal, where your tour boat will be waiting for you. After getting settled in, you will then head to Apo Island, Dumaguete's diving paradise. Situated in the southeast end of Negros, this water-locked sanctuary comes complete with a flourishing aquatic environment abundant in a wide range of marine species.

When you get to the island, you will first visit the turtle sanctuary to get up close and personal with the gentle marine creatures. You will also see a vast coral garden in the area as you go swimming and snorkeling. If you're lucky, you might spot a school of fish moving across the coral.

Apart from seeing Apo Island's underwater wonderland, you are welcome to simply relax on the beach and snap plenty of photos. The Apo Island Lighthouse and the Apo View Deck are also worth seeing. If you're up for a quick hiking escapade, your guide will lead you on the 600-meter Habagat Eco-Trail, David's Walk, or Witchy's Trail, all of which provide magnificent views of the Negros' coastline. Before the sun sets, you'll board your boat and sail to the mainland, where you'll return to your Dumaguete hotel.

Day 8
Beautiful white sand beach at Moalboal in Cebu

Day 8: Kawasan Falls & Moalboal Sardine Run Tour

Your guide will pick you up at your hotel in Dumaguete and take you to the port, where you will board a ferry to Cebu. After docking on the province, you will make your way to Badian, home to the world-famous Kawasan Falls. Feel free to soak in the falls' tempting spring waters and explore Kawasan's multiple cascades before heading to Moalboal.

This town is well-known for its sandy white beaches. After taking in the seascape, you will hop on a boat and sail to Pescador Island. This tiny, rocky island in the Tañon Strait is one of the best snorkeling destinations in the province due to its cobalt blue waters and breathtaking corals in different colors and sizes.

Following your snorkeling session at Pescador, you will travel to Turtle Island to swim with sea turtles. You will then return to the mainland for the world-famous Panagsama Beach sardine run. Due to its year-round availability, this aquatic sport attracts domestic and international divers from across the world.

You will first attend a quick briefing before donning your equipment. Once you're good to go, you will swim a few meters out into the sea and wait for millions of sardines to pass through the area. You will then return to your Argao hotel afterward.

Day 9
Temple of Leah in Cebu

Day 9: Cebu City Tour

From your hotel in Argao, you will travel to Cebu City, the Queen City of the South. Your first stop here will be the Taoist Temple. Built in 1972, this temple has a large balcony that overlooks the city. You can also find a library, a souvenir shop, and a wishing well on the site.

The Basilica Minore Del Santo Nino will be the next stop on your tour. This Roman Catholic Church, which dates back to the 16th century, features a facade of Muslim, Romanesque, and Neoclassical design. Right outside the church, you will see the Magellan's Cross, which is said to have been planted by Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan.

From the cross, you will head to the Heritage of Cebu Monument. This collection of sculptures depicts the province's main historical events. A quick walk from the monument will take you to the Yap-San Diego Ancestral House, said to be the first Chinese house built outside of China.

After visiting the attractions in the lowlands, you will head to the Temple of Leah, located on top of a hill in the town of Busay. There is an art gallery, museum library, and a bar here, along with a spacious courtyard. You will cap off the trip with a visit to Sirao Flower Farm, also known as Cebu's Little Amsterdam. Afterward, you will return to your Mandaue hotel.

Day 10
Baywalk in Puerto Princesa

Day 10: Puerto Princesa Honda Bay Island Hopping Tour

It's time to fly out of Cebu and into Palawan's Puerto Princesa International Airport. Upon your arrival at the airport, your guide will take you to Honda Bay, home to a diverse range of marine species. You will board a boat here and begin your full-day island-hopping adventure.

Your first stop will be crescent-shaped Starfish Island, where you can find hundreds of starfish on the shore and in the waters. But apart from these five-pointed marine creatures, you will also see several other fish species underwater. This makes Starfish Island one of the best spots for snorkeling in Palawan.

Your boat will then transport you to the neighboring Cowrie Island. As the most developed island in Honda Bay, Cowrie offers several beach activities like snorkeling, jet skiing, and banana boat riding. You may also eat at one of the many restaurants that line the beach or hang out in the cabanas.

The last stop on your island-hopping adventure will be Luli Island. This water-locked paradise features white sandbars that disappear at high tide. It also has a snorkeling spot with a variety of marine species. Before your boat takes you back to the mainland, take your time swimming and snorkeling here.

Day 11
Exit of Puerto Princesa Underground River

Day 11: Puerto Princesa Underground River & City Tour

Your guide will pick you up from your accommodation and take you to Sabang Wharf. Here, you will board a boat to the world-famous Puerto Princesa Underground River. Stretching up to 8.2km, this underground river was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999. It features various stalactites and stalagmites formations, in addition to the thriving flora and fauna surrounding it.

Following your river cruise, you will return to the mainland and begin your Puerto Princesa city tour with Baker's Hill. This bakery sits on top of a hill and sells several baked goodies like hopia, crinkles, and egg pies. From there, you will make your way to Plaza Cuartel, a former military base featuring ancient Spanish garrison and tunnels. The park now features an open-air war museum and monument.

The Crocodile Farm will be your next stop. In this wildlife research institution, you can find numerous crocodile bones, skeletons, and bone formations. Afterward, you'll go to Mitra's Ranch in Sta. Monica Heights. The property has an observation deck that will provide you with a panoramic view of Puerto Princesa. To conclude the excursion, you will visit the city's promenade, the Puerto Princesa Baywalk, before returning to your Sabang lodging.

Day 12
Inaladelan Island in Port Barton Palawan

Day 12: Port Barton Island Hopping Tour

On Day 12, you will check out of your hotel in Sabang and go to Port Barton, a hidden paradise on Palawan's northwestern coast. This little village is part of the quiet municipality of San Vicente and features an unspoiled white-sand shoreline. While it lacks the luxury hotels of El Nido, Port Barton remains a popular destination, particularly for travelers wishing to explore the province's off-the-beaten-path destinations.

After admiring the seascape of Port Barton, you will board a boat and sail to the island of Inaladelan. This 12-hectare piece of land, also known as German Island, is a popular spot for swimming and camping. There are also a variety of sporting facilities available here, such as beach volleyball and kayaking.

Your boat will then transport you to Luli Sandbar from Inaladelan. This attraction gets its name because it appears at low tide and disappears at high tide. It's an excellent location for sunbathing or snorkeling.

Following your visit to Luli Sandbar, you will head next to the Turtle Snorkeling Site to observe and swim with sea turtles. You will also visit the Fish and Reef Snorkeling Site to get a closer look at Port Barton's marine life. Afterward, you will return to the mainland and check into your hote in Liol.

Day 13
Rock formations and deep blue waters at El Nido Palawan

Day 13: El Nido Island Hopping Tour

On Day 13, you will tour El Nido's natural attractions. From your hotel, you will go to Bacuit Bay, where your tour boat will be waiting for you. After getting settled in, your boat will take you to your first stop, the Big Lagoon. This natural pool is found in the middle of Miniloc Island, nestled behind limestone cliffs. You may kayak here to get a better perspective of the area and make sure to take tons of photographs of the surrounding karst cliffs.

Following your tour of the Big Lagoon, you'll visit the white-sand beach on Miniloc Island. Here, you can either go sunbathing on the beach or swimming in the clear waters. From there, you will head to the Secret Lagoon, a pool hidden between towering limestone cliffs. Your boat will next take you to the mainland's Seven Commandos Beach. Relax on the gorgeous white sands of the beach or try scuba diving at one of the neighboring dive sites.

Finally, you'll go to the famous snorkeling spot of Shimizu Island in Bacuit Bay. There is a diverse range of marine life here, from healthy corals to stunning fish. Your van will then take you back to your Lio lodging at the end of your tour.

Day 14
Waiting area at NAIA

Day 14: Departure to Manila

Feel free to do some last-minute souvenir shopping before checking out of your accommodation in Lio. Afterward, your guide will bring you to the Puerto Princesa International Airport, where you will catch a flight bound for Ninoy Aquino International Airport. You will arrive in Manila after around two hours.

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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