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15-Day Nature, Islands & Heritage Tour to Palawan, Cebu, Bohol & Dumaguete from Manila

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

Explore the majestic islands of Palawan and go on a heritage tour to Cebu, Bohol, and Dumaguete with this 15-day vacation package. This hassle-free vacation package includes roundtrip flights from Manila, land and ferry transfers, and accommodation. 

Visit the walled city of Intramuros and learn about the Spanish colonial period. After your historical tour, you will head up north in the City of Pines, Baguio. You will explore Camp John Hay, a former US military camp. Then, go sightseeing at Mines View Park and La Trinidad Strawberry Farm in Benguet.

After touring around Northern Luzon, you will be flying off to Bohol. You will immerse yourself in the laid-back community of Cambuhat Village, where you will learn about Oyster farming. Then, you will cruise along the blue-green waters of the Loboc River. Afterward, you will admire the stunning geological formation at Chocolate Hills.

Your 18-day vacation continues in Dumaguete, the City of Gentle People. It is known as the University Town, where you can find the Silliman University. Afterward, you will explore world-class diving destinations on Apo Island.

On this trip, you will go canyoneering at Kawasan Falls in Badian, Cebu. Then, you will marvel at Cebu’s Taj Mahal or the Temple of Leah. Up next is the Sirao Flower Farm, Cebu’s little Amsterdam.

This trip also lets you discover the breathtaking islands of Starfish, Cowrie, and Luli in Honda Bay. Then, you will cruise along the UNESCO World Heritage Puerto Princesa Underground River. You will also go on a tropical getaway at Port Barton. Finally, you will visit El Nido’s world-famous lagoons. You will explore Miniloc Island, home to beautiful coral gardens.

Witness the breathtaking attractions across the Philippines with this 15-Day Nature, Islands & Heritage Tour to Palawan, Cebu, Bohol & Dumaguete from Manila. Check availability by choosing a date.

Included

14 nights accommodation (budget category)
14 days breakfast
14 lunch
All flights with 20kgs baggage allowance
Day 1 - Intramuros Tour (Manila)
Day 2 to 3 - Benguet Tour (Cordillera Region)
Day 4 to 10 - Bohol, Dumaguete and Cebu Tour (Central Visayas)
Day 11 to 14 - Puerto Princesa, Port Barton and El Nido Tour (Palawan)
Day 15 - 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
Outdoor Activities

Daily itinerary

Day 1
Facade of Fort Santiago in Manila

Day 1: Intramuros Tour

On Day 1, your private van will pick you up at Ninoy Aquino International Airport. You will proceed to your hotel in Manila or along Roxas Boulevard. Your first destination is the oldest district of Manila, Intramuros.

You will travel back in time along the cobblestone streets of the walled city. First, you will visit Fort Santiago, another historical landmark that served as a prison cell for resistance fighters back in the late 1500s.

Meanwhile, Plaza Roma houses the statue of King Charles IV of Spain. It is one of the three major public squares situated at the center of Intramuros. Then, you will go straight to Bahay Tsinoy, where you can learn about the cultural contributions of the ethnic Chinese.

Up next is Casa Manila, a notable structure that showcases the affluent colonial lifestyle of the gentry and Illustrados. Afterward, you will appreciate the lush scenery in San Diego Gardens. It is located across a 16th-century bastion known as Baluarte De San Diego.

Finally, you will visit two impressive and century-old churches in Intramuros. Admire the beauty of the Baroque-inspired architecture at The San Agustin Church and Museum. Then, witness the awe-inspiring grand multi-layered arches of the Manila Cathedral.

Day 2
Horses at Wright Park in Baguio

Day 2: Baguio Tour

On your second day, you will prepare for an early departure from Manila to Baguio. Upon arrival, take a moment to feel the fresh cold air. You will admire lush evergreen pine trees covering the entire serene landscape. Baguio is a go-to destination for many travelers because of its cool breeze and majestic sceneries.

First, you will visit Ifugao Museum. It houses historical artifacts depicting Ifugao's ancient traditions. You will also drop by the Surrender Site of General Yamashita, a historic site to commemorate Yamashita’s act of surrendering during World War II.

Then, you will head to the Philippine Military Academy, an institution for aspiring military officers. You will also explore Fort De Pilar, which occupies 373 hectares of land. You will also drop by The Mansion, the Philippine President’s official summer residence.

Afterward, you will visit the former military base at Camp John Hay. Then, you will head to Mines View Park to see old Itogon mines. Up next is Wright Park and Centennial Park, where you can go horseback riding and sightseeing.

For those looking for local treats, you can drop by Good Shepherd Convent to purchase Baguio’s best-selling delicacies, including the famous ube jam or purple yam.

Day 3
Halsema Highway in Benguet

Day 3: Benguet Tour

The third day of your vacation continues in the Benguet province. You will leave early from Baguio via a private van service. Your first stop is at the La Trinidad Strawberry Farm, which dates back to the Spanish era. Every year, it cultivates over 1,775 metric tons of strawberries per harvest.

Your second destination is at Atok Sakura Flowers, where you can find 30 beautiful cherry blossom trees. As a gift and representation of friendship, the Japanese government gave cherry blossom seedlings to the municipality of Atok in 2016.

For your third stop, you will visit a stunning flower carpet in Northern Blossom Flower Farm. This three-hectare flower plantation cultivates cabbage roses, Peruvian lilies, and other distinct flowers that came from Japan. You can even find the rolling mountain ranges of Mt. Timbak and Mt. Pulag behind the flower fields.

Another attraction that you will visit in Atok is the 2nd Highest Point along Halsema Highway. Here, you can witness the breathtaking view of the nearby mountains, including Mt. Timbak, one of the highest mountains in Luzon. Then, you will pass by the Spanish Trail where you will be rewarded with a panoramic view of the surrounding mountain ranges.

Day 4
Fresh oysters from Cambuhat Oyster Village

Day 4: Bohol Cambuhat Tour

On Day 4, you will be flying off to Bohol via Panglao International Airport. Upon arrival, your private van will take you to your accommodation in Panglao, Bohol.

For your first destination, you will immerse yourself in the laidback village of Cambuhat River Community. While paddling through the Cambuhat River, you will gaze at nipa huts and the lush mangroves on the side of the river.

You will soon arrive at the community, but first, you will head over to the community center. At the far end of the river, you can find the Cambuhat Oyster Farm. It serves as the main livelihood of the people in the community.

The Cambuhat locals develop and promote eco-friendly practices to preserve their natural resources. Here, you will have a glimpse of the people’s culture and traditions while appreciating the beauty of the river. Aside from oyster farming, the locals also create hand-woven crafts that you can also purchase as souvenirs.

You will experience simple village life inside this laid-back community. The locals are very accommodating to their guests. You may even request them to serve you shellfish or seafood lunch.

After your Bohol Cambuhat tour, you will return to your Panglao accommodation.

Day 5
Blue waters of Pamilacan Island in Bohol

Day 5: Pamilacan Island Tour

On the 5th day of your vacation, you will go on an island tour to Pamilacan. You will leave your Panglao accommodation early to take a short boat ride to the island.

Home to hundreds of marine species, Pamilacan Island boasts a rich and pristine seascape. It showcases a wide variety of aquatic creatures like bucket sponges, moray eels, and sea snakes. You can even spot whales and dolphins that may occasionally pop out of the water on your way to the island. Also, you can get a rare opportunity to swim with sea turtles.

To date, only less than 1,500 residents are inhabiting Pamilacan Island. In the 90s, the locals rely on whale and manta ray hunting as their source of livelihood. However, the government banned this illegal practice, so they have resorted to promoting and developing local tourism on the island.

Snorkeling and diving are some of the must-try island activities. You can plunge into the deep blue waters of the island to discover its underwater sanctuaries. By the end of your tour, you can catch the sunset at the Pamilacan Watchtower. During the Spanish era, it was used as a lookout tower to spot pirates nearby.

Day 6
Bilar Manmade forest in Bohol

Day 6: Bohol Countryside Tour

Your Bohol eco-adventure continues at its countryside attractions. You will head over to your first destination, the Corella Tarsier Sanctuary, a wildlife relief sanctuary sheltering Tarsiers, one of the smallest primates. Avoid using the flash of your cameras because tarsiers are highly sensitive to light.

Then, you will have a relaxing cruise along the jade-green waters of the Loboc River in Bohol. You will hop aboard a floating restaurant, where you will enjoy your lunch while overlooking the lush greenery of the river.

Afterward, you will visit Baclayon Church, a National Cultural Treasure constructed in 1717. It is considered one of the oldest churches in the Philippines. According to the locals, the structure was built with corals and egg whites.

You will then head to Bilar town, and your first stop here is at 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.

For your final destination, you will visit a stunning geological formation at the Chocolate Hills. Here, you will witness over 1,000 hills. During the summer months, the vegetation becomes dry, making it look like chocolates. However, it turns greenish-like during the rainy season.

Day 7
Belfry Tower in Dumaguete

Day 7: Dumaguete City Tour

Your 7th day continues in Dumaguete, also known as the City of Gentle People. From Manila, you will board a plane to Dumaguete-Sibulan Airport.

Dumaguete, also known as the University Town, is the center of education in Visayas and Mindanao. It is home to various universities, including Silliman University. You can even find a university zoo inside the campus.

Up next, you will head over to downtown Dumaguete. Your first stop here is the historical church of St. Catherine De Alexandria and the iconic Dumaguete Campanario. Afterward, you will go shopping at Dumaguete Public Market, then hop to the nearby Provincial Capitol and Freedom Park.

If you are looking for unique items to bring back home, you can browse through handmade pots at Claytown Pottery. You can also purchase novelty items at Sidlakang Negros Village. Then, you will have a mouthwatering lunch at Lab-as Seafood.

Afterward, you will go nature tripping at the Valencia Forest Camp. Next is the Cata-al War Museum, where you will find various World War II artifacts. Then, you will marvel at San Agustin de Hippo Church in Bacong town. Lastly, you will drop by the Negros Oriental Arts and Heritage Center to purchase souvenirs.

Day 8
A diver with a sea turtle in Apo Island Dumaguete

Day 8: Apo Island Tour

On Day 8, you will go on an island tour to the southeastern tip of Negros Island. You will explore Apo Island, a world-class diving spot and a famous snorkeling site. To get there, you have to take a short boat ride. Apo Island is around 25km away from Dumaguete City.

The island is famous among divers because of its rich marine biodiversity and impressive underwater sanctuaries. With over 400 coral species and 650 documented fish species, Apo Island features bountiful aquatic life.

To preserve the beauty of the island, the locals have vowed to protect its natural resources. Visitors also need to follow strict guidelines to ensure the preservation of the island and the safety of the people on Apo Island.

Upon arrival, you can already plunge into the open blue waters. Witness an array of exotic fishes like tuna, manta rays, and hammerheads. At Turtle Point, you will get a chance to swim with sea turtles.

Up next, you will go trekking to the 600-meter Habagat Eco Trail to see a panoramic view of the surrounding mountains and natural rock formations. After a fun-filled adventure to Apo island, you will head back to your accommodation in Dumaguete City.

Day 9
Sardine Run in Cebu

Day 9: Kawasan Falls and Moalboal Sardine Run Tour

On your 9th day, you will take an adventurous escapade to the laid-back towns of Badian and Moalboal in Cebu. You will leave early from Dumaguete to go canyoneering at Kawasan Falls. Get ready to scramble and crawl through rocky edges along the beautiful gorges and river canyons of Badian River.

You will soon arrive at the cascading three-staged falls. Make the most of your adventure and jump off the cliff as high as 30 feet. Afterward, you will take a plunge into the emerald-blue waters. The enchanting falls have natural pools and lagoons perfect for a refreshing dip.

After your exhilarating adventure, you will take a short boat ride to reach the coast of Moalboal. This beautiful coastal town boasts world-famous diving spots with stunning coral gardens and a wide variety of marine species.

At Pescador Island, you will witness the magnificent sardine run. You will swim with countless sardines merging in perfect unison. Dive beneath the vast seascape and see colorful and bountiful marine sanctuaries.

You will also explore the breathtaking Turtle Island. Here, you will swim with sea turtles and other odd-looking aquatic creatures. After your heart-pounding adventures, you will head back to your hotel in Argao.

Day 10
Sirao Flower Farm in Cebu

Day 10: Cebu City Tour

On Day 10, you will travel to Cebu City. Your van will drive you to your accommodation in Mandaue City.

Your Cebu City itinerary begins at Taoist Temple, a serene temple on top of a hill. Featuring beautifully preserved Chinese architecture, Taoist Temple boasts a replica of the Great Wall of China and dragon statues. You can also buy rare items at the souvenir shop on-site.

Then, you will explore downtown Cebu. You will drop by Basilica Minore Del Santo Nino, the country’s oldest Roman Catholic church. Magellan’s Cross is located at the chapel a few meters from the church.

At Heritage of Cebu Monument, you will learn more about Cebu’s colorful history. You will find the Spanish galleons and other relevant symbols to commemorate significant events in history, including the Battle of Mactan. It also features well-known figures like Sergio Osmena, the 4th President of the country.

Afterward, you will visit Yap-San Diego Ancestral House, a 17th-century Chinese settlement. You will then marvel at the Temple of Leah’s majestic structure. Finally, you will head to Sirao Flower Farm, Cebu’s little Amsterdam. Don’t miss out on the chance to strike a pose behind colorful blooms.

Day 11
Honda Bay in Puerto Princesa Palawan

Day 11: Puerto Princesa Honda Bay Island Hopping Tour

On the 11th day of your tour, you will be flying off to Puerto Princesa, Palawan. You will go on an island-hopping tour to the pristine seascape of Honda Bay.

Palawan is one of the world’s best islands because of its white-sand beaches, breathtaking coves, and cays. In this island-hopping tour, you will get to visit three of the world-famous islands dotting Honda Bay in Puerto Princesa.

Your first stop is at Starfish Island. As the name implies, the island is home to different kinds of starfishes. You can even get a rare opportunity to see the perfectly symmetrical five-armed orange starfish. Other marine species that you’ll find here include pufferfish and yellowtail snappers.

The boomerang-shaped Cowrie Island will be your 2nd destination. It is the largest among all of the islands in Honda Bay. Here, you can snorkel or ride a banana boat across its vast seascape. You can also take a quick rest on the island’s cabanas and huts for rent.

Finally, you will sink your feet into the soft, powdery, and fine white sandbar at Luli Island. It appears during high tide and submerges at low tide. You can also relax on hammocks floating throughout the bay.

Day 12
Underground river of Puerto Princesa Palawan

Day 12: Puerto Princesa Underground River and City Tour

On Day 12, you will continue your Puerto Princesa tour to its famous underground river. To get there, you will take a short boat ride from Sabang Boat Terminal to Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park.

This 8km-long underground river covers over 22,000 hectares. It is one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature and UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Once you have entered the underground cave, you will witness stunning rock formations, stalactites, and stalagmites in different shapes.

After your cruise, you will proceed to the city proper to buy some souvenirs for your friends and family back home. At Baker’s Hill, you can purchase some baked goodies and local pastries. Afterward, you will visit a leisure park that was previously a Spanish garrison and penal colony known as Plaza Cuartel.

Up next, you will head to Palawan Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center to see crocodiles up-close. The crocodile research center and breeding facility is also sheltering other species like birds and reptiles that are endemic to Palawan.

Make the most of your trip in Puerto Princesa and explore its top sightseeing spots, including the Mitra’s Ranch. Finally, you will drop by Puerto Princesa Baywalk to catch the sunset.

Day 13
Aerial view of Inaladelan Island in Palawan

Day 13: Port Barton Island Hopping Tour

On the 13th day, you will escape to the tropical paradise of Port Barton in San Vicente, Palawan. Because of its lush landscapes, it is also often positively compared with El Nido. This majestic island is secluded, perfect for those seeking tranquility.

You will go island-hopping to the hidden islands dotting Port Barton. For your first destination, you will head to the 12-hectare private island at Inaladelan Resort. Those who like to kayak or play beach volleyball can use the sports facilities on-site.

You can rest on the white sand or take a picnic lunch by the beach. Inaladelan Resort also offers glamping tents for those who like to stay overnight.

The turtle hatching season in Port Barton happens every January. If you visit Port Barton around this time, you will have a chance to help baby turtles walk their first steps to the sea. Up next is Luli Sandbar, a piece of powdery white sand that emerges and sinks into the water depending on the tides.

Make the most of your vacation and go snorkeling or diving at the turtle snorkeling site. Don’t miss out on the chance to swim with sea turtles at the fish and snorkeling site.

Day 14
Hidden Beach in El Nido Palawan

Day 14: El Nido Island Hopping Tour

Spend the 14th day of your vacation in the world-famous lagoons and powdery beaches in El Nido, Palawan. You will take a short boat ride to reach the pristine and breathtaking islands dotting Bacuit Bay.

You will soon arrive at El Nido’s Big Lagoon. To get inside the lagoon, you have to pass through a narrow entrance. Upon entering, a postcard-worthy scenery of the stunning limestone cliffs awaits you.

For your second destination, you will explore Miniloc Island. It boasts an evergreen forest. Miniloc Island is among the top diving spots in El Nido because of its rich and flourishing ecosystem. It offers four dive sites, including Tagbao Island, Biet Point, Twin Rocks, and The Wall.

Up next is Secret Lagoon. You will also crawl through the narrow entrance. However, unlike Big Lagoon, it has a smaller opening. There is a secluded beach right outside the Secret Lagoon. You can lounge on its sand and take beach photos.

You will also visit the Seven Commandos Beach. Here, you can take stunning pictures behind tall coconut trees and lush mountains. Lastly, you will snorkel around Shimizu Island to see impressive coral gardens. It also showcases majestic limestone formations and towering cliffs.

Day 15
Terminal 1 of NAIA

Day 15: Departure to Manila

Cap off your 15-day vacation and wait for your private van to fetch you from your hotel in Lio properties. You will proceed to the Puerto Princesa International Airport. 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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