Woman enjoying the cool waters of Palawan

16-Day Best Nature Attractions with Trekking Tour to Baguio, Bohol, Cebu & Palawan from Manila

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

See some of the top natural wonders of the Philippines and learn about its history with this 16-day vacation package. This trip will take you to the important historical sites in Manila and islands, falls, farms, and parks located in Baguio, Bohol, Cebu, and Palawan. This tour package already includes accommodation, land and sea transportation, roundtrip flights, entrance fees, and the service of guides.

Once you arrive at Ninoy Aquino International Airport, your van will take you to your hotel then to your first destination, Intramuros in Manila. Enclosed within the walls of Intramuros are several historical structures representing some of the past events in the city.

This package will also show you the infamous Mt. Pinatubo, which caused a dramatic eruption in 1991 but created a beautiful crater. You will also spend time at the Strawberry Farm in Benguet and Baguio City's Camp John Hay and Mines View Park.

You will then explore the top spots in Bohol, including Cambuhat Village, Pamilacan Island, Loboc River Cruise, and the world-renowned Chocolate Hills. The City of Dumaguete will be part of your excursion, as well, and you'll get to see Silliman University and Apo Island among the attractions in the place.

Next, you'll go on an adventure in Cebu. You can go swimming or canyoneering at Kawasan Falls and see the rich marine life of the town of Moalboal. You'll also visit the scenic Temple of Leah and Sirao Flower Farm in the province.

Lastly, you will visit Palawan, which is home to numerous natural attractions. Here, you will explore Honda Bay and the Underground River in Puerto Princesa City, Port Barton, and Big Lagoon in the town of El Nido.

Join this 16-day trip to the historical places and nature spots in Manila, Tarlac, Benguet, Bohol, Dumaguete, Cebu, Puerto Princesa, and El Nido. Check availability by choosing a date.

Included

15 nights accommodation (budget category)
15 days breakfast
15 lunch
All flights with 20kgs baggage allowance
Day 1 - Intramuros Tour (Manila)
Day 2 - Mt. Pinatubo Tour
Day 3 to 4 - Benguet Tour (Cordillera Region)
Day 5 to 11 - Bohol, Dumaguete and Cebu Tour (Central Visayas)
Day 12 to 15 - Puerto Princesa, Port Barton and El Nido Tour (Palawan)
Day 16 - 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

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
Philippine Military Academy
The Mansion
Camp John Hay
Mines View Park
Wright Park
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
Strawberry Farm
Centennial Park
Good Shepherd Convent
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
Northern Blossom Flower Farm
Cambuhat Oyster Farm
Puerto Princesa City Baywalk Park
Manila
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
Atok Sakura Flowers
2nd Highest Point
Siliman University
Dumaguete Public Market
Claytown Pottery
Inaladelan Island
Miniloc Island
Dumaguete Campanario
Cambuhat River

Daily itinerary

Day 1
Fort Santiago inside Intramuros

Day 1: Intramuros Tour

Your van will fetch you at Ninoy Aquino International Airport and transport you to your accommodation in Manila or along Roxas Boulevard. Then, your guide will take you to Manila's walled area, called Intramuros.

Intramuros gives off an old-world ambiance within the modern city of Manila with its Spanish structures. Your guide will first show you Fort Santiago. This defensive fortress was established in 1593 and commissioned by Spanish governor Miguel López de Legazpi.

Not far from the fort is Plaza Roma, one of the three major public squares of the walled city. Feel free to take photos of the picturesque building at the site. You'll then head to Bahay Tsinoy. This museum features 12 sections showcasing the cultural and historical past between the Filipinos and Chinese.

Your guide will bring you to another museum, the Casa Manila. Formerly a home, this museum illustrates the locals' lifestyle during Spanish colonization. Afterward, you will take a stroll through San Diego Gardens and the 16th-century Baluarte De San Diego.

You'll also visit San Agustin Church and Museum, the only church in Manila that was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Lastly, you'll go to Manila Cathedral, the episcopal seat of the Archbishop of Manila.

Day 2
Beautiful view of Mount Pinatubo Crater Lake

Day 2: Mt. Pinatubo Tour

After you check out of your hotel in Manila, you will travel to the Province of Tarlac to go hiking up Mt. Pinatubo. This active volcano lies around 87km from the Philippines' capital and is renowned for its disastrous eruption in 1991. It is considered the second-biggest terrestrial eruption of the 20th century.

Your van will drive you to Sta. Juliana Tourism Center, where you will ride a 4x4 vehicle. From the center, you will travel across the rocky and lahar-filled terrain of Crow Valley. You will then start your ascent to the summit once you reach the mountain's base.

The trek usually takes between one and 1.5 hours, but along the way, you'll get to find some odd volcanic rocks that were caused by the volcano's 1991 eruption. As soon as you get to the top, you'll be greeted by Mt. Pinatubo's Crater Lake that boasts turquoise waters.

Spend the rest of your time taking in the serenity of the place and enjoying your lunch. You can also take as many pictures as you like before heading down the volcano. Once you reach the base camp in Barangay Sta. Juliana, you'll ride a van to your accommodation in Baguio.

Day 3
Strawberry farm in La Trinidad, Benguet

Day 3: Benguet Tour

From your Baguio hotel, your guide will take you to the towns in Benguet, the Salad Bowl of the Philippines. You will first visit La Trinidad, a landlocked town that is known for its Strawberry Farm. Here you'll enjoy picking fresh strawberries, and you can also purchase strawberry products like crinkles, jam, and wine.

You will next explore the town of Atok, which is home to Atok Sakura Flowers. Back in 2016, over 30 Sakura trees were gifted to Benguet from the Japanese government in celebration of their 40-year friendship. The trees were planted in Atok and are expected to bloom soon.

You can see more vibrant flowers in your next attraction. Northern Blossom, a two-hectare farm, is decorated with various flowers and offers a splendid view of Mt. Pulag and Mt. Timbak from a distance. After taking photos, you will proceed to the 2nd Highest Point. Situated in Barangays Paoay and Cattubo in Atok, this site nestles at 7,400 feet above sea level, the second-highest altitude in the Philippine highway system.

Before heading back to your accommodation in Baguio, you will drop by the man-made Spanish Trail that has three long tunnels extending up to around 10 meters each.

Day 4
View of Baguio City from Mines View Park

Day 4: Baguio Tour

On this day, you will tour the City of Pines, Baguio. Temperatures here barely surpass 26 degrees, so it's best to bring sweaters. The place has been dubbed as the "Summer Capital of the Philippines" because of its cool climate.

Your tour kicks off with a visit to the Philippine Military Academy. At this premier military institution, you will find cadets training. You will head next to C.P. Romulo Drive, where The Mansion is located. It is a presidential summer house that has a mini-museum displaying artwork and memorabilia of the past presidents.

You'll also stop by Camp John Hay for food tripping, trekking, and golfing. Formerly a military base, the camp also features hotels, a convention center, a museum, and more. Next, your guide will take you to three lush parks as Mines View Park, Wright Park, and Centennial Park. These three attractions are excellent places to relax, and each shows the natural beauty of Baguio.

Your last stop is the Good Shepherd Convent. Grab the chance to purchase and taste local goodies such as the famous ube jams, butter cookies, peanut brittle, and Ifugao coffee. After the tour, you will return to your Baguio hotel.

Day 5
Fresh oysters from Bohol Cambuhat Oyster Village

Day 5: Bohol Cambuhat Tour

On Day 5 of this vacation package, you will fly to the province of Bohol. After checking out of your accommodation in Baguio, you'll head to the airport and ride a plane to Panglao International Airport.

Your tour is dedicated to Cambuhat, a tranquil village within the town of Buenavista. The starting point to Cambuhat is at Daet Bridge, where you will board a paddleboat. The boat will sail across the wide and scenic Cambuhat River lined with mangroves and nipa palms.

Once you reach the village, you will learn about the Cambuhat Oyster Farm, one of the residents' major sources of livelihood. You will know how oysters get harvested and how locals breed or take care of them. River farming will also be introduced to you during the tour.

After visiting the farm, you will have a sumptuous lunch of oysters. Locals will perform a traditional dance called the Buri dance as you enjoy your meal. Another part of your tour is seeing the residents make woven products using native looms.

By the end of the day, you'll travel back to the bridge, and from there, you will make your way to your accommodation on Panglao Island.

Day 6
Deep blue waters of Pamilacan Island in Bohol

Day 6: Pamilacan Island Tour

On your sixth day, your guide will take you to one of the top natural attractions in Bohol – the paradise-like Pamilacan Island. It lies some 12.5km from the mainland in the heart of the Bohol Sea. Sea creatures like dolphins and whale sharks inhabit the area, so be on the lookout for these animals during the boat ride.

Despite having a population of around 2,000 residents, Pamilacan Island constantly boasts natural beauty. Its shores are covered with fine, white sand, and clear blue waters surround the place. The island also offers a peaceful environment.

You can spend the rest of your time swimming and sunbathing. You also have the option to go snorkeling as Pamilacan is a haven for sea turtles, bucket sponges, and a variety of fish. Those looking for a more exciting experience can head to the island's excellent diving spots.

Pamilacan Island also offers a little history to visitors. There's a 200-year-old Spanish fort on the northeast side of the place. This National Cultural Treasure was used as a watchtower to look out for Moro pirates. After a fun day on this natural gem, you will return to the mainland and make your way to your Panglao accommodation.

Day 7
Chocolate Hills, one of Bohol's most popular tourist spots

Day 7: Bohol Countryside Tour

After leaving your hotel on Panglao Island, your van will drive you to the vibrant countryside of Bohol. Here you'll visit more of the province's best attractions, starting with the Corella Tarsier Sanctuary. This forest patch has a vast area that serves as a home to the Bohol tarsiers. Feel free to take photos of these tiny creatures, just remember to turn off your flash beforehand.

You will next embark on a Loboc River Cruise aboard a floating restaurant. Feast on your delectable buffet lunch while traversing the pristine, emerald waters of the river. Some locals onboard will entertain you with native Filipino songs and dances during the cruise.

Your guide will then bring you to Baclayon Church after you return to shore. Established in 1595 by Jesuit priests, this religious structure is considered the second-oldest stone church in the Philippines. Beside the church is an old convent, which houses a small museum.

You will also pay a visit to the Butterfly Conservatory, where you'll find over hundred species of butterflies. Then, you'll drop by the Bilar Forest, a man-made forest of mangrove trees, before heading to the world-renowned Chocolate Hills. You will return to your Panglao accommodation afterward.

Day 8
Belfry Tower in Dumaguete

Day 8: Dumaguete City Tour

You will spend this day touring Dumaguete, the City of Gentle People. After checking out your Panglao hotel, you will board a ferry to Dumaguete. Upon your arrival, your van will drive you to the Silliman University. Previously an elementary school for boys, the educational institution acquired its university status in 1938.

Next, you'll visit Rizal Boulevard to enjoy some fresh air and have a stroll along the shore. A few meters away is the Cathedral of St. Catherine De Alexandria. Having been completed in 1776, the cathedral is Negros Island's oldest stone church. Standing next to it is Dumaguete Campanario, the oldest belfry in the Visayas.

Your itinerary also includes Dumaguete Public Market, Provincial Capitol, and Freedom Park, and Claytown Pottery. Your next destination is Sidlakang Negros Village, where you can purchase souvenirs. You will then have your lunch break at Lab-as Seafood.

Afterward, your guide will take you to the Forest Camp, a mountain resort in Valencia Town. You'll proceed to the Cata-al War Museum, which displays a collection of World War II artifacts. Before retreating to your Dumaguete hotel, you will visit Bacong Town to see San Agustin de Hippo Church and the Negros Oriental Arts and Heritage Center.

Day 9
A diver in Apo Island, Dumaguete

Day 9: Apo Island Tour

On Day 9, you'll visit another top island destination in the Philippines – Apo Island. Your van will pick you up at your accommodation in Dumaguete and transport you to Malatapay Boat Terminal. Here you will board a pump boat and sail to the volcanic Island.

Situated at the southeast end of the island of Negros, Apo Island is one of the best dive spots in the country. Owing to its sea reserve that houses plenty of marine critters, it has become renowned among local and international visitors.

Once you reach the island, your guide will take you to the turtles' habitat, where you can snorkel and swim with the sea turtles. You can also find a stunning reef garden here and chance upon various fish living in it. In case you feel the need to rest, the island's coastline is ideal for relaxation.

You also have the option to go trekking up the Apo Island Lighthouse and the Apo View Deck. You can either take the 600m Habagat Eco-Trail, Witchy's Trail, or David's Trek. All of these will lead you to a site offering a panoramic view of Negros Island. Before dark, you will head back to Dumaguete hotel.

Day 10
Aerial view of Pescador Island in Cebu

Day 10: Kawasan Falls and Moalboal Sardine Run Tour

After checking out of your accommodation in Dumaguete, you'll ride a ferry to Cebu. Your van will then take you to the town of Badian as soon as the ferry docks. Here you will visit the 40-meter Kawasan Falls, which features cold natural spring waters. You can also do canyoneering here in case you're looking for an adrenaline rush.

Your guide will next bring you to the town of Moalboal, which boasts multiple white-sand beaches, spectacular landscapes, and more. Here you will board a boat that will take you off the coast to visit a few islands. Pescador Island, which is only half an hour away from the mainland, is a go-to snorkeling site. Enjoy the stunning corals of various types and colors before going to your next island destination.

At Turtle Island, you'll have the opportunity to get up close with sea turtles. The island is also surrounded by colorful marine life and coral reefs. After that, you will sail back to mainland Cebu and go to Panagsama Beach, famed for the Sardine Run. A few meters from the shore are the millions of sardines swimming and circling together. Afterward, your van will take you to your Argao hotel.

Day 11
Yap San Diego Ancestral House in Cebu

Day 11: Cebu City Tour

It's time to explore the best attractions in Cebu, the Queen City of the South. Once you have checked out of your accommodation in Argao, you will head to Cebu City. This location has several historical places, including the Taoist Temple, established at an elevation of 110 meters above sea level. It offers a scenic view of the city.

Your next attraction is the 16-century Basilica Minore Del Santo Nino, a façade featuring a mixture of Muslim, Romanesque, and neo-classical architectural styles. Outside the basilica is the famous Magellan's Cross, which signifies the propagation of the Roman Catholic faith.

From there, you will proceed to the Heritage of Cebu Monument, which comprises sculptures illustrating the province's major historical events. Your guide will next show you the Yap - San Diego Ancestral House. This ancestral house-turned-museum has antiquities, religious art, and more.

You will then head to the mountains to see the Temple of Leah, dubbed as the Taj Mahal of Cebu, but it isn't a mausoleum but home to the memorabilia of a Cebuano's late wife. Before making your way to your Mandaue hotel, you will first stop by the marvelous Sirao Flower Farm.

Day 12
Starfish Island in Palawan

Day 12: Puerto Princesa Honda Bay Island Hopping Tour

On Day 12, you will check out of Mandaue accommodation and travel from Mactan-Cebu International Airport to Puerto Princesa International Airport. Once you arrive at the airport, you will head to the eastern coast of the province where Honda Bay is situated. It will serve as your starting point for your island-hopping tour.

The first stop will be Star Fish Island. It requires a 15-minute boat ride from Pambato reef to get to the island. The place is not only abundant in starfishes but also features white sand surrounded by emerald waters. Other varieties of fish, including rainbow parrotfish and bloating puffers, also populate the place.

You will head next to Cowrie Island, the biggest one in Honda Bay. It is known for its shape resembling a seashell, hence its name. This location is ideal for swimming as there is a netted portion that keeps the jellyfish at bay.

To wrap up your island-hopping tour, you will make a stop at Luli Island. It is a sandbar that disappears at a high tide but offers hammocks and diving and snorkeling spots. After a fun time out in the sea, you'll travel to your hotel in Sabang.

Day 13
Cliffs outside Puerto Princesa Underground River

Day 13: Puerto Princesa Underground River and City Tour

In the morning, your van will fetch you at your Sabang accommodation and drive you to Sabang Wharf, where a boat is waiting for you here. You will then head to the world-famous Puerto Princesa Underground River aboard the boat. Declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this river runs underneath the St. Paul Mountain Range. As you traverse the river, take notice of the spectacular stalactites and stalagmites inside the cave.

After the cruise, you will travel back to mainland Palawan and start your tour in the City of Puerto Princesa. Your first stop is Baker's Hills, a bakery/theme park that is an excellent place for buying souvenirs or baked goodies. You will also find here a garden, multiple restaurants, and many picturesque spots.

Your next stop is Plaza Cuartel, a historical destination in Puerto Princesa. It was once a military base with an old Spanish garrison and tunnels. Your guide will then bring you to Crocodile Farm, where you'll get the chance to see various wildlife animals like crocodiles and other reptiles and mammals. Afterward, you will enjoy a better view of the city at Mitra's Ranch and unwind and sample street foods at Puerto Princesa Baywalk.

Day 14
German Island in Port Barton Palawan

Day 14: Port Barton Island Hopping Tour

On Day 14, you will further explore the attractions in the Province of Palawan. Your tour for this day will take place at Port Barton, a hidden wonder located on the western shore of Northern Palawan. Situated in the town of San Vicente, this village is considered a quieter and smaller version of El Nido. While it doesn't offer luxuries, it has become a tourist destination, especially for travelers seeking a more laid-back side of Palawan.

Off the village's coast are several islands, including Inaladelan, which is considered the newest excellent place for camping in the province. It boasts a stretch of white-sand beach on the southeastern side. Here you can play beach volleyball or go kayaking.

Your next stop will be Luli Sandbar. This attraction got its name from its aspect of appearing at low tide and disappearing at high tide. It is the best spot to enjoy a magnificent sunset and find starfishes of varied colors and sizes.

This tour will also take you to the Turtle Snorkeling Site. Here you can spend time observing and swimming with sea turtles. Lastly, you will make a stop at the Fish and Coral Snorkeling Site, which is teeming with striking corals and more fishes. You will then return to shore and head to your Lio hotel.

Day 15
Big Lagoon in El Nido

Day 15: El Nido Island Hopping Tour

On the fifteenth day, you'll discover the natural attractions in El Nido, Palawan. Your van will transport you to a terminal where you'll ride a boat to Bacuit Bay, one of the most popular locations in the province. Be sure to gear up for swimming as your itinerary for this day includes beaches, lagoons, and islands.

Your tour will begin at the Big Lagoon. Aboard a boat, you'll enter a narrow and shallow waterway that leads to a vast blue lagoon surrounded by limestone cliffs. To make the most of your time here, you will be kayaking through the clear waters.

The Miniloc Island will be your next stop. On this paradise-like island are white-sand beaches, limestone mountains, and lavish foliage. Afterward, you'll visit the Secret Lagoon, which is located on the island. The entrance to this attraction is a small hole in the limestone wall.

Next, you'll go to the mainland, where your next attraction, Seven Commandos Beach, is situated. Take the time to unwind on the white sands or swim in the crystalline waters. Your tour ends at Shimizu Island, which is known for its marvelous corals and marine life. You'll then travel back to your Lio accommodation.

Day 16
Terminal 1 of NAIA

Day 16: Departure to Manila

Your 16-day tour package has finally come to an end. After checking out of your hotel in Lio, El Nido, you will board a plane at Puerto Princesa International Airport. The flight from Palawan to Manila commonly takes less than two hours. Expect to arrive at Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

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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