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16-Day Philippines Nature Tour Package to Palawan Island, Bohol Island & Cordillera Mountains

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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

Explore the Philippines' stunning countryside and beautiful islands in a fun and hassle-free way with this 16-day family-friendly package. During this trip, you will discover the rich marine life in Palawan province, unspoiled attractions in Bohol Island, and the breathtaking landscapes in the Cordillera Mountains. Your entrance fees, accommodations with complimentary daily breakfast, transfers, and the service of guides are all bundled in this package.

Upon arriving at Ninoy Aquino International Airport, you'll proceed with your tour in Intramuros. This walled area in Manila City tells the country's history and culture that goes way back to the Spanish colonization. On the second day, you'll take a flight to Ilocos Norte to visit its top attractions, including the Marcos Museum and Bangui Windmills.

From Ilocos Norte, you'll travel to Ilocos Sur to stop by the famous Calle Crisologo. You will also head to the Banaue Museum that showcases the artifacts of different local tribes. Then, you will make your way to Baguio City to visit The Mansion and many unspoiled parks like Wright Park.

You will also experience picking fresh strawberries at the Strawberry Farm in Benguet highlands. Afterward, you will dedicate an entire day to Mt. Pinatubo to see its Crater Lake. You will later fly to Bohol province and see one of the world's smallest primates at the Tarsier Sanctuary, as well as the widely known Chocolate Hills.

The following tours will take place in Palawan province:  In Puerto Princesa City, you will explore Honda Bay and enter the world-famous Underground River. You will also pay a visit to Port Barton village and the Big Lagoon in El Nido town.

Come along on a 16-day adventure to see a range of marvels in Manila, Ilocos, Sagada, Banaue, Benguet, Tarlac, Bohol, and Puerto Princesa. Check the 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 to 4 - Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur (Ilocos Region)
Day 5 to 8 - Sagada, Banaue and Benguet Tour (Cordillera Region)
Day 9 - Mt. Pinatubo Tour
Day 10 to 11 - Bohol 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

Daily itinerary

Day 1
Courtyard in Casa Manila Intramuros

Day 1: Intramuros Tour

For your first tour, you will visit Intramuros, a centuries-old walled area in Manila City. But before you begin your tour, you will check in to your hotel in Manila or along the renowned waterfront promenade, Roxas Boulevard.

Enclosed in the walls of Intramuros are numerous establishments and other structures that go back to the Spanish colonial days. One of these is Fort Santiago, a fortress erected in 1593 which has dungeons that you can take a look at. The walled area also has public squares, one of which is named Plaza Roma. This green space is considered the heart of Intramuros.

Bahay Tsinoy will be your next stop. This museum tells the story of the Filipino-Chinese community from the first migrants until the present time. From there, your guide will take you to another museum: Casa Manila. Here, you will discover how the affluent locals lived during Spanish colonization.

You will then stop by San Diego Gardens with pergola and gazebos and later head to Baluarte De San Diego, a favorite venue for special occasions like weddings. Your guide will also take you to the Philippines' oldest stone church, San Agustin Church and Museum, and the episcopal seat of Manila's Archbishop, Manila Cathedral.

Day 2
Paoay Church in Ilocos Norte

Day 2: Laoag Tour

Your destination for Day 2 will be Laoag City in Ilocos Norte province. After checking out of your hotel, you will make your way to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, where you'll ride a plane heading to Laoag Airport.

The 17th-century St. Williams Cathedral will be the first stop of your tour. The church displays a portrait of the city's patron saint: San Guillermo el Ermitao. A few meters away from the cathedral is the 45-meter-high Sinking Bell Tower, one of Laoag's most famous landmarks.

You will next visit the Museo Ilocos Norte, which is full of relics of local tribes. Then, you will drop by Aurora Park to see a historical landmark, Tobacco Monopoly Monument. Later on, your guide will transport you to your first attraction in Paoay town, Malacanang of the North. This presidential museum is dedicated to Ferdinand Marcos, the 10th Philippine President.

The next attraction is Paoay Church, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the top examples of the country's Baroque churches. At your final stop, Marcos Museum, you will better understand the late president Marcos's political career. Your guide will then drive you to your Laoag hotel at the end of the day.

Day 3
Patapat Viaduct in Ilocos

Day 3: Pagudpud Tour

You will visit the hidden jewels in the northernmost part of Luzon Island. Your guide will first drive you to Burgos town to see Cape Bojeador Lighthouse, which has been standing on top of a hill since the Spanish colonial days.

Next, you'll travel to Bangui town, where the 70-meter-tall Bangui Windmills are located. These wind turbines supply over 40% of Ilocos Norte's electricity. Your next stop will be at Patapat Viaduct, the Philippines' fifth longest bridge with a length of 1.3 kilometers.

Near the bridge is Agua Grande, a nice picnic park with running water that is safe to swim in. You will then stop by Paraiso ni Anton, known for its stream of water that is said to have healing powers. Your guide will later show you one of the top attractions in Ilocos Norte: the Kapurpurawan Rock Formation. Lastly, you'll visit the Pasuquin Salt Stand that sells not only salt but also salt-preserved food.

If you're up for another activity, you have the option to go on an extreme ride around Lapaz Sand Dunes as an add-on. You will get on a 4x4 vehicle and go up and down the slopes of this sandy coastal desert.

Day 4
Bantay Watch Tower in Ilocos Sur

Day 4: Vigan Tour

Your guide will pick you up at your Laoag hotel and drive you to Vigan City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Ilocos Sur. You will check into a new hotel along the centuries-old street of Calle Crisologo.

Your first stop on this day will be at the National Museum Ilocos Sur Complex, where you can find numerous museums, including the ancestral house of popular priest patriot Fr. Jose Burgos. The Bantay Church and Bell Tower, which both go back to the 16th century, will be your next stop.

Your guide will later bring you to the Syquia Mansion Museum, where you can find preserved furniture and heirlooms belonging to the Angco-Syquia family. At the following stop, you'll witness the old methods used in pottery at the Pagburnayan Jar Factory. You will also pay a visit to Crisologo Museum, where you can find more antiques, as well as the Crisologo family's memorabilia.

Afterward, you'll see the cobblestone pavement and well-preserved Spanish buildings of Calle Crisologo. Less than a kilometer away is the St. Paul Metropolitan Cathedral, which is deemed a major religious landmark of the Philippines. The last attraction you'll visit is Baluarte, a sanctuary housing endangered species and wildlife.

Day 5
Sumaguing Cave in  Sagada

Day 5: Sagada Tour

You will check out of your hotel early in the morning and start traveling to Sagada, a rural town sitting at the heart of the Cordillera Mountains. Your tour for this day will include trekking and spelunking, so make sure you bring proper outfits for these activities.

Out of more than 60 caves in Sagada, you will visit the two most interesting ones, starting with Sugong Cave. Inside this natural attraction is an underground river that flows directly to Kapay-aw Rice Terraces. The cave is also home to Sagada's famous Hanging Coffins, which are used in the ancient funeral custom of the local tribes.

Before you proceed to the second cave, you will go on a trek to Echo Valley. This natural site got its name for the fact that shouts reverberate throughout the area. Within the valley is a viewing area where you can see the Hanging Coffins from a distance.

From the valley, you will head over to Sumaguing Cave. While exploring the inside of the cave, your guide will show you the millions of old rock formations. The final stop of your tour will be at the Bontoc Tribal Museum. Behind this building is a replica of an Ifugao village.

Day 6
Bangaan Village in Banaue

Day 6: Banaue Tour

On Day 6, you will continue your tour in the Luzon highlands with a visit to Banaue province. It is widely known as the location of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Batad Rice Terraces. This natural wonder is shaped like an amphitheater and has been existing for more than 2,000 years.

For your second stop, you have the option to hike up Batad Banaue Viewpoint to get a more fascinating view of the rice terraces. You will need to trek for half an hour to get to the site. If you prefer a different scenery, you may ask your guide to take you to Tappiya Waterfall instead. This hidden jewel is ideal for swimming; just make sure to avoid the catch basin if you're not much of a swimmer.

You may choose to visit Banga-an Village if you wish to find out more about the locals' lifestyle. This small farming community features typical Ifugao houses. You will also find a handicraft center, which showcases the crafts of the Ifugao people.

Before you head to your Banaue hotel, you will stop by the two-story Banaue Museum. Here you will find a variety of displays that represent the ancient tribes in the region.

Day 7
View of Baguio City from Mines View Park

Day 7: Baguio Tour

Your tour for this day will be about the Philippines' summer capital, Baguio City. As you make your way to the city, you'll have a quick tour of Kiangan town. You will drop by the Ifugao Museum, where you'll learn about the ancient traditions and life of the Ifugao people. Your last stop here will be at the Surrender Site of General Yamashita.

Once you reach Baguio, the first attraction you'll visit is the Philippine Military Academy. You are welcome to explore the picturesque grounds and watch the cadets performing their drills. Your van will drive you to The Mansion afterward. This summer house features a private mini-museum that exhibits the memorabilia of the previous Philippine presidents over the years.

At your next stop, you can enjoy various activities offered at Camp John Hay, like golfing, picnicking, and more. Your guide will then take you to three popular parks: Mines View Park, Wright Park, and Centennial Park, where you can marvel at natural sceneries and experience wearing the traditional clothing of the Igorot locals.

A visit to the Good Shepherd Convent will mark the end of your tour. There, you can find tasty treats that you can purchase and take home.

Day 8
Northern Blossom Flower Farm in Atok Benguet

Day 8: Benguet Tour

On Day 8, you will further explore Benguet province. Your guide will take you to the neighboring towns of Baguio, starting with La Trinidad. This municipality is famous for its Strawberry Farm, which is open to visitors who want to pick fresh strawberries. While here, you can purchase strawberry ice cream and souvenirs.

Your guide will later drive you to Atok town to see the rest of the attractions on your itinerary. You will first drop by Atok Sakura Flowers, which Benguet created after the Japanese government of Kochi Prefecture gifted them some Sakura trees for their 40th anniversary of friendship. You will also find here a myriad of flowers surrounding the park, including sunflowers and hydrangeas.

Next on your itinerary is Northern Blossom, where you can take great photos with more vibrant blooms. This vast plantation has various plants, including rare flowers like cabbage roses, alstroemeria, and dusty millers. Afterward, you will travel up to the 2nd Highest Point in the Philippine highway system.

You will make your final stop at Atok's man-made attraction, Spanish Trail. While it was constructed during the Spanish period, the trail remains intact. You will return to your hotel after the tour.

Day 9
Scenic view of Mt. Pinatubo Crater Lake

Day 9: Mt. Pinatubo Tour

You will leave Baguio and travel to Tarlac province. On this day, you will go hiking up Mt. Pinatubo, so be sure to gear up. This active volcano had a catastrophic eruption in 1991, which is deemed the world's largest in the past 100 years. A few years after the disaster, the volcano has become a popular destination for trekking and hiking.

The jump-off point to Mt. Pinatubo is the Sta. Juliana Tourism Center in Tarlac. Here, you will get on a 4x4 vehicle and head over to the foot of the mountain. You will have to go through lahar(volcanic mudflow)-filled areas and cross rocky rivers within Crow Valley before you arrive at the volcano's base.

After an hour-long ride, you will begin your ascent to the summit of Mt. Pinatubo. The trek will last for at least two hours, but your reward at the end of the trail will surely leave you in awe. Following its 1991 eruption, an amazing Crater Lake was formed.

You can take as many pictures of the scenery as you like after savoring your lunch. At the end of the day, your van will drive you to your accommodation in Manila around the Baywalk area.

Day 10
Tarsier Sanctuary in Bohol

Day 10: Bohol Countryside Tour

In the morning, your van will transport you to Ninoy Aquino International Airport, where you will take a flight to Panglao International Airport in Bohol province. Your guide will take you to the beautiful spots in the province's countryside.

First, you will meet one of the smallest primates in the world at the Corella Tarsier Sanctuary. You can spot the Bohol tarsiers resting up in trees or jumping from one tree to another. You can purchase some souvenirs like t-shirts from the shop before leaving the place.

Next on your itinerary is a relaxing Loboc River Cruise. Hop aboard a floating restaurant that will sail across the river at a slow pace. Indulge in delectable Filipino dishes and enjoy the live performances of Filipino songs and dances during the cruise.

Following that, your van will transfer you to Baclayon Church, a 16th-century stone church with walls and pillars made of coral stones. You will later travel to Bilar town to see its two popular attractions: the Butterfly Conservatory and Bilar Forest.

For your last stop, your guide will bring you to the world-famous Chocolate Hills. Take in the beauty of this National Geological Monument before retreating to your hotel in Panglao Island.

Day 11
White sand beach of Pamilacan Island

Day 11: Pamilacan Island Tour

On Day 11, you will sail to the heart of the Bohol Sea for a fun time in Pamilacan Island. This paradise-like destination gained fame for its abundant marine life. Dolphins and whale sharks are frequently seen swimming on the surface of the sea, so be sure to keep an eye out for these amazing creatures during the boat trip.

Pamilacan Island is a tiny land with a small fishing community, where only 240 families live. It boasts white-sand beaches and crystal-clear waters and has become one of the must-visit destinations in Bohol. You can have a refreshing bath in the sea or relax on the shore.

You can also explore the island's underwater world. Corals, anemones, sea turtles, clownfish, pufferfish, moray eels, and stingrays are just some of the aquatic plants and animals you can see while snorkeling. Besides snorkeling spots, Pamilacan Island also has some diving sites.

Feel free to go around the village and see the local houses adorned with jaws and other bones of marine animals. You also have the option to visit the 200-year-old Spanish fort which used to be a watchtower before returning to your Panglao hotel by the end of the day.

Day 12
Aerial view of Luli island in Puerto Princesa Palawan

Day 12: Puerto Princesa Honda Bay Island-Hopping Tour

Day 12 is for an island-hopping trip around Honda Bay in Palawan province. Your van will transport you to Panglao International Airport after you check out of your hotel. From there, your plane will head to Puerto Princesa International Airport.

Honda Bay is one of the most famous attractions in Puerto Princesa City. The place has beautiful coral reefs, stunning landscapes, and white-sand beaches. It is also dotted with numerous islands, one of which is your first stop: Starfish Island. While the island's surface is filled with starfishes, various fishes can be found in its greenish waters.

Your boat will take you to Cowrie Island afterward. The place has a few restaurants and bars where you can savor local dishes and drinks. You can also take advantage of the beach activities offered on the island, including jet skiing and banana boat riding.

Your island-hopping tour will end at Luli Island. It is also called the sinking island because it gets submerged when the tide is high. You may relax on its fine cream-colored sand or wade in its clear waters. You will then return to the mainland for a well-deserved rest at your hotel in Sabang town.

Day 13
Entrance to the Puerto Princesa Underground River in Palawan

Day 13: Puerto Princesa Underground River & City Tour

On the thirteenth day, your guide will take you to the best attractions of Puerto Princesa, starting with the world-renowned Underground River, which is declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will ride a boat at Sabang Wharf and sail to the mouth of the cave, where you will board a smaller boat. While cruising, you will discover countless rock formations shaped by nature.

Once you get back on land, you'll kick off your city tour of Puerto Princesa. The first attraction you'll visit is Baker's Hill, a go-to place for freshly baked pastries and local delicacies. It also offers a theme park with numerous picture-perfect spots.

You will next stop by the city's park, called Plaza Cuartel. This site was a military base used during World War II. Then, you'll head to Crocodile Farm, which shelters mammals and reptiles found in Palawan, including rare and endangered ones like the Palawan Bear Cat and the Palawan Peacock Pheasant.

Your guide will later drive you to Mitra's Ranch, where you can breathe in the fresh air and admire the panoramic view of the city. The last attraction you'll visit is Puerto Princesa Baywalk. While here, you can enjoy local street food.

Day 14
Beautiful islands in Port Barton Palawan

Day 14: Port Barton Island-Hopping Tour

Day 14 is dedicated to Port Barton village, deemed as a hidden jewel in Palawan. This quaint and sleepy settlement is situated on the western coast of northern Palawan. The location garnered popularity among travelers who seek a less touristy place with lots of activities and attractions.

Port Barton hosts multiple islands to which your guide will take you. Your first stop will be Inaladelan, where you can find white sand and crystalline waters. Also called German Island, the place has become a favorite destination for camping. It is also ideal for snorkeling as it hosts stunning corals underwater.

Your boat will next sail to Luli Sandbar. This attraction has a diving platform, a snorkeling spot, and hammocks. It is a perfect spot for watching the amazing sunset. Later on, you will head to the Turtle Snorkeling Site to swim with the sea turtles.

The last leg of your island-hopping tour is the Fish and Coral Snorkeling Site. While exploring underwater, you will spot more fish of various colors and species. There are also gorgeous corals around the area. By the end of the day, you will travel to your hotel along Lio Beach in El Nido.

Day 15
Aerial view of Big Lagoon in El Nido Palawan

Day 15: El Nido Island Hopping Tour

Your tour for this day will bring you to more stunning islands and other natural attractions in Palawan, particularly those that are located in the popular El Nido town. Your van will drive you to a terminal, where you will board a boat to Bacuit Bay.

You will sail straight to the Big Lagoon, which has towering limestone cliffs surrounding the main pool. To explore the lagoon's deep blue waters, you'll ride a kayak and paddle your way through an opening.

Your guide will bring you to Miniloc Island next. The place boasts nothing but natural beauty from the surface to the world underneath. Admire the clear waters, white sand, and vibrant marine life of the island before you proceed to the following attraction: Secret Lagoon.

The only entrance to the Secret Lagoon is a small hole on a limestone wall. You will have to squeeze yourself through this hole to reach a pool of water on the other side. Then, you will visit Seven Commandos Beach on the mainland, which is also a great place for relaxation and swimming. Before returning to your Lio hotel, you'll drop by Shimizu Island to see its colorful reef with bountiful marine life.

Day 16
Interiors of Manila Airport

Day 16: Departure to Manila

On the last day of your 16-day tour, you'll prepare for your departure to Manila. Your van will pick you up at your hotel and transfer you to Puerto Princesa International Airport. The flight normally takes between 1.5 and two hours before the plane lands at the 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.

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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