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Sky-high rock formations and deep blue waters in Shimizu Island, Palawan

21-Day Philippines Vacation Package to Best Islands, Historical, & City Attractions from Manila

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Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines
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Duration:
21 days
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Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines
Languages:
English
Difficulty:
Moderate
Available:
All year
Minimum age:
10 years old

Make the most out of your vacation with this 21-day trip covering top attractions in the Philippines. Visit over 100 tourist attractions in the Philippines with this tour package that includes roundtrip flights from Manila, accommodation with breakfast, inter-island flights, ferries, and land transportation, services of tour guides, and entrance fees to attractions. All you have to do is sit back and enjoy the journey, while everything will be taken care of for you. 

The Philippines has so much to offer and this package allows you to see both hidden wonders and popular tourist destinations around Luzon and Visayas. You’ll get to explore notable sites like the Philippine capital, Manila, which is also home to the historic walled city of Intramuros. This package also includes a trip to Palawan, voted as one of the best islands in the world by both local and international travel sites. You’ll be able to go island hopping in El Nido and tour the Underground River of Puerto Princesa.

You will also visit other top attractions in the Philippines’ North Luzon regions such as the historic Calle Crisologo in Vigan and stroll along the cobblestone road, enjoy the cold breeze at the rustic mountain town of Sagada, marvel at the man-made rice terraces in Banaue, visit strawberry and flowers farms in Benguet, and go on a hiking trip to Mt. Pinatubo in Tarlac. 

This vacation package will also bring you to the islands of Visayas with pre-arranged flights and trusted boat and land transportation partners. You will be exploring the top attractions of Cebu like Kawasan Falls, see the Chocolate Hills at Bohol, and swim with turtles in Dumaguete’s Apo Island. 

Explore the best of the Philippines with this ultimate 21-day vacation package. Check availability by choosing a date. 

Included

20 nights accommodation (budget category)
20 days breakfast
11 lunch
All local 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 - Banaue, Sagada and Benguet Tour (Cordillera Region)
Day 9 - Mt. Pinatubo 4x4 Experience (Tarlac)
Day 10 to 16 - Bohol, Dumaguete and Cebu Tour (Central Visayas)
Day 17 to 20 - Puerto Princesa, Honda Bay and EL Nido Tour (Palawan)
Day 21 - Back to Manila
All transportation to and from included activities and desitinations
All environmental, port fees, and all other applicable taxes

Activities

Sightseeing and Walking
Island Hopping
City Tours
Culture, Arts and Historical Tour
Outdoor Activities
Hiking and Trekking
Food and Culinary

Attractions

Chocolate Hills
Manila Cathedral
Casa Manila
Bahay Tsinoy
Puerto Princesa
Mt. Pinatubo
Starfish Island
Luli Island
Cowrie Island
Underground River
Bohol
Baclayon Church
Cebu City
Magellan's Cross
Temple of Leah
Sirao Flower Farm
Philippine Military Academy
The Mansion
Camp John Hay
Mines View Park
Wright Park
Ifugao Museum
Tappiya Waterfalls
Syquia Mansion Museum
Pagburnayan Jar Factory
National Museum of the Philippines Ilocos Complex
Crisologo Museum
Bantay Church Bell Tower
Rizal Boulevard
St. Catherine of Alexandria Church
Apo Island
Kawasan Falls
Taoist Temple
Bilar Forest
Cambuhat Village
Calle Crisologo
Cape Bojeador Lighthouse
Malacañang of the North
Paoay Church
St. William Cathedral
Sinking Bell Tower
Honda Bay
Baker's Hill
Big Lagoon
Port Barton
Intramuros
Fort Santiago
San Agustin Church
Banga-an Village
St. Paul Metropolitan Cathedral
Marcos Museum & Mausoleum or Balay Ti Ili
Bangui Windmills
La Paz Sand Dunes
Secret Lagoon
Seven Commandos Beach
Shimizu Island
Philippine Tarsier Sanctuary
Loboc River Cruise
Basilica Minore Del Santo Niño
Heritage of Cebu Monument
Pescador Island
Museo Ilocos Norte
Kapurpurawan Rock Formation
Patapat Viaduct
Strawberry Farm
Centennial Park
Good Shepherd Convent
Ilocos Norte
Sumaguing Cave
Echo Valley
Baluarte
Moalboal
El Nido
Turtle Island El Nido
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
Baguio
Ilocos
Sagada
Benguet
Banaue
Tarlac
Cata-al World War 2 Museum
Dumaguete
Provincial Capitol and Freedom Park
Paraiso ni Anton
Agua Grande
Aurora Park
Campanario de Dumaguete
Lab-as Seafood Restaurant
Sidlakang Negros Village
Valencia Forest Camp
Negros Oriental Arts & Heritage
San Diego Gardens
Saint William’s Cathedral
Bontoc Museum
Batad
Batad Banaue Viewpoint
Atok Sakura Flowers
2nd Highest Point
Siliman University
Dumaguete Public Market
Claytown Pottery
Claytown daro
Inaladelan Island
Miniloc Island
Laoag
Vigan

Daily itinerary

Day 1
Gate of Fort Santiago in Intramuros Manila

Day 1: Intramuros Tour

Your first day in the Philippines will start off with your arrival at Ninoy Aquino International Airport. Your van will bring you to your hotel in Manila around or along Roxas Boulevard.

The tour will take place in Intramuros, a walled city with historical, religious, and cultural structures. Your first stop will be Fort Santiago, a 16th-century citadel used as a defense fortress. Next is Plaza Roma, a public square used for hosting events during the Spanish colonial times, such as bullfights.

Being a historical trading center, Manila has had a long relationship with the ethnic Chinese. You can learn more about this at Bahay Tsinoy, which is home to the Kaisa-Angelo King Heritage Center.

The next stop is another museum, Casa Manila, which shows the Philippine lifestyle during the Spanish colonization. It is housed in a replica of a grand Spanish house from the 1850s. You’ll then be going through the manicured lawns of San Diego Gardens. This well-landscaped attraction will lead to Baluarte De San Diego, a bastion built during the 1590s.

The last two attractions you will visit during the Manila Tour are both historical, religious structures. San Agustin Church and Museum is a national historical landmark created in 1607. This Baroque structure is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Manila Cathedral, on the other hand, is a Neo-Romanesque building. It was originally a parish church built in 1581 and is now a cathedral completed in 1958.

Day 2
Facade of Paoay Church against the colorful sky in Ilocos Norte

Day 2: Ilocos Norte Laoag Tour

For your second day, this vacation package will take you up to Ilocos Norte. It’s a short flight from Ninoy Aquino International Airport to Laoag Airport. It’s an even shorter ride from the airport to your Laoag hotel via a van.

Your tour is kicked off at St. Williams Cathedral, also known as Laoag Cathedral. It’s an Italian Renaissance-style church, the foundations of which were laid back in 1612. St. Williams Cathedral has undergone several renovations and even survived a major earthquake. Just a few steps from the church is the Sinking Bell Tower. The heavy stone build and its sandy foundation are said to cause the bell tower to sink around 1 inch every year.

Up next on the itinerary is Museo Ilocos Norte. This museum is in a former cigar factory or Tabacalera warehouse made of red brick. It houses a wide range of Ilocano artifacts from ceremonial objects to traditional clothing. The last stop in Laoag City is Aurora Park, which was formerly the community center during the 16th century. The park is also the site of the Tobacco Monopoly Monument erected in 1881.

After Laoag City, you will then go to the town of Paoay. Here you will visit the Malacanang of the North, a grand presidential museum. It was also the residence of former Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos. Your next destination is one of the town’s top attractions, Paoay Church. This UNESCO World Heritage Site was constructed in 1710.

The last stop before you head back to your hotel in Laoag is the Marcos Museum located in the town of Batac. Aside from showcasing the late president’s memorabilia, the museum is also the site of his cenotaph.

Day 3
Bangui Windmills is one of the top tourist spots in Ilocos Norte

Day 3: Ilocos Norte Pagudpud Tour

On Day 3, you’ll be taken further north to the top of Luzon. From your Laoag hotel, your van will take you to the town of Burgos. There stands Cape Bojeador Lighthouse, first lit in 1892, and is still functional to this very day. This National Cultural Treasure stands at 20 meters atop Vigia de Nagpartian Hill.

Bangui Windmills is another tall attraction you’ll be visiting. These 20 wind turbines are 70-meters tall, occupying 9km of the Bangui Bay shoreline. Next on the itinerary is the Patapat Viaduct. This long bridge connects the Ilocos Region from Cagayan Valley, following the curves of the coastal mountains.

At the end of Patapat Viaduct is Agua Grande. This picnic park is a good place to relax. It features a natural stream that leads directly to Pasaleng Bay. The next attraction, Paraiso ni Anton, also highlights a water source. Its cascading spring, which is beside a religious grotto, is believed to have healing powers.

Going back to Burgos, you’ll make a stop at Kapurpurawan Rock Formation. You can take a closer look at this geological formation via hiking or going on horseback. The last stop on this Ilocos Norte tour is Pasuquin Salt Stand. You can purchase not just salt but also salt-preserved food, like fish, in the coastal town of Pasuquin.

If you want to end your third day on a high note, you have the option to add La Paz Sand Dunes with 4x4 Ride to your itinerary. Experience a thrilling ride on an 85sq.km coastal beach and desert in Ilocos Norte.

Day 4
Streets of Calle Crisologo early in the morning

Day 4: Ilocos Sur Vigan Tour

The fourth day of your tour will cover Ilocos Sur, including the UNESCO World Heritage City of Vigan. You’ll be moving to a new hotel in the historical city’s most popular street, Calle Crisologo. The tour starts at the National Museum Ilocos Sur Complex, which pays homage to Elpidio Quirino, the 6th President of the Philippines, and Padre Burgos, a reform-advocate priest during the Spanish Colonization.

The next destination is in the neighboring town of Bantay. Bantay Church and Bell Tower survived World War II. However, Bantay Church was heavily damaged and was rebuilt during the 1950s. Before becoming a belfry, the Bantay Bell Tower was first used as a watchtower during the 1600s, to this day, it boasts an excellent view of Vigan City.

The 19th-century Syquia Mansion Museum is the next attraction on the itinerary. You’ll get to learn more about life during the Spanish Colonial period. Syquia Mansion Museum was also the residence of former President Elpidio Quirino.

You’ll learn more about traditional pottery in Ilocos at Pagburnayan Jar Factory. Making burnay or earthenware is a heritage craft that predates the Spanish Colonial period. These jars were used for food storage and fermentation.

The next stop is the ancestral house, Crisologo Museum. You can learn more about the Crisologo political family and find well-preserved memorabilia and furniture. Just a few steps away is Calle Crisologo, a cobble-stoned street lined with grand Spanish houses. It’s a good place to ride a horse-drawn carriage, locally known as the kalesa.

St. Paul Metropolitan Cathedral is the second to the last spot to visit. This Earthquake Baroque-style church was built during the 18th century. The final location for the day is Baluarte. This zoological park features a permanent safari exhibit plus big, rare cats like Bengal Tigers. Friendly animals like ostriches and deers roam freely around the spacious Baluarte.

Day 5
People exploring the beautiful Sumaguing Cave in Sagada

Day 5: Sagada Tour

On Day 5, you will have an early departure from Vigan to head to the Mountain Province via a van. The town of Sagada is in a valley but to reach it, you’ll have to go through a few zigzag roads. Be sure to gear up for hiking for this day.

The first stop in your Sagada Tour is Sugong Cave. This cave has an underground river, the water comes from Bokong Falls, which then goes to irrigate the rice fields of

Kapay-aw. Next, you’ll be going to the appropriately named Echo Valley. This trek will lead you to the famed hanging coffins of the Mountain Province. Coffins are hung at the side of the mountain as part of traditional burial practice.

With more than 60 caves in Sagada, you will get to go spelunking at the largest one, Sumaguing Cave. It has natural pools and streams and also ancient stalactites and stalagmites. Expect to get a little wet during your cave exploration.

You’ll be able to learn more about the culture and traditions of the Mountain Province at the last stop. Bontoc Tribal Museum features artifacts and art from the indigenous tribes of the province. After a long day, your van will take you to your hotel in Sagada.

Day 6
Scenic view of Batad Rice Terraces in Banaue

Day 6: Banaue Tour

For the sixth day of the tour, you’ll be leaving the Mountain Province and head down south to the province of Ifugao. You will be staying in Banaue, which is home to 2 rice terraces that are part of the UNESCO World Heritage list.

The first attraction option you can visit is Batad Banaue Viewpoint. Be prepared for a 30-minute hike to reach the view deck. You’ll get to see rice paddies on a mountain face resembling a staircase. More than aesthetically pleasing, Batad rice terraces is actually using a smart farming system that is centuries old.

If you want something a little more exciting, you can skip the hike to Batad Banaue Viewpoint and trade it for a trek to Tappiya Waterfall. This physically-demanding journey will reward you with a cool and serene waterfall and pool.

If you aren’t up for natural sites like Batad or Tappiya Waterfalls, you can pay a visit to Banga-an Village instead. Learn more about the Ifugao tribe, their culture, and livelihood, at the village. You can also get to see traditional Ifugao houses and even shop for souvenirs made by the locals.

After your trip to one of the 3 mentioned attractions, you’ll go to Banaue Museum. This 2-story building houses old artifacts, some of which belong to the Father of Philippine Anthropology, Henry Otley Beyer. You’ll get to see everything from spears and shields to necklaces used to determine social statuses.

Day 7
Stunning view of Baguio at night from Mines View Park

Day 7: Baguio Tour

Your seventh tour day will be at the Summer Capital of the Philippines. You’ll be moving to a hotel in Baguio City, which is also known as the City of Pines, via a van. The first destination for the Baguio Tour is the Ifugao Museum. You will find exhibits on Ifugao ancient traditions and artifacts. Outside the building, you’ll see the War Memorial Shrine.

Less than a kilometer away is the Surrender Site of General Yamashita. Baguio City was invaded by Japanese troops during World War II. When the war ended, General Yamashita formally surrendered at the now historic site.

Established in 1898, the Philippine Military Academy is the premier educational institution for aspiring military officers in the country. You’ll get to visit the current campus at Fort Del Pilar, which occupies 373 hectares of land. Next, you’ll go to the summer palace of the Philippine President, The Mansion. It has a presidential memorabilia museum and features an ornate ironwork main gate.

The next location you’ll visit is the popular Camp John Hay. Formerly a US military base, Camp John Hay is now a tourist destination with gardens, hotels, and historic structures. After that, you’ll be heading to Mines View Park, another well-known site in Baguio. Its main draw is its observation deck which overlooks the Itogon mining town and its abandoned copper and gold mines.

The next two spots are a great place to relax. First is Wright Park where you can enjoy the scenery of pine trees or horse-back riding. Next is Centennial Park where you can explore lush gardens and even view its art gallery. The last stop for the Baguio tour is Good Shepherd Convent. This convent has a store that sells some of the best local treats in the city. Don’t miss out on their best-selling ube or purple yam.

Day 8
Beautiful purple flowers in Northern Blossom Flower farm during sunset

Day 8: Benguet Tour

On Day 8, you’ll be heading to La Trinidad Strawberry Farm, which is around 8km from Baguio City. The 79-hectare farm has an average annual harvest of 1,775 metric tons of strawberries. Then you’ll make a stop at Atok Sakura Flowers. Back in 2016, cherry blossom trees gifted by the Japanese government were planted in Atok, Benguet. There are over 30 Sakura trees there that will soon blossom yearly.

The next destination is another site filled with flowers. Northern Blossom is a flower farm set on rolling fields. It has everything from gorgeous roses to vibrant sunflowers. Northern Blossom’s excellent views of the surrounding mountains are a great bonus too.

The following attraction will take you to new heights, 2nd Highest Point. You’ll be visiting a highway with the second-highest altitude in the country. The 2nd Highest Point is located along the Halsema Highway, which connects Benguet with the Mountain Province.

The Spanish Trail is the last location on the itinerary. This man-made trail was built during the Spanish period, goes through cave-like tunnels, and is approximately 3km long. It offers views of the Halsema Highway and the Cordillera Mountains. After the tour, your van will take you back to your hotel in Baguio.

Day 9
Blue waters and green landscape in Mount Pinatubo Crater Lake

Day 9: Mt. Pinatubo Tour

Day 9 on the tour is dedicated to Mt. Pinatubo, which is known for one of the largest eruptions in the world during the 20th century. You’ll be checking out of your Baguio hotel and then head to the province of Tarlac.

Mt. Pinatubo is in the provinces of Zambales, Pampanga, and Tarlac, however, the base camp is at the latter. The adventure starts at Barangay Sta. Juliana where you need to switch from your van to a 4x4 vehicle. Due to the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo in 1991, the terrain of the area is rocky, craggy, and filled with lahar.

Make sure to wear the proper gear to go hiking at Mt. Pinatubo. Your 4x4 ride can only take you across Crow Valley but the ascent to the view deck will be all you. The trek is easy enough and can be done by beginners. At the very end of the trail, you’ll be rewarded with an amazing view of Mt. Pinatubo’s crater lake.

After an enjoyable day at Mt. Pinatubo, you’ll ride a 4x4 jeep back to the base camp. Your van will then take you to your Manila hotel around the Baywalk area.

Day 10
Fresh oysters for lunch at Cambuhat Oyster Village

Day 10: Bohol Cambuhat Tour

On the tenth day of your vacation, you’ll be leaving Luzon and head to the province of Bohol in Visayas. Once you have checked out of your Manila hotel, your van will take you to Ninoy Aquino International Airport. You’ll then hop on a flight and land at Panglao International Airport.

This tour day is dedicated to Cambuhat, a quiet location in the town of Buenavista. To reach Cambuhat Village, you need to go on a short paddle boat ride from Daet Bridge. You’ll go through the mangrove- and nipa-lined Cambuhat River. At Cambuhat Village, you will learn everything from the livelihood of the locals to their culture and tradition.

One of the main sources of livelihood for the village is the Cambuhat Oyster Farm. Find out how oysters are harvested at this eco-friendly site. You can even sample the fresh oysters. The locals will also perform a traditional dance, known as the Buri dance. Plus, you can see how the locals create woven products with their looms.

After your tour of Cambuhat on the island province of Bohol, you will be taken back to your hotel on Panglao island.

Day 11
Aerial view of the beautiful Pamilacan Island in Bohol

Day 11: Bohol Pamilacan Island Tour

Your eleventh day is for some island fun, so gear up and don’t forget the sunblock. You will be picked up from your Panglao hotel and ride a boat to Pamilacan Island. It’s about 12.5km from the main island of Bohol.

The island of Pamilacan is in the middle of the Bohol Sea. Its area is only 1.75sq.km and has a population of fewer than 2,000 people. Be sure to keep your eyes open during the boat trip, you might be able to spot dolphins along the way. There are also reported sightings of manta rays, sharks, and even whales.

On Pamilacan Island, you can expect to be greeted with white sand beaches and clear waters. Feel free to go swimming or simply relaxing on the shore. You can also go snorkeling as there is a high concentration of corals in the area. Spot colorful schools of fish, sea turtles, and more.

You may learn more about the locals living on the island whose livelihoods rely on tourism and fishing. Pamilacan village is small and only has a few houses and a church. Be acquainted with the simple life at Pamilacan Island. After returning to the mainland, your van will take you back to your hotel in Panglao.

Day 12
Stunning aerial view of the world-famous Chocolate Hills in Bohol

Day 12: Bohol Countryside Tour

On Day 12, you’ll be touring the rich countryside of Bohol. After being picked up by your van from your Panglao accommodation, you’ll head to Corella Tarsier Sanctuary. Tarsiers are small nocturnal animals usually no larger than an average-sized hand. This primate has large, sensitive eyes, and tourists are reminded not to use flash photography.

Next, you’ll be going on the Loboc River Cruise. Hop onboard a floating restaurant as it slowly moves through Loboc River. You’ll be treated to beautiful views and even to cultural presentations. After that, you’ll visit Baclayon Church, a National Cultural Treasure. It was heavily damaged during a major earthquake in 2013 but this Neoclassical Church has since been restored.

The next destination is the Butterfly Conservatory. This sanctuary is home to dozens of butterfly species. Be delighted with colorful flowers blooming in the garden that attracts the butterflies. The following attraction is Bilar Forest. It is set apart from other natural sites as it is man-made. It was planted with mahogany trees during the mid-20th century.

The final stop for the day is one of the most popular attractions in Bohol and in the country. Over 1,000 hills comprise the famed Chocolate Hills, the highest of which is 120m. During the summer, the hills turn from green to brown, making this geological formation look like chocolate mounds.

Day 13
Rizal Boulevard, one resting spots of locals in Dumaguete

Day 13: Dumaguete City Tour

On the thirteenth day of your vacation, you will be going to another major province in Visayas, Dumaguete. Once you check out of your Panglao hotel in Bohol, you will take a ferry to Dumaguete City.

The City of Dumaguete is best known for its educational institution established in 1901, Silliman University. At this first stop, you can explore the campus and its historical structures and museums. Next, you’ll be going to the scenic Rizal Boulevard. This seafront promenade is named after National Hero Jose Rizal, who was said to have frequented the boulevard when he was in Dumaguete.

St. Catherine De Alexandria was built in 1776 and is the oldest stone church on Negros Island. You can view the impressive European architectural style of the Cathedral and its stained glass windows during your visit. Right outside the church is Dumaguete Campanario, an 18th-century coral-stone tower.

Just a short walk away is the Dumaguete Public Market. This busy shopping site has everything from fresh seafood and fruits to local delicacies and handmade items. You’ll then pay a visit to the Provincial Capitol and Freedom Park, which is the site for most of the city’s festivals and events.

The next 2 destinations are good places to purchase souvenirs. First is Claytown Pottery in Barangay Daro. It is lined with clay shops where you can find handcrafted works made by locals. Next is Sidlakang Negros Village, a tourism center showcasing Dumaguete handicrafts, arts, and more.

You might have worked up an appetite from shopping, luckily the next stop is Lab-as Seafood. This restaurant has been around since the ‘80s and is known for its fresh seafood dishes and other local delicacies, like the Dumaguete express.

After visiting city attractions, it’s time to head out of Dumaguete. Valencia Forest Camp is a mountain resort 11.5km from the city proper. It sits on 2.5 hectares of lush land that has cold spring pools, a climbing wall, a zipline, and a hanging bridge. Also in the same town of Valencia is the Cata-al War Museum, where you can find World War II artifacts.

The neighboring town of Bacong is where you will see San Agustin de Hippo Church. This quaint church houses the oldest pipe organ in the country. Finally, you will visit Negros Oriental Arts and Heritage Center in Bacong, a shopping site for novelty and souvenir items.

Day 14
A sea turtle which can be found while snorkelling or diving in Apo Island

Day 14: Apo Island Tour

Day 14 will be for visiting Apo Island, one of the most popular dive sites in the world. From your hotel in Dumaguete, a van will take you to the town of Dauin, which is the jump-off point for Apo Island. The boat ride won’t be too long as the volcanic island is around 10km from the mainland.

Sea lovers will enjoy the trip to Apo Island, which has a marine sanctuary. You can go snorkeling and find colorful schools of fish. Apo Island has around 400 species of corals and is known to be inhabited by species like tuna, manta rays, and hammerheads.

One of the tourist-favorite spots on the island is Turtle Point. You can have the chance to spot or even swim with sea turtles. If you aren’t up for swimming, the beaches on Apo island are relatively quiet and have white and fine sand, perfect for relaxing.

If you want to enjoy a panoramic view of the sea, a trekking opportunity is available. Habagat Eco Trail is a 600-meter trail at the southern end of Apo Island. There you can appreciate the blue waters and amazing rock formations of the area. After your Apo Island tour, you will be taken back to your Dumaguete hotel.

Day 15
A tourist during the Canyoneering experience at Kawasan Falls

Day 15: Cebu Kawasan Falls & Moalboal Sardine Run Tour

For your Day 15, you will be leaving Dumaguete and transferring to the island of Cebu via ferry. The first stop of the tour is at Kawasan Falls in Badian. This refreshing attraction has natural pools and lagoons you can safely swim in. For thrill-seekers, you have the option to go canyoneering at Kawasan Falls as an add-on. This will involve jumping off of waterfalls, trekking, swimming, and going down natural slides.

After Kawasan Falls, you will be visiting the coastal town of Moalboal. This town is known for its excellent coral ecosystem, making it popular among divers. It is also the jump-off point for island hopping. You’ll be able to visit Pescador Island, a marine park where you can spot exotic fish as well as soft and hard corals.

The next destination is Turtle Island where you can get the chance to see and swim with sea turtles. Finally, you will go to Panagsama Beach where the Sardine Run happens. This natural phenomenon is truly a unique occurrence, you will see millions of sardines. There’s so many of them, it’s as if they can form a wall.

After a day of exploring natural sites in Cebu, you will be taken to your hotel in the town of Argao via a van.

Day 16
Ceiling view of Magellan's Cross in Cebu

Day 16: Cebu City Tour

Day 16 is for Cebu City and its historical, religious, and cultural attractions. You will be checking out of your Argao hotel and head to the city. The first attraction on the Cebu City tour is the Taoist Temple. This colorful and multi-tiered temple features an entrance that resembles the Great Wall of China. It towers over the city and boasts an excellent view of downtown Cebu.

The next destination is Basilica Minore Del Santo Nino. It is the Philippines’ oldest Roman Catholic church, established during the 16th century. Right outside the church is another significant religious and historical site, Magellan’s Cross. Housed in a small chapel, this cross was planted by explorer Ferdinand Magellan in 1521.

The Heritage of Cebu Monument at Parian Park is next on the itinerary. This grand artwork is made of steel, brass, bronze, and concrete. It depicts important historical events that happened in Cebu, such as the Battle of Mactan. Just a few steps away is the Yap - San Diego Ancestral House, Cebu’s oldest house. This 17th-century residence is now a museum that features antiques, art, and handcrafted furniture.

The next stop is the Temple of Leah. This elaborate temple was built in 2012 dedicated to the wife of a Cebuano. Sirao Flower Farm is the last attraction you will visit for the day. This farm is also known as the Little Amsterdam of Cebu, thanks to its gorgeous blooms. After that, your van will take you to your accommodation in Mandaue City.

Day 17
Boats docked in Starfish Island in Palawan

Day 17: Puerto Princesa Honda Bay Island Hopping

On Day 17 of your tour, you will be leaving Visayas and head to Palawan. Once you have checked out of your Mandaue hotel, your van will take you to Mactan-Cebu International Airport. Your plan will land at Puerto Princesa International Airport.

Once you have arrived at Palawan, you will be going on an island-hopping tour at the popular Honda Bay. This tourist attraction is close to Puerto Princesa City. You will be visiting some of the most famous islands of Honda Bay via boat.

The first stop at Honda Bay is Star Fish Island. As its name implies, you can expect to find various starfishes on this sandbar. You can go snorkeling at Star Fish Island and also chance upon some pufferfish and yellowtail snappers.

Next is the shell-shaped Cowrie Island, the largest island in Honda Bay. It is a good place for swimming as a designated area is netted off to keep jellyfish at bay. It also has picnic and dining facilities.

The final stop is Luli Island, a sandbar that appears and submerges completely, depending on the tide. After returning to shore, your van will take you to your hotel in Sabang. The town is around 60km from Honda Bay.

Day 18
A boat with tourists going  inside Puerto Princesa Underground River

Day 18: Puerto Princesa Underground River and City Tour

Your Day 18 on tour is for Puerto Princesa’s Underground River and several city attractions. Your van will pick you up from your Sabang accommodation and take you to the Sabang Boat Terminal.

A boat will then bring you to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park. This protected area features spectacular cave formations and limestone cliffs. It is also home to a number of fauna and flora, including bats.

After a tour of the Underground River, you will go to Puerto Princesa City. The first stop is Baker’s Hill, a good place to sample local pastries. You can purchase gifts to take back home from sweet crinkles to savory hopia. The next stop is Plaza Cuartel, a restored historical garrison, which was used during World War II.

The following destination will have you face to face with crocodiles. Palawan Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center, also known as Crocodile Farm, is home to different crocodile species. It’s a breeding facility as well as a research center.

The next attractions on the itinerary will offer views of relaxing sceneries. Mitra’s Ranch is a hilltop park that has a panoramic view of Puerto Princesa City. At Puerto Princesa Baywalk, you can catch a glimpse of the serene waters and the port. After your city tour, you will be taken back to your hotel in Sabang.

Day 19
Aerial view of Inaladelan Island in Port Barton

Day 19: Port Barton Island Hopping

On your 19th day, you’ll be checking out of your Sabang accommodation and head to Port Barton. This small village is a hidden gem, it’s not as commercialized nor as crowded as other attractions in Palawan, but its sites are definitely noteworthy.

The first stop on your Port Barton island hopping tour is the 12-hectare Inaladelan. This island is a camping paradise that offers sports facilities like kayaking and beach volleyball. Some visitors may even witness turtle hatching season, which occurs every January.

The next stop is Luli Sandbar, its name is derived from its characteristic of emerging from and sinking into the water. It’s a good spot for sunsets and finding starfishes.

It’s time to break out your snorkels for the next 2 destinations on your Port Barton Island hopping tour. You’ll get to go to the Turtle Snorkeling site and get the chance to see some sea turtles. Then you will also venture into a fish and coral snorkeling site. Be amazed at the colorful creatures of the sea.

After a day of fun under the sun, it’s time to head to the northern area of Palawan. Your van will bring you to your hotel in El Nido at Lio.

Day 20
Scenic view of Shimizu Island in El Nido Palawan

Day 20: El Nido Island Hopping

Day 20 of your vacation is for exploring El Nido. You’ll ride a boat to one of the most visited locations in Palawan — Bacuit Bay. On this popular tour, you’ll be going to lagoons, islands, and beaches, so gear up for swimming.

The first location on the itinerary is the Big Lagoon. You’ll be entering a narrow waterway with limestone cliffs that opens up to stunning blue waters. On Miniloc Island, you will find dramatic backdrops for your vacation photos. This striking island has white sand beaches, limestone mountains, and lush forests.

One of the hidden attractions on Miniloc Island is the Secret Lagoon. This not-so-secret lagoon will take a bit of effort to reach. Boats cannot go through the Secret Lagoon’s entrance as it is just a small hole big enough for people.

The next stop is Seven Commandos Beach, which is actually on the mainland. It can, however, only be accessed by boats as it is surrounded by mountains. This beach has clear waters, perfect for swimming and wading. It also has white sands where you can simply relax.

The final stop on tour is Shimizu Island. With exceptional corals and marine life, this island is one of the top snorkeling spots on Bacuit Bay. It also has a beach with soft, powdery sands, an ideal stopover for picnics.

Day 21
Inside Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 2

Day 21: Departure to Manila

On your last day, you will be checking out of your hotel in Lio, El Nido. You will be heading back to where you started, Manila. You will leave Palawan via a plane and you will be landing 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 traveling in a group, but prefer a single room, please make separate bookings. Teenagers and children will be arranged in the same room with their 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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