Explore the best of the Visayas Islands on this 7-day vacation. This package will take you through the countryside of Bohol and the outdoor attractions of Cebu. You’ll even get a tour in Manila while you are in Luzon. Aside from an incredible itinerary, this package also includes the convenience of pre-booked accommodations with breakfast, entrance fees, and tour guides. All of the transfers will also be arranged, this includes all land, air, and sea travels in the Philippines.
Your 7-day vacation will take you to sandy beaches and quiet islands to mesmerizing geological formations and even a flowerful mountain. Aside from natural sites, you will also see historical attractions that are over a hundred years old as well as modern sites with impressive architecture.
The tour will start in Manila where you will get to see the wonders within the walled city of Intramuros. The rest of the trip will take place in the Visayas. You will be taken to the province of Bohol where you can enjoy the scenic Loboc River Cruise. You’ll also get to see the riveting views of the Chocolate Hills, one of the top attractions in the entire country.
You will also explore the wonderful island of Cebu. There is more to Cebu than its bustling metropolitan city, it also has exciting countryside and fantastic outdoor attractions. You’ll get to visit Cebu’s Kawasan Falls, which features refreshing natural pools aside from waterfalls. Then you’ll see the awesome blooms at Sirao Flower Farm, Cebu’s very own “Little Amsterdam.”
Enjoy a dose of history, a little bit of sun and sand, and a lot of nature and culture with this 7-day vacation package.
See the Bohol countryside, frolic at Cebu outdoor attractions, and learn more about Manila on your vacation. Check availability by choosing a date.
The first day of your tour is dedicated to Intramuros, a walled area within the capital city of the Philippines. This historic site is home to museums, centuries-old structures, religious buildings, and more. You’ll get to see Fort Santiago, a citadel that dates back to 1593. You’ll also visit Plaza Roma, which has a monument dedicated to King Charles IV of Spain as gratitude to the smallpox vaccines he sent to the Philippines in the early 1800s.
To know more about the relationship of the Filipinos with the Ethnic Chinese starting before the Spanish Colonial period, you can go to Bahay Tsinoy. On the other hand, Casa Manila is a museum that showcases the colonial lifestyle. It has a display of preserved furniture and even original wooden floors.
The San Diego Gardens is a beautiful green space with gazebos and pergolas. There’s even an old Japanese canon. Just a few steps away is Baluarte De San Diego’s stone fort. This concentric architecture was built during the 16th century.
Also included in the Manila Tour are 2 Catholic churches. The first one is part of the Baroque Churches of the Philippines that have been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, San Agustin Church and Museum. Nearby is the Manila Cathedral, which was reconstructed in the mid-1900s, and has a Neo-Romanesque style.
The second day of your tour will have you flying off to the Visayas Islands. The first stop is the province of Bohol. From Manila, it’s just a little over an hour by plane to Panglao International Airport.
From Panglao Island, you will cross the bridge to Bohol Island where the quiet Cambuhat Village can be found. To reach the village, you will go by paddleboat. While you are going through Cambuhat River, you’ll see lush mangroves and several nipa huts.
You will come to learn one of the local’s main sources of livelihood, the Cambuhat Oyster Farm. Aside from knowing more about how oysters are gathered, you will also gain insight into how the resources are managed in the environment-friendly village. What’s more, you’ll get to sample the shellfish sourced from the farm.
The locals of Cambuhat Village also creates different handicrafts. You can watch them design handicrafts, make brooms, or weave raffia cloth on looms. There are also cultural presentations on your tour, one of which is the Buri dance. The Buri is a type of palm, the most common and largest one in the country. The locals have made a dance to show how the Buri is processed.
In the heart of the Bohol Sea, around 15 kilometers from the island of Bohol, lies the beautiful Pamilacan Island. There is an abundance of large sea creatures in the area. In fact, during the 90s, the main source of living of the islanders was hunting. They mainly hunted for whales and sharks in the area. Hunting has since been banned and the locals have focused their livelihoods on fishing and tourism.
The start of your Pamilacan Island tour happens not when you reach the island but once you are on the boat. Keep your eyes on the waters and you might see dolphins swimming along. There are also reports of travelers and locals still spotting sharks and whales now and then.
With such rich marine life, Pamilacan Island is a good place to go snorkeling. It is also a known dive site. Some of the creatures spotted in the area include sea turtles, manta rays, and sea snakes.
If you are not a fan of the deep blue sea, you can simply relax on the island’s white-sand beaches. Pamilacan Island is also the site of a two-centuries-old fort. It was used as a watchtower by the Spaniards to watch out for pirates and other intruders.
The Bohol Countryside Tour is a mix of natural attractions and man-made sites. Your day starts off with a trip to Corella Tarsier Sanctuary. You’ll get to see one of the smallest primates in the world. The tarsier is only about 12cm and has big eyes that are quite sensitive.
On this day, you’ll also experience the Loboc River Cruise where you will go aboard a floating restaurant. It’s truly a treat for the eyes as the boat lazily floats through the Loboc River. There’s even a cultural presentation along the way. The impressive Baclayon Church, your next destination, was first completed in 1727 and is made of coral stones. However, it had to be restored in 2017 due to a massive earthquake that hit the region in 2013.
At the Butterfly Conservatory, you’ll find yourself amidst hundreds of species of the beautiful flying insects. This sanctuary also boasts a lovely garden with gorgeous flowers that attract butterflies.
You’ll go to Bilar Forest, which is man-made. This mahogany forest is located along the main road in the town of Bilar. Before the day ends, you’ll get to visit the must-see attraction of the province, the Chocolate Hills. Hundreds of seemingly-uniform hills right next to each other that turn to a shade of “chocolate” brown during the hot season.
On Day 5, you will leave the province of Bohol and visit another major province of Visayas via ferry. It’s an easy trip from Bohol to the island of Cebu. Make sure to dress accordingly and expect to get wet on this tour day.
Kawasan Falls is both a relaxing and exciting tourist destination. It depends on how you spend your time. The multi-layered waterfalls is a good site for cliff diving and trekking. With refreshing lagoons, it has also become a popular swimming spot.
This tour day also includes the town of Moalboal where you can expect to see some beautiful sea creatures and even witness a natural phenomenon. At Moalboal, you’ll get to go on a boat ride to Pescador Island. This small island is on Tanon Strait, which is in between the islands of Cebu and Negros. It’s a perfect spot for snorkeling to see corals and fish.
On Turtle Island, as its name suggests, you’ll come upon the green sea creatures. The water is very clear and it will be easy to spot the turtles swimming about. The final attraction for the day is the Sardine Run. A lot of visitors come to Moalboal to see millions of sardines swimming together.
This tour day is dedicated to the attractions of Cebu City. You’ll get to see historical and religious sites and visit mountainside tourist spots. The tour starts at the Taoist Temple. The City of Cebu has a significant Chinese community and they built the temple back in the 70s. This multi-tiered structure is 110m above sea level and features Chinese architecture.
You’ll get to visit the country’s oldest Roman Catholic church, the Basilica Minore Del Santo Nino. It was founded as early as the 16th century but the current structure that stands today was completed in the 18th century. Nearby is Magellan’s Cross, which was planted in 1521.
You can learn more about the rich history of the province at the Heritage of Cebu Monument. This monumental piece depicts the important events of Cebu, including the Battle of Mactan. The next attraction is Yap - San Diego Ancestral House, which is a historic residence that is now turned into a museum.
The Temple of Leah is a fairly recent build compared to the other attractions visited during the day. This temple was constructed in 2012 yet it has a Roman-style architecture. At Sirao Flower Farms, get ready to be amazed at wonderful views. The farm has such beautiful blooms, it even got the nickname Little Amsterdam. It’s also a plus that the farm has a good vantage point of the surrounding mountains.
Your tour has finally come to an end. You will be leaving the Visayas and heading back to Luzon. Your van will pick you up from your accommodation and take you to the airport. The flight from Mactan-Cebu International Airport to Ninoy Aquino International Airport is just a little over an hour.
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