Facade of Temple of Leah in Cebu

8-Day Countryside, Falls & Islands Tour to Bohol, Cebu & Apo Island from Manila

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

See the scenic countryside, falls, and islands in the Philippines on this 8-day excursion. You get to visit historical locations in Manila, experience the unspoiled beauty of Bohol and Cebu, and marvel at Apo Island's amazing corals and dense marine life. This tour package comes with entrance fees, accommodations, daily breakfast, transportation, and the service of guides.

Your first day in the Philippines will be meant for visiting Intramuros. Located in the City of Manila, this 0.67-square-kilometer walled area encloses structures depicting the historical events in the country. From Manila, you will travel to the Province of Bohol to discover both its hidden and top attractions.

Your guide will first bring you to Cambuhat Village, where locals focus on oyster farming and making woven products for their livelihood. You will then head off the province's coast to visit Pamilacan Island, renowned for its snorkeling and diving sites.

The well-known Loboc River Cruise is a part of your Bohol tour, as well. You will get to traverse one of the cleanest rivers in the country and savor various Filipino dishes. Your guide will also take you to the world-famous Chocolate Hills, which comprises more than 1,000 mounds that change color during the dry season.

Another island destination in your itinerary is Apo Island in Dumaguete, a city on Negros Island. Hosting beautiful coral gardens and a sea reserve, the location is regarded as one of the world's best dive sites. You will also tour Cebu City. Here, you will visit stunning attractions, including the Temple of Leah and Sirao Flower Farm, and experience swimming in the famous multi-layered Kawasan Falls.

Set off on this 8-day tour package to explore the breathtaking natural attractions of Bohol, Cebu, and Apo Island. Check availability by choosing a date.

Included

7 nights accommodation (budget category)
7 days breakfast
7 lunch
All flights with 20kgs baggage allowance
Day 1 - Intramuros Tour (Manila)
Day 2 to 7 - Bohol and Cebu Tour (Central Visayas)
Day 8 - 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
City Tours
Culture, Arts and Historical Tour

Attractions

Chocolate Hills
Manila Cathedral
Casa Manila
Bahay Tsinoy
Butterfly Conservatory
Baclayon Church
Magellan's Cross
Temple of Leah
Sirao Flower Farm
Apo Island
Kawasan Falls
Taoist Temple
Bilar Forest
Cambuhat Village
Intramuros
Fort Santiago
San Agustin Church
Loboc River Cruise
Basilica Minore Del Santo Niño
Heritage of Cebu Monument
Pescador Island
Moalboal
Tarsier Conservation Area
Pamilacan Island
Sardine Run
Baluarte de San Diego
Yap-San Diego Ancestral House
Plaza Roma
Cambuhat Oyster Farm
Manila
San Diego Gardens
Cambuhat River

Daily itinerary

Day 1
Intramuros signage in Manila

Day 1: Intramuros Tour

On the first day of your tour package, you'll arrive at Ninoy Aquino International Airport. Here you'll meet your guide who will take you to your hotel in Manila or along Roxas Boulevard. You will then prepare for your tour in the walled city of Intramuros.

Intramuros is a National Historical Landmark that served as the seat of government of the Philippines' governor-general during the Spanish colonial period. It has a defensive fortress called Fort Santiago. Established in 1593, it has dungeons that people can visit.

The Plaza Roma will be your second stop. This site is regarded as the heart of Intramuros. You will proceed to Bahay Tsinoy, a museum with 12 sections illustrating the harmony shared by the Filipinos and ethnic Chinese.

Next is Casa Manila, a home-turned-museum, where you'll learn about the locals' way of living during Spanish colonization. Your guide will then lead you to the lovely San Diego Gardens and the 16th-century Baluarte De San Diego.

You will also drop by San Agustin Church and Museum, the oldest stone church in the country. Your tour will conclude with a visit to Manila Cathedral. A large organ with 4,500 pipes is housed in the building.

Day 2
Shucking an oyster in Cambuhat Oyster Farm

Day 2: Bohol Cambuhat Tour

In the morning, your guide will pick you up at your Manila hotel and drive you to Ninoy Aquino International Airport, where you'll take a flight to the Province of Bohol. You will tour one of its many hidden attractions – Cambuhat.

Upon arriving in Bohol, you'll head to Daet Bridge in the town of Buenavista. You will ride a paddleboat at the bridge and sail off to Cambuhat, a quiet village with rich natural resources. Take a look around as the boatman paddles you along Cambuhat River, lined with nipa palms and mangroves.

You will drop by the Cambuhat Oyster Farm while still onboard. Your guide will tell you about oyster farming as you make your way through. You will proceed to a community center on the banks of the river. At the center, a sumptuous lunch will be waiting for you. Indulge in various seafood, including some oysters that come from the farm.

While dining, village women will present traditional songs and dances, including the Buri dance. You will then go around the village to see how locals showcase their skills in handicraft. In the late afternoon, your guide will bring you to your Panglao hotel.

Day 3
White sand beach in Pamilacan Island

Day 3: Pamilacan Island Tour

On the third day, you will spend a day on the beautiful Pamilacan Island off the coast of Bohol. Your guide will take you to Baclayon pier, where you will ride a boat to reach the island. The trip usually takes less than an hour. On the way, you may encounter some dolphins or whale sharks as Pamilacan is known to be home to these sea creatures.

Sitting in the middle of the Bohol Sea, Pamilacan Island has a strong current, but it is still safe for swimming and snorkeling. On the northwestern side of the island, you'll find beautiful corals and a marine sanctuary home to different kinds of fish, sea turtles, and more. The shore of the island is also a sight to behold. The pristine beach is covered with white sand and corals.

You can also get your adrenaline rushing at the diving spots of Pamilacan Island. Wandering around the small community is also a great option to make the most of your time. There's even a 200-year-old Spanish fort you can visit on the northeast side of the place. You will return to your accommodation on Panglao Island at the end of the day.

Day 4
Beautiful view of Chocolate Hills in Bohol

Day 4: Bohol Countryside Tour

On Day 4, your guide will take you to Bohol's vibrant countryside to see more incredible attractions. Your first stop is the Corella Tarsier Sanctuary, which features a research center related to tarsiers. You can also see these tiny creatures up in the trees. When taking pictures of them, remember to turn off the flash of your camera.

Next, you will go on a relaxing cruise along the Loboc River aboard a floating restaurant. The Loboc River Cruise runs for an hour or so, and you'll get to enjoy a delectable buffet lunch. Additionally, some locals will entertain you with native Filipino songs and dances.

Once the cruise ends, your guide will drive you to Baclayon Church. This National Cultural Treasure is famed for its walls and pillars that are made of coral stones. You will proceed to the Butterfly Conservatory in the town of Bilar. Besides visiting the garden filled with butterflies, you can take a nature trail on a small hill home to wildlife animals.

You will then have a quick stop at the Bilar Forest before making your way to the well-known Chocolate Hills. After the tour, you will return to your Panglao hotel.

Day 5
Diving in Apo Island Dumaguete

Day 5: Apo Island Tour

You will leave your accommodation on Panglao Island and head to a pier. From there, you will travel to Dumaguete on Negros Island via ferry. You will then be on your way to Malatapay Boat Terminal, where you'll take a pump boat to Apo Island. This tiny island is regarded as one of the best diving sites in the world, owing to its breathtaking marine sanctuary that contains numerous sea critters.

On Apo Island, you'll get the chance to observe sea turtles from up close. You can also snorkel around the vast coral gardens that host different species of algae and invertebrates. You will find an array of colorful fish here as well. For relaxation, feel free to occupy the pristine white-sand beach of the island.

If you're into trekking, you can take one of the three trails – Habagat Eco-Trail, Witchy's Trail, and David's Trek – and reward yourself with a panoramic view of the island of Negros from a distance. You may also walk through the village to the other side of the island or head up to the Apo Island Lighthouse or the Apo View Deck. You will then return to the mainland and travel to your Dumaguete hotel.

Day 6
Taoist Temple in Cebu

Day 6: Cebu City Tour

Day 6 is your departure to Cebu. Being the oldest city in the Philippines, Cebu has a long history to share. Your guide will take you to multiple historical sites here, starting with the Taoist Temple. This multi-tiered temple was established in 1972 and has since been the center of Taoism worship in the city.

Your next stop is another religious structure – the Basilica Minore Del Santo Nino. Built during the 16th century, it is considered the Philippines' oldest Roman Catholic Church. You will then check out the historic Magellan's Cross housed in a small chapel just outside the basilica.

After that, your guide will show you the Heritage of Cebu Monument. It features sculptures illustrating the symbolic events in the city. You will then head to Yap-San Diego Ancestral Home, another historical location in Cebu. It was constructed during the 17th century, becoming the country's oldest residential home.

The next attraction in your itinerary is the Temple of Leah. Here you will see a Roman-inspired architectural shrine, life-sized statues, and more. Your last stop will be Sirao Flower Farm, where you can take photos with colorful flowers. Your van will transport you to your Mandaue hotel afterward.

Day 7
Gatorade blue waters of Kawasan Falls in Cebu

Day 7: Kawasan Falls and Moalboal Sardine Run Tour

On the seventh day, you will travel to the town of Badian in the morning. You will be visiting the picturesque Kawasan Falls, a multi-layered attraction that stands at 40 meters. Take a dip in the cold natural spring waters while you enjoy the refreshing atmosphere of the place.

Your van will then drive you to the town of Moalboal. The place is teeming with white-sand beaches and boasts a healthy coral ecosystem. From there, you will ride a boat to your next destination, Pescador Island. This tiny, rocky island is excellent for snorkeling as it has stunning corals and clear waters.

The Turtle Island comes next in your itinerary. Besides swimming with sea turtles, you can also marvel at the colorful coral reefs and rich marine life under the sea. Afterward, you'll board your boat and return to the mainland. Your guide will take you to Panagsama Beach, where the jaw-dropping Sardine Run takes place.

Following the briefing on the exercise, you will head out a few meters to the sea and feast your eyes on the millions of sardines creating different shapes. Your van will transport you to your accommodation in Mandaue at the end of the day.

Day 8
Sunrise view in NAIA

Day 8: Departure to Manila

On the last day, you'll get ready to travel back to Manila. Your van will transfer you to Mactan Airport after you check out of your Mandaue hotel. Aboard a plane, you'll go on a trip for less than two hours, and then you'll 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.

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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