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8-Day Islands, Countryside & Underground River Tour to Palawan & Bohol from Manila

Inaladelan Island in Port Barton Palawan
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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

Explore the Philippines' top island and countryside attractions, including the Underground River in Puerto Princesa, with this 8-day trip. Learn about the notable historical events in Manila, tour the picturesque countryside of Bohol, and explore the natural gems of Palawan. This tour package includes your entrance fees, accommodation, daily breakfast, transportation, and the service of guides.

Once you arrive in the Philippines, your guide will bring you to Intramuros in Manila. It is a historic walled area that houses several Spanish-era structures that are now top attractions in the city. You will also explore the main highlights of the Province of Bohol, including Pamilacan Island. This location is a go-to destination for dolphin and whale shark sightings, as well as snorkeling and diving.

The Tarsier Sanctuary will be one of your stops, as well. Here you can get up close with one of the smallest primates in the world. Your Bohol tour also comes with a visit to the world-renowned Chocolate Hills. Marvel at more than 1,000 hills that are nearly symmetrically shaped.

You will see more natural wonders in the Province of Palawan. Here, you will visit Honda Bay in Puerto Princesa and go on an island-hopping trip. Cowrie Island, which offers various beach activities, will be one of your stops.

During your Palawan tour, you will also get the chance to explore Puerto Princesa Underground River, another world-class attraction in the Philippines. It encompasses one of the most incredible cave systems across the globe. Your guide will also take you to Port Barton, a hidden gem in Palawan. It is ideal for tourists seeking to escape the bustling side of the province.

Join this 8-day trip in the Philippines to discover the natural beauty of Palawan, Bohol, and Manila. 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 4 - Bohol Tour (Central Visayas)
Day 5 to 7 - Puerto Princesa and Port Barton Tour (Palawan)
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
Island Hopping
City Tours
Culture, Arts and Historical Tour

Daily itinerary

Day 1
Fort Santiago in Intramuros

Day 1: Intramuros Tour

Your 8-day tour package will start once you arrive in the Philippines. Your plane will land at Ninoy Aquino International Airport, where your guide will meet you and then drive you to your hotel in Manila or along Roxas Boulevard. After checking in, you will proceed to Intramuros.

Intramuros is a walled area that was considered the entire Manila City during Spanish colonization. The place exudes an old-world atmosphere as some of the attractions here date back to the 16th century, including Fort Santiago. This Hispanic defensive fortress is now used as a venue for picnics and an open-air theater.

From the fort, your guide will lead you to Plaza Roma. See the monument of Charles IV of Spain before you go to Bahay Tsinoy. Here you will learn about the ethnic Chinese and their contributions and influence on the Philippines' evolution.

You will also visit Casa Manila, a museum where you will find out how locals lived their everyday lives during the Spanish colonial era. You will then stop by San Diego Gardens and Baluarte De San Diego. Your last two stops are religious and historical buildings: San Agustin Church and Museum and Manila Cathedral.

Day 2
Fresh oysters from Cambuhat Oyster Farm

Day 2: Bohol Cambuhat Tour

On Day 2, you'll visit one of Bohol's hidden attractions - the Cambuhat Village. You will leave your Manila hotel and head to Ninoy Aquino International Airport via van. Your plane will then land at Panglao International Airport after less than two hours.

Upon reaching Bohol, your guide will take you to Daet Bridge in the town of Buenavista. There you will hop on a paddleboat that will take you to Cambuhat, a serene location that boasts plenty of natural resources. Aboard the boat, you will traverse the picturesque Cambuhat River between a forest of mangroves and nipa palms.

In Cambuhat Village, you'll visit the Cambuhat Oyster Farm, one of the locals' primary sources of income. Your guide will tell you how locals breed and raise oysters at this eco-friendly site. You will then head to shore toward the community center.

At the center, a sumptuous lunch consisting of oysters and other seafood will be served for you. While enjoying your meal, locals will present some Filipino songs and dances to entertain you. After your lunch break, you'll go around Cambuhat Village and witness the locals create woven products. Your guide will then bring you directly to your Panglao hotel.

Day 3
White sand beach of Pamilacan Island

Day 3: Pamilacan Island Tour

On the third day, you will head out to the sea from mainland Bohol to visit the island paradise of Pamilacan. It lies in the middle of the Bohol Sea, so expect some strong current along the way. You might also want to keep a close look at the sea as you may spot some dolphins and whale sharks, which inhabit the island.

Pamilacan Island is also home to only 240 families, which maintain the natural beauty of the land. Expect to see a pristine stretch of white sand with coral and crystal-clear blue waters. While here, you can spend your time swimming and sunbathing.

You can also go snorkeling if you wish to explore the island's underwater world. Corals, bucket sponges, schools of fish, and sea turtles are just a few of the marine creatures you will find. For a more exciting experience, you can head to the island's diving spots.

If you're into history, there's a Spanish fort you can visit on the northeast side of Apo Island. This observatory has been on the island for over 200 years. After an action-packed day, you'll return to the mainland and have a good night's sleep at your Panglao hotel.

Day 4
Loboc River in Bohol

Day 4: Bohol Countryside Tour

On Day 4, your guide will show what wonders lie in the rich countryside of Bohol. You will first head to the Corella Tarsier Sanctuary, a natural area dedicated to the Bohol tarsiers. While here, remember to lower your voice and avoid flash photography.

The next location in your itinerary is Loboc River, one of the major destinations in Bohol. To better appreciate this natural attraction, you will get on a floating restaurant and have a Loboc River Cruise. You can enjoy a buffet lunch during the trip and watch the locals perform Filipino songs and dances.

Following the cruise, your guide will bring you to Baclayon Church, which features pillars and walls made of coral stones. It has been declared a National Cultural Treasure and National Historical Landmark. You will next visit the Butterfly Conservatory, which is home to more than 300 species of local butterflies that freely fly around the garden.

Your next stop is the man-made Bilar Forest, which comprises mahogany trees uniform in height, thickness and design of leaves, and the spread of branches. Before making your way back to your accommodation on Panglao Island, you will drop by the world-famous Chocolate Hills.

Day 5
Starfish Island in Puerto Princesa Palawan

Day 5: Puerto Princesa Honda Bay Island Hopping Tour

On the fifth day, you will head to the last province in your itinerary – Palawan. After checking out of your Panglao hotel, your van will transport you to Panglao International Airport and board a plane. You will arrive at Puerto Princesa International Airport, where your guide will pick you up.

You will go directly to the province's eastern coast, where the well-known Honda Bay is situated. Once you arrive, you will switch from your van to a boat and begin your island-hopping tour. Your first destination is Starfish Island, which is only a 15-minute boat ride from Pambato Reef. Besides starfishes, you can also find beautiful corals and abundant marine life a few meters to the sea.

Next is the biggest and most popular island in Honda Bay, named Cowrie. On this shell-like-shaped island, you'll have plenty of choices for recreation. You can go jet-skiing or snorkeling, play beach volleyball, or indulge in a delectable meal or refreshments at the eating establishments.

Your final stop will be Luli Island. This sandbar boasts powdery cream-colored sand and is surrounded by clear waters. If you've had enough fun for the day, you'll return to mainland Palawan and check into your Sabang hotel.

Day 6
Bakers Hill in Puerto Princesa Palawan

Day 6: Puerto Princesa Underground River and City Tour

Your first activity for this day will be exploring the world-famous Puerto Princesa Underground River. Your guide will take you to Sabang Wharf, where you will board a boat to the incredible natural attraction, which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. While you cruise inside the cave, you will see interesting stalactite and stalagmites formations.

Once you get back to the mainland, you will head to Puerto Princesa and begin your city tour. The Baker's Hill, which sits atop a mound, will be your first stop. You can purchase an array of baked goods here and also take photos at the picturesque gardens.

You will head to Plaza Cuartel next. You will find here an open-air museum and shrine by the Japanese. Then, you'll make your way to the Crocodile Farm to see the two various species of crocodiles and other endangered species of animals in Palawan.

The Mitra's Ranch is another attraction that is nestled on top of an elevation. Here you'll get to enjoy a panoramic view of the city and different outdoor activities. You will end your tour with a visit to Puerto Princesa Baywalk. It's a great place to relax and enjoy street foods.

Day 7
Inaladelan Island in Port Barton Palawan

Day 7: Port Barton Island Hopping Tour

On Day 7, your tour will take place in Port Barton, a hidden gem lying on the northwestern coast of Palawan. Your guide will pick you up at your accommodation and drive you to the serene town of San Vicente. Because of its natural beauty and quieter atmosphere, Port Barton is dubbed the more laid-back version of El Nido.

Off the coast of the small village are multiple islands, which you will visit on this day. Your first stop will be Inaladelan, which has become the latest camping destination in Palawan. A beautiful white-sand beach and clear waters are only a few of its main features.

Your boat will bring you to Luli Island next. This attraction completely sinks underneath the sea during high tide and then reappears during low tide. It's a great location for catching sight of the marvelous sunset. From there, you'll proceed to the Turtle Snorkeling Site, where you can spot sea turtles and even swim beside them.

The last leg of your tour is a visit to the Fish and Reef Snorkeling Site, where you can discover more colorful fish and corals. You will return to your Sabang accommodation at the end of the day.

Day 8
Manila airport

Day 8: Departure to Manila

The eighth day will be the end of your vacation package, so you'll return to Manila. You will check out of your Sabang hotel and head to Puerto Princesa International Airport. From Palawan, your plane trip will take less than two hours before you 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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