Discover the unspoiled islands, natural wonders, and countryside of the Philippines on this 8-day trip. Get to know the historic places in Manila and top attractions in Baguio, explore the scenic landscape of Bohol, and see the rich marine life on Apo Island in Dumaguete. This tour package covers your daily breakfast, entrance fees, accommodations, transportations, and the service of guides.
Your schedule on the first day is touring around Intramuros, a National Historical Landmark in Manila. It is a walled area with many religious, historical, and cultural buildings and structures, some dating back to the Spanish colonial era. The Camp John Hay in Baguio is also part of Philippine history. It was a rest and recreation facility for American soldiers during World War II.
Another popular Baguio attraction you will visit is Wright Park. You can choose to go around the place on foot or rent a horse. You will also head to the famous Strawberry Farm in Benguet. Apart from picking fresh strawberries, you can also buy strawberry products.
This tour package also includes touring a few provinces in the Visayas. In Bohol, you will spend a day on Pamilacan Island, where you can spot dolphins and whale sharks offshore. You can also snorkel around the hard coral reef with various underwater inhabitants.
You will also get a closer look at the prominent Bohol tarsiers at the Tarsier Sanctuary. This creature is considered one of the world’s smallest primates. To complete your tour in the province, your guide will take you to the world-famous Chocolate Hills. You will then proceed to Dumaguete City and visit Apo Island, one of the best diving sites in the world.
Book this 8-day tour package to see a mix of historical places, beautiful islands, and other natural wonders of Bohol, Apo Island, and Baguio. Check availability by choosing a date.
You will arrive at Ninoy Aquino International Airport on the first day. Your guide will be there to welcome you and take you to your hotel in Manila or along Roxas Boulevard. After settling in, you will make your way to Manila’s walled area, Intramuros.
Intramuros served as the economic, educational, and religious center back in the Spanish colonial period. It features a defensive fortress called Fort Santiago, the first stop of your tour. Established in 1593, it was designed to fend off pirate attacks. Plaza Roma will be your next attraction. Several events like bullfighting were held here during Spanish colonization.
From there, you will head to two museums, the first one being Bahay Tsinoy. Here you’ll learn about the ethnic Chinese that had contributions and influence in the Philippines’ evolution. The other museum you’ll visit is Casa Manila. It showcases the locals’ lifestyle during Spanish colonial days.
Your tour also includes a stroll through San Diego Gardens and Baluarte De San Diego. You will then proceed to San Agustin Church and Museum to see a collection of sculptures, artifacts, and more. Your last stop is Manila Cathedral, a Neo-Romanesque building with stained glass windows and ornate bronze carvings.
After leaving your Manila hotel, you will travel north to Baguio, also called the City of Pines. It was once a grassy marshland that turned into one of the cleanest and greenest yet one of the most highly urbanized cities in the Philippines. Temperatures here rarely exceed 26 degrees Celsius, so be sure to get your sweaters ready.
Your guide will first show you the Philippine Military Academy. This premier military institution shapes the future officers of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. Your guide will bring you to The Mansion next. It serves as the Philippine President’s summer retreat.
You will then make your way to Camp John Hay, which offers various activities like golfing, shopping, trekking, and more. Next on your itinerary is Mines View Park, which features an observation deck where you can see the abandoned copper and gold mines of the Benguet Corporation.
After that, you will visit two more parks – Wright Park and Centennial Park – where you can get some peaceful time and enjoy the natural beauty of Baguio. You will make your last stop at the Good Shepherd Convent to buy some local goodies; then, you will be on your way to your Baguio hotel.
You will first check out of your accommodation and then start touring the nearby towns of Baguio in the Province of Benguet. The first town you’ll visit is La Trinidad, which is home to the prominent Strawberry Farm. You will get to experience picking fresh strawberries, and you can purchase some strawberry products.
Your guide will then drive you to the town of Atok, where the other attractions on your itinerary are located. The first spot you’ll visit here is Atok Sakura Flowers. From its name, you can expect to find several Sakura trees. These come from the Japanese government of Kochi Prefecture to commemorate its 40th year of friendship with Benguet back in 2016.
The following stop is also known for its vibrant flowers. Northern Blossom is a two-hectare farm planted with both usual and rare blooms, including roses, sunflowers, snapdragons, alstroemeria, and more. Take as many photos as you can before heading to the 2nd Highest Point. Situated along Halsema Highway, the site lies at 7,400 feet above sea level.
Lastly, you’ll drop by the Spanish Trail, which residents and students constantly use up to this time. Your guide will drive you back to your hotel in Manila.
On Day 4, you’ll take a flight to the Province of Bohol. You will check out of your Manila accommodation and be on your way to Ninoy Aquino International Airport. Your guide will pick you up once you arrive at Panglao International Airport.
The main subject of your tour is the village of Cambuhat, the pride of the Municipality of Buenavista. To get there, you’ll need to ride a paddleboat at Daet Bridge and traverse the Cambuhat River. You will go through a forest of mangroves and nipa palms.
Your boat will take you directly to Cambuhat Oyster Farm, one of the residents’ primary sources of livelihood. You will learn how locals breed and raise oysters. You will also visit the small visitor’s center on the banks of the river. There you will feast on sumptuous native lunch, which features oysters and other seafood.
Your lunch break also comes with entertainment. Village women will present some songs and dances. Afterward, your guide will lead you to a weaving center, where you’ll get to see the way locals use native looms to create woven products. By the end of the day, you’ll travel directly to your Panglao hotel.
Your fifth day will focus on the paradisiac island of Pamilacan. It is situated in the heart of the Bohol Sea, around 12.5km from the mainland. Also, it is known for numerous sightings of dolphins and whale sharks, so keep on the lookout for these sea creatures while sailing to the island.
Pamilacan Island, despite having nearly 2,000 inhabitants, continuously boasts natural beauty. Take notice of its pristine white-sand beach and crystalline blue waters as soon as your boat docks on the island. The place also offers a variety of activities for you to try, including swimming and fishing. Feel free to sunbathe, as well.
Snorkeling is another fun activity to try while on Pamilacan Island. Under the sea, you’ll spot sea turtles, bucket sponges, and different kinds of fish. If you seek something more challenging, you can head to the island’s diving spots.
If you’re into history, you can head to the island’s northeast side and see the 200-year-old Spanish fort. This served as a watchtower to be aware of intruders, such as pirates and other enemies of the Spanish colony. By the end of the day, your van will bring you back to your hotel on Panglao Island.
On the sixth day, your guide will drive you to the beautiful countryside of Bohol. Your tour will start with a visit to the Corella Tarsier Sanctuary. It is a forest patch that houses a large number of Bohol tarsiers, one of the smallest primates in the world. When taking pictures, remember to turn off the flash of your camera first.
At your next stop, you will hop on a floating restaurant and embark on a Loboc River Cruise. You can enjoy various delectable Filipino dishes and watch locals perform native Filipino songs and dances as the restaurant traverses the river.
Your van will then drive you to Baclayon Church after the cruise. This 16th-century stone church features life-sized statues, a beautiful crystal chandelier, a silver tabernacle, and more. After that, you will visit the Butterfly Conservatory to see different species of colorful butterflies.
Your next stop is the Bilar Forest, a man-made stretch of mahogany trees with a uniform height. The world-renowned Chocolate Hills will mark the end of your tour. This natural attraction is composed of over 1,000 hills that are almost symmetrically shaped. Your guide will take you back to your accommodation on Panglao Island afterward.
Day 7 will be your departure to Dumaguete on Negros Island. After checking out of your Panglao hotel, you will travel to a port via van. You will then board a ferry to Dumaguete. Upon arriving, your guide will transport you to Malatapay Boat Terminal, where you will ride a boat.
From the terminal, you will sail to Apo Island aboard the boat. Apo Island is situated at the southeast end of Negros Island, just off the coast of the town of Dauin. The place has become a go-to snorkeling site because of its clear waters, coral gardens, and marine life.
Once you dock on the island, you will make your way to the turtles’ habitat. Here you can spot sea turtles and even swim beside them. The site also has a vast reef garden you can visit. You can find here a myriad of vibrant fish. If you feel the need to take a break, Apo Island’s pristine shore will be a perfect resting area.
You also have the option to take the nature trails up to Apo Island Lighthouse or the Apo View Deck. Before dark, you will return to the mainland and head to your Dumaguete hotel.
On the last day of your tour package, you will be traveling back to Manila. Your van will be ready for you after you check out of your accommodation in Dumaguete. From there, you will head to Dumaguete Airport, where you will take a plane to Ninoy Aquino International Airport.
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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.
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.
Private rooms with private bathrooms in guesthouses or small hotels with basic amenities.
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.
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.