Discover the natural wonders, islands, and countryside of the Philippines with this 8-day vacation package. This tour will bring you from the historical landmarks of Manila, the pristine white-sand islands of Puerto Princesa, the rich marine life of Apo Island, and the green countryside of Bohol and Cebu. It also comes complete with pre-arranged accommodations, daily breakfast, transfers, entrance fees, and the service of guides for a hassle-free vacation.
You will arrive at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on Day 1. From there, you will make your way to the heart of Manila, Intramuros. This district is popular for being the walled area where the Spanish occupation was centered for over 300 years since the 16th century.
After visiting the age-old landmarks here, you will then fly south to Bohol for the famous Loboc River Cruise. You will also drop by the province’s pride, the Chocolate Hills, for an afternoon photoshoot with the sprawling hills.
From Bohol, you will board a ferry to Dumaguete and live the island life for a day at Apo Island. This water-locked paradise, located on the southeastern tip of Negros, is one of the most frequently visited snorkeling and diving destinations in the country, thanks to its thriving and vibrant marine life. Another province you will see in the Visayas region is Cebu, where you can find the famous 40-meter high Kawasan Falls.
Indulge yourself in the peaceful countryside of Cebu before you fly to Palawan. Here, you will enjoy a full-day island-hopping trip across Honda Bay and a relaxing cruise down the Underground River in Puerto Princesa. You will then ride a plane back to Manila to end your 8-day vacation tour.
See the best of the Philippine landscape with this 8-day vacation package that will take you to Puerto Princesa, Bohol, and Cebu from Manila. Check availability by choosing a date.
Your first day in the country will be spent exploring the walled district of Intramuros. This is the only administrative district in Manila surrounded by walls, making it the most unusual. When you arrive at the site, you will be greeted by cobblestone streets and historical attractions dating back to the Spanish era.
One of the sights you will visit here will be Fort Santiago, a Spanish stone fortress built in 1593. It served as a prison for national hero Jose Rizal until his execution in 1896. From the fort, you can easily walk to the nearby Plaza Roma, believed to be the center of Intramuros. Enjoy a short break here to take in the scenery before heading next to Bahay Tsinoy.
This museum houses numerous contributions of the Chinese people to the Philippines. Another popular museum in Intramuros is Casa Manila, a fully furnished ancestral home commissioned by former First Lady Imelda Marcos in the 1980s.
Following your visits to the museums, you will drop by San Diego Gardens and Baluarte De San Diego in the southwestern corner of Intramuros. You will then head to San Agustin Church and Museum, the only church in Manila designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. To end your tour, you will also visit Manila Cathedral.
After leaving your accommodation in Manila, you will travel to Bohol's Panglao International Airport and begin your countryside tour at the Corella Tarsier Sanctuary. A non-profit organization called the Philippine Tarsier Foundation looks after this forest area that serves as a home to a large tarsier population. You can snap photographs of the cute tarsiers, but make sure to turn off your flash.
You will board a floating restaurant for the Loboc River Cruise after you visit the Tarsier Sanctuary. While you eat your sumptuous buffet lunch and sail along the Loboc River, the locals aboard will perform native Filipino songs and dances for your entertainment.
You will then go to Baclayon Church once you return to the port. Built of coral stones during the mid-1590s, this cathedral is known as the country's second-oldest stone church after San Agustin Church in Manila.
Offer a short prayer inside before heading to the Butterfly Conservatory, where you can see how the locals protect and breed butterflies. From there, you will continue the tour to the Bilar Forest, a 2km stretch of man-made forest, before finishing your trip at the world-famous Chocolate Hills. Afterward, your guide will take you to your Panglao hotel.
For Day 3, you will visit the unspoiled island of Pamilacan and explore Bohol's aquatic paradise. Pamilacan sits in the middle of the Bohol Sea, about 12.5 kilometers from the mainland. It is well-known for being a whale shark and dolphin hangout spot, so make sure to keep an eye out for these gentle marine creatures on the way to the island.
Apart from being a haven for whale sharks and dolphins, Pamilacan also boasts clear and inviting waters. You are welcome to dive into the sea as soon as you dock. But make sure to bring your snorkeling gear as you don't want to miss out on Pamilacan's colorful underwater paradise. While underwater, you can find some starfish, seagrasses, crinoids, and Gloria Maris seashells here.
Your guide will also take you to some diving sites around Pamilacan if you want to have a more adrenaline-pumping experience on the island. You can even take a short walk to the island's 200-year-old Spanish Fort after your beach excursions. The locals used this National Cultural Treasure as protection against Moro pirates. At the end of the day, your boat will bring you back to the mainland, and you will return to your Panglao hotel.
You will visit another island for this day, but this time it's in Dumaguete. After leaving your hotel in Panglao, you will board a ferry to Dumaguete and head to Malatapay Boat Terminal. Here, you're going to sail to Apo Island aboard a pump boat. This water-locked paradise, situated on Negros Island's southeast coast, is famous for its vibrant aquatic life.
When you arrive in Apo Island, the first thing you will do is visit the turtle sanctuary. You can get up close and personal with sea turtles and other marine life here. Close to this spot, there is also a large reef garden with a variety of colorful fish. Make sure you have your underwater camera ready to capture Apo Island's thriving underwater paradise.
Once you've had your fill of the waters, you can simply lounge on the beach and enjoy the peaceful seascape. You are also welcome to see the Apo View Deck or the Apo Island Lighthouse and trek the 600-meter Habagat Eco-Trail, David's Walk, or Witchy's Trail for a panoramic view of the Negros' seascape. Before the sun sets, you'll board your boat and head to the mainland and your Dumaguete hotel.
You will now leave Dumaguete and board a ferry to Cebu to explore its vibrant countryside. Upon your arrival in the province, your guide will drive you to Badian, home to the famous Kawasan Falls. Take a dip in the tempting spring waters of the falls and swim to your heart’s content before departing for Moalboal.
This town is lined with unspoiled pristine white beaches. After taking in the scenic seascape, you will board a boat and sail off the coast to Pescador Island. This island has become one of the best snorkeling destinations in the province due to its cobalt blue waters and stunning corals, and marine life.
Afterward, you will proceed to Turtle Island next. Here, you can freely swim with sea turtles and go snorkeling. You will then return to the mainland and make your way to Panagsama Beach to catch the world-famous sardine race.
When you arrive at Panagsama, you will attend a quick briefing before gearing up for the activity. Your guide will then lead you a few meters out into the water, where you will wait for the millions of sardines to swim by. Finally, you will head back to your hotel in Mandaue.
After leaving your accommodation in Mandaue, you will fly from Cebu to Puerto Princesa Airport to begin your Palawan adventure. From the airport, your guide will bring you to the province's eastern coast, where you will find the idyllic Honda Bay. A boat will be waiting for you here to sail you to your first destination, Starfish Island.
Shaped like a crescent moon, this water-locked land is abundant in rock starfish and other varieties of fish like bloating puffers and rainbow parrotfish. Feel free to snorkel and swim here before making your way to the next island: Cowrie Island.
Cowrie is named after its shape, which is similar to that of a seashell. It is the largest island in Honda Bay and is ideal for swimming since the locals have put up a net to keep the jellyfish at bay. Additionally, there are restaurants and bars on the island to satisfy your cravings for seafood and local dishes.
The last leg of the tour will be a visit to Luli Island. Luli is known for its white sandbars that sink at high tide. But apart from sunbathing, you can also go snorkeling here. Afterward, you will return to the mainland and head to your hotel in Sabang.
In the morning, you will make your way to Sabang Wharf, where you will transfer to a boat. You will then proceed to the world-renowned Puerto Princesa Underground River. This river is dubbed a UNESCO World Heritage Site and features thriving flora and fauna. While inside the cave, you will see some jaw-dropping stalactites and stalagmites, and several unusual rock formations.
Following your cruise, you will sail back to the mainland and continue on a Puerto Princesa city tour. Your first destination in the city will be Baker’s Hill. This bakery/theme park is located on top of a hill and sells various baked goods.
From Baker’s Hill, you will drop by the historic Plaza Cuartel next. This served as a Spanish garrison that the Americans and Japanese took over during World War II. Today, the square has been converted into a recreational spot.
After leaving the plaza, you will proceed to Crocodile Farm, where you can see and hold living crocodiles. Your guide will then take you to Mitra’s Ranch to visit its view deck overlooking Puerto Princesa. To cap off the tour, you will stroll along the city’s promenade, the Puerto Princesa Baywalk, before returning to your hotel.
Your guide will pick you up at your accommodation in Sabang and drive you to the Puerto Princesa International Airport. Here, you will board a plane bound for Ninoy Aquino International Airport. You will then arrive in Manila after less than two hours, marking the end of your 8-day trip.
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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.