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9-Day Philippines Vacation Package to Bohol, Dumaguete & Palawan from Manila

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

See breathtaking sceneries and lush landscapes in Bohol, Dumaguete, and Palawan with this ultimate 9-day vacation package to the Philippines. It includes roundtrip flights from Manila, land and ferry transfers, and accommodation. 

In this 9-day trip, you will take a trip down the historical lanes and vibrant streets of Intramuros in Manila. While marveling at notable structures and historic buildings, you will learn about Philippine history during the Spanish era. You can find several century-old churches, iconic museums, and other cultural attractions along the cobble-stone streets of Intramuros.

After your heritage tour, you will be flying off to Bohol. You will visit Chocolate Hills, a geological formation that turns brown in summer. Then, experience an enchanting river cruise along the jade-green waters of the Loboc River. A group of local folk singers will serenade you by the river while you enjoy a mouthwatering buffet of Filipino cuisine in a floating restaurant.

You will also explore Dumaguete, known as The City of Gentle People. This peaceful coastal city is famous for being the center of education in Visayas and Mindanao. It is home to Silliman University, the first American-Protestant school in the Philippines. The campus houses an anthropology museum, university zoo, and marine laboratory.

Your itinerary also includes a trip to Apo Island, home to world-class diving spots in Negros Oriental. Then, you will ride a ferry to Cebu and go canyoneering along the Badian River to reach Kawasan Falls’ turquoise waters. 

Afterward, you will board a plane to Palawan via Puerto Princesa International Airport. Puerto Princesa is where you can explore Honda Bay. You will visit its three famed islands, including Starfish Island, Luli Island, and Cowrie Island. Then, you will take a relaxing escapade to Puerto Princesa Underground River, which holds a place in the New7Wonders of Nature, and has been included in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list. 

Discover scenic attractions across Bohol, Dumaguete, and Palawan with this ultimate 9-day vacation package. Check availability by choosing a date.

Included

8 nights accommodation (budget category)
8 days breakfast
8 lunch
All flights with 20kgs baggage allowance
Day 1 - Intramuros Tour (Manila)
Day 2 to 6 - Bohol, Dumaguete and Cebu Tour (Central Visayas)
Day 7 to 8 - Puerto Princesa Tour (Palawan)
Day 9 - 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
Garden of Casa Manila in Intramuros

Day 1: Intramuros Tour

Upon arriving at Ninoy Aquino International Airport, you will proceed to your hotel in Manila or near Roxas Boulevard. Your private van will then take you to your first destination, Intramuros.

You will spend your first day marveling at the iconic structures and buildings along the vibrant streets of Intramuros. Fort Santiago is the first attraction on your list. Established in 1590, it is one of the oldest citadels in the walled city. The iconic statue of King Charles IV of Spain lies inside Plaza Roma.

Next, you will drop by Bahay Tsinoy to learn about the contributions of the ethnic Chinese in Philippine life and history. Casa Manila will also show you the opulent lifestyle of the gentry in the 19th century.

At San Diego Gardens, you will come upon pergolas and gazebos. Explore the Baluarte De San Diego, one of the National Cultural Treasures in Intramuros. This 16th-century bastion contains brick tiles, adobe walls, and terracotta finishes.

Up next is San Agustin Church and Museum, the oldest stone church in the Philippines. It also exhibits remarkable retablos or altars. Finally, you will visit the Manila Cathedral to gaze at its impressive facades, Baroque-inspired interiors, and multi-layered arches.

Day 2
Beautiful view of Chocolate Hills during sunset

Day 2: Bohol Countryside Tour

You will board a plane from Manila to Bohol on your second day. Upon arrival, you will proceed to your hotel in Panglao, Bohol. Afterward, your van will take you to Corella Tarsier Sanctuary. The province is home to the smallest primates, and you will get to see them up close in this wildlife sanctuary.

At the Loboc River Cruise, you will indulge in Filipino cuisine on board a floating restaurant while gazing at the serene landscape. As the raft sails lazily through the blue-green waters, a live band will serenade you with classic love songs.

After your relaxing escapade, you will go to Baclayon Church. The historic church stood for many centuries but got destroyed in an earthquake in 2013. The church underwent a complete renovation in 2018.

Your countryside tour continues in Bilar town. The Butterfly Conservatory is known as the first butterfly breeding and conservation site in Bohol that features diverse butterfly species. Next, you will visit Bilar Man-Made Forest, where you can strike a pose behind tall mahogany trees.

Lastly, you will witness the stunning geological formation at the famous Chocolate Hills. The ideal time to visit the hills is during the dry season when the vegetation turns brown.

Day 3
Pamilacan Island in Bohol

Day 3: Bohol Pamilacan Island Tour

The next leg of your Bohol tour will take place in Pamilacan Island. Sitting calmly in the heart of Bohol Sea, this remote island comprises only a thousand residents. Back in the 90s, the locals relied on whale and manta ray hunting for their livelihood. However, they have turned to tourism after the government prohibited this illegal practice.

On your way to the island, you will come across whales, dolphins, and other sea creatures that may pop out of the water. You can snorkel at the marine sanctuary in Pamilacan to see more of its rich and flourishing aquatic life.

Pamilacan Island is a popular diving spot in Bohol that is home to bucket sponges, moray eels, and sea snakes. You might even get a rare opportunity to swim with sea turtles.

You can soak in the sun and lounge on the powdery white-sand beach. Apart from its pristine and vast seascape, the island offers other scenic attractions. You can witness a panoramic view of the island at the watchtower. Back in the day, the Spaniards used this tower to watch out for pirates.

Before you head back, you can purchase local handicrafts at the souvenir shop.

Day 4
Rizal Boulevard in Dumaguete

Day 4: Dumaguete City Tour

Your fourth day continues in Dumaguete, the City of Gentle People. To reach the beautiful coastal town from Bohol, you will need to ride a ferry. Dumaguete is known as the center of education in Visayas and Mindanao. It is home to various educational institutions, including Silliman University.

Situated near the university, Rizal Boulevard is a seaside promenade that offers picturesque sunset views. In downtown Dumaguete, you will visit the historic stone church of St. Catherine De Alexandria and the iconic Dumaguete Campanario. Then, you will head over to Dumaguete Public Market. You can also explore the Provincial Capitol and Freedom Park.

You can shop handmade pots at Clayton Pottery. While inside Sidlakang Negros Village, you can purchase souvenirs and novelty items. Afterward, you will take a lunch break at Lab-as Seafood.

Your van will take you to the nearby towns of Valencia and Bacong. You will enjoy the cool breeze at Valencia Forest Camp. Next, you will browse through a vast collection of World War II-era artifacts at the Cata-al War Museum.

You will then proceed to the town of Bacong and visit the San Agustin de Hippo Church. Lastly, you can purchase souvenirs at the Negros Oriental Arts and Heritage Center.

Day 5
A boat in Dumaguete's Apo Island

Day 5: Apo Island Tour

On the fifth leg of your jam-packed vacation, you will hop on a short boat ride to Apo Island. Deemed as one of the most famous diving sites and snorkeling spots in the world, Apo Island boasts over 400 coral species. Apart from beautiful coral gardens, it also features abundant aquatic life and rich marine sanctuaries.

The locals have vowed to protect and preserve the beauty of the island. By strictly implementing marine conservation programs, they remind visitors to respect the island and practice responsible tourism.

Once you reach the island, you can plunge into its deep waters and see for yourself different marine creatures like tuna, manta rays, and hammerheads. At Turtle Point, you can swim with sea turtles. After swimming and snorkeling around the pristine seascape, you can relax on the white-sand beach.

Next, you will hike up the 600-meter Habagat Eco Trail at the southern end of Apo Island. A panoramic and majestic view of the surrounding mountains and natural rock formations await you on top of the trail. You can take plenty of photos while gazing at the pristine seascape.

After your fun-filled adventure in Apo Island, you will head back to your hotel in Dumaguete.

Day 6
2nd level of Kawasan Falls in Cebu

Day 6: Kawasan Falls and Moalboal Sardine Run Tour

On the sixth day of your tour, you will leave Dumaguete and take a ferry to Cebu. Your van will fetch you and take you to your hotel in Mandaue.

Your first stop is the three-tiered Kawasan Falls in Badian. You can go canyoneering along the Badian River and trek to reach the cascading waterfalls. Prepare to scramble, climb, rappel, and swim through the beautiful gorges and river canyons of Kawasan Falls. There are natural pools and lagoons perfect for taking a quick and refreshing dip.

After visiting Badian, you will then proceed to another countryside town of Cebu, Moalboal. It is famous for its all-year-long sardine run and is also for being home to sea turtles. First, you will be visiting Pescador Island.

Snorkel through vibrant coral reefs and witness various species of colorful exotic fishes. The sardine run is the best highlight of your tour in Moalboal. Here, you can spot a school of sardines gracefully congregating in perfect unison. Another popular spot among divers is an underwater cave called the Cathedral. At Turtle Island, you will get a rare opportunity to swim with sea turtles.

Day 7
Sunny day in Luli Island, Palawan

Day 7: Puerto Princesa Honda Bay Island Hopping Tour

On the seventh day of your tour, you will be flying off to Puerto Princesa, Palawan. Palawan is known for its world-famous islands. Some of its pristine beaches are dotting Puerto Princesa. Gear up as you go on an exhilarating island-hopping tour to the beautiful seascape of Honda Bay.

To reach its three islands, you will take a short boat ride. When exploring Honda Bay, you will swim and snorkel around its clear and turquoise waters. The first stop is at Starfish Island, home to different kinds of starfish. You can even find a rare sighting of a five-armed orange starfish, famous for its perfect symmetry. Other marine species on the island include pufferfish and yellowtail snappers.

Your next destination is another tropical haven known for its boomerang shape. Cowrie Island is the largest among all of the islands in Honda Bay. You can go kayaking, snorkeling, banana boat riding, and beach bumming. There are also cabanas and huts for rent facing the sea.

Finally, you will head to Luli Island. Its long sandbar reappears depending on the shifting tides. You can stroll along its long stretch of white sand or rest on hammocks floating on the beach.

Day 8
Rock formations inside Puerto Princesa Underground River

Day 8: Puerto Princesa Underground River and City Tour

Your tour in Puerto Princesa continues as you cruise along its famous Underground River. To get there, you will have to take a short boat ride from the Sabang Boat Terminal heading to the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park.

Named as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the 8km-long underground river is also one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature. Sprawling over 22,000 hectares, the Puerto Princesa Underground River features majestic limestone cliffs, natural rock formations, and stunning cave systems.

After the underground river cruise, you will proceed to the city proper. Your first stop is at Baker’s Hill. Here, you can purchase some baked goodies and local pastries. The next stop is Plaza Cuartel, a former Spanish garrison and penal colony that has become a leisure park.

Another highlight of your city tour is visiting Palawan Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center. You can have a closer look at the resident crocodiles in this research center and breeding facility.

Your last two destinations in Puerto Princesa are great sightseeing spots. Mitra’s Ranch is a hilltop park that offers panoramic and breathtaking views of the city from afar. You can also catch the stunning sunset at Puerto Princesa Baywalk.

Day 9
Plane at a runway in NAIA

Day 9: Departure to Manila

On the last day of your vacation, your van will pick you up from your hotel in Sabang. Then, you will proceed to Puerto Princesa International Airport. From there, you will be boarding a direct flight to Ninoy Aquino International Airport. You will return to where you started, Manila.

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.

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.

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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