9-Day Philippines Vacation Package to Bohol, Cebu & 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

Description

Discover both well-known and hidden gems of the Philippines with this 9-day vacation package that will take you around awe-inspiring attractions across Bohol, Cebu, and Palawan. This package includes roundtrip flights from Manila, land and ferry transfers, and accommodation. 

Unravel the secrets of the past and take a walk in the walled city of Intramuros in Manila. This trip will let you learn about Philippine history as you listen to compelling and grim stories during the Spanish colonial era. While strolling along the cobble-stoned streets, you can marvel at century-old churches, museums, and cultural attractions.

Your vacation package includes flights and boat transfers to the Visayas. From Manila, you will be flying off to Bohol. As you sail to Pamilacan Island, you will come across whales and dolphins. You can even get a rare opportunity to swim with manta rays and sea turtles.

While cruising along the calm blue-green waters of the Loboc River in Bohol, a group of local folk singers will serenade you. You will also visit the famous Chocolate Hills, a geological formation comprising over 1,000 hills that turn brown during summer and green during the rainy season.

After your eco-adventure in Bohol, you will ride a ferry to Cebu. You will drop by the Temple of Leah, a peaceful haven away from the city. Another picturesque scenery awaits you at Sirao Flower Farm. After a relaxing escapade, you will go canyoneering along the Badian River to Kawasan Falls.

Your journey continues with a flight to one of the world’s best islands, Palawan. To reach the majestic islands of Puerto Princesa, you will hop on a short boat ride to Honda Bay. You will visit Starfish Island, Luli Island, and Cowrie Island. Then, you will traverse the Puerto Princesa Underground River, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a New7Wonders of Nature,

Explore fascinating sights in Bohol, Cebu, and Palawan with this 9-day vacation package. Check availability by choosing a date.

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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 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

Island Hopping
Culture, Arts and Historical Tour

Daily itinerary

Day 1
Open garden of Casa Manila in Intramuros

Day 1 - Day 1: Intramuros Tour

Your arrival at Ninoy Aquino International Airport marks the first day of your tour. Your private van will pick you up and take you to your hotel in Manila or near Roxas Boulevard.

You will spend your fun-filled day wandering across iconic structures and historic buildings in Intramuros.

First, you will drop by Fort Santiago. This defense fortress served as a prison cell for political prisoners in the late 1500s. Plaza Roma is another notable structure in Intramuros that shelters the statue of King Charles IV of Spain. It has become a public square and trade center in the past.

Bahay Tsinoy and Casa Manila are next on your list. Here, you will learn about the contributions of ethnic Chinese. You will also sneak a peek into the extravagant lifestyle of the gentry in the 19th century. At San Diego Gardens, you will see pergolas and gazebos.

The garden is right across Baluarte De San Diego, a 16th-century bastion. To conclude your day, you will visit two impressive churches in Intramuros. San Agustin Church and Museum is the oldest stone church in the Philippines. Finally, you will marvel at the grand facades of Manila Cathedral, which is over 400 years old.

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Day 2
Fresh oysters in Cambuhat Oyster Farm

Day 2 - Day 2: Bohol Cambuhat Tour

You will leave Manila and board a plane going to Bohol on the second day of your tour. From there, your private van will take you to your hotel in Panglao, Bohol.

Your Bohol eco-adventure begins in the town of Buenavista. You will start your day immersing in the tiny village of Cambuhat River Community. To reach the community, you have to paddle your way through the Cambuhat River. You will come upon a mangrove forest and nipa huts while gazing upon the serene and relaxing atmosphere of the river.

Once you arrive at the village, you will head over to the community center. When you step inside the Cambuhat Village, you will get a closer look at their life and culture. The village people aim to develop and promote eco-friendly practices while making use of their natural resources.

The Cambuhat Oyster Farm serves as the source of livelihood for the community. They even serve delectable shellfish and other seafood for guests.

You can find their oyster farm at the border of the river. Aside from oyster farming, the locals also rely on weaving using looms. They create baskets, hats, brooms, and mats. Afterward, you will return to your hotel.

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Day 3
Stunning view of Pamilacan Island in Bohol

Day 3 - Day 3: Bohol Pamilacan Island Tour

For your third day, your next destination is Pamilacan Island. It is a popular diving spot at the heart of the Bohol Sea that exhibits rich marine biodiversity. You can even spot whales and dolphins en route to the island.

The island is small and has only a thousand residents, making it easy to wander around its scenic attractions. Back in the 90s, the locals were hunting whales and manta rays. However, since the government prohibited this illegal act, the locals decided to rely on tourism as their livelihood.

Once you reach the island, you can snorkel or dive around and beyond its magnificent seascape. While you’re at it, you can find a diverse range of marine species such as bucket sponges, moray eels, and sea snakes at Pamilacan’s sanctuary. You can also swim with sea turtles.

If you ever get tired of swimming and diving, you can rest a bit and sink your feet on the white sand. For your next activity, you can go up the Pamilacan watchtower to get a better view of the surrounding waters and natural rock formations. This tower has been a significant part of history since the Spaniards used it to look out for pirates.

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Day 4
Rock staircase at Baclayon Church in Bohol

Day 4 - Day 4: Bohol Countryside Tour

Bohol is an island province that comprises both natural and artificial attractions. Your Bohol adventure won’t be complete without touring around its countryside attractions.

On the fourth day of your tour, your van will pick you up from your hotel. Your first destination is Corella Tarsier Sanctuary. Home to the smallest primates, this wildlife sanctuary nurtures adorable and friendly-looking tarsiers for guests to gaze freely.

Next, you will board an enchanting cruise along the jade-like waters of the Loboc River. You will indulge in a mouthwatering lunch of Filipino cuisine while the folk singers serenade you with romantic songs.

After the cruise, you will head to Baclayon Church. This century-old church contains coral stones and cement with egg whites. In 2018, it underwent a complete renovation after it suffered from the 2013 earthquake.

You will also visit The Butterfly Conservatory, a butterfly breeding and conservation site in Bohol that features diverse butterfly species. Next, you will drive along Bilar Forest, featuring tall mahogany trees.

Finally, you will explore one of the most famous spots in Bohol, the Chocolate Hills. During the summer months, you can expect to see brown-colored hills. Its vegetation shifts into color green during the rainy season.

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Day 5
Facade of Magellan's Cross in Cebu City

Day 5 - Day 5: Cebu City Tour

On Day 5, you will head to Cebu via ferry transfer. Once you arrive, you will be staying in Mandaue. Your private van will fetch you and take you to your first destination in Taoist Temple. The temple is on top of a hill, exhibiting a replica of the Great Wall of China and dragon statues. You can also find a souvenir shop inside the temple complex.

In downtown Cebu, you will marvel at Basilica Minore Del Santo Nino, the oldest Roman Catholic church in the Philippines. Across the church, you can find the famous Magellan’s Cross.

At the Heritage of Cebu Monument, you will learn more about the rich history of Cebu. It features the Spanish galleon, the Battle of Mactan, and the late president Sergio Osmena. Then, you will visit the ancestral Yap - San Diego Ancestral House.

You will pay a short visit to the Temple of Leah. Deemed as the Taj Mahal of Cebu, this majestic temple is Teodorico Adarna’s grand gesture of love and tribute to her beloved wife, Leah Albino-Adarna.

At the end of your tour, you will visit the colorful blooms of Sirao Flower Farm. It is known as the Little Amsterdam of Cebu.

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Day 6
Aerial view of Kawasan Falls in Cebu

Day 6 - Day 6: Kawasan Falls and Moalboal Sardine Run Tour

For your sixth day, you will leave the city to prepare for an exhilarating adventure. You will go on a canyoneering escapade through the beautiful gorges and river canyons of Kawasan Falls. Feel the adrenaline pumping through your body as you scramble, climb, rappel, and swim through the rugged edges of the three-tiered cascading waterfalls.

Once you finally reach the falls, you can jump off the cliff as high as 30 feet. Then, plunge into its cold emerald-blue waters. There are also natural pools and lagoons in the surrounding area. After your pulse-pounding adventure, you will head over to the famed shores of Moalboal. You will swim alongside a school of countless sardines at Pescador Island.

Moalboal is a world-class dive site that boasts abundant corals and colorful exotic fishes. The underwater cave known as the Cathedral is considered one of the famous diving spots among divers. You can swim, snorkel, and dive underneath the deep blue waters to witness flourishing marine sanctuaries.

At Turtle Island, you will have the opportunity to swim with sea turtles and other marine creatures. At the end of your tour in Badian and Moalboal, you will head back to your hotel in Mandaue City.

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Day 7
Palm trees in Luli Island Palawan

Day 7 - Day 7: Puerto Princesa Honda Bay Island Hopping Tour

On your seventh day, you will be flying off to Puerto Princesa from Mactan-Cebu International Airport. Your jam-packed day begins with a boat ride to reach the powdery sandbars and majestic islands of Honda Bay.

Several international travel magazines recognize Palawan as one of the world’s best islands. Apart from El Nido and Coron, you can also find some of its majestic beaches and islands in Puerto Princesa.

At Honda Bay, you will go on an island-hopping tour around three of its famed islands. Here, you can snorkel through underwater gardens and stroll along white-sand beaches. You will first visit Starfish Island, where you can spot different kinds of starfish beneath the rippling waves. Other marine species include pufferfish and yellowtail snappers.

Cowrie Island is your next destination. It is a shell-shaped island and the largest among all of the islands in Honda Bay. Some of the water activities you can do include kayaking, snorkeling, and banana boat riding. You can also have a picnic lunch at the cabanas and huts throughout the bay.

Your last destination is Luli Island. You can strike a pose on the long stretch of sandbar that appears depending on the shifting tides.

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Day 8
Boats with safety gears in Puerto Princesa Palawan

Day 8 - Day 8: Puerto Princesa Underground River and City Tour

The last leg of your Palawan tour will take place in the Puerto Princesa Underground River. You will ride a boat via Sabang Boat Terminal to reach Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park. Inside the cave, you can admire uniquely shaped stalactites and stalagmites.

Recognized as one of the New7Wonders of Nature in 2011, the Puerto Princesa Underground River boasts striking limestone rock formations and cave systems. The 8km-long underground river sprawls over 22,000 hectares. It is also known as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

After traversing the underground river, you will head to the city proper. Your first destination is Baker’s Hill, where you can purchase local pastries and baked treats. Next, you will visit Plaza Cuartel. It is a former penal colony and Spanish garrison that turned into a leisure park.

You will also drop by Palawan Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center, a research center and crocodile breeding facility. Here, you can have an up-close encounter with these gigantic semi-aquatic reptiles.

Then, you will hike up the observation deck at Mitra’s Ranch. This hilltop park sits at the highest point in the city. Finally, conclude your day at Puerto Princesa Baywalk to catch the sunset.

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Day 9
A plane at NAIA

Day 9 - Day 9: Departure to Manila

Wait for your van to fetch you from your accommodation. You will head to Puerto Princesa International Airport. From there, you will board a plane to Ninoy Aquino International Airport. You will return to where you started, Manila.

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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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