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9-Day Philippines Vacation Package to Dumaguete, 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

Take a 9-day trip to the Philippines and visit top attractions and breathtaking spots in Dumaguete, Cebu, and Palawan. This hassle-free vacation package includes roundtrip flights from Manila, land and ferry transfers, and accommodation. 

Travel back in time as you stroll along Intramuros, the oldest district of Manila. You will gaze at the impressive facades of century-old churches like Manila Cathedral and San Agustin Church. Step inside iconic structures and have a glimpse of the Philippine traditions during the Spanish colonial period.

After your historical tour in Intramuros, you will be flying off to the Visayas and head first to Dumaguete. It is the center of education in the entire region, which makes it the University town. You will visit one of the premier educational institutions in Dumaguete, the Silliman University. It is the first American and Protestant university in Asia.

Your journey continues in Apo Island, where you can marvel at beautiful coral gardens and colorful fishes. For your next activity, feel the pounding of your pulse as you go on a canyoneering adventure to Kawasan Falls. Gear up and jump from the rugged edges of the three-tiered waterfalls. 

You will also set foot on the breathtaking islands of Palawan. You will ride a boat to Honda Bay in Puerto Princesa for an island hopping tour. Swim beneath starfishes and corals in Starfish Island, Cowrie Island, and Luli Island. You will also traverse the 8km-long Puerto Princesa Underground River, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and New7Wonders of the World. 

On this trip, you will also spend a fun-filled day in the west coast of Palawan. You will go on an island hopping tour at the less-crowded tropical paradise of Port Barton. Then, you will also go kayaking at beautiful lagoons and witness towering limestone formations during your last island hopping tour, which will be at the world-famous El Nido. 

Explore paradise-like destinations and scenic spots in Dumaguete, 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 4 - Dumaguete and Cebu Tour (Central Visayas)
Day 5 to 8 - Puerto Princesa, Port Barton and El Nido 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
Inside Casa Manila in Intramuros

Day 1 - Day 1: Intramuros Tour

Upon your arrival at Ninoy Aquino International Airport, a private van will take you to your hotel in Manila or along Roxas Boulevard. Your first destination is Intramuros, the oldest district of Manila.

Your first stop is at Fort Santiago. The Spanish government built this defense fortress back in the late 1500s. Within the fort grounds, there is a manicured garden with a path leading to an arched gate. The next attraction is Plaza Roma, featuring the statue of King Charles IV of Spain.

During the Spanish era, the Filipinos and ethnic Chinese developed strong relations. At Bahay Tsinoy, you can learn more about the Chinese influence on the traditions of Filipinos. You will also visit Casa Manila, a museum that exhibits the colonial lifestyle of Filipinos.

En route to your next destination, you will come upon pergolas and gazebos at San Diego Gardens. Baluarte De San Diego, known as a National Cultural Treasure, is right across the lush greenery.

Finally, you will marvel at century-old churches that became witness to various events and weddings in history. The San Agustin Church and Museum features a Baroque architectural design, while the Manila Cathedral boasts a Neo-Romanesque style.

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Day 2
Belfry Tower in Dumaguete

Day 2 - Day 2: Dumaguete City Tour

On the second day of your vacation, you will be exploring Dumaguete, the City of Gentle People. From Manila, you will board a plane to Dumaguete Airport.

Also known as the University town, Dumaguete is home to several universities and colleges. Silliman University is within the grounds of the coastal city. As a premier educational institution, the university features an anthropology museum, a university zoo, and a marine laboratory. The campus is near the seaside promenade at Rizal Boulevard.

In downtown Dumaguete, you will visit the historic stone church of St. Catherine De Alexandria and the iconic Dumaguete Campanario. Afterward, you can go shopping at Dumaguete Public Market or go sightseeing at the Provincial Capitol and Freedom Park.

You can also purchase handmade pots, souvenirs, and novelty items at Clayton Pottery and Sidlakang Negros Village. Then, you will take your lunch break at Lab-as Seafood. After that, you will savor the cool breeze at Valencia Forest Camp. Then, you will browse through the collection of World War II artifacts at the Cata-al War Museum.

In Bacong town, you will visit San Agustin de Hippo Church. Finally, you will purchase local handicrafts and souvenirs at Negros Oriental Arts and Heritage Center.

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Day 3
A boat in Apo Island, Dumaguete

Day 3 - Day 3: Apo Island Tour

From Dumaguete, you will hop on a short boat ride to Apo Island on the third day of your tour. Recognized as a world-class diving spot, Apo Island boasts over 400 coral species. It features majestic coral gardens and abundant marine sanctuaries.

The locals strictly implement marine conservation programs to protect and maintain the beauty of the island. They also remind visitors to be mindful of their litter, follow the guidelines, and practice responsible tourism.

Apo Island is a volcanic island located at the southeastern tip of Negros. Once you arrive, the breathtaking scenery and vast seascape await you. You can dive into its deep waters and see for yourself different marine creatures like tuna, manta rays, and hammerheads. Swim with sea turtles at Turtle Point, snorkel, and lounge on the white-sand beach afterward.

For your next activity, you will traverse the 600-meter Habagat Eco Trail. A breathtaking and panoramic view awaits you on top of the trail. Here, you can capture the stunning seascape alongside rock formations. You can also appreciate the beauty of nature while taking plenty of photos.

After your exhilarating tour in Apo Island, your private van will take you back to your hotel in Dumaguete.

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Day 4
Gatorade blue waters of Kawasan Falls in Cebu

Day 4 - Day 4: Kawasan Falls and Moalboal Sardine Run Tour

For your fourth day, you will ride a ferry from Dumaguete to Cebu. Upon arrival, you will be staying in a hotel located in Mandaue City.

Your first destination is the three-stage cascading Kawasan Falls. To get there, you will have to rappel and crawl through rocky edges. You will go canyoneering along the Badian River and pass by edgy cliffs to reach the beautiful gorges and river canyons of Kawasan Falls. The enchanting waterfalls also boast natural pools and lagoons.

Then, you will proceed to the southwestern tip of Cebu. The coastal municipality of Moalboal is a famous turtle site and home to the famous sardine run. It is popular among divers because of its rich marine biodiversity.

At Pescador Island, you can witness a school of sardines congregating in perfect unison. You can snorkel over beautiful coral reefs and colorful exotic fishes. If you want to discover more of its hidden gems, you can also explore an underwater cave known as the Cathedral. You can even get a rare opportunity to swim with sea turtles at Turtle Island.

At the end of your exhilarating tour in Kawasan Falls and Moalboal, you will be heading back to your hotel.

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Day 5
Sunny day in Luli Island, Palawan

Day 5 - Day 5: Puerto Princesa Honda Bay Island Hopping Tour

Your tropical escapade continues in Palawan’s paradise-like and breathtaking islands. On your fifth day, you will board a plane going to Puerto Princesa International Airport.

For your first activity, you will go on an island-hopping tour to Honda Bay. You will visit three of its islands. First, you will explore Starfish Island. You can snorkel to see different kinds of starfishes. One of which is the five-armed orange starfish, known for its perfect symmetry. You can also find pufferfish and yellowtail snappers.

Cowrie Island is next on your itinerary. It is shell-shaped and the largest among all of the islands in Honda Bay. You can try different water activities like kayaking, snorkeling, and banana boat riding. There are also cabanas and huts for rent throughout the shore.

Lastly, you will visit the sandbar on Luli Island. It appears during low tide and submerges at high tide. You can spend your afternoon lounging on its powdery sand. Then, you can cap off your long day resting on the hammocks floating on the beach.

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Day 6
Underground River Tour in Puerto Princesa Palawan

Day 6 - Day 6: Puerto Princesa Underground River and City Tour

On Day 6, you will be exploring the Puerto Princesa Underground River. From Sabang Boat Terminal, you will take a short boat ride to reach Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park.

The 8km-long underground river spans over 22,000 hectares and boasts large cave chambers and stunning rock formations. Inside the cave, you will marvel at uniquely shaped stalactites and stalagmites. Some of the shapes you will find include a man’s head, jellyfish, umbrella, and a ship.

After traversing the Puerto Princesa Underground River, you will proceed to the city proper. You can buy some baked goodies and local pastries at Baker’s Hill. Another historical attraction you will visit is the Plaza Cuartel. It is a former Spanish garrison and penal colony that has become a leisure park.

Next, you will have an up-close encounter with crocodiles at a research center and breeding facility in Palawan Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center. Then, you will visit the observation deck at Mitra’s Ranch. Since it sits on top of a hill, you can expect to witness a breathtaking and panoramic view from afar.

At the end of your jam-packed tour, you will head to Puerto Princesa Baywalk to catch the sunset.

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Day 7
Inaladelan Island in Port Barton

Day 7 - Day 7: Port Barton Island Hopping Tour

On Day 7, you will explore the tropical paradise of Port Barton. This majestic island lets you experience the simplicity of island life away from the crowds. Port Barton is often positively compared with El Nido because of its pristine and breathtaking seascape.

You will discover the hidden gems and islands dotting Port Barton with an island hopping tour. Your first stop is at Inaladelan resort. This beach camping site provides sports facilities for those who like to kayak or play beach volleyball. You can also soak in the sun, lounge on the sand, and set up a picnic-style lunch by the beach.

If you happen to visit Port Barton in January, you will have the opportunity to see the turtle hatching season. You can even take part in the annual event of walking the baby turtles through their first steps to the sea. Your next destination is Luli Sandbar, a piece of powdery white sand that emerges and sinks into the water depending on the tides.

For your next activity, you will snorkel or dive around and beyond the turtle snorkeling site. You can also have fun swimming with sea turtles at the fish and snorkeling site.

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Day 8
Big Lagoon in El Nido Palawan

Day 8 - Day 8: El Nido Island Hopping Tour

The last leg of your trip will take place in the majestic islands of El Nido. You will ride a boat to reach the pristine beaches and lagoons dotting Bacuit Bay for your island hopping tour. Your first stop is at Big Lagoon. To get inside the lagoon, you have to pass through a narrow entrance. A postcard-worthy scenery of the towering rock formations awaits you inside.

Your next destination, Miniloc Island, is popular among divers because of its rich and flourishing ecosystem. Along the pristine beachscape, you will find an evergreen forest. The Secret Lagoon is your next destination. Unlike the Big Lagoon, you have to crawl through a smaller entrance.

You can soak in the sun and lounge on the beautiful beach outside the Secret Lagoon. Next, you will visit the Seven Commandos Beach. The palm-fringed beach has tall coconut trees and lush mountains, perfect for taking postcard-worthy photos.

Finally, you will swim and snorkel around the beautiful coral gardens at Shimizu Island. Like the previous islands, it also boasts stunning rock formations, limestone cliffs, and clear waters suitable for snorkeling.

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Day 9
Waiting area at Ninoy Aquino International Airport

Day 9 - Day 9: Departure to Manila

It’s time to leave Palawan. You will wait for your van to pick you up from your hotel in Lio Properties. Then, you will board a direct flight to Ninoy Aquino International Airport. You will head back 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.

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.

In El Nido island hopping tour mandatory environmental fee and/or user’s see is to be paid directly in cash to the service provider in El Nido, The tour itinerary is subject to change based on weather and tidal conditions. Tours will start only once operators are given permission to sail by the Local Government Unit (LGU) and the Philippine Coast Guard. Delays in start of tours or cancellation of tours affected by this is beyond the service providers’ control.

Limitation to the number of tourists, boats, kayaks and time of stay in El Nido lagoons are strictly enforced by the PAMB. Secret Beach, Big Lagoon and Small Lagoon are no longer allowed to be toured on the same day as part of the policies of the Protected Area Management Board (PAMB) of El Nido.

A mandatory user fee of PHP 200 per person is collected by PAMB for every entry to the Secret Beach, Big Lagoon and Small Lagoon.

Single use-plastics are banned in El Nido island tours. Please bring reusable water bottles or tumblers. All visitors are required to bring their own trash back to the boats.

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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