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

Mesmerizing blue waters of Apo Island in Dumaguete
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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 picturesque spots and charming attractions across Bohol, Dumaguete, Cebu, and Palawan when you take this 9-day trip to the Philippines. This hassle-free vacation package includes roundtrip flights from Manila, land and ferry transfers, and accommodation.

You will first explore the walled city of Intramuros in Manila and visit various national heritage sites. During the historical tour, you will learn what it’s like to live in the Spanish colonial period. You will visit notable structures, iconic buildings, picturesque churches, and cultural museums.

This ultimate vacation package also includes flights and boat transfers to the Visayas. From Manila, you will be flying off to the island province of Bohol. You will have an enchanting cruise while having lunch on board a floating restaurant at Loboc River. Another highlight of your Bohol countryside tour is visiting the famous Chocolate Hills, an attraction with unique geological formations. 

You will also explore Apo Island in Dumaguete. It is popular among divers because of its rich marine biodiversity and beautiful coral gardens. You can plunge into the deep blue waters and swim with sea turtles.

For your next activity, you will rappel and climb through the rocky edges to reach the three-staged Kawasan Falls in Cebu. There are beautiful gorges, river canyons, natural pools, and lagoons perfect for taking a refreshing dip. 

You will head to Cebu City to pay a short visit to the Temple of Leah, also known as the Taj Mahal of Cebu. There are colorful blooms that await you at your next stop, Sirao Flower Farm. 

Then, you will ride a plane to Puerto Princesa. You will explore Starfish Island, Cowrie Island, and Luli Island during your island hopping tour of Honda Bay. Afterward, you will explore the Puerto Princesa Underground River, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and New7Wonders of the World. 

Witness majestic spots and postcard-worthy sceneries in Bohol, Dumaguete, Cebu, and Palawan with this 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
Outdoor Activities

Daily itinerary

Day 1
Baluarte de San Diego in Intramuros

Day 1: Intramuros Tour

On the first day of your vacation, you will wait for your van to pick you up at Ninoy Aquino International Airport. You will proceed to your hotel in Manila or near Roxas Boulevard.

You will travel back in time as you stroll along the vibrant streets of Intramuros in Manila. Your first stop is Fort Santiago. The Spanish government established this defense fortress in the late 1500s. Other than being a citadel, Fort Santiago also served as a prison cell for political prisoners.

The next destination on your list is a public square and trade center. Plaza Roma is where the statue of King Charles IV of Spain stands. To get more historical anecdotes, you will visit Bahay Tsinoy and Casa Manila. The former depicts the relationship of ethnic Chinese and Filipino then the latter illustrates the opulent lifestyle of the gentry in the 19th century.

Baluarte De San Diego is another national cultural treasure in Intramuros. It is just right across the lush greenery at San Diego Gardens. Next, you will visit San Agustin Church and Museum, the oldest stone church in the Philippines. Lastly, you will head to the Manila Cathedral, the Archbishop episcopal seat at the Manila Archdiocese.

Day 2
Aerial view of Loboc River in Bohol

Day 2: Bohol Countryside Tour

On Day 2, you will be flying off to Bohol via Panglao International Airport. Your private van awaits you at the terminal. Then, you will proceed to your hotel in Panglao, Bohol. Your first destination is the Corella Tarsier Sanctuary. This wildlife sanctuary is home to the smallest primates known as tarsiers.

For your next activity, you will board a raft that will sail along the jade-like waters of the Loboc River. You will gaze at the serene landscape of the river while enjoying your mouth-watering lunch at the floating restaurant. A live band of folk singers will also serenade you with folk songs.

After the relaxing cruise, you will proceed to Baclayon Church. This coral stone church was founded in 1596, completed in 1737, and renovated in 2018 after the 2013 Bohol earthquake. After your historical tour, you will go nature tripping at the Butterfly Conservatory. Here, you will see different kinds and colors of butterflies.

You will also drive along Bilar Man-Made Forest, where you can strike a pose among mahogany trees. Finally, you will visit Chocolate Hills. During summer, the vegetation covering the hills turns brown. It shifts into a greenish color during the rainy days.

Day 3
White sand beach in Pamilacan Island

Day 3: Bohol Pamilacan Island Tour

Your Bohol adventure continues in Pamilacan Island. Situated at the heart of the Bohol Sea, this remote island has more or less a thousand residents. The locals have previously relied on whale and manta ray hunting for their livelihood. When the government prohibited this illegal practice, they decided to take care of the island for the community and their guests.

You will hop on a short boat ride to reach Pamilacan Island. Watch out for whales and dolphins that may occasionally pop out of the water. Once you arrive, you can snorkel at Pamilacan’s sanctuary to witness underwater marine creatures.

As a popular diving spot in Bohol, Pamilacan Island is home to bucket sponges, moray eels, and sea snakes. You can also spend your day beach bumming, sunbathing, and lounging on the white sand.

Since Pamilacan Island is a pretty tiny island, you can easily explore its attractions. On top of Pamilacan Watchtower, the panoramic view of the seascape is a sight to behold. The Spaniards climbed this tower to watch out for pirates some centuries ago.

There is also a souvenir shop on the island. You can purchase gifts before you head back to your hotel.

Day 4
Sea turtle in Apo Island in Dumaguete

Day 4: Apo Island Tour

On the fourth day of your trip, you will take a ferry from Bohol to Dumaguete. You will need to ride a boat again to reach the southeastern tip of Negros Island.

You will visit Apo Island, a volcanic island covering 70 hectares of land. Known as a world-famous diving spot, Apo Island has beautiful coral gardens with over 400 coral species and 650 documented fish species. It is popular among divers because of its abundant marine sanctuaries.

Upon your arrival on the island, you can plunge into its vast seascape to discover different kinds of sea creatures like tuna, manta rays, and hammerheads. You can even get a rare opportunity to swim with sea turtles at Turtle Point. After exploring the underwater sanctuaries, you can rest and lounge on the white-sand beach.

Then, you will traverse the 600-meter Habagat Eco-Trail at the southern end of Apo Island. You will capture the panoramic view of the surrounding mountains and rock formations on top of the trail. You will appreciate the beauty of nature as you gaze at the pristine seascape.

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

Day 5
A tourist in Kawasan Falls, Cebu

Day 5: Kawasan Falls and Moalboal Sardine Run Tour

From Dumaguete, you will take a ferry to Cebu on your fifth day. Wait for your van to fetch you and take you to your hotel in Argao.

Your first destination is the cascading Kawasan Falls in Badian. You will climb and rappel through sharp and rocky edges to reach the beautiful river canyons and emerald blue waters of Kawasan Falls. To make the most of your canyoneering adventure, you can jump off a cliff as high as 30 feet!

You can also take a dip at the natural pools and crystal clear lagoons surrounding the falls.

After visiting Badian, you will proceed to the countryside. Moalboal is famous for its all-year-long sardine run. At Pescador Island, you will snorkel and dive to witness colorful exotic fishes and coral reefs. You will swim with a group of sardines that are congregating in perfect unison.

The Cathedral is an underground cave known for being a popular diving spot in Moalboal. You can explore it further to see for yourself Moalboal’s flourishing aquatic life. At Turtle Island, you will have the opportunity to swim with sea turtles.

After your thrilling and fun-filled trip, you will head back to your hotel in Argao.

Day 6
Taoist Temple in Cebu

Day 6: Cebu City Tour

On Day 6, you will explore the top attractions in Cebu City. Your van will fetch you and take you to your first destination, the Taoist Temple. It sits on top of a hill, and inside, you can find a replica of the Great Wall of China and dragon statues. There is also a souvenir shop within the temple complex. It is perfect for those looking for gifts to bring home.

In downtown Cebu, you will visit the oldest Roman Catholic Church in the Philippines, the Basilica Minore Del Santo Nino. Home to the earliest religious relic in the country, it is a famous historical attraction in Cebu. The church is only a few meters from the symbolic Magellan’s Cross.

Your next destination is the Heritage of Cebu Monument. This iconic landmark depicts relevant symbols like the Spanish Galleon and the Battle of Mactan. Next, you will visit the ancestral Yap - San Diego Ancestral House.

Afterward, you will pay a short visit to the Temple of Leah. It represents the undying love of businessman Teodorico Soriano Adarna for his late wife, Leah Villa Albino-Adarna. Then, you will visit Cebu’s own Little Amsterdam, the Sirao Flower Farm. It cultivates colorful blooms yearly.

Day 7
Aerial view of Luli Island in Palawan

Day 7: Puerto Princesa Honda Bay Island Hopping Tour

On the 7th day of your tour, you will be flying off to Palawan via Puerto Princesa International Airport. You will ride a boat to reach the beautiful seascape of Honda Bay.

International magazines recognize Palawan as one of the best islands in the world. Featuring majestic limestone formations and crystal clear waters, it is home to paradise-like islands and postcard-worthy sceneries.

You will explore Honda Bay, one of the famed spots in Puerto Princesa for island hopping. Your first stop is at Starfish Island. As the name implies, it is home to various kinds of starfish. You can even spot a perfectly symmetrical five-armed orange starfish on this island. There are also other sea creatures like pufferfish and yellowtail snappers.

Your next destination is the shell-shaped Cowrie Island. Apart from its boomerang shape, it is also the largest among all the other islands. Other than kayaking and snorkeling, you can also opt for a banana boat ride. You can also find cabanas and huts perfect for taking a quick rest.

Lastly, you will head to Luli Island. The long stretch of white and powdery sandbar appears and submerges depending on the shifting tides. You can lounge 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 exhilarating adventure in Palawan continues at Puerto Princesa Underground River. From Sabang Boat Terminal, you will ride a boat that will pass through the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park.

In 2011, a famous global poll named Puerto Princesa Underground River as one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature. The underground cave system stretches a total of 8 kilometers and spans over 22,000 hectares of land area.

Inside this UNESCO World Heritage Site, you will find bats, stunning limestones, and odd-shaped rock formations. Some of the stalactites and stalagmites take the shape of a jellyfish, umbrella, and ship.

After traversing the underground river, you will head to the city proper. At Baker’s Hill, you can purchase some baked goodies and local pastries. You will also marvel at Plaza Cuartel, a former Spanish garrison that turned into a leisure park.

Next, you will see crocodiles up-close at Palawan Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center. Then, you will unwind at Mitra’s Ranch. This hilltop park has an observation deck on top of the city’s highest point. Afterward, you will catch the sunset at Puerto Princesa Baywalk.

At the end of your tour, you will return to your hotel in Sabang.

Day 9
Sunrise over Manila International Airport

Day 9: Departure to Manila

On Day 9, you will leave your hotel in Sabang. Wait for your service to fetch you from your accommodation. Your van will take you to Puerto Princesa International Airport. Then, you will catch a plane heading 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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