12 days in Philippines Itinerary

12 days in Philippines Itinerary

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12 days in Philippines Itinerary

Start: Medan, Indonesia
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  16 h 30 min
1
Davao City, Mindanao
— 1 night
Fly:  2 h 45 min
2
Pasay, Luzon
— 1 night
Fly:  1 h 45 min
3
Coron, Busuanga Island
— 3 nights
Ferry:  4 h 30 min
4
El Nido, Palawan Island
— 5 nights
Fly:  12 h 30 min
End: Medan, Indonesia

1
night
Davao City, Mindanao

Davao City ©
The urban developments of Davao City momentarily mask the reasons why the area has become known as the "fruit bowl of the Philippines," but you don't have to go too far to find out for yourself.
On the 21st (Wed), see the interesting displays at D' Bone Collector Museum, examine the collection at Museo Dabawenyo, then buy something for everyone on your list at SM Lanang Premier, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Abreeza Mall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, then pick up some local products at Bankerohan Public Market, and then browse the eclectic array of goods at Magsaysay Local Fruits Stands.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Davao City online sightseeing planner .

Medan, Indonesia to Davao City is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Medan to Davao City due to the time zone difference. In August, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can travel to Pasay.

Things to do in Davao City

Shopping Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Abreeza Mall ©
Abreeza Mall
Scuba & Snorkeling
SM Lanang Premier ©
SM Lanang Premier

1
night
Pasay, Luzon

Pasay ©
A bustling commercial city just south of the capital, Pasay offers a wide range of entertainment and tourist activities.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): browse the different shops at SM Megamall, make a trip to Ayala Center, then buy something for everyone on your list at Glorietta, and finally shop like a local with Mall of Asia Arena.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Pasay online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by flight from Davao City to Pasay takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Pasay can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Coron.

Things to do in Pasay

Shopping

Side Trips

Makati, SM Megamall
Highlights from your plan
Mall of Asia Arena ©
Mall of Asia Arena
SM Megamall ©
SM Megamall
Ayala Center ©
Ayala Center

3
nights
Coron, Busuanga Island

Coron ©
Coron tourism has developed around its dive spots, with coral reefs and 10 preserved Japanese underwater shipwrecks to explore.
Relax by the water at Banol Beach and Kalitang Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Coron Bay and Atwayan Beach. The adventure continues: step off the mainland to explore Banana Island and see the vivid underwater world at Coral Garden.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Coron trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by flight from Pasay to Coron takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or ride a ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can travel to El Nido.

Things to do in Coron

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Coral Garden ©
Coral Garden
Banol Beach ©
Banol Beach
Atwayan Beach ©
Atwayan Beach

5
nights
El Nido, Palawan Island

El Nido ©
The coastal region of El Nido includes a mainland area of jungle, beaches, and cliffs, as well as 45 limestone islands and islets.
We've included these beaches for you: Marimegmeg Beach and Star Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Fishing Charters & Tours and Entalula Island. There's much more to do: stroll through Duli Beach, kick back and relax at Payong-Payong Beach, and explore the activities along Big Lagoon.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our El Nido travel route builder .

Traveling by ferry from Coron to El Nido takes 4.5 hours. On the 31st (Sat), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in El Nido

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Star Beach ©
Star Beach
Duli Beach ©
Duli Beach
Marimegmeg Beach ©
Marimegmeg Beach

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