16 days in Philippines Itinerary

16 days in Philippines Itinerary

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16 days in Philippines Itinerary

Start: Nairobi
Fly:  18​h
1
Manila, Luzon
— 1 day
Fly:  3​h
2
El Nido, Palawan Island
— 9 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Ferry:  2​h 45​min
3
Boracay
— 2 nights
+2
Ferry + Foot + Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Cebu City, Cebu Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  21​h 45​min
End: Nairobi

1
day
Manila, Luzon

Manila ©
The capital of the Philippines and the "Pearl of the Orient," Manila truly resembles a gem: rough on the outside, but glittering within.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): contemplate the long history of Fort Santiago, take a stroll through Intramuros, then take an in-depth tour of San Agustin Church and Museum, and finally explore the world behind art at San Agustin Church.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Manila trip itinerary planning website .

Nairobi, Kenya to Manila is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern African Time (EAT) to Philippines Time (PHT) is 5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Nairobi in December, with highs in Manila at 36°C and lows at 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to El Nido.

Things to do in Manila

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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San Agustin Church ©
San Agustin Church
Intramuros ©
Intramuros
Fort Santiago ©
Fort Santiago

9
nights
El Nido, Palawan Island

The coastal region of El Nido includes a mainland area of jungle, beaches, and cliffs, as well as 45 limestone islands and islets.
Take a break from the city and head to Duli Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. We've included these beaches for you: Marimegmeg Beach and Hidden Beach. There's still lots to do: step off the mainland to explore Matinloc Island, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, enjoy the sand and surf at Star Beach, and stroll through Nacpan Beach.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the El Nido trip itinerary planning tool .

You can fly from Manila to El Nido in 3 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Boracay.

Things to do in El Nido

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Scuba & Snorkeling
Duli Beach ©
Duli Beach
Marimegmeg Beach ©
Marimegmeg Beach

2
nights
Boracay

Boracay ©
All of 7 km (4.3 mi) long, the island of Boracay remains an idyllic destination drawing beach-goers from around the world.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): don't miss a visit to Willy's Rock, kick back and relax at Yapak Beach (Puka Shell Beach), then enjoy the sand and surf at Diniwid Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Bulabog Beach. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at White Beach and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Boracay road trip planner .

Getting from El Nido to Boracay by combination of flight and ferry takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car. In December, daytime highs in Boracay are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Cebu City.

Things to do in Boracay

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Yapak Beach (Puka Shell Beach) ©
Yapak Beach (Puka Shell Beach)
White Beach ©
White Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
Cebu City, Cebu Island

Cebu City ©
The country's second city, Cebu City boasts a number of interesting colonial buildings, thriving commercial areas, and historic temples.
On the 2nd (Thu), admire the masterpieces at Paulina Constancia Museum of Naive Art, see the interesting displays at Casa Gorordo Museum, steep yourself in history at Yap Sandiego Ancestral House, contemplate the long history of Magellan's Cross, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica del Santo Nino. On the 3rd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Chapel of San Pedro Calungsod, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Carmelite Monastery Cebu City, and then shop like a local with Ayala Mall.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Cebu City attractions site .

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Boracay to Cebu City in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Boracay in January: highs in Cebu City hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cebu City

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
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Carmelite Monastery Cebu City ©
Carmelite Monastery Cebu City
Casa Gorordo Museum ©
Casa Gorordo Museum
Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral ©
Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral

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