17 days in Philippines Itinerary

17 days in Philippines Itinerary

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Train to London Heathrow, Fly to Puerto Princesa
Puerto Princesa, Palawan Island
— 2 nights
Coron, Busuanga Island
— 3 nights
Fly to Mactan–Cebu, Bus to Lapu Lapu
Lapu Lapu, Mactan Island
— 3 nights
Taxi to Mactan–Cebu, Fly to Boracay, Ferry to Boracay
— 3 nights
Ferry to Caticlan, Fly to Manila
Manila, Luzon
— 4 nights
Fly to London Heathrow, Train to Bristol


Puerto Princesa, Palawan Island

— 2 nights

City in the Forest

A convenient place to stay when exploring the island, the city of Puerto Princesa sits on the coast in the center of the landmass.
Get outdoors at Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park and Sabang Beach. There's more to do: see the vivid underwater world at Tubbataha Reef and look for gifts at Baker's Hill.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Puerto Princesa trip maker tool.

Bristol, UK to Puerto Princesa is an approximately 23-hour combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Philippine Standard Time (PST), which is usually an 8 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in May, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Coron.

Things to do in Puerto Princesa

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Coron, Busuanga Island

— 3 nights
Coron tourism has developed around its dive spots, with coral reefs and 10 preserved Japanese underwater shipwrecks to explore.
Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Sunken Japanese Wrecks. The adventure continues: explore the activities along Kayangan Lake, stop by Makulit Shop, enjoy the sand and surf at Kalitang Beach, and explore the gorgeous colors at Coral Garden.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Coron trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Puerto Princesa to Coron takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or ride a ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel to Lapu Lapu.

Things to do in Coron

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Lapu Lapu, Mactan Island

— 3 nights
Learn about the first encounters and a historical clash of civilizations by exploring the shrines and monuments dedicated to the Spanish explorer Fernando Magellan and Lapu Lapu, the city's eponymous hero who defeated him.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Ayala Mall and New Susing's Guitar. Visit Basilica del Santo Nino and Magellan's Cross for their historical value. Get out of town with these interesting Lapu Lapu side-trips: Cebu City (Fort San Pedro, Yap Sandiego Ancestral House, &more). The adventure continues: take a memorable tour with Tours and browse the different shops at Gaisano Grand Mall Mactan.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Lapu Lapu route planner.

Getting from Coron to Lapu Lapu by combination of flight and bus takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry; or ride a ferry. In May, daytime highs in Lapu Lapu are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel to Boracay.

Things to do in Lapu Lapu

Shopping · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trip


— 3 nights
All of 7 km (4.3 mi) long, the island of Boracay remains an idyllic destination drawing beach-goers from around the world.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Catholic Church and Sea Shell Collection by Argonauta Boracay. Visit Yapak Beach (Puka Shell Beach) and Bulabog Beach for some beach relaxation. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, enjoy the sand and surf at White Beach, hunt for treasures at D' Talipapa Market, and buy something for everyone on your list at D'Mall.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Boracay route planner.

Getting from Lapu Lapu to Boracay by combination of taxi, flight, and ferry takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry. In May, daily temperatures in Boracay can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel to Manila.

Things to do in Boracay

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Shopping

Manila, Luzon

— 4 nights

Pearl of the Orient

The capital of the Philippines and the "Pearl of the Orient," Manila truly resembles a gem: rough on the outside, but glittering within.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Fort Santiago and San Agustin Church. Shop till you drop at SM Mall of Asia and Pinto Art Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Manila: Ateneo Art Gallery (in Quezon City), Parish Of The Immaculate Heart Of Mary (in Antipolo City) and Makati (Ayala Museum Artist Space & Greenbelt Mall). There's more to do: take a stroll through Intramuros and buy something for everyone on your list at Mall of Asia Arena.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Manila trip itinerary site.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Boracay to Manila takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, and bus. Traveling from Boracay in May, expect nights in Manila to be about the same, around 31°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 40°C. You'll set off for home on the 23rd (Sat).

Things to do in Manila

Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Philippines travel guide

Beaches · Scuba & Snorkeling · Bodies of Water
Pearl of the Orient Seas
Encompassing over 7,600 islands, the Philippines offer plenty of vacation ideas for active travelers. Though the island chain's location leaves it vulnerable to typhoons and earthquakes, it also endows it with plenty of natural resources and biodiversity. For most visitors, a Philippines holiday includes outdoor adventures like kitesurfing, mountain trekking, spelunking, and volcano hiking. Those with a taste for something more relaxing can build a Philippines itinerary around beaches, local fiestas, and the island cuisine, which blends influences from around the world and serves up dishes at once sour, salty, and sweet.