17 days in Philippines Itinerary

17 days in Philippines Itinerary

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17 days in Philippines Itinerary

Start: Manchester
+4
train + bus + foot + train + Fly:  19​h 15​min
1
Manila, Luzon
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
2
El Nido, Palawan Island
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + foot + ferry:  2​h 45​min
3
Boracay
— 2 nights
+2
ferry + foot + Fly:  2​h 30​min
4
Coron, Busuanga Island
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h 15​min
5
Puerto Princesa, Palawan Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
6
Cebu City, Cebu Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  19​h
End: Manchester

1
night
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 7th (Tue): get to know the fascinating history of Intramuros. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Wed): explore the world behind art at Museo Orlina, examine the collection at Ayala Museum, stroll around Rizal Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of San Agustin Church, and finally walk around Fort Santiago.

To see maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Manila trip planning site .

Manchester, UK to Manila is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Philippines Time (PHT), which is usually an 8 hour difference. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Manchester in January: high temperatures in Manila hover around 35°C and lows are around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to El Nido.

Things to do in Manila

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Museo Orlina, Ayala Museum
Highlights from your plan
Intramuros ©
Intramuros
Museo Orlina ©
Museo Orlina
Fort Santiago ©
Fort Santiago

4
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.
Visiting Nacpan Beach and Marimegmeg Beach will get you outdoors. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Duli Beach and Hidden Beach. Next up on the itinerary: get interesting insight from Tours, get outside with Lio Beach, get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, and see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the El Nido trip itinerary maker website .

Getting from Manila to El Nido by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Boracay.

Things to do in El Nido

Outdoors Parks Tours
Highlights from your plan
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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): stroll through Ilig Iligan Beach, kick back and relax at Yapak Beach (Puka Shell Beach), then enjoy the sand and surf at Diniwid Beach, and finally see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at White Beach, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then enjoy the sand and surf at Balinghai Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Bulabog Beach.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Boracay trip planning website .

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from El Nido to Boracay in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car. January in Boracay sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Coron.

Things to do in Boracay

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Yapak Beach (Puka Shell Beach) ©
Yapak Beach (Puka Shell Beach)
Balinghai Beach ©
Balinghai Beach
White Beach ©
White Beach

3
nights
Coron, Busuanga Island

Coron tourism has developed around its dive spots, with coral reefs and 10 preserved Japanese underwater shipwrecks to explore.
Explore hidden gems such as Coron Bay and Banana Island. Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Coral Garden. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Banol Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Sunken Japanese Wrecks, contemplate the waterfront views at Kayangan Lake, and head off the coast to Siete Pecados.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Coron trip planner .

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Boracay to Coron takes 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Puerto Princesa.

Things to do in Coron

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Banol Beach ©
Banol Beach
Coron Bay ©
Coron Bay

2
nights
Puerto Princesa, Palawan Island

Puerto Princesa ©
A convenient place to stay when exploring the island, the city of Puerto Princesa sits on the coast in the center of the landmass.
On the 18th (Sat), take an in-depth tour of Palawan Special Battalion WW2 Memorial Museum and then explore the striking landscape of Puerto Princesa Underground River. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Nagtabon Beach, then look for gifts at Rurungan Sa Tubod Foundation, and then kick back and relax at Sabang Beach.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Puerto Princesa itinerary maker website .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Coron to Puerto Princesa in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In January in Puerto Princesa, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Cebu City.

Things to do in Puerto Princesa

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Nagtabon Beach ©
Nagtabon Beach
Sabang Beach ©
Sabang Beach
Puerto Princesa Underground River ©
Puerto Princesa Underground River

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): head off the coast to Pescador Island, see the interesting displays at Casa Gorordo Museum, then steep yourself in history at Yap Sandiego Ancestral House, and finally explore the galleries of Basilica del Santo Nino. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Magellan's Cross, see the interesting displays at Museo Sugbo, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Virgen dela Regla National Shrine.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Cebu City trip itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Puerto Princesa to Cebu City by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. In January in Cebu City, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 28°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 22nd (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Cebu City

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trips

Lapu Lapu, Pescador Island
Highlights from your plan
Basilica del Santo Nino ©
Basilica del Santo Nino
Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral ©
Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral
Casa Gorordo Museum ©
Casa Gorordo Museum

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