18 days in Philippines Itinerary

18 days in Philippines Itinerary

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18 days in Philippines Itinerary

Start: Sofia
Fly:  19​h 30​min
1
Manila, Luzon
— Few hours
Fly:  3​h
2
Coron, Busuanga Island
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + foot + ferry:  4​h 30​min
3
Boracay
— 4 nights
+2
ferry + foot + Fly:  2​h 30​min
4
Cebu City, Cebu Island
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 30​min
5
Puerto Princesa, Palawan Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
6
El Nido, Palawan Island
— 4 nights
Fly:  22​h
End: Sofia

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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.
On the 4th (Wed), contemplate the long history of Fort Santiago, then take a stroll through Intramuros, and then stroll around Rizal Park.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Manila online attractions planner .

Sofia, Bulgaria to Manila is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Sofia to Manila. Traveling from Sofia in March, things will get warmer in Manila: highs are around 38°C and lows about 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Coron.

Things to do in Manila

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Fort Santiago ©
Fort Santiago
Intramuros ©
Intramuros
Rizal Park ©
Rizal Park

4
nights
Coron, Busuanga Island

Coron ©
Coron tourism has developed around its dive spots, with coral reefs and 10 preserved Japanese underwater shipwrecks to explore.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Coron Bay and Skeleton Reef. Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Coral Garden. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Banol Beach, step off the mainland to explore Banana Island, and contemplate the waterfront views at Twin Lagoon.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Coron trip planner.

You can fly from Manila to Coron in 2.5 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel to Boracay.

Things to do in Coron

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

4
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.
We've included these beaches for you: White Beach and Yapak Beach (Puka Shell Beach). Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Balinghai Beach. Step out of Boracay with an excursion to Buruanga Beach in Caticlan--about 1h 25 min away. There's more to do: stroll through Ilig Iligan Beach and kick back and relax at Bulabog Beach.

To find where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Boracay trip builder site .

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Coron to Boracay takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in March, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to Cebu City.

Things to do in Boracay

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Buruanga Beach, Punta Bunga Beach
Highlights from your plan
Yapak Beach (Puka Shell Beach) ©
Yapak Beach (Puka Shell Beach)
Balinghai Beach ©
Balinghai Beach
White Beach ©
White Beach

1
night
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 12th (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Chapel of San Pedro Calungsod, then examine the collection at Basilica del Santo Nino, and then steep yourself in history at 1730 Jesuit House. On the next day, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Taoist Temple and then make a splash at Mountain View Nature s Park.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Cebu City trip maker website .

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Boracay to Cebu City takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Puerto Princesa.

Things to do in Cebu City

Historic Sites Wildlife Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
Basilica del Santo Nino ©
Basilica del Santo Nino
1730 Jesuit House ©
1730 Jesuit House
Chapel of San Pedro Calungsod ©
Chapel of San Pedro Calungsod

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 14th (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Immaculate Conception Cathedral, then get engrossed in the history at Palawan Heritage Center, and then stroll through Nagtabon Beach. On the 15th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Babuyan River and then identify plant and animal life at Tubbataha Reef.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Puerto Princesa trip app .

You can fly from Cebu City to Puerto Princesa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In March, daily temperatures in Puerto Princesa can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. On the 15th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to El Nido.

Things to do in Puerto Princesa

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Nagtabon Beach ©
Nagtabon Beach
Tubbataha Reef ©
Tubbataha Reef
Immaculate Conception Cathedral ©
Immaculate Conception Cathedral

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Marimegmeg Beach and Entalula Island. You'll get in some beach time at Nacpan Beach and Hidden Beach. Spend the 16th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's more to do: head off the coast to Matinloc Island and contemplate the waterfront views at Small Lagoon.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our El Nido holiday planning app .

You can drive from Puerto Princesa to El Nido in 5.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or ride a ferry. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in El Nido

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Marimegmeg Beach ©
Marimegmeg Beach
Nacpan Beach ©
Nacpan Beach

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