21 days in Philippines Itinerary

21 days in Philippines Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Philippines attractions planner

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Train to Sydney, Fly to Boracay, Ferry to Boracay
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Boracay
— 3 nights
Ferry to Caticlan, Fly to Francisco B. Reyes
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Coron, Busuanga Island
— 5 nights
Fly
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Puerto Princesa, Palawan Island
— 3 nights
Drive
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El Nido, Palawan Island
— 5 nights
Ferry to Coron, Fly to Mactan–Cebu
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Cebu City, Cebu Island
— 4 nights
Fly to Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport, Drive to Newcastle

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Boracay

— 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.
Take a break from the city and head to White Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ilig Iligan Beach and Sea Shell Collection by Argonauta Boracay. There's still lots to do: stroll through Balinghai Beach, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Catholic Church, buy something for everyone on your list at E Mall, and take a peaceful walk through Mangrove Nursery.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Boracay road trip planning tool.

Newcastle, Australia to Boracay is an approximately 17-hour combination of train, flight, and ferry. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Philippine Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Newcastle in March, Boracay is a bit warmer at night with lows of 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Coron.

Things to do in Boracay

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Coron, Busuanga Island

— 5 nights
Coron tourism has developed around its dive spots, with coral reefs and 10 preserved Japanese underwater shipwrecks to explore.
Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Atwayan Beach. Discover out-of-the-way places like Coron Bay and Banana Island. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Banul Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Sunken Japanese Wrecks, head off the coast to Bulog Island, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Tapyas.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Coron trip planner.

Getting from Boracay to Coron by combination of ferry and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Puerto Princesa.

Things to do in Coron

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Puerto Princesa, Palawan Island

— 3 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Sabang Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. Take a break from the city and head to Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park and Tubbataha Reef. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Pristine Beach and stop by Baker's Hill.

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You can fly from Coron to Puerto Princesa in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and bus; or ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in April, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to drive to El Nido.

Things to do in Puerto Princesa

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

El Nido, Palawan Island

— 5 nights

Heaven on Earth

The coastal region of El Nido includes a mainland area of jungle, beaches, and cliffs, as well as 45 limestone islands and islets.
You'll get in some beach time at Marimegmeg Beach and Hidden Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Speed Boats Tours. Next up on the itinerary: step off the mainland to explore Entalula Island, stroll through Duli Beach, explore the activities along Small Lagoon, and cast your line with a fishing tour.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read El Nido day trip planner.

Drive from Puerto Princesa to El Nido in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Cebu City.

Things to do in El Nido

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nature

Cebu City, Cebu Island

— 4 nights

Queen City of the South

The country's second city, Cebu City boasts a number of interesting colonial buildings, thriving commercial areas, and historic temples.
Get some cultural insight at Yap Sandiego Ancestral House and 1730 Jesuit House. Visit Basilica del Santo Nino and Magellan's Cross for their historical value. Venture out of the city with trips to Scuba & Snorkeling (in Lapu Lapu) and Pescador Island (in Moalboal). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Museo Sugbo, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santo Rosario Parish Church, and admire the masterpieces at Paulina Constancia Museum of Naive Art.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Cebu City trip planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from El Nido to Cebu City in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In April, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cebu City

Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Philippines travel guide

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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.