21 days in Philippines Itinerary

21 days in Philippines Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Philippines journey planner

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Manila, Luzon
— 2 nights
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Davao City, Mindanao
— 2 nights
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Cebu City, Cebu Island
— 4 nights
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Coron, Busuanga Island
— 4 nights
Fly to Boracay, Ferry to Boracay
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Boracay
— 2 nights
Ferry to Caticlan, Fly to El Nido
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El Nido, Palawan Island
— 4 nights
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Manila, Luzon
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Manila, Luzon

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Fort Santiago, see the interesting displays at Rizal Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of San Agustin Church, and finally take a stroll through Intramuros. Here are some ideas for day two: take some stellar pictures from Malate Church, take an in-depth tour of National Museum Of Anthropology, then view the masterpieces at Silahis Arts & Artifacts, and finally admire the striking features of San Sebastian Church.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Manila online road trip planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Manila is an approximately 12-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Philippine Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Melbourne in June, things will get much hotter in Manila: highs are around 39°C and lows about 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Davao City.

Things to do in Manila

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Davao City, Mindanao

— 2 nights

Fruit Bowl of the Philippines

The urban developments of Davao City momentarily mask the reasons why the area has become known as the "fruit bowl of the Philippines," but you don't have to go too far to find out for yourself.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): hunt for treasures at Magsaysay Local Fruits Stands and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Tribu K Mindanawan, then see the interesting displays at Davao Museum of History and Ethnography, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Redemptorist Church.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Davao City day trip planner.

You can fly from Manila to Davao City in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and taxi; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. In June, daytime highs in Davao City are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to travel to Cebu City.

Things to do in Davao City

Museums · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral and Magellan's Cross. Museo Sugbo and Basilica del Santo Nino will appeal to museum buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cebu City: Scuba & Snorkeling (in Lapu Lapu) and Sibonga (Simala Parish Church & Monastery of the Holy Eucharist). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Carmelite Monastery Cebu City, steep yourself in history at Fort San Pedro, shop like a local with Ayala Mall, and stop by ANTHILL Fabric Gallery.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Cebu City travel route planner.

You can fly from Davao City to Cebu City in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In June, daily temperatures in Cebu City can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Coron.

Things to do in Cebu City

Historic Sites · Shopping · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Coron, Busuanga Island

— 4 nights
Coron tourism has developed around its dive spots, with coral reefs and 10 preserved Japanese underwater shipwrecks to explore.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Atwayan Beach and Smith Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Banana Island. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Banul Beach, look for gifts at Makulit Shop, stroll through Kalitang Beach, and head off the coast to Bulog Island.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Coron online trip itinerary maker.

Fly from Cebu City to Coron in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Boracay.

Things to do in Coron

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Boracay

— 2 nights
All of 7 km (4.3 mi) long, the island of Boracay remains an idyllic destination drawing beach-goers from around the world.
On the 9th (Thu), see the interesting displays at Dream Land Trick Art Museum, examine the collection at Sea Shell Collection by Argonauta Boracay, then enjoy the sand and surf at Yapak Beach (Puka Shell Beach), and finally kick back and relax at White Beach. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Balinghai Beach, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then buy something for everyone on your list at E Mall.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Boracay trip simple and quick.

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Coron to Boracay in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car. In July in Boracay, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to El Nido.

Things to do in Boracay

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Museums

El Nido, Palawan Island

— 4 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 enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Duli Beach and Marimegmeg Beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Star Beach and Fort Santa Isabel. The adventure continues: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, contemplate the waterfront views at Small Lagoon, and head off the coast to Entalula Island.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our El Nido day trip app.

Getting from Boracay to El Nido by combination of ferry and flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Manila.

Things to do in El Nido

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trip

Manila, Luzon

— 1 night

Pearl of the Orient

On the 14th (Tue), contemplate the long history of Fort Santiago, then see the interesting displays at Rizal Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of San Agustin Church, and finally take a stroll through Intramuros. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Presidential Museum and Library and then admire the striking features of San Sebastian Church.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Manila trip builder site.

You can fly from El Nido to Manila in 4 hours. Other options are to ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Manila

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

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.