23 days in Philippines Itinerary

23 days in Philippines Itinerary

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23 days in Philippines Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  11​h
1
Manila, Luzon
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 30​min
2
Coron, Busuanga Island
— 3 nights
Ferry:  4​h 30​min
3
El Nido, Palawan Island
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
4
Puerto Princesa, Palawan Island
— 8 nights
Fly:  3​h
5
Cebu City, Cebu Island
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Ferry:  3​h 30​min
6
Boracay
— 4 nights
+2
Ferry + Foot + Fly:  3​h 30​min
End: Cebu City, Cebu Island

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Malate Church and then contemplate the long history of Fort Santiago.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Manila day trip planning app .

Melbourne, Australia to Manila is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Melbourne to Manila due to the time zone difference. In April, Manila is much warmer than Melbourne - with highs of 39°C and lows of 30°C. On the 25th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Coron.

Things to do in Manila

Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Fort Santiago ©
Fort Santiago
Malate Church ©
Malate Church

3
nights
Coron, Busuanga Island

Coron ©
Coron tourism has developed around its dive spots, with coral reefs and 10 preserved Japanese underwater shipwrecks to explore.
Spend the 28th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Kayangan Lake, don't miss a visit to Lusong Gunboat Wreck, step off the mainland to explore Malcapuya Island, and take in the awesome beauty at Mt Tapyas.

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

You can fly from Manila to Coron in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to travel to El Nido.

Things to do in Coron

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Kayangan Lake ©
Kayangan Lake
Scuba & Snorkeling
Twin Lagoon ©
Twin Lagoon

3
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.
El Nido is known for beaches, nature, wildlife, adventure, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, kick back and relax at Nacpan Beach, contemplate the waterfront views at Big Lagoon, and explore the striking landscape at Taraw Cliff.

To find photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the El Nido trip maker app .

You can ride a ferry from Coron to El Nido in 4.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Puerto Princesa.

Things to do in El Nido

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Small Lagoon ©
Small Lagoon
Big Lagoon ©
Big Lagoon

8
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.
Spend the 9th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape of Puerto Princesa Underground River, kick back and relax at Sabang Beach, stop by Baker's Hill, and step off the mainland to explore Lu-Li Island.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Puerto Princesa trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from El Nido to Puerto Princesa in 5.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or ride a ferry. In May, daytime highs in Puerto Princesa are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel to Cebu City.

Things to do in Puerto Princesa

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Puerto Princesa Underground River ©
Puerto Princesa Underground River
Tubbataha Reef ©
Tubbataha Reef
Honda Bay ©
Honda Bay

3
nights
Cebu City, Cebu Island

The country's second city, Cebu City boasts a number of interesting colonial buildings, thriving commercial areas, and historic temples.
Explore Cebu City's surroundings by going to Lapu Lapu (Magellan Shrine, Lapu Lapu Statue, & more). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Magellan's Cross, take in the spiritual surroundings of Taoist Temple, shop like a local with Ayala Mall, and browse the exhibits of Basilica del Santo Nino.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Cebu City trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by flight from Puerto Princesa to Cebu City takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in May, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel to Boracay.

Things to do in Cebu City

Outdoors Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Lapu Lapu
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Magellan's Cross ©
Magellan's Cross
Basilica del Santo Nino ©
Basilica del Santo Nino

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.
Boracay is known for beaches, nature, wildlife, nightlife, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Yapak Beach (Puka Shell Beach), take a memorable tour with Tours, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and make a trip to Ariel's Point.

For other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Boracay road trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Cebu City to Boracay takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of ferry and bus. May in Boracay sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Boracay

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Yapak Beach (Puka Shell Beach) ©
Yapak Beach (Puka Shell Beach)
Scuba & Snorkeling
White Beach ©
White Beach

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