30 days in Philippines Itinerary

30 days in Philippines Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Philippines trip planner

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Fly to Francisco B. Reyes, Ferry to El Nido
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El Nido, Palawan Island
— 3 nights
Drive
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Puerto Princesa, Palawan Island
— 2 nights
Fly to Mactan–Cebu, Bus to Lapu Lapu
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Lapu Lapu, Mactan Island
— 3 nights
Drive
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Danao, Panglao Island
— 7 nights
Drive
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Boracay
— 6 nights
Ferry to Caticlan, Fly to Coron
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Coron, Busuanga Island
— 5 nights
Fly
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Manila, Luzon
— 2 nights
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El Nido, Palawan Island

— 3 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.
El Nido is known for beaches, nature, and wildlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, contemplate the waterfront views at Big Lagoon, enjoy the sand and surf at Las Cabanas Beach, and stroll through Secret Lagoon Beach.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our El Nido online trip itinerary maker.

Salt Lake City, USA to El Nido is an approximately 27.5-hour combination of flight and ferry. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and taxi. Traveling from Salt Lake City to El Nido, you'll lose 15 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can go by car to Puerto Princesa.

Things to do in El Nido

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Nature

Puerto Princesa, Palawan Island

— 2 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.
On the 19th (Sun), look for gifts at Baker's Hill and then explore the activities along Honda Bay. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: browse the exhibits of Palawan Environmental Enforcement Museum, then see the vivid underwater world at Tubbataha Reef, and then take in the pleasant sights at Puerto Princesa City Baywalk Park.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Puerto Princesa trip itinerary planner.

Drive from El Nido to Puerto Princesa in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 88°F, and evening lows to 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel to Lapu Lapu.

Things to do in Puerto Princesa

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

Lapu Lapu, Mactan Island

— 3 nights
Learn about the first encounters and a historical clash of civilizations by exploring the shrines and monuments dedicated to the Spanish explorer Fernando Magellan and Lapu Lapu, the city's eponymous hero who defeated him.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lapu Lapu: Cebu City (Basilica del Santo Nino, Magellan's Cross, &more). There's much more to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, head outdoors with Ocean Gems Academy, pause for some photo ops at Lapu Lapu Statue, and explore the world behind art at Cebu Happy World Museum.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Lapu Lapu day trip planning site.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Puerto Princesa to Lapu Lapu takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. In December in Lapu Lapu, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 77°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel to Danao.

Things to do in Lapu Lapu

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Shopping

Side Trips

Danao, Panglao Island

— 7 nights
Danao is known for wildlife and trails. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Alona Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tarsier Botanika, head off the coast to Virgin Island, and hike along Sea of Clouds.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Danao travel planner.

Traveling by car from Lapu Lapu to Danao takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, daily temperatures in Danao can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 75°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel to Boracay.

Things to do in Danao

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Boracay

— 6 nights
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, and wildlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, don't miss a visit to Willy's Rock, enjoy the sand and surf at White Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Bulabog Beach.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Boracay itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Danao to Boracay takes 16 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Danao in December: highs in Boracay hover around 81°F, while lows dip to 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can travel to Coron.

Things to do in Boracay

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Coron, Busuanga Island

— 5 nights
Coron tourism has developed around its dive spots, with coral reefs and 10 preserved Japanese underwater shipwrecks to explore.
Coron is known for nature, wildlife, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, explore the activities along Kayangan Lake, head off the coast to Siete Pecados, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Coral Garden.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Coron travel planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Boracay to Coron in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Manila.

Things to do in Coron

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

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 11th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Fort Santiago, stroll around Rizal Park, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Manila Ocean Park. On your second day here, take some stellar pictures from Malate Church, take in the spiritual surroundings of San Agustin Church, then browse the exhibits of Museo Filipino Intramuros, and finally stop by Intramuros.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Manila travel route builder website.

Traveling by flight from Coron to Manila takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In January in Manila, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 74°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Manila

Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Neighborhoods

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.