30 days in Philippines Itinerary

30 days in Philippines Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Philippines trip planner

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Manila, Luzon
— 6 nights
Fly
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El Nido, Palawan Island
— 2 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
— 6 nights
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Taxi to Mactan–Cebu, Fly to Boracay, Ferry to Boracay
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Boracay
— 7 nights
Ferry to Caticlan, Fly to Coron
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Coron, Busuanga Island
— 6 nights
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Manila, Luzon

— 6 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.
Head to SM Mall of Asia and Pinto Art Museumfor some retail therapy. Ateneo Art Gallery and 1335Mabini will appeal to museum buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to S Maison (in Pasay), Makati (Ayala Museum Artist Space, Greenbelt Mall, &more) and Ayala Malls Manila Bay (in Paranaque). There's still lots to do: explore and take pictures at Fort Santiago, buy something for everyone on your list at Blue Bay Walk, pause for some serene contemplation at Sta. Rita de Cascia Parish, and take in the spiritual surroundings of San Agustin Church.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Manila route planning tool.

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Manila is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Riyadh to Manila is 5 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Riyadh in June; daily highs in Manila reach 39°C and lows reach 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to El Nido.

Things to do in Manila

Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

El Nido, Palawan Island

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): kick back and relax at Las Cabanas Beach, then contemplate the waterfront views at Small Lagoon, then explore the activities along Big Lagoon, and finally soothe aching muscles at El Nido Yoga. On the 9th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then stroll through Nacpan Beach.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the El Nido online trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Manila to El Nido in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry; or ride a ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to drive 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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Honda Bay. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Baker's Hill, then visit Stellar Grounds, and then explore the gorgeous colors at Tubbataha Reef.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Puerto Princesa planning site.

Getting from El Nido to Puerto Princesa by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in June, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Lapu Lapu.

Things to do in Puerto Princesa

Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods · Wildlife

Lapu Lapu, Mactan Island

— 6 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Basilica del Santo Nino and Magellan's Cross. Visit Taoist Temple and Fort San Pedro for their historical value. Venture out of the city with trips to Cebu City (Yap Sandiego Ancestral House, Colon Street, &more). There's lots more to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, buy something for everyone on your list at Shangs Island Town Center, contemplate the long history of Magellan Shrine, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Virgen dela Regla National Shrine.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Lapu Lapu travel website.

Getting from Puerto Princesa to Lapu Lapu by combination of flight and bus takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus. In June, daily temperatures in Lapu Lapu can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel to Boracay.

Things to do in Lapu Lapu

Shopping · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Boracay

— 7 nights
All of 7 km (4.3 mi) long, the island of Boracay remains an idyllic destination drawing beach-goers from around the world.
Relax by the water at Yapak Beach (Puka Shell Beach) and Bulabog Beach. Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and 1Boracay. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at White Beach, head off the coast to Crocodile Island, buy something for everyone on your list at City Mall, and hunt for treasures at D' Talipapa Market.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Boracay attractions website.

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and ferry from Lapu Lapu to Boracay in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In June in Boracay, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel to Coron.

Things to do in Boracay

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Coron, Busuanga Island

— 6 nights
Coron tourism has developed around its dive spots, with coral reefs and 10 preserved Japanese underwater shipwrecks to explore.
Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Kayangan Lake. Get some historical perspective at Malbato Church and San Agustin Parish Church. There's lots more to do: stroll through Kalitang Beach, contemplate the waterfront views at Twin Lagoon, take in the natural beauty of Maquinit Hot Spring, and kick back and relax at Smith Beach.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Coron trip builder.

Getting from Boracay to Coron by combination of ferry and flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Coron

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

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.