31 days in Palawan Island, Bohol Island & Cebu Island Itinerary

31 days in Palawan Island, Bohol Island & Cebu Island Itinerary

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El Nido
— 8 nights
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Puerto Princesa
— 6 nights
Fly to Panglao Island, Bus to Tagbilaran City
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Tagbilaran City
— 3 nights
Drive
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Carmen
— 1 night
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Malapascua Island
— 4 nights
Ferry to New Maya Port, Bus to Cebu City
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Cebu City
— 7 nights
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El Nido

— 8 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Nacpan Beach and Las Cabanas Beach. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Seven Commando Beach and Marimegmeg Beach. And it doesn't end there: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, kick back and relax at Tapiutan Beach, stroll through Payong-Payong Beach, and explore the activities along Big Lagoon.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the El Nido travel itinerary planner.

Baghdad, Iraq to El Nido is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Baghdad to El Nido is 5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to drive to Puerto Princesa.

Things to do in El Nido

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Puerto Princesa

— 6 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.
Relax by the water at Sabang Beach and Nagtabon Beach. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Immaculate Conception Cathedral and Stellar Grounds. And it doesn't end there: see the vivid underwater world at Tubbataha Reef, stroll through Palawan Butterfly Ecological Garden and Tribal Village, step off the mainland to explore Cowrie Island, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Puerto Princesa journey planner.

Traveling by car from El Nido to Puerto Princesa takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. June in Puerto Princesa sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel to Tagbilaran City.

Things to do in Puerto Princesa

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Tagbilaran City

— 3 nights
Tagbilaran, officially the City of Tagbilaran and sometimes referred to as Tagbilaran City, is a city in the Visayas group of islands in the Philippines. Escape the urban bustle at Philippine Fun Divers, Inc. and Loboc River. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Baclayon Church and Sta. Monica Church. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tagbilaran City: Loboc (Tarsier Conservation Area & Mahogany Forest). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Maribojoc Church, admire the natural beauty at Bohol Habitat Conservation Center, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Bohol Aquarium Zoo.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Tagbilaran City tour itinerary tool.

Getting from Puerto Princesa to Tagbilaran City by combination of flight and bus takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus; or ride a ferry. June in Tagbilaran City sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Carmen.

Things to do in Tagbilaran City

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Carmen

— 1 night
Carmen is a in the province of, Philippines. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): take in the dramatic natural features at Chocolate Hills Natural Monument.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Carmen day trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Tagbilaran City to Carmen takes 1.5 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Carmen can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. On the 20th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Malapascua Island.

Things to do in Carmen

Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Malapascua Island

— 4 nights
Holidays on Malapascua Island rarely pass without a trip out to explore the bright blue waters that surround.
Japanese Wreck Marine Sanctuary and Lighthouse will appeal to history buffs. Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Bounty Beach. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Langub Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Logon Beach, soothe aching muscles at Vida Spa, and head off the coast to Dakit-Dakit Island.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Malapascua Island trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Carmen to Malapascua Island. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can travel to Cebu City.

Things to do in Malapascua Island

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Cebu City

— 7 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Vano Public Beach. Visit Magellan's Cross and Fort San Pedro for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cebu City: Lapu Lapu (Magellan Shrine, Lapu Lapu Statue, &more) and The Cebruery - Craft Beer Taproom (in Mandaue). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica del Santo Nino, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santo Rosario Parish Church, contemplate the long history of 1730 Jesuit House, and get outside with Ocean Gems Academy.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Cebu City trip planner.

Getting from Malapascua Island to Cebu City by combination of ferry and bus takes about 6 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Cebu City

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Palawan Island travel guide

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Beaches · Bodies of Water · Caves
Philippines’ Last Frontier; Tha (Spaniards’) Land of Promise

Bohol Island travel guide

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Geologic Formations · Nature & Parks · Forests
Bohol Island attracts visitors with its landscape, natural heritage, and culture. The interior's jungle areas provide a habitat for wide-eyed tarsiers, with the small primate something of a mascot for the island. Interesting and iconic limestone formations serve as the focal point for a range of hikes during holidays on Bohol Island, while the offshore dive spots remain biologically rich and diverse, and the waters strikingly clear. Much of the old Spanish colonial architecture was razed to the ground during the 2013 earthquake, though some notable examples still stand.

Cebu Island travel guide

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Scuba & Snorkeling · Historic Sites · Waterfalls
A long, thin island with a mountainous backbone running through its core, Cebu Island offers scenic nature and pristine beaches. Hikes in the hills offer fabulous views of waterfalls and the distant ocean amid lush greenery, while those who prefer urban entertainment can enjoy the bustle of the provincial capital. For more adventurous visitors, things to do in Cebu Island center mainly around water sports, such as kiteboarding, windsurfing, snorkeling, scuba diving, or taking a boat trip to look for whale sharks. History buffs will enjoy visiting a Portuguese-built Catholic church and then a shrine dedicated to the chieftain who killed Magellan.