48 days in Philippines Itinerary

48 days in Philippines Itinerary

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Manila, Luzon
— 10 nights
Drive
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Angeles City, Luzon
— 2 nights
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Coron, Busuanga Island
— 4 nights
Ferry
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El Nido, Palawan Island
— 3 nights
Drive
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Puerto Princesa, Palawan Island
— 4 nights
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Cebu City, Cebu Island
— 2 nights
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Siargao Island
— 4 nights
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Surigao City, Mindanao
— 3 nights
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Carmen, Bohol Island
— 3 nights
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Cebu City, Cebu Island
— 2 nights
Fly to Boracay, Ferry to Boracay
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Boracay
— 4 nights
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Ferry to Caticlan, Fly to Manila, Bus to Batangas City
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Batangas City, Luzon
— 2 nights
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Manila, Luzon
— 2 nights
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Manila, Luzon

— 10 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.
Get some historical perspective at Intramuros and Manila Cathedral. Fort Santiago and San Agustin Church are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's more to do: stroll around Rizal Park and stop by The Manila Collectible Co..

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Christchurch, New Zealand to Manila is an approximately 17-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 4 hours traveling from Christchurch to Manila. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Christchurch in March: high temperatures in Manila hover around 38°C and lows are around 28°C. On the 27th (Sun), you'll travel to Angeles City.

Things to do in Manila

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Angeles City, Luzon

— 2 nights

Entertainment City

Home to a thriving expat community since World War II, Angeles City remains the entertainment capital of the Philippines, with everything from fine dining to casinos and go-go bars.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Capas National Shrine and Holy Rosary Parish Church. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sacred Relic of The True Cross and Apung Mamacalulu Shrine. Change things up with a short trip to Mount Pinatubo in Botolan (about 58 minutes away). There's much more to do: buy something for everyone on your list at SM City Clark, contemplate the long history of Nayong Pilipino Clark, and don't miss a visit to Freeze-kimo Cafe & Restaurant.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Angeles City road trip planner.

You can drive from Manila to Angeles City in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Angeles City are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Coron.

Things to do in Angeles City

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Shopping

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Kayangan Lake and Barracuda Lake. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Malbato Church and San Agustin Parish Church. There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Mt Tapyas, contemplate the waterfront views at Twin Lagoon, witness a stunning natural landmark at Maquinit Hot Spring, and look for all kinds of wild species at Coral Garden.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Coron day trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Angeles City to Coron takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to ride a ferry to El Nido.

Things to do in Coron

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife

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.
Get in touch with nature at Nacpan Beach and Small Lagoon. There's much more to do: explore the activities along Big Lagoon, take in the dramatic natural features at Taraw Cliff, enjoy the sand and surf at Seven Commando Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Secret Lagoon Beach.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the El Nido trip planner.

Getting from Coron to El Nido by ferry takes about 4.5 hours. On the 5th (Tue), you'll travel to Puerto Princesa.

Things to do in El Nido

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Puerto Princesa, Palawan Island

— 4 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.
Visit Immaculate Conception Cathedral and Plaza Cuartel for their historical value. Get some cultural insight at Stellar Grounds and Palawan Environmental Enforcement Museum. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape of Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park, look for all kinds of wild species at Palawan Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center, see the vivid underwater world at Tubbataha Reef, and get engrossed in the history at Palawan Special Battalion WW2 Memorial Museum.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Puerto Princesa journey planning website.

You can drive from El Nido to Puerto Princesa in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Puerto Princesa can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Cebu City.

Things to do in Puerto Princesa

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Cebu City, Cebu Island

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): take a stroll through Colon Street, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Carmelite Monastery Cebu City, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of Leah, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Tops Lookout. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some photo ops at Lapu Lapu Statue, pause for some photo ops at Magellan Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Virgen dela Regla National Shrine, then stop by SM City Cebu, and finally explore the world behind art at Paulina Constancia Museum of Naive Art.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Cebu City route planner.

Traveling by flight from Puerto Princesa to Cebu City takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or ride a ferry. In April in Cebu City, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 30°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Siargao Island.

Things to do in Cebu City

Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trip

Siargao Island

— 4 nights
A lush oasis of tropical vegetation surrounded by warm waters east of the Philippines, Siargao Island offers a mix of mangrove forests, squeaky-clean sand beaches, and vibrant coral reefs.
Step out of the city life by going to Magpupungko Beach and Dako Island. And it doesn't end there: get outside with Sugba Lagoon, take in the dramatic natural features at Magpaponko Swimming Hole, indulge in some personalized pampering at Esse Massage and Spa, and pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Ni Cristo.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Siargao Island trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by flight from Cebu City to Siargao Island takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry and bus. April in Siargao Island sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel to Surigao City.

Things to do in Siargao Island

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Surigao City, Mindanao

— 3 nights
Surigao City, officially the City of Surigao, is located at the north-easternmost tip of Mindanao in the Philippines and the capital of the province of Surigao del Norte. Get in touch with nature at Silop Multi-Caves and Lake Mainit. Take a break from Surigao City with a short trip to Togonan Falls in Mainit, about 1h 15 min away. There's more to do: get engrossed in the history at Battle of Surigao Strait Museum and enjoy the sand and surf at Mabua Pebble Beach.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Surigao City attractions planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Siargao Island to Surigao City. April in Surigao City sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Carmen.

Things to do in Surigao City

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Carmen, Bohol Island

— 3 nights
Carmen is a in the province of, Philippines. San Vicente Ferrer Church and St Peter's Church are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get in touch with nature at Chocolate Hills Natural Monument and Loboc River Cruise. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Carmen: Loboc (Tarsier Conservation Area & Mahogany Forest) and Calape Plaza (in Calape). Next up on the itinerary: soar above the sights with Sky's the Limit Hot Air Balloon Rides, take some stellar pictures from Hilltop 360 View Park, admire the natural beauty at Bohol Habitat Conservation Center, and meet the residents at Loboc Wildlife & Nature Park.

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Drive from Surigao City to Carmen in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in April, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Cebu City.

Things to do in Carmen

Parks · Tours · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Cebu City, Cebu Island

— 2 nights

Queen City of the South

Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): steep yourself in history at Fort San Pedro, steep yourself in history at Magellan's Cross, and then examine the collection at Basilica del Santo Nino. Here are some ideas for day two: get outside with Ocean Gems Academy, appreciate the history behind Lapu Lapu Statue, steep yourself in history at Magellan Shrine, contemplate the long history of Yap Sandiego Ancestral House, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santo Rosario Parish Church, and finally admire the sheer force of Bugho Waterfalls.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Cebu City vacation planner.

You can travel from Carmen to Cebu City in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can travel. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Boracay.

Things to do in Cebu City

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Boracay

— 4 nights
All of 7 km (4.3 mi) long, the island of Boracay remains an idyllic destination drawing beach-goers from around the world.
1Boracay and Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Catholic Church are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and White Beach. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Yapak Beach (Puka Shell Beach), indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, head off the coast to Crocodile Island, and take in the awesome beauty at Mount Luho.

For reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Boracay holiday maker tool.

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Cebu City to Boracay in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in April, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can travel to Batangas City.

Things to do in Boracay

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Batangas City, Luzon

— 2 nights
Batangas City, is the capital city of the Province of Batangas, Philippines. Take a break from the city and head to Taal Volcano and Lake Taal. Visit Taal Heritage Village and Basilica of St. Martin de Tours for their historical value. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Batangas City: Mt. Maculot (in Cuenca), Shrine of Our Lady Of Caysasay (in Taal) and Marian Orchard (in Balete). The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Our Lady of Mt Carmel Church, don't miss a visit to Saint Padre Pio Parish and Shrine, and experience rural life at Milea Bee Farm.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Batangas City road trip planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry, flight, and bus from Boracay to Batangas City takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in April, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Manila.

Things to do in Batangas City

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Manila, Luzon

— 2 nights

Pearl of the Orient

Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Quiapo Church, steep yourself in history at Casa Manila, examine the collection at National Museum, then browse the different shops at Robinsons Place Mall, and finally contemplate the long history of Fort San Antonio Abad.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Manila sightseeing website.

Traveling by car from Batangas City to Manila takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Manila

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

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.