22 days in Philippines Itinerary

22 days in Philippines Itinerary

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22 days in Philippines Itinerary

Start: Merimbula
Fly:  19​h
1
Manila, Luzon
— 2 nights
2
Puerto Galera, Mindoro
— 3 nights
ferry:  14​h 45​min
3
Boracay
— 5 nights
+2
ferry + foot + Fly:  2​h 45​min
4
El Nido, Palawan Island
— 2 nights
5
Puerto Princesa, Palawan Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
6
Cebu City, Cebu Island
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h 30​min
7
Oslob, Cebu Island
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  25​h
End: Merimbula

2
nights
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.
On the 27th (Fri), explore the galleries of Ayala Museum Artist Space, contemplate the waterfront views at Manila Bay, then get to know the fascinating history of Intramuros, and finally admire the masterpieces at San Agustin Church. Here are some ideas for day two: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then stroll around Rizal Park, and then walk around Fort Santiago.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Manila trip maker tool .

Merimbula, Australia to Manila is an approximately 19-hour flight. Traveling from Merimbula to Manila, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Merimbula in September, with highs in Manila at 37°C and lows at 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Puerto Galera.

Things to do in Manila

Historic Sites Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Makati
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Intramuros ©
Intramuros
San Agustin Church ©
San Agustin Church
Fort Santiago ©
Fort Santiago

3
nights
Puerto Galera, Mindoro

The resort town of Puerto Galera enjoys a reputation for its beaches, resorts, and dive sites.
Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Aninuan Beach. And it doesn't end there: stroll through White Beach, tee off at Ponderosa Golf Club, wander the streets of Mangyan Village, and contemplate the long history of Muelle Cross.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Puerto Galera online sightseeing planner .

Puerto Galera is just a stone's throw from Manila. In September, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can ride a ferry to Boracay.

Things to do in Puerto Galera

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Scuba & Snorkeling
White Beach ©
White Beach
Ponderosa Golf Club ©
Ponderosa Golf Club

5
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.
Visiting Yapak Beach (Puka Shell Beach) and Bulabog Beach will get you outdoors. Get some cultural insight at Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Catholic Church and Sea Shell Collection by Argonauta Boracay. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at White Beach, don't miss a visit to Ariel's Point, stroll through Ilig Iligan Beach, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Boracay trip maker site .

Traveling by ferry from Puerto Galera to Boracay takes 15 hours. In October, daytime highs in Boracay are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to El Nido.

Things to do in Boracay

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Yapak Beach (Puka Shell Beach) ©
Yapak Beach (Puka Shell Beach)
Scuba & Snorkeling
White Beach ©
White Beach

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Small Lagoon and then kick back and relax at Nacpan Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our El Nido travel itinerary planner .

Getting from Boracay to El Nido by combination of ferry and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to drive to Puerto Princesa.

Things to do in El Nido

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nacpan Beach ©
Nacpan Beach
Small Lagoon ©
Small Lagoon

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): Head underground at Puerto Princesa Underground River and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Immaculate Conception Cathedral. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Palawan Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center and then identify plant and animal life at Tubbataha Reef.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Puerto Princesa day trip planning website .

Traveling by car from El Nido to Puerto Princesa takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or ride a ferry. October in Puerto Princesa sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Cebu City.

Things to do in Puerto Princesa

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Puerto Princesa Underground River ©
Puerto Princesa Underground River
Tubbataha Reef ©
Tubbataha Reef

2
nights
Cebu City, Cebu Island

Cebu City ©
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 12th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Taoist Temple, make a trip to Fo Guang Shan Chu Un Temple, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and finally steep yourself in history at Yap Sandiego Ancestral House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, steep yourself in history at Fort San Pedro, then contemplate the long history of Magellan's Cross, and finally see the interesting displays at Basilica del Santo Nino.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Cebu City attractions planning app .

You can fly from Puerto Princesa to Cebu City in 3 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. In October, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can catcht the bus to Oslob.

Things to do in Cebu City

Historic Sites Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Lapu Lapu
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Basilica del Santo Nino ©
Basilica del Santo Nino
Scuba & Snorkeling
Magellan's Cross ©
Magellan's Cross

3
nights
Oslob, Cebu Island

A vacation in Oslob offers a picture-perfect island paradise for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of city life.
On the 14th (Mon), see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then take in the dramatic scenery at Aguinid Falls. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Boljoon Parish Museum, kick back and relax at Tingko Beach, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Patrocinio de Maria Church, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Our Lady of Immaculate Concepcion Church, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Oslob Cemetery.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Oslob trip builder app .

Traveling by bus from Cebu City to Oslob takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October in Oslob, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Oslob

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Boljoon, Aguinid Falls, Tingko Beach
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Tumalog Falls ©
Tumalog Falls
Aguinid Falls ©
Aguinid Falls

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