17 days in Philippines Itinerary

17 days in Philippines Itinerary

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17 days in Philippines Itinerary

Start: Bangkok
Fly:  6 h 45 min
1
El Nido, Palawan Island
— 5 nights
Ferry:  3 h 30 min
2
Coron, Busuanga Island
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Ferry:  4 h 30 min
3
Boracay
— 3 nights
+2
Ferry + Foot + Fly:  2 h 30 min
4
Cebu City, Cebu Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h 15 min
5
Puerto Princesa, Palawan Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  6 h 30 min
End: Ho Chi Minh City

5
nights
El Nido, Palawan Island

El Nido ©
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 Marimegmeg Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Shark Diving and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Step out of El Nido to go to Taytay and see Fort Santa Isabel, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. There's still lots to do: step off the mainland to explore Matinloc Island, tour the pleasant surroundings at Payong-Payong Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Nacpan Beach, and contemplate the waterfront views at Small Lagoon.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the El Nido tour itinerary maker site

Bangkok, Thailand to El Nido is an approximately 7-hour combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Bangkok to El Nido. On the 26th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Coron.

Things to do in El Nido

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Fort Santa Isabel
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Marimegmeg Beach ©
Marimegmeg Beach
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Nacpan Beach ©
Nacpan Beach

3
nights
Coron, Busuanga Island

Coron tourism has developed around its dive spots, with coral reefs and 10 preserved Japanese underwater shipwrecks to explore.
On the next day, step off the mainland to explore Bulog Island, contemplate the waterfront views at Kayangan Lake, and then explore the gorgeous colors at Skeleton Reef.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Coron trip planning website

You can fly from El Nido to Coron in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can travel to Boracay.

Things to do in Coron

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Skeleton Reef ©
Skeleton Reef
Bulog Island ©
Bulog Island

3
nights
Boracay

All of 7 km (4.3 mi) long, the island of Boracay remains an idyllic destination drawing beach-goers from around the world.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ilig Iligan Beach and Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Catholic Church. Get in touch with nature at Yapak Beach (Puka Shell Beach) and Diniwid Beach. Spend the 30th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at White Beach, stroll through Balinghai Beach, buy something for everyone on your list at E Mall, and take a peaceful walk through Mangrove Nursery.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Boracay road trip planning site

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Coron to Boracay takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to travel to Cebu City.

Things to do in Boracay

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

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.
On the 2nd (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Chapel of San Pedro Calungsod, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica del Santo Nino, then examine the collection at Museo Sugbo, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Cebu City trip site

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Boracay to Cebu City in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. When traveling from Boracay in January, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Cebu City: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Puerto Princesa.

Things to do in Cebu City

Museums Historic Sites
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Museo Sugbo ©
Museo Sugbo
Chapel of San Pedro Calungsod ©
Chapel of San Pedro Calungsod
Basilica del Santo Nino ©
Basilica del Santo Nino

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 4th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Sabang Beach and then explore the fascinating underground world of Puerto Princesa Underground River. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Immaculate Conception Cathedral, get engrossed in the history at Palawan Special Battalion WW2 Memorial Museum, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Palawan Butterfly Ecological Garden and Tribal Village.

To see ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Puerto Princesa road trip planner

Getting from Cebu City to Puerto Princesa by combination of flight and taxi takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. In January, daily temperatures in Puerto Princesa can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Puerto Princesa

Parks Wildlife Beaches
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Sabang Beach ©
Sabang Beach
Puerto Princesa Underground River ©
Puerto Princesa Underground River

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