18 days in Philippines Itinerary

18 days in Philippines Itinerary

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18 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
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Ferry:  4 h 30 min
3
Boracay
— 3 nights
+2
Ferry + Foot + Fly:  9 h 45 min
4
Tawala, Panglao Island
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  13 h 45 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.
Get in touch with nature at Marimegmeg Beach and Matinloc Island. Explore hidden gems such as Shark Diving and Entalula Island. Step out of El Nido to go to Taytay and see Fort Santa Isabel, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Nacpan Beach, kick back and relax at Nacpan Beach, contemplate the waterfront views at Small Lagoon, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

Plan trip to El Nido with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Bangkok, Thailand to El Nido is an approximately 7-hour combination of train and flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Bangkok to El Nido due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Coron.

Things to do in El Nido

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

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

4
nights
Coron, Busuanga Island

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. Discover out-of-the-way places like Skeleton Reef and Atwayan Beach. Next up on the itinerary: step off the mainland to explore Bulog Island and contemplate the waterfront views at Twin Lagoon.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Coron day trip 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 30th (Sat) so you can travel to Boracay.

Things to do in Coron

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Busuanga Island
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Atwayan Beach ©
Atwayan Beach
Skeleton Reef ©
Skeleton Reef

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.
Take a break from the city and head to White Beach and Ilig Iligan Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Balinghai Beach and Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Catholic Church. Spend the 30th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Yapak Beach (Puka Shell Beach), identify plant and animal life at Mangrove Nursery, stroll through Diniwid Beach, and buy something for everyone on your list at E Mall.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Boracay travel route builder site

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Coron to Boracay in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. In December in Boracay, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Tawala.

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
Tawala, Panglao Island

Tawala ©
Ringed with shallow coral reefs and white sandy beaches, Tawala occupies the southeastern portion of Panglao Island, renowned for its premium snorkeling and dive spots.
On the 3rd (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at Alona Beach, then step off the mainland to explore Virgin Island, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Baclayon Ecclesiastical Museum, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Tarsier Botanika. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Tarsier Conservation Area, take in nature's colorful creations at Philippine Tarsier Recreation Inc., and then see the interesting displays at Nova Shells Museum.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Tawala driving holiday website

The Route module can help you plan travel from Boracay to Tawala. While traveling from Boracay, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Tawala, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tawala

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Panglao Island, Tarsier Conservation Area, Baclayon Ecclesiastical Museum
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Alona Beach ©
Alona Beach
Tarsier Botanika ©
Tarsier Botanika
Tarsier Conservation Area ©
Tarsier Conservation Area

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