52 days in Philippines Itinerary

52 days in Philippines Itinerary

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52 days in Philippines Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  21​h 45​min
1
El Nido, Palawan Island
— 6 nights
+2
Fly + foot + ferry:  2​h 45​min
2
Boracay
— 9 nights
+2
ferry + foot + Fly:  2​h 30​min
3
Coron, Busuanga Island
— 9 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h 15​min
4
Puerto Princesa, Palawan Island
— 6 nights
+2
Fly + bus + ferry:  8​h 45​min
5
Malapascua Island
— 3 nights
ferry + bus:  5​h
6
Cebu City, Cebu Island
— 6 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
7
Danao, Panglao Island
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  6​h 45​min
8
Manila, Luzon
— 6 nights
Fly:  19​h 30​min
End: Toronto

6
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.
El Nido is known for beaches, nature, wildlife, adventure, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, contemplate the waterfront views at Big Lagoon, step off the mainland to explore Snake Island (Vigan Island), and enjoy the sand and surf at Seven Commando Beach.

For reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our El Nido trip planner .

Toronto, Canada to El Nido is an approximately 22-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of flight and ferry. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Philippines Time (PHT), which is usually a 13 hour difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to travel to Boracay.

Things to do in El Nido

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nacpan Beach ©
Nacpan Beach
Small Lagoon ©
Small Lagoon

9
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.
Boracay is known for beaches, nature, wildlife, nightlife, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Yapak Beach (Puka Shell Beach), don't miss a visit to Ariel's Point, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bulabog Beach, and take in the awesome beauty at Mount Luho.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Boracay trip itinerary planner .

Getting from El Nido to Boracay by combination of flight and ferry takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car. In December, daily temperatures in Boracay can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Coron.

Things to do in Boracay

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

9
nights
Coron, Busuanga Island

Coron ©
Coron tourism has developed around its dive spots, with coral reefs and 10 preserved Japanese underwater shipwrecks to explore.
Coron is known for nature, wildlife, beaches, adventure, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, step off the mainland to explore Malcapuya Island, identify plant and animal life at Coral Garden, and explore the activities along Barracuda Lake.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Coron trip planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Boracay to Coron takes 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Puerto Princesa.

Things to do in Coron

Parks Nature Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 13 — 22:
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Kayangan Lake ©
Kayangan Lake
Scuba & Snorkeling
Mt Tapyas ©
Mt Tapyas

6
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.
Puerto Princesa is known for nature, wildlife, shopping, historic sites, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Puerto Princesa Underground River, contemplate the waterfront views at Binduyan Fall, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Thumbpeak, and see the vivid underwater world at Tubbataha Reef.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Puerto Princesa attractions site .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Coron to Puerto Princesa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of ferry and bus. December in Puerto Princesa sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Malapascua Island.

Things to do in Puerto Princesa

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Puerto Princesa Underground River ©
Puerto Princesa Underground River
Honda Bay ©
Honda Bay
Tubbataha Reef ©
Tubbataha Reef

3
nights
Malapascua Island

Holidays on Malapascua Island rarely pass without a trip out to explore the bright blue waters that surround.
Malapascua Island is known for wildlife, beaches, historic sites, adventure, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, kick back and relax at Bounty Beach, contemplate the long history of Japanese Wreck Marine Sanctuary, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Guimbitayan Beach.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Malapascua Island road trip tool .

Traveling by combination of flight, bus, and ferry from Puerto Princesa to Malapascua Island takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Cebu City.

Things to do in Malapascua Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Dec 28 — Jan 1:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Langub Beach ©
Langub Beach
Carnasa Island ©
Carnasa Island

6
nights
Cebu City, Cebu Island

The country's second city, Cebu City boasts a number of interesting colonial buildings, thriving commercial areas, and historic temples.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cebu City: Cebu Happy World Museum (in Cordova) and Lapu Lapu (Parasailing & Paragliding, Scuba & Snorkeling, & more). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Basilica del Santo Nino, steep yourself in history at Yap Sandiego Ancestral House, shop like a local with Ayala Mall, and take in panoramic vistas at Tops Lookout.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Cebu City trip planner .

Do a combination of ferry and bus from Malapascua Island to Cebu City in 5 hours. In January in Cebu City, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Danao.

Things to do in Cebu City

Outdoors Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lapu Lapu, Cebu Happy World Museum
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Basilica del Santo Nino ©
Basilica del Santo Nino
Magellan's Cross ©
Magellan's Cross

4
nights
Danao, Panglao Island

Danao ©
Danao is known for trails, wildlife, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Alona Beach, head off the coast to Isola di Francesco, hike along Sea of Clouds, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Danao trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Cebu City to Danao by car takes about 4.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Manila.

Things to do in Danao

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Panglao Island, Scuba & Snorkeling, Panglao Beach
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 11:
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Alona Beach ©
Alona Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Virgin Island ©
Virgin Island

6
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Manila: Runway Manila (in Pasay), Santuario de San Ezekiel Moreno (in Las Pinas) and Makati (Greenbelt Mall, Spas & Wellness, & more). There's still lots to do: stroll around Rizal Park, stop by SM Mall of Asia, explore and take pictures at Fort Santiago, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Manila Ocean Park.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Manila trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Danao to Manila. January in Manila sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Manila

Parks Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Makati, Pasay, Santuario de San Ezekiel Moreno, Bonifacio Global City
Find places to stay Jan 11 — 17:
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Rizal Park ©
Rizal Park
Intramuros ©
Intramuros
Fort Santiago ©
Fort Santiago

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