37 days in Philippines Itinerary

37 days in Philippines Itinerary

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37 days in Philippines Itinerary

Start: Houston
Fly + Drive:  28​h
1
Malapascua Island
— 3 nights
+3
ferry + Drive + ferry + Drive:  5​h 15​min
2
Bohol Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Tawala, Panglao Island
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  6​h 30​min
4
Puerto Princesa, Palawan Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
5
Cebu City, Cebu Island
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
6
Coron, Busuanga Island
— 6 nights
ferry:  1​h 15​min
7
El Nido, Palawan Island
— 6 nights
+2
bus + Fly + taxi:  7​h
8
Banaue, Luzon
— 1 day
taxi + Fly:  5​h 30​min
9
Manila, Luzon
— 4 nights
Fly:  22​h 30​min
End: Houston

3
nights
Malapascua Island

Holidays on Malapascua Island rarely pass without a trip out to explore the bright blue waters that surround.
Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Kalanggaman Island. You'll get in some beach time at Langub Beach and Guimbitayan Beach. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Bounty Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Logon Beach, steep yourself in history at Japanese Wreck Marine Sanctuary, and visit a coastal fixture at Lighthouse.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Malapascua Island trip itinerary planning tool .

Houston, USA to Malapascua Island is an approximately 28-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Philippines Time, which is usually a 14 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel to Bohol Island.

Things to do in Malapascua Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Kalanggaman Island
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Langub Beach ©
Langub Beach
Kalanggaman Island ©
Kalanggaman Island

2
nights
Bohol Island

Bohol Island ©
Bohol Island attracts visitors with its landscape, natural heritage, and culture.
Get in touch with nature at Chocolate Hills and Tarsier Conservation Area. There's lots more to do: take a peaceful walk through Mahogany Forest, take in nature's colorful creations at Bohol Habitat Conservation Center, look for all kinds of wild species at Can-olin Butterfly Sanctuary, and head outdoors with Island Rentals - Bohol Motorcycles for rent.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Bohol Island online trip maker .

Traveling by combination of ferry and car from Malapascua Island to Bohol Island takes 5.5 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 88°F, and evening lows to 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Tawala.

Things to do in Bohol Island

Parks Outdoors Nature
Find places to stay Nov 11 — 14:
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Chocolate Hills Natural Monument ©
Chocolate Hills Natural Monument
Tarsier Conservation Area ©
Tarsier Conservation Area
Mahogany Forest ©
Mahogany Forest

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Alona Beach, then experience rural life at Tarsier Botanika, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Dumaluan Beach. On the 16th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the vivid underwater world at Balicasag Reef, head off the coast to Virgin Island, then pause for some serene contemplation at St Augustine's Church, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Hinagdanan Cave.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Tawala sightseeing planning app .

You can drive from Bohol Island to Tawala in 2 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Tawala can reach 88°F, while at night they dip to 75°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel to Puerto Princesa.

Things to do in Tawala

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Panglao Island, Balicasag Reef, Hinagdanan Cave
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Alona Beach ©
Alona Beach
Dumaluan Beach ©
Dumaluan Beach
Virgin Island ©
Virgin Island

3
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.
Visiting Puerto Princesa Underground River and Ugong Rock will get you outdoors. Attractions like Sabang Beach and Tubbataha Reef make great kid-friendly stops. There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Honda Bay, contemplate the long history of Plaza Cuartel, step off the mainland to explore Monkey Beach, and stop by Baker's Hill.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Puerto Princesa road trip planner .

Explore your travel options from Tawala to Puerto Princesa with the Route module. In November, plan for daily highs up to 88°F, and evening lows to 77°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to travel to Cebu City.

Things to do in Puerto Princesa

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

4
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Basilica del Santo Nino and Taoist Temple. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Magellan's Cross and Magellan Shrine. Change things up with these side-trips from Cebu City: Lapu Lapu (Gaisano Grand Mall Mactan, Island Central Mactan, & more). There's lots more to do: get a taste of the local shopping with Ayala Mall, stop by SM City Cebu, steep yourself in history at Colon Street, and explore the wide array of goods at Robinsons Galleria Cebu.

Before you visit Cebu City, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Puerto Princesa to Cebu City in 2.5 hours. November in Cebu City sees daily highs of 88°F and lows of 77°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to travel to Coron.

Things to do in Cebu City

Shopping Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

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

6
nights
Coron, Busuanga Island

Coron tourism has developed around its dive spots, with coral reefs and 10 preserved Japanese underwater shipwrecks to explore.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Banol Beach and Kalitang Beach. Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Twin Lagoon. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Kayangan Lake, look for all kinds of wild species at Coral Garden, take in the awesome beauty at Mt Tapyas, and head off the coast to Malcapuya Island.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Coron holiday planner .

You can fly from Cebu City to Coron in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to travel to El Nido.

Things to do in Coron

Parks Nature Wildlife
Find places to stay Nov 24 — 30:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Kayangan Lake ©
Kayangan Lake
Coral Garden ©
Coral Garden

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.
Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Nacpan Beach. Bring the kids along to Las Cabanas Beach and Secret Lagoon Beach. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Small Lagoon, explore the fascinating underground world of Cathedral Caves, kick back and relax at Seven Commando Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Nacpan Beach.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the El Nido road trip planning website .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Coron to El Nido takes 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Banaue.

Things to do in El Nido

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

1
day
Banaue, Luzon

Banaue ©
Surrounded by aesthetically pleasing and historically important rice terraces, the town of Banaue brings in many visitors each day, drawn to its World Heritage-listed agricultural sites.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): admire the sheer force of Tappiyah Falls, appreciate the extensive heritage of Batad Rice Terraces, then make a trip to Tam-an Village, and finally make a trip to Banaue Rice Terraces.

For more things to do and other tourist information, go to the Banaue trip planner.

Getting from El Nido to Banaue by combination of flight and taxi takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus; or do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to travel to Manila.

Things to do in Banaue

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Banaue Rice Terraces ©
Banaue Rice Terraces
Batad Rice Terraces ©
Batad Rice Terraces
Tappiyah Falls ©
Tappiyah Falls

4
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.
Head to SM Mall of Asia and Greenbelt Mallfor plenty of shopping. Get a sense of the local culture at San Agustin Church and Fort Santiago. Venture out of the city with trips to Makati (Ayala Center & Ayala Museum), SM Megamall (in Mandaluyong) and Greenhills Shopping Center (in San Juan). There's much more to do: wander the streets of Intramuros, examine the collection at National Museum, buy something for everyone on your list at Robinsons Place Mall, and stop by Art Underground.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Manila trip planner .

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Banaue to Manila in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 76°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Manila

Shopping Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Makati, Mandaluyong, SM Mall of Asia, Greenhills Shopping Center, SM Center Sangandaan
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SM Mall of Asia ©
SM Mall of Asia
Intramuros ©
Intramuros
San Agustin Church ©
San Agustin Church

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