12 days in Philippines Itinerary

12 days in Philippines Itinerary

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12 days in Philippines Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  11 h 30 min
1
Puerto Princesa, Palawan Island
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  2 h 15 min
2
Coron, Busuanga Island
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Ferry:  2 h 30 min
3
Boracay
— 3 nights
+2
Ferry + Foot + Fly:  2 h 45 min
4
El Nido, Palawan Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
5
Cebu City, Cebu Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  10 h 45 min
End: Sydney

1
night
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.
On the 25th (Wed), stop by Baker's Hill and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Puerto Princesa Underground River.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Puerto Princesa travel route planner .

Sydney, Australia to Puerto Princesa is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to Philippines Time (PHT) is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Sydney in December, expect Puerto Princesa to be a bit warmer, temps between 36°C and 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Coron.

Things to do in Puerto Princesa

Parks Nature Shopping
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Puerto Princesa Underground River ©
Puerto Princesa Underground River
Baker's Hill ©
Baker's Hill

3
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: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take in the awesome beauty at Mt Tapyas, contemplate the waterfront views at Twin Lagoon, and take in the natural beauty of Maquinit Hot Spring.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Coron trip itinerary builder app .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Puerto Princesa to Coron in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Boracay.

Things to do in Coron

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Kayangan Lake ©
Kayangan Lake
Scuba & Snorkeling
Twin Lagoon ©
Twin Lagoon

3
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, nightlife, wildlife, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, kick back and relax at Yapak Beach (Puka Shell Beach), don't miss a visit to Motag Living Museum, and stroll through Bulabog Beach.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Boracay trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Coron to Boracay in 2.5 hours. In December in Boracay, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough 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 1st (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Small Lagoon and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu): explore the activities along Big Lagoon and then enjoy the sand and surf at Nacpan Beach.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read El Nido road trip website .

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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Cebu City.

Things to do in El Nido

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

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): get interesting insight from Tours, then explore the galleries of Basilica del Santo Nino, and then steep yourself in history at Magellan's Cross.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Cebu City trip itinerary site .

Traveling by flight from El Nido to Cebu City takes 3.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Cebu City are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cebu City

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

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

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