16 days in Philippines Itinerary

16 days in Philippines Itinerary

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16 days in Philippines Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  11​h 30​min
1
El Nido, Palawan Island
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Ferry:  2​h 45​min
2
Boracay
— 3 nights
+2
Ferry + Foot + Fly:  2​h 30​min
3
Coron, Busuanga Island
— 3 nights
Fly + Taxi:  2​h 15​min
4
Puerto Princesa, Palawan Island
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  2​h 15​min
5
Lapu Lapu, Mactan Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
6
Danao, Panglao Island
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  6​h 45​min
7
Manila, Luzon
— 2 nights
Fly:  10​h 45​min
End: Melbourne

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.
On the 17th (Tue), explore the activities along Big Lagoon, then explore the striking landscape at Taraw Cliff, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Wed): kick back and relax at Las Cabanas Beach, contemplate the waterfront views at Small Lagoon, and then kick back and relax at Nacpan Beach.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the El Nido trip planning tool .

Melbourne, Australia to El Nido is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and ferry. Traveling from Melbourne to El Nido, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to Boracay.

Things to do in El Nido

Outdoors Parks Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Small Lagoon ©
Small Lagoon
Big Lagoon ©
Big 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, wildlife, nightlife, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Yapak Beach (Puka Shell Beach), stroll through White Beach, step off the mainland to explore Crystal Cove Island, and make a trip to Willy's Rock.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Boracay trip maker .

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from El Nido to Boracay takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough 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

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, contemplate the waterfront views at Kayangan Lake, stop by Makulit Shop, and step off the mainland to explore Malcapuya Island.

For maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Coron day trip app .

Do a combination of ferry and flight from Boracay to Coron in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Puerto Princesa.

Things to do in Coron

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 24:
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Kayangan Lake ©
Kayangan Lake
Scuba & Snorkeling
Twin Lagoon ©
Twin Lagoon

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): see the vivid underwater world at Tubbataha Reef and then Head underground at Puerto Princesa Underground River.

For where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Puerto Princesa online tour planner .

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. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Lapu Lapu.

Things to do in Puerto Princesa

Parks Nature Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 25:
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Puerto Princesa Underground River ©
Puerto Princesa Underground River
Tubbataha Reef ©
Tubbataha Reef

2
nights
Lapu Lapu, Mactan Island

Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): get interesting insight from Tours, head outdoors with Ocean Gems Academy, then see the interesting displays at Basilica del Santo Nino, and finally steep yourself in history at Fort San Pedro. Keep things going the next day: get a taste of the local shopping with Ayala Mall, steep yourself in history at Magellan's Cross, then steep yourself in history at Yap Sandiego Ancestral House, and finally appreciate the history behind Lapu Lapu Statue.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Lapu Lapu trip itinerary site .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Puerto Princesa to Lapu Lapu takes 2.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Lapu Lapu are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to Danao.

Things to do in Lapu Lapu

Outdoors Historic Sites Tours

Side Trip

Cebu City
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Basilica del Santo Nino ©
Basilica del Santo Nino
Magellan's Cross ©
Magellan's Cross

2
nights
Danao, Panglao Island

Danao ©
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): kick back and relax at Dumaluan Beach, then explore and take pictures at Tarsier Botanika, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Alona Beach. Keep things going the next day: step off the mainland to explore Virgin Island, head off the coast to Isola di Francesco, then admire the landmark architecture of Our Lady of Assumption Church, and finally Head underground at Ka Mira Cave.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Danao route maker app .

Traveling by car from Lapu Lapu to Danao takes 5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Manila.

Things to do in Danao

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Panglao Island, Scuba & Snorkeling
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Alona Beach ©
Alona Beach
Virgin Island ©
Virgin Island
Dumaluan Beach ©
Dumaluan Beach

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Agustin Church, take a stroll through Intramuros, steep yourself in history at Fort Santiago, then stroll around Rizal Park, and finally get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Manila Ocean Park.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Manila trip itinerary builder site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Danao to Manila. December in Manila sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. On the 31st (Tue), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Manila

Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Fort Santiago ©
Fort Santiago
Intramuros ©
Intramuros
San Agustin Church ©
San Agustin Church

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