17 days in Philippines Itinerary

17 days in Philippines Itinerary

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17 days in Philippines Itinerary

Start: Edinburgh
Fly + Drive:  22​h
1
Lapu Lapu, Mactan Island
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h 15​min
2
Puerto Princesa, Palawan Island
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h 15​min
3
Coron, Busuanga Island
— 4 nights
ferry:  4​h 30​min
4
El Nido, Palawan Island
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + foot + ferry:  2​h 45​min
5
Boracay
— 3 nights
+2
ferry + foot + Fly:  24​h
End: Edinburgh


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3
nights
Lapu Lapu, Mactan Island

Explore Lapu Lapu's surroundings by going to Cebu City (Ayala Mall, Basilica del Santo Nino, & more).

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Lapu Lapu travel route planner .

Edinburgh, UK to Lapu Lapu is an approximately 22-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Philippines Time (PHT) is 8 hours. Traveling from Edinburgh in January, things will get much warmer in Lapu Lapu: highs are around 34°C and lows about 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Puerto Princesa.

Things to do in Lapu Lapu

Outdoors Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

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

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): stop by Baker's Hill and then explore the striking landscape of Puerto Princesa Underground River. On the next day, take in the dramatic natural features at Ugong Rock and then explore the activities along Honda Bay.

For maps and tourist information, you can read our Puerto Princesa journey app .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Lapu Lapu to Puerto Princesa in 2.5 hours. January in Puerto Princesa sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel to Coron.

Things to do in Puerto Princesa

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

4
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, identify plant and animal life at Sunken Japanese Wrecks, explore the activities along Barracuda Lake, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Tapyas.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Coron trip maker tool .

Getting from Puerto Princesa to Coron by combination of taxi and flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to El Nido.

Things to do in Coron

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

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 4th (Tue): explore the activities along Small Lagoon and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Big Lagoon and then kick back and relax at Nacpan Beach.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the El Nido travel route planning tool .

Traveling by ferry from Coron to El Nido takes 4.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel to Boracay.

Things to do in El Nido

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nacpan Beach ©
Nacpan Beach
Small Lagoon ©
Small 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: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, don't miss a visit to Willy's Rock, tour the pleasant surroundings at Yapak Beach (Puka Shell Beach), and browse the different shops at E Mall.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Boracay trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from El Nido to Boracay in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and car. In February, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

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

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