28 days in Philippines Itinerary

28 days in Philippines Itinerary

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28 days in Philippines Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
bus + Fly:  22​h
1
El Nido, Palawan Island
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + foot + ferry:  2​h 45​min
2
Boracay
— 6 nights
+2
ferry + foot + Fly:  2​h 30​min
3
Coron, Busuanga Island
— 5 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h 15​min
4
Puerto Princesa, Palawan Island
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h 15​min
5
Lapu Lapu, Mactan Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
6
Siargao Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
7
Manila, Luzon
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  21​h 15​min
End: Cape Town

4
nights
El Nido, Palawan Island

El Nido ©
The coastal region of El Nido includes a mainland area of jungle, beaches, and cliffs, as well as 45 limestone islands and islets.
Spend the 31st (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Nacpan Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Las Cabanas Beach, and explore the activities along Small Lagoon.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the El Nido road trip planning tool .

Cape Town, South Africa to El Nido is an approximately 22-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of flight and ferry. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Philippines Time (PHT) is 6 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Boracay.

Things to do in El Nido

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Nacpan Beach ©
Nacpan Beach
Las Cabanas Beach ©
Las Cabanas Beach
Seven Commando Beach ©
Seven Commando Beach

6
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), head off the coast to Crystal Cove Island, tour the pleasant surroundings at White Beach, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Boracay online trip builder .

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 January in Boracay, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) 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
Spas

5
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, stroll through Kalitang Beach, contemplate the waterfront views at Twin Lagoon, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Tapyas.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Coron road trip planning tool .

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Boracay to Coron in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Puerto Princesa.

Things to do in Coron

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 13:
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Kayangan Lake ©
Kayangan Lake
Atwayan Beach ©
Atwayan Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): stop by Rurungan Sa Tubod Foundation and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Puerto Princesa Underground River. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Wed): explore the activities along Honda Bay.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Puerto Princesa journey maker .

Getting from Coron to Puerto Princesa by combination of flight and taxi takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Lapu Lapu.

Things to do in Puerto Princesa

Nature Parks Shopping
Find places to stay Jan 13 — 15:
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Puerto Princesa Underground River ©
Puerto Princesa Underground River
Honda Bay ©
Honda Bay
Rurungan Sa Tubod Foundation ©
Rurungan Sa Tubod Foundation

3
nights
Lapu Lapu, Mactan Island

Lapu Lapu ©
Explore Lapu Lapu's surroundings by going to Cebu City (Yap Sandiego Ancestral House, Basilica del Santo Nino, & more).

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Lapu Lapu attractions planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Puerto Princesa to Lapu Lapu takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in January, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel to Siargao Island.

Things to do in Lapu Lapu

Historic Sites Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Cebu City
Find places to stay Jan 15 — 18:
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Basilica del Santo Nino ©
Basilica del Santo Nino
Spas
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
nights
Siargao Island

Siargao Island ©
A lush oasis of tropical vegetation surrounded by warm waters east of the Philippines, Siargao Island offers a mix of mangrove forests, squeaky-clean sand beaches, and vibrant coral reefs.
Siargao Island is known for nature, adventure, beaches, wildlife, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get outside with Outdoor Adventures Siargao, kick back and relax at Magpupungko Beach, step off the mainland to explore Mamon Island, and Head underground at Hagukan Cave.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Siargao Island road trip tool .

Fly from Lapu Lapu to Siargao Island in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In January, daily temperatures in Siargao Island can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Manila.

Things to do in Siargao Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 18 — 21:
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Dako Island ©
Dako Island
Magpupungko Beach ©
Magpupungko Beach
Naked Island ©
Naked Island

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): browse the exhibits of Ayala Museum Artist Space, stroll around Rizal Park, then wander the streets of Intramuros, and finally steep yourself in history at Fort Santiago. On the next day, observe the fascinating underwater world at Manila Ocean Park, then take in the views from Runway Manila, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of San Agustin Church.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Manila itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Siargao Island to Manila takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or ride a ferry. In January, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Manila

Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Ayala Museum Artist Space, Runway Manila
Find places to stay Jan 21 — 24:
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Rizal Park ©
Rizal Park
Intramuros ©
Intramuros
Fort Santiago ©
Fort Santiago

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