7 days in Philippines Itinerary
7 days in Philippines Itinerary
Ferry to Caticlan, Fly to Cebu City
Cebu City, Cebu Island
— 1 day
Puerto Princesa, Palawan Island
— 2 nights
El Nido, Palawan Island
— 1 night
Coron, Busuanga Island
— 2 nights
Fly to Boracay, Ferry to Boracay
Fri, Dec 14 - Thu, Dec 20
Cebu City, Cebu Island — 1 day
The country's second city, Cebu City boasts a number of interesting colonial buildings, thriving commercial areas, and historic temples.Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Taoist Temple, contemplate the long history of Fort San Pedro, then steep yourself in history at Magellan's Cross, and finally explore the galleries of Basilica del Santo Nino.
For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Cebu City visit planner.
Boracay to Cebu City is an approximately 3.5-hour combination of ferry and flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Boracay in December: highs in Cebu City hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Puerto Princesa.
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Puerto Princesa, Palawan Island — 2 nights
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 15th (Sat), explore the fascinating underground world of Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park. On the next day, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Thumbpeak and then contemplate the waterfront views at Honda Bay.
For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Puerto Princesa day trip planner.
Traveling by flight from Cebu City to Puerto Princesa takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or ride a ferry. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to El Nido.
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Highlights from your trip
El Nido, Palawan Island — 1 night
The coastal region of El Nido includes a mainland area of jungle, beaches, and cliffs, as well as 45 limestone islands and islets.Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Nacpan Beach and then contemplate the waterfront views at Small Lagoon.
To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the El Nido trip itinerary builder site.
Drive from Puerto Princesa to El Nido in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to catch the ferry to Coron.
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Coron, Busuanga Island — 2 nights
Coron tourism has developed around its dive spots, with coral reefs and 10 preserved Japanese underwater shipwrecks to explore.On the 19th (Wed), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Tapyas, contemplate the waterfront views at Kayangan Lake, and then explore the activities along Twin Lagoon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get outside with Outdoor Activities.
To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Coron travel itinerary planner.
You can ride a ferry from El Nido to Coron in 4.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.
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Philippines travel guide
Pearl of the Orient Seas
Encompassing over 7,600 islands, the Philippines offer plenty of vacation ideas for active travelers. Though the island chain's location leaves it vulnerable to typhoons and earthquakes, it also endows it with plenty of natural resources and biodiversity. For most visitors, a Philippines holiday includes outdoor adventures like kitesurfing, mountain trekking, spelunking, and volcano hiking. Those with a taste for something more relaxing can build a Philippines itinerary around beaches, local fiestas, and the island cuisine, which blends influences from around the world and serves up dishes at once sour, salty, and sweet.