31 days in Philippines Itinerary

31 days in Philippines Itinerary

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Manila, Luzon
— 5 nights
Fly
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El Nido, Palawan Island
— 2 nights
Fly
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Cebu City, Cebu Island
— 4 nights
Drive
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Danao, Panglao Island
— 8 nights
Drive
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Lapu Lapu, Mactan Island
— 4 nights
Fly to Boracay, Ferry to Boracay
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Boracay
— 7 nights
Ferry to Caticlan, Fly to Manila

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Manila, Luzon

— 5 nights

Pearl of the Orient

The capital of the Philippines and the "Pearl of the Orient," Manila truly resembles a gem: rough on the outside, but glittering within.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Fort Santiago and Manila Cathedral. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Intramuros and Pinto Art Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Manila: Makati (Greenbelt Mall & Power Plant Mall), Greenhills Shopping Center (in San Juan) and Manila American Cemetery and Memorial (in Taguig City). There's still lots to do: stop by SM Mall of Asia, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Agustin Church, take in the exciting artwork at Ateneo Art Gallery, and walk around Rizal Park.

For maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Manila trip itinerary maker app.

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Manila. In November, daytime highs in Manila are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can fly to El Nido.

Things to do in Manila

Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites · Nightlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 25 — 30:

El Nido, Palawan Island

— 2 nights

Heaven on Earth

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 1st (Wed), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then stroll through Nacpan Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Big Lagoon, then explore the activities along Small Lagoon, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Las Cabanas Beach.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the El Nido trip planner.

Getting from Manila to El Nido by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry; or ride a ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to fly to Cebu City.

Things to do in El Nido

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife
Find places to stay Nov 30 — Dec 2:

Cebu City, Cebu Island

— 4 nights

Queen City of the South

The country's second city, Cebu City boasts a number of interesting colonial buildings, thriving commercial areas, and historic temples.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Casa Gorordo Museum and Basilica del Santo Nino. Get some historical perspective at Magellan's Cross and Fort San Pedro. There's much more to do: get a taste of the local shopping with Ayala Mall, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Taoist Temple, browse the exhibits of Jose R. Gullas Halad Museum, and admire the masterpieces at Paulina Constancia Museum of Naive Art.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Cebu City route maker website.

Traveling by flight from El Nido to Cebu City takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In December in Cebu City, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Danao.

Things to do in Cebu City

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 2 — 6:

Danao, Panglao Island

— 8 nights
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Nova Shells Museum and St Augustine's Church. Step out of the city life by going to Alona Divers and Alona Beach.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Danao trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Cebu City to Danao takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, daily temperatures in Danao can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Lapu Lapu.

Things to do in Danao

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 6 — 14:

Lapu Lapu, Mactan Island

— 4 nights
Learn about the first encounters and a historical clash of civilizations by exploring the shrines and monuments dedicated to the Spanish explorer Fernando Magellan and Lapu Lapu, the city's eponymous hero who defeated him.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at New Susing's Guitar and Shangs Island Town Center. Kids will enjoy Scuba & Snorkeling and Marina Mall. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Cebu Happy World Museum and browse the different shops at Island Central Mactan.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Lapu Lapu online vacation builder.

Getting from Danao to Lapu Lapu by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive. December in Lapu Lapu sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Boracay.

Things to do in Lapu Lapu

Shopping · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 14 — 18:

Boracay

— 7 nights
All of 7 km (4.3 mi) long, the island of Boracay remains an idyllic destination drawing beach-goers from around the world.
Step out of the city life by going to White Beach and Diniwid Beach. Bring the kids along to Yapak Beach (Puka Shell Beach) and Scuba & Snorkeling. There's still lots to do: browse the different shops at D'Mall, stroll through Bulabog Beach, explore the galleries of Dream Land Trick Art Museum, and kick back and relax at Tambisaan Beach.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Boracay trip maker app.

Getting from Lapu Lapu to Boracay by combination of flight and ferry takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Lapu Lapu in December: highs in Boracay hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Boracay

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 25:

Philippines travel guide

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Beaches · Scuba & Snorkeling · Bodies of Water
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.