41 days in Philippines Itinerary

41 days in Philippines Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Philippines travel planner

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Manila, Luzon
— 2 nights
Fly
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Coron, Busuanga Island
— 8 nights
Fly to Boracay, Ferry to Boracay
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Boracay
— 10 nights
Drive
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Danao, Panglao Island
— 8 nights
Drive
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Lapu Lapu, Mactan Island
— 7 nights
Fly
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Puerto Princesa, Palawan Island
— 2 nights
Drive
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El Nido, Palawan Island
— 2 nights
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Manila, Luzon

— 2 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Manila: Makati (Greenbelt Mall & Ayala Triangle Gardens). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Fort Santiago, browse the different shops at Glorietta, walk around Rizal Park, and take an in-depth tour of Museo Filipino Intramuros.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Manila tour itinerary planner.

San Francisco, USA to Manila is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to Manila is 16 hours. Traveling from San Francisco in December, things will get much hotter in Manila: highs are around 87°F and lows about 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to fly to Coron.

Things to do in Manila

Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 14 — 16:

Coron, Busuanga Island

— 8 nights
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, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, step off the mainland to explore Siete Pecados, stroll through Sunken Japanese Wrecks, and contemplate the waterfront views at Barracuda Lake.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Coron itinerary planner.

Getting from Manila to Coron by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel to Boracay.

Things to do in Coron

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 24:

Boracay

— 10 nights
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, and wildlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Luho, kick back and relax at Diniwid Beach, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Boracay day trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Coron to Boracay takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in December, and nighttime lows around 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Danao.

Things to do in Boracay

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature
Find places to stay Dec 24 — Jan 3:

Danao, Panglao Island

— 8 nights
Danao is known for wildlife and trails. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Alona Beach, hike along Sea of Clouds, admire the natural beauty at Tarsier Botanika, and stroll through Dumaluan Beach.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Danao trip planner.

Traveling by car from Boracay to Danao takes 16 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Boracay in January, plan for somewhat warmer days in Danao, with highs around 86°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 73°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to travel to Lapu Lapu.

Things to do in Danao

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 3 — 11:

Lapu Lapu, Mactan Island

— 7 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lapu Lapu: Cebu City (Ayala Mall, Magellan's Cross, &more). There's still lots to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, head outdoors with NTJ Watersports Cebu, buy something for everyone on your list at Gaisano Mall, and admire the masterpieces at Cebu Happy World Museum.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Lapu Lapu day trip planning app.

Drive from Danao to Lapu Lapu in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 75°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Puerto Princesa.

Things to do in Lapu Lapu

Shopping · Outdoors · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 11 — 18:

Puerto Princesa, Palawan Island

— 2 nights

City in the Forest

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 19th (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at Tubbataha Reef and then go for a walk through Puerto Princesa City Baywalk Park. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at Baker's Hill and then explore the activities along Honda Bay.

For ratings and other tourist information, read Puerto Princesa trip planner.

You can fly from Lapu Lapu to Puerto Princesa in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in January, and nighttime lows around 75°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can go by car to El Nido.

Things to do in Puerto Princesa

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Shopping
Find places to stay Jan 18 — 20:

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 21st (Fri), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then enjoy the sand and surf at Nacpan Beach. On the 22nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Big Lagoon, contemplate the waterfront views at Small Lagoon, and then kick back and relax at Secret Lagoon Beach.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the El Nido online trip builder.

You can drive from Puerto Princesa to El Nido in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in El Nido

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours
Find places to stay Jan 20 — 22:

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.