21 days in Philippines Itinerary

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Cebu City, Cebu Island
— 3 nights
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El Nido, Palawan Island
— 6 nights
Fly to Boracay, Ferry to Boracay
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Boracay
— 4 nights
Ferry to Caticlan, Fly to Coron
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Coron, Busuanga Island
— 5 nights
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Manila, Luzon
— 1 night
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Cebu City, Cebu Island — 3 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to University of San Carlos Museum and Simala Parish Church. Change things up with a short trip to Scuba & Snorkeling in Lapu Lapu (about 56 minutes away). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Casa Gorordo Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Taoist Temple, explore the galleries of Basilica del Santo Nino, and contemplate the long history of Magellan's Cross.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Cebu City road trip planner.

Seattle, USA to Cebu City is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Philippine Standard Time (PST), which is usually a 16 hour difference. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Seattle in December: high temperatures in Cebu City hover around 87°F and lows are around 77°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to El Nido.
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El Nido, Palawan Island — 6 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Lio Beach and Marimegmeg Beach. Next up on the itinerary: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take in the dramatic natural features at Taraw Cliff, step off the mainland to explore Simizu Island, and contemplate the waterfront views at Small Lagoon.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the El Nido online attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Cebu City to El Nido takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Boracay.
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Boracay — 4 nights

All of 7 km (4.3 mi) long, the island of Boracay remains an idyllic destination drawing beach-goers from around the world.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Motag Living Museum and Mangrove Nursery. There's lots more to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, make a trip to Willy's Rock, kick back and relax at Diniwid Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Bulabog Beach.

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Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from El Nido to Boracay takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of ferry and taxi. December in Boracay sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 75°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Coron.
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Coron, Busuanga Island — 5 nights

Coron tourism has developed around its dive spots, with coral reefs and 10 preserved Japanese underwater shipwrecks to explore.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Coron Bay and Banul Beach. And it doesn't end there: step off the mainland to explore Banana Island, contemplate the waterfront views at Twin Lagoon, kick back and relax at Kalitang Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Sunken Japanese Wrecks.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Coron tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Boracay to Coron takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can fly to Manila.
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Manila, Luzon — 1 night

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.
On the 31st (Tue), take an in-depth tour of Museo Filipino Intramuros, contemplate the long history of Fort Santiago, then walk around Rizal Park, and finally appreciate the history behind Rizal Monument.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Manila trip maker app.

Traveling by flight from Coron to Manila takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In December, daytime highs in Manila are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to fly back home.
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Philippines travel guide

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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.
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