24 days in Philippines Itinerary

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Fly to Mactan Cebu International Airport, Drive to Lapu Lapu
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Lapu Lapu, Mactan Island
— 5 nights
Bus to Maya, Ferry to Malapascua Island
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Malapascua Island
— 2 nights
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Ferry to New Maya Port, Bus to Mactan–Cebu, Fly to Boracay, Ferry to Boracay
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Boracay
— 7 nights
Ferry to Caticlan Jetty Port, Fly to El Nido
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El Nido, Palawan Island
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Coron, Busuanga Island
— 4 nights
Fly
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Manila, Luzon
— 1 night
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Lapu Lapu, Mactan Island — 5 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to The Cebruery - Craft Beer Taproom (in Mandaue) and Cebu City (Taoist Temple, Ayala Mall, &more). Next up on the itinerary: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at San Vicente Marine Sanctuary, appreciate the history behind Lapu Lapu Statue, and head outdoors with NTJ Watersports Cebu.

To see maps and tourist information, use the Lapu Lapu trip itinerary planner.

Seattle, USA to Lapu Lapu is an approximately 22-hour combination of flight and car. You'll lose 16 hours traveling from Seattle to Lapu Lapu due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Seattle in December, things will get warmer in Lapu Lapu: highs are around 87°F and lows about 77°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to travel to Malapascua Island.
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Malapascua Island — 2 nights

Holidays on Malapascua Island rarely pass without a trip out to explore the bright blue waters that surround.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Bounty Beach and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On your second day here, kick back and relax at Langub Beach and then visit a coastal fixture at Lighthouse.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Malapascua Island travel route planning site.

Getting from Lapu Lapu to Malapascua Island by combination of bus and ferry takes about 6.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Boracay.
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Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours
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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.
Boracay is known for beaches, sightseeing, and nature. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, stroll through Diniwid Beach, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and enjoy the sand and surf at Yapak Beach (Puka Shell Beach).

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Boracay trip itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight from Malapascua Island to Boracay in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in December, and nighttime lows around 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can travel to El Nido.
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Nacpan Beach and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the next day, kick back and relax at Las Cabanas Beach, contemplate the waterfront views at Small Lagoon, then contemplate the waterfront views at Big Lagoon, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

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Do a combination of ferry and flight from Boracay to El Nido in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of ferry and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Coron.
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Coron, Busuanga Island — 4 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: take a memorable tour with Tours, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Darala, stroll through Sunken Japanese Wrecks, and take in the natural beauty of Maquinit Hot Spring.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Coron road trip tool.

Traveling by ferry from El Nido to Coron takes 4.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) 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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Agustin Church, take a stroll through Intramuros, then contemplate the long history of Fort Santiago, then walk around Rizal Park, and finally get great views at Malate Church.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Manila day trip app.

You can fly from Coron to Manila in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In January, daytime highs in Manila are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to fly back home.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods
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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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