31 days in Philippines Itinerary

31 days in Philippines Itinerary

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31 days in Philippines Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly + bus:  18​h 15​min
1
Manila, Luzon
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  1​h 45​min
2
Coron, Busuanga Island
— 7 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h 15​min
3
El Nido, Palawan Island
— 7 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
4
Malapascua Island
— 2 nights
+2
ferry + taxi + bus:  4​h 15​min
5
Cebu City, Cebu Island
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h 15​min
6
Puerto Princesa, Palawan Island
— 5 nights
Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: Los Angeles


3
nights
Manila, Luzon

Manila ©
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 (Ayala Triangle Gardens & Greenbelt Mall). The adventure continues: wander the streets of Intramuros, appreciate the history behind Rizal Monument, tour the pleasant surroundings at Fort Santiago, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Rizal Park.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Manila trip site .

Los Angeles, USA to Manila is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Philippines Time (PHT) is 16 hours. When traveling from Los Angeles in January, plan for somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Manila: temperatures range from 86°F by day to 74°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Coron.

Things to do in Manila

Parks Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Makati, SM Mall of Asia
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Rizal Park ©
Rizal Park
Intramuros ©
Intramuros
San Agustin Church ©
San Agustin Church

7
nights
Coron, Busuanga Island

Coron ©
Coron tourism has developed around its dive spots, with coral reefs and 10 preserved Japanese underwater shipwrecks to explore.
Spend the 8th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Kayangan Lake, take in the natural beauty of Maquinit Hot Spring, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Tapyas, and head off the coast to Malcapuya Island.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Coron road trip planning tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Manila to Coron takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel to El Nido.

Things to do in Coron

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Kayangan Lake ©
Kayangan Lake
Scuba & Snorkeling
Mt Tapyas ©
Mt Tapyas

7
nights
El Nido, Palawan Island

The coastal region of El Nido includes a mainland area of jungle, beaches, and cliffs, as well as 45 limestone islands and islets.
Spend the 14th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Nacpan Beach, kick back and relax at Marimegmeg Beach, step off the mainland to explore Snake Island (Vigan Island), and explore the activities along Big Lagoon.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the El Nido trip planning site .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Coron to El Nido takes 1.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can travel to Malapascua Island.

Things to do in El Nido

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nacpan Beach ©
Nacpan Beach
Small Lagoon ©
Small Lagoon

2
nights
Malapascua Island

Holidays on Malapascua Island rarely pass without a trip out to explore the bright blue waters that surround.
Spend the 21st (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Bounty Beach, stroll through Langub Beach, contemplate the long history of Japanese Wreck Marine Sanctuary, and enjoy the sea views from Lighthouse.

For ratings and more tourist information, go to the Malapascua Island trip planner .

Explore your travel options from El Nido to Malapascua Island with the Route module. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to Cebu City.

Things to do in Malapascua Island

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Bounty Beach ©
Bounty Beach
Langub Beach ©
Langub Beach

3
nights
Cebu City, Cebu Island

The country's second city, Cebu City boasts a number of interesting colonial buildings, thriving commercial areas, and historic temples.
Change things up with a short trip to Scuba & Snorkeling in Lapu Lapu (about 1 hour away). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica del Santo Nino, contemplate the long history of Magellan's Cross, get a taste of the local shopping with Ayala Mall, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tops Lookout.

To see where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Cebu City journey tool .

Traveling by combination of ferry, taxi, and bus from Malapascua Island to Cebu City takes 4.5 hours. January in Cebu City sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 75°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Puerto Princesa.

Things to do in Cebu City

Wildlife Adventure Tours

Side Trip

Scuba & Snorkeling
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Basilica del Santo Nino ©
Basilica del Santo Nino
Taoist Temple ©
Taoist Temple

5
nights
Puerto Princesa, Palawan Island

Puerto Princesa ©
A convenient place to stay when exploring the island, the city of Puerto Princesa sits on the coast in the center of the landmass.
Spend the 27th (Sun) exploring the underground world of Puerto Princesa Underground River. There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Honda Bay, take in the dramatic natural features at Ugong Rock, step off the mainland to explore Lu-Li Island, and take a leisurely stroll along Puerto Princesa City Baywalk Park.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Puerto Princesa online holiday builder .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Cebu City to Puerto Princesa in 2.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Puerto Princesa are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Puerto Princesa

Parks Nature Beaches
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Puerto Princesa Underground River ©
Puerto Princesa Underground River
Honda Bay ©
Honda Bay
Puerto Princesa City Baywalk Park ©
Puerto Princesa City Baywalk Park

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