31 days in Philippines Itinerary

31 days in Philippines Itinerary

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Start: Los Angeles
Fly:  18 h 15 min
1
Manila, Luzon
— 3 nights
Fly:  1 h 45 min
2
Coron, Busuanga Island
— 7 nights
Ferry:  1 h 15 min
3
El Nido, Palawan Island
— 7 nights
+2
Fly + Bus + Ferry:  7 h 30 min
4
Malapascua Island
— 2 nights
Ferry + Bus:  4 h 15 min
5
Cebu City, Cebu Island
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Manila: Makati (Ayala Triangle Gardens & Greenbelt Mall). Next up on the itinerary: stroll around Rizal Park, steep yourself in history at Fort Santiago, wander the streets of Intramuros, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Manila Cathedral.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Manila trip planner.

Los Angeles, USA to Manila is an approximately 18- hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Los Angeles to Manila is 16 hours. While traveling from Los Angeles, expect a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Manila, ranging from highs of 86°F to lows of 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Coron.

Things to do in Manila

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Makati, SM Mall of Asia
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Fort Santiago ©
Fort Santiago
Rizal Park ©
Rizal Park
Intramuros ©
Intramuros

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.
Coron is known for nature, wildlife, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take in the awesome beauty at Mt Tapyas, head off the coast to Malcapuya Island, and explore the activities along Twin Lagoon.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Coron itinerary planning site.

You can fly from Manila to Coron in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or ride a ferry. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel to El Nido.

Things to do in Coron

Parks Wildlife Nature
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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. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Nacpan Beach, stroll through Seven Commando Beach, explore the activities along Big Lagoon, and step off the mainland to explore Snake Island (Vigan Island).

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our El Nido trip planner.

You can ride a ferry from Coron to El Nido in 4.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to 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.
Malapascua Island is known for wildlife, beaches, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Langub Beach, steep yourself in history at Japanese Wreck Marine Sanctuary, and enjoy the sand and surf at Bounty Beach.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Malapascua Island online trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight, bus, and ferry from El Nido to Malapascua Island in 10.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, car, ferry, and bus; or do a combination of bus, flight, and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Cebu City.

Things to do in Malapascua Island

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Langub Beach ©
Langub Beach
Logon Beach ©
Logon 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 56 minutes away). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Basilica del Santo Nino, contemplate the long history of Yap Sandiego Ancestral House, get a taste of the local shopping with Ayala Mall, and take in the views from Mandaue-Mactan Bridge.

For photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Cebu City tour itinerary planning app.

Do a combination of ferry and bus from Malapascua Island to Cebu City in 5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Cebu City are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Puerto Princesa.

Things to do in Cebu City

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Scuba & Snorkeling
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Basilica del Santo Nino ©
Basilica del Santo Nino
Magellan's Cross ©
Magellan's Cross

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 nature at Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park. And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Honda Bay, head off the coast to Lu-Li Island, enjoy the sand and surf at Sabang Beach, and stop by Baker's Hill.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Puerto Princesa trip builder tool.

Getting from Cebu City to Puerto Princesa by combination of bus and flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry; or ride a ferry. In January, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 75°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Puerto Princesa

Parks Nature Beaches
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Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park ©
Honda Bay ©
Honda Bay
Ugong Rock ©
Ugong Rock

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