28 days in Philippines Itinerary

28 days in Philippines Itinerary

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28 days in Philippines Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly:  11​h 45​min
1
Manila, Luzon
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
2
El Nido, Palawan Island
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + foot + ferry:  2​h 45​min
3
Boracay
— 7 nights
+2
ferry + foot + Fly:  2​h 45​min
4
Lapu Lapu, Mactan Island
— 5 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h 15​min
5
Puerto Princesa, Palawan Island
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h 15​min
6
Coron, Busuanga Island
— 7 nights
Fly:  11​h 15​min
End: Dubai

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): admire the landmark architecture of Monastery of Saint Agustin, admire the masterpieces at San Agustin Church, then get to know the fascinating history of Intramuros, and finally contemplate the long history of Fort Santiago. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Tue): examine the collection at National Museum, walk around Rizal Park, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Manila Ocean Park, and finally get great views at Malate Church.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Manila online trip itinerary planner .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Manila is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Dubai to Manila, you'll lose 4 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Dubai in August: high temperatures in Manila hover around 37°C and lows are around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to El Nido.

Things to do in Manila

Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums
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Fort Santiago ©
Fort Santiago
Intramuros ©
Intramuros
Rizal Park ©
Rizal Park

3
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 7th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Nacpan Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Las Cabanas Beach, and contemplate the waterfront views at Small Lagoon.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the El Nido attractions planner .

You can fly from Manila to El Nido in 3 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can travel to Boracay.

Things to do in El Nido

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

7
nights
Boracay

Boracay ©
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, wildlife, nightlife, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sand and surf at Yapak Beach (Puka Shell Beach), don't miss a visit to Ariel's Point, tour the pleasant surroundings at White Beach, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Boracay holiday planning site .

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from El Nido to Boracay in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and car. August in Boracay sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can travel to Lapu Lapu.

Things to do in Boracay

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Yapak Beach (Puka Shell Beach) ©
Yapak Beach (Puka Shell Beach)
White Beach ©
White Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

5
nights
Lapu Lapu, Mactan Island

Change things up with these side-trips from Lapu Lapu: Cebu City (Ayala Mall, Basilica del Santo Nino, & more).

For photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Lapu Lapu trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Boracay to Lapu Lapu takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight. In August, daytime highs in Lapu Lapu are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to travel to Puerto Princesa.

Things to do in Lapu Lapu

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

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

3
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 22nd (Thu) 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, take a leisurely stroll along Puerto Princesa City Baywalk Park, and see the vivid underwater world at Tubbataha Reef.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Puerto Princesa sightseeing planning site .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Lapu Lapu to Puerto Princesa in 2.5 hours. August in Puerto Princesa sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel to Coron.

Things to do in Puerto Princesa

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Puerto Princesa Underground River ©
Puerto Princesa Underground River
Honda Bay ©
Honda Bay
Tubbataha Reef ©
Tubbataha Reef

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 25th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Kayangan Lake, head off the coast to Malcapuya Island, see the vivid underwater world at Coral Garden, and take in the awesome beauty at Mt Tapyas.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Coron travel planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Puerto Princesa to Coron in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Coron

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

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