17 days in Manila, Cebu Island & Palawan Province Itinerary

17 days in Manila, Cebu Island & Palawan Province Itinerary

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Manila
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Cebu City
— 2 nights
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El Nido, Palawan Island
— 2 nights
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Coron, Busuanga Island
— 3 nights
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Manila
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Manila

— 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 3rd (Sat), get the lay of the land with Walking tours and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Quiapo Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santuario de San Ezekiel Moreno, then explore the activities along Manila Bay, then appreciate the history behind Rizal Monument, and finally steep yourself in history at Casa Manila.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Manila trip maker website.

Vitoria, Brazil to Manila is an approximately 37-hour flight. You can also fly. The time zone difference moving from Brasilia Standard Time to Philippine Standard Time is 11 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Vitoria in April, with highs in Manila at 39°C and lows at 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Cebu City.

Things to do in Manila

Historic Sites · Tours · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 3 — 4:

Cebu City

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, don't miss a visit to Fo Guang Shan Chu Un Temple, then steep yourself in history at Yap Sandiego Ancestral House, then examine the collection at Basilica del Santo Nino, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Santo Rosario Parish Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Tue): take in panoramic vistas at Tops Lookout, admire the sheer force of Bugho Waterfalls, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Taoist Temple, then contemplate the long history of Fort San Pedro, and finally contemplate the long history of Magellan's Cross.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Cebu City online tour itinerary planner.

Fly from Manila to Cebu City in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Cebu City can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel to El Nido.

Things to do in Cebu City

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 4 — 6:

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.
On the 7th (Wed), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then enjoy the sand and surf at Nacpan Beach.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the El Nido holiday planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Cebu City to El Nido takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to ride a ferry to Coron.

Things to do in El Nido

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife
Find places to stay Apr 6 — 8:

Coron, Busuanga Island

— 3 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 beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Kayangan Lake, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Tapyas, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Coron trip builder.

Traveling by ferry from El Nido to Coron takes 4.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Manila.

Things to do in Coron

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Tours
Find places to stay Apr 8 — 11:

Manila

— 5 nights

Pearl of the Orient

Explore Manila's surroundings by going to Makati (Ayala Museum, Ayala Triangle Gardens, &more). See even more of Manila: stroll around Rizal Park, gain insight at University of Santo Tomas, admire all the interesting features of Fort Santiago, and get to know the fascinating history of Intramuros.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Manila holiday 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Manila

Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 11 — 16:

Cebu Island travel guide

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Scuba & Snorkeling · Historic Sites · Waterfalls
A long, thin island with a mountainous backbone running through its core, Cebu Island offers scenic nature and pristine beaches. Hikes in the hills offer fabulous views of waterfalls and the distant ocean amid lush greenery, while those who prefer urban entertainment can enjoy the bustle of the provincial capital. For more adventurous visitors, things to do in Cebu Island center mainly around water sports, such as kiteboarding, windsurfing, snorkeling, scuba diving, or taking a boat trip to look for whale sharks. History buffs will enjoy visiting a Portuguese-built Catholic church and then a shrine dedicated to the chieftain who killed Magellan.

Palawan Province travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Beaches · Scuba & Snorkeling
Philippines’ Last Frontier
One of the most coveted tourist destinations in the Philippines for eco-tourists and those wishing to get away from city life, Palawan Province offers a variety of virgin beaches and lush rainforest vegetation sheltering untouched wildlife. Pristine beaches with turquoise waters and lagoons offer great opportunities for swimming, scuba diving, and snorkeling, while a number of spectacular karst formations fringed with tropical vegetation hide many limestone caves. A tour of Palawan Province usually includes a visit to the famous UNESCO-protected underground river and a reef marine park, or trekking to a lake atop a volcano crater. The island also includes a wildlife sanctuary with indigenous and exotic beasts, as well as a crocodile farm amid the mangroves. A number of natural science museums and Baroque Catholic churches add a cultural dimension to any Palawan Province holiday.