2 Weeks: For Nature Lovers
Day 1-3: Manila
Unpack and unwind in your new city. Take stock and get your bearings before heading out for an explore.
Take a step back in time and explore the heart of the old city. Tours around Intramuros can be organised but make sure you visit Fort Santiago, Casa Manila and San Agustin church. On your way visit Rizal Park for more of an understanding of Manila and the Philippines rich history.
Next why not visit some of the best shopping in the Philippines. Manila is home to some of the biggest shopping centres in the country and features a host of the best global brands as well as some great local offers.
Day 4-6: Cebu
Head to the airport in Manila and jump on one of the many flights to Cebu. The airport is on Mactan Island which is home to many of the resorts and right next to Cebu City.
For the whale shark lovers, a visit to Oslob is a must. Most mornings there is a whale shark encounter where you can swim, snorkel or dive with one of the biggest fish in the world. It’s an incredible experience and one we highly recommend. Be aware it is an early start as Oslob is a few hours drive south of Cebu and the tours only operate in the mornings.
Located on the other side of the island of Cebu, Kawasan Falls are one of the most recognisable spots featuring bright blue swimming holes and a trio of waterfalls. For a secluded spot you can climb to the highest waterfall or speak to local guides about organising a canyoning trip through the falls.
For divers, Malapascua Island the number one destination. Located off the northern tip of Cebu, here you can see thresher sharks daily, explore multiple wrecks including a World War II ship or just head out to the reef for some snorkelling.
Day 7-9: Bohol
Ferries operate daily from Cebu to Tagbilaran and takes around two hours.
If you are looking to stay at a resort, you are most likely to be heading to Panglao Island which is about half an hour from the port. One of the main attractions of Panglao is the pristine white sand Alona Beach. Here you can organise day trips on bangkas, or sit and relax at a local restaurant and make sure you hang around to see the fire dancers at nighttime.
Take a step back in time and get a snapshot of Bohols history. Enjoy an all you can eat buffet followed by a scenic cruise along the Loboc River. See the local communities and enjoy a song and dance from local school children on the banks of the river.
Visit the famous Chocolate Hills of Bohol. All up there are 1,776 hills and they stretch as far as the eye can see from the viewing deck. If you visit during the dry season you’ll see where they get their name from as they turn a chocolatey brown colour.
Come face to face with one of the worlds smallest primates. Visit the Philippine Tarsier & Wildlife Sanctuary and see the local Tarsier in their natural habitat deep in the forests of Bohol. You’ll have to be on your game as they can be very tricky to find sometimes.
Day 10-12: Dumaguete
Nicknamed “The City of Gentle People”, Damaguete is a popular university town with a thriving culture. Accessible by ferry from Tagbilaran in Bohol it’s becoming a popular destination.
Explore the city itself and set back in time with Silliman Anthropological Museum, St Catherine of Alexandra Cathedral or the Damaguete Belfry.
Jump on a bangka and head out to to see if you can find a pod or two of dolphins as well as the odd whale shark or two.
Grab a bite to eat or drink from the restaurants, hawker style markets and bars located along the beachside Rizal Boulevard.
Discover the world famous Apo Island. Go snorkelling or diving among amazing fish and corals in a marine reserve that’s among the best underwater experiences the Philippines has to offer.
Day 13-14: Manila
Jump on a flight back to Manila from Dumaguete and finish off your to-do list before heading back home on your return flight.
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