• Palawan, Philippines

Philippines Island Discovery

Create unforgettable memories and witness breath-taking scenery on our 15 day Philippines Islands tour. Enjoy exploring fascinating Cebu, which is steeped in history and nature, discovering the peaceful wonders of Bohol and hopping from island to island to get a thorough taste of divine beaches and exotic wildlife in El Nido.

Learn about the local culture by speaking to locals in Cebu, settle down and soak up the sun on the Alona Beach in Bohol and plunge to new depths as you dive below the warm waters to seek out a rich and diverse range of marine life in El Nido. Experience natural phenomena such as extensive jungles, the Inambakan Falls, the Chocolate Hills, impressive caves, caverns and coves. You will also explore jagged limestone karst cliffs and a multitude of marine life, including sea turtles, dolphins, whale sharks, and exotic fish.

Guests can craft their own itinerary to suit their needs and interests, as our Philippines tour provides plenty of days to be taken at your own pace and leisure. So, whether you want to explore everything and seek out countless thrills or you’re looking for a calmer holiday filled with heart-warming experiences, this is the getaway you need.

Duration
15 days
Best time to go
November to April
Options
Private basis, Escorted
Start your journey
Palawan, Philippines

Trip highlights

  • Experience the incredible scenery, unique beaches and wonderful wildlife of the Philippines’ Islands
  • Relax on pristine white sandy long stretching beaches and find your own piece of paradise
  • Dive into beautifully clear-blue waters as you explore the vast array of marine life
  • Fall in love with the famous Chocolate Hills, which change colour throughout the seasons
a group of palm trees next to a body of water

Upon arriving into Cebu you’ll be taken to your resort, where you can check-in and enjoy the rest of your day at leisure.

Visit some of the island’s divine white sandy beaches and soak up the sun’s glorious rays while sipping on some tasty cocktails. Marvel at the vast marine wildlife that inhabits the Cebu Strait sea by diving to new depths or by snorkelling around the surface of the sea. Or you could even unwind at the resort with a pampering session at the spa, a dip in one of the swimming pools, or simply kicking back and relaxing by the poolside with a good book.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Crimson Resort & Spa
Bantayan Island Cebu

Prepare yourself for a fun-filled day as you journey on a motorised Banca to unearth divine underwater phenomena within the crisp turquoise waters that surround Cebu. Observe whales, dolphins, sharks and a whole manner of colourful fish when you venture into the water for a swim or go snorkelling.

Our island-hopping boat then calls into a nearby island so you can tuck into a tasty lunch.

Afterwards, you’ll have the opportunity to discover how the locals live on another nearby island and get a taste for the tranquil lifestyle that the Cebuano people have adopted.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Crimson Resort & Spa
Fort San Pedro
Gazebo

Spend your day discovering more of Cebu at your own pace. History enthusiasts should venture to the military defence structure in Plaza Independencia. The Furte de San Pedro was built by the Spanish, when Miguel López de Legazpi requested it in the 17th century. Parts of the structure date back to 1738 and still stand today.

Another incredible site in Cebu is the Basilica Minore del Santo Niño de Cebu, which is a minor basilica that dates back to 1565. Basilica Minore del Santo Niño de Cebu is the oldest Roman Catholic church in the country and is also home to the oldest relic in the Philippines.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Crimson Resort & Spa
Mindoro Puerto Galera Fish

Don’t waste a moment of your final day in Cebu. With plenty to see and do still you’ll be spoilt for choice. Adventurous travellers can take to the waters and take part in kayaking, snorkelling, and scuba diving. Nature lovers and keen photographers can explore the island’s beautiful waterfalls, such as Inambakan Falls, which is surrounded by a captivating jungle and features an impressive 100 foot plunge.

This afternoon, we recommend a visit to the Mainit Hot Spring. Treat yourself to a divine and peaceful experience of dipping in and out of the warm waters as you take in the serene rainforest scenery. Next, your tour includes a visit the Olango Island Wildlife Sanctuary, which is home to over 40 different species of birds, including the Asiatic dowitcher and the rare Chinese egret.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Crimson Resort & Spa
Baclayon Church

This morning, why not depart from Cebu early in the morning and take the ferry to Tagbilaran Bohol port.

Once in Bohol, head out on a tour, which will introduce you to the wonders of the island. First up, you’ll have the chance to visit the Philippine Tarsier Foundation, which is home to a number of the smallest primates in the world. Observe the tarsiers in their natural habitat at the sanctuary and learn more about the mammals and the work the foundation does. You’ll then head to Baclayon, paying a visit to the historical Blood Compact site and the old stone church where a museum full of religious art and church music can be found.

Take in the wondrous sights of Bilar, the enchanted man-made forest, as you approach the Chocolate Hills. Hike up to the top of the viewpoint to take advantage of the breath-taking views below. The Chocolate Hills get their name because the hills change colour with each season, and in summer the grass turns a dark chocolatey brown. You can expect to return in the late afternoon, after embarking down the Loboc River on a cruise boat and enjoying a delightful lunch.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Southpalms
Dolphins

Kick start your morning with a day full of nature spotting ahead. Your tour begins at 6am, which provides you with the opportunity to marvel at the vast marine life that inhabits the waters. Expect to spot some dolphins graciously gliding through the sea, as you make your way to the southern tip of Cebu Island to swim with the butandings, which can grow as big as 40 feet. Prepare to be pleasantly surprised by these friendly giants and fall in love with their sweet nature.

After spending some time with the beautiful mammals, it’s time to head onto the Island of Balicasag. This 25 hectare islet is renowned for its unique dive sites and idyllic clear blue waters, which are perfect for snorkelling. Hawksbill sea turtles and other tropical fish call this peaceful area their home. Enjoy the rest of your day strolling along the beach or sunbathing.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Southpalms
a small boat in a body of water

Look around Bohol at your own leisure and take in some of the incredible sights this island has to offer. Travellers can glimpse inside one of the island’s most mesmerising natural wonders and snap several beautiful pictures at the Hinagdanan Cave. This naturally-lit cave features a deep luscious lagoon and many stalactites and stalagmites.

If relaxing on a pristine white sands beach surrounded by stunning rocky cliffs sounds more like your thing, head over to the Alona Beach. Or you could explore Tagbilaran City, where you can sample the island’s best cafes and stroll through the peaceful town, popping into shops along the way.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Southpalms
Loboc River Cruise

Spend your final day in Bohol at your own leisure. You might like to experience the Bohol Habitat Conservation Conservatory, which is home to a variety of insects, birds and flowers. After getting up close to the animals, why not take a trip to the Bamboo Hanging Bridge? This beautifully-constructed bridge goes over the river and provides some fabulous views. Then you can stock up on some souvenirs in the shop across the bridge, so that your friends and family can also get a feel for the incredible island of Bohol.

If you wish for some adrenaline-enhancing activities, then you can fill you final day in Bohol with river paddle boarding, where you’ll get the chance to test your balance and discover jungle passageways and picturesque waterfalls. Alternatively, why not spend your day at Loboc Ecotourism Adventure Park? This will allow you to experience the island’s scenery on an official lunch cruise and take to the skies on the zipline, giving you the perfect birds’ eye view of the jungle, the Loboc River and the Chocolate Hills.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Southpalms
Aerial View

After checking out of your hotel, you’ll be taken to Bohol Domestic Airport, where you can board your flight to El Nido. Upon arrival, you’ll be met and driven to El Nido Resorts Miniloc Island, where you are able to enjoy the rest of your day at leisure. Take a look around the resort and become familiar with your new setting, and then indulge in a delicious dinner served at the hotel’s restaurant.

Suggested Accommodation

  • El Nido Resorts Miniloc Island
Lagen Island 

Your next few days in El Nido are yours to enjoy as you wish. Immerse yourself in the gorgeous white sand beaches and find new wonders among the coral reefs of the surrounding clear blue sea.

Suggested Accommodation

  • El Nido Resorts Miniloc Island
a body of water with a mountain in the background

Relax on one of the many glorious beaches that the island has to offer, such as Nacpan Beach or Duli Beach. Whip out a book and listen to the waves lapping the shore of this perfect beach, then treat yourself to a swim in the warm glistening waters. 

Suggested Accommodation

  • El Nido Resorts Miniloc Island
an island in the middle of a body of water

Today you might wish to discover one of the main attractions - the Bacuit archipelago. This group of islands features 45 limestone jagged karst cliffs, several sinkholes and peaceful, picturesque lagoons.

After a day full of exciting activities, spend your evening enjoying some of the resort’s onsite facilities, such as playing soccer, darts, table tennis, frisbee or going for a swim in the pool.

Suggested Accommodation

  • El Nido Resorts Miniloc Island
Resort Aerial View

Soak up the sun again today. If you easily tire of the beach life, you might choose to enjoy some of the island’s favourite watersports activities, such as snorkelling, kayaking or scuba diving. You can even take a dip in the spectacular Small Lagoon and the Big Lagoon. You’ll have the chance to meet 850 different species of native fish, encounter 120 varieties of corals and seek out the five types of sea turtles that reside in Bacuit Bay.

Suggested Accommodation

  • El Nido Resorts Miniloc Island
Resort Lobby

With the day to use however you wish, you can take the whole day to travel through this idyllic landscape and marvel at the unspoilt beauty. Don’t forget to take your camera so you can cherish the memories forever. You have the option of booking various excursions, from hiking, exploring caves or heading out on a boat trip - it’s entirely up to you.

Suggested Accommodation

  • El Nido Resorts Miniloc Island
Manila

Enjoy your final day however you wish. If there’s something you haven’t seen or done yet, now is your chance. Say goodbye to El Nido and you will be driven to Lio Airport for your flight back to Manila or your next destination. 

Suggested Accommodation

  • Garden Cottage

Included

  • International flights and airfare taxes
  • Domestic flights and airport terminal fees
  • Cost of accommodation (double room based on two people sharing) for a total of 14 nights (alternative but similar accommodation may be used at certain times of the year)
  • Board basis is Breakfast only, and Full Board: breakfast, lunch, and dinner in El Nido
  • Private airport transfers in Cebu and Bohol; SIC in El Nido Palawan
  • Assistance and porterage: meeting and assistance on arrival/departure at airports and hotels
  • English-speaking local guides for all guided excursions as illustrated in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees (excluding video camera fee) for all guided excursions as illustrated in the itinerary
  • Taxes
  • Activities: Island Hopping Escapade in Cebu, Fascinating Bohol Tour with Lunch, Encounter Three Sea Creatures in a Day with Lunch

Not included

  • Visa arrangements and fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses, such as alcoholic beverages, telephone calls, laundry, camera fees, spa and business facilities in the hotel
  • Video and professional still camera fees during excursions
  • Gratuities for drivers, local guides, naturalists and hotel staff
  • Meals (unless specified)
  • Optional attractions and excursions (unless specified)