You don’t have to go to expensive islands like the Bahamas, Fiji or the Maldives to experience the best beaches in the world. Philippines alone has so many of such beaches to offer. With 7,107 islands scattered across the Pacific Ocean, visiting Philippines is not only for beach lovers, but also a great springboard to explore the uninhabited islands of Southeast Asia. What’s more, it is one of the more affordable countries to explore and partake in its adrenaline-filled activities.

Here are some popular Philippines itineraries to help you with planning your own trip to the islands. When you’re ready to take the leap and get down to booking your own journey, use the buttons to check out the latest flight prices and hotels loved by other travellers. Then book your ideal Philippines trip, your way. No fixed routes! Stay as long as you want in each city, fly where you want, choose only hotels in your budget, and stay close to the attractions you’re most interested in. Let’s go!


Grand Tour

Grand Tour – 7 days – Philippines Itinerary

With countless of islands on the Philippines, you cannot miss visiting one island or another. In between island-hopping, Bohol Chocolate Hills and Tarsiers can’t be missed. On this trip, you can also notice the contrast between the two most populated cities in Philippines, Manila and Cebu, versus the tranquil island life on El Nido. 

    Fly from Singapore  (SIN) to Manila (MNL) 

1) Manila – 2 days

Mt Pinatubo, Manila

 

Your first stop from Singapore will be Manila. From the international airport Ninoy Aquino International Airport, get to know Manila by first exploring Greenbelt Mall, at the heart of Makati, the central business district. Along the way, you may chance upon sculptures by local Filipino artists. For the culture buffs, the Ayala Museum showcases contemporary art and history on Philippine gold.

Your visit to Manila is not complete without dropping by key historical sights like San Agustin Church, Plaza San Luis, Rizal Park (Luneta), a park dedicated to the national hero, and the National Museum. For families travelling with young kids, drop by Manila Ocean Park for a fun and enriching time.

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   Fly from Manila (MNL) to Cebu (CEB)  

2) Cebu – 1 day

Cebu, Philippines

 

Take a domestic flight to the Philippines’ next most populous city, Cebu. Go to the city center and visit the Santo Niño Basilica, Magellan’s Cross, and Fort San Pedro for a sneak peek into the country’s history and the Spanish and Catholic influences on the country.

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    Take a ferry from Cebu to Bohol  

3) Bohol – 2 days

 

A fast ferry from Cebu will take you to Bohol. Bohol is the one city where you can experience two of Philippines’ most famous sights – the Chocolate Hills and Tarsiers at the Tarsier Sanctuary. After an energy-packed morning, refuel at Loboc River Cruise, where you can have lunch on a boat as it cruises along Loboc River. If you have some spare time, head over to Balicasag Island where you can plan dolphin watching, swim, and snorkel over the colourful corals.

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     Take a ferry from Bohol to Cebu

   Fly from Cebu to El Nido 

4) El Nido – 2 days

 

Of late, El Nido has opened up to tourists considerably, thanks to the growing interest in exploring the Bacuit Archipelago. Take the ferry back to Cebu, and transfer to El Nido via a domestic flight. Souvenir shops, tour agencies, restaurants, bars and convenience stores dot the streets, while resorts at El Nido. For party goers, there are countless beach bars offering happy hours at sunset. Dedicate one day to island hopping to explore the lagoons, hidden beaches, caves, white sandy beach paradises and uninhabited islands.

Return to Puerto Princesa International Airport via a van, and take your flight back to Singapore.

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   Airport transfer to Puerto Princesa  

    Fly from Puerto Princesa (PPS) to Singapore (SIN)  

 

 

Best of Philippines

Best of Philippines – 6 days –Philippines Itinerary

One for the adventurous in this 6-day Philippines bonanza. Visit the whale sharks at Oslob, try canyoneering at Kawasan Falls in Moalboal, and snorkel at Balicasag Island, all in one trip! 

 

    Fly from Singapore (SIN) to Cebu (CEB) 

 1) Cebu – 1 day

 

Your Philippines journey begins at Mactan–Cebu International Airport. Go to the city center and visit the Santo Niño Basilica, Magellan’s Cross, and Fort San Pedro for a sneak peek into the history of Philippines and the Spanish and Catholic influences on the country.

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   Take a ferry from Cebu to Bohol  

2) Bohol – 2 days

 

From Cebu, take a fast ferry to Bohol. Bohol is the one city where you can experience two of Philippines’ most famous sights – the Chocolate Hills and tarsiers at the Tarsier Sanctuary. After an energy-packed morning, refuel at Loboc River Cruise, where you can have lunch on a boat while it cruises along Loboc River. If you have some spare time, snorkel at Balicasag Island.

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    Take a  ferry from Bohol to Cebu

   Drive from Cebu to Oslob

3) Oslob – 1 day

 

Snorkel or dive alongside giant fishes at Oslob – whale sharks. Return to Cebu, then drive along the coast on a two-hour journey to Oslob. Oslob is famous for these whale shark tours, along with a bonus visit to Tumalog waterfalls.

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   Drive from Oslob to Moalboal 

4) Moalboal – 2 days

 

En route back to Cebu, make a pitstop to Moalboal, and challenge yourself by canyoneering at Kawasan Falls. Slide, jump, meander, swim and balance through rocks in the valley leading to the famed waterfall, and we promise you’d be happily spent at the end of the day. Another activity you could try is sardine run, where you chase schools of sardine underwater. If you have spare time, check out Panagsama Beach and White Beach.

A private hire will transport you back to the city of Cebu where you can board your flight back home.

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   Drive from Moalboal to Cebu

   Fly from Cebu (CEB) to Singapore (SIN) 

 

 

Beach Hopping

Beach Hopping – 4 days – Philippines Itinerary 

Palawan could easily be the epitome of a beach paradise. Popular for its turquoise lagoons, idyllic islands dotted with tropical palm trees and generous jungle treks, it’s no wonder why many flock to this island for scuba diving, snorkelling and island hopping. 

 

    Fly from Singapore (SIN) to Puerto Princesa (PPS)  

1) Puerto Princesa – 1 day

 

The gateway to Palawan, El Nido is set in a bay full of boats and cliffs looming in the background. After landing at Puerto Princesa, rent a motorbike to tour the city, or join the famous Underground River tour and hear of how the stalactite and stalagmite formations are formed within the cave.

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    Take a van from Puerto Princesa to El Nido 

2) El Nido – 2 days

 

Regular van operators shuttle between Puerto Princesa International Airport and El Nido town. Souvenir shops, tour agencies, restaurants, bars and convenience stores dot the streets at El Nido. For party goers, there are countless beach bars offering happy hours at sunset. Dedicate one day to island hopping to be treated to sights such as lagoons, hidden beaches, caves, white sandy beach paradises and uninhabited islands.

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   Take a tricycle from El Nido to Nacpan Beach 

3) Nacpan Beach – 1 day

 

Hire a tricycle to drive you to Nacpan Beach for the day – it’s an adventure that’s totally worth it! To take the beach from a vantage point, get up the small hill at the leftmost end of the beach. Wind down your day with fresh seafood and fruit juices with an ocean view at one of the beach’s two restaurants.

Return to El Nido town, and take a 6-hour van ride back to Puerto Princesa International Airport to catch your international flight back home. What an adventure it has been!

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   Take a van from El Nido to Puerto Princesa

   Fly from Puerto Princesa (PPS) to Singapore (SIN) 

 

 

Historical North

The Historical North – 5 days – Philippines Itinerary 

On this trip, make your way to the North to visit Mount Pinatubo. Along the way, take in the panoramic views around Mount Pinatubo, and when you return back to the South, Batangas is a good stopover to lounge at the water park. Passing through Tagaytay city, be sure to enjoy the view of Taal Volcano! 

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1) Manila – 2 days

 

Your first stop will be Manila. From the international airport Ninoy Aquino International Airport, get to know Manila by first exploring Greenbelt Mall, at the heart of the central business district, Makati. Along the way, spot sculptures by local Filipino artists. For the culture buffs, the Ayala Museum showcases contemporary art and history on Philippine gold.

Your visit to Manila is not complete without dropping by key historical sights like San Agustin Church, Plaza San Luis, Rizal Park (Luneta), a park dedicated to the national hero, and the National Museum. For families travelling with young kids, drop by Manila Ocean Park for a fun and enriching time.

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   Take a bus or drive from Manila to Mount Pinatubo 

2) Mount Pinatubo – 1 day

 

Itching for an adventure? Take a one-day tour to Mt Pinatubo up north, which offers some of the most picturesque landscapes of the other-worldly ash-covered terrain and eerily beautiful lake. Take a bus, or drive through Angeles from Manila to reach Mount Pinatubo. You can take a guided mountain trek, or hop on a thrilling 4 x 4 adventure. Then, fuel up with a satisfying Kapampangan picnic at the popular Everybody’s Cafe.

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   Take a bus or drive from Mount Pinatubo to Manila

   Take a train from Manila

  Transfer to a bus to Batangas

3) Batangas  – 1.5 days

 

From Mount Pinatubo, return to Manila. Take a train from Doroteo Jose LRT in Manila to Manila Buendia, and then transfer to a bus from Manila Buendia to finally arrive at Batangas.

Do nothing but snorkel, sunbathe and fall asleep to the sound of waves at Batangas. To keep the younger ones occupied, the Aquaria Waterpark in Playa Calatagan is reachable by car. This water theme park boasts fun watersports, a giant pool slide, a multitude of pools, a white-sand beach, a restaurant and pool bar.

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   Take a bus from Batangas 

   Take a taxi to Tagaytay City

4) Tagaytay City – Half day

 

Before returning to Manila, make a visit to Tagaytay city. A bus from Batangas Grand Terminal to Santo Tomas and a short taxi ride later, you will arrive at Tagaytay City. Take in a view of Taal Volcano at Antonio’s over some classic pancakes or Eggs Benedict to complete your historical north trip in the Philippines!

Taking the same route back, you will find yourself in Manila in no time. Time flies quickly when you’re having fun!

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