Are you thinking about your next holiday somewhere with crystal clear water, pristine white sandy beaches with palm trees leaning over? We might have found the perfect place for you. The Philippines has it all plus something extra. And even though it’s impossible to travel all 7641 Filipino islands in 3 weeks, we have created for you this Travel Guide to discover the best of the Philippines in 3 weeks.
Philippines Travel Guide
The Philippines doesn’t just consist of remote islands, waterfalls filled with milky blue water and jaw-dropping limestone formations coming out of clear blue water. It offers hiking possibilities, diving spots, rice terraces and even one of the best surfing spots in the world!
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3 Weeks Philippines Travel Route
Travelling around the Philippines is time-consuming because all the islands are quite far away from each other and divided by the ocean. Even tho you can´t travel the entire country in three weeks, you can spend your holiday time on the best spots to discover as much as possible! In this 3-week Travel Guide, we are taking you on the MUST SEE in the Philippines.
Day 1: Manila
Manila Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL) is where you will land and start your exciting journey. You can get a flight on the same day from Manila to Coron, but we recommend you to spend one night in the Capital of the Philippines. Some people love it, some people hate it, usually nothing between:D
Book your accommodation in part of Manila called Makati, where all the restaurant, street food and shops are. Get some rest and the next day back to the airport, this time domestic terminal ( terminal 4) to board the flight to Coron.
The flight takes around 50 minutes.
The optional way is to take an overnight ferry from Manila to Coron. It takes 11 hours and goes only on Thursday and Sunday.
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Tip: From the airport and around the city use GRAB TAXI. You can install this free app for your phone and book your taxi anytime and anywhere in Manila. It´s cheapest and safe.
Day 2: Coron
On the morning of the day 2 catch a flight to Coron. The airport in Coron is called Francisco B. Reyes Airport (USU) on Busuanga Island. From the airport, you need to take a shared tourist bus which costs around 150 pesos per person to the Coron town.
After arriving in Coron town, get yourself a bike for around 600 pesos per day. One day will be enough as Coron Island on its own is not really exciting so you won’t really need much time for exploring. The best thing about Coron is the surrounding islands around and therefore the Island hopping trips.
Tip: Island hopping around Coron is one of the best we have experience in the entire Philippines so if it’s in your budget, book one more day of Island hopping for the more remote islands, sand bars and lagoons.
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Day 4 – 7: El Nido
On day 4 in the morning, you will board the ferry to Palawan, El Nido. It costs around 1760 pesos per person and takes around 5 hours.
But it´s worth it because now you are at one of the most spectacular places of this Philipines Travel Guide!
El Nido is a town on the very north of Palawan Island and is home to many pristine white sandy beaches and chilled vibes. And the Island hopping is at least as good as the Coron one!
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Day 7: Puerto Princesa
From El Nido on day 7 in the morning join a van going to Puerto Princesa. In Puerto Princesa, you can visit Iwahig Open Prison and treat yourself in some nice accommodation as we did. Spend here 1 night before flying to Cebu.
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Day 8 – 11: Cebu Island
Cebu Island is where the best waterfalls are. Words can´t describe how much fun it is to hike all the waterfalls levels! And photos can´t do justice to all the natural beauty of them. That´s something you gotta experience on your own!:)
On the morning of day 8, you will arrive by plane from Puerto Princesa to Cebu Island. From the airport make your way directly down to Moalboal. That is where all the accommodation and restaurant for tourists are and you will be closer to all the waterfalls and sunrise hikes.
Get a car from Cebu to Moalboal online.
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Day 11 – 13: Bohol Island
Rice terraces, sunrise hikes, the chocolate hill, waterfalls, cave… But the main reason for a lot of people going to Bohol is Tarsier.
The tiny little monkey-like looking animal is endangered spices and active only during the night. Please make sure you visit only the real sanctuary where you are not allowed to touch them and respect their needs.
Day 13 – 15: Siquijor Island
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Day 16: Travelling back to Cebu
From Siquijor Island to Siargao – your last stop, it’s a long way. You need to travel back to Cebu, spend 1 night there and the next day in the morning travel to Siargao Island.
From Siquijor Island you need to take the ferry to Cebu harbour. From the harbour, you need to get a car to your accommodation and then in the morning to the airport.
Day 17 – 20: Siargao Island
Siargao Island was for us the one with the best atmospheres. The idyllic balance between being touristically developed yet with a local life feeling will give you a town called General Luna.
Siargao is a place where you will find so many beautiful places to stay, to relax by the pool during the day and have drinks on the beach during the night. As well you will finally find some great western food options! Yet with so many local street food places, fruit and veggie markets and second-hand markets.
It´s something totally different than we have experienced in other parts of the Philippines. You could easily spend here a week or two. Just driving your scooter around thousand of coconut trees, surfing on one of the best waves in the Philippines, watch the sunset on white sandy beaches. Oh and Siargao Island offers island hopping tours too!
Day 21: Travelling back to Manila
Spend your last day travelling to Manila if your flight is in the evening. If you have a morning flight, we will highly recommend you to travel to Manila the day before. All domestic flights in the Philippines are usually delayed or even cancelled. To avoid missing your flight home and rather spend some time or 1 night in Manila.
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Less time for your holiday?
If you are on tight time budget or if you prefer slowlier Travel Guide, we would recommend you to skip the Siargao Island. You can save energy and money on travelling to and from Siargao Island and spend more time on El Nido or in Coron.
Prefer a more relaxed holiday?
Visit just El Nido and Siargao Island.