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Active-10 Day Itinerary for the Philippines?

Either alone or with a friend, I'm looking for any recommendations for a 10-day trip to the Philippines. I'd likely fly in/out of Manila. 

Ideally would have some time on the beach, but largely doing active things (hiking, snorkeling, waterfall jumping, etc.) and explore markets and food in the cities. I travel light, so a new city/town every day or every other day is ideal to see a lot. 

12 Answers

top answer by
Peter from Munich

Hi there,

I never been to the Philippines but I am planning a trip as well one day. I definetly want to see the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National ParkAs I come up with more destinations, I will update this answer...

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answered by
Thibaud from Singapore

In 10 days, you could split half of it on Luzon to visit the beautiful rice terraces of Banaue Rice Terraces, there is a lot to do in that area.

Then for the second half you can fly to Busuanga for some superb snorkeling, diving and island hoping. 

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  1. Luzon (attraction)
  2. Banaue Rice Terraces (attraction)
  3. Busuanga (city)
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answered by

A very good place for snorkelling and swimming is Coron

The town you need to fly to there is called Busuanga

El Nido is getting very very popular these days too as the scenery there is nice and the beach very good just be ware that it's a fair drive to there from the airport at Puerto Princesa

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Coron (attraction)
  2. Busuanga (city)
  3. El Nido (city)
  4. Puerto Princesa (attraction)
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answered by
Pie from Philippines

Hi Bridge!

For good food, if you have time, head to Pampanga - the Food Basket of the Philippines and savor numerous authentic Kapampangan dishes and delicacies.

Dont forget to try Adobo, Lechon, Kare-Kare, Bagnet, Bulalo, Halo-Halo, etc are some delicious dishes and desserts.

When are you heading to the Philippines? I would love to show you around, if you like or perhaps, just check my food blog for more deliriously delicious dining destinations :) 

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  1. Pampanga (attraction)
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answered by
Melissa from Metro Manila

I suggest you definitely check out Palawan to see the Underground River and check out the amazing beaches. Cebu is also another place to consider with tons of outdoors activities you can try (snorkeling in Malapascua Island or Moalboal, whale shark encounter and see Tumalog Falls in Oslob, and check out BantayanIsland. Then you could head to Bohol to check out the Chocolate Hills and the Tarsiers and Panglao IslandAlbay could also be another option to see Mayon Volcano then head to Caramoan for some hiking or maybe camp out in Calaguas for a night. Every place has great markets for food and shopping for cute souvenirs. Good luck and enjoy your trip!

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  1. Palawan (attraction)
  2. Cebu (attraction)
  3. Malapascua Island (island)
  4. Moalboal (city)
  5. Tumalog Falls (attraction)
  6. Oslob (attraction)
  7. Bantayan (city)
  8. Bohol (attraction)
  9. Chocolate Hills (attraction)
  10. Panglao Island (city)
  11. Albay (attraction)
  12. Mayon Volcano (attraction)
  13. Caramoan (attraction)
  14. Calaguas (attraction)
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answered by
Stephen "Sven" from Florida

Sadly there are no beaches in Metro Manila. There are a lot of things to do there like going to old Manila, going to Corregidor Island and the nightlife there. If you want to go Scuba Diving or Snorkeling you will have to go to Dumaguete or one of the other places in the middle of the Philippines.

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  1. Corregidor (attraction)
  2. Dumaguete (city)
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  1. Banaue Rice Terraces (attraction)

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I'd suggest you to go to: 

Cagayan de Oro

Bukidnon - You can do some hike there. Mount Dulang-Dulang or Mount Kitanglad Integrated Cooperative(1-2 hours away from Cagayan de Oro)

Camiguin - Island with falls, hot and cold spring, beach and hiking spots. You can tour the island in 1 1/2 day. (3 hours away from Cagayan de Oro) 

Siargao Island - Surf spot with hidden lagoons. (8 hours from Cagayan de Oro) 

Manila- Enjoy the Metro. 


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  1. Cagayan de Oro (attraction)
  2. Bukidnon (attraction)
  3. Mount Dulang-Dulang (attraction)
  4. Mount Kitanglad Integrated Cooperative (attraction)
  5. Camiguin (attraction)
  6. Siargao Island (island)
  7. Manila (attraction)

answered by
Laura from Glasgow

We recently returned from a great trip to the Philippines and our highlights were Boracay island for lovely relaxation, beach time & good food (for info on how to get there from Manila check out, El Nido in Palawan for the stunning island hopping/boat trips (you could look at for how to get there from the main city Puerto Princesa) and Bohol island in Cebu was also lovely for activities such as visiting the famous chocolate hills, seeing Tarsiers and some time by the beautiful Loboc river (would recommend staying there if you go). Hope this helps & have a fab holiday! All 3 destinations would be a bit much too much for your 10 days but just wanted to give you an idea to assist in choosing where to go! I would suggest a maximum of 2 of these places! 

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answered by
Angie from Davao City

You might want to go to Boracay Island to have snorkeling. They have a lot of water adventure that you'll enjoy. Palawan is also a nice island to stay in. :) 

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  1. Boracay Island (attraction)
  2. Palawan (attraction)

answered by
Bridge from San Francisco

Here's the Itinerary we ended up going with:

Day 0+: [Transit]: Arrive in Manila around midnight

Day 1: [Manila]: Taal Volcano Island & Night Markets (a diy adventure)

Day 2: [Coron]: Fly to Coron Island, Busuanga  / Hike Mt Tundalara Peak (and don't fall off)

Day 3:  [Coron]:  Island Hopper Part 1 (or how to rent a private boat)

Day 4: [Coron]: Island Hooper Part 2: Banana Island  Overnight 

Day 5: [Coron]:  Hike Attempt #2 / Maquinit Hot Springs 

Day 6: [Transit]: Fly from Coron to Cebu City

Day 7: [Bohol]: Bohol Day Trip (Turned Overnight) 

Day 8: [Cebu]: Sick Day (or Christmas Eve in a Catholic country)

Day 9: Oslob

Day 10: [Oslob]: Whale Shark Snorkeling & Departure

We had lots of time for snorkeling, two bigger hikes, and a lot of in-town walking.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Manila (attraction)
  2. Taal Volcano Island (attraction)
  3. Coron Island (attraction)
  4. Busuanga (city)
  5. Mt Tundalara Peak (attraction)
  6. Banana Island (hotel)
  7. Maquinit Hot Springs (attraction)
  8. Cebu City (attraction)
  9. Bohol (attraction)
  10. Oslob (attraction)

answered by
Nelson Perez

A 10 day itinerary for you with all the activities can be as follows;

Day 1 - Manila- Palawan (Puerto Princesa) - explore the city of Puerto Princesa for half day.

Day 2 - Palawan- Underground river tour ( two weeks reservation)

Day 3 - Palawan- Honda Bay Islands tour and other options are a.) Palawan  Estrella Falls, b.) Firefly Watching Iwahig Firefly Watching Mangrove Ecotourism And Wildlife Park

Day 4 - Land Transportation to El Nido - 5-6 hours travel by land/ explore the town.

El Nido

Day 5 - Visit Small/Big Lagoons, Twin Rocks, Shimizu Island, Entalula Island, Seven Commandos Beach

Day 6 - Visit Snake Island, Cudugnon Cave, Pinasil Inlet, Pinagbuyutan Island, Ipil Beach.

Day 7 - Matinloc Shrine, Tapiutan Island, Cagbantang Beach, Hidden Beach, Secret Beach.

Day 8  - Sabang Beach, Pasandigan Cove, Helicopter Island, Obugon Cave

Day 9 - Early morning, ride to Puerto Princesa / arrive late afternoon and have a night stay in Manila. I suggest Remington Hotel near the airport

Day 10 - Before Lunch fly back to USA or Europe.

Hope this helps (for airfare to Philippines visit


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Manila (attraction)
  2. Puerto Princesa (attraction)
  3. Palawan (attraction)
  4. Palawan (attraction)
  5. Honda Bay (attraction)
  6. Palawan (attraction)
  7. Iwahig Firefly Watching Mangrove Ecotourism And Wildlife Park (attraction)
  8. El Nido (city)
  9. Shimizu Island (attraction)
  10. Entalula Island (attraction)
  11. Seven Commandos Beach (attraction)
  12. Snake Island (attraction)
  13. Cudugnon Cave (attraction)
  14. Pinagbuyutan Island (attraction)
  15. Ipil Beach (attraction)
  16. Matinloc Shrine (attraction)
  17. Tapiutan Island (attraction)
  18. Cagbantang Beach (attraction)
  19. Hidden Beach (attraction)
  20. Secret Beach (attraction)
  21. Sabang Beach (attraction)
  22. Pasandigan Cove (attraction)
  23. Helicopter Island (attraction)
  24. Manila (attraction)
  25. Remington Hotel (hotel)

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