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Are you planning to journey to the Philippines however not sure the place to go and what you may go to within the Philippines in 10 days? On this itinerary for 10 days within the Philippines, I’ll share one of the simplest ways to go to 3 wonderful islands – Boracay, Cebu and Bohol!
We went to the Philippines in April and Might and completely cherished it! nonetheless, these are additionally the most popular months within the Philippines. As somebody who is just not actually used to the warmth, I need to admit that I really suffered fairly a bit there and couldn’t actually operate through the hottest hours of the day.
Here’s a quick overview of our itinerary within the Philippines day-to-day:
Days 1-3: Boracay
Day 4: Flight to Cebu, switch to Moalboal
Day 5: Oslob
Days 6-9: Ferry to Panglao, Bohol
Day 10: Cebu
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Ferries: Bohol to Cebu, Oslob to Panglao – all ferries will be booked on-line right here
Flights: Test right here
With out additional ado, let’s get began with the itinerary for the Philippines in 10 days, visiting Boracay, Cebu and Bohol island!
10 days within the Philippines: Boracay, Cebu and Bohol itinerary
Day 0: Arriving in Manila at night time
I don’t depend the departure day of the journey as we didn’t actually do a lot on today apart from arriving in Manila very late at night time and sleeping for a couple of hours earlier than taking an early morning flight to Boracay. We have been flying to the Philippines from Hong Kong, so we took the most recent flight from Hong Kong to Manila and arrived in Manila after midnight. Fortunately, our lodge on the Metropolis of Goals was a brief 15-minute drive away from the lodge, however I like to recommend staying even nearer to the airport, as site visitors will be fairly insane, even at 5 a.m., because it has turned out.
Days 1 – 3: Boracay
Attending to Boracay from Manila
As I discussed earlier than, we determined to take the early morning flight from Manila to Caticlan (P. Gogofredo Ramos) airport, which is the closest airport to Boracay. There are many direct flights from Manila to Caticlan, and flying time is just below an hour. You will discover costs and availability of those flights right here >
Caticlan airport to Boracay
Caticlan airport is situated on a distinct island – a really shut one, so it requires a really quick ferry trip. Whereas there’s a public ferry, which is reachable in lower than 10 minutes from Caticlan airport by taxi, a lot of inns really present free transfers! They may decide you up from the airport, ship you to their ferry (every resort has its personal ferry), decide you up on the opposite facet – in Boracay, and ship you to the lodge. In whole, 2 bus rides and 1 ferry trip took lower than 40 minutes, and we arrived at our resort very quick!
The place to remain in Boracay
There are 5 fundamental areas for staying in Boracay: Stations 1,2,3, Balabag and Punta Bunga. Balabag is a kite browsing space – it’s cheaper than the remainder of the island, however it’s probably not appropriate for swimming, and you’ll have to stroll to Stations 1 and a couple of to swim there, which might take round 20-Half-hour.
Punta Bunga is situated fairly distant from all the principle eating places and inns of Boracay; therefore, it’s a lot quieter, and you could find some guesthouses and dearer resorts on this space.
Stations 1, 2 and three are situated on the principle seaside of the island, The White Seashore and are fairly comparable. Station 3 is a bit additional away, so it’s quieter. Station 1 is the loudest, and station 2 is the combination between stations 1 and three.
Resorts to choose in Boracay
We stayed on the Resort Coast situated in Station 2, and it was a fantastic expertise. The employees on the lodge made us really feel welcome, they have been extremely attentive, and meals was additionally wonderful there. Since 2020, it’s not allowed for the inns to have their solar beds on the seaside, however you’re, in fact, allowed to take a seat on a towel. Not solely the employees helped us with the towels each time, additionally they helped to protect our belongings and introduced us recent water on a regular basis! The lodge was stunning and the rooms have been good, so I can wholeheartedly advocate Resort Coast!
If Resort Coast is just not out there, Mandala Spa & Resort Villas can be a fantastic choice.
When you’re in search of a correct luxurious resort, think about staying at Shangri-La
When you would like a extra budget-friendly choice, these inns are a fantastic selection: Levantin Boracay
Issues to do in Boracay in 3 days:
Though Boracay is a tiny island, and you’ll stroll all of it in a couple of hours, there are many issues to do. We spent 3 full days in Boracay, and the time flew by! Listed here are the issues we advocate doing in Boracay:
Strive Mango frozen yoghurt from HaloMango (essentially the most scrumptious factor we’ve tried in Boracay!)
Watch the sundown on the White Seashore (we did it each day)
Go on a personal sundown crusing trip – you may both e-book it on arrival or pre-book on-line right here >>
Go on a snorkelling & island hopping tour – e-book right here
Stroll to Bulabog
Stroll the White Seashore from Station 1 all the way in which to Station 3
Swim lots and benefit from the sunshine
Day 4: Flying to Cebu, exploring Moalboal
Flying from Caticlan to Cebu
Our lodge in Boracay, Coast, additionally included a free return switch, so we awoke early, packed our issues and have been delivered to Caticlan airport in lower than 45 minutes once more. Caticlan has a couple of direct flights to Cebu per day, and ours departed round 11 a.m.
The flight time from Caticlan to Cebu is a bit longer in comparison with Manila, however our flight someway departed 20 minutes earlier, so we have been in Cebu forward of time.
Getting from Cebu to Moalboal
There are two alternative ways of attending to Moalboal from Cebu airport: by bus, minibus, or personal taxi. Because the street is fairly windy and one in all us will get movement sick simply, we determined to go for a personal taxi. In whole, we paid round $65 for a one-way taxi trip, which was costly in comparison with a public bus however took considerably much less time. And sure, I did get dizzy even in a taxi (one thing to remember for those who additionally get motion-sick simply).
We organized the taxi by our lodge in Moalboal, Harman Suites. Once we booked it, they despatched us a message providing to rearrange a taxi for us, and we determined to e-book by way of them.
The place to remain in Moalboal
As I discussed earlier than, we stayed at Harman Suites Moalboal, which was completely fabulous. The value was nice, the placement was wonderful, simply 3 minutes strolling from the seaside with the sardines and proper within the coronary heart of Moalboal. In addition they supplied free snorkelling gear, and the standard of the gear was so significantly better than we had anticipated and skilled in different inns throughout our 10-day journey within the Philippines.
You may examine the costs and availability of Harman Suites right here >>
Snorkelling in Moalboal: Do you see sardines whereas snorkelling?
Most individuals come to Moalboal to both snorkel with sardines or dive with them. A number of folks come on a day journey from Cebu, which is fairly tiring, as you’ll want to get up round 4 a.m. We by no means tried diving earlier than (and the docs prohibited Jose to dive anyway), so snorkelling was our solely choice. I wasn’t fairly certain whether or not we’d see any sardines or something in any respect whereas snorkelling. Nonetheless, it turned out you may see sardines completely effectively simply 10-15 meters away from the doorway to the ocean. It’s simpler to see them when it’s sunny.
Furthermore, Moalboal had wonderful coral reefs and so many vibrant fishes – we spent a couple of hours on the afternoon of our first day in Moalboal and the following morning simply snorkelling and in search of totally different fishes. It was genuinely among the best snorkelling areas we’ve ever been to, and that was completely sudden!
You may as well see starfish, sea snakes, turtles and different wonderful creatures!
Different issues to do in Moalboal
A number of folks come to Moalboal for a couple of days. Sadly, we may solely keep for one night time on account of a good itinerary. I want we had stayed for longer, although, as there are many wonderful issues to do close by! Most people coming to Moalboal go canyoneering, because the waterfalls on Cebu island are a few of the most spectacular ones within the Philippines. You may pre-book a canyoneering tour ranging from Moalboal on-line right here >>
Moalboal can be a beautiful city – it has a really laid-back and relaxed vibe. There are many backpackers and other people from all backgrounds and the ambiance may be very pleasant. Moalboal may be very small – nonetheless, there are many totally different bars and eating places. There are additionally a couple of therapeutic massage parlours and the most effective one was undoubtedly Moalboal Spa and Therapeutic massage (not a really artistic identify, I do know), however the therapeutic massage was the most effective one we obtained within the Philippines!
Day 5: Oslob
On day 5 of our 10-day journey within the Philippines, we awoke early and went snorkelling in Moalboal. Then we had a tremendous breakfast at Shaka – palms down the most effective breakfast spot in Moalboal. By 1 p.m., we checked out from our lodge and requested for a taxi on the reception. Personal taxis from Moalboal to Oslob price us round $35-40 for a automobile and took nearly two hours. The taxi arrived round 2 p.m. – by that point, we had additionally sorted out ferry tickets for the following day’s ferry to Panglao. I like to recommend reserving tickets for the ferry prematurely right here because the ferry tends to promote out, and the affirmation additionally takes a little bit of time.
Oslob is a tiny city and a really rural one. There isn’t a lot to do and there are solely two small eating places. We spent the afternoon strolling round, nonetheless, I like to recommend staying a bit longer in Moalboal and heading to Oslob for the night.
In Oslob, we stayed on the lodge Pobla – you may name them earlier, they usually may help organize a taxi and a information for swimming with the sharks the following day.
Days 6-9: Swimming with the whale sharks in Oslob, Ferry to Panglao, exploring Bohol
Swimming with the whale sharks in Oslob
Our information picked us up round 7 a.m., and we arrived at Oslob whale shark centre Half-hour later (it takes round 25 minutes to drive there from Oslob city centre). On the entrance, our information helped us get the tickets and discover our spot within the queue. At 8 a.m., the queue was already round 90 minutes lengthy. There are locations to take a seat and conceal from the solar, so don’t fear, you gained’t want to face for a few hours to attend in your flip.
Since everyone will get round Half-hour with the sharks and in every boat, there’s solely place for about 10-12 folks, it takes fairly a little bit of time to ship and convey the vacationers again. I like to recommend taking the snorkelling gear with you, as what you’re supplied with is just not in nice situation and can most likely do extra hurt than use.
You aren’t allowed to method whale sharks (though generally they method you) and you’ll want to keep subsequent to the boat. Nonetheless, because the waves are normally fairly sturdy, it’s very straightforward to get dizzy!
General, it was a tremendous expertise to see whale sharks so shut! I simply hoped it might be a bit extra moral (the whale sharks are there as a result of they’re fed each day at the very same spot).
Taking a ferry from Oslob to Panglao
We have been again within the lodge by 10:30 a.m., and our ferry was departing at 12 p.m. Fortunately, the ferry was only a 5-minute drive from the lodge, so we had time to complete packing and went to the ferry round 11:20 a.m.
We have been really nearly the final ones to reach! There isn’t any ferry terminal, only a small tent the place they examine your ticket, accumulate your baggage payment and ship you to the ferry in a small boat. As I discussed earlier than, it’s very straightforward to e-book tickets for all ferries and buses on 12Go Asia – right here you could find the costs and availability of the ferry from Oslob to Panglao (Momo Seashore).
Our ferry was really a bit delayed and took over 2 hours to reach to Momo Seashore. Due to that, a lot of folks had points with decide up – all of the taxi drivers left, together with ours. There have been, nonetheless, a couple of minibuses that arrived to choose up vacationers, and we joined one other group to go to our lodge in Alona Seashore.
The place to remain in Panglao
In Panglao, we stayed on the lodge referred to as Alona’s Coral Backyard – the lodge was beautiful, nonetheless, the placement wasn’t that nice – it was a bit distant from the principle a part of the city. Therefore, I might advocate staying someplace else.
We really break up our keep in Panglao into two elements – the primary two days, we stayed close to Alona Seashore, whereas the following few days, we stayed at a correct resort – South Palms Resort Panglao.
Issues to do in Bohol & Panglao
We spent most of our time in Panglao enjoyable and exploring the Alona seaside space. We went for a swim a number of occasions – each time, we’d see a minimum of 10 totally different blue starfish. There are, nonetheless, loads of urchins in Alona Seashore – I like to recommend at all times checking the place you’re stepping and likewise put on swimming sneakers like these ones.
One other must-do exercise in Panglao is definitely occurring a day journey to Bohol island. Panglao and Bohol are two separate islands related by a bridge. It takes round Half-hour to get to Bohol from Alona Seashore. Bohol is a very gorgeous island – there are many issues to see, however most of them will be lined on a day journey. You may e-book a personal tour (like we did) right here.
Alternatively, you may e-book this small-group tour with a barely totally different itinerary.
The principle sights everybody visits are the Chocolate Hills, the Tarsier “Sanctuary,” and the Loboc River Cruise. The one one we didn’t take pleasure in was the Tarsier “Sanctuary” as a result of it felt worse than a zoo. Tarsiers are nocturnal creatures, so that they sleep through the day. Nonetheless, I noticed staff of the “Sactuary” touching tarsiers with a stick so that they get up and vacationers can take a photograph with their eyes vast open for a small tip.
Chocolate Hills are completely wonderful, and the Loboc river cruise was beautiful, too. You could wait within the queue to get on a cruise – we waited for 1.5 hours because it was a really busy weekend throughout public holidays; nonetheless, most individuals can get in there a lot quicker. The cruise takes place in a really photogenic boat and features a buffet lunch, reside music and a reside dance present.
Day 10: Getting again to Cebu
On our final day within the Philippines, we took a ferry from Bohol to Cebu. We really obtained enterprise class tickets (they have been simply $3 extra per particular person) for the ferry. Once more, we booked all of the tickets on-line right here.
It took lower than 1.5 hours to get to Cebu from Bohol. The ferries aren’t at all times tremendous punctual, so I don’t advocate reserving your return flight too near the ferry arrival time. Go away a minimum of 5-8 hours till the flight. Whereas there isn’t a lot to see and do in Cebu Metropolis, it’s at all times higher to attend than pay for an additional flight!
Abstract of our itinerary for 10 days within the Philippines
I hope you discovered this text about our 10-day itinerary for the Philippines helpful and obtained some inspiration in your journey. Though we have been on a good schedule, all the pieces went as deliberate, and we managed to see all the pieces we wished to see! We noticed three gorgeous sunsets in Boracay, swam with whale sharks in Oslob and with sardines in Moalboal and visited the well-known chocolate hills in Bohol.
10 days within the Philippines doesn’t sound like lots, nonetheless, each our jobs don’t enable us to take greater than 14 days off work directly, and we have been additionally visiting Hong Kong this time, therefore, we constructed this 10-day itinerary for the Philippines. When you solely have 10 days to spend on this wonderful nation, maybe you could find some helpful suggestions on this article!