Two weeks is a very short time to explore The Philippines, but we can’t have it all. It’s enough to explore part of this beautiful country and relax a bit during your trip. In this blog, I’ll share my perfect 2-week itinerary for The Philippines.
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Day 1: Manila
Most flights to The Philippines fly into the capital Manila. If you arrive before 2 pm, it’s possible to get a flight to Puerto Princesa right away. But if you fly in from Europe, you probably arrive late in the afternoon. The best thing to do is to relax in a nice hotel. Try to get as much cash from the atm’s as possible because working atm’s are rare in Palawan.
Hotel tip: Red Planet Manila Aseana City
Day 2, 3 and 4: Port Barton
Good thing you got some rest because today is another fun day of traveling! In the morning you take a Grab of Uber to the airport, where you’ll take a flight to Puerto Princessa. After a short flight, you can take a minivan to the small town of Port Barton. This will take about three hours and you will cross the island of Palawan. Port Barton is a small relaxing village, where you can go on boat tours (much cheaper than in El Nido), go for a hike to the Papawyan Waterfalls or just relax on the beautiful beach.
Hotel tip: Ausan Beach Front Cottages
Day 5, 6 and 7: El Nido
Are you in for more excitement? Then it’s time to leave Port Barton and take a minivan to El Nido, all the way in the north of Palawan. El Nido looks very different from Port Barton, with high cliffs surrounding the town. El Nido is more touristic and more crowded, here you’ll find lots of restaurants and bars. You can also take multiple boat tours, to visit the beautiful Bacuit Archipelago. You can also visit one of the most beautiful beaches in The Philippines: Nacpan Beach. It’s only an hour by minivan from El Nido.
Day 8 to 11: Island tour
This will be the highlight of your trip: a multi-day boat trip from El Nido to Coron. During this trip, you’ll sail from island to island, visit the most amazing beaches and see loads of colorful fish at one of the many snorkeling spots. You sleep at a primitive camp at an island, where the crew will cook you an amazing dinner. It’s a fantastic experience!
Tip: Book early, since these tours tend to sell out months in advance (especially during high season). I booked a trip with Buhay Isla, which I highly recommend.
Day 12 and 13: Coron
After four days of sailing and bucket showers, you probably are in the need for some luxury. You will find it in Coron! Stay at a resort and enjoy the clean sheets, air conditioning, and hot showers, you deserve it. If you’re staying in Coron Town, it’s fun to climb to the top of Mt. Tapyas (700 steps). From here you will have a great view of Coron and the surrounding islands.
Hotel tip: Sunz En Coron Resort
Day 14: Manila
On your last day in The Philippines, you fly from Coron (Busuanga Airport) back to Manila. It’s nice to stay in the ‘luxury’ part of town: Makati. In this area, you’ll find skyscrapers and loads of cool rooftop bars. A great place to end your vacation, watch the sunset and drink a cocktail.
Hotel tip: City Garden Hotel Makati
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