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Boracay, Cebu and Bohol Itinerary


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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 best ways to go to 3 wonderful islands – Boracay, Cebu and Bohol! 

We went to the Philippines in April and Could and completely beloved it! nevertheless, these are additionally the most well liked months within the Philippines. As somebody who shouldn’t be actually used to the warmth, I need to admit that I truly suffered fairly a bit there and couldn’t actually operate through the hottest hours of the day.

Here’s a brief overview of our itinerary within the Philippines daily:

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 

Earlier than we begin with the detailed itinerary, I needed to share with you the overview of a very powerful hyperlinks that have been used on this put up. I began offering a abstract of the hyperlinks by request of a lot of my readers, who discover it simpler to have all of the hyperlinks in a single place. 

Helpful hyperlinks for this itinerary for 10 days within the Philippines

Accommodations: Lodge Coast Boracay; Harman Suites Moalboal, Pobla Oslob, South Palms Resort Panglao or Henann Alona Seaside

Ferries: Bohol to Cebu, Oslob to Panglao – all ferries may be booked on-line right here

Flights: Verify right here

Excursions: Bohol countryside day tour – e book on-line right here; Sundown cruise in Boracay, Snorkelling & island hopping tour in Boracay, Canyoneering tour in Moalboal

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 evening

I don’t rely the departure day of the journey as we didn’t actually do a lot on today moreover arriving in Manila very late at evening 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 newest flight from Hong Kong to Manila and arrived in Manila after midnight. Fortunately, our resort on the Metropolis of Desires was a brief 15-minute drive away from the resort, however I like to recommend staying even nearer to the airport, as site visitors may be fairly insane, even at 5 a.m., because it has turned out.

Some good inns in Manila (close to the airport) to contemplate: Discovery Primea, Iyf Malate Manila

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 slightly below an hour. Yow will discover costs and availability of those flights right here >

Caticlan airport to Boracay

Caticlan airport is situated on a unique island – a really shut one, so it requires a really brief ferry trip. Whereas there’s a public ferry, which is reachable in lower than 10 minutes from Caticlan airport by taxi, plenty of inns truly present free transfers! They are going to decide you up from the airport, ship you to their ferry (every resort has its personal ferry), decide you up on the opposite aspect – in Boracay, and ship you to the resort. In complete, 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 primary 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, nevertheless 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 far-off from all the principle eating places and inns of Boracay; therefore, it’s a lot quieter, and you could find some guesthouses and costlier resorts on this space.

Stations 1, 2 and three are situated on the principle seashore of the island, The White Seaside 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. 

Accommodations to choose in Boracay

We stayed on the Lodge Coast situated in Station 2, and it was a terrific expertise. The employees on the resort 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 seashore, however you might be, 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 resort was stunning and the rooms have been good, so I can wholeheartedly advocate Lodge Coast!

If Lodge Coast shouldn’t be out there, Mandala Spa & Resort Villas can be a terrific possibility.

For those who’re searching for a correct luxurious resort, think about staying at Shangri-La

For those who would favor a extra budget-friendly possibility, these inns are a terrific selection: Levantin Boracay

Issues to do in Boracay in 3 days:

Regardless that 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 Seaside (we did it daily)

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 Seaside from Station 1 all the best way to Station 3

Swim rather a lot and benefit from the sunshine

Day 4: Flying to Cebu, exploring Moalboal

Flying from Caticlan to Cebu 

Our resort 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 by some means 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. For the reason that highway is fairly windy and one in all us will get movement sick simply, we determined to go for a personal taxi. In complete, 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 in the event you additionally get motion-sick simply). 

We organized the taxi by way of our resort in Moalboal, Harman Suites. After 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 situation was wonderful, simply 3 minutes strolling from the seashore 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 a lot better than we had anticipated and skilled in different inns throughout our 10-day journey within the Philippines. 

You’ll be able to 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. Plenty of folks come on a day journey from Cebu, which is fairly tiring, as you could get up round 4 a.m. We by no means tried diving earlier than (and the medical doctors prohibited Jose to dive anyway), so snorkelling was our solely possibility. I wasn’t fairly positive 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 searching for totally different fishes. It was genuinely among the best snorkelling areas we’ve ever been to, and that was completely surprising!

You can too see starfish, sea snakes, turtles and different wonderful creatures!

Different issues to do in Moalboal

Plenty of folks come to Moalboal for a couple of days. Sadly, we might solely keep for one evening as a result of a decent 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 number of the most spectacular ones within the Philippines. You’ll be able to 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 environment may be very pleasant. Moalboal may be very small – nevertheless, there are many totally different bars and eating places. There are additionally a couple of therapeutic massage parlours and one of the best one was undoubtedly Moalboal Spa and Therapeutic massage (not a really inventive identify, I do know), however the therapeutic massage was one of the best one we received 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 one of the best breakfast spot in Moalboal. By 1 p.m., we checked out from our resort and requested for a taxi on the reception. Personal taxis from Moalboal to Oslob price us round $35-40 for a automotive and took virtually 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 upfront 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, nevertheless, I like to recommend staying a bit longer in Moalboal and heading to Oslob for the night. 

In Oslob, we stayed on the resort Pobla – you may name them earlier, and so they will 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 received’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 produce the vacationers again. I like to recommend taking the snorkelling gear with you, as what you’re supplied with shouldn’t be 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 could keep subsequent to the boat. Nonetheless, because the waves are often fairly robust, 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 daily at the very same spot). 

Taking a ferry from Oslob to Panglao

We have been again within the resort 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 resort, so we had time to complete packing and went to the ferry round 11:20 a.m.

We have been truly virtually the final ones to reach! There isn’t a ferry terminal, only a small tent the place they examine your ticket, gather 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 Seaside).

Our ferry was truly a bit delayed and took over 2 hours to reach to Momo Seaside. Due to that, plenty of folks had points with decide up – all of the taxi drivers left, together with ours. There have been, nevertheless, a couple of minibuses that arrived to choose up vacationers, and we joined one other group to go to our resort in Alona Seaside. 

The place to remain in Panglao 

In Panglao, we stayed on the resort known as Alona’s Coral Backyard – the resort was pretty, nevertheless, the situation wasn’t that nice – it was a bit far-off from the principle a part of the city. Therefore, I’d advocate staying some place else.

We truly break up our keep in Panglao into two components – the primary two days, we stayed close to Alona Seaside, whereas the following few days, we stayed at a correct resort – South Palms Resort Panglao.

Trying again on the journey now, we’d have simply most well-liked to remain in a single resort. Bathala Resort or Henann Alona Seaside would have been a greater possibility! 

Issues to do in Bohol & Panglao

We spent most of our time in Panglao stress-free and exploring the Alona seashore space. We went for a swim a number of instances – each time, we’d see no less than 10 totally different blue starfish. There are, nevertheless, loads of urchins in Alona Seaside – I like to recommend all the time checking the place you might be stepping and in addition 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 Seaside. Bohol is a very beautiful island – there are many issues to see, however most of them may be lined on a day journey. You’ll be able to 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 primary sights everybody visits are the Chocolate Hills, the Tarsier “Sanctuary,” and the Loboc River Cruise. The one one we didn’t get pleasure from 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 pretty, too. It’s essential 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; nevertheless, most individuals can get in there a lot quicker. The cruise takes place in a really photogenic boat and features a buffet lunch, stay music and a stay dance present. 

Day 10: Getting again to Cebu 

On our final day within the Philippines, we took a ferry from Bohol to Cebu. We truly received enterprise class tickets (they have been simply $3 extra per individual) 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 all the time tremendous punctual, so I don’t advocate reserving your return flight too near the ferry arrival time. Depart no less than 5-8 hours till the flight. Whereas there isn’t a lot to see and do in Cebu Metropolis, it’s all the time 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 received some inspiration in your journey. Regardless that we have been on a decent schedule, every little thing went as deliberate, and we managed to see every little thing we needed to see! We noticed three beautiful 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 rather a lot, nevertheless, 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. For those who solely have 10 days to spend on this wonderful nation, maybe you could find some helpful suggestions on this article!

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