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Boracay, Cebu and Bohol Itinerary

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Are you planning to journey to the Philippines however uncertain the place to go and what you’ll be able to 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 cherished it! nonetheless, these are additionally the most well liked months within the Philippines. As somebody who just isn’t actually used to the warmth, I need to admit that I truly suffered fairly a bit there and couldn’t actually perform in the course of the hottest hours of the day.

Here’s a brief 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 

Earlier than we begin with the detailed itinerary, I needed to share with you the overview of an important hyperlinks that had been used on this submit. I began offering a abstract of the hyperlinks by request of lots 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

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

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

Flights: Test right here

Excursions: Bohol countryside day tour – ebook 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 this present day moreover arriving in Manila very late at evening and sleeping for just a few hours earlier than taking an early morning flight to Boracay. We had 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 lodge on the Metropolis of Desires was a brief 15-minute drive away from the lodge, however I like to recommend staying even nearer to the airport, as site visitors could be fairly insane, even at 5 a.m., because it has turned out.

Some good accommodations in Manila (close to the airport) to think about: 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 positioned on a unique island – a really shut one, so it requires a really brief ferry experience. Whereas there’s a public ferry, which is reachable in lower than 10 minutes from Caticlan airport by taxi, a number of accommodations truly 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 experience took lower than 40 minutes, and we arrived at our resort very quick!

The place to remain in Boracay

There are 5 foremost 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 positioned fairly distant from all the primary eating places and accommodations of Boracay; therefore, it’s a lot quieter, and you’ll find some guesthouses and dearer resorts on this space.

Stations 1, 2 and three are positioned on the primary seaside 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 combo between stations 1 and three. 

Lodges to choose in Boracay

We stayed on the Resort Coast positioned in Station 2, and it was a terrific expertise. The workers on the lodge made us really feel welcome, they had been extremely attentive, and meals was additionally wonderful there. Since 2020, it’s not allowed for the accommodations to have their solar beds on the seaside, however you might be, in fact, allowed to take a seat on a towel. Not solely the workers helped us with the towels each time, additionally they helped to protect our belongings and introduced us contemporary water on a regular basis! The lodge was stunning and the rooms had been good, so I can wholeheartedly advocate Resort Coast!

If Resort Coast just isn’t obtainable, Mandala Spa & Resort Villas can be a terrific choice.

Should you’re in search of a correct luxurious resort, contemplate staying at Shangri-La

Should you would like a extra budget-friendly choice, these accommodations 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 just a few hours, there are many issues to do. We spent 3 full days in Boracay, and the time flew by! Listed below are the issues we advocate doing in Boracay:

Attempt 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 each day)

Go on a non-public sundown crusing experience – you’ll be able to both ebook it on arrival or pre-book on-line right here >>

Go on a snorkelling & island hopping tour – ebook 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 lodge in Boracay, Coast, additionally included a free return switch, so we awoke early, packed our issues and had been delivered to Caticlan airport in lower than 45 minutes once more. Caticlan has just a few 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 one way or the other departed 20 minutes earlier, so we had 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 non-public taxi. For the reason that highway is fairly windy and one among us will get movement sick simply, we determined to go for a non-public taxi. In whole, we paid round $65 for a one-way taxi experience, 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 our lodge in Moalboal, Harman Suites. After we booked it, they despatched us a message providing to rearrange a taxi for us, and we determined to ebook 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 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 accommodations throughout our 10-day journey within the Philippines. 

You may verify 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 lot 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 docs prohibited Jose to dive anyway), so snorkelling was our solely choice. I wasn’t fairly positive whether or not we might see any sardines or something in any respect whereas snorkelling. Nonetheless, it turned out you’ll be able to see sardines completely properly 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 just a few hours on the afternoon of our first day in Moalboal and the following morning simply snorkelling and in search of completely different fishes. It was genuinely the most effective snorkelling places we’ve ever been to, and that was completely sudden!

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

Different issues to do in Moalboal

A lot of folks come to Moalboal for just a few days. Sadly, we may solely keep for one evening because 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 among 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 stunning city – it has a really laid-back and relaxed vibe. There are many backpackers and folks from all backgrounds and the environment could be very pleasant. Moalboal could be very small – nonetheless, there are many completely different bars and eating places. There are additionally just a few therapeutic massage parlours and the very best one was undoubtedly Moalboal Spa and Therapeutic massage (not a really artistic title, I do know), however the therapeutic massage was the very best 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 very best 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 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, 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’ll be able to name them earlier, and so they may also 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 on 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 just isn’t in nice situation and can in all probability do extra hurt than use. 

You aren’t allowed to strategy whale sharks (though generally they strategy you) and you could keep subsequent to the boat. Nonetheless, because the waves are often fairly robust, it’s very simple to get dizzy! 

Total, 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 had 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 had been truly virtually the final ones to reach! There isn’t a ferry terminal, only a small tent the place they verify your ticket, gather your baggage payment and ship you to the ferry in a small boat. As I discussed earlier than, it’s very simple to ebook tickets for all ferries and buses on 12Go Asia – right here you’ll 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, a number of folks had points with decide up – all of the taxi drivers left, together with ours. There have been, nonetheless, just a few minibuses that arrived to choose up vacationers, and we joined one other group to go to our lodge in Alona Seaside. 

The place to remain in Panglao 

In Panglao, we stayed on the lodge known as Alona’s Coral Backyard – the lodge was beautiful, nonetheless, the situation wasn’t that nice – it was a bit distant from the primary a part of the city. Therefore, I might advocate staying someplace else.

We truly break up our keep in Panglao into two elements – 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 might have simply most well-liked to remain in a single lodge. Bathala Resort or Henann Alona Seaside would have been a greater choice! 

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 instances – each time, we might see at the very least 10 completely different blue starfish. There are, nonetheless, loads of urchins in Alona Seaside – I like to recommend at all times checking the place you might be 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 linked by a bridge. It takes round Half-hour to get to Bohol from Alona Seaside. Bohol is a very gorgeous island – there are many issues to see, however most of them could be coated on a day journey. You may ebook a non-public tour (like we did) right here.

Alternatively, you’ll be able to ebook this small-group tour with a barely completely 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 take pleasure in was the Tarsier “Sanctuary” as a result of it felt worse than a zoo. Tarsiers are nocturnal creatures, in order that they sleep in the course of the day. Nonetheless, I noticed staff of the “Sactuary” touching tarsiers with a stick in order that they get up and vacationers can take a photograph with their eyes extensive open for a small tip. 

Chocolate Hills are completely wonderful, and the Loboc river cruise was beautiful, too. It’s essential to 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 sooner. The cruise takes place in a really photogenic boat and features a buffet lunch, dwell music and a dwell 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 obtained enterprise class tickets (they had 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 usually are not at all times tremendous punctual, so I don’t advocate reserving your return flight too near the ferry arrival time. Depart at the very least 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 one more 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 on your journey. Regardless that we had been on a decent schedule, all the pieces went as deliberate, and we managed to see all the pieces we needed 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 rather a lot, nonetheless, each our jobs don’t enable us to take greater than 14 days off work directly, and we had been additionally visiting Hong Kong this time, therefore, we constructed this 10-day itinerary for the Philippines. Should you solely have 10 days to spend on this wonderful nation, maybe you’ll find some helpful ideas on this article!

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