Northern Philippines & Islands on a Shoestring
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This 17-day trip brings together the very best of Filipino culture and hospitality with its simply perfect island beaches. Begin by island-hopping from pristine Cebu to gorgeous Bohol, snorkelling and swimming to your heart's content. Then fly north to ride through Manila in a jeepney, swim with whale sharks off Borocay (seasonally), and experience the warmth of Filipino culture and its welcoming people. With two unique homestays and a few smaller flights to avoid longer ferry rides, this tour of the Philippines is an experience you'll talk about for years to come.

  • Duration: 17 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
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  • Physical rating: Light
  • Accommodation standard:   Not Rated%
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  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Tour code: 154223
  • Starts: Manila, Philippines
  • Finishes: Malay, Philippines
You will Visit
  • Manila
  • Boracay Island



Day 1: Manila

Please look out for signs in the hotel with details of the group meeting this evening. The meeting is a chance to meet the Chief Experience Officer (CEO) and the rest of the group before heading out for an optional evening meal.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting


Day 2: Manila/Siquijor (1B)

Fly to Dumaguete and transfer to the port to board a boat bound for the mystical island of Siquijor.

Plane (1.50 hour(s))
Tuk-tuk (1.00 hour(s))
Ferry (0.75 hour(s))


Day 3: Siquijor

Enjoy free time to explore caves, waterfalls, coral-filled waters, and 106km (65 mi) of white-sand beaches. Snorkelling and diving are both great options here.


Day 4: Siquijor/Bohol (1B, 1D)

Enjoy a homestay at a community tourism project. Please note accommodations here are basic.

Included Activities:
Bohol Island Homestay

Ferry (2.00 hour(s))
Private Vehicle (0.75 hour(s))


Day 5: Bohol/Panglao (1B, 1L)

This morning opt to join your host family as they tend to the farm before helping prepare a barbecue feast for lunch. After lunch together, say good bye to your hosts and head out to explore the famous Chocolate Hills.

Included Activities:
Chocolate Hills Visit

Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s))


Day 6: Panglao (1B)

Free day to tour the island or go snorkelling.


Day 7: Panglao/Cebu City (1B)

Board a boat to bustling Cebu, home to the country's busiest sea port. Opt to take a tour of the city.

Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s))
Boat (2.00 hour(s))
Private Vehicle (0.75 hour(s))


Day 8: Cebu City/Manila (1B)

Fly back to Manila, and get ready to explore Luzon island.

Plane (2.00 hour(s))


Day 9: Manila/Baguio (1B)

Travel north by bus, then enjoy an orientation walk upon arrival to Baguio. Opt to get a massage.

Included Activities:
Orientation Walk

Local bus (7.00 hour(s))


Day 10: Baguio/Sagada (1B)

After another long day of travel, arrive at the outdoor paradise of Sagada, a base for adventuring.

Local bus (7.00 hour(s))


Day 11: Sagada (1B)

The natural beauty of the area features caves perfect for exploring, hikes along an underground river system, a waterfall and delightful pool to cool off in after a day of exploring. Relax in the quiet serenity only found off the beaten path—this is a place to just sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery.


Day 12: Sagada/Batad (1B, 1D)

Travel via jeepney along scenic mountain roads and then by foot on local hiking trails to reach a local village for an overnight homestay experience. Discover the daily lives of the Ifugao people. Enjoy a cultural performance and a local dinner.

Additional Notes:
The trekking here can be challenging, especially in inclement weather. If you don't feel fit enough for the activity, your CEO can help you organize some optional activities.

Included Activities:
Rice Terraces Trek and Ifugao Village Visit
Batad Homestay

Jeepney (4.00 hour(s))


Day 13: Batad/Banaue (1B)

Hike back to the main road and hop in a jeepney bound for beautiful Banaue. Enjoy free time and views of the famous rice terraces.

Jeepney (2.00 hour(s))


Day 14: Banaue/Manila (1B)

Free time to trek along the terraces or relax. After soaking in the last of the spectacular views hop on an overnight bus to Manila.

Overnight bus (9.00 hour(s))


Day 15: Manila/Boracay Island (1B)

Fly south from Manila and transfer to the breathtakingly gorgeous island of Boracay. White-sand beaches and bright, turquoise waters await.

Plane (4.00 hour(s))


Day 16: Boracay Island (1B)

Free day. Opt to go snorkelling, scuba diving, or just chill out on the beach.


Day 17: Boracay Island (1B)

Depart at any time.

Included Activities:
Departure Day

    • Orientation to local community (Bohol)
    • G Adventures-supported homestay (Bohol)
    • Village homestay in Batad
    • Chocolate Hills visit
    • Beach time in Siquijor, Bohol, Panglao, and Boracay
    • Orientation walk (Baguio)
    • Rice terraces trek (Batad)
    • Cultural performance (Batad)
    • Internal flights
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    • Simple hotels (9 nts), hostels (4 nts, multi-share), homestays (2 nts, multi-share), overnight bus (1 nt)
    • 16 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
    • Taxi, plane, walking, ferry, public bus, jeepney
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Explore the beautiful Chocolate Hills
  • Learn about the tiny tarsiers
  • Snorkel crystal-clear blue waters
  • Relax on gorgeous white-sand beaches
  • Trek along rice terraces to a remote village
  • Experience Filipino culture and hospitality on an overnight homestay