10 days in the Philippines. A suggested itinerary.

A common request lately is for information on what to see in a short stay trip.

There is so much to see in the Philippines that you will take a life time to see it all. After all, there are 7,107 islands in the Philippines.

Bangka boat

The Philippines has
- Island hopping
- Whale and dolphin watching
- Diving
- Snorkelling
- Historical sites
- White sandy beaches
- Hot springs
- Cold springs
- Waterfalls
- Volcanoes
- Adventure tours
- Tarsier sanctuaries
- Butterfly sanctuaries
- Crocodile sanctuaries
- Wildlife sanctuaries
- Marine sanctuaries

It also has
- Locals living as their ancestors have done for hundreds of years in places such as Malapascua Island
- Faith healers on Siquijor
- Chocolate hills, lunch cruises on the Loboc River and swimming underground in the Hinagdanan cave on Bohol
- An underground river on Palawan
- Hanging coffins in Sagada
- Ancient rice terraces in Banaue
- White water rafting near Cagayan de Oro
- Swimming with whale sharks near Donsol
- Surfing from Siargo Island

On top of that, there are
- Multiple sports activities such as swimming, cycling, golf, tennis, badminton, basketball, para gliding, wind surfing and zip lining
- Other activities such as mountain climbing, trekking, camping and touring by motorbike
- Casinos
- Discos
- Karaoke bars
- Nightlife
- Some of the largest shopping malls in the world with entertainment such as Imax theatres, ice skating, pool/billiards and ten pin bowling.

For the person who wants to get the best bang for their buck. Here is my suggestion for a trip of about 10 days.

For an easy trip that does not require back tracking, can easily be accomplished by anyone and takes in as much as the Philippines has to offer that you can fit into a short period of time, my suggestion is to visit Bohol, Camiguin, Cagayan De Oro and Manila.

Here is a possible route.

Land in Manila then fly to Cagayan De Oro (CDO). These airlines fly Manila to CDO

While in CDO, you can go white water rafting if you want. Here are several websites with info regarding white water rafting

Otherwise, catch the OceanJet from CDO to Camiguin. The OceanJet departs CDO at 8.30am each day for Camiguin Island.

If the OceanJet schedule doesn’t suit. You can catch a taxi to Balingoan then get on the next boat going to Camiguin. During the day, boats depart about every hour from Balingoan for Camiguin.

Camiguin has
- Hot springs
- Cold springs
- Waterfalls
- Volcano Trekking
- A huge sand bar called white island
White island. Camiguin
- Diving/Snorkelling
- Historical sights
- A sunken cemetery
Sunken cemetery. Camiguin

From Camiguin Island, travel to Bohol. There are several boats travelling to Bohol each day. OceanJet is one. It departs Camiguin island for Jagna Bohol at 11am each day.

Bohol has
- Fire fly tours
- Adventure tours
- Zip lining
- Waterfalls
- Lunch cruises on the Loboc Rover
- Diving/Snorkelling
- White sand beaches
- Whale and dolphin watching
- Chocolate hills
Chocolate Hills Bohol
- Swimming underground in the Hinagdanan cave
- Butterfly sanctuaries
- Wildlife sanctuaries
Xootic wild life sanctuary Bohol
- Tarsier Sanctuaries
- Bamboo hanging bridges over the Loboc river
- Bohol Bee Farm where you can see mats, clothes and knick knacks being made.

After Bohol, you can fly from Tagbilaran Bohol to Manila

These airlines fly from Tagbilaran Bohol to Manila

Make sure you fly back to Manila at least one day before you will fly home. There are 3 reasons for this
1. To make sure you are in Manila ready for your international flight
2. So that you can do your cheap Philippines shopping and experience some of the largest shopping malls in the world
3. So that you can visit Intramuros. The walled city of the original site for Spanish occupation in Manila. Inside Intramuros, don’t miss
- Casa Manila. The home of a wealthy Spanish merchant. Set up as it would have been in the 18th or 19th century. One interesting item for me in Casa Manila is the fans bought from India during the British occupation of Manila (1762-1764), which the guides will demonstrate
- San Agustin Church and museum. It is the oldest existing church in the Philippines (about 1595) and has a huge amount of historical artefacts inside.
- Fort Santiago and museum. Look out for the odd looking Calesa’s (Horse drawn carriages). I saw one Calesa that looked like a stretched limo. You can ride them for a fee.

Calesa at Fort Santiago in Manila


Leave a message if you need clarification of anything above.

Enjoy your trip! :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

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