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Trip Location: Bohol
In 8 days experience some highlights of the Philippines. Starting in Bohol, travel to the tranquillity of the Chocolate Hills where you can enjoy the view of the grassy hills that span far into the horizon.
Get up close and personal with the whale sharks in Oslob before heading to the beautiful El Nido for an exciting island hopping experience.
This tour ends in the Underground River, one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature and UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Brief Travel Itinerary
Day 1: ARRIVE TAGBILARAN BOHOL – PANGLAO ISLAND
Day 2: CHOCOLATE HILLS BOHOL
Day 3: BOHOL – FERRY TO CEBU – CEBU AND MACTAN SIGHTSEEING
Day 4: OSLOB WHALE SHARKS
Day 5: CEBU – FLY TO EL NIDO
Day 6: EL NIDO ISLAND HOPPING
Day 7: EL NIDO – SABANG
Day 8: UNDERGROUND RIVER – DEPART PUERTO PRINCESA
Best time to visit
It’s possible to do this tour year-round. However, the best season is from November to April.
Upon arrival in Tagbilaran/Bohol you will be met at the airport and transported to your hotel.
Check in after 2.00pm
The rest of the day is free at leisure.
Meet the guide at the lobby and proceed with full day Bohol Countryside Tour.
Pay a visit to the historical Blood Compact Shrine and learn the story behind its name. Continue to Baclayon Church, the oldest church in Bohol made from coral stones.
Enjoy a Filipino-style lunch cruise on the Loboc River and discover the verdant forest of Bohol aboard at a floating restaurant.
Visit the Philippine Tarsier Sanctuary, which was built to protect the tarsiers, one of the world’s smallest primate.
After the Tarsier, drive thought the Bilar Man-made forest, a beautiful mahogany forest stretching in 2 kilometers long.
Arrive at the Chocolate Hills area and walk up to the observation point. Enjoy the panoramic view of the hills. The Chocolate Hills consist of 1,268 rounded hills with an altitude ranging from 40-120 meters. The Hills are covered in green grass that turns brown (like chocolate) during the dry season, hence the name.
Breakfast at the hotel and check out. Transfer to Bohol Tagbilaran Ferry Terminal for boarding the ferry to Cebu.
Upon arrival in Cebu port proceed for a city sightseeing. The first stop will be at the iconic Magellan’s Cross. Ferdinand Magellan was a Portuguese explorer who organised the Spanish expedition to the East Indies and came to Cebu in April 1512, claiming it for King Phillip of Spain and planting a cross to symbolize its Christianization.
Proceed to the Basilica Minore of the Christ Child, where is displayed the image of Jesus as a child – a Magellan’s baptismal gift to Queen Juana, the first Christian Filipina.
Continue to Fort San Pedro, a military defence fort in Cebu, built during colonial Spanish period in 1565.
Drive to Plaza Parian via the country’s oldest street and make a short stop at Casa Gorordo. This museum showcases the elegant lifestyle of the Spanish and Filipino elite of the 18th century.
Cross over to Mactan Island and proceed to the Church of our Lady of the Rule, a national shrine visited by many who attribute Mactan’s economic success to her devotion.
Next, visit a guitar factory to see how renowned Philippine guitars are made. The final stop is the Liberty Shrine, erected on the battlefield where Magellan met his defeat at the hands of the chieftain of Mactan, Datu Lapu-Lapu. Today a statue of Lapu-Lapu towers over mangroves on the very shores of his triumphant battle.
After the tour transfer to the hotel.
In the morning around 4.00am, you will be picked up from your hotel and driven for 3 hours south, bound for Oslob where you will have the opportunity to see whale sharks up close and personal.
Upon arrival proceed for a quick briefing and registration at Tan-awan, then set off in search of the whale sharks. When we locate them, you can enter in the water and swim with them for a limited time of 30 minutes. To be underwater with these enormous, gentle creature is one of the ultimate bucket-list experiences.
Return to the mainland and board another boat to Sumilon sandbar. Enjoy leisure time in Sumilon.
Proceed to Tumalog Falls, which is one of the most beautiful falls in Cebu and perfect place for a cool and refreshing dip.
After lunch head back to Cebu. Arrive in Cebu around 4:00pm.
Breakfast at the hotel and check out.
You will be transferred to Cebu airport in time for your flight to El Nido (preferably book Air Swift).
Upon arrival in El Nido airport you will be transported to your hotel. The rest of the day is free at leisure.
Meet the guide at the lobby and transfer to El Nido town to board the boat for a full day excursion around the exotic islands of Bacuit Bay in El Nido.
With this tour (El Nido tour A), you will visit the following islands and beaches: Miniloc Island, Big Lagoon, Small Lagoon, Secret Lagoon, 7 Commandos Beach and Shimizu Island.
The islands are great for swimming, snorkeling and kayaking.
Head back to El Nido town around mid-afternoon. Transfer to your hotel
This morning free for you to relax and enjoy the facilities at your resort at leisure.
Mid-afternoon you will be picked up from your hotel and driven for about 5 hours to Sabang. Stop enroute in Taytay for visiting the Spanish Fort.
Breakfast at the hotel and check-out.
Transfer to the registration area at the wharf and wait for your assigned boat. When it’s your turn take a short boat ride to entrance beach of the Underground River National Park.
Then hop on a park-operated canoe equipped with a search light, and wind your way down the Underground River.
During the 1.5 kilometer cruise you will see stunning formations of stalactites and stalagmites. The boatman will point out the formations that, with imagination, resemble animals, religious images, and vegetables.
Return to Sabang wharf area for lunch at a local restaurant, and if time permits, experience a thrilling Zip Line through the scenic Ugong Rock (optional activity not included in the price).
After lunch, you will be driven for about 2 hours to Puerto Princesa city.
Drop off at the airport
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