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The Philippines has more than 7000 islands to visit. In 3 weeks, you have time to visit several and take full advantage of what this country has to offer ! Turquoise waters, pristine beaches, coconut palms but also rice fields, hikes and dives. Discover the best of the Philippines in this perfect itinerary for your stay :

Going around the country in 3 weeks is impossible. Since it is based on a multitude of islands and therefore the transfer from island to island can take time. However, this route will allow you to see the highlights of the country. It also includes "extra" times for trips.

Day 1 Manila

You will surely arrive at Manila Airport. Manila is the capital of the Philippines.

A huge city, people tend to either hate it or love it. For my part, I did not like at all.


You can see the difference between wealth and extreme poverty, it's very dirty, and I'm not talking about traffic jams! (To get to the next destination, plan wide. My Grab took 1.5 hours instead of 30 minutes, not to mention that he arrived 30 minutes late too!)


A night or two in Manila is enough and it's time to go explore the tropical landscapes!


I advise you to stay at the Lub D hostel in Makati . I loved the Koh Samui onein Thailand and the Manila one is just as great! Very clean and design, there are dormitories or private rooms, as well as a restaurant on the top floor, for very affordable prices.


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Day 2 - 3 - 4 Coron

You will have to fly or take a ferry from Manila. If you decide to take the ferry I recommend the night ferry, where you can sleep in a dormitory and not waste a day in transport.


Coron, a little paradise where you will be ecstatic for the first time during your stay. Island tours by boat, snorkelling, and paradisiac beaches are waiting for you.

To read more: top things to do in Coron



Day 5 - 6 - 7 El Nido

From Coron, 4 hours ferry will allow you to reach El Nido. Just like in Coron, you can do "island hopping" and discover more beautiful islands than the others.

To read more: El Nido all about boat tours




Day 8 Puerto Princesa (optional)

You'll have to spend the night in Puerto Princesa before flying to Cebu. There is not much to see in Puerto Princesa. I advise you to rest before continuing the journey.


Another possibility: fly directly from El Nido.


Alesseo Hostel is a nice and inexpensive hostel with a swimming pool.

Day 9 - 10 - 11 Cebu

Arrives in the morning at Cebu airport. Take a bus to the One City Link V-Hire southbound terminal for Moalboal. Snorkel with sardines. The following days explore waterfalls and canyoneering.

To read more : Everything you need to know about Cebu




Day 12 - 13 Bohol

It takes just 2 hours by ferry to reach Bohol from Cebu. Discover the chocolate hills, waterfalls of exceptional beauty and the unique Filipino tarsier.

To read more: 2 days in Bohol complete guide




Day 14 - 15 - 16 Siquijor

From Bohol, 1.5 hours by ferry is enough to reach Siquijor. The island is full of magnificent waterfalls where you can meet the most adorable locals as well as the most beautiful sunsets. The island is small, you can explore it entirely by scooter.

To read more: the best things to do in Siquijor





Day 17 travel day

The next step which is Siargao is difficult to reach. Indeed a journey awaits you! But it's worth it.


-From Siquijor take a ferry to Dumaguete. (30min)

-From Dumaguete take a ferry to Liloan Port (20 min)

-From Liloan Port take a bus to Cebu City (4h)


Depending on the time you arrive, decide to fly directly to Siargao or decide to sleep in Cebu and fly the next morning.

Day 18 - 19 - 20 - 21 Siargao

Siargao is a favorite!


This small island with a chill atmosphere will convince you. Nice little bars and cafes, surfing, island hopping, scenic routes ... it has everything to offer.


You could even stay there longer to appreciate its beauty.

To read more: Siargao discovery of a small paradise




It's time to return to Manila to take off for new adventures!

I hope you enjoyed this route! You can avoid Puerto Princesa and if you have more time and budget I recommend adding Romblon and Boracay to the list!

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