Islands of the Philippines on a Shoestring

18-to-Thirtysomethings, Manila to Manila

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Tour description provided by G Adventures

For travellers looking for a strange and beautiful adventure, this unique eight-day island-hopping trek through the Philippines will show you the best of the country’s nature, beaches, and cultural life. Roam Bohol’s famous Chocolate Hills (not suitable for consumption), snorkel with massive whale sharks in the clearest of clear blue waters (if the season is right), roam through exotic Manila and historic Cebu, and chill out in mystic, laid-back Siquijor. From interacting with local communities to lots of free time built in, this trip is both meaningful and liberating. So go on and feel free.

What’s included

  • G Adventures for Good: Bohol Island Homestay, Bohol
  • Chocolate Hills visit
  • Free time to explore Siquijor, Bohol, and Panglao beaches
  • Internal flights
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities


  • Explore the chocolate hills
  • Learn about tiny tarsiers
  • Snorkel crystal-clear blue waters
  • Relax on gorgeous white-sand beaches
  • Connect with the local people during a homestay experience.


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. Transport: Plane (1.50 hour(s)) Tuk-tuk (1.00 hour(s)) Ferry (0.75 hour(s))
Days 3-4 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 Transport: 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 Transport: 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. Transport: 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 where the tour finishes upon arrival at the airport in the morning. Transport: Plane (1.50 hour(s))