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10 Days In The Philippines Itinerary – The Perfect Guide

10 days in the Philippines itinerary can be hard to map out. So here’s our tried and tested guide to the best islands in the Philippines.

How To Get Around The Philippines

We heard travelling the Philippines was one of the tougher countries when it comes to making decisions and planning a route, and it certainly was.

Flying between the wider spread islands is the best option. Especially for places far East like El Nido or far West like Siargao.

There is no easy way to do it. With over 7,500 islands to choose from and the popular tourist destinations scattered across the map.

The more central located places like Cebu, Siquijor or Bohol are best travelled between by ferry.

This 10 days in the Philippines itinerary is just for guidance. You can obviously give or take a few days, minus a few activities and even add different ones on.

You could take a look at the 2 Weeks in the Philippines Itinerary or even the 3 Weeks in the Philippines Itinerary for more ideas.

However, we hope it helps you on your way to experiencing some of the most beautiful islands in the world.

For some more tips, the best things to do in the Philippines might help.

For those short on time, or that prefer everything to be organised for them, there are some awesome tours on Get Your Guide available to book in advance.

10 Day Philippines Itinerary Map

Best Time To Visit The Philippines

The Philippines are most popular during the dry season, between November and April.

At this time the country is fully accessible, including its many beautiful islands and more remote areas.

Temperatures are high during March and April, so it’s best to travel during the cooler months of December to February.

The sea temperature is good for swimming all year round.

What To Pack

Photography Camera


Day Bag

Power Bank

Reusable Water Bottle


Lightweight Rain Jacket

Quick Dry Towel


Lifeproof Phone Case

Dry Bag

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10 Days In The Philippines Itinerary

Palawan (4 Days)

Things to do:
Puerto Princesa Underground River
El Nido Island Hopping
Las Cabanas Beach
Lio Beach
Taraw Cliff

The most crystal waters and beautiful islands!

Palawan is the furthest West of the islands and a perfect place to begin your 10 days in the Philippines itinerary. Also, home to the clearest water and incredible landscapes.

Palawan is a world class cultural, adventure and nature destination. From trekking through the hills, valleys, and rivers to snorkeling and diving, there are truly remarkable experiences awaiting you in Palawan. 

The island province of Palawan has so much to offer to those who want to get to the heart and soul of the Philippines.

If there’s one place you have to add to your 10 days in the Philippines itinerary, it’s El Nido. Your best bet is to fly into Puerto Princesa and travel up the island by bus.

It’s a world of postcard like islands and our favourite destination in the Philippines.

There are a variety of island hopping tours including El Nido: Island Hopping Tour A Lagoons and Beaches.

The island also boasts about its UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Puerto Princesa underground river.

It’s one of the most popular places in the south so we recommend booking your Puerto Princesa Underground River Full-Day Trip in advance.

El Nido Tour A & C El Nido Tour Packages In El Nido Things To Do In El Nido
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Siargao (3 Days)

Things to do:
Magpupungko Rock Pools
Sugba Lagoon
Siargao Island Hopping
Man Made Forest

Surf, good food and good vibes!

Next up, we flew right out East to our second favourite island, Siargao.

Siargao is a tear-drop shaped island known as the ‘Surfing Capital of the Philippines’, but you don’t need to be a surfer to enjoy the beautiful scenery and natural attractions on the island.

Its laid back vibes and hippie atmosphere captured our hearts and if you’re looking to chill, surf or eat green, then Siargao is the place for you.

Siargao is the Philippines’ new Bali. With smoothie shacks, surfing communities, and a completely different local culture, it’s becoming one of the ‘coolest’ places in the Philippines.

We also gave Siargao a good amount of time on the 10 days in the Philippines itinerary. This is because a couple of days will be travel days (the only downfall to wanting to see as much of the Philippines as possible).

In total you’ll get a good amount of time to island hop, surf, eat smoothie bowls, walk through the main town and visit all the amazing beaches the island has to offer.

Daku Island Siargao Tourist Spots Things To Do In Siargao
Siagrao Beach Clean Up Siargao Tourist Spots Things To Do In Siargao

Cebu (3 Days)

Things to do:
Kawasan Falls
Moalboal Diving
Snorkel The Sardine Run
Aguinid Falls
Tumalog Falls

Waterfall hunting and underwater activities!

Cebu is the largest island in the Visayas region, and is particularly rich in Spanish colonial history. It was the original capital of the Philippines until the 17th century.

As it’s the most central island to the main places in the Philippines, it acts as a hub for flights, ferries and other efficient modes of transport.

Cebu boasts of its ethnically diverse population. Its inhabitants are made up of Malay, Chinese, Filipino and an ever-growing number of westerners.

It’s now considered to be the most dynamic island in the Philippines, attracting tourist from all over the world.

Home to Kawasan Falls and Oslob’s famous whale sharks, these are two of the top reasons tourists come to the Philippines!

So if you’re looking to tick them both off, it may be worth booking a Oslob Whale Shark Swimming and Kawasan Falls Canyoneering tour in advance.

Cebu island also gives easy access to Bohol and Siquijor by ferry. 

After flying in from Siargao, a few days in Cebu is generally enough. This is where the waterfall adventures start. You can tick a couple of waterfalls off in a day and also try everything that Moalboal has to offer.

Down south there are some incredible waterfalls, such as Aguinid Falls and Tumalog Falls.

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Where To Stay In The Philippines

For pre-booking accommodation when travelling, we always recommend!

From 5 star hotels, to budget backpacker hostels, it’s got everything and the site is super easy to use.

So to compare deals, and pre-book all of your Philippines accommodation, you can check the latest prices on

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