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Islands around El Nido, Palawan, Philippines

Explore the islands around El Nido, Palawan.

Map of Philippines Tourist AreasHow to Plan Your Philippines Holiday

A simple guide to main tourist areas, what they offer, and how they best combine

With the Philippines being made up of so many islands, (7,107), we understand it can be a little daunting working out where best to visit, especially if limited on time. We hope this guide will help you choose what to include. Once you know, select the regions you wish to include on our special Enquiry Form...

Recommended 7 Day Tours:

For 14 Days, pick any 2 Tours. For 21 Days, pick any 3. Select additional destinations as add-ons.

• North Luzon: The Rice Terraces & Ilocos - 7 Days

• North Luzon: The Rice Terraces & Cagayan Valley - 7 Days

• North Luzon: Cagayan Valley Adventure Tour - 7 Days

• South Luzon: Bicol and Camarines Sur - 7 Days

• Palawan: Puerto Princesa and El Nido - 7 Days

• Visayas: Bohol and Cebu - 7 Days

• Visayas: Bohol and Dumaguete - 7 Days

Enquiry Button• Visayas: Bacolod, Iloilo, and Boracay - 7 Days


• Boracay

• Puerto Galera

Enquiry Button• Calamian Islands

Popular Tourist Regions

Enquiry ButtonThe Rice Terraces & Sagada

Why Go There?

Culture, Stunning Scenery, Trekking

Need to Know

The Rice Terraces is accessed by road. A journey of around 10 hours. We mainly run private tours travelling during the day, but have alternative tours for those on a budget willing to travel by air-con buses overnight.

Enquiry ButtonIlocos - Laoag, Vigan & Pagudpud

Why Go There?

Historic Spanish Architecture, Beaches of Pagudpud

Need to Know

Links to most other popular Philippines Tourist Areas via Manila. Ilocos is an hour's flight from the capital. Connects with the Rice Terraces via a lengthy road journey with an overnight stop in Baguio City.

Enquiry ButtonPuerto Galera & Mindoro

Why Go There?

Lively Beach Resorts. Diving, Sailing (with lessons), One of the World's most Beautiful Bays!

Need to Know

Easily reached from Manila, by road to Batangas, and then regular ferries.


Why Go There?

Mayon & Bulisan Volcanoes, Trekking, Donsol Whale Sharks (between November and May), Albay Provincial Tour, Ticao Island (Diving with Manta Rays, Pony Trekking)

Need to Know

Legazpi is an hour's flight from Manila.

Enquiry ButtonCalamian Islands (Coron)

Why Go There?

Stunning Scenery, Remote Islands, Water sports, Diving - (World War II Wrecks), Calauit Island Game Reserve and Wildlife Sanctuary.

Need to Know

The airport is on the island of Busuanga, with flights from Manila. (Occasional flights from Puerto Princesa, Palawan.) There is no regular, reliable ferry between El Nido and Coron. Most visitors choose either Calamian island OR El Nido to visit. Calauit Island Game Reserve and Wildlife Sanctuary is a little piece of "Africa", in the South China Sea!

Enquiry ButtonPalawan

Why Go There?

Known as the Philippines Last frontier. St Paul's Underground River, Stunning El Nido. Island Hopping, Trekking, Snorkelling.

Need to Know

Most visitors arrive at Puerto Princess, from Manila or Cebu in the Central Visayas. Puerto Princesa to El Nido is a road journey of around 5 hours. El Nido does have an airport, but flights are mainly reserved for those staying at one of the El Nido Luxury Resorts. Limited availability otherwise, and tickets not issued in advance.

Enquiry ButtonCentral Visayas - Bohol, Cebu, Dumaguete, & Boracay

Why Go There?

Group of islands that link well together. Cebu History & Diving. Bohol Scenery, and Beaches, Diving, plus Whale & Dolphin Spotting, and Island Hopping. Dumaguete for Diving. Boracay for one of the world's best beaches, plus water sports and nightlife.

Neighbouring smaller islands may be included in a stay here, including Malapascua, and Bantayan island, both off Cebu, and Siquijor, off Dumaguete.

Need to Know

Boracay is reached by air from Manila or Cebu. Cebu, Bohol, and Dumaguete each have airports, with flights from Manila, and link up together via fast ferries.

Enquiry ButtonBatanes

Why Go There?

Batanes is the most northerly, remote island group quite unlike any other part of the Philippines

Need to Know

Flights are daily from Manila. Relatively expensive due to its exclusivity. A very special character, friendship and trust

Enquiry ButtonDavao & Samal Island

Why Go There?

Relaxation on Samal Island. Apo Highlands, and Philippine Eagle Centre. Culture of Tibolo Village.

Need to Know

Mindanao is usually cited as a place to avoid, due to a history insurrection with the Philippines government. We don't generally include Mindanao in our tours. We can include Davao and Samal Island, which are considered safe areas, by request.

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