Siargao > Boracay > El Nido > Coron

Would suggest this if you have a short time but enough budget and determination for a lot of flying. The last two legs back to Manila are relaxing by water.

The total cost for a two week vacation along this route would be from
 1,000 – 2,000 USD   depending on how fancy you choose your accommodation. Go here for other tours   

Flight from Manila to Siargao

Get the heck out of Manila dude, and straight to the beach! A really awesome place.

Accommodation in Siargao

Surfer capital of the Philippines with a good reputation worldwide, happy hippy hangout and lots to do and see. Make sure you study it thoroughly to decide how long you want to stay at least.

Here are a few top options for accommodation, or click on one of the buttons to see all options (from

Flight from Siargao to Boracay (requires stopover in Cebu)

Flight from Siargoa to Cebu

Flight from Cebu to Boracay

Accommodation in Boracay

Boracay is the hotspot of the country, one of its big kitesurfing capitals where many competitions are held – including international ones. But because it has become such a famous party beach, the authorities clamped down and now it is only possible to get onto the island with proof of prepaid accommodation. The authorities have really cleaned up the place and now it is more expensive, but with a slightly more laid back but still great party scene. There are also some off the beaten path islands just to the north, so lots to see in the area.

Now to continue can get a bit tricky and you’ll have to decide according to your budget and schedule. There are several options:

  • A cheaper route might be Boracay down south to Puerto Princesa, where you can check out the Underground River Tour, one of the declared seven wonders of the world. But it is quite touristy, not so hot in the end, and you will lose at least one entire day. There are more things to see here, so perhaps consider saving for a Palawan tour only some other time. Below you will find flight ideas.
  • If you are short on time and have the budget, you can find different ways to go directly from Boracay to El Nido, such as for around $110 by Air Swift, if you can manage a flight, or possibly by Air Asia.
  • Or possibly a flight from Boracay to Coron, then boat trip down to El Nido then fly back to Manila from there (options shown below). Personally though I prefer ending the entire tour in a relaxing way by taking the overnight party ferry from Coron to Manila (link at the very bottom).


Flight from Boracay to Puerto Princesa

Accommodation in Puerto Princesa

Some live music but not really a town worth visiting. But up the coast towards El Nido there is the famous Underground River Tour, but also the nice little beach towns of Sabang and Port Barton. These are good to visit on a tour of Palawan only, as there are other wonders to see on the island, such as 6m long ocean alligators!

My personal accommodation choices can be found through the link above, including information on the Underground River Tour.

Accommodation in El Nido

Good party town, lots of live music, great lagoons and beaches, and a pretty funky zipline! You can find my personal experiences through the El Nido link above, including the El Nido boat tours, which we can also arrange for you.

Boat to Coron

Another party town, some live music. Good for diving, 8 shipwrecks, nice lagoons and beaches too. More locals here and more of a chill hangout than El Nido.

At this point you have a juicy decision to make. You can take one of the daily ferries, which can include the 3.5 hour fastcraft, or you can dillydally your way north on a multiple day custom private or group boat tour, since there are 82 paradise beach islands along the way and off the beaten path. This could easily or probably be the highlight of your trip to the Philippines, as per feedback from our guests. Minimum 2 days, 4 being the most popular. If you can round up enough interest to form a group, you can go for free, otherwise the boat itself costs about $1,000 total for a four day trip, not including food, accommodation and entrance fees (the site will calculate total costs based on the number of people and days).

We can also arrange tours for you around Coron only.

Flight from Boracay to Coron

Accommodation in Coron

Another party town, some live music. Good for diving, 8 shipwrecks, nice lagoons and beaches too. More locals here and more of a chill hangout than El Nido.

Boat or flight back to Manila

You can catch a flight back to Manila:

but personally I prefer taking the overnight 2Go ferry. A nice relaxing way to end your stay in this beautiful country before hitting the mega people traffic and busy life of Manila, and possibly your last chance to get some more Filipino karaoke in! (Mostly professional singers with occasional customers.)

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We are a family operation managing private custom boat tours in the beautiful Palawan area, and are happy to help travelers with their plans through the country, having traveled a lot of it ourselves and planning to visit it all.

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