Philippines 1 Week Travel Itinerary

In February of this year, after my Bali trip, I went to the Philippines for 10 days. I went with my friends Tara (@luxe_tourista) and Aleisha (@eat.shop.travel) to Palawan (Coron and El Nido) as well as to Borocay.

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Jessy, Tara and Aleisha 

 

Below I will share my recommendations of what we did, where we stayed and if there are any other particulars worth sharing.

 

3 Nights in Coron 

We stayed in Coron mainly because of all the beaches and picturesque ocean views.  It was a bit challenging to find a reasonably priced decent hotel, but we found “Blue Wave Hotel“. This hotel was in an ideal location close to the boats, it was clean, included breakfast, had a pool and the staff were super helpful with organizing boat tours and massages (highly recommend doing this while in the Philippines).

https://www.agoda.com/en-ca/bluewave-hotel/hotel/palawan-ph.html?

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Blue Wave Hotel 

 

In Coron, we did two days back to back of private boat tours. It was approximately $70 Canadian  per person for us to hire our own boat (for the 3 of us). It included several stops, hotel drop off and pick up, as well as lunch.

 

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Boat ride in Coron

 

Boat tour 1:

Our first full day tour included the following stops:

  • Kayangan Lake
  • Twin Lagoon
  • Skeleton Wreck
  • Balinsasayaw Reef
  • Banal Beach

 

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Kayangan Lake 

 

While I had the most amazing day on the boat tour, I did make the mistake of eating  fish cooked by our captain.  I was the only one who devoured it, and sadly I got severe food poisoning (and not just GI issues, but virtigo, lethargy, and at one point blacking out). I struggled with the food on this island as it was tough to find healthy options- everything seemed to be processed or deep fried. But I suspect it was the area we were in. The fresh mangoes, however,  were amazing!

 

Boat tour 2:

We rented another boat the second day. While I was still sick and spent most of it sleeping or laying low, I am super happy I got to experience these islands. We did several stop overs including:

  • Malcapuyu Isand
  • Coco Beach
  • Waling Waling Sand Bar
  • Ditaytayan Sandbar

 

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Malcupuyu Island 

 

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Coco Beach 

 

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Ditaytayan Sandbar 

 

This sandbar was the highlight of my trip to the Philippines. I was actually sleeping on the boat while Aleisha and Tara went ashore. The captain woke me up and convinced me not to miss out. I felt so sick but I am so happy I got the adrenaline to push through.

 

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4 Nights in El Nido 

We took a 4 hour ferry ride from Coron to El Nido. Be mindful that it can take up a chunk of your day. Had we known it would take that long (wait times of over an hour to board etc) , we probably would have taken a flight especially since I still wasn’t feeling well.

When we got to El Nido, we checked into Seda Hotel for 4 nights. This place was a new luxury hotel equipt with beach front access, a pool, a gym and a spa. I loved being able to work out again. I swear it was key to making me feel better again. And maybe a massage or two. The prices are significantly cheaper than Toronto (approximately $30 for full body massages or facials).

https://lio.sedahotels.com

 

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Seda Hotel, El Nido 

 

Our hotel was in walking distance to beach front stores and restaurants called Lio Beach. We had a variety of options to eat, but one of my favourites was a place called “Shaka, the Healthy Alternative”- a vegan healthy restaurant.  I enjoyed dishes like pad Thai with tamarind jackfruit or a refreshing smoothie bowl.

https://www.shakacafes.com/#menu

 

 

The sunsets by Lio beach or in front of Seda Hotel were magical. They are certainly some of the best I’ve seen.

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Sunsets in El Nido

 

In El Nido we did another private boat tour, similar in price to Coron. This region consists of 45 islands so I really enjoyed the boat ride and multiple stops including:

  • Small Lagoon
  • Secret Lagoon
  • 7 commando beach
  • Entatula Island
  • Papaya Bay
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Small Lagoon

 

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Papaya Beach 

 

I will be sharing more photos on my Instagram from these islands over the next month so be sure to check out @scrubs2sweats.

https://www.instagram.com/scrubs2sweats/

 

3 Nights in Borocay

Tara and I flew from El Nido to Borocay. This last island stop was noticeably different from El Nido or Coron. It was more touristy and populated- a definite beach town.

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I stayed at “Alta Vista Borocay”. It was a little larger than my typical preference for a boutique hotel. The hotel had an awesome infinity pool, and it was about 20 minutes to the main area “D’mall”.

https://altavistadeboracay.com.ph

 

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Alta Vista Borocay 

 

I chose to spend some time relaxing by the pool and siping on their iced hibiscus tea (the best I’ve ever had). In the evenings Tara and I would head to D’Mall area for dinner, walking the beach stretch packed with a variety of stores, restaurants and hotels.

For all the foodies out there, this area is packed with lots of options including a variety of gelato flavours, roasted corn on the Cobb, flavoured ice flakes, to name a few.

 

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Mango Ice Flakes – Halo Halo

 

I definitely didn’t exhaust the Philippines- there are more islands and more places to explore so I would definitely recommend longer than 10 days; however this time frame is sufficient for getting a taste of the region.

Thank you for reading along. Please feel free to comment below if you have anything to add or have any questions.

 

xo,

Jessy

 

 

 

 

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