Discover the Visayas off the beaten path

9 nights / 10 days

Travel presentation

Welcome (Mabuhay) to the heart of the Philippines called the Visayas Region. People living in this tropical archipelago are very proud of their culture that was built up along centuries of various influences. Filipinos have an Asian soul, a westerner spirit and their heartbeat follows the latino rhythms. Warm smiles are welcoming you to show you the real meaning of hospitality.

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Welcome to this land of adventure and culture where nature still has its word.

Highlights

Virgin Island (Bantayan)

Santiago bay and Bukilat Cave in Camotes

Chocolate Hills and the tarsiers in Bohol

Alona Beach in Panglao

Cebu - Camotes : Arrival in Cebu and transfer to Camotes

Camotes : Day tour to discover the island

Camotes : Free day

Camotes - Bantayan : Transfer to Bantayan

Bantayan : Island hopping in Hilantagaan and Virgin Island

Bantayan : Free Day

Bantayan - Bohol : transfer to Loboc

Bohol - Panglao : Discover Bohol

Panglao : Free Day or Dolphin watching and Pamilacan Island (optional)

Panglao - Cebu : Back to Cebu

Detailed program

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Cebu - Camotes : Arrival in Cebu and transfer to Camotes

Cebu Island is in the middle of the Visayas Region, on a 200km long island, its width doesn’t exceed 40km. This is one of the main cultural and economic hubs of the Philippines. Cebu is the eldest city of the country, also called Queen City of the South. Economically speaking, the city is very active in terms of exports and BPO.

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Upon arrival in Cebu Mactan International Airport, your driver will be waiting for you outside the terminal to take you to the pier 1 of Cebu city where you will board the fast craft (Ocean Jet) bound to Camotes Island, it takes less than 2 hours to reach this destination.


A vehicle will wait for you at the pier of Poro to take you to your resort: Santiago Bay Resort. Overlooking the beach and equipped with 2 swimming pools and 1 restaurant, it is one of the best places in the island. You can easily go down on the beach and try the local food or order a drink.

transfer airport-port

boat ticket Cebu-Camotes

transfer port-hotel

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Camotes : Day tour to discover the island

Camotes is actually a group of 3 main islands (Poro, Pacijan and Ponson) and 1 small islet (Tudela). The roads are not in great condition, so you don’t see a lot of vehicles there aside from motorbikes and tricycles. The legend has it that when the Spaniards arrived and asked the locals the name of their island, they replied “Camote” as they were cultivating their field and thought they were asked about their crop.


After breakfast, you will get in a multicab to visit the best spots of these islands: Mangodlong rock, Paraiso Cave, Lake Danao, Tulang diot Sand bar or snorkeling, Timubo Cave, Baywalk, Buho Rock, Bukilat Cave and Busay Falls. Don’t forget your swimsuit and your sunscreen!

Breakfast

Day tour in Camotes (Mangodlong Rock, Danao Lake, Baywalk, Busay Falls, etc...)

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Camotes : Free day

Today, you’re free to sleep in, relax and enjoy any of the 2 pools of the resort, the beach. If you want to go around, it is easy to rent a motorcycle at the gate of the resort.


Camotes is also a destination praised by divers because it's one of the rare spots where they have the chance to admire mandarine fishes.

Breakfast

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Camotes - Bantayan : Transfer to Bantayan

After breakfast, you will leave the resort and Camotes to go back to Cebu Island. You will take the ferry bound to Danao. Upon arrival, your driver will meet you and you will head North. It takes less than 2 hours to reach Hagnaya, the entry port to Santa fe, in Bantayan.


Bantayan is a small island (16km in length and 11km in width) in the North of Cebu that was badly hit by Yolanda Typhoon back in 2013. But now, it is difficult to see the damages that were caused 5 years ago. People really enjoy this lively island made of 3 municipalities: Santa Fe, Bantayan and Madridejos. Among the locals, this island is famous for its delicacy: the bulad. This is a dried fish whose smell can be quite disturbing for unused people. Filipinos usually fry it again before serving it.


Bantayan is also famous for its festival that takes place every year during holy week, it is one of the most festive place during this time of the year, and that’s probably why so many people head there. It’s a great destination away from the city where you can enjoy a long white sand beach.


Upon arrival, a vehicle will be waiting for you to accompany you to Amihan Beach Cabanas, your resort for the next three nights.


You can start enjoying the beach, walk around and check the neighborhood. You may rent a bicycle or a motorbike to go around and visit the Octong Cave, for instance. At night, people usually hang out in the center of Santa Fe, just a ride of tricycle away, in MJ Square.

transfer hotel-port

boat ticket Camotes-Danao

Land transfer Danao-Hagnaya

Boat ticket Hagnaya-Santa Fe

transfer port-hotel

Breakfast

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Bantayan : Island hopping in Hilantagaan and Virgin Island

After breakfast, you will take a Bangka, the traditionnal fishermen's boat, to go to a couple of neighboring islands, so put on your swimsuit and don’t forget your sunblock and your snorkeling gear!


Lunch will be served in Virgin island, prepared by our crew while you visit the island. You will be amazed by the white sand beach and the crystal clear water. You can walk around the island until the other end where you can, if you’re brave enough, do some cliff jumping!

 

You will leave this heaven in the afternoon and head back to Bantayan, on the way, you will still make a last stop by some very large lagoons, the Balidbid lagoons. And then, you will be free to enjoy the nightlife of Bantayan.

Breakfast

Island Hopping (Virgin Island)

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Bantayan : Free Day

Today, you’re free to sleep in, relax and enjoy the beach. If you want to go around, it is easy to rent a motorcycle or a bicycle. You might want to take this opportunity to discover the reste of the island including the municipality of Bantayan and its church and its market as well as the Ruins, Sandira Beach, etc...


Bantayan Island is also praised by the kite-surfers, so if you're up for some extreme sport, here's your chance!

Breakfast

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Bantayan - Bohol : transfer to Loboc

In the morning, you will take the ferry back to Cebu Island. From there, you will go down to Cebu city to board another fast craft bound to Tagbilaran, the capital city of Bohol Island. It takes about 3 hours and a half to reach Cebu city, and then, the boat trip is 2 hours long.


Upon arrival at the port of Tagbilaran, a vehicle will be waiting for you to take you to the Loboc River resort where you will spend the night.


Loboc River Resort is a charming resort along the Loboc river made of elevated cottages. You will have your diner facing the river in a calm and romantic atmosphere. After dinner, you will embark on a short cruise to see the fireflies in the Talisay trees.

Breakfast

transfer hotel-port

Boat trip Sta Fe-Hagnaya

Land Transfer Hagnaya-Cebu Port

Boat ticket Cebu-Tagbilaran

transfer port-hotel

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Bohol - Panglao : Discover Bohol

You will have a whole day of visits as follows : 

  • Loboc Eco-tourism Adventure Park (optional) : a 520m long zip-line, 120m above the Loboc river,
  • Corella Tarsier Sanctuary : watch the smallest primate in the world. 
  • Bilar Man-Made Forest, 
  • Chocolate Hills, 
  • River-Cruise on a floating restaurant, 
  • Baclayon or Alburquerque church, 
  • Blood compact.

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You will arrive in Panglao late in the afternoon and check in at your resort, Scent of Green Papaya where you will spend the next two nights.

Breakfast

Bohol countryside day tour (Chocolate Hills, tarsiers, river cruise, etc...)

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Panglao : Free Day or Dolphin watching and Pamilacan Island (optional)

Today, you're free to relax or go around as you wish and visit Panglao and the famoun Hinagdanan cave or Bohol Bee Farm, a resort and an organic farm, open for visit. They are serving in their restaurant the products they are growing in their own garden. Their dishes are healthy and original in the same time. You will definitely enjoy their flower salad as well as their ice-cream! You may choose among Malunggay, honey, spicy ginger, pandan, dragonfruit, etc… All of these products are, of course, also available in their store.


But if you're up for more adventures, we have something special for you.


If you opt for this adventure, you will discover Pamilacan, a small and traditionnal fishermen’s island. At sunrise, you will take a banca and on your way, you might see some dolphins ! You can do some snorkeling in their marine sanctuary or enjoy a hilot massage by the beach. Don’t hesitate to take a walk to visit the island.


You will be back in Panglao around 3pm where you can either relax or go to Alona Beach, the famous tourist spot where most hotels, restaurants, bars, dive shops are located.

Breakfast

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Panglao - Cebu : Back to Cebu

In the morning, you will head to the port of Tagbilaran to take the Ocean Jet bound to Cebu. Depending on your flight's schedule, you might stop by the basilica del Santo Niño, the oldest church in the Philippines and in Asia, and SM City for some shopping. If you need a last chance to buy some souvenirs, head to Kultura.


The driver will send you to the airport of Mactan, and drop you off at the terminal 2 (international flights) at least 3 hours before your flight.

Breakfast

transfer hotel-port

boat ticket Tagbilaran-Cebu

transfer port-airport

Rates

$1,450 per person

*Schedule of tours are provided for information purpose only and may change without prior notice depending on the weather and availabilities of the providers.

Price does not include :

International flights

Tips

Meals (unless explicitely mentioned otherwise)

Drinks

Terminal fees and luggage fees for boat trips 

Porters



OPTIONAL:

Private Pamilacan Tour - $70 per person

Extra/Additional night in Panglao - $96 per person