Visayas Explorer

19 Days - from £2130 per person

The central island group in the Philippines, the Visayas is home to stunning beaches, unique wildlife, world-class diving, colonial history, and cultural gems to delight the senses. Start in Cebu to see some of the nation’s Spanish colonial history before heading to Bohol. Enjoy this delightful island with its beautiful beaches, tradition of artisanship, and great places to explore. Spend some time on mystical Siquijor meeting a traditional healer, snorkeling off neighboring Apo Island, and taking a dip at Cambugahay Falls. Your final island will be Negros where you’ll have time to dive and explore around Dumaguete before we get you off the beaten path with visits to Danjugan Island and the city of Bacolod.

Day 1 - Touchdown in Cebu

This afternoon your overnight flight arrives in Cebu, the third largest city in the Philippines. Your private driver will greet you at Mactan-Cebu International Airport and transport you to your comfortable accommodation. We’ve not planned anything for this afternoon to allow you to recover from your flight, so relax or head out for a wander.

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Day 2 - Cebu City

Your private guide will meet you this morning for a tour of the city of Cebu. Much of the tour you’ll be on foot as the city’s historical and cultural landmarks are quite close to one another. You’ll see Magellan’s Cross, Fort San Pedro, the Carbon Market and more as you learn about the history and daily life of Cebu.

Days 3-6 - Beach time in Bohol

Board a ferry to the island of Bohol where you’ll be collected and transferred to your seaside resort in Panglao. You’ll have a private guide and driver one day who will take you to the Tarsier Sanctuary, Chocolate Hills, for a lunchtime cruise on the Loboc River with others, and beyond. The other days are at your leisure to dive, snorkel, relax, dine, and explore.

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Days 7-10 - Serene Siquijor

Travel by ferry to the mystical island of Siquijor and settle into your home for the next four nights. Siquijor is known for sorcery and healing so you’ll have a chance to meet a healer and ask your guide about island legends. See Cambugahay Falls, the century old Balete Tree with its natural fish spa, and climb up to the highest point on the island for a lovely view. Enjoy a few days relaxing on this peaceful island with its quiet beaches and consider a day trip to Apo Island for snorkeling with turtles or diving in the well-preserved marine park.

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Days 11-13 - Go West to Negros Oriental

Travel by ferry to Dumaguete on the island of Negros and check in to your next seaside home. We’ve arranged for one full free day when you can dive the offshore waters teeming with macro life, see the university town of Dumaguete, or just relax. We’ve also set up a private tour to Lake Balinsasayaw where you can spot a variety of tropical birds, kayak, walk to waterfalls, and taste the edible plants that grow around this crater lake.

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Days 14-15 - Adventure to Danjugan Island

Today you’ll head off the beaten path to Danjugan Island. To reach it, you’ll cross to Negros Occidental with plenty of stops to admire the mountainous terrain. Danjugan is a research and training ground for conservationists and is protected both in the water and on land. This eco-friendly retreat is the ideal place to experience nature at its finest. Kayak, dive, snorkel, trek to the watch tower, talk with the local guides about the wildlife being preserved in this natural sanctuary, or just take it easy and enjoy the beauty around you.

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Days 16-18 - Ancestral houses and sugar plantations of Bacolod

Travel north to Bacolod, the City of Smiles. This will be your final base in the Visayas. We’ve set up one full day with a private guide to see the heritage area of Silay, a sugar plantation and well-preserved Gaston Mansion, and other cultural highlights of the area. Your final day will be yours to do as you please and perhaps begin plotting your next trip to this beautiful country!

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Day 19 - Homeward bound

Board a morning flight from Bacolod to Manila or Cebu and transfer to your international flight home. Safe travels!

DETAILS:

This itinerary costs from £2130 per person B&B and is based on two people sharing during the high season (Nov-May) excluding the Christmas and New Year, Chinese New Year, Easter, and other holiday periods. The price includes all private transfers and domestic travel but not international flights.

International flights tend to cost between £400 and £700 per person return – do ask us for advice. Alternatively we can book the flights for you but a booking fee may apply.

INCLUDED:

  • Prices start from £2130 per person
  • Accommodation on B&B basis
  • Private transfers in an air-conditioned vehicle or by boat as noted
  • Local taxes
  • Entrance fees
  • All excursions and activities mentioned in the itinerary
  • Internal flight
  • All trips are ATOL protected or ABTA bonded to ensure you are fully covered