A week in the Philippines

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A week is the least we can do to discover the Philippines. Here, only great classics perhaps, but which are worth more than the effort

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Manila Cathedral. Parc Rizal. Chinese shop in Manila. La Laguna beach. Mangrove in Coron City, Busuanga. The extraordinary beauty of the island of Coron off Busuanga. Roxas Boulevard.

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  • Manila
  • Puerto Galera
  • Sabang
  • Busuanga Island
  • Coron Island
  • Samal Island
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Details of the stay: A week in the Philippines - 7 days

Day 1 : Manila, land and sea side

In the morning, walk along the Bay of Manila to get to Rizal Park. This bay is one of the favorite places for Filipinos to go for Sunday walks. You can meet the population and see the monument erected in honour of the national hero, Dr. Rizal. In the afternoon, visit the intramural district to immerse yourself in the Spanish colonial way of life. You should walk around Plaza San Luiz where cafés, restaurants and shops have been set up. In the evening, after a final stroll along the Bay of Manila to watch the sunset, direction Malate or Makati, two of the most lively districts of the capital.

Day 2 : Manila, city side and shopping

Visit the Chinese cemetery, which is a city within the city: it extends over 40 hectares and the tombs are real houses. Some are even equipped with a telephone, toilets, air conditioning... In the afternoon, visit the Malate and Ermita district which extends south of the Rizal park. A little further on, in Paranáque, discover the Philippine Cultural Centre (CCP), which houses the National Opera and the Museo ng Kalinangang Pilipino, dedicated to the art and lifestyle of various ethnic groups. There are many exhibitions and concerts there. You can continue the visit by discovering the Divisoria market (the largest in the country), a change of scenery guaranteed. Back to the city centre, a well-deserved stopover in the Makati district, which will certainly seduce shopping lovers with an incredible concentration of shopping centres.

Day 3 : Puerto Galera (Mindoro).

For divers, departure from Manila early in the morning via a very convenient combination bus-ferry to arrive early in the afternoon in Puerto Galera; choose a hotel on the beach of Sabang to be in the heart of the animation or on Big or Small La Laguna beaches to be quieter. Resorts in the area offer attractive packages including accommodation and diving.

Day 4 : Puerto Galera (Mindoro): diving day

It would be more than a shame not to take advantage of your stay in the Philippines to discover its wonderful seabed. This may well be the case here in Puerto Galera, as sea outings are daily and suitable for all levels

Day 5 : Calamian Islands

Take a flight to Coron City (Busuanga Island). There, you can make world famous dives on wrecks.

Day 6 : Nautical excursion

Excursion to Coron Island to discover beautiful deserted beaches and inland lakes.

Day 7 : Return to Manila

Return flight to Manila before taking its international flight.

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