With over 7000 islands and slow public transport, the Philippines isn't the easiest place for which to develop an itinerary. Unless you want to pay US$75 for a visa, you're limited to 21 days.
To make the best use of your time, plan to stay in one area for the majority of your trip. Our itinerary is focused on the Visayas and can take anywhere from three weeks to three months depending on how slow you want to move.
We began our trip in Bohol, but you can fly in anywhere that has a flight sale.
- Spend a few days in Bohol to see the strange-looking tarsiers, the famous Chocolate Hills, and some amazing underwater life by Balicasag Island.
- Take a ferry to Camiguin, where you can chill out in hot springs, cool off in cool springs, and snorkel around a sunken cemetery. (Camiguin is technically in Mindanao, but it's safe and easy to get to from the Visayas. The people there even consider themselves part of the Visayas.)
- Relax in Siquijor and spend your days exploring the perfect beaches and cliff-jumping into turquoise water.
- Head to Negros [if the weather is good]](|filename|0035_Sugar_Beach_How_to.md); otherwise take the ferry to Cebu and snorkel with the whale sharks in Oslob.
- Don't miss your chance to dive with thresher sharks in Malapascua
For more info, see our tips for backpacking Philippines.
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