If you are looking for a memorable shore excursion in the Philippines, you might want to consider visiting Boracay, a small island with stunning beaches and a variety of activities. Boracay is one of the most popular destinations in the Philippines, and for good reasons. You can enjoy the white sand, turquoise water, and spectacular sunsets, as well as try some adventurous sports like parasailing, snorkeling, or fly fish.
A shore excursion in Manila can offer you a glimpse of the rich history, culture and cuisine of this vibrant metropolis. You can visit historical landmarks such as Intramuros, Rizal Park and Fort Santiago, or explore modern attractions such as malls, museums and parks. You can also sample some of the local delicacies such as adobo, halo-halo and pancit. A shore excursion in Manila is a great way to experience the diversity and charm of this Southeast Asian city.
Join us for a fun and exciting Puerto Princesa shore excursion! You will get to see the amazing sights of this beautiful island, such as the stunning Underground River, the colorful Honda Bay, and the charming city center. You will also enjoy a delicious buffet lunch and a friendly English guided tour. Don't miss this opportunity to experience the best of Puerto Princesa in one day!
Enjoy a day of exploring the historical and cultural attractions of Manila, the capital city of the Philippines. You will visit the following places:
- Rizal Park: This is a memorial park dedicated to the national hero of the Philippines, Dr. Jose Rizal, who fought against Spanish colonialism and was executed in 1896. You will see his bronze statue, which depicts him holding a book and a quill, as well as his parents on either side. The park also features a museum, a planetarium, and a Japanese garden. You will stay here for about 20 minutes.
- Manila Cathedral: This is the main church of the Catholic Archdiocese of Manila, which dates back to 1581. The cathedral has a majestic facade with six white statues of saints and angels, and a cross on top. The interior is decorated with stained glass windows, paintings, and sculptures. You will stay here for about 20 minutes.
- San Agustin Church: This is the oldest stone church in the Philippines, built in 1607. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, along with three other churches in the country. The church has survived earthquakes, typhoons, and wars, and has a rich collection of religious art and relics. You will stay here for about 60 minutes.
- Chinese Museum: This is the world's first museum dedicated to the history and culture of the Chinese Filipinos, who have been living in the Philippines for nearly a thousand years. The museum showcases their contributions to various fields such as trade, education, arts, and politics. You will stay here for about 30 minutes.
- Fort Santiago: This is a citadel that was built by the Spanish in 1593 to protect Manila from invaders. It was also used as a prison and a torture chamber during different periods of history. Here you will see the dungeons, the barracks, and the shrine of Dr. Jose Rizal, who was imprisoned here before his execution. You will stay here for about 60 minutes.
- Casa Manila Museum: This is a replica of a colonial mansion that showcases the lifestyle of the wealthy Filipinos during the Spanish era. The museum displays antique furniture, paintings, ceramics, and other items from various countries that influenced Philippine culture. You will stay here for about 20 minutes.
This shore excursion will give you a glimpse of Manila's past and present, as well as its diverse and vibrant culture.
Boracay is a tropical paradise that offers many attractions for visitors. Here are some of the highlights that you can enjoy during your stay:
- Diniwid Beach – a beautiful smaller white sand beach that is a tranquil destination just a few minutes away from the popular Station 1 area. It is a great spot for anyone wanting to escape the usual white sand beaches of Boracay and is looking for a peaceful and serene ambiance.
- Puka Beach - a serene destination in Boracay that boasts a white-sand shore that contains bits of coral. Going on for 800 meters, it is also one of the longest beaches on the island.
- Willy’s Rock - a rocky outcrop that forms a tidal island with a statue of the Virgin Mary on top of steps that are carved into the volcanic rock. It is arguably Boracay’s most photographed landmark.
- Buffet Lunch at the Reef Rock – a restaurant that offers a variety of dishes, from Filipino cuisine to international favorites. You can enjoy your meal while overlooking the stunning views of the ocean and the nearby islands.
- Coral Garden Snorkeling – also known as the house reef dive site. Coral Garden got its name from the hard corals that are forming all over the reef, especially the cabbage corals and the numerous species of soft corals. It is a great place to see colorful fish and other marine life. OR Crocodile Island Snorkeling - a small uninhabited island that's a popular stop-off on island-hopping excursions from Boracay. The island earns its name from its distinctive shape, which vaguely resembles a crocodile's head. It is a snorkeling spot that has rich coral formations and diverse marine life.
- Crystal Cove island - a private beach island near Boracay. The main attractions of the island are its 2 coves and white sand beaches, which offer great opportunities for swimming and snorkeling in the clear blue waters just off the shore. OR Magic island - a small tropical paradise located about 6 KM away from Boracay Island. Similar to Boracay, this destination boasts a white sand beach and is surrounded by pristine aquamarine waters that are filled with rich marine life. It has also become one of the usual stopovers for island-hopping tours around Boracay.
These are some of the best places to visit in Boracay that will make your vacation memorable and enjoyable.
Honday Bay Island Hopping is a popular tour package that lets you explore three beautiful islands near Puerto Princesa City in Palawan. You can enjoy snorkeling, swimming, kayaking, and relaxing on the white sand beaches of Cowrie Island, Starfish Island, and Luli Island. You can also see the amazing marine life at Pambato Reef and learn about the importance of coral conservation. This tour is perfect for anyone who loves nature and adventure.
Starfish Island is a small island with a lot of starfishes on its shore. You can see different colors and sizes of starfishes as you walk along the beach or snorkel in the clear water. The island also has some stilt huts that offer accommodation for overnight guests. You can also see other fish species like fusiliers and puffers near the rocks on the northeast side of the island.
Luli Island is a unique island that disappears and reappears depending on the tide. The name Luli comes from the Filipino words "lulubog" and "lilitaw", which mean to sink and to emerge. During low tide, you can see the sandbar and walk around the island. During high tide, only the cottages and the bamboo bridge remain visible. You can swim, sunbathe, or play volleyball on this island.
Cowrie Island is the largest and most developed island in Honday Bay. It has a restaurant, a bar, a spa, and a souvenir shop. It also has a lot of facilities for water activities like banana boat, jet ski, parasailing, and more. You can also snorkel and see colorful corals and fish. This island is named after the cowrie shells that are abundant in the area.
The Honday Bay Island Hopping tour ends with a drop off at the cruise dock, where you can board your ship and continue your journey.
We highly recommend that you book our shore excursions now if you will be taking a cruise in 2024. 2023 has already seen large crowds, and 2024 will see even more. We expect many tourists will be unable to book their shore excursions in 2024, so please make your plan as soon as possible.
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