Right in the heart of the Visayas, nearly 600km south of Manila, the island of Cebu is the ninth largest in the Philippines and site of the second largest city, Cebu City, an important transport hub with ferry and air connections to the rest of the Philippines. Cebu is a long, narrow island – 300km from top to bottom and only 40km wide at its thickest point – with a mountainous and rugged spine. Most tourists spend little time in the towns, heading off as soon as possible to the beaches and islands of the north or west. The closest beaches to Cebu City are on Mactan Island just to the southeast, although they are by no means the best. Head north instead to the marvellous island of Malapascua, where the sand is as fine as Boracay’s, to tranquil Bantayan off the northwest coast, or to really get away from it all, to the isolated Camotes Islands. To the south of Cebu City, you can take a bus along the coast through the old Spanish town of Carcar and across the island to the diving haven of Moalboal and its nearby beaches.
Cebu is 200 km long and only 40 km wide on its widest point. Its locked between Negros, Bohol and Leyte.
The island is 587 km south of Manila and is the second
international gateway to the Philippines. With its 6 major
cities, Cebu, Danao, Talisay, Lapu Lapu, Mandaue and
Toledo and its 47 towns the island of Cebu leads the
traditional and non-traditional exports and has the highest
economic growth rate anywhere in the Philippines.
In the northern tip of the Cebu Island you will fi nd Mala
pascua and Bantayan two Islands which offer you a perfect place to escape the buzzling city. The latter one
is the only place where you can find lechon (roasted pig) on Semana Santa - you can imagine
how crowded it will be in those days. Malapascua, also called the little Boracay has
perfect diving spots and nice white sand beaches.
Arriving & Leaving
Cebu has an international airport with flights from Singapore and Hongkong (almost) daily. Mactan International Airport is at the island in front of Cebu. From Manila, Cebu is just an hour away by plane. There are also daily domestic flights to all
The main entry point through and from Cebu is by boat via Cebu City. The nearby islands are connected via Fastboats and slowboats. Other ports are in Bato (Ferries to Tampi, Negros - 20 min) and Toledo (Ferries to San Carlos, Negros - 11⁄2h).
Regular bus transfer and V-Hire (Van) connects all of Cebus cities and towns.
Snorkeling and Diving ...