The enticement gets thickened with some versatile spices from different regions besides adulating the sparkling white-sand beaches….surfing and boarding along to the tempting spas rejuvenating you from time to time…….and ending in the awesome mountains and beautiful coastlines that await your attention………..on the….. Cebu Holiday Package!!!!!
Simply being from Cebu carries a certain cultural heft, and it’s not hard to see why……. it is the hub around which the Visayas revolve and the most densely populated island in the Philippines….. second only to Luzon in its strategic and economic importance to the country….. It also has rolling hills and rugged mountain ranges traversing the northern and southern lengths and the highest mountains are over a thousand meters high……. The main attractions are its white-sand beaches and spectacular diving, namely off the northern tip of Cebu at Bantayan and Malapascua islands, as well as on the southwest coast at Moalboal….. and don’t ignore the much-maligned Cebu City, which has lively bars, emerging eateries and great island-hopping opportunities.
Cebu City is like an entrée-sized Manila….. it’s energetic, exciting and fast-paced, or loud, depending on your perspective…….. If you give it a chance, you’ll find plenty to do here…… Moalboal…..Diving, drinking and dining….. in that order….. top the list of activities here…..though .it’s hard to pronounce….. try mo-ahl-bo-ahl…… About ninety kilometres from Cebu City, this island proper is on the main road…. the part that tourists mean when they say ‘Moalboal’ is actually Panagsama Beach, a cramped and rowdy resort village which is a short tricycle or habal-habal ride west of town…….the Malapascua Island…….While it’s the world-class diving that would attract most of you to this tiny and idyllic island, its lovely beaches and air of joie de vivre are what confirms its reputation as one of Cebu’s most popular destinations…… Diving with the thresher sharks is the main highlight over here….. the Bantayan Island…..Those looking for a place where there’s nothing to do other than laze on a beach will love Bantayan Island…… There’s no diving, no canyoning or volcanoes to scale, just a blinding white-sand beach, fantastic food and lively drinking spots…… The relaxed, bucolic town of Santa Fe on the island’s southern coast is where you’ll find the nicest stretch of beach and low-key resorts…… Basilica Minore del Santo Niño…….this holiest of churches is a real survivor…… Established as the oldest church in the Philippines and burnt down three times, it was rebuilt in its present form in the eighteenth-century…
Another must-see is Museo Sugbo……This terrific museum comprises several galleries in a sturdy old coral-stone building that was Cebu’s provincial jail until recently…..Most interesting are the Spanish-era and American-era galleries…… Casa Gorordo Museum…….Downtown, in a quieter residential area, Casa Gorordo Museum was originally a private home built in the nineteenth-century and purchased by the Gorordos, one of Cebu’s leading families… Jumalon Butterfly Sanctuary…….is one of the first places recommended for a visit…… University of San Carlos Museum……This well-put-together museum is best known for its anthropological and archaeological exhibits, including displays depicting the sixteenth-century practise of artifical skull deformation on infants for aesthetic reasons………astonish yourselves with this display………on your…….Cebu Holiday Package!!!!!
Spend the day snorkelling with tropical fish on an island-hopping excursion from Mactan Island near Cebu…… You’ll cruise through the islands in a large motorized canoe called a ‘banca,’ dive and swim in the protected waters of Hilutungan Marine Reserve, and enjoy a picnic lunch of grilled meat or fish on a white-sand beach…… There’s free time for relaxing on the beach, and spectacular views of the island-dotted waters of the Philippine Sea on your banca ride……. the Olango Island Wildlife Sanctuary…..is just twenty minutes from Mactan by public bangka and this island is embedded with rare species….the Mactan Shrine…… is the improbable site of one of the defining moments in the Philippines’ history…….delectable views on the…….Cebu Holiday Package!!!!!
The itinerary goes as follows…..your island-hopping adventure begins with pickup from your hotel and a short trip to the Mactan Island docks, just over the causeway from Cebu……Boarding an outrigger motorized canoe called a banca, take in views of the Philippine Sea and its many islands on the forty-minute ride to Hilutungan Island…… The marine sanctuary surrounding this land is home to colorful coral reefs and hundreds of varieties of fish, including damsel fish, anemone fish, parrot fish and batfish, among others……and you’ll have the varied marine life practically eating from your hands! Deeper reef waters surround the island if you feel like trying some snorkelling or swimming……Leaving Hilutungan, continue cruising to Nalusuan Island or Pandanon Island for a scrumptious picnic lunch served on the beach, with grilled seafood, chicken or pork, and fresh fruits for dessert…… The choice of island depends on the day, and both idyllic isles have white sandy beaches and cute beach huts……After lunch, have free time to soak up the sun, go for a swim in the aquamarine sea, or get to know the local fishermen and boat handlers……In the mid-afternoon, cruise back to Cebu and return to your hotel.
Besides the above, your guide could take you to the impressive Fort of San Pedro, Lapu Lapu shrine, Magellan’s Cross, Magellan shrine, Basilica Minore del Santo Nino and Cebu’s beautiful Taoist temple in a pretty pagoda……… The island has several churches and shrines worth visiting and there are tours to help you trace the historic landmarks of this island city.
Drive through the coastal towns en route to Carcar and catch a glimpse of rural life in livelihood activities like shoe making, delicacy cooking, wood -carving and basket- weaving. Cebu isn’t called “Pilgrimage City” for nothing. Follow the heritage trail, visit the original Santo Nino and move on to Mandue’s life-size statues of the Last Supper…… Discover the charm of the old province in it’s heritage sites and landmarks as you go back in time and explore the old city………on this……..Cebu Holiday Package!!!!!
Take a Calesa ride……which is like taking a ferry ride to nearby Bohol to view the mahogany forests and the picturesque rural countryside…… The Sumilon island has an eighteenth- century watchtower and lighthouse, and is popular for swimming.
Discover the natural beauty of the Philippines while touring the scenic countryside of Bohol Island…….. This day trip with an informative guide takes you on a scenic journey around the island, from mahogany forests to historic landmarks and the Chocolate Hills, shaped like mounds of chocolate……. Plus, enjoy a relaxing lunch cruise on the Loboc River, where you’ll have the opportunity to spot indigenous Philippine tarsiers, some of the smallest primates in the world.
Your Bohol Island day trip begins with pickup from your hotel by air-conditioned coach…… With your knowledgeable guide, tour Bohol’s scenic countryside, starting from the island’s capital city of Tagbilaran…This tour takes in many sights, including the bronze statue known as the Blood Compact Monument, a landmark commemorating the first treaty of friendship between the Spanish and Filipinos…….. Visit the Baclayon Church and admire its traditional Spanish colonial architecture……. Explore its neighbouring museum with your guide to see relics dating back to the sixteenth- century.
Next, drive under the lush foliage of mahogany trees in a man-made forest prized for its timber, and pass green farmland and villages surrounded by local nipa palms……. When you reach Bilar, your guide accompanies you to a butterfly conservation center that showcases a variety of Philippine butterflies, including about half of the three hundred species found on Bohol…….Marvel at these colourful creatures as they roam freely over acres of butterfly habitat and feast on nectar-rich flowers……. From a viewing deck above, take note of the cone-shaped Chocolate Hills in the distance……..on the…….Cebu Holiday Package!!!!!
You’ll get up close to the thousand or so limestone mounds after a scenic driving tour through the island’s interior to Carmen…….. Then enjoy more fabulous views over Bohol from the Chocolate Hills viewpoint…… To remember this magnificent panorama, get creative and take an off-the-wall snapshot of yourself with the hills as a backdrop.
Continue by coach to Loboc and board a catamaran for a fifty-minute cruise on the Loboc River, and enjoy an authentic lunch of Filipino specialities served on board the boat, buffet-style…… Relax as you view nature’s splendour, including graceful rolling hills, coconut trees and green nipa palms lining the riverbanks….. Your guide can help you spot tiny Philippine tarsiers playing on the riverbank, with a gentle demeanor and large, bulbous eyes, the world’s second-smallest primate isn’t easy to find……Afterwards, make a brief stop in the coastal town of Loay to observe several backyard industries of the former fishing village…….. See the making of bolo hatchets, used for farming and woodcutting, and learn about the manual construction of nipa palm roofing materials……….Your Bohol tour ends with the return drive to Tagbilaran and drop-off at your selected hotel……..on the……Cebu Holiday Package!!!!!
See thousands of twinkling fireflies illuminate the night during a private evening of firefly watching on the water……. Start your private evening tour from Bohol….with dinner at the Bee Farm Restaurant on Panglao Island featuring gourmet organic food served by a polite and courteous staff, and after dinner… take a leisurely boat cruise enjoying ocean views down the Abatan River……. Here, board a pump boat that takes you downriver at a leisurely pace. Along the riverbanks, you’ll soon notice trees festooned with myriad lights of fireflies, at times covering the entire foliage of the trees… truly an awesome sight and one only Mother Nature can present….. Marvel at the tiny, twinkling lights blinking in the darkness……as your informative guide helps you take in the wonders of nature’s nightlife whilst you meander through the mangroves…… Relax amid the lush scenery as you experience a memorable encounter with these enchanting winged beetles……. This natural occurrence has long been a local sight, but it has more recently been recognized as a unique and wondrous spectacle for city dwellers and tourists alike……. During the migration season, you can even catch a glimpse of birds sleeping among the branches of the mangrove trees that line the river……Enjoy a round-trip hotel transport by private vehicle from Bohol and spend the evening enjoying the natural beauty and local food of the Philippines…. with the captivating image of fireflies etched in your mind!!!!!
There are several boutiques in the island of Cebu which deal with houte couture, and you are certain to pick something really eye catching……. Another interesting feature of this island is the arts and crafts bazaar which not only caters to the island’s inhabitants…… If fine arts or rather paintings are your forte you will get them in Mambaling….. Visit Minglanilla down south and pick up some stunning carpets and embroidery works……. Mactan and Maribago make Cebu’s famous guitars…… Colon Street, Philippines oldest Street, has some of the finest boutiques located here…… Shop in the luxury of air- conditioned malls……. Small malls stock everything from local manufacturers to designer labels.
The Maharaja Restaurant is the only restaurant in Cebu that serves the most authentic Indian cuisine, including vegetarian dishes….. the Alice in Wonderland Restaurant, is a Japanese owned restaurant. The cuisine is a blend of the local and the foreign flavours…… The best quality of the restaurant is that it remains open twenty-four hours….. There is Jollibee and Max’s Restaurant offering a Filipino cuisine…… Yellow Cab Pizza Co. and Shakey’s serving American food……. Cyma Greek Taverna offering Greek, Vegetarian and Mediterranean cuisine….. Sbarro with Italian, European and French food…….. Banana Leaf laying down an Asian cuisine……. Don Henrico’s serving Mexican food……. Sumo Sam and Rai Rai Ken offering a Japanese cuisine…… and Lemongrass serving Vietnamese food……..The island has many cafes and restaurants serving pizzas, coffee, ice-cream and snacks…… Just adjacent to Crossroads proper, the Tinder Box is a genteel delicatessen and restaurant…….. Not so much a nightclub as a night precinct, Paseo is a vast semi-outdoor space fronted by a market area and bordered by twenty independently owned bars all competing for attention……and…. Aranos……Upon entry at this authentic Basque-Spanish restaurant you’ll be greeted by the elderly and impressively moustached Spanish owner, Señor Arano himself.
Though Cebu has two official seasons….. dry and wet…… rainfall is usually not particularly high, The wet season usually comes from June to December, while the dry season comes from January until May.