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Cebu and Bohol

Cebu is home to the Philippines busiest sea port as well as the most spectacular diving in the country. A beach lovers' paradise, Cebu is at the heart of the Visayas, where white sandy beaches and whale sharks rule. Just a short ferry ride from Cebu you can explore the chocolate hills of Bohol and spot cute bug-eyed tarsiers in the jungle.

Top things to do in & around Cebu

  • Chocolate Hills
    This group of uniquely shaped hills are probably Bohol's most famous tourist attraction. Supposedly formed by coral deposits and the effects of rain and erosion, this is a geologist's dream attraction.
  • Diving on Panglao Island
    Alona Beach on Panglao Island offers some of the best diving in the area. If you're lucky you'll see turtles and whale sharks!
  • Dolphin watching in Pamilacan Island
    Book an early morning dolphin watching trip in Pamilacan Island.
  • Nights out in Cebu City
    Whilst Cebu city may seem unattractive with the jeepney fumes and traffic jams, it has a thriving restaurant and bar scene to explore.
  • Homestays in Bohol
    Get an authentic taste of life on Bohol with a homestay. Live with a family for a few days and give something back to the community at the same time. 
  • Mactan Island
    Find beaches, scuba diving, seaside resorts and a good nightlife on Mactan Island.

How to get to Cebu

You can fly to Cebu from all over the Philippines. As the Philippines busiest sea port, you can also catch a ferry from pretty much anywhere. Use Cebu as your base to explore the surrounding Visayas and Bohol.

Best time to visit Cebu

This area of the Philippines has been unlucky with typhoons and earthquakes, but is now in full recovery mode. The best times to go diving are in April and May, whilst January is the coolest month to explore.
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Cebu Recommended

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Cebu Dulcinea Hotel and Suites
A stay at Dulcinea Hotel and Suites places you in the heart of Lapu Lapu, convenient to Marcelo Fernan Bridge and Our Lady of the Rule Church. Treat yourself with massages, body treatments, and facials.
From $95pp
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Mactan Island-Hopping Adventure from Cebu with Snorkelling
Spend the day snorkeling 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 banka ride.
From $263pp
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*Some of the images above are provided courtesy of the Tourism Promotions Board Philippines and Beautiful Destinations