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Islands in Cebu

Cebu Island is long and narrow with a mountainous central spine and the most important island in the Visayas region of the Philippines. The larger lies just across the Tañon Strait to the west.

The largest city (and the oldest in the Philippines) is Cebu City, often called the Queen City of the South.

The main touristic areas are the islands of Mactan, Bantayan, Badian, Malapascua and Camotes where you can find large high-end resorts and hotels offering all kinds of luxury. Apart from that there are smaller resorts in fishing villages in the South and North, such as Moalboal, offering a more Filipino experience and amazing nature experiences. The upland areas also offers majestic views of the mountains and seas.

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  • A typical provincial town with friendly people. It is well known for producing TUBA, the coconut nectar wine which is best drunk fresh when it is still sweet. Malabuyoc is approximately 3hrs by bus in the southwestern part of Cebu island.

* Hot Springs and Waterfalls at Mainit, 2 kilometers on Barangay Road from Montaneza, North end of Malabuyoc. Small hot springs, great for a relaxing set in a tropical limestone valley. Explore the creek to discover several small waterfalls.

  • Offers the only dedicated Dolphin Watching operation in the Tanon straight from Cebu island. Dolphin watching cruises should be reserved at least a week earlier in summer when chances of seeing dolphins are much higher. Best time is early morning so it is recommended to arrive by 6am or spend the previous night at Kawayan Marine, a small beach house which is run by the same local family which operates the dolphin watching. The "Cool Banana" boat can accomodate 20 guests. Boat fees start from 6, 000pesos for the 2~3hr trip. Additional fees may be charged if you wish to park and go swimming or walking at white sands, an area near Bais, Negros famous for idyllic white stretches of white sand exposed during low tides.

Most tourists tend to go to the upscale beach resorts on Mactan Island or Badian Island. Of course, price levels there are high but hotel rates are still cheaper than in most of the 4 to 5 star accommodations elsewhere in the world. They will have beautiful pool areas, nice restaurants, spas, cable channel TV, internet and all kinds of luxury.

Budget tourists and those who are looking for a more Filipino experience should go to the beautiful South where there are some very nice best value resorts surrounded by idyllic fishing villages. Price levels for food, drinks, watersports and trips there are generally much lower as less tourists went there in the past. Some of these resorts have beautiful coral reefs right in front of the resort - perfect for those who plan to go snorkelling or to make some easy dives in amazing coral reefs.

Source: wikitravel.org
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