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Asia » Philippines » Cebu February 20th 2013

All flights land in Mactan Island in Cebu.Before landing the captain ordered to turn off the lights to see the city in light harmony. We stayed at Diplomat Hotel in every visit, cheap, fully satisfying and very central. Ayala Mall is the best shopping and entertainment point although it is quite far. We generally used jeepneys which is the main local transport. Taxis are also very cheap. On arrival from Bantayan Island we made a day trip to Mactan+Olanga Islands . On the Bohol side of Olanga Island there are few floating restaurants ( actually they are not floating, built huts on the sea, one or two hundred meters away from the land). They serve extremely expensive sea food. We didn’t eat anything and return to Lapu Lapu town. Then we had a nice lunch at ... read more
Cebu City
Cebu City
Cebu city

Asia » Philippines » Cebu » Moalboal February 16th 2013

Another magnificient tourist destination is Moal Boal, specially for divers. Although we are only snorkelling we enjoyed the town at best. There is a turtle wall just about 50 to 100 meters on the beach where one can dive in the town and snorkel easily. Delicious sea food , fun in the bars and calm evenings. We enjoyed dinners at Silver Ray, Chili Bar , B&B’s and Lantaw reastaurants. Hotels on the beach are generally for the divers and relatively expensive. We stayed at the other side of the road where we paid around 1300 PhP / night w/o breakfast. Best breakfast is at Lantaw , it is divers place. We attended the party on Valentines day on a bar.Some live music and entertainments. One day we went to White Beach by tricycle and spent few ... read more
Panagsama Beach
Panagsama Beach
Panagsama Beach

Asia » Philippines » Cebu » Bantayan February 11th 2013

We made Bantayan from Malapascua Island in around 4 hours by boat+bus+ferry, 400 PhP / each although ferry ticket cost 170 pesos, as seniors we paid 120 instead, but only when we were leaving the island. There is also 20% discount on every transport if you are senior over 60. A very beautiful island and very sincere people. We stayed at Marlyns Beach Resort which may be the best for budget, 1200 PhP including breakfast for two. The staff was so friendly and helpful. The islands economy best for chickens 1,400,000 and produces 1 million eggs/ day. Tourism has just started and in the first decade I think will hit the peak. We visited Virgin Island 1 hour sail by the resort’s boat with a German family. We had bought our fish, vegetables and fruits before ... read more
Santa Fe
Santa Fe
Santa Fe

Asia » Philippines » Cebu » Oslob February 11th 2013

Whale sharks, rice terraces and Mcdonalds Well, it is time for an update on our travels in the Philippines. After having said goodbye to Katrine and Daniel we went to Dumaguete on Negros by ferry. The ferries are quite good and a rather cheap way of commuting. We arrived in Dumaguete at 2 am. But since this is the Philippines, there is no problem in getting transportation or accommodation at this time of night. Dumaguete is a university city and rare for a Philippine city, it actually has a lot of charm. Dumaguete is certainly our favorite “major” city in the Philippines. We enjoyed the western restaurants at the water front and we found a fantastic massage place called Lotus Spa. In this spa you could actually buy a monthly card with unlimited use ... read more
Crinoid shrimp
flamboyant cuttlefish
Juvenile frogfish

Asia » Philippines » Cebu » Bantayan February 9th 2013

We arrived in Bantayan after a 4-hour bus ride and an hour-long ferry, which were both extremely cheap and well-organized, and the porters were easy to dissuade and no one tried to steal our luggage from the bays under the bus (you fearmongering travel bloggers, please stop writing useless advice!). We were picked up by a driver from our resort (this sounds much fancier than it is, though it did involve a printed! A4 sheet with our names on it) and soon realised that in our haste to get a nice place to stay that was not fully booked we had forgotten to check which side of the island we were on. However, it ended up being totally worth it, even though there was no beach to speak of really, and most of the time the ... read more
Sundown at Bantayan
Young passenger
Bantayan church


Asia » Philippines » Cebu » Moalboal February 9th 2013

Our trip over to Cebu and up to Moalboal was an eye opening and beautiful one which took us along the East cost of Cebu. It was only a short 20 minute hop over to Cebu from Sibulan to Lilo-an (P65 for the ferry or P45 for a banka), then a tricycle up to Bato and finally a bus to Moalboal. The coastline that we saw on this 1¼ hour journey was stunning, we were met with crystal clear waters when we got off the ferry and this continued on uninterrupted all the way to Moalboal and probably beyond. Admittedly at times it was quite hard to see what we were passing as our bus driver seemed intent on breaking some sort of speed record to get us there and we were literally on a white ... read more
Kawasan Falls
Sleepy Panagsama village
Catch of the day

Asia » Philippines » Cebu » Cebu City February 5th 2013

Singapore had been loads of fun but as any city of its size and modernity (not that there are THAT many) it had also proven rather frenetic, and we were excited at the prospects of the next stage in our travels: two weeks in the Philippines, where we had allowed ourselves to only choose two major destinations without any flying in between, and where the only major thing on our schedule was not having anything on our schedule. These, of course, were hard rules to abide by when each island seemed, upon closer inspection, to provide its own brand of endless activities, be it snorkeling, mountain climbing, driving around, or even sorcery. But we had decided this would be our «vacation» before heading to Australia (and completely changing our way of travelling), as well as of ... read more
We agree
Arriving Bantayan

Asia » Philippines » Cebu » Malapascua February 5th 2013

As the title of the blog suggests, Malapascua is a place that we both fell in love with – However up until about an hour before we left, we almost cut-it from our itinerary completely due to all the bad weather forecasts we were reading online and the fact that to get there we would have to contend with a fairly long journey from Cebu. We decided to go with our gut instincts and try it out and if the weather was that bad, we could always move on. We first needed to make our way early to the northern bus terminal on the outskirts of town and board a yellow Ceres bus heading to Maya. This journey took around 4 hours but passed some spectacular scenery along the way, we then had to negotiate getting ... read more
Thresher Sharks
Typical beach on Malapscua
Night dive, ready for action . . .

Asia » Philippines » Cebu » Cebu City February 1st 2013

After taking our first plane for what seems like an eternity, we landed at Mactan-Cebu Island Airport just outside of Cebu City at 1.30am – This is located in the Visaya’s region of the Philippines where we had chosen to spend most of our time for the next 3 weeks. We quickly breezed through immigration and collected our bags before exiting the airport and after passing the tourists taxi’s which charge in the region of 3-4 times the price of local taxi’s we managed to find a nice driver who was willing to take us to our hotel in Uptown Cebu for the metered price. As we would be arriving fairly late and after not having a hot shower for a little over 2 weeks, we decided to push the boat out and stay in a ... read more
Iconic Magellan's Cross
Us in the grounds of Fort San Pedro
Basilica Santo Nino Church

Asia » Philippines » Cebu » Cebu City November 27th 2012

KM 25 My Flight with Korean Air It must be something about flying to Seoul… As I was not able to check-in on-line, I wasn't really sure where I was going to end up seating wise. I was assigned the aisle seat I requested in Vancouver. By the time boarding started to take place, I could tell that there weren't a lot of people on this flight. I didn't get too excited because I had been here before on my last flight to Seoul in 2008. I thought the same thing back then only to have 150 Korean school children show up at the gate at the last moment… Thankfully, an Air Canada agent felt sorry for me and upgraded me to first class and the rest was history… This time I was one of the ... read more
Preparing sausages at the city market
The interactive Cebu zoo

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