Cebu is the hub around which the Visayas revolves. It is the most densely populated island in the Philippines and is second only to Luzon in its strategic and economic importance to the country. Its language, Cebuano, is widely spoken throughout the Visayas and parts of Mindanao, and its capital, Cebu City, is a magnet for migrants from all over the region.
Heavily developed, particularly on its eastern coast, Cebu has a long, bare backbone of a central mountain range that has confined most of the population to the coastal fringe. Mining and logging have taken their toll on the forests, though with the right guide there are still a few opportunities for exploring mountains, caves and waterfalls.
The beaches at the northern tip of the island and on its southwest coast have the whitest sand and the most spectacular diving. To the north, the idyllic offshore islands of Bantayan and Malapascua are steadily increasingly in popularity, and deservedly so. To the south, Moalboal's Panagsama Beach packs a concentrated dose of dive centres and budget hedonism.
Mactan Island, a short drive from Cebu City, may be little more than an overdeveloped mudflat, but divers and bird-watchers still flock to Olango, a reef-ringed outcrop just off its eastern coast.
Cebu City has the nation's busiest port and its second-busiest airport, and is the gateway to the Visayas. If you happen to be travelling from Asia, it's an attractive alternative to entering the country at Manila.
Private Arrival Transfer: Mactan-Cebu International Airport to Hotel
There's no better way to begin your vacation in Cebu than with a private transfer from the Mactan-Cebu International Airport to your hotel! Avoid the hassle of public transportation or long taxi lines by booking this convenient private transfer. Whether traveling individually or in a group, your ground transportation needs will all be covered by this service.
Mactan Island-Hopping Adventure from Cebu with Snorkeling and BBQ Lunch
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.