Cebu - worth a visit?
Replies: 19 - Last Post: Feb 11, 2013 7:09 PM Last Post By: surfboy
Feb 6, 2013 1:08 PM
Cebu - worth a visit?Hi
My husband and I are flying into and from Cebu early April. We plan to spend one week on Bohol, and the other week in and around Cebu City / surrounds. The idea is that we have a week of beach and diving, and a week of cultural, historical, sightseeing. Is a week too long in Cebu City? is there a lot to see? is it possible to do day tours/trips out of the city to other attractions? would you recommend just a few days there and try a few days somewhere else?
Any recommendations gratefully received. This is our first visit to the Philippines.
Feb 6, 2013 2:52 PM
1in terms of your question yea Cebu is not worth a week in fact I really do not think its worth anything at all in terms of spending time there on a short vacation and this is from someone that has lived there. I do not think you would find it to be an interesting place and its not any good in terms of a jumping off point for day excursions. Its a real battle fighting traffic to get in and out of it and there really is not much available in terms of destinations close to the city. If you want something along those lines I might suggest taking a look at Dumaguete on Negros, its a lot smaller but still has a few attractions. It would be easy to take the ferry over and it would be easy to get in and out. You could have a look at Apo Island as well as Siquijor.
Another suggestion would be to go down the southern coast of Cebu, that is a very attractive drive with a string of picturesque little towns featuring some interesting Spanish era architecture, both churches and guard towers. You can transit over to Negros at the southern tip so a possible route could be to ferry over to dumaguete, return to Cebu via the banca to Samboan and then bus up the coast back to Cebu City. Here is a blog entry on that route
Feb 6, 2013 3:11 PM
Feb 6, 2013 3:36 PM
Thank you for your suggestions - had already thought of Siquijor as a possible, although we didn't want to spend all our time on diving/beach activities. But Dumaguete looks like a good town to visit, and the drive on Cebu looks amazing! I think I will get my map out and start thinking about alternatives - I'm assuming it's pretty easy to get ferries to the various islands. We've just booked out international flights to and from Cebu so far, so we are pretty flexible at this stage.
Feb 6, 2013 3:38 PM
Feb 6, 2013 10:53 PM
5Agree with the others - a week in Cebu city isn't a good idea. One night at the most would do you when on holiday!
had already thought of Siquijor as a possible, although we didn't want to spend all our time on diving/beach activities
There is more than just beaches and diving on Siquijor, you can rent a motorcycle and go around the island to waterfalls and see a bit of island life. You can even get a direct fast ferry from Bohol to Siquijor.
I'd be tempted to do Bohol for a week and then ferry to Siquijor, then to Dumaguete and do a trip to Apo and back overland/ferry to Cebu doing the scenic drive along the coast.
Also, you mention travelling in early April - when exactly? You will have to factor in Easter if you are going at the very beginning of April plan accordingly.
Feb 6, 2013 11:17 PM
Feb 7, 2013 12:12 AM
7It sounds like Siquijor is a must-see!! yes loubbylou we are travelling over Easter. Arrive on 30th in Cebu. Do you know if things still operate (ferries etc) over the Easter period - Sunday, Monday - or for longer? Coming from NZ where things only close for Good Friday I forget that other places take it a bit more seriously!
Feb 7, 2013 12:13 AM
8p.s. doing the scenic drive along the Cebu coast - is it possible/feasible to hire a car or do you recommend getting a private driver?
Feb 7, 2013 12:51 AM
9transportation can be crowded leading up to and after Easter and on Easter itself you need to plan to be someplace, everything closes down. Good question about hiring hiring a car, don't see how you could do it coming from Dumaguete but if you began in Cebu and headed down it would be possible and not a bad idea. I have never done a formal car hire but taxis in Cebu are generally willing to do it, don't know what the current rate would be to have a taxi take you down to Santander where you could catch the boat to Negros...p2,500?
Feb 7, 2013 1:30 AM
10As bounty says everything closes over Easter and transport is very crowded just before and after. Christmas, Easter and All Souls Day are the times we either don't travel anywhere or leave the country!
Regarding the southern Cebu journey, we have only ever done it on buses, not sure I'd want to be driving on Philippines roads (and we live here!), some of the drivers are crazy! If you are going to do it then a car with private driver would be a safer bet.
I think once you arrive you need to get somewhere and stay there until the Easter rush has subsided and then move on when it's all clear.
Feb 7, 2013 1:39 AM
Feb 7, 2013 1:51 AM
12A day or two in Cebu is enough for most tourists on limited time, time enough to do a city tour, visit the Tops if the weather is good, try one or two of the good restaurants there and go shopping in the malls.
Siquijor is an interesting island to visit at any time, with its waterfalls, bush walking and caves, and the Witches Festival there at Easter could be interesting from a cultural perspective.
Feb 7, 2013 4:22 AM
13There is a direct flight from Cebu to Palawan - Puerto Princesa where you can visit great beaches and the Underground River - one of the new wonders of the world. If you got more time, El Nido Palawan gets a thumbs up.... I've been to Bohol and stayed at the Bohol Beach Club-very nice and quiet beach but we moved to Charts Resort in Alona beach for the next 2 days, of course visiting the Choco hills and seeing the tarzier was part of it. In Cebu we stayed at the Crown Regency Hotel, nice place. In Puerto Princesa, Wowislands Travel agency booked us for a stay, tours and island hoppings in El Nido. check it out... http://wowislands.com
Feb 7, 2013 5:29 PM
14Thanks again for all the ideas. Banene - I am tempted with Palawan too - so many people recommend it! that's my dilemma - too much to see, not enought time! trying to maximise the time we have in the country without spending too much time travelling - I think in the end that's why I decided against Palawan - as there were extra journeys required, especially to get to El Nido. Maybe we have to save that island for the next trip! I'm sure wherever we go will be awesome.
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