Welcome to Eastern Visayas
Cebu City has a certain cosmopolitan allure, but elsewhere the region's towns are eminently forgettable. Instead, make time to explore distant corners: beach-blessed Bantayan Island, dive-mecca Malapascua, surf-blessed Calicoan and the unique pink-sand bays of remote Sila.
Twin disasters (Typhoon Yolanda and the Bohol earthquake) battered eastern Visayas in 2013 but today all areas are very much welcoming travellers again – even Tacloban in Leyte, which suffered terribly, has recovered remarkably well. And with new flight routes and expanded fastcraft connections there's no better time to visit this fascinating, underexplored region.