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Visayas trip starting in cebu

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Visayas trip starting in cebu

Starting in Cebu I am looking to spend 5 days in a nice beach resort with my husband - I've read maybe Bohol is good for this but will i need another flight? or Siquijor? I also want to go swimming with whale sharks maybe 3 days for that down south of the island? Oslob? Is this achievable?

Where would be a good suggestion for a beach resort with out having to spend all our time travelling, the budget is under $2000 for the 8 days. I feel a bit lost as there are so many places that look amazing but I don't want to spread our time too thin.

Thank you so much for any help and guidance.

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Oceanjet doesn't have a monopoly, it is just one of several options each day between Jagna and Camiguin. I personally would just hire a van to take me to Jagna from Alona Beach.

There are more than 10 fast ferry trips each day between Tagbilaran Bohol and Cebu City, plus all the slow ferry options between Bohol and Cebu. So finding a ferry to get you back to the island of Cebu will not be difficult.

However, never ever trust a boat to get you to a plane on time. The boats will be cancelled in bad weather and the fast ferries are the first to be cancelled. Make sure you are back at your resort on Mactan island on the night before your flight back to Australia, just in case the boats are cancelled.

I am a budget traveller so i have never stayed in a resort on Mactan island. However, i have been inside a few. Since you have ruled out Shangri La and are seeking a cheaper option, I would like to say that I have been inside Maribago Blue water several times and always thought I would like to stay there.

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@ Itchy feet,

Siquijor is FILLED with good resorts (though Coco grove mentioned above, where we also stayed, is absolute five star luxury), so I would suggest keeping your mind open to staying at another resort in Siquijor. Plus, the facilities in Cocgrove are open to non-residents too - you can kayak, snorkel, walk in their gardens, eat at one fo their 2 restaurants or just lounge on the beach. You can keep Cocogrove as a one day day trip.

Here is a list of (by the look of it) good resorts, where I had considered staying in Siquijor -

tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g664445-i12975-k60…

Another good place that I noticed (where we ate lunch and also checked out the rooms - real nice air con cottages for hardly 1000-1500 pesos) was "Royal Cliff Resort" - it is 10 minutes walk (we just kayaked) from Coco grove. website - www.royal-cliff-resort.de.tf - Do check it out.

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the facilities in Cocogrove are open to non-residents too

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This is something we should have been thinking of for all the locations.

You don't have to stay in the best place at night. You anly need to sit by the pool and sip coctails in the best place.

For me, the value for money place to stay on Siquijor is Coral Cay. I never personally stayed there because the person I was travelling with, on my one and only trip to Siquijor, had difficulty with his wheel chair in the sand. But he wanted to stay there and so did I. We had lunch though in the restaurant which was by the sea and I imagine sitting there drinking coctails while looking out over the sea is quite nice.

You can do the same in Cebu City/Mactan island. Stay in a cheap place in Cebu City where all the best entertainment, night life and best shopping is located. SM Mall in Cebu City is the 18th biggest mall in the world. And the Carbon Markets and nearby area in Downtown Cebu City is full of cheap bargains.Then pay to use the facilities of a beach resort on Mactan Island for the day.

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seems to me ur being given too many options for 4/5 nite stay, particularly the long list of things can do in Bohol when ur ? focuses on beachside/poolside R&R with just 1 activity to fill in on each day. So no reason to travel far. 3 options 1) Malapascua/Moaboal/ Bantayan. Cross out Bantayan cause I assume u want to do some snorkeling or diving close to beach and reefs there are mostly dead. Based on what u wrote then Malapascau best bet.. fairly scenic trip to get there but not short(4 1/2 hours + by bus; hour less by car before get on the 45 minute ferry . I like beach better than one in Panglao and underwater views nicer. Only reason I gave Moaboal option is that I love having the mountains and waterfalls in combo with nice beach ( which neither Panglao nor Malapascau affords. ). Just a few meters from shore real pretty snorkeling reefs where I've seen giant sea turtles for ex. some decent places to eat , and a couple of nice laid back bars to hang out in. Chose of one resorts in south part of town for some sort of beach if chose here; otherwise gotta take 15 minute ride to White beach. PS been to Siquior as well.. still prefer one of these 2 destinations for 5 day stay.

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Hi,

For snorkelling, do keep your expectations from Malapascua low. We were there last month and it was terrible! Bleached corals most of the places. There was just one place on the northern tip that had some decent corals and some colourful fish. Cebu (esp.Nalusuan) is excellent for snorkelling - there are some more places like Balicasag, Apo island, Siquijor and Hundred islands which are also excellent for snorkelling (close to being comparable with GBR), but I don't think that falls on your path this time.

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We've chosen 5 days in Cebu and 4 days in Bohol. I am also going to organise a few tours but hopefully we can do this when we get there. I think we'll do a day trip down to Oslob while in Cebu and would it be worth half a day or so exploring Cebu town?

Then in Bohol I definitely am going to book a snorkelling and island hopping day. I've checked out Bohol life but are there any other tour recommendations.

Thanks so much for all the help I feel a lot more confident with my decisions with the expert advice that's been given to me in this forum.

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27. Re: Visayas trip starting in cebu

Where in Cebu will you be based exactly?

Day tour for Oslob is fine. It is three hours fr Cebu City. Day tour in the city is just fine too.

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If you want half a day of touring Cebu City, here is my Downtown Walking tour. It takes me about half a day.

If you want a map to help you with the tour, send me a PM

For your walking tour

Catch a taxi or walk from your accommodation to Pier 1.

Start at Pier 1. Just to get a glimpse of the shipping. You will see fast ferries and roll on roll off ferries. If you walk far enough along Pier 1, sometimes you will see motor yachts docked.

Fort San Pedro is right next to Pier 1, so check it out next. It is the original site of Spanish occupation in the Philippines, Originally a wooden fort built in 1565, it is now made of stone. It has a museum on site. It has toilets inside. Bring your own toilet paper.

In front of Fort San Pedro is the Plaza Independencia. It is crowded with Filipinos on Sunday but relatively empty every other day. You won't notice it but there is a tunnel under Plaza Independencia to assist with the flow of traffic from Cebu City to Talisay City on the SRP, otherwise know as the Cebu Coast Road.

From Plaza Independencia you can walk to Carbon Markets. On the way, you will pass Malacañang of the South. Malacañang of the South is on the other side of the road to Plaza Independencia on M.C. Briones.

Carbon Markets is along M.C. Briones. Shop for bargains if you want. In the Carbon markets area, you will see Calesas, otherwise known as Tartanillas (horse drawn carriages). You can pay to go for a ride.

Back track slightly along M.C. Briones and go along D. Jakosalem Street. Until you can see the Magellan's Cross dome to the right. The original cross was planted there in 1521 by Ferdinand Magellan, just before he popped over to Mactan island and got himself killed by Lapu Lapu. The original cross is still there but is now encased in tindalo wood to protect it.

After checking out the cross, move inside the adjacent Sto Niño Basilica. The original church was built in 1565 but burnt down twice. The current church building was constructed in the 18th Century. There is a huge amount of artwork to check out plus it is the location of the Sto Niño doll. The doll of the baby Jesus. There is always a long line up of Filipinos waiting to pray in front of it. If it is a while since you have been to the Basilica, you will not know that they moved all the prayer candle holders out of the open square inside the church and relocated them outside. The open square inside the church has been redeveloped with statues, seating and a fountain. There is a museum on site. There are toilets near the museum and toilets inside the church on the far side of the open square from the Sto Niño doll, at the end of the corridor where most of the painted art work is located. Bring your own toilet paper.

After Sto Niño Basilica, walk out the main entrance and straight along the short Zamora Street to Legaspi Street. You will then be at the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral. To get inside turn right into Legaspi Street and go in the nearest entrance.

After Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral, you can stop off at the Archdiocesan Museum next to the cathedral.

Continue past the Archdiocesan Museum along Mabini Street street until it becomes Sikatuna Street. This occurs on the corner of Colon and Sikatuna. At this corner, you will be able to see the Heritage of Cebu nearby. The Heritage of Cebu is a huge statue in the shape of a ship's bow. With statues of historical figures on the sides.

From Heritage of Cebu, you will be able to see Sandiego Yap Ancestral House. It is an old wooden building on the corner. It houses a huge amount of historical artefacts.

After Sandiego Yap Ancestral House turn the corner into L Jaena Street. Walk about one block and you will be at the Casa Gorordo Museum. It is the former home of the Philippines first Filipino bishop, Bishop Gorordo. The house is set up as it may have been in the nineteenth century. It has toilets and a gift shop in a separate building on the grounds. Bring your own toilet paper.

It is an easy walk.

Distance to walk from Pier One to Casa Gorordo is about 2 kilometres or a bit more than a 1 mile.

How long it takes will be completely up to you! If you take the time to stop and read every sign and look at every artefact, it will take all day. If you want to just breeze past everything, you may take as little as an hour. I have personally tested the route several times. By myself and in a group. In a group, the tour was 4 hours, with a 40 minute lunch stop at Sunburst, which is a restaurant near the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral. It specialises in fried chicken but has many other cheap dining choices. If you want to go to Sunburst, turn left into Legaspi Street instead of turning right, after walking along Zamora Street.

From Casa Gorordo, if it is inconvenient to walk back to your accommodation, walk back to Colon. There are many taxis on Colon that will use the meter. Do not walk back to Pier 1, even though you will have noticed many taxis there. The taxis at Pier 1 will not usually use the meter.

However, if you want to walk back to Pier 1, continue along L Jaena Street to the end. Turn right into M.J. Cuenco Avenue. Walk along M.J. Cuenco Avenue to the Plaza Independencia. Turn Left into the Legaspi Extension and walk down to pier 1. The total length of this trip, from Pier 1 back to Pier 1, will be about 3 kilometres or 2 miles.

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29. Re: Visayas trip starting in cebu

itchyfeet.

Just as a note, you can go snorkeling with many dive shops, which is often an inexpensive alternative, to chartering a boat or an island hopping tour.

Genesis divers usually charge 250php/person, to join one of their dive boats to Balicasag island, which is a bargain, and Balicasag has the best snorkeling anywhere near Alona beach

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Itchyfeet.

Just noticing that you intended 5 days in Cebu. Why not consider going to Moalboal for the day, only 2 hrs from Cebu city, the snorkeling along Panagsama,s reef here is very good, spend the night after having a nice dinner along Panagsama,s oceanfront, then early in the morning, catch the bus to Oslob 2.5 hrs changing at Bato, to do your whale shark swim, then afternoon catch bus back to Cebu city.

Personally for me, I wouldnt spend 5 days in Cebu city, 2 or 3 is plenty