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Cebu city & island itineary - pls advise

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Cebu city & island itineary - pls advise

Hi,

We are a family of 2 adults and 3 teens and will be in Cebu for a week this Dec.

We like a mix of fun marine life (island hopping, snorkelling for 1st timer, line fishing) and city life (shopping, bowling, eating).

1) 2 nights in Cebu city - tour, island hopping/snorkel/fish, shop/fun & eat

2) 2 nights in Oslob (or Panglao)

- we may opt for Oslob (prefer land travel, due to recent ferry incident), any advice? Or what's the best way to get to Panglao?

- Any night life or street shopping/eating in Oslob or Panglao?

- Are there any good resort/hotels directly built in the sea (like those in Maldives) in above or nearby islands (<US$120/room)?

3) the last 2 nights in Cebu city - island hopping/snorkel/fish, shop/fun, eat.

Is above feasible? Appreciate all your advice, thank you! :)

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1. Re: Cebu city & island itineary - pls advise

There is a whole flotilla of boats travelling between Cebu City and Bohol. The most common way is by fast ferry. My favourite is Supercat.

http://www.supercat.ph

To give you an idea of what a supercat is like, here is my supercat video on youtube. It is from 2009 but I haven't bothered to update it as it is basically the same now.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q5MMr4_XywI

By the way, if you choose to travel with OceanJet, they are currently operating from pier 3, not pier 1. Although, if you go to pier 1 by mistake, they will provide a free shuttle to pier 3. Pier 1 is under redevelopment and is not expected to be operational again until November.

In my opinion, what happened recently is not really possible for a fast ferry as it would easily manouvre out of the way. By the way, the cargo carrier is still afloat in the channel. It just has a huge hole in the front of it

You will be much happier on Panglao than in Oslob

If you stay near Alona Beach, you will have a multitude of places to dine at night, All on the sand. Some of them with live bands some nights.

Being on Panglao will then give you whale and dolphin watcing, diving/snorkelling, swimming underground in the Hinagdanan cave, lunch cruise on the Loboc River, Fire fly tours, butterfly sanctuaries, Tarsiers, Chocolate Hills etc.

You can still do a day tour to Oslob for the whale sharks.

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2. Re: Cebu city & island itineary - pls advise

Nalusuan Island is just off Mactan Island and has stilt cottages in the sea.from 2440 peso's which is very reasonable

resortincebu.com/resorts/…

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3. Re: Cebu city & island itineary - pls advise

This is the official Nalusuan Island Resort Website. Book well in advance as it seems to be very popular. It is quite basic accomodation.

http://nalusuanislandresort.com/rates/

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4. Re: Cebu city & island itineary - pls advise

Grateful for your helpful advice.

1) Are there any stilt cottages or recommended resorts in Panglao? We just want a clean & unique place to stay (<US$100 for a double room).

2) 1-2N in Nalusuan, or 2-3N in Bohol/Panglao (Total 4 N), Is it too much ferry travelling?

3) How far is Nalusuan from Cebu city pls? Any direct ferry from Nalusuan to Panglao?

Thanks!

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5. Re: Cebu city & island itineary - pls advise

Nalusuan Island is around 6-7km off Mactan Island so it's not very far. Not sure if you would be able to get to Bohol from there though directly but you may be able to get to Pandanon Island then on to Getafe in Bohol and travel down the coast to Panglao. You will need to enquire beforehand with the people on Nalusuan to see if this is possible or someone on here might know.

Pandanon Island is about another 6-7km from Nalusuan and there are bancas to Getafe in Bohol. It's a nice little island too, worth a visit for a couple of hours.

To save time though, the obvious way would to return to Cebu and get the ferry straight to Tagbilaran.

As for Oslob, it's 113km (70 miles) from Cebu and to get a ferry to Bohol, the best way would probably be from Argao which means travelling back north for 50km or so and catch the ferry to Loon, just north of Tagbilaran.

Because you're only going for a week all four places look to be too much of a hectic schedule. Might be best to forget Oslob but that's up to you. Bohol has nightlife, numerous attractions and great beaches so ideally you'd want to spend around half the week here.

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6. Re: Cebu city & island itineary - pls advise

Sorry forgot your other question.

As for resorts on Panglao I don't think there are any stilt cottages.

This place is on Alona Beach looks nice.

http://www.isisbungalows.com/en/index.html

We would have stayed at the above but a friend recommended this place but it's about a 20 min walk from Alona Beach although there is a free shuttle. Very quiet and room rates are good.

http://www.villadelpueblo.com/

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7. Re: Cebu city & island itineary - pls advise

Hi Dubson, Thanks for the very helpful info!

We want to rent a MPV w driver for a countryside tour of Bohol/Panglao, the rate is about 2500ps, is this ok?

Any advice on island hopping and line fishing on a small boat? Is it generally safe to book with the guy @ the beach? What are the things we should ask eg life vest?

Thanks so much!

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8. Re: Cebu city & island itineary - pls advise

P2500 is reasonable. Make sure in includes fuel. Also agree on the places to visit before committing.

Not sure about line fishing.

For island hopping, you can negotiate with the touts on the beach. They are friendly and no pushy. Compare the offer from your hotel and also from the touts and check is it a private charter or a shared boat.

Life vest must be worn before you leave the beach.

Dolphin watching usually start at 0530hrs and the whole trip with island hopping will end at around 1500hrs.

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9. Re: Cebu city & island itineary - pls advise

You won't be able to visit one of the attractions in Bohol now because Prony the Python died the other week.

And if you go to Bohol Bee Farm don't expect to see any bee's as they disappeared when a typhoon came along.

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10. Re: Cebu city & island itineary - pls advise

We want to rent a MPV w driver for a countryside tour of Bohol/Panglao, the rate is about 2500ps, is this ok?

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Yes, so long as it includes fuel and driver and is for a van load, not per person.

You will still have to pay your own entrance fees and lunch.

If it is P2500 per person, tell them to go away..

Yes the big python is dead but they have a younger smaller python

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