The Central Visayas

forside dykkingCebu is among the largest islands in the Philippines and here is also the city Cebu with more than 800 000 inhabitants. You can spend the night at an exclusive hotel to a nice price. It will cost approximately P3500 each night for an OK double room. There are a lot of shopping centres, stores and markeds so you can shop the whole day long. The prices are much lower than the European level. In the city you'll find a variety of restaurants and night clubs and everyone will find some of them pleasant.

On the southwest side of the island Cebu you find the waterfalls Kawasan Falls, well known for its tremendous nature and clear water. Here you can cool down by taking a bath in one of the natural pools. There are also possibilities for other activities.

Straight across the strait from Sagastrand Beach Resort is Mactan Island. Here are several guitar factories where you can buy your own hand crafted guitars in a wide spectre of prices. It varies from the cheapest one, more or less souvernirs, to the more expensive ones in high quality. The guitars are both exported and sold to domestic guitar shops, but you can also buy them in the factory outlets.

On Mactan Island, one of the largest tourist places in the Philippines, you can order dive packages and do your diving/snorkelling in on of the nicest areas in the world.

For those more historic orientated, it is possible to visit several museums. Among others Rizal Memorial Library/Museum gives an insight into Philippine history. Several well preserved Taoist temples and churches are also worth a visit. In addition you can also visit Fort San Pedro and Magellan's Cross. The philippinos are fond of fiestas and celebrations. Every town and village has their own protector, “saint”, which is celebrated. In addition there are several catholic and other events worth celebrating. Every day there usually is a celebration or two somewhere in the region.

Cebu is a suitable point of departure with regards to island jumping to several of the islands nearby. Malapascua is located just outside the most northern point of Cebu and it takes approximately 40 minutes by pump boat to the island with its white beach and several accomodations. The island is called "the next Boracay", but still have a way to go to get there. By taking the superjet, Bohol is a bit more than an hour away. Bohol is well known for its culture, history, several tourist places and the nice and well preserved nature. Other smaller islands doesn't have accomodations for tourists, but is still worth a visit on a boat trip. On every island you visit, there are always new things to explore because all islands are different.

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