Ever thought of visiting Cebu City but have not done so? Now, it’s the time for you to check it out! There are 7 MUST-VISIT Islands that you should totally not miss out!
Being surrounded by globally-renowned resorts, Cebu City is one of the must-visit destinations in the world, with its exquisite white-sand beaches. And in this post, we’ll be sharing the 7 islands that are waiting to be discovered by you.
Bantayan Island, being a three-hour journey north of Cebu, has often been likened to Boracay with its powder-fine white sand beaches without the crowded party scene.
It remains a popular cultural destination especially on Holy Week when tableaus of the Stations of the Cross are mounted on carnival-style carrozas (floats). One location that is worth checking out is the Ogtong Cave Resort where guests can swim in cool waters inside the underground cave.
How To Get There: Bantayan Island has its own airfield that connects the island to Mactan Cebu International Airport. Only AirJuan operates chartered and scheduled flights to the island. Most tourists will come via Cebu City where one will take a bus to Hagnaya Port from the North Bus Terminal, and subsequently take a ferry to Santa Fe Port in Bantayan Island.
In recent years, Malapascua Island has slowly become a popular travel destination, perfect for everyone. If you are into diving, this place is especially famous for its daily sightings of Thresher Sharks. Occasionally, manta rays and hammerheads can also be spotted. The island’s underwater vista also boasts shipwrecks dating all the way back to World War II, creating a mysterious and fascinating sight to behold.
If you are not into diving, don’t worry! With its gorgeous stretch of white sand leading into the pristine waters, you can simply lounge around the beach, enjoying the peace while looking out into the horizon and catching the majestic views of the sunrise and sunset.
How To Get There: From Cebu City, take a bus from the Cebu North Bus Terminal to the Maya Port. After which, you take a boat ride to the island.
With its lush greenery, picturesque rock formations and prettiest blue skies reflected in the crystal clear waters, this cute turtle-shaped island is totally worth visiting despite the journey taken to reach the island. It takes nearly five hours, from a three-hour road trip to the northern Cebu and a two-hour boat ride over the unpredictable waters of the Visayan Sea.
Being the less developed island, there is only one place to stay in – the Carnaza Eco Park. Hence, travel arrangements have to be made accordingly or be prepared to set up camp. Since there is only the fresh catch of the day, those intending to stay longer should bring enough provisions.
How To Get There: At the Cebu North Bus Terminal, board the bus for Daanbantayan and drop off at the Tapilon Port. You can either take the public passenger boat or charter a private boat, whichever works for you.
According to folklore, Capitancillo Island was named after Basillo, the captain of a Spanish trading vessel. It came about when Captain Basillo insulted the local datu and as the datu couldn’t tolerate the disrespectful behaviour, he cursed and put a spell on Captain Basillo’s galleon, transforming it into an island.
The Capitancillo Island is part of the protected marine sanctuary, featuring a lighthouse and three dive sites around the island. You will be amazed at the underwater world of Capitancillo with its diverse marine animals and clean water.
Be sure to bring along a tent if you are thinking of staying overnight as there are no establishments here.
How To Get There: From the Cebu North Bus Terminal, take the bus for Bogo City and alight at the Bogo proper. You can then choose to take boats from the Marangog Cove, the Nailon Wharf, the Odlot Hideaway or the Polambato Port to Capitancillo Island.
Pescador Island’s vibrant marine life is a heaven for diving enthusiasts; from the magnificent open-top underwater cave known as the Cathedral to the hundreds of species of fish and dazzling corals.
It is also famous for its year-round sardine run where you will be able to see a school of sardines moving in unison with their scales glinting in the sunlight. If you are an ocean lover, this experience is bound to be the highlight of your trip.
How To Get There: From the Cebu South Bus Terminal, take a bus bound for Moalboal and alight at the town proper. Rent a tricycle to take you to Panagsama Beach, and take a boat ride out to the island.
The Camotes Islands is a group of islands east of Cebu, comprising of three major islands and an islet namely Poro, Pacijan, Ponson and Tulang respectively. Being the main thoroughfares, both Poro and Pacijan are the most accessible given that they are connected by a bridge, however, you can also explore the other two islands with ease.
Santiago Beach is a must-visit while you are here in Camotes Islands. You can sink your feet into the powder-fine sand of the vast shoreline before taking a dip into the refreshing waters of the sea. Here, you can also visit some of Cebu’s most picturesque caves, waterfalls, rock formations as well as an expansive lake – Lake Danao – where you can kayak away in the afternoons.
How To Get There: You can either take a two-hour ferry from the ports of Cebu City and Mactan Island or take a one-hour bus ride from the Cebu North Bus Terminal to Danao City. From there, you can ride a boat to Camotes Islands.
Being the first marine reserve in the Philippines, Sumilon Island has a natural and cultural significance deeply rooted in its storied past. Thus to uphold its heritage, the only establishment in Sumilon – Bluewater Sumilon Hotel – only developed 20% of the 24-hectare dwelling and allowing the island to still be in its natural state.
What’s most famous in Sumilon Island is its ever-shifting sandbar, which will change along with the tide, making it the perfect venue for a family picnic or even a romantic dinner. The resort also provides biking and hiking trails of varying levels, kayaking in the lagoon, and whale shark watching in nearby Oslob.
How To Get There: From the Cebu South Bus Terminal, take a bus bound for Bato via Liloan and alight at Puerto Sumilon which is the docking port and mainland reception of Bluewater Sumilon Island Resort. You can also arrange for transfers with the resort itself.
What are you still waiting for? Waste no time and visit these beautiful islands for your holiday now!