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Argao, Cebu Philippines
From a quiet fishing and farming town to a promising tourist destination, Argao is indeed a most interesting place to visit. Resting in the southeastern part of the province, the municipality is bordered by Sibonga to the North and Alcoy in the South.
Argao prides itself with a heritage tracing back to Spanish and early American influences. Public stone buildings dating centuries back are well preserved. Its main attraction is the town’s richly endowed Rococo-Baroque church, the St. Michael Archangel Church. Adding to Argao’s affluence is the man-made Riverstone Castle built entirely from the stones found in the nearby river.
A two-hour bus ride from the Cebu South Bus Terminal brings visitors to the town. Guests may opt for air-conditioned or ordinary buses. Vehicles for hire or v-hire as most people call it, also bound for Argao, are also within the terminal premises.
Going around the town is also easy. Tricycles or trisikads are widely available in most corners of its streets.
Badian, Cebu Philippines
Nature’s wealth welcomes guests to Badian, a mere two and half hour-ride from Cebu City. A municipality in southwestern Cebu, Badian is generally a mountainous and hilly town. Along its coast are lines of picturesque white sand beaches.
Majority of the town’s visitors are drawn toward a serene little island in Badian Gulf, the Badian Island Resort and Spa. Known for its powdery white beach, first class amenities and warm, friendly staff, vacationers are in for a luxurious treat. From the Mactan-Cebu International Airport, the resort driver brings guests to the pier of Badian by car. The island is only about 5 minutes from the pier.
Another must see in Badian is the famed Kawasan Falls. Tourists and locals alike flock to this magnificent place to take a dip in its cool deep waters, some 15-minute walk from the national highway. To reach Badian, one needs only to ride an aircon or non-aircon bus at the Cebu South Bus Terminal. Vehicles-for-hire (v-hire) are also available.
Bantayan Island, Cebu Philippines
With its clear blue skies, sparkling blue waters and fine white sand beaches, Bantayan Island is the place to go for a unique summer treat. Located northwest off the tip of mainland Cebu, Bantayan Island hosts local and foreign tourists that troop to the island especially during Holy Week for a much needed rest and relaxation. Thus, it is tagged as the Lenten Capital of the Visayas.
Comprised of the municipalities of Bantayan, Sta. Fe and Madridejos, the island is well-known for its row of excellent beach resorts, succulent cuisines with an array of seafood. The island is also the egg basket in the region, supplying the demand for egg in Cebu, Leyte and Negros.
Bantayan is considered as the town proper in the island. It is known for its mouth-watering dried fish and squid that most tourists take as food souvenir. Sta. Fe, on the other hand, is famous for its line of beach resorts. As early as February, all resorts are already fully booked for summer.
The island is easily accessible from Cebu City. A bus ride from the Cebu North Bus Terminal takes the tourist to Hagnaya port, which is three hours away. From the port, several ferry boats travel one hour to the pier in Sta. Fe.
Camotes group of islands, Cebu Philippines
Discover islands of unspoiled paradise in Camotes. The group of islands consists of Pajican Island, Poro Island, Ponson Island and the small Tulang Island. The enchanting beauty of the islands captures the hearts of travelers as they bask in the unending splendor of the municipalities- San Francisco, Tudela, Poro and Pilar.
San Francisco is the largest municipality of the Camotes group. One of its attractions is the 77-hectare Lake Danao. Once awarded as the cleanest inland lake in the region, Lake Danao has a unique natural 8 shape, and the largest in the entire Visayas.
On one hand, Poro is a blend of cultures of immigrants from other regions and islands. A century old church catches the attention of visitors. Meanwhile, favorite destinations in Tudela are Bukilat cave and Magagay-ay Beach. The best way to roam around Camotes is by motorcycle. To reach the islands, a boat via Danao City in mainland Cebu and in Ormoc, Leyte brings travelers to the island.
Carcar City, Cebu Philippines
A city with immense heritage structures dating back to the Spanish Era, a trip down Carcar City is like a trip back to old Cebu. Well-preserved ancestral houses and buildings still line up the streets in Carcar.
Carcar City was also christened as Little Marikina of the Visayas because of its fast growing shoe industry that can rival that of well-established brands.
Known in Carcar are its native delicacies like ampao, made of sweetened rice crispies, and delectable chicharon. The St. Catherine of Alexandria Church, Theotokos Shrine and Mainit-Mabugnaw National Park are also a must-see in Carcar City.
Reaching the city is easy enough. A bus ride, choices of aircon or non-aircon bus, from the Cebu South Bus Terminal takes one to the city within an hour’s time. Mini buses and vehicles for hire are also available at the terminal.
Malapascua Island, Cebu Philippines
A peculiar name for a well endowed island, Malapascua means “unfortunate Christmas.” Far from being unfortunate, Malapascua boats of its shores comparable to Boracay.
A barangay of Daanbantayan, Cebu, Malapascua is celebrated with numerous dive sites, the more popular of which are the Malapascua Island-North Point, Gato Island, Monad Shoal, the Calanggaman Island, Doña Marilyn Wreck, Don Macario Wreck, Chocolate Island, Tapilon Japanese Wreck and Pioneer Japanese Wreck.
Experience an enchanting panorama up in the lighthouse of the island which served as watchtower during the colonial times. Rock formations, coconut forest and the island’s friendly people greet visitors as they walk around the island’s interior.
How to get to the island? Easy. Buses bound for Maya-Daanbantayan, the northernmost town of Cebu are widely available in the Cebu North Bus Terminal. These buses usually leave every hour and the trip takes 3-4 hours. Upon arriving in Maya wharf, outrigger boats are available to take tourists to the island which takes around 40 minutes.
Sumilon Island, Cebu Philippines
Sumilon is a 24-hectare isle enveloped by azure waters teeming with marine life. It could well be Cebu’s best kept secret, located off the coasts of the southeastern tip of the mainland, and part of the municipality of Oslob.
A dive down its cool clear waters is like entering a world like no other. Colorful schools of fish, exceptional coral reefs and diverse aquamarine species all create a perfect underwater picture in every angle. The island is the country’s first marine protected area and has been proclaimed a fish sanctuary in 1974.
Immaculate white sand beaches are to be found in different places of the island. Famous in Sumilon is its shifting sandbar which changes shape, depending on the season.
A retreat in this beautiful island is truly a dreamy escape from the entire bustle of city life. From the town of Oslob, about a two-hour drive from Cebu City, a 7-minute boat ride takes visitors to this marvelous place.
Moalboal, Cebu Philippines
An ideal place for a getaway trip from the bustling city life, Moalboal boasts of great food, inviting accommodations, scenic beaches and world-class dive spots. Local and foreign tourists can’t get enough of its vast marine wildlife.
Included in a list of the must-sees in Moalboal is the orchid farm famous for its variety if orchid species, the largest orchid farm in South East Asia.
Dive spots offer enthusiasts with shallow and deep reefs, drop–offs that plunge down to more than 40 meters deep abundant with colorful fishes, corals, anemones and sponges. The Sunken Island in Moalboal should also not be missed. It is the finest place for morning dives flourished with schools of big fishes. To get there, bus rides from Cebu South Bus Terminal or a taxi cab from the Mactan International Airport are widely available.
Medellin, Cebu Philippines
A dream town for retirees to settle, Medellin exudes living everyday life like a vacation. With its lush vegetation, cool sea breeze and peaceful community, this municipality three hours away from the bustling city is haven to everyone who calls it home.
Set amidst its scenic sugarcane valleys are theme parks, golf clubs and other joyous treats for local guests and foreign tourists. To reach Medellin, buses, taxicabs and vehicles-for-hire abound at the Cebu North Bus Terminal.
Aloguinsan, Cebu Philippines
A jewel in the southwestern coast of Cebu, Aloguinsan brags of a picturesque river cove, immaculate white sand beaches, serene marine sanctuaries and a vast array of sea foods.
Discover its rich history which stands as testament to the courage of its early inhabitants. Guests can still see old watchtowers used as vantage point to see incoming pirates. The municipality can be reached by public buses or vehicles-for-hire for an estimated travel time of 2-3 hours.
Dalaguete, Cebu Philippines
Naturally gifted with white sand beaches and lengthy coastlines, crystal blue sea and marine sanctuaries, a trip down to Dalaguete is a memory to treasure.
Dip in its cool waters, enter another world of marine wildlife, or just hang around its peaceful community. The beach resorts lining the coast offer amenities for active outgoing people and those who want rest and relaxation.
Satisfy gastronomic appetites in its restaurants teeming with savory food, be it international cuisines, sea foods or local delicacies. Known as the vegetable basket of Cebu, one could enjoy a trek on the mountains of its Barangay Mantalongon lined up with farms full of all sorts of vegetables.
Bus ride, taxicabs and vehicles for hire are widely available in Cebu South Bus and Mactan International Airport for local and foreign tourists who want to reach this famous destination.
Source : Cebu Province Official Website
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