After Hong Kong, my trip continued to The Philippines with Cathay Pacific. To be more precise, we flew to Cebu City. I stayed in Cebu area for 10 nights, discovering (luxury) sights of the island. In Cebu we mainly relaxed on resorts in the beginning. Later we picked up the pace and went exploring with a motorbike. We also went to Bohol, an island 2 hours from Cebu. More about Bohol in a separate article –> here.
I really really enjoyed my time in The Philippines and I will make sure to go back to see other parts of this country as well. The people are just really friendly and you will find the most beautiful beaches here. I hope these images inspire you to visit The Philippines one day.
We landed on Mactan airport in Cebu. Since we didn’t want to travel far the first few days, we stayed on this side of the island. We booked a 4 star hotel resort at Pacific Cebu. You can witness beautiful sunsets here.
Approximately 10 minutes from the resort you can find a proper shopping mall & supermarkt called Gaisano Grand Mall.
Pacific Cebu Resort
Adress: Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu
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We stayed at the luxurious Kandaya resort located in the northern part of Cebu. This resort has thought of everything, like an organic garden, spa, water sports and horse back riding. Also, it’s the most luxurious resort I have stayed at so far with our private pool villa. Check out the full review in this article –> Kandaya resort.
My boyfriend wanted to dive to see the Thresher shark. In Malapasqua is a diving spot that is well-known as the Thresher sharks have their cleaning station in the early morning between 5am and 7am.
While he was diving in the area, I was laying at the private beach of the Kandaya resort on this island.
Moalboal was not planned on our itinerary until a local pointed out this place. It ended up being one of our my favorite areas of the trip. Here we rented a motorbike to explore.
— Parrot resort —
An excellent affordable 3 star hotel, located conveniently to the sea and many restaurants. I hope you like birds though, because as the name suggests, there are parrots on the resort.
address: Panagsama Rd, Moalboal, 6032 Cebu
— Snorkeling with sardines & turtles —
The perfect snorkel place where you will definitely find the popular sardine run and with luck some sea turtles. If you ask me, you don’t have to book any snorkeling tour here. Just rent some snorkeling gear at the Panagsama Beach and snorkel where you see groups are swimming. There are millions of sardines there, so you won’t miss them!
— Kawasan falls —
We drove to Kawasan falls, which was around 30 minutes from our hotel. Tip, don’t stay at the first level of the fall, it’s fully packed with tourists. This photo was taken at the 3rd level, where you can jump from that cliff at the fall that looks much higher from the tip ;)
We stayed at Cebu City for one night to stay close to the airport and the ferry. Not my favorite place of The Philippines, but very convenient located. There is a big shopping mall, where you can find anything.
— Taoist Temple —
We hopped in a taxi and went to the Taoist temple, in an elite neighbourhood on a hill.
Tip: ask the taxi driver to wait for you downstairs, because you won’t find any taxis there.
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*This trip was in collaboration with Cathay Pacific
Cathay Pacific has daily flights The Philippines and to almost 200 destinations worldwide from there on. Tickets to Manila & Cebu via Hong Kong in August 2017 (high season) start from €610,-.