Malapascua Beach Resorts & Hotels

Cocobana Beach Resort, Tel. 63-32-4371040

Blue Water Malapascua Beach Resort, Tel. +63-9185872427

Logon Beach Resort, Tel. 63-918-9137278

Blue Corals Beach Resort, Tel. 63-32-4371020

Loida’s Beach Club, Tel. +63-9188920291

Malapascua Exotic Island Dive & Beach Resort, Tel. 4370983, Fax: 4370984, Mobile: +63-919-6903947

White Sand Bungalows, Tel. +63-9273167471

Mangrove Oriental Resort, Tel. +63-9194811861

Sunsplash Resort, Tel. +63-9272741756

Ging Ging’s Flower Garden

The Palm Place

Tropical Beach Resort

Monteluna Beach Resort

Monterubio Beach Resort

Peter Baadsmand Beach Resort

Sunrise Beach Resort

Cebu City hotels, inns & lodging houses

Juan Osmena Street:

Century Plaza Hotel, Tel. 63-32-2551697,
Fax: 2551664

Vacation Hotel, Tel. 63-32-2532766, Fax: 2536554

NS Royal Pension, Tel. 63-32-2545358,
Fax: 2551556

C’est La Vie Pension, Tel. 63-32-2532376

Osmena Boulevard:

Arbel’s Pension House, Tel. 63-32-2535303

YMCA, Tel. 63-32-2534057

Pacific Pensionne Tel. 63-32-2535271, Fax: 2611792

Fuente Osmena:

Cebu Midtown Hotel Tel. 63-32-2539711, Fax: 2539765

Elegant Circle Inn, Tel. 63-32-2541601, Fax: 2541606

Garwood Park Hotel Tel. 63-32-2531131, Fax: 2530118

F. Ramos Street:

Diplomat Hotel, Tel. 63-32-2546342, Fax: 2546346

Kan-Irag Hotel, Tel. 63-32-2531151, Fax: 2536935

Holiday Plaza Hotel, Tel. 63-32-2549880, Fax: 2547646

Pelaez street:

Golden Valley Inn, Tel. 63-32-2538660, Fax: 2538482

Cebu Century Hotel Tel. 63-32-2551341 to 47, Fax: 2551600

McSherry Pension House, Tel. 63-32-2544792

Hotel de Mercedes Tel. 63-32-2531105 to 10, Fax: 2533880

Gorordo Avenue:

St. Moritz Hotel Tel. 63-32-2311148, Fax: 2312485

West Gorordo Hotel, Tel. 63-32-2314347, Fax: 2311158

Kukuk’s Nest Pension House, Tel. & Fax: 63-32-2315180

The Golden Peak Hotel, Tel. 63-32-2338111, Fax: 4122195

Don Gil Garcia Street:

Jasmine Pension House, Tel. 63-32-254559, Fax: 2542686

Westpoint Inn, Tel. 63-32-2543433, Fax: 2544524

Verbena Pension House, Tel. 63-32-2534440, Fax: 2533430

Salinas Drive:

Waterfront Cebu City Hotel, Tel. 63-32-2326888, Fax: 2326880

La Guardia Hotel, Tel. 63-32-2323789, Fax: 2313576

Others:

Hotel Asia, Don Jose Avila St., Tel. 63-32-2558536, Fax: 2533805

Cebu Elicon House, General Junquera St., Tel. 63-32-2539189, Fax: 2530367

Eddie’s Hotel, Manalo St., Tel. 63-32-2548570, Fax: 2548578

City Park Inn, Archbishop Reyes Ave., Tel. 63-32-2327311,
Fax: 2327382

Fuente Pension House, Don Julio Llorente St., Tel. 63-32-2534133, Fax: 2544365

Cebu City Marriott Hotel, Cardinal Rosales Ave., Tel. 63-32-2326100, Fax: 2326101

Kiwi Lodge, Tud Tud St., Mabolo, Tel. & Fax: 63-32-2329550

Mango Park Hotel General Maxilom Ave., Tel. 63-32-2331511, Fax: 2335695

Mayflower Pension House, East Capitol Site, Tel. 63-32-2537233, Fax: 2536647

Montebello Villa Hotel, Banilad, Tel. 63-32-2313681, Fax: 2314455

Pacific Tourist Inn, V. Gullas St., Tel. 63-32-2532151-59, Fax: 2545674

Cebu Grand Hotel, Escario St., Tel. 63-32-2546361, Fax: 2546363

Palazzo Pensionne, Sepulveda St., Tel. 63-32-2550105, Fax: 2550173

Richmond Plaza Hotel, F. Sotto Drive, Tel. 63-32-2320361, Fax: 2321974

Sarrosa Intl. Hotel & Residential Suites, F. Cabahug St., Tel. 63-32-2325811-18, Fax: 2325819

Cebu Business Hotel, Colon St., Tel. 63-32-2556010, Fax: 2556013

Ruftan Pensione, Legaspi St., Tel. 63-32-2562613, Fax: 4121475

Cebu Mintel, Maria Cristina St., Tel. 63-32-2546200, Fax: 4124804

Teo-Fel Pension House, Junquera St., Tel. 63-32-2532482, Fax: 2532488

Moalboal lodges and Beach Resorts

Eve’s Kiosk, Tel. 63-32-4740006

Cabana Beach Club Resort, Tel. 63-32-4740034, Fax: 4740035

Cora’s Palm Court

Sampaguita Beach Resort. Tongo

Marina Village

Mollie’s Place, Tel. 63-32-4740021

Paradise Cottages

Paul & Paula’s Place

Serena Beach Club

Whispering Palms Beach Resort, Tel. 63-32-4740058

Dolphin House, Tel. 63-32-4740073 or 63-32-4740074

Hannah’s Lodge, Tel. 63-32-4740091, 63-32-3460592

Love’s Lodge, Tel. 63-32-4740060

Marcosa’s Cottages, Tel. +63-916-3042717 or 63-32-4740064

Pacita’s Nipa Hut, Tel. 63-32-4740052

Ravenala Beach Bungalows, Tel. +63-9176401920

Savedra Beach Resort, Tel. 63-32-4740011

Sumisid Lodge, Tel. 63-32-4740005

Sunshine Pension House, Tel. 63-32-4740049

Quo Vadis Beach Resort, Tel. 63-32-4740018, Fax: 4740019

History of Cebu

Originally, Cebu was called Sugbo. Cebuanos lived in stilt houses made of bamboo, wood and nipa. Men were extensively tattooed and women were lavishly ornamented with gold jewelries, silks and lip color.

Prior to Spanish colonization, the city was the center of trade in the south, where Chinese ships arrived with silks and porcelains which they exchanged for honey, gold, wood and spices from Mollucas. Unreasonable trade restrictions of the colonizing Spanish caused the rapid decline of Cebu as a trading port. However, in 19th century, restrictions were lifted and brought back the commercial life of the city.

The Spanish troops headed by Ferdinand Magellan arrived Cebu in 1521 with a friendly reception from the island villagers. He made friends with Rajah Humabon and converted most of the locals to Christians including the leader’s family. But when Magellan reached the narrow strait to Mactan Island, the reception was not similar. He encountered a negative response and had a hard time entering the area. Lapu Lapu, the chief, resisted his entry and fought against the Spanish troops leaving Magellan lifeless on the ground. Cebu’s invasion was delayed until Legazpi and Fray Andres de Urdaneta arrived in 1566.

The historic Fort San Pedro has served many purposes to the Cebuanos. It was constructed in 1565 upon the arrival of Legazpi on the ship San Pedro but remained unfinished until 1738. Originally intended to protect the island from Muslim raiders, the port also served as the barracks and defense post of the US army during the American occupation; a prison camp during the 3 year Japanese invasion; the city zoo; and now a small park. For many centuries, renovations have removed the waterfront lying few blocks from the Fort.

Moalboal

Located at the west coast of Cebu, nestles a humble little town of Moalboal, and three kilometers from the town center, is the sleepy coastal village of Panagsama beach, homing to a small community of unexploited locals and friendly foreign divers. Moalboal is known for diving yet accomodation and food is affordable.

underwater_2.jpgMoalboal’s exciting dive sites made it an extraordinary diving destination in the Visayas. Apart from its unique location and its lovely people, visiting divers usually get magnetized by the staggering life form decking out the inclined wall right by the shore of Panagsama beach. The dive starts at the beach, heading straight down to a recepting beauty of stunning hard and soft corals, anemones and sponges hosting thousands of inhabiting tropical fishes.

Another point of interest is Pescador Island Marine park. It is a shallow reef that shelters lively dancing gorgonians, fan corals and sharks such as whitetip and hammerheads. These are stunning sights that famed Moalboal to divers from around the world.

As a little town by the west coast of Cebu Island, Moalboal can be easily reached by either renting a bike or taking a bus or jeepney from the center of Cebu.

Cebu City and its paradise islands

Cebu City is the 2nd busiest city in the Philippines. It had been an important trading district for Chinese, Arabs and Malay traders even before the discovery of the Philippines. Despite its multifaceted evolution, Cebu remained the center of commerce in the Visayas, and until this time progressively gathering foreign businesses to build up its economy to greater extent. From guitar making, to dried fruit and fruit juice manufacturing, Cebu proved itself to be the center of trade in the south. The export processing zone at Mactan Island helped to feed Cebu’s demanding growth including its neighboring islands. Malapascua

The city closely resembles with Manila but without the presence of dense traffic. Massive establishments, malls, big hotels, well developed resorts and large universities are gearing up the daily activities of Cebu’s fast urban life. Its vast sea port terminal provides easier access to neighboring islands both from Visayas and Mindanao. It has a big ferry terminal that easily moves residents of Bohol and Leyte in and out of Cebu.

If you are on a business trip who are looking for alternate places to go in the city, Cebu is a destination for cheap bargains; such as shell crafts, acoustic guitars and handicrafts. Many restaurants offer variaties of dishes with seafood as the most popular. And nightlife ranges from intense discos to loud sing along bars and live bands. No matter where you are in Cebu, the city always has something to offer its wandering visitors.cebu1.10.jpg

Tourism in Cebu expanded since the migration of huge businesses in the island. Mactan Island, now clogged with resorts targets mainly upscale visitors. These resorts filled with luxurious amenities even reconstructed their beaches to make it look more appealingly natural. Such pampering that pushed other towns further down for being discovered. This, however, didn’t take the pride of some established towns in the South. They possess white sand beaches and great dive sites incomparably better than those of Mactan’s. Moalboal, fairly is famous for its exquisite dive sites and low-budget but more welcoming resorts, while the island of Badian sprang up for its world-class beach resorts and water-sports activities. cebu.jpg

Off the northern coast of Cebu are the coated sugar-like white sand beach islands of Bantayan and Malapascua. They are unquestionably best destinations for a slow summer holiday in the Visayas. Malapascua and Bantayan were recently appreciated for its unrivaled white sand beaches, crystal clear seawater, and its rustic atmosphere. Bantayan Island is a long been discovered paradise, but is able to preserve its natural beauty and remoteness. It is located 18 km off the northwest coast of Cebu with three municipalities of mostly home to undiscovered achingly beautiful white sand beaches.

The other island is called Malapascua. It is a small island of not more than 6 sq. km. with bays covered with strips of white sand beaches, and home to several rustic but very pleasing resorts built with restaurants and bars. Not just an unpretentious hideaway for those who simply want to get themselves away from the bustling life in the city, this place also is an ultimate diving destination.Malapascua Island

If traveling alone, motor biking is the cheapest rather more exciting alternative to discover these hideaways. Cebu is a big island thus renting a vehicle can be costly. As transport facilities are well organized in Cebu, it is also not a bad idea to experience commuting in most provinces of the island. Vehicles bounded for all towns have their own terminals in and out of the city.

For island destinations, major sea transportations operate in all ports of Cebu. Malapascua can be reached three hours by land from cebu to Maya, and 45 mins boat trip to the island.

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Cebu Map

Activities:

Shopping, nightlife, visiting museums, motor biking, diving, swimming and dining