The Department of Tourism in the Philippines is considering accepting guests and tourists from countries with low to zero Corovirus (Covid-19) cases. As of June 25, 2020, the are two countries they are eyeing to accept tourists from: Australia, with 37 active cases and New Zealand which only has 3 cases.

“Since zero COVID naman sila, we are looking at from their country to Boracay or Bohol na puwede na tayo magka-travel bubble or travel corridor so at least hindi lang tayo limited sa international tourism,” this is what the DOT Secretary Bernadette Puyat said in a briefing last Friday, June 26, 2020.

The country has 10 commercial international airports:

  • Metro Manila
  • Cebu
  • Clark Airport in Pampanga
  • Bohol
  • Davao City
  • General Santos City
  • Iloilo
  • Kalibo Airport in Aklan
  • Puerto Princesa
  • Zamboanga

If you are going to Boracay, then you can take the Kalibo International Airport. On the other hand if you want to go to Bohol, then they just had their International airport launched last year which is located in Panglao Bohol.

“If this goes well, we will finally be able to accept [tourists from] countries where [there is] practically zero or low cases of COVID,” Secretary Puyat said during the briefing.

Senator Sonny Angara said that these “travel bubbles” could be successful if the government is able to stop the spread of the virus. “We continue to record a lot of fresh cases daily and until we can bring these numbers down, confidence of tourists entering the country will be an issue,” the Senator added.

As of now, there are some international flights allowed going to the Philippines, but these are limited to repatriates and returning Filipinos from other countries.

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Cebu is considered as one of the top tourist destinations in the Philippines. According to the Department of Trade and Industry, in the year 2018, the tourist arrivals to the Philippines rose by 7.7% from the previous year. It recorded a 6.6Million estimated number of tourists. Korea is the number one country to have the most tourist come to the Philippines. The department recorded 1.607 Million Koreans in the year 2017.

Cebu is a very known city in Korea. It is because of its culture, history, foods, tourist spots, world class hotels, white sand beaches, whale sharks, entertainment and the friendly people that the city has. There are also many Koreans schools found in Cebu and in Mactan.

So, what do you really expect in Cebu in the year 2020?

LRT and BRT in Cebu

Photo from CDN

Photo from CDN

The most important thing to take note and you must be excited about is the Cebu Light Rail Transit (CLRT) and the Bus Rapid Transit (CBRT) systems which will be operational in Cebu City and its neighboring cities in the year 2020. This will surely attract more tourists to come and visit the city because of the transportation will be like the first world country in Asia, Singapore.

Cebu Ocean Park

Image from Project Lupad

Image from Project Lupad

Considered as the biggest oceanarium in the Philippines, the Cebu Ocean Park, will have its soft opening last quarter of the year 2019 and will be fully operational in the year 2020. Just like Manila Ocean Park, the Cebu Ocean Park is geared with an all-year round tourist destination. The good thing about the park is that it has functions spaces, food halls, multi-animal shows and many more. The park is located just beside San Pedro Calungsod Chapel which is at the back of SM Seaside City in South Road properties. If you want to rent a car to go there, you may call us at 0917-323-8965.

Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway

Image from BWorldOnline

Image from BWorldOnline

Another thing to expect in Cebu in the year 2021 is this CCLEX. As of 2018, the Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway (CCLEX) is an ongoing project of Metro Pacific Tollways Development Corporation which links Cebu City and Cordova with a total length of 8 kilometers. The projected completion date of this bridge will be year 2021. If finished, this Mactan Cebu Third Bridge will be considered the longest bridge in the Philippines. Currently, San Juanico Bridge in Leyte is the longest with 2.6 kilometer in length.

Metro Cebu Expressway

Image from SkyscraperCity

Image from SkyscraperCity

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) will begin the construction the Metro Cebu Expressway this year. This will link Carcar City to Danao City with a total distance of 74 kilometer. This is built to shorten the travel time between the said two cities. This will also solve the worsening traffic in Metro Cebu. There is no definite date yet when it will be finished. This is part of the present’s administration program and plans for infrastructure.

We can expect a better Cebu in the next two years. More tourists will surely come and tour in the city. Hopefully, the number of visitors will spike up to a better percentage from the previous year.

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With the growing tourism in Cebu, Philippines, it’s just becoming more of an exciting place for the people to visit. You just need to book your flight that should arrive you there early in the morning. You also need to depart late in the evening. As a traveler, read on below to guide you to your Cebu Vacation.

Getting In and Out of the Mactan Cebu International Airport

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Getting in of the Mactan Cebu International Airport is not that difficult. It’s in getting out of the airport that is exactly the opposite. That is why you need to know a few options available.

SM My Bus. The fare is usually very affordable at a price of 25 pesos or (0.5USD). It will take an hour before you arrive at a designated place. Actually, this connects the airport to SM City Cebu, Park Mall in Mandaue and North Bus Terminal.

Ordinary Taxi/Airport. You may choose one of the cabs that are bound to Cebu. The flag-down is 1 USD or 40Php and 3.50Php additional for each 300meters. These are the rates for an ordinary taxi. For yellow or airport taxis, you usually need to pay 40Php and 70Php.

Grab. It’s good to know that Grab and Uber are to be found in Cebu. You won’t worry about being overcharged or scammed. However, there will usually be a surcharge during the peak hours.

Rent-a-Car. At the arrival gate, you will see cars that are parked around or booth of car rental companies. They will convince you to get their service. Be ready to pay them about 500 Philippines’ peso to 1000 Philippines’ peso. It usually varies by destination.

Going Everywhere in Cebu

It is actually very easy to commute in Cebu provided that you know the jeepney routes. The jeepneys are usually labeled with a letter and a number. The number specifies the number of different avenues or streets and the route. Taxis are to be found everywhere. The drivers are friendlier than the ones to find in Manila. Even if your change is just one peso, it will still be returned to you. If you go to Cebu in a group, look for the car or van rentals. The rate for an 8-hour tour is usually at the range of Php 3,500 to Php 6, 500, depending on the usage.. The rates will include the gas, driver, and car use.

Going the Northern/Southern Part of Cebu

When going to the northern or southern part of Cebu, heading to the bus terminals is a must. However, public buses are nowhere to be found in the main places of Cebu City. Your group can choose to go to the North Bus Terminal. This is especially when heading to Malapascua Island, Camotes Islands, and Bantayan Island.

When going to the South Bus Terminal, it means to say that you’re going to Carcar, Dalaguete, Samboan, Badian, Moalboal and Oslob. There are some other towns in the south but not most of the tourists are going.

Recommended Accommodations to Stay in Cebu

Check out the accommodations we recommend to you below:

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Foods to Eat and Places to Go in Cebu

Roasted suckling pig or lechon is a must-try food when you’re in Cebu. The crispy skin and the luscious and salty pork meat is something that you’ll crave for more. Also choose to visit the grilling hubs such as the Willers, Matias, Larsian, and more!

If you love steaks and ribs, go visit the Casa Verde. For those brownie cups, go to the La Marea. There are also sutokil, seafood feasts, tuwa, kilaw, and sugba in Lantaw. For some international and local cuisines, do not miss the Sugbo Mercado!

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Time is so fast, few days more to go and it’s Christmas. Now, you are starting to plan your vacation with your families and loved ones to Cebu. Since, it is your first time to visit the place, you are wondering where to go and what are the things to do in Cebu City and its provinces.

Great, you have come to the right place and you should continue reading this post and thank us later.

Cebu is a famous tourist destinations all over the Philippines. There are more or less 3.3 million tourists visited the island last year. Wow, that’s a lot, but unfortunately, you are not one of them. It will be your first time, right?

Okay, let’s get started. Here are the places that should visit in Cebu.

Oslob – Whale Shark Watching, Tumalog Falls and Sumilon Island

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Oslob became famous since 2012, when the whale sharks in the area became so popular. You should not miss visiting Oslob and make sure to add this in your list. In addition, you can also visit the Tumalog falls which is just 15 minutes away from the whale sharks, and while watching the whale sharks, you can see the beautiful Sumilon Island.

We offer the following packages which you can avail considering you want to visit Oslob.

Badian – Canyoneering and Kawasan Falls

Another famous tourist spot in the south of Cebu is the Kawasan falls which is located in Badian, an hour drive from Oslob. You can either do Canyoneering (recommended for adults but not for kids below 12 years old and senior citizens) or you can just relax and unwind in Kawasan Falls, the most beautiful waterfall in Cebu.

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We offer the following combined packages for Oslob and Badian.

Packages above are good for one day, so you can plan best your itinerary. We recommend early pick up from the City so you won’t be late in your activities.
If you are getting the Canyoneering and Kawasan falls, you can either add to this package the Pescador Island in Moalboal where you can see the beautiful corals in the island, sardines, and turtles. And in addition to that, if the weather is quite good, you are lucky enough to see the dolphins in the area too.

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On the same package, you can also add the Osmeña peak, which is good for one day along with the Canyoneering and Kawasan Falls.

Links:

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You can also add Simala Shrine visit to the mentioned packages above, including the Oslob Tours, if time permits.

Twin City Tour – Cebu and Lapu-Lapu City and Mactan Island Hopping

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If you are the kind of person that you don’t like to travel a long trip, then the best packages for you is the Twin City Tour, which includes the famous tourist destinations in both Cebu City and Lapu-Lapu City. You also have the option to add the Temple of Leah, Sirao Garden and TOPS. Highlights of these tours can be found below.

  • Basilica Del Sto. Niño Church
  • Magellan’s Cross
  • Fort San Pedro
  • Heritage of Cebu Monument
  • Yap San Diego Ancestral House
  • Taoist Temple
  • Guitar Factory
  • Mactan Shrine
  • 10,000 Roses
  • Temple of Leah
  • Sirao Garden
  • TOPS

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Some guests will request to be in the beach in a day and don’t like to travel that far. No problem, the Mactan Island Hopping is here. This includes a visit to different 3 to 4 islands in a one day where you can enjoy snorkeling, fish feeding and relaxing at the beach. The following islands that you can visit are as follows:

  • Gilutungan Island
  • Caohagan Island
  • Nalusuan Island
  • Pandanon Island

Prices for this package varies on which islands you will visit and the number of people in the group in one boat.

Bohol Countryside and Panglao Island Tour

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Your vacation in Visayas won’t be complete if you cannot see the famous tarsier and Chocolate Hill in Bohol. Good thing is that we offer those packages and you will be able to do that in one day, so that means, side trip to Bohol from Cebu City is possible during your Cebu vacation.

Links:

panglao-beach

You will not also miss the Loboc River Cruise which we already include in our Bohol Countryside Tour from Cebu City.

In the metioned packages above, you will surely have a great vacation in both Cebu and Bohol. If you still have places to visit and it is not from the list, call us at 0917-323-8965 or send us an email at [email protected] and we are happy to customize a trip for you.

For hotel accommodation, we can also book that for you, just let us know the travel dates and preferred hotel and we can check the price for you.