I've been to Cebu so many times over but I've never really explored it turista style till last time when i went there with my officemates. We had an event so it still cannot be considered as a pure RnR trip but we managed to make the most of it somehow.
We stayed at Crown Regency right smack in the middle of Fuente, Cebu. There was an on-going promo so the rates were comparatively cheap plus we got a corporate rate so that just sealed the deal.
After our event we were able to visit the beach, yes, the beach!!
There's a good number of beaches around the entire island of Cebu but the best ones are located 2-3 hours away from the city. We opted for the nearest and the cheapest which is around Mactan area about 30 minutes from the hotel. We went to Porto Fino in Lapu-lapu and paid 90 per head, it was a weekday. And added 350 pesos for 2 tables and 6 chairs for our group. A tent would cost an additional 1000 pesos but we were able to seek some shade near a huge tree so we saved a lot there, teehee!
The white sand wasn't really fine but it was good enough, and the waters clear and cold and blue. Good enough for a quickie beach thirst quenching.
We didn't stay long since people starting pouring in droves and it became unbearably hot and crowded.
We dropped by Mactan Shrine before heading home.
Oh, that's the ahem, rear view. :p
The following day, before our late afternoon flight home to Manila, we went on a day tour around some of Cebu's attractions. Our first stop was at the Taoist Temple, then lunch at Zubochon. I had to go there because Anthony Bourdain touted their lechon as best tasting pig EVER!!
After our rather heavy and delectable lunch, our driver, Manong Tony took us to the different sites in downtown Cebu.
By the way, we rented a van for our group, the rate for the 8 hour tour was at PhP2,500 and I appreciate it much that our driver is very polite and good natured and the SUV van that was assigned to us was rather sleek and new. You may want to call/text 0917-622 3225 if you will be needing transportation services in Cebu. ;)
Our next stop was at Casa Gorordo. I didn't go inside since I'm not really fond of museums. Entrance fee is at P40 and 15 if you can present a student ID.
Then we dropped by at Yap-Sandiego Ancestral Home and the Cebu Heritage at Parian Park, Fort San Pedro, Magellan's Cross, and Santo Nino Church stopping only for picture taking.
Our last stop was at the Taboan Market for danggit and pusit shopping.
We made a quich trip to Shamrock for otap and freshly baked bread before Manong Tony brought us to the airport in Mactan to catch our flight.
It was a rather interesting trip albeit short but fun-filled. When i could go back there again maybe I could try and make it more leisurely somehow.