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Cebu Travel, the island of natural wonder

After Magellan had discovered the Philippines in 1521, the first Spanish settlement was established in Cebu in 1565 and had been under the Spanish rule for three hundred years.

After several centuries of being in the hand of foreign colonies the city had finally enjoyed the freedom in March 1945. Today the city is a fast growing vital business and a leisure destination next to Manila. A long and narrow island located at the center of the Visayan island is also the gateway to the Philippine archipelago. Referring to Cebu travel, it is accessible through sea and air modes of transportations. It has an international port and the Cebu-Mactan International Airport.

The locals of Cebu have a unique customary way of greeting visitors with their palms of two hands closed together against the chest. 'Suroy ta sa Cebu' which means "Let's tour Cebu" denotes warm welcome and hospitality.

Cebu, the island is a natural wonder from the central mountains to the coral sands. Really it has an abundance of natural beauty. The 8,120 species of flowering plants around the archipelago can be found in the island as well as houses migratory birds from Australia and Russia through the Olango bird sanctuary. The colorful butterflies stand out against the flocks of twittering birds and the misty heights of the mountains overlooks the cascading streams of the sea. The magnificent coral formations and the spectacular marine life make Cebu one of the world's best scuba diving places.

Where to stay in Cebu Philippines

Hundreds of accommodations in Cebu serve a place to stay to the numerous guests. Among the popular and best hotel in the city is the Waterfront Hotel which has a very convenient and accessible location not to mention the excellent hospitality and world class services. It is located just across the Mactan International Airport and close to the financial district of the city. It has also a large array of room facilities that would satisfy and captivate the guests. A variety of hotel amenities and services will surely pamper the guests such as beauty salon, concierge facilities and for those physically unfortunate guests. Meetings and conferences can also be held in the hotel.

Islands highlights

Cebu White Sand is the featured resort for your Cebu travel. It showcases an enjoyable and relaxing tropical island. The cool, crystalline water that is lapping in the white sand is both a comfort and delight to enjoy either on a moonlit nights or sun kissed days. Travelers will surely enjoy the world class conveniences and the delightful Filipino gourmet.

Dive Cebu and witness its extensive reef systems, colorful marine life and warm tropical water await the divers to explore the excitement and adventure. Among the favorite diving site are the following:

* Tambuli Reef - This is the point where the reef fishes are being hand fed. Underwater photographers were amazed of the star fishes, sea cucumbers, sea urchins and other underwater creatures.

* Marigondon Cave - One of the famous dive spot in Cebu because of the spectacular view on the entrance of the cave. A school of flashlight fishes and big eyes will meet you deeper inside the cave.

* Malapascua Island - The so-called origin and center of coral life in the world is a truly world class diving site. Malapascua Island has different diving sites and each has its own environment and different influences. The magnificent Thresher shark can be seen daily only in this place. Divers were fascinated with the many marine species that can be seen in the island.

* Moalboal Island - It is famous for its untouched and beautiful marine life. Divers can go across the aperture of the Pescador Cathedral an undersea formation that looks like a giant funnel.

Visiting religious landmark is a must when you take a vacation in Cebu City

* One of the oldest churches in the city is the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral which was completed for about a century because of several interruptions. The first church was built made of wood and bamboo in 1595 and undergone reconstructions.

* Basilica Minore del Santo Nino was built in the exact spot where the image of Santo Nino was founded by the Spanish conquistadors in 1565. This church was founded by Andres de Urdaneta, an Augustinian priest. The image of the Santo Nino de Cebu was brought to the archipelago by Ferdinand Magellan and was given to Queen Juana who was later baptized together with his husband Rajah Humabon into the catholic faith.

The Basilica Minore del Santo Nino is now an important religious and historical landmark in Cebu wherein devotees pay respect and homage to the Holy Infant Jesus.



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