TurkishWings From Turkey, joined May 2006, 1456 posts, RR: 8 Posted (5 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 2166 times:
I have just purchased a ticket to HKG (05-17 Mar) on TK. Obviously, we are not planning to spend 12 days in HKG so we are looking for something interesting/different to do for about 1 week. I was thinking Cebu could be a good alternative as it is not too far away and is good value for money. There are daily nonstop slights on CX which makes it very accessible too...
However, I am not completely sure if the place is as pretty as it looks on the pictures. It seems to be the second most densely populated city in the Philippines. Too much for a tropical paradise I thought. Is Cebu the Philippines equivalent of Phuket?
What other alternatives would you guys recommend in the area? Possible not more than 4-5 hours of flying and possibly sunny and warm
Tootallsd From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 565 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (5 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 2132 times:
I'm not sure how I feel about Cebu. The company that I work for has a factory outside Cebu and I have visited several times.
It is the 2nd city of the Philippines. It is also considered the most Catholic city of the nation. As it is near the south, the potential for Muslim extremism further south where there has been violence and kidnappings. My Catholic counterparts discuss the Muslims in the south in a manner that African Americans were discussed in the 1950s/1960s in the US.
To underscore this, I usually stay at a Marriott in Cebu City. You can not enter the hotel compound without your car being searched (trunk opened, mirror check of bottom). As you enter the lobby all bags are screened and you pass through a metal detector.
Cebu CIty is very crowded. Road conditions are a horror. But outside of town there are many nice resorts on the ocean along with sailing and dive opportunities. There are many tourism companies to coordinate dives nearby and further afield.
Food is cheap and the people, other than my comments above, are very very nice.
Dragon6172 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 1213 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (5 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 2111 times:
Was in Cebu on a port call a number of years ago. From what I remember, you can go to the San Miguel Brewery and swim in the beer for 500 pesos (not adjusted for inflation). Umm... I hear there was good diving? I was a bit hungover though to do anything else. Whew... that was a different life.
PlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11975 posts, RR: 59
Reply 5, posted (5 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 2052 times:
Quoting TurkishWings (Reply 4): My friend wants to be around nice beaches... Not too many of them around Manila I assume?
I think you need to head to Caticlan, then catch a boat over to Borocay island. There are dozens of daily flights from Manilla and flying time is 45-60 minutes depending on your airline and the aircraft they operate, so you could quite easily manage the whole trip in 4-5 hours from HKG.
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