The Phillipines is not a traditional holiday destination from this part of the world – often its cousins Vietnam and Thailand are a more popular choice.
However, once you are in Hong Kong, the white sand beaches, history and resorts of Cebu are only about as far away as Fiji is from Auckland, and it’s well worth the visit.
The Filipino people have long been known for their graciousness and hospitality and regular travellers to the area say that it is the welcome and service you receive which really sets it apart from the rest of South East Asia. Cathay Pacific flies direct to Cebu from Hong Kong, rather than entering The Phillipines though Manila. Cebu has the nation’s busiest port and its second-busiest airport.
There are a number of family-friendly resorts not far from the airport, so if you are looking for a relaxing holiday, these cater to your every need. Traveller Robyn Denton has been to Cebu as well as Vietnam in recent years, and says Cebu is an ideal spot for a holiday.
“We have such fond memories of Cebu,” she says. “We travelled with a group of family and friends, and there was something for everyone – the weather was perfect too – mid 30s and no rain, both in April and again in September.
“The people and the food were outstanding – they just seemed so happy to help, and our resort was so well appointed – from golf to water sports to the kids club, it had everything.”
Those who love water sports have voted Cebu one of the top 10 places in the world to learn to dive. On the northern tip of the island Malapascua Island, divers can see thresher sharks, whereas off the southwestern town of Moalboal, you have the rare chance to swim with giant schools of sardines just offshore.
Cebu plays a major role in Philippine history, dating back almost 500 years. It is home to the country’s smallest and oldest fort, Fort San Pedro. It was built during the Spanish occupation and had also been used as barracks for American forces, a school, a refugee camp during World War II, and an army camp after the war.
If you are looking for a place to unwind where you can be as active or indulged as you choose, see what Cebu has to offer. For more information on how to get there and the very best details, visit Cathay Pacific today.