Excursions in Cebu
Bohol, located east of Cebu is an island province that is naturally beautiful and historically rich. Its capital city, Tagbilaran, has tree-lined plazas and stone buildings, including a church built by the Jesuits in the 18th century. The province has gained a reputation as a site of some of the best beaches in the country. Along its coastlines are numerous isles including Panglao, Cabilao, Mahinay and Lapinpin, which are excellent diving spots. Leave your resort early in the morning for a day trip that will introduce you to the wonders of Bohol. First stop is the Philippine Tarsier Foundation in the town of Corella, which serves as a refuge for the smallest primate in the world, the tarsier.
Drive through the City of Mandaue, known as the furniture capital of Cebu. Visit Maple and Pine Classics, which showcases quality wood and cane furniture that is exported all over the world. Next stop is a Fashion Accessories store that offers costume jewellery, gift items, and home novelties made of local materials.
Cebu Citys reputation as one of the countrys top tourist destinations is due to its all year round warm climate and accessibility. Named as the countrys second international gateway, Cebu is rich in history, and is the oldest city (1565) in the Philippines. The city tour starts with a visit to the majestic Taoist Temple. Situated six kilometers from the city center is this impressive and highly ornate temple of the Taoist religious community. Its size and architecture are evidence that a considerable part of Cebus population is ethnically Chinese. On the way to the Basilica, pass by Cebus Provincial Capital and Carbon Market, where most of the citys fresh produce is being sold. Stop by the Basilica Minore de San Agustin, which now houses the statue of the Infant Jesus.
First stop is the Gothic-inspired 16th century church in the town of San Fernando. Continue to the attractive city of Carcar and visit a shrine in the hillside known as the Theotokos Shrine, which is dedicated to Our Lady Mother of God. Catch a glimpse of rural life in livelihood activities like shoemaking, delicacy cooking, woodcarving and basket weaving.
Then the tour proceeds down the South Road Properties - a big reclamation project that expands the citys business district. You then continue uptown passing by the citys major universities and schools and the grand Cebu Capitol Building. Next stop is the imposing Taoist Temple on a scenic hillside in Beverly Hills. This temple is regularly visited by the large Chinese community and locals as well.
Travel 100km south-west of Cebu Island passing through beautiful landscapes of centuries-old stone churches; colourful markets; roadside crafts and panoramic vistas from mountain peaks. Midway, make a short stop at Carcar to enjoy local delicacies and interact with friendly folks. Continue the drive up the mountains and down to the south-western coast.