Whenever I talk to foreign people about Cebu, it now makes sense why they’d love to “properly” set a schedule of atleast two weeks minimum exploring this province that consists of more than a hundred islands and islets. My trip last month marked my fourth time in this island and let’s just say that by now I’m fully aware of how much Cebu has got to offer to its visitors.
Allow me to back up a bit. My first time here in 2010 was spent schlepping around with friends in their arranged Cebu-Bohol itinerary. We barely toured the city (or the islands!) but I remember us being featured by a news channel for their travel guide while shopping in a dried mango warehouse. Hehe. Two years ago, I came back to see the famous three-level cascading turquoise waters of Kawasan falls and loved my whaleshark encounter (see post here). And earlier this year, I had a quick stopover to Siargao where I stayed close to the airport and briefly experienced Mactan Island and its high-end resorts. My further exploration of the island was hindered by a cancelled flight back though.
In this recent trip, I got to see a few less visited but equally enchanting waterfalls and sneaked in a sunrise mountain hike in one of their highest peaks in the south. But did you know that’s just a few out of Cebu’s hundred waterfalls and many forested mountains? I haven’t seen yet the quiet beaches of the North and I still haven’t forgotten my promised bucketlist of going back to scuba diving in Malapascua Island. Sigh. My beloved Cebu, I will forever keep on coming back to you.