or 20 hours of sea cruise :).
Ferries from Cebu
Since the Philippines is a "bunch" of islands separated by water, ferries are the most affordable and popular way to travel.
Depending on the remoteness of the island and the starting point of the "start", you can choose your category of ferry crossing:
passenger ferries usualy it's ferry oceanjet company
Passenger ferries, in turn, fall into the categories of cheap and very affordable. The cost of crossing this type of transport is from 13 pesos ($ 0.2), but in bad weather this crossing can significantly shake the nervous system.
A separate category is cargo ferries, which you can safely call in by car / bike / bus and cross to the desired point (prices depend on the distance and type of cargo). A great option to continue a comfortable trip.
If you decide to travel by bus from one point of the island to another island, you can safely buy a ticket for a bus with a ferry freight crossing. On average, a ticket for such a flight with a route of up to 100 km will cost about $ 10, including a ferry.
Ferries from Cebu go in two directions:
to ORMOC island (4 times a day) prices from 1000 pesos ($ 20),
to the island of Tagbilaran (9 times / day) prices from 800 pesos ($ 15).
Flight tickets can be pre-booked at Supercat and Oceanjet.
When is the season. When is the best time to go?
The climate in Cebu is tropical, hot and humid. The average annual temperature is kept at + 26.5 ° C, so it is very comfortable here almost at any time of the year. In general, Cebu weather is divided into three main seasons:
summer (the hottest time of the year from March to May);
rainy season (from June to November);
winter (from November to April).
The climate in the Philippines is directly dependent on the winds. So in the period from May to October, the island is influenced by the "habakat" (wet winds of the south-west direction), and from November to April the "amikhan" (dry winds) reigns.
When is the best time to go to Cebu?
It all depends on what weather conditions are more attractive to you, and, of course, on how you feel about the tourist influx. Usually, from December to February, the largest influx of tourists is observed, therefore it is better to plan your "Cebu travel destination" at other times, for example, April or November.
In late October, early November (the transitional period of the end of the rainy season) and at the beginning of the winter season with dry winds. It rains with strong winds and mostly in the evening and at night, so during the day you can freely move around the city and enjoy your trip.
Cebu in the summer
Summer (March to May) in Cebu is the hottest and wettest time. Air temperature keeps at + 33C. The island at this time of year is influenced by humid winds, so it is both hot and humid here. The number of tourists is lower compared to winter time.
Cebu to the rainy season
There is no autumn and spring on Cebu, we wrote about this above. The transitional period from June to November is the rainy season. Air temperature during the day + 30.5 ° C, + 32 ° C. At this time, there is a change of winds: wet southwest direction is replaced by dry. Mostly in the evening / night, heavy rains are in full swing. Since it is at this time that the risk of typhoons and other natural disasters is highest, for tourists this time of year is unattractive, so the hotels are empty. And those who still decide to visit the country are waiting for discounts on accommodation and flights up to 20%.
The winter period from November to April is most attractive for tourists. Comfortable air temperature + 29C, + 30C day, night + 26C, dry air and the absence of rain make it possible to spend your holidays most actively, plan trips to distant places, immerse yourself in the underwater world and so on.
Due to such climatic advantages, this time of year is most attractive for visitors, therefore, when planning your vacation in December or January, it is worth remembering the tourist influx.
Cebu - monthly weather
Areas Cebu. Where is better to live
Cebu City is divided into two parts: Up Town and Down Town.
As in many cities, in the part of the city of Cebu City Down Town there are the main historical sights of the city (churches, the cross of Magellan and so on), and in the part of Up Town are concentrated ultramodern hotels, shopping and business centers.
In Down Town, you can rent a room / apartment for a day for 700 pesos ($ 12), in Up Town the prices are 3 times higher. But the main difference in living conditions is the cleanliness of the area.
Despite its price attractiveness, Down Town is a dirty area; there is no such thing in Up Town. Therefore, despite its high cost, Up Town is more attractive.
To find a suitable hotel in Cebu, you can use Booking or Agoda and choose a place of residence according to the desired price / quality ratio and the distance from shopping centers. To rent a room in a hotel (2-person accommodation), starts from about 1,500 pesos ($ 30 / day) with breakfast.
Breakfast in many hotels is organized according to the buffet system, you definitely will not stay hungry here. You can choose from European and Asian dishes, local cuisine, many desserts ... Tast everything that your heart desires, and in any quantity (omelets, fried eggs, porridge, rice with vegetables, grilled vegetables, bacon, chicken, seafood, pancakes, cakes and so on). Tasty and healthy food, as you know, will energize you for the whole day!
If you want to live in a really chic hotel, then the Radisson blu cebu hotel is located next to the largest shopping center of SM Cebu City. The price for a double room with breakfast here is above average: 8500 pesos ($ 170).
The friendly, helpful staff will help you with the delivery of luggage to your room and call a taxi at your request. Everything is like in the best films.
What are the prices for vacation
Cebu prices cannot be called cheap, food / taxi services / cost of living here is cheaper than in Bali, but more expensive than in Thailand. For instance:
Taxi prices from $ 3, public transport from $ 0.2.
Lunch for one from $ 3, dinner for two with alcohol will cost $ 15.
A cup of coffee in a coffee shop - $ 2.
Cebu, prices for excursions
Sightseeing tour in a minivan, designed for almost the whole day, costs from $ 65. It includes visits to such historical places as the Magellan's Cross, Santo Nino Church, the Cebu Heritage Monument, the Taos Temple, a visit to the Tops Busay observation deck.
Fans of outdoor activities and water diving will be interested in diving and snorkeling. Snorkeling prices with equipment rental from $ 5, diving offshore from $ 25, from a boat from $ 40.
The cost of food, accommodation, transportation and other
Prices in restaurants and cafes
Meal (lunch / dinner) in an inexpensive restaurant 150 pesos
Lunch / dinner for two, 3 course, mid-range restaurant 700 pesos
McMill at McDonald's or a similar 150 peso combo lunch
Main attractions or what to see in Cebu?
Cebu City is a historic part of the Philippines. There are no natural attractions, beautiful parks and the opportunity to relax on the beach, soaking up the sand under the scorching sun.
Cebu City is a city with a historical cultural heritage and developed infrastructure. In the "first" capital of the country you can visit the following sites, which we will discuss in more detail below:
Basilica Minore del Santo Niño (the walls of this church contain a statue of the baby Jesus, who survived the fire),
The Cross of Magellan (the same cross that the discoverer of the Philippines F. Magellan established),
Fort San Pedro (fort guarding the city for a long time),