Cebu has a wide range of accommodations for different travelers. Budget class, mid-range, and first class travelers will find accommodations at reasonable prices. This does not go on to say that a budget hotel in Cebu is a ragtag sort of a place. On the contrary, you'll find budget hotels here to be elegant though quite modest when it comes to decor. Of course, travelers should always check if a hotel or inn is at par with acceptable standards.
Cebu City Cebu City is the capital of Cebu and the second largest and most significant metropolitan center in the Philippines. The city is located on the eastern shore of Cebu and was the first Spanish settlement in the Philippines, making it a center of art and culture. It is affectionately known as the "Queen City of the South." There is a wide range of Cebu Hotels and Resorts that cater to tourist and business travelers, and is usually the jumping off point to other Cebu Island hotel destinations. For foreign tourists, it is often considered the best mix of modern city convenience with tropical island lifestyle.
Mactan Island Mactan Island lies a few kilometers southeast of Cebu mainland. The island is connected to Cebu Island by two bridges, the Mandaue-Mactan Bridge and the Marcelo B. Fernan Bridge. Mactan is developed and urban, but there are some nice beaches on the coast, and some very upscale Cebu Hotels have been developed there. There are some fantastic dive sites near the Mactan coast, and the island is famous for local handicrafts such as the guitar, and other wood crafts. The Philippines second largest international airport is located on the island.
Malapascua Island Malapascua is both a peaceful, remote tropical island with an awesome beach, and a diver's paradise destination. There are some fantastic dive sites near the island, the most famous being the Thresher Shark dive. The island is 3 kilometers long and 1 kilometer wide, with a population of about 4,000. The main beach (Bounty Beach) has white sand beaches and crystal clear waters. The west coast is ideal for swimming and snorkeling. A walk or tour of the whole island can be done within half a day. Malapascua Hotels and Resorts are mostly budget hotels, but the higher end hotels are of good value.
Bantayan Island Bantayan Island is located at the northernmost tip of Cebu mainland and is composed of three municipalities, namely Sta. Fe, Bantayan and Madridejos. Aside from having one of the oldest churches in the Visayas and Mindanao, it is also known for its massive white sand beaches and crystal clear waters. Bantayan Hotels and Resorts dotting the island's shores offer a mix of local and international cuisines as well as vast arrays of fresh seafood to choose from. It would take you several days to completely explore the Bantayan Island.
Moalboal Moalboal is on the Cebu Island mainland; an easy 90 kilometers from Cebu City. It is famed for some of the best diving in the Philippines, and its white sandy beaches. There are two main tourist beaches, and most Moalboal Hotels and Resorts are located on either Panagsama Beach or White Beach. White Beach is has a slightly nicer beach, and Panagsama Beach has more of the restaurants and nightlife. The nightlife is generally calm and relaxed. During the day, there are waterfalls and caves and other beautiful sights to be explored. Moalboal Hotels and Resorts are mostly suited to diver and value travelers, although there is something for every taste and budget.
Other Cebu Areas Other Cebu Areas Cebu Island Hotels and Resorts dot the coast of the 225 kilometer Cebu Island. There are numerous beautiful beaches, deep cave systems, sleepy fishing villages, tropical jungles, waterfalls, and secluded budget to high end hotels and resorts. There are some nice "all inclusive" resorts and spas, and also some budget rest houses for adventurous explorers. Cebu Island has a perfect blend of Spanish-era history and stunning natural beauty.