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Itinerary 1-2 Weeks: Cebu!

 

Content:

- Cebu

- Malapascua

- Moalboal

- Dauin/ Apo island

- Impression

 

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Thresher Shark
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Cebu Essentials quick summary:


- Cebu

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- Malapascua - Thresher Sharks

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- Moalboal - Sardine Run

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- Dauin/ Apo Island - Makro Heaven

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"Cebu Essentials" Day-by-Day:


 

Cebu.


Once arrived in Cebu City you have a few options for going about your travels. I personally stayed the night in Cebu City which has a nice atmosphere and plenty of places to stay, eat and enjoy yourself!

If you're heading north to Malapascua Island, the best idea, in my opinion, is to arrange a taxi via grab. It's quite the trip, but this part of your ultimate diving trip is quite essential!


You could also take public transport and either way you will be dropped off at the Maya-Malapascua Ferry. On the pier, there is a small kiosk that will take you to Malapascua Island.


Blue spotted ribbon tail stingray
Blue spotted ribbon tail stingray

The island is divided into a southern and northern parts and the southern part is designed for tourism mostly. When not diving, you can explore the northern part by walking and meet the real people living there, and perhaps even witness a festival or party while you're there among the locals!


Tip: If somehow, you're stuck in Maya port, due to storms that can occur in September, don't panic. There is a small harbor just south of the port, where you will most likely find people who can transfer you. Due to Typhoons, sometimes ferries are canceled out of precaution, even when not seeming necessary. Be your own judge.

Once in Malapascua

seek out the diving centers along the eastern coastline. They will organize the famous "Thresher shark" dives, very early in the morning! Usually leaving 5.30 AM, thresher sharks come up to the cleaning stations around sunrise. These dives are usually requiring Advanced dive certifications though, be mindful.

Recommended days to stay: 2-4.

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Scorpionfish
Scorpionfish

 

When leaving Malapascua Island you can travel, again by transferring a taxi or bus to Moalboal as your next stop.


Tip: I found it quite easy to share a taxi with some tourists leaving the island. So I would recommend asking people on the boat back to the mainland if they want to share.


Moalboal

Is famous for its "Sardine run". The dive centers are located all along the coastline and the Sardine run dive is a shore dive!


Moalboal is more than just "Sardine run" though. You can do amazing night diving, close to wrecks, and see some amazing reefs during the day. Well worth it! You can also do some waterfall climbing, hiking, and cycling.

You can easily spend a week here and I highly suggest diving the "Sardine run" at least twice.

Recommended days to stay: 2-4.

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Flamboyant Cuttlefish
Flamboyant Cuttlefish

Dauin & Apo Island (optional).

From Moalboal it's quite easy to get to Liloan Port in the southern part of Cebu Island. Transfer to Dumaguete from here (just grab a ticket at the port, no reservations required) and get yourself a taxi to Dauin.


Dauin is a lovely, small town situated a short ride from Dumaguete in between the main road and the ocean.


Tip: I highly recommend booking Bongo Bongo Divers. This hostel/ hotel/ dive center is one of the best I've ever experienced!

They organize probably the best muck diving in The Philippines, and also have their own boats to organize excursion trips to Apo Island.

This type of diving is different but very interesting as you'll mostly be searching for small, incredible creatures in all colors!


You could also choose to stay on Apo Island. The island is basic and tranquil and diving is absolutely amazing, in crystal clear water among pristine coral reefs.

To travel directly to Apo Island, drive a bit further south from Dumaguete to the port of Malatapay and arrange a boat ride on one of the boats leaving multiple times a day. However, I would prefer to stay in Dauin.

When wishing to return home, you can fly to Manila from Dumaguete or Cebu City.

Recommended days to stay: 2-4.

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Harlequin Shrimp
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