From the air, the island of Cebu looks like a dragon half submerged in still waters, curved slightly as if ready to spring at any minute, the spines on its narrow back arched upwards to the tropical sky. The spines are, in fact, a mountain range that runs a good portion of the entire 122-mile stretch from North to South of the island, rising 3,300 feet above sea level at its highest peak. The mountains divide 1.3 million hectares of land into a Western and Eastern side, creating breathtaking vistas for both the rising of the sun, and, at day’s end, the stirrings of its exciting nightlife.
Being long and narrow (only 21 miles at its widest), Cebu is unique in that its famous white sand beaches, coastal towns, teeming divespots, river cruises, canyoneering, and the unique highland adventures of its mountains are within minutes of each other. It is quite possible to hike up to a scenic peak, dip into a waterfall while up there, descend straight to a freshwater river tour that passes through mangrove forests, and exit into the sea. And all in a day, too. The possibilities for adventure, needless to say, are virtually endless.
Cebu City, the oldest city in the Philippines, is at the center of this island Province, itself the center of the group of islands called the Visayas. The region, in turn, is in the middle of the entire country, making Cebu twice the heart of the nation.
Because of this fortuitous geographical advantage, Cebu is the perfect jump-off point to its neighboring 7,100 islands that comprise the rest of the archipelago called the Philippines. Whether by land, crossing inter-island bridges, on ferryboats and other seafaring means, or airborne travel through an extensive network of airports, Cebu is truly the Philippines’ Gateway to a Thousand Journeys.