Visayan Islands

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Hop from island to island in the cradle of the Philippine archipelago, where miles of beaches provide the setting for resorts, colorful festivals and folk tales.

The Visayan Islands encompass most of the central Philippines, infused with rich folklore and cultural diversity. Pick from nine major island groups and explore hundreds of islands fringed with white-sand beaches and coral reefs. Discover the distinctive character of each group while learning about the region’s heritage and joining lively fiestas.

In the Central Visayas, explore the major island province of Cebu. Investigate sprawling Cebu City’s Magellan’s Cross, honoring the explorer who claimed the archipelago for Spain in 1521, or see the colonial Carcar City. Find beautiful beaches on the northern and western shores of Cebu. Scuba dive off neighboring island Siquijor or discover the captivating Chocolate Hills on Bohol.

The island of Negros is home to the Visayan Islands’ tallest peak, the volcanic Mount Kanlaon. Trek up rugged mountain ranges and look out over the island’s vast sugar plantations. The Western Visayas also contain the adjoining islands of Panay and Guimaras, which entice visitors with laidback resorts, unspoiled islands and forested mountains. The popular resort island of Boracay is famed for its beaches, watersports and energetic nightlife. Go on a diving tour to nearby Carabao Island in the province of Romblon.

Travel farther afield to the Eastern Visayas’ magnificent Samar Island, which rewards intrepid travelers with the cave-riddled wilderness of Sohoton Natural Bridge National Park. The island is also a popular stopover for surfers looking for barreling Pacific swell. Trace World War II history on Leyte or visit the Limisawa Island off Leyte’s southern tip to see where Magellan is believed to have conducted the country’s first Catholic Mass.

Reach the major hubs of the Visayan Islands easily by plane from Manila or Cebu City. Ferries conveniently interlink hundreds of Visayan Islands. Rustic bangka outrigger canoes make offshore exploration easy. Catch public buses or flag motorized tricycles to get around most islands. The peak season runs between November and February, but the Visayan Islands have four distinct climactic regions. Check local weather forecasts when planning outings.

Where to stay in Visayan Islands

Quest Hotel & Conference Center
Quest Hotel & Conference Center
3 out of 5
Archbishop Reyes Avenue, Cebu, Cebu, 6000
The price is P2,400 per night from 23 May to 24 May
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Cebu. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy rooms in ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (985 reviews)
"It is a short walk to the Ayala mall. Plenty of restaurants to choose from. The hotel has a very good buffet especially for dinner."

Reviewed on May 10, 2022

Quest Hotel & Conference Center
Shangri-La Mactan, Cebu
Shangri-La Mactan, Cebu
5 out of 5
Punta Engano Road, Lapu-Lapu, Cebu, 6015
The price is P9,500 per night from 22 Jun to 23 Jun
Stay at this 5-star luxury resort in Lapu-Lapu. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 2 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the family amenities ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (983 reviews)
"Excellent service and the place is Clean!"

Reviewed on May 12, 2022

Shangri-La Mactan, Cebu
bai Hotel Cebu
bai Hotel Cebu
4 out of 5
Ouano Avenue Cor Seno Boulevard, North Reclamation, Mandaue, 6014
The price is P3,666 per night from 23 May to 24 May
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Mandaue. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 8 restaurants. Our guests praise the pool and the restaurant in our ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (492 reviews)
"Close to shops,etc. and most especially close to my brother's condominium"

Reviewed on May 17, 2022

bai Hotel Cebu
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CLOCKWORKORANGE Luxury Suites
CLOCKWORKORANGE Luxury Suites
3.5 out of 5
Kiener Hills Condominiums, Matumbo-Pusok Road, Pusok, Lapu-Lapu, 6015
The price is P3,125 per night from 25 May to 26 May
Stay at this 3.5-star aparthotel in Lapu-Lapu. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff in our reviews. Popular attractions ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (50 reviews)
"Clean....quit...great owners"

Reviewed on May 2, 2022

CLOCKWORKORANGE Luxury Suites
Citadines Cebu City
Citadines Cebu City
4 out of 5
Baseline Center Juana Osmena Street, Cebu
The price is P4,160 per night from 23 May to 24 May
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly aparthotel in Cebu. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and a fitness center. Our guests praise the breakfast in our reviews. Popular ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (60 reviews)
"Staff at hotel and restaurant were really good, room was nice and comfortable."

Reviewed on May 8, 2022

Citadines Cebu City
Tambuli Seaside Resort and Spa
Tambuli Seaside Resort and Spa
3.5 out of 5
Buyong Road, Maribago, Lapu-Lapu, Cebu, 6015
The price is P7,027 per night from 2 Jun to 3 Jun
Stay at this 3.5-star beach hotel in Lapu-Lapu. Enjoy free parking, 4 outdoor pools, and 2 restaurants. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in our ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (47 reviews)
"Amazing"

Reviewed on Aug 18, 2020

Tambuli Seaside Resort and Spa
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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