January 14, 2017 GoldaMay Cimafranca

Arriving in Cebu

When all bags are packed and you are ready to go, when all preparations are right in place, it is now time to board your flight to Cebu City- the premier business and holiday destination of the Philippines.

This Place Ain’t Normal

Cebu City can be reached within 1 hour by direct flights from Manila, the Philippines’ capital city. If travelling internationally, be sure to have an ongoing flight tickets or visa in passports as airlines do not allow passengers to board without it. As wikitravel.org advises, “Foreign visitors may fly direct, non-stop to Cebu from Doha, Hong Kong, Busan, Koror, Singapore, Taipei, Kaoshiung, Tokyo, Seoul, Shanghai, Kuala Lumpur and Kota Kinabalu.”

Upon arrival at the Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA), routine checks of baggage and pertinent travel documents will be done by airport authorities. Upon getting off the plane, hiring rental cars can be arranged with the help of travel agencies accredited by airport management. Or, if you have a pre-arranged accommodation, most hotels provide transportation service for their expected guests. Alternatively you can take a metered taxi from the taxi rank, the cost to Cebu is about 250 -300 pesos. The yellow taxis are more expensive. 

The Heart of Cebu City

There are also a lot of taxis which can be hailed right at the arrival area. However, be aware of drivers offering a “fixed” price for a certain destination because they generally demand higher fares, which is about 50% more from metered taxis.

Accommodation

Cebu City alone can boast of different types of accommodation to every type of traveller. Be it for business, leisure or both, the wide range of accommodation Cebu City houses can cater to different needs and preferences of every visitor. From first class hotels, resorts and spas, Cebu has it. Some hotels provide lesser rates if you know where and when to look. Likewise, for the budget conscious traveller, there are numerous pensions and lodging houses scattered all along the metropolis. With regards to accommodation on far-flung islands, almost every coastal town has beach resorts and villas that provide shelter to eager tourists. Weary travellers on the other hand, who just happen to be passing along, can avail of lesser rates through pension houses.