Islands of Cebu and Bohol
25 Feb 2015 | From Ronan of the Philippines
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Clockwise from top - leftmost: Baclayon Church, Bohol; Chocolate Hills, Bohol; Tarsier - world's smallest primates, Corella; Alona Beach, Panglao Island; Kawasan Falls, Cebu
The capital of Cebu island is Cebu City. Cebu City is the first Spanish settlement in the country and the oldest city in the country. In the beginning of the 16th century the Spaniards arrived in the southern part of the Philippines. Since then Cebu City has been the centre of trade and commerce in the southern part of the Philippines. Cebu is the hub around which the Visayas revolve. It is the most densely populated island in the Philippines and is second only to Luzon in its strategic and economic importance to the country. The main attractions are its white-sand beaches and spectacular diving, namely off the northern tip of Cebu at Bantayan and Malapascua islands, as well as on the southwest coast at Moalboal.
Just a quick ferry journey from Cebu, Bohol offers independent travellers a wealth of options both on and off the beaten track. Bohol is considered as the friendly heart of the Visayas and one of the most attractive tourist destinations in the Philippines. The island province can be best described for its cute bug-eyed tarsiers and the majestic Chocolate Hills.
The province is a popular tourist destination with its beaches and resorts. The Chocolate Hills, numerous mounds of limestone formations, is the most popular attraction. The formations can be seen by land (climbing the highest point) or by air via ultralight airplane tours. Panglao Island, located just southwest of Tagbilaran City, is famous for its diving locations and routinely listed as one of the top ten diving locations in the world. Numerous tourist resorts dot the southern beaches and cater to divers from around the world. The Philippine tarsier, amongst the world's smallest primates, is indigenous to the island.