Cebu City - ‘Queen city of the South’. Popular with travellers as a launchpad to the nearby islands and really quite boring... Aside from Magellan stopping by for a whizzle on his way to educate the locals in the ways of Catholicism the city hasn’t really got anything of interest to the discerning backpacker.
Our flight was delayed by several hours so we arrived into darkness and traffic. Our £6 hotel room although smelly was very comfortable and we settled in for the night after a KFC dinner!
The next day we navigated the local bus terminal and had a comfortable 3 hours to the fishing village of Moalboal. Highlights of the region are the incredible blue rivers that run in the south - so we opted to spend our first day Canyoneering (a walk downriver but rather than on a path next to it you are in the river/involves jumping down waterfalls/very wet)
Sadly on one of the 10m jumps Chris got a bit too excited and winded himself and Natalie poked herself in the eye... Needless to say we both opted not to do the last jump!
The other highlight of the trip was snorkelling off the rather stony beach. Not expecting much we found the water to be an amazing royal blue with massive turtles doing their thing mere metres from the shore! A few yards further out to sea the land dropped steeply away into the darkness and huge sparkley shoals of sardines whirled and swirled above the coral.
Cebu sadly wasn’t that exciting and a Typhoon was approaching so we booked an apartment in the city and stocked up on food in our own little kitchen! Luckily the emergency warnings never came to pass for us so we ventured out to the mall using the local ‘Jeepneys’ (WW2 jeeps converted to public buses) but got a bit wet in the tropical rains.
Pool day tomorrow and making use of our own washing machine before heading to the capital.