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Chinese New Year ! Dynamic Philippines – Cebu Island Retreat
Tour Code: STS-PH-002 Price per person from: From RMB 6,390
Departure Date: 25SEP-04OCT, Daily Click for Price Details
Cebu is a booming metropolitan area with all the conveniences of a modern city. At the same time, it boasts of natural resources like countless of white sand beaches (both commercial and untouched), as well as historical sites that reflect its cosmopolitan past: from the birth of Christianity in Asia, to early commercial trade with Mexico and China, to vestiges of the American colonization of the Philippines.



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Palm Tree

Palm, beach, child

Sun & Beach


Scuba Diving in Cebu

local kids

Boat on the sea

Tour Dates Destinations Today's Activities Meals Include

Chinese New Year ! Dynamic Philippines – Cebu Island Retreat

Departure date:  19Jan-25Jan, Daily

Flight schedule - Fly with Philippines Airlines
Date  Flight No.   Dep. City/ Time   Arrival City / Time      Duration
Day01   CX347    Beijing / 1000     Hong Kong / 1345             3 hr 45 mins
Day01      CX921       Hong Kong / 1605     Cebu  / 1845                2 hr 40 mins
     PR842       Cebu / 0500          Manila / 0615                  1 hr 15 mins
Day08   CX912     Manila / 0815             Hong Kong / 1020          2 hr 35 mins 

Day08         KA908           Hong Kong / 1200          Beijing / 1510                      3 hr 10 mins                


Itinerary Outline- 

Day 01: Beijing--Cebu via  Hong Kong
Fly from Beijing to Cebu via Hong Kong. You will be welcomed at the airport and transferred to the hotel.
Overnight in Cebu.

Day 02-07: Cebu (B)

Relax yourselves in Cebu. Cebu's beaches and fantastic pesites. Resorts vie for your attention with international standard accommodations and complete facilities for a sporting vacation. And what's great is the fact that many of them are located within one or two hours' drive from downtown!

Mactan Island boasts of a dozen or more beach resorts scattered all around its coastline. Divesites along the edge of the island are convenient for beginners and advanced pers alike. Adequate ping facilities are available. There is a 10-meter ledge which is a favorite fish-feed-ing area. Buyong and marigondon are notable pe spots with drop-offs great for night ping.

Qlango Island across the Hilutangan Channel east of Mactan has an underwater peak for the more experienced per. Beautiful coral gardens and a dense fish population make this site ideal. The town of Sta. Rosa is delightful with its natural rock formations composed of coral cliffs rising up from the ocean floor.

Overnight in Cebu.

Day 08: Cebu- Manila- Beijing(B)

Take the morning flight back to Beijing.



 Hotel list:

  Category Hotel Name Room Type Adult Twin Adult Extra Bed Child Extra Bed Child No Bed  
  First Class White Sands Hotel Deluxe Room 6,390 6,450 5,690 4,150  
  Courtyard 6,650 6,450 5,690 4,150  
  Deluxe Maribago Bluewater Beach Resort Deluxe Room 7,770 7,870 7,110 4,390  
  Amuma 8,280 7,910 7,150 4,390  
  Mövenpick Resort & Spa Deluxe Room 8,110 9,150 8,390 4,390  
  Plantation Bay  Lagoon View 9,980 N/A N/A 4,390  
  Luxury Shangri-la  Superior Garden 10,780 5,880 3,690 3,690  
  Premier Garden 11,390 5,880 3,690 3,690  


  Price Inclusions and Exclusions

Inclusive feature:
· Roundtrip economy class air tickets Beiijing- Manila- Cebu- Manila- Beijing
· Hotel accommodation, 7 nights in Cebu, based on twin sharing / room type mentioned above

· Daily hotel full breakfast
· Return airport transfers by private vehicle
· All hotel government tax and service charges


· Air tax- approx RMB1,080 per adult, RMB 990 per child
· Alcoholic drinks & drinks at mealtime + Optional visits + Personal expenses (e.g.Telephone, laundry)
· Personal expenses
· Tips for guide, driver, boat crew & hotels' porters
· Meals other than those mentioned above
· Other services not clearly indicated in the Package Inclusion above

Shangri-La Cebu Hotel
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Shangri-La Cebu Hotel The Philippines’ premier five-star resort, Shangri-La's Mactan Resort and Spa Cebu is a lush garden retreat ideal for vacationers and families. This Cebu luxury resort features kid's play areas, a wide range of restaurants, and CHI, one of the largest and most luxurious spas in the region.
Hilton Cebu Resort & Spa
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Hilton Cebu Resort & Spa Indulge in a stay at the Hilton Cebu Resort & Spa. This Mediterranean-inspired enclave is set on its own private beach on Mactan Island and offers white sandy beaches, year-round summer weather and exceptional diving and snorkelling.


Get in


Most flights come from Manila with service from the two major national airlines, Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines, or you can fly from Singapore with Silk Air, from Hong Kong with Cathay Pacific or Cebu Pacific and from Doha with Qatar Airways direct to Mactan. Cebu Pacific will add Bangkok as a direct destination in April, 2008. The airport is located on a different island and takes about 20-30 minutes to get to the actual city of Cebu. From the Airport you will need to hire a taxi (minimum prices of 150 Pesos using White Metered Taxi, 250 Pesos using Yellow Metered Taxi and 375 Pesos using Airport NonMetered Taxi ).

Asiana has a non stop flight from Seoul, arriving around midnight.

Get around

For most tourist the only way to get around is via taxi. They are everywhere, cheap and efficient. You simply flag one down and tell them where you want to go. Most drivers know where almost everything is. If they don't then simply flag down another one.

Almost all of the taxis in Cebu are metered. They charge 30 pesos for you to get in and 2.5 pesos for every 5 minutes they wait, and 2.5 pesos for every half km. Most of the time a taxi driver is very nice but sometimes you will find ones that will want to charge your more than the meter or not use the meter at all. Avoid these taxis unless you enjoy getting ripped off. If they refuse to use the meter, or they go the wrong way more than once to try to increase the meter then get out and find another taxi. You are not required to pay more than what is on the meter no matter what the driver says. If the driver is pleasant, feel free to tip 10-20 pesos for nice service, and a bit more if he loads or unloads your bags.

The so-called private taxis should be avoided. They try to take advantage of tourists by charging 5-10 times the price that should be paid. If you call a metered taxi to pick you up at one of the isolated resorts on Mactan Island, be prepared to pay more than you actually should. Drivers will manipulate the meter or simply ask you for a fixed price.

However, if one is indeed adventurous enough, another way to get around the city is via the colorful (and noisy) jeepneys that can be seen almost everywhere on the road. Jeepneys have specific routes assigned to them and will stick to that route only. The routes are marked by number plus letter (ie 03B, 03G, 13C, 04L). Jeepneys also place the route on the side of their jeepneys. Most jeepneys, though, go around the downtown area first before heading back to the start/end of their route.

Jeepenys are usually safe. During rush hour, though, be warned that it tends to get crammed and stuffy.

To get in a jeepney, call the attention of the driver by waving one arm as the jeepney approaches you. Drivers usually stop once they see this arm-waving. To get off one should say "LUGAR LANG" in a loud voice. Make sure the jeepney driver hears you, if not, he will continue to drive away.

For trips around the island there are several bus operators (e.g. Ceres or Sunrays) leaving from Cebu South Bus Terminal. Most routes are serviced with airconditioned buses, too. Prices are very cheap. A 2 hour trip to Dalaguete in the South from Cebu City in an aircon bus will cost you around 110 Pesos. Tickets are bought at a conductor inside the bus who comes to you after getting in. The same route by taxi would cost you around 1500-2500 Pesos as the driver would usually have to get back empty.


In Cebu

*  Basilica Minore Del Santo Nino: The catholic church where the statue of baby Jesus (Santo Nino) is enshrined. The Santo Nino was a gift given by Magellan to Raja Humabon upon Magellan's arrival in March 1521.

*  The Mactan Shrine in Lapu-Lapu City: The shrine to local chieftan Lapu Lapu, who lead the defense of his island in 1521 that resulted in the death of Magellan.

*  Mactan Island Aquarium Museum in Lapu-Lapu City. If diving is not enough for you take an educational trip to the aquarium museum.

*  Mactan Cross: The cross given by Magellan to Raja Humabon, located near the Basilica Minore Del Santo Nino.

*  Casa Gorodo: Former residence of the provincial governor of Cebu. (Located in the Fuente Osmena neighborhood)

*  Cebu Cathedral: The birthplace of catholicism in Asia. Also has a museum with many historical artifacts from the cathedral.

*  Fort San Pedro: The first, oldest, and smallest Spanish fort in the Philippines. It is located near the port area near Pier #1

*  Tops: An overlook point at the "top" of the island. A good place to look over the city.

*  Ayala Mall

*  SM Mall

Near Cebu

*  Bantayan Island

*  Kavasan Falls - two beautiful waterfalls near Badian in the South where you can swim or drive by float under the waterfalls for a relaxing massage

*  Mactan Island - diving and beaches

*  Malapascua island - thresher shark watching

*  Moalboal - nice dive spots

*  Olango Island - bird watching

*  Mactan Island Aquarium - fish watching!


Cebu is a good place to relax and enjoy the beautiful island. For those who want some more activity, most resorts offer watersport activities such as diving, snorkeling, kiteboarding, windsurfing etc. Resorts also offer trips around the island to see all the beautiful churches, fisher villages and the amazing Kavasan Falls. Of course these activities will be relativly costly if you are residing in one of the upper-end resorts on Mactan Island. If you go further South to some of the nice value resorts near Dalaguete or Oslob, activities can be much cheaper and be conducted by enthusiastic local guides.

Eat at Siomai sa Tisa - Although there are a lot of spin-offs of this 'restaurant', there is only one Siomai sa Tisa and it is, obviously, located in Tisa, Labangon. It only open during night until the wee hours of the morning. This 'restaurant' are just tables and chairs located at the side of the road. They serve the best siomai (Chinese food, steamed) coupled with the best sauce and the best halo-halo (Filipino dessert). This is true Cebuano dining out.

To get to this place, one may take a cab - the driver probably knows this place. or one can take a jeepney. All 12L jeepneys pass through there.


The water in cebu is generally considered safe. Bottled water is as cheap as 15 or 20 Pesos per litre. Most establishments offer beverages such as Coca-Cola, Sprite, Pepsi, 7-up, Ice Tea and other local non-alchoholic beverages. Alchoholic beverages are also served at your request. Local beers are San Miguel, San Miguel Light and Red Horse Stallion (stronger beer also brewed by San Miguel). Beers from abroad can also be found in more touristic areas but will be much more expensive if not brewed somewhere near.

Stay safe

Just the same as other cities, there are areas in Cebu City which should be avoided especially at night. The Carbon market area in the center of the city is best avoided by foreigners. Pickpocketing and robbery are a problem in the market area. Also, use caution around the main port area, tourists are mobbed by cab drivers looking for fares and the pickpockets take advantage of this.

The general rule is that the further you go from Cebu City and the more you go into the mountains the poorer people will be which might leave some of them to commit crime to survive and get something to eat.

Get out

*  Negros Occidental- the north-western half of Negros Island, in the Western Visayas region

*  Negros Oriental - the south-eastern half of Negros Island, in the Cebtrak Vusatas region