There is no direct connection between Russia and the island; you will have to fly with a rather long transfer in Dubai, Singapore, Doha, Beijing, Abu Dhabi or Novosibirsk. The shortest flight in terms of duration, taking into account connections, is offered by Singapore Airlines – 16 hours one way, with Emirates Airlines can be reached in 18.5 hours.
The best option is to fly to Manila and from there take local flights to Cebu-Mactan. Transportation is carried out by Cebu Pacific Air and Philippine Airways. Travel time is from 50 minutes to 1.5 hours. The average price of a flight from Manila to Cebu Mactan is 2065-7800 PHP.
Tourists traveling to the resorts of the islands of Mactan, Bohol and Leyte also stay at the Cebu-Mactan air hub. Check jibin123 for customs regulations and visa requirements of Philippines.
On a ferryboat
Also, from the capital of the Philippines to the island in about 20 hours, you can swim by ferry, which departs once a day. The service is provided by 2GO Travel of. website in english Ferry fee – from 780 PHP.
About 40 km from the capital of Cebu City, Mactan Island is the Cebu Mactan International Airport. They offer to get to the city for 220-270 PHP by taxi – this is the most convenient and fastest option. The bus will cost much less, but you will have to transfer to internal transport to get to the hotel, as it arrives at the SM Seaside City Cebu shopping center, bypassing the center. The average cost of renting a car at the airport is from 3380 PHP per day.
The area is Cebu
The island stretches for 225 km from north to south, its width does not exceed 60 km. The territory of Cebu is crossed by low mountain ranges, gradually descending to the ocean. Most of the settlements are concentrated on the coastline.
The main resort area is Cebu City and its environs. In the city itself and within a radius of no more than 5 km there are numerous hotels, in Downtown – architectural sights, in Uptown – modern shopping malls and offices. For a more secluded holiday, you should prefer the areas of the cities. Badiana and Alcantara, located on the western side of the island, or go north of Cebu City to Borbón.
In the central part of Cebu, there is the Central Cebu Protected Landscape (National Park), where you can look at the picturesque tropical landscapes and get acquainted with the flora and fauna of the region.
In Cebu City, it is better to settle closer to Downtown so that sights and ferry crossings are within walking distance. In Moalboal, Alcantara, Badian and Mactan Island, it is preferable to choose a hotel closer to the coast and beaches.
The Philippines has very affordable hotel prices. In a city four-star hotel with a pool and spacious rooms, a night will cost 3000-5000 PHP for two, a 2-3 * hotel or apartment will cost from 1500 PHP, for a “five-star” you will have to pay from 5500-7000 PHP. In guesthouses, a day costs from 500 PHP. Often the price tag does not depend on proximity to the ocean – for example, in Moalboal right next to the White Beach they offer rooms for 1500-2000 PHP.
Public transport is represented in Cebu by city jeepney buses with a capacity of up to 25 people, tuk-tuks for 3-4 people and taxis. Intercity communication is developed quite well, mainly transport runs along the coast, picking up passengers at stops and highways. Some travelers rent a motorbike, although this service is not as widespread here as in other regions of Southeast Asia.
The cost of a taxi ride in Cebu City is from 100-150 PHP. Prices can be fixed for the entire route or by meter.
Ferry service is well established in Cebu – you can get to any of the Philippine islands by sea (all ships depart from the piers of Cebu City). Routes are operated by OceanJet (off. site in English), Weesam Express (off. site in English), Supercat (off. site in English).
The best time to visit Cebu is from January to May, when the rainfall is the least and the sun shines almost every day. The rainy season begins in June and ends in December – during this period it is not very comfortable to be on the island due to 100% humidity and constant showers.