One of my readers got confused about island hopping… she asked “How can you go to an island and do island hopping? Aren’t you stuck on the island?” – It’s a fair question if you’ve never been to Cebu. Cebu is so much more than an island. More like a small continent surrounded by few beautiful islands. If Cebu were a planet it would be a planet like Jupiter that has many moons around it that are actually bigger than most planets. Do you see what I mean?
Pandanon Island in Bohol
All I ‘m trying to say is that Cebu is a great place to base yourself if you plan on doing some island hopping while you are in the Philippines. Not only is Cebu a great island to explore, filled with resorts and plenty to do, but since it is a major international city and a hub of the Philippines it means you can pretty much go to wherever you want to go from Cebu!
Getting Ready for Island Hopping
Cebu was once before known and marketed internationally as “An Island in the Pacific” and surprisingly some foreighners that time who visited Cebu doesnt even know that the island is part of the Philippines.
Radisson Blu Cebu actually offers an Island Hopping Tour which begins at Mactan Island on the northeast side of Cebu. Mactan is reachable by road so even though we island hopped, we won’t count that as part of the tour.
Islands Banca Cruise Staffs
Now, let me warn you, most island hopping cruises are on small pump boats or maybe worn down cruisers but the one we had was something totally different. Big deck, bean bags, comfy chairs, iPod dock so we could pick our own music and the rest is total luxury. When I saw the boat, I knew I was in for something great.
Radisson Blue Cebu staff loaded up refreshments and as I watched the boxes and bails come on board, I knew I would probably gain a few pounds – with pleasure I might add. As we motored, I wasn’t forced to stare at the empty sea. I used the onboard wi-fi while I sat in the cabin munching fresh fruit. The boat holds up to thirty people – comfortably I might add… Haha
Planking in Cebu City
This was a small island hop since we had plans at the Radisson Blu Cebu for the mid-afternoon. So we went to Gilutungan Marine Sanctuary where we had an incredible snorkeling adventure and then we went all the way to Pandanon Island which is already part of Bohol. The awesome Cebuano crew and amazingly luxurious banca made this an afternoon of island hopping that I will certainly never forget.
Want to experience island hopping in Cebu? Take the islands with you! Heres the contact information of Islands Banca Cruise : Telephone: (+63 32) 236 4896(+63.32) 516.1903Mobile: (+63.917) 6300.736 Email: [email protected] Web: www.islandsbanca.com YM Chat: [email protected] Twitter Account: @islandsbanca