Visayan Islands

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Hop from island to island in the cradle of the Philippine archipelago, where miles of beaches provide the setting for resorts, colorful festivals and folk tales.

The Visayan Islands encompass most of the central Philippines, infused with rich folklore and cultural diversity. Pick from nine major island groups and explore hundreds of islands fringed with white-sand beaches and coral reefs. Discover the distinctive character of each group while learning about the region’s heritage and joining lively fiestas.

In the Central Visayas, explore the major island province of Cebu. Investigate sprawling Cebu City’s Magellan’s Cross, honoring the explorer who claimed the archipelago for Spain in 1521, or see the colonial Carcar City. Find beautiful beaches on the northern and western shores of Cebu. Scuba dive off neighboring island Siquijor or discover the captivating Chocolate Hills on Bohol.

The island of Negros is home to the Visayan Islands’ tallest peak, the volcanic Mount Kanlaon. Trek up rugged mountain ranges and look out over the island’s vast sugar plantations. The Western Visayas also contain the adjoining islands of Panay and Guimaras, which entice visitors with laidback resorts, unspoiled islands and forested mountains. The popular resort island of Boracay is famed for its beaches, watersports and energetic nightlife. Go on a diving tour to nearby Carabao Island in the province of Romblon.

Travel farther afield to the Eastern Visayas’ magnificent Samar Island, which rewards intrepid travelers with the cave-riddled wilderness of Sohoton Natural Bridge National Park. The island is also a popular stopover for surfers looking for barreling Pacific swell. Trace World War II history on Leyte or visit the Limisawa Island off Leyte’s southern tip to see where Magellan is believed to have conducted the country’s first Catholic Mass.

Reach the major hubs of the Visayan Islands easily by plane from Manila or Cebu City. Ferries conveniently interlink hundreds of Visayan Islands. Rustic bangka outrigger canoes make offshore exploration easy. Catch public buses or flag motorized tricycles to get around most islands. The peak season runs between November and February, but the Visayan Islands have four distinct climactic regions. Check local weather forecasts when planning outings.

Where to stay in Visayan Islands

Shangri-La Mactan, Cebu
Shangri-La Mactan, Cebu
5 out of 5
Punta Engano Road, Lapu-Lapu, Cebu
The price is $126 per night from Nov 14 to Nov 14
Located in Lapu-Lapu, this beachfront resort is in the entertainment district, 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Magellan Shrine, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Cebu Yacht Club ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (998 reviews)
"Wide open spaces, the pool and very few people."

Reviewed on May 9, 2021

Shangri-La Mactan, Cebu
7Stones Boracay
7Stones Boracay
4 out of 5
Bulabog Beach, Boracay Island, Aklan
Nestled on the beach, this Boracay Island aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Bulabog Beach, Station 2, and White Beach. Budget Mart and Department of Tourism ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (222 reviews)
Will stay again for sure
"This is the 2nd stay for me and my wife here. It is well maintained as a very good hotel with nice environment, friendly staff and peaceful beach area with convenient location to white beach."

Reviewed on Apr 9, 2018

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7Stones Boracay
Diamond Suites And Residences
Diamond Suites And Residences
3 out of 5
No. 8 Apitong, Corner of Escario Street, Cebu, Cebu
Located in the heart of Cebu, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Cebu International Convention Center, Ayala Center, and Cebu Business Park. Waterfront ...
3.6/5 Good! (425 reviews)
"This place is terrible. Dirty and nothing like pictured. Dont get ripped off."

Reviewed on Mar 22, 2020

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Diamond Suites And Residences
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Citadines Cebu City
Citadines Cebu City
4 out of 5
Baseline Center Juana Osmena Street, Cebu
The price is $79 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 1
Situated in Cebu, this aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of St Patrick’s Square and Mango Square. Jose Rizal Memorial Library and Cebu Doctor's University ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (50 reviews)
"I had an awesome stay in this hotel,I book 3 units for 6 nights 2 studio type & 1 bedroom apartment,from the time I arrived in the hotel it’s very welcoming,ground crew help my laguage thank you Mr. Mark for your assistance from check in til my check out.I just want to thank you to Ms. Glacey who ..."

Reviewed on May 21, 2021

Citadines Cebu City
7Stones Boracay
7Stones Boracay
4 out of 5
Bulabog Beach, Boracay Island, Aklan
Nestled on the beach, this Boracay Island aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Bulabog Beach, Station 2, and White Beach. Budget Mart and Department of Tourism ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (222 reviews)
Will stay again for sure
"This is the 2nd stay for me and my wife here. It is well maintained as a very good hotel with nice environment, friendly staff and peaceful beach area with convenient location to white beach."

Reviewed on Apr 9, 2018

7Stones Boracay
HOUSE FOR RENT TACLOBAN LEYTE
HOUSE FOR RENT TACLOBAN LEYTE
Tacloban, Eastern Visayas
Situated in Tacloban, this vacation home is within 6 mi (10 km) of Tacloban City Hall, Balyuan Amphitheatre, and San Juanico Bridge. Tacloban City Convention ...
HOUSE FOR RENT TACLOBAN LEYTE
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