Among all the islands in the Philippines, Cebu is one of the most popular tourist destinations and is famous for its gorgeous beaches. In fact, whenever we meet foreigners during our travels, we tell them to visit the Philippines and include Cebu in their itinerary. Buuuuut guess what?! We've never really explored Cebu. We've been there a couple of times, but it was always for work so it doesn't really count.
Perks of sitting by the window. Okay, we don't really know if that's Cebu. Haha!
We were fortunate to book our round trip tickets to Cebu for only Php600!!! Thanks to AirAsia's seat sale. Sad to say, I had a bad flight going there and experienced my first panic attack. I was so scared because I couldn't breathe, my fingers started to curl and my entire body was numb. It wasn't AirAsia's fault, but I'd like to blame the pilot (hehe, sorry captain Henry... or maybe it was the weather? I don't really know). When we were about to land and I could see the buildings already, he suddenly took off mid-air and he kept doing this several times. Some people in the plane were already shouting "wooooo!"--the kind you shout in a rollercoaster because it felt like we were riding one (but with extreme loops). It started to feel cramped (can't complain though, 600 pesos flight lang eh) then I couldn't breathe anymore. I pressed the button to call the flight attendant, but the pilot announced that the seatbelt sign is turned on so I had to wait. I pressed it again and thankfully, a flight attendant approached me and handed me an oxygen tank. Everyone in the plane was staring at me... and I wanted to wave hello because I felt like a star (not!). Hahaha. I was so embarrassed because I kept shouting, "I can't breathe! I can't breathe! I can't feel my fingers. Achi, move my fingers!" I was worried for my flight going back to Manila, but thank God it was a better flight experience--the pilot maneuvered the plane smoothly and we even arrived 35 minutes earlier than expected.
P.S. I would like to thank the flight attendant who stood up even if the seatbelt sign was turned on! Huhuhu, you saved my life.
What a way to start our Cebu vacation… Really grateful though because the rest of the trip was amazing! We don’t know why we waited this long to visit this paradise. In fact, we had a hard time planning our Cebu trip because there’s just so much to see. While we were researching the places we wanted to visit, we stumbled upon The Cebu Traveller—they offer transportation services and package tours. They helped us plan our trip from the itinerary to booking of activities to transportation. We even had a few special requests, and they gladly accommodated it.
We were exposed to so many breathtaking sights that left us in awe of God’s creations. Here are some of the places and activities we did during our trip:
1. Hike Osmeña Peak
Proud to say we hiked the highest peak in Cebu! The view from the top was amazing, and the jagged hills kinda reminded me of the Chocolate Hills in Bohol. The trek was really short and easy, but of course, you should still be careful.
- Entrance fee: Php30/person
- Students with ID & Senior Citizens with ID: Php20/person
- Children below 12 years old: Free
- Overnight camping: Additional Php50 per tent
2. Snorkel + Sardine dive in Pescador Island
Pescador Island is home to hundreds of thousands of sardines (and other fishes), which is why a lot of people dive in the area. We didn’t try diving because we were trying to cut back on our expenses so we snorkeled instead. It was a bit freaky to see and swim with the thousands of sardines, but after awhile, I felt more comfortable “hanging out with my new buddies” Lol.