Mactan - Cebu International (CEB) is the 2nd busiest airport in the Philippines, just behind Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila. It is located in Lapu-Lapu City on Mactan Island, part of Metro Cebu. There is only 1 terminal in the airport, which operates both domestic and international flights. Though a relatively small airport, it has consistently been considered one of the best airports in ASEAN region.
The airport is located 8.6 miles from Cebu city. An average taxi ride from the airport to the city should cost about 42 HKD.
Some airlines that offer flights from Hong Kong to Cebu are Cathay Pacific, Dragonair, Philippine Airlines, Singapore Airlines and Korean Air.
Under the Philippines’ visa waiver programme, Hong Kong citizens can enter and remain in the Philippines without a visa for 14 days, given that their passport has a minimum validity of 6 months. Beyond 14 days, they would need to apply for non-immigrant Section 9 visa, which is for temporary purpose such as tourism.
Cebu, a highly developed city in the Philippines, is a vital tourist destination. Being the center of the metropolitan region called Metro Cebu, is also a center of commerce, trade and education in the region. The city is famous for its 16th-century Spanish buildings and as a getaway to the region’s beautiful beaches and resorts. Cebu has also been the host of a few regional tourism forums.
Some popular tourist destinations and activities in Cebu are:
Basilica del Santo Niño (The Minor Basilica of the Holy Child): Founded in 1565, it is the country’s oldest Roman Catholic church. This is where the image of the Santo Niño de Cebú, a statue depicting the Child Jesus was found. This church is regarded as Mother and Head of all Churches in the Philippines.
Fuerte de San Pedro (Fort San Pedro): It is a defence structure built by the Spanish. The fort is triangular with 2 sides facing the sea. It is an important historical landmark of the city.
Cebu Taoist Temple: Built by Cebu’s Chinese community, this is a temple dedicated to Taoism, a religion that follows the teachings of Lao Zi. The temple is multi-tiered and multi-hued, sitting 980 feet above the sea.
Ayala Center Cebu: It is the largest shipping mall in Cebu, situated in Cebu Business Park. The shopping mall has constantly undergone expansion to increase its amount of shops and facilities.
Cebu has a tropical wet climate. It is known to be wet and humid throughout the year due to its heavy rainfall. The hottest month is May, while the coldest month is January. Rains often occur between June and December, with the highest rainfall experienced in September. The average temperatures during summer and winter are 30 and 20 °C respectively. It is recommended that you visit Cebu during December or January, for it is when the temperature is most pleasant for holidays.
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*All information and prices are valid as at September 2015.
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