The Princess Islands of the Queen City
Cebu City is a paradise trove laden with the riches of nature, and its many astounding islands with scenic beaches and greenery offer proof that the province is a heaven to any adventurer with the desire to discover. Now, let's go island hopping!
• Serene and tranquil, Bantayan Island is boasting of fine white sand beaches. The island group includes numerous smaller islands and considered as Cebu’s fishing ground from where boatloads of fish are transported daily to Cebu City and Negros. The scenic island is a favorite holiday hangout especially during the Lenten Season.
• For about 2.5 kilometres (1.6 mi) long and 1 kilometre (0.62 mi) wide, and has eight hamlets, Malapascua Island is discovered as a diving destination only in the early 90s. Known as Bounty Beach, the island was first known for its wide white sand beach and for its beautiful coral gardens and excellent local dive spots, as well as further-out sites including Gato Island, Monad Shoal, and Kemod Shoal.
• Billed as the "Lost Horizon in the South" and "The Island of Imagination", Camotes Island is overflowing wity bounty of nature and a must-see tourist destination. The island was divided into four major municipalities - San Francisco, Poro, Tudela, and easternmost island of Pilar.
• Pescador Island is an island located in the Tañon Strait, a few kilometres from the western coast of the island of Cebu.It is where fishermen spear fish exhaustively at the entire reef. The waters of Moalboal Marine Park are extremely deep and possess humid temperatures and the harbor has some of the highest levels of biodiversity in the world. Although the exact number of fish species is unknown, it is where 2,500 species or nearly 70% of all fish species known in the Philippines are found.
• Kalanggaman Island in Palompon, Leyte, is a virgin island with pure white side. It has two long sandbars. The ecological atmosphere of the island has been preserved by the municipality.
Gato Cave and Islet
• Gato Island is a big rock in the middle of the Visayan Sea. It’s a short, sharp, rocky island rising from what seems like the middle of nowhere in the Visayan Sea. It’s a 50-minute boat ride from Malapascua. Nesting seabirds scoot around the island and a colony of flying foxes camps in rainforest trees high on its cliffy shore. Kingfishers flit in and out of its sea caves. Gato Island is constantly bathed in current, giving life to its soft coral canyons and myriad of rare and unusual nudibranchs. Many rare and unusual nudibranchs can be seen at Gato Island.
• Sumilon Island is a 24-hectare coral island off the coast of Bancogon, Oslob, Cebu. The island hosts the Sumilon Bluewater Island Resort which developed the island into an eco-friendly haven for those who want to get away from the stress of city living. It is the first marine protected area in the Philippines and was created as a marine sanctuary in 1974 under the guidance of the Siliman University Marine Reserve of Dumaguete City in the nearby province of Negros Oriental.