Posts Tagged ‘Hangouts’
- Angeles City Flying Club – Located about 45 minutes east f Clark. Here you can have a 30-minute trial of an ultralight flight for P1,600. The instructor flies you over the lower slopes of Mount Arayat before curving along the course of the Pampanga River at a speed that seems particularly horrifying when you’re sitting on a contraption that looks like it’s been made from beach umbrellas and old bicycle parts.
- Mt. Pinatubo Sky Tour – Omni Avaition takes visitors for a breathtaking view of the volcano that once ravaged Central Luzon.
- Clark-Arayat Ecotour – An exciting tour of Clark Ecozone coupled with a nature trip to Arayat National Park in addition to a tour of Gardens of the World in Pampanga.
Village Visits in Banaue – Reaching some of the tourist spots requires hiking. Scenic sites are the Tam-an Village, Bocos Village, Bangaan Village, Poitan Village, Hapao Village and Duclingan Village. These villages are characterized by the community where the livelihood activities are within the surroundings.
Mountain Climbing – The Ifugao terrain ample choice for mountain climbing.
The measure of cosmopolitan capitalism should be Starbucks, something Cebu acquired in recent years to ride the wave of booming commercialism. Its first branch just opened outside of the Ayala Entertainment Center. Annexed to the Ayala Mall, the Entertaiment Center is an area full of bars, restaurants and other late night joints where the partying begins as soon as dinner ends.
Crossroads in Banilad offers the same mix dinner and dancing, but with a different flavor. The bars there carry a steadier groove, and the coffee shops are more appealing to the younger crowd because of the social leverage they serve, rather than the coffee.
The Village – in Lahug has a courtyard in the middle of a block surrounded by bars, restaurants and coffee shops. Bands perform regularly in the courtyard, while other establishments attract customers with breezy outdoor set-ups. The latest to join in the Cebu nightlife directory is the Banilad Town Center, a commercial complex that includes a gym and boutiques in its lineup of bars and restaurants.
One of the better options Cebu’s nightlife offers is the backdrop of a breathtaking nightscape amidst a round of drinks. Drinking stops, hangouts and lookout points dot the elevated setting of Busay Hills, making it a great place to chill and catch the breeze under a brilliant nighsky while appreciating the expanse of Cebu’s horizon.
Not all of Cebu’s nightime joints are congregated together, in fact some of the better ones are in a place all their own somewhere in the heart of the city. Most of them can be spotted alongside city streets-just look for bright lights and a crowd.
Filipinos have a penchant for enormous shopping malls, and Cebu certainly isn’t exempt from this surfeit of merchandising madness. SM City is one of the many gigantic shopping malls of the SM line in the country. Ayala Center is another representation of yet another of the Philippines’ mall magnate’s metropolitan fixtures. More known for its department stores are the Gaisano branches, with its Metro Ayala branch being the most popular and convenient source of inexpensive and imported goods.
Shopping for local products and delicacies will take the earniest traveler to the unglamorous marketplaces of Cebu. Carbon market is located in downtown Cebu, and it consists of a number of streets that are packed with street vendors hawking everything from used clothes to vegetables. It’s cheap place to buy the famed Cebu mangoes and the well-reputed Cebu guitar. Tabu-an is a separate area that sells anything and everything dried under the sun. Dried salted fish, popularly known as dangit, is cheapest in Tabu-an market.
Cebu is renowned for its exceptional dive spots. Many hotel guests of Mactan resorts dive in and around the area, particularly in the nearby marine sanctuary of Gilutungan and Nalusuan. A few hours away from the city, there is Moalboal Reef -famous for its colorful coral reefs and cave diving. To the north of Cebu is Malapascua Island, a favorite among more adventurous divers because of the roaming thresher sharks.
Since Cebu is an island, there are all sorts of water sports and activities offered in the different beaches and resorts. One can go kayaking, water-skiing, parasailing, banana-boating, snorkeling or just plain swimming in the beach. The seabreeze around Mactan makes winsurfing a popular sport among tourists.
Smaller islands surround the main island of Cebu, and some of them are definitely worth visiting. Taking a banca (outrigger) from Mactan island is ideal as it makes visiting the neighboring islands accessible and easy. Sandbars, rock islands, mangroves and other marine treasures can be seen while riding the waves along the coastline. Island hopping is particularly fun with food and drinks inside the boat, and one has the luxury of swimming wherever and whenever the water is clear and enticing.
Hiking, rappeling spelunking and all those adventurous activities can be arranged with the right contacts. The hotel concierge should be able to help out in arranging for a licensed or freelance guide to show off Cebu’s rich natural wonders. The south of Cebu has caves, mountains, springs and waterfalls that are exciting to explore and discover.
Test your stamina as you slither your way through the caves such as the Kabyawan and San Vicente Caves laden with stalactites and stalagmites resembling popcorn, amidst running water and home of several species of bats. Caves of varying degrees of adventure await the spelunker, Kapalong, an emerging “Caving Capital” in Davao del Norte or Adjacent Nabunturan. Mawab and Monkayo towns of Compostila Valley province offer numerous caving excitements. (Special arrangement with Tour Operators)
Experience the whitewater rush and an awesome trip on board kayaks, as you snake in and around twists and turns of tributaries and widening river bends, silent eddies and gurgling brooks of the captivating Davao river. For a fee that includes guide, equipment use, packed lunch and free transport to the starting and excitement for a day’s encounter with the raging waters. The age limit is 9 years old for kids with parent of guardian and a signed waiver and other sports activities. (Special arrangement with Tour Operators)
Be awed the pristine and crystal clear water of Sibulan River as you experience the latest and exciting water sport craze “Tubing the River Rapids” and other sports activities. (Specail arrangement with Tour Operators)
The adventure would not be complete without conquiring the highest peak in the country, Mt. Apo at 3.44 meters above sea level with jump off from pillars, lakes, cascade showers and wild berries. Mt. Candalaga, ConVal’s highest peak in Maragusan, offers its 30 waterfalls, 100 coldsprings, and rare flora like the exotic rafflesia to behold perfect for Holy Week and OCtober expeditions. Be enchanted as you explore Mt. Hamiguitan’s Bonsai Forest (Davao Oriental) Scattered on its slope. Beneath moss-covered trees are wild orchids and pitcher plants. (Special arrangement with Tour Operators)