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Jerome from Columbus, Ohio asked

Comfortable extended-stay apartment for long-term stay & cool things to do.

I might have to decamp to Cebu for 3 months for work. Any ideas where I can stay - company budget is only about USD1,000- per month (company is based out of Malaysia, limited budgets). Should be at least 1 bedroom. Any ideas - have to leave in June. Any advice is welcome !

Also if you know of any cool stuff to do there let me know - what about diving (heard good things about Cebu?).

Cebu   Cebu City

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Hi Jerome, there is a serviced apartment/extended-stay hotel on AC Cortes Ave Road in Mandaue City, about halfway between the airport and city center. It is called Copenhagen Residences (website)It is all brand new, they just opened. I stayed there 2 weeks ago for 3 days. The rooms are very nicely furnished, they even got a roof top lounge w a restaurant (Chips Cafè) and a great coffee shop on the 1st floor, Coffee ROI Hauz (excellent coffee ! run by a Korean gentleman). For USD1,000 you should be able to get a suite - i stayed at a simple studio for quite a bit less. 

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Ron from Singapore

Stayed at a new serviced apartment complex last month: Copenhagen Residences, excellent value. They have just opened and service was good. It is somewhere along AC Cortes Ave Road, easy to reach from the Mactan-Cebu International Airport (CEB). It is not too pricey.

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Karlo from Philippines

I'm sure you'll find one using

Yes you can dive there, and Cebu is a gateway to really nice places in the south of the Philippines.  

go to Bantayan Island. do island hopping through island Banca cruises

Bohol is also a great place to go, only 40 mins away by ferry. Visit chocolate hills, Alona Beach which is a great stretch of white beach, diving, river cruise, firefly farm, chocolate hills, etc.

If you're willing to fly out, Cebu is a vacation hub so places like Davao City and Boracay Island are less than an hour away by plane.

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Pie from Philippines

Hi Jerome,

So many islands in the province of Cebu City. From Cebu City, you can hop on a bus to go south or north.

Malapascua Island (northern tip of cebu) is a diver's haven - Exotic Resort is one of the best resorts which offers diving.

Bantayan also in north of Cebu, has a tranquil island - fresh seafoods and beautiful churches.

Oslob - whales.

Camotes Rd- beaches and caves

Sumilon Island, Mactan Island, Badian

and if you have time off, Bohol and Dumaguete are a ferry away from Cebu.

Bohol is famous for the Chocolate Hills, river cruise and Panglao Island.

Dumaguete is a tranquil province but beautiful nonetheless.

As for accommodation, I havent stayed in Cebu for longer than 5 days. but there are numerous apartments that would be suitable for long stays.

You might want to check : (I am not connected in any of these sites, i just googled them)

As for affordable hotels, this is owned by a local businessman (who brother & father is in the boxing industry - Aldeguer of the Ala Boxing who handle the likes of Donnie Nietes, a world boxing champ)

Island Stay Hotel is quite new (just built a few years ago) and with affordable rates. i prefer new hotels/hostels as least they are still trying to maintain their facilities.

hope this helps :)

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