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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 02, 2011
Tour and Transportation Provider

Hi, can anyone recommend Tour and Transportation Providers for pick up and drop off at Crimson Resort at Mactan Island? Also, I would greatly appreciate some prices as guidance, to avoid getting ripped off.

What are the must do things if we're staying for 4 nights, for families with 3 young kids ranging from 6-11.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 28, 2010
Bars and Restruants  (2 Answers)

Im a Brit leaving for Mactan Island December for 3 months so looking for reasonably prices bars and restruants. Any advice Thanks in advance
Also anyone want to meet up for a beer

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 24, 2010
Accomodations on Mactan Island  (4 Answers)

I will be going there in January how bad are the mosquitos that time of year?

The nicest looking place I saw there was ALTA Cebu Resort How is the water in that area looks like it is on a river or narrow body of water is that very clear and clean on the beach?

The other place whose prices looked afpordable was Cebu White Sands At Maribago Bay Hotel

If anyone has been there or knows anything about them please let me know.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 08, 2010
Recomended Bars or Restruants  (1 Answer)

I will be going to Mactan for 3 months. Can anyone recomend any cheap or reasonably priced Bars and Restruants and also nite clubs
Thanks in advance

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 14, 2008
Any recommendation for hotel in Mactan and Manila?  (3 Answers)

Any good hotel to recommmend>

Mactan - perfer resort style by the beach

Manila - city, easy to travel around

Does anyone know if we should rent a car and drive around?

We are from Singapore...


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 19, 2007
Help with Itinerary please.  (2 Answers)

Hi, family arriving afternoon Mactan/Cebu from Europe late Jan seeking advice please from experienced PI travellers as to the best itinerary and method of travel to avoid time wasting and make the most of our 17 day stay..
From Mactan we would like to visit but not neccesarily in this order;- Kalibo/Panay - Panglao/Bohol - Dumaguete/Negros and then return to Mactan for our return flight..Appreciate any input for painless way to take these places in.

May email direct to [email]
Many thanks John

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 12, 2007
Reasonably priced accommodation  (1 Answer)


We would like some guidance. Very interested to learn details of inexpensive accomodation with pool in Mactan or Cebu late Jan...We are a family of 3, (our 13 yr old can share our room). I am a Certificated Yachtmaster and would like to hire small day sailng boats. It will be our first trip there so any tips/info very much appreciated.
Can reply direct to [email]

Much appreciated

Thanks - John

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 02, 2007
SDR Mactan Apartments.  (3 Answers)

Hey, guys.

I first thought of going to Cebu City for a vacation. But now I wonder if Mactan Island would be a nice choice too. I found SDR Mactan Apartments and it seems highly recommended. I don't have the link to the travel site where it got good ratings, but I was impressed by what I saw in the official site when I went there. The prices are very reasonable too. I like having my own kitchen and stuff especially.

Can anyone give me first-hand feedback about SDR and Mactan Island itself? What's there to see, what can you buy for souvenirs and what can you do?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 21, 2006
Costabella Resort  (4 Answers)

Hi! Has anybody stayed at Costabella? How is it? Any feedback would be greatly appreciated. =) Thanks.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 23, 2006
Recommended accomodaton at Mactan Island  (3 Answers)

Am in between jobs at the moment and have a week left to go somewhere.
Have set my sights on Cebu Island. However, am undecided about the accomodation. Will be there from 28th March to 1st April so urgently need some recommendations.

1) At the price of around USD 80, which accomodations would be recommended?
Have checked the rates for Maribago Bluewater, Cebu Beach Club, Tambuli Beach Club (East or West wing) and they r okay. Which ones are better?
Is it wort paying the additional price for a stay at Plantation Resort? It looks beautiful. Does anybody have a contact email/tel no. of Mari Cielo resort? Is that near the beach as well?

What I would like is a resort where the beach is just at your doorstep, if not within the resort compound. Something not too big and commercialised. Snorkelling facilities

2) Any recommendations at Cebu City? Should I stay overnight at Cebu City or only make day trips in the city?

2a) Or should I use the city as a base and make day trips to neaby towns? Bohol? What other places?

Am a Catholic as well and would love to see the Catholic heritage of the city.
If possible, does anybody have the contact of a retreat centre where a 1 daY silent retreat can be planned at short notice?

Thank you So much!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 17, 2005
Tambuli East Wing and Cebu Beach Club  (1 Answer)


Has anyone stayed in either Tambuli East Wing or Cebu Beach Club? Which one would you prefer? Are there any budget resorts in Mactan Island? Any info will be appreciated.

Thank you in advance.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 28, 2005
nearest mall to Waterfront Mactan  (4 Answers)

hey all!

im staying overnight in Waterfront Mactan for a connecting flight on the next day. im trying to find out what the nearest mall to the hotel is, and how to get there. i only need to buy a sim card and some chocolates maybe.. thanks in advance!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 21, 2005
Maribago Bluewater Resort - Room category  (1 Answer)

Hi VTers, I'll be visiting Mactan Island and staying at the Maribago Bluewater Beach Resort around February. My question: can anybody tell me about the difference between the Garden Wing/Beach Wing rooms and the Royal Bungalows? My travel agency says there is no big difference (except the fact that there is a separate bedroom) between the "normal" rooms and the bungalows, even though the price is almost double. Any expriences to share? Many thanks, Robert

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 20, 2005
How to get around in Mactan from the Crown Regency Suites  (1 Answer)

Hello My wife, my 3-year daughter and I are booked into the Crown Regency Suites during the Chinese New Year. It does not appear to be a typical resort. Can anybody tell me where the Crown Regency is, and how to get to the nearest beach. Is it possible to walk to the nearest beach and are there shops and restaurants nearby the Crown Regency Derek

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 17, 2005
cebu-mactan  (8 Answers)

how far is cebu city from mactan island? say if i am in cebu city, wat jeepney should i take to get to mactan island? are there budget inns or beach resorts in mactan? i am thinking of just taking a dip and go back to cebu city by 5pm or so?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 31, 2004
Maribago Bluewater Beach Resort  (2 Answers)

After reading all the comparisons between Plantation Bay and Maribago Bluewater Beach Resort, can anybody provide me with some up-to-date impressions on the latter?!? So far, opinions vary from 'bad' to 'very good' and it's hard to judge the hotel's quality. Did anyone stay there recently? I'm planning to go there around February... Thanks a lot, Robert

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 31, 2004
December apartment/shack/hut  (2 Answers)

looking for a place to stay in the Mactan Island, Mandaue city, Cebu city area. I am not really interested in a hotel. Something small and simple, though I would like a/c. By the beach would be wonderful. Thanks! Joel

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 15, 2004
Maribago Bluewater Hotel - Mactan  (4 Answers)

We have just booked into the Maribago and I am now worrying that we should have booked into Plantation Bay, does anyone know how good this hotel is. We are used to four/five establishments and hope this is up to standard. Look forward to your comments on this. Thank you.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 17, 2004
Cebu  (3 Answers)

We are travelling to Cebu in December and staying at the Shangri La in Mactan, can anyone tell me how good this hotel is. Also is there enough to do to keep us there for two weeks (over Christmas and New Year)

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 27, 2003
Cebu  (7 Answers)

I have just booked a package to fly into Cebu 5 Nov. - 9 Nov. 2003 inclusively and shall be staying at the Maribago Bluewater Resort. Since this is my first time to visit the Philippines, I've got some questions to ask: 1. Is it advisable to exchange foreign currency at Cebu's airport? 2. What is the tipping rate in Philippines? How much for the bellboy, etc.? 3. What are some must-sees in Cebu? Any available local tour operators for suggestions? 4. Any special souvenirs to bring back home? 5. What types of food can be found in Cebu? What are the typical prices? 6. Where are good snorkelling locations? Thanks! Regards, Vincent

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