More of Cebu: Oslob’s whale sharks and Carcar’s lechon (GMA News Online)

See whale sharks skim the surface of the ocean

(This feature was published in GMA News Online last February 13, 2016)

Swim with the whale sharks – check! Eat lechon and chicharon in Carcar – check!

It feels good to tick items off my bucket list, and my most recent trip to Cebu made it possible to do so.

My travel buddies and I allotted one whole day to head 120 kilometers south of Cebu City to rural Oslob, where swimming with the whale sharks has become the main attraction. It takes approximately four hours to drive from the city center to the seaside, which you have to reach from 6 a.m. to 12 noon so you can sign up to swim with the gentle giants of the sea.

Road trip to the south 

Travelers may commute by bus, but our tour operator provided a private van with driver and limited its passengers for maximum comfort. We left past six in the morning, just after sunrise, and I made sure to wear my swimsuit underneath my casual beachwear for utmost convenience.

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Touring Cebu City in style (GMA News Online)

Devotees hear mass at the Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño de Cebu

This feature was published in GMA News Online last February 2, 2016)

Whenever I travel to a place I’ve never set foot in before, I try to sneak in a quick city or day tour in my itinerary. I believe it’s the best way of getting to know a destination, and I find it especially convenient when I only have limited time in that particular place.

I admit that I’ve been to Cebu a couple of times already. But I’ve never had the chance to do a city tour until my recent trip, and I’d never felt so welcome. The moment I stepped outside the airport, the Best of the Best Travel and Tours tour guide, Keane, greeted us—not just with a big smile, but with goodies as well.

It’s typical to see shuttle services in the driveway, but ours stood out because it came with treats like dried mangoes, otap, cold mineral water, and even cool face towels for freshening up. I felt pampered already and looked forward to my latest Cebu experience.

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