The Visayas are the most popular island region in the Phillipines. Most travelers will fly from Manila and head straight to Boracay. The beaches and party scene are legendary, and this island is all that many will ever see of the Phillipines. But there is so much more to be discovered.
Cebu City is where travelers will fly into. This is a large city with lots of shopping and war monuments to view. However, ferries leave from here for most of the Visayan islands, so hop on one.
Take a bus or ferry down to Dumaguete, on Negros Oriental, the base for Apo Island Reserve and Siquiqor Island. Then head by ferry to Bohol and explore Cabilao Island, Balicasag, Sumilon, Panglao and Pamilican. These legendary dive sites will inspire. Bohol island is a fantastic vacation destination, with multiple world-class dive sites. The chocolate hills and the tarsiers are also very popular with travelers. Get back to Cebu to head up to Malapascua, a very small but very famous dive island. There is little reason to come here except diving, so those with other interests will be better off exploring world war 2 history on Leyte or partying on Boracay.
Get to the port of Maya from Cebu on the northern tip of Cebu island. The bus will drop off at the pier, where a local boat will take you out to Malapascua. Keep in mind that the boat does not leave until it’s full, so this may entail hours of waiting.
Malapascua is famous for its thresher shark diving. The possibility of getting up close to these reclusive creatures is real here, though not a certainty. Most resorts are all-inclusive, so book accommodation, dives and meals all together. They will also pick you up in Cebu City via private transfer for an extra cost. The whole package is well arranged and allows for a relaxing vacation. Get your fill of diving here, then head back to Cebu for last minute shopping.