Cebu is a destination that seems to attract adventurous people; in the 16th Century, Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan famously reached the island as part of the first circumnavigation of the globe. His journey ended in Cebu but his legacy can still be seen in the area today, including Magellan’s Cross. Today, intrepid travelers can embark on their own off-the-beaten-track excursions in this idyllic and environmentally important region.
Aloguinsan – an ecological treasure trove
Only a short 1.5-hour drive from Cebu City, Aloguinsan is an ecological treasure trove where jungle-clad limestone cliffs rise from glistening turquoise waters. There are no large-scale resorts or attractions here; only traditional fishing communities, markets and villages that showcase the rich local culture. It is little wonder that this place was named as a “Top 100 Global Sustainable Destination” by Green Destination for three consecutive years.
Follow the trail of the early explorers down the Bojo River
For guests who want to delve deeper into this remote region, a cruise down the Bojo River evokes the spirit of early explorers. Floating down the aquamarine river on a traditional canoe, serenaded by the calls of birds and monkeys, guests will feel as if they are discovering a new world. Learn about the ecology of the river, the traditional community and its ongoing conservation efforts from a local guide, then turn your binoculars to the sky to spot the 70-plus species of birds.
Diving in the Tañon Strait
Eventually the river emerges at the Tañon Strait, which separates the islands of Cebu and Negros. The Philippines’ largest marine protected area, this exotic waterway is home to an amazing array of wildlife, including dolphins, whales, dugong and vast swathes of coral and mangrove. Dive into the brackish water for a swim and gaze up at Mount Kanlaon – this is a moment that will be etched on your memory forevermore. To learn more about Cebu's other famous diving spots, read our blog here.
Rejuvenating stay at Radisson Blu Cebu
Back in Cebu City, Radisson Blu Cebu is the perfect place to stay and soak up this region’s natural and manmade wonders. Nestled in the heart of the city with sweeping views of the Mactan Channel, you can plunge into the outdoor pool or soothe your senses in the spa, while reflecting on a day of discovery in this tropical paradise.
Discover the stylish spaces and personalized service of Radisson Blu during your next stay in Cebu.
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