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May visit Cebu soon, need advice from those in the know

Postby Rock » Tue Dec 06, 2011 3:38 am

I will finally leave US for Taiwan next week-end. My flight passes through Manila so I'm planning to stop there for a few days. This time, I would like to see Cebu, a place I've never been before. So here are some of my Qs:

1. What is best way to get there from Manila Airport or Metro Manila (time and cost effective)? Cheapest airline, way to book, etc.

2. Best and most conveniently located value hotels? I wanna visit the malls, see the city, get a sense of the general vibe, and check out a bit of the nightlife (both regular and naughty).

3. Places to visit, etc.

If I make it there, I will follow-up by posting a bit about the trip.

Thanks in advance.
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Postby speerfox » Tue Dec 06, 2011 6:07 am

Hi Rock, I went to Cebu from Manila last year. The International terminal (NAIA 1) is separate from the Domestic terminal (NAIA 3), and you need to take a taxi to get there. I went to Cebu by Cebu Pacific, a budget airline and booked the ticket through their website with my credit card.

I stayed at the Kiwi Lodge in Cebu, nice and cheap, central to everything, taxis are ridiculously cheap to anywhere you want to go, and bringing back girls is no problem. Or you could take a look at Tripadvisor if that doesn't appeal.

Cebu doesn't really have much in the way of must-see attractions, apart from the very friendly girls of course, I mostly hung out in the malls and bars.

Have fun!
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Postby davewe » Tue Dec 06, 2011 7:58 am

I'll be in Cebu in a couple of weeks an am taking Cebu pacific. Will be staying near Ayala mall. Theres a bunch of historical stuff if that is your thing. Personally I just want to get a feel for the city and people. I only have a couple days so not enough time to hit the beaches which are not close by.
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Re: May visit Cebu soon, need advice from those in the know

Postby DarrenFW » Tue Dec 06, 2011 11:59 am

Rock wrote:I will finally leave US for Taiwan next week-end. My flight passes through Manila so I'm planning to stop there for a few days. This time, I would like to see Cebu, a place I've never been before. So here are some of my Qs:

1. What is best way to get there from Manila Airport or Metro Manila (time and cost effective)? Cheapest airline, way to book, etc.

2. Best and most conveniently located value hotels? I wanna visit the malls, see the city, get a sense of the general vibe, and check out a bit of the nightlife (both regular and naughty).

3. Places to visit, etc.

If I make it there, I will follow-up by posting a bit about the trip.

Thanks in advance.


Hey Rock,
Good to hear you are going to Cebu. Yeah I think you will like Cebu. Its really nice. I will try to answer your questions.
1. Try Cebu Pacific Airlines. Very cheap but also they are good qualitiy. You can book online. If not, just go there and they have regular flights to Cebu and back to Manila. So its not a problem, check their website for details.
2. Hotels- well I just picked a 4 star I saw online for a $40.00 a night fare which was awesome. If they are still running the deal, I stayed at the Allure Hotel. They did have good internet service. But the downside was there was nothing around the hotel within walking distance.
If I were to do it again, I would go with Marriott Cebu City which is right next door to Ayala Malll. You can walk to the mall. Its probably worth any extra price you pay as you will save on cab fares going to that mall.

But, cab fares are cheaper than Manila for sure.

For nightlife, try Juliana's. They party really late. There is a strip area of Bars where you can do the bar fine thing. To be honest, I was with my girl at the time so I didn't do this, so i have no idea if its good or not. Probably just like Angeles City.

3. Ayala Mall, SM Cebu City mall, Country Mall, Robinsons Mall, Magellan's Cross, Mactan Shrine, Mountain Top, beaches. Mountain View is a nice place to take a girl.
Girls are nice. Alot of them have that tanned look which I find really sexy.

Have Fun!
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Postby DarrenFW » Tue Dec 06, 2011 12:17 pm

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Postby Winston » Tue Dec 06, 2011 4:14 pm

A lot of expats recommend the Kiwi Lodge in Cebu. But here are some more:

http://hotels.happierabroad.com/City/Cebu_City.htm

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Postby Mr S » Tue Dec 06, 2011 5:38 pm

Well I regularly fly to Cebu 2 or 3 times a year. I would stay away from Ayala mall area for hotels they will cost well over 3000 P a night. Marriot is almost 5000P a night and not really worth that price unless you are farting money out of your ass and don't care about spending.

I usually stay at the Marriot cause my work pays for it, but then I'll take an extra day or two off after that and stay at the Kiwi lodge: http://www.kiwilodgecebu.com/
I usually just get a deluxe room but if you want a fridge and a larger room/bed then you can spend a bit more. I like it cause it's central and there is a bar that serves good Western food. You can also chat up some of th regulars there if you want info on what to do around Cebu area.

Regarding nightlife, I usually hangout at the bars on Mango ave, then around midnight or so I head on over to Julianna's disco which is just up the street, walking distance. It's a really good pickup place if you want to pay for sex, a lot of hot girls there on Fri and Sat nights. But you can go there any night and hook up easily enough. The worst thing about it is the noise level, its really loud house and techno music. On the weekends its packed and you can barely move after 1 AM in the morning.

Other pickup dance places: Pump disco, which a lot of Koreans tend to hang out at and other Asians.
Sunflower disco: This place is probably your best bet if you want to try to hook up with a regular girl, however you have to get on the dance floor and work your way towards one.

There are some new ones also around town but I haven't been to them as of yet. Julianna's is the best so I just stick with that.

Mango Ave is where most of the girly bars are, there are a few more around the side streets near the main bars as well. They tend to cater to a mix of Asian/Westerner clientèle. There is a mix of talent depending on the bar. There is a large Asian style girly bar called "Arena" that has really hot girls but they are kinds expensive.

Lisa's Sea Side Pub is an interesting place to start off the night with some cheaper drinks and a laid back atmosphere: http://www.cebu-nightlife.com/lisa-sea- ... view-cebu/

This site can give you a run down of all the nightlife in Cebu:
http://www.cebu-nightlife.com/

In regards to flying there either Cebu Pacific or Philippine Airlines is best. I tend to prefer Philippine Airlines, they have better customer service and you usually get a better flying experience. They are around the same price range, maybe a few hundred pesos difference.
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Postby DarrenFW » Tue Dec 06, 2011 9:22 pm

Mr S wrote:Well I regularly fly to Cebu 2 or 3 times a year. I would stay away from Ayala mall area for hotels they will cost well over 3000 P a night. Marriot is almost 5000P a night and not really worth that price unless you are farting money out of your ass and don't care about spending.



3485 Pesos for Marriott Cebu City, and that's the cheapest room. This according to this reservation page. https://www.marriott.com/reservation/availabilityCalendar.mi

Still quite expensive, I agree.
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Postby Mr S » Wed Dec 07, 2011 8:16 pm

DarrenFW wrote:
Mr S wrote:Well I regularly fly to Cebu 2 or 3 times a year. I would stay away from Ayala mall area for hotels they will cost well over 3000 P a night. Marriot is almost 5000P a night and not really worth that price unless you are farting money out of your ass and don't care about spending.



3485 Pesos for Marriott Cebu City, and that's the cheapest room. This according to this reservation page. https://www.marriott.com/reservation/availabilityCalendar.mi

Still quite expensive, I agree.


The rates change depending on the time of year as well as occupancy. They also have additional charges that aren't initially posted until you actually check-in/out. Generally the better rooms float between 4000-5000P range. It's not really worth staying there anyways IMO,unless you like the big, fake hotel atmosphere; especially where you have to do the walk of shame in front of everyone if you bring a lady back plus have to get her searched and registered, a bit over the top for my likes. They do have really comfortable beds though, the best I've experienced in PI. However their central AC doesn't get cleaned regularly so if you have Asthma or are sensitive to mold you may experience breathing problems. I find this to be an issue in many one size fits all supposed luxury box hotels in the Philippines.
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Postby Rock » Thu Dec 08, 2011 6:41 am

speerfox wrote:Hi Rock, I went to Cebu from Manila last year. The International terminal (NAIA 1) is separate from the Domestic terminal (NAIA 3), and you need to take a taxi to get there. I went to Cebu by Cebu Pacific, a budget airline and booked the ticket through their website with my credit card.

I stayed at the Kiwi Lodge in Cebu, nice and cheap, central to everything, taxis are ridiculously cheap to anywhere you want to go, and bringing back girls is no problem. Or you could take a look at Tripadvisor if that doesn't appeal.

Cebu doesn't really have much in the way of must-see attractions, apart from the very friendly girls of course, I mostly hung out in the malls and bars.

Have fun!


Thanks speerfox. I appreciate your info here. I will look up Kiwi Lodge and perhaps book a flight online via Cebu Pacific.
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Postby Rock » Thu Dec 08, 2011 6:44 am

davewe wrote:I'll be in Cebu in a couple of weeks an am taking Cebu pacific. Will be staying near Ayala mall. Theres a bunch of historical stuff if that is your thing. Personally I just want to get a feel for the city and people. I only have a couple days so not enough time to hit the beaches which are not close by.

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That's great. It will be interesting to see how the trip goes for you. Hope you post a follow-up. It looks like you will be there after me. I plan to arrive on December 13 and stay a few days. Why are you only staying a couple days? Planning on going to other places within the PI? Thanks for your post.
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Re: May visit Cebu soon, need advice from those in the know

Postby Rock » Thu Dec 08, 2011 6:47 am

DarrenFW wrote:
Rock wrote:I will finally leave US for Taiwan next week-end. My flight passes through Manila so I'm planning to stop there for a few days. This time, I would like to see Cebu, a place I've never been before. So here are some of my Qs:

1. What is best way to get there from Manila Airport or Metro Manila (time and cost effective)? Cheapest airline, way to book, etc.

2. Best and most conveniently located value hotels? I wanna visit the malls, see the city, get a sense of the general vibe, and check out a bit of the nightlife (both regular and naughty).

3. Places to visit, etc.

If I make it there, I will follow-up by posting a bit about the trip.

Thanks in advance.


Hey Rock,
Good to hear you are going to Cebu. Yeah I think you will like Cebu. Its really nice. I will try to answer your questions.
1. Try Cebu Pacific Airlines. Very cheap but also they are good qualitiy. You can book online. If not, just go there and they have regular flights to Cebu and back to Manila. So its not a problem, check their website for details.
2. Hotels- well I just picked a 4 star I saw online for a $40.00 a night fare which was awesome. If they are still running the deal, I stayed at the Allure Hotel. They did have good internet service. But the downside was there was nothing around the hotel within walking distance.
If I were to do it again, I would go with Marriott Cebu City which is right next door to Ayala Malll. You can walk to the mall. Its probably worth any extra price you pay as you will save on cab fares going to that mall.

But, cab fares are cheaper than Manila for sure.

For nightlife, try Juliana's. They party really late. There is a strip area of Bars where you can do the bar fine thing. To be honest, I was with my girl at the time so I didn't do this, so i have no idea if its good or not. Probably just like Angeles City.

3. Ayala Mall, SM Cebu City mall, Country Mall, Robinsons Mall, Magellan's Cross, Mactan Shrine, Mountain Top, beaches. Mountain View is a nice place to take a girl.
Girls are nice. Alot of them have that tanned look which I find really sexy.

Have Fun!
PM me if you have other questions.

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Thanks Darren. That's some great info. I will do my best to follow-up on all of it. Judging by your avatar, it sure looks like you found what you were looking for there. Great luck with her.
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Postby Rock » Thu Dec 08, 2011 6:52 am

Mr S wrote:Well I regularly fly to Cebu 2 or 3 times a year. I would stay away from Ayala mall area for hotels they will cost well over 3000 P a night. Marriot is almost 5000P a night and not really worth that price unless you are farting money out of your ass and don't care about spending.

I usually stay at the Marriot cause my work pays for it, but then I'll take an extra day or two off after that and stay at the Kiwi lodge: http://www.kiwilodgecebu.com/
I usually just get a deluxe room but if you want a fridge and a larger room/bed then you can spend a bit more. I like it cause it's central and there is a bar that serves good Western food. You can also chat up some of th regulars there if you want info on what to do around Cebu area.

Regarding nightlife, I usually hangout at the bars on Mango ave, then around midnight or so I head on over to Julianna's disco which is just up the street, walking distance. It's a really good pickup place if you want to pay for sex, a lot of hot girls there on Fri and Sat nights. But you can go there any night and hook up easily enough. The worst thing about it is the noise level, its really loud house and techno music. On the weekends its packed and you can barely move after 1 AM in the morning.

Other pickup dance places: Pump disco, which a lot of Koreans tend to hang out at and other Asians.
Sunflower disco: This place is probably your best bet if you want to try to hook up with a regular girl, however you have to get on the dance floor and work your way towards one.

There are some new ones also around town but I haven't been to them as of yet. Julianna's is the best so I just stick with that.

Mango Ave is where most of the girly bars are, there are a few more around the side streets near the main bars as well. They tend to cater to a mix of Asian/Westerner clientèle. There is a mix of talent depending on the bar. There is a large Asian style girly bar called "Arena" that has really hot girls but they are kinds expensive.

Lisa's Sea Side Pub is an interesting place to start off the night with some cheaper drinks and a laid back atmosphere: http://www.cebu-nightlife.com/lisa-sea- ... view-cebu/

This site can give you a run down of all the nightlife in Cebu:
http://www.cebu-nightlife.com/

In regards to flying there either Cebu Pacific or Philippine Airlines is best. I tend to prefer Philippine Airlines, they have better customer service and you usually get a better flying experience. They are around the same price range, maybe a few hundred pesos difference.


Wow, you are the man in PI. That's a lot of leads to follow-up on. I will do my best to visit those areas and report on it. I still owe a report on DR. I'm really getting behind. Much appreciated Mr. S.
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Postby Rock » Thu Dec 08, 2011 6:53 am

Winston wrote:A lot of expats recommend the Kiwi Lodge in Cebu. But here are some more:

http://hotels.happierabroad.com/City/Cebu_City.htm

Try to meet some girls from DIA first before you go.


Thanks Winston. I also appreciate you emailing a bunch of your friends and giving them a heads-up about my post. Good luck with your China plans.
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Postby davewe » Thu Dec 08, 2011 7:15 am

Rock wrote:
davewe wrote:I'll be in Cebu in a couple of weeks an am taking Cebu pacific. Will be staying near Ayala mall. Theres a bunch of historical stuff if that is your thing. Personally I just want to get a feel for the city and people. I only have a couple days so not enough time to hit the beaches which are not close by.

g
That's great. It will be interesting to see how the trip goes for you. Hope you post a follow-up. It looks like you will be there after me. I plan to arrive on December 13 and stay a few days. Why are you only staying a couple days? Planning on going to other places within the PI? Thanks for your post.


I'm going from Manila to Davao where I'm meeting a girl, then Cebu, back to Manila, a week in Vietnam, and back to Manila for New Years Eve. Should be fun and far from lonely.
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