Working in Cebu feels like a perpetual vacation (don't tell my boss!). A Saturday in Cebu when you have nothing else to do, rent an outrigger boat for P3,500 (roughly $77) to explore the nearby islands in Mactan and Bohol. It was so much fun than vegetating in my hotel room, window-shopping or people-watching at the mall. To rent a boat, go to the Hilton Pier in Mactan, or you can call El Capitan--I have his cell phone number.:p
The Hilton pier is very accessible and you won't miss it...just look for the two pink towers after Mactan Shangri-la. The scene at the pier was organized chaos. Huge outrigger boats (ours has a 35-person capacity) are "parked" at the wharf, and to reach the boat we rented, we had to walk wobbly across another "parked" boat.
leaving Hilton pier
We visited 4 islands, had lunch on the floating restaurant at Olango Island, snorkeled at the marine sanctuary in Hilutungan Island, swam on a sugary white sands of Sulpa, parked our boat in Pandanon and took out the fishing rods. On our way back at sunset, we even saw a Blue Marlin jumping on the water. It was magical. More photos in the coming days. Stay tuned!