THE ISLAND OF CEBU is considered the home of Christianity in East Asia, but most people know it as a tropical beach destination. 196km long, and never more than 32 km wide, coastline is never far away. Dive enthusiasts rate some spots in the south very highly, but I didn’t even get my toes wet.
Mountains run the length of the island, and some of the better hikes can be done as day trips from Cebu City- which is what I did. With plenty of monsoon rain, the hills are green and forested, or planted with rice and vegetables.