Cebu is located in the Visayas. Cebu’s local language is Tagalog, also known as Cebuano. English, however, is the official language. The native people are 95% Roman-Catholic and 5% Muslim.
The local currency is the Philippine Peso (php). At the current rate, 1 € = approx. 50 php (July 2016). Usually, one would pay in php. US$ can and will be exchanged everywhere. Euros only in the bigger cities.
Thanks to a tropical climate characterised by a proximity to the ocean, the temperature ranges between 26 and 33°C all year round. Cebu does not experience pronounced rainy or dry seasons which makes the island a tourist destination all year round. The period between December and May is slightly drier, whereby May is the warmest month of the year. December and January are the cooler months. The water temperature ranges between 26 and 28 degrees Celsius all year round which makes the waters around the Philippines one of the world’s top diving areas.
German/European citizens receive a free visa for a stay of up to 21 days which is issued right at the point of entry. To be granted entry, you will need a passport which is valid for at least 6 months after the return travel date. If you wish to stay longer than 21 days, you have to apply for a respective visa at the Philippine embassy in Berlin beforehand or apply for one on location in one of the immigration offices in Cebu or Dumaguete. Citizens of other countries please contact your embassy.
The municipality of Looc is situated at the southern-most tip of the island of Cebu in Santander County. The area wows by providing excellent opportunities to travel onwards to other islands, with its waterfalls such as the Tumolog or the Kawasan Falls and with its rivers but also with its markets and, above all, with its superior fish and thus, snorkelling and diving areas.
Santander can be reached by car or bus/taxi in some 75 minutes from Moalboal. From Cebu International Airport, one can reach it by car in about 3.5 hours. One can also use the ferry from Dumaguete (Negros) which is a 30 minutes’ journey and both Siquijor and Bohol offer good connections. We will gladly organise transfer for you.
Travellers coming from a yellow fever area are required to present verification for a yellow fever shot. Cebu is regarded Malaria-free. The most recommended European immunisation is for Hepatitis A. Your tropical institute will provide you with further information, including your travel pharmacy. Taking out a travel health insurance is recommended.
The closest hospital is located in Dumaguete, some 30 minutes away. The next health centre is located in Santander.