Visayas is one of the main islands in the Philippines aside from Luzon and Mindanao. It is located in South East Asia. Visayas is a collection of large and small island in the central part of the Philippines and is also considered as the cradle of the country. It consists of several islands surrounding the Visayan Sea. The major islands of the Visayas are: Panay, Negros, Cebu, Bohol, Leyte, Masbate, Samar, Camotes Island and Mactan. There are three administrative regions in Visayas namely Western Visayas, Central Visayas and Eastern Visayas.
There are thousands of islands in the Visayas and everywhere you turn you can see a patch of islands with sands and coral reefs waiting to be explored. Some of the smaller islands are already famous for its beautiful beaches, crystal clear water and velvety white sand. One of these islands is the exotic Boracay. Each of these islands can be reached by land, water and air transportation, hence, reaching these islands is not a problem.
There are many beautiful places or cities in the Visayan region. All of these beautiful places have their own stories to tell and have their own special features to boast. The whole region has many beautiful things to offer to their visitors, many exotic places to go and something or some place to explore.
If you want to explore the exciting and wonderful place of Visayas you can start your adventure in Cebu City. This is the oldest City of the Philippines and it belongs to the Central Visayas Region. Cebu is also considered as the center of commerce, trade, education and industry in the Visayas. Cebu is a perfect place where you can spend a memorable holiday season because it has a moderate climate with no specific wet or dry season, its temperature is from 23 to 33 degrees Centigrade or 73 to 91 degrees. Cebu’s coolest month is January and its warmest month is in May. There are many places that you can explore in Cebu and one of it is Moalboal or Malapascua where divers love to go. Another perfect place where you can go to relax is the Bantayan Island. It is also the favorite place of the tourists. Cebu has many festivals to celebrate and one of the popular festival is the Sinulog Festival, which took place every 3rd Sunday of January in Honor of Senor Sto Nino de Cebu.
From the busy streets of Cebu City, you can go to the home of the Tarsiers or the island of Bohol. It is situated in the Central Visayas Region and its capital is Tagbilaran City. Bohol is also the home of the famous Chocolate Hills and the Panglao Island, where you can enjoy an exciting diving experience.
The Negros Island is another island in the Visayas which is located in Eastern Visayas and Central Visayas. It is the main sugar producing province Negros is divided into two provinces, namely Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental. The Capital of Negros Occidental is Bacolod City and Negros Oriental is Dumaguete City. Kanlaon Volcano, one of the most active volcanoes in the Philippines, is also in Negros Occidental.
Negros Occidental is the home of the great beaches, remarkable diving spots, natural landscape and friendly and charming people of Negros.
One of the Visayas famous cities is Iloilo City which is also called as the Queen City of the South. Iloilo is located at the center of the Philippine Archipelago. Iloilo still showcases pieces of its splendid past and its rich culture and tradition can still be remembered as the city celebrates many festivals depicting the rich heritage of Iloilo. For instance, Iloilo is called as the “Province of Festivals” and one of its famous festival celebration is the Dinagyang Festival. Iloilo is also the gateway to the region and a favorite stopover for people who are going to Boracay, Palawan, Guimaras, Antique, Capiz and Aklan.
Another island in the Visayas is Boracay. It is only 4.5 miles long, small enough that you can use a bike or motorbike to tour the whole island. Though Boracay is just a small island, it has several exotic beaches that you can explore. Some of the breathtaking and amazing beaches in Boracay are: The Yapak Beach, known for its beautiful white shells; White Beach, has picture-perfect sunsets; Balinghai Beach, a perfect site for honeymooners because of its very private location. Boracay is one of the best beach destinations in the world.
Bacolod City which is located on the Northwestern coast of Negros occidental is another beautiful city in the Visayas region. The city’s famous landmarks are: The San Sebastian Cathedral, located in the heart of Bacolod City. The Sta. Clara Chapel in Sta Clara Subdivision is the home of the local version of Virgin Mary, “Barangay Sang Birhen”, is made of 95,000 pieces of polished shells. The famous San Antonio Abad which features the masterpiece of national artist Solomon Saprid’s “The Risen Christ”. Another famous masterpiece is the Provincial Capitol Building, which uses the Neo-Roman architectural design of American Daniel Burnham and executed by Filipino Architect Juan Arellano.
Another historical and famous city in the Visayas is Leyte. It is one of the biggest islands of the country. It has 2 cities, Tacloban City and Ormoc City. Leyte is famous for the historical Battle of the Leyte Gulf, which is the largest naval battle in modern history.