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Welcome to Central Visayas Region

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ABOUT

Numerically designated as Region VII, Central Visayas consists four provinces and three highly urbanized cities. Cebu City, the largest city in the region is the regional center.

Location

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Best Time to Visit

For the best combination of agreeable temperatures of around 27° C (80° F) and as little rain as possible, the best time to visit this region is between February and March. The first months of dry season can still be rainy, while the last months are usually pretty hot and humid.

Fast Facts

Area: 15,885.97 km² (6133.6 mi²)

Population: 7,396,898

Density: 455/km2

Regional Center: Cebu City

Languages: CebuanoBoholanoPorohanonBantayanonFilipinoEnglish

Provinces: 

REGION 7 – Central Visayas

PROVINCELAND AREA KM2POPULATION
Bohol4,820.951,313,560
Cebu5,342.04,632,359
Negros Oriental5,385.531,354,995
Siquijor337.4995,984
Total
15,885.977,396,898.0

Cities: (16) Bais; Bayawan; Bogo; Canlaon; Carcar; Cebu City; Danao; Dumaguete; Guihulngan; Lapu-Lapu; Mandaue; Naga; Tagbilaran; Talisay; Tanjay; Toledo

Barangays: 3,003

Major Industries

  • Crops (Palay, Corn, Banana, Coconut, Sugarcane, Sweet Potato)
  • Food Processing
  • Tourism
  • Milling
  • Aqua Culture
  • Minerals (Gold, Silver, Copper, Manganese)

Getting Here

The best way to get to Central Visayas depends on where you’re traveling from and your budget.

The fastest and most convenient method of travel a far distance in the Philippines is most often by plane, however in some cases, traveling by sea or land may be a better option and more cost-effective.

AIRPORTS

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Getting Around

The following are the modes of transportation available in this region. 

Suggested Budget

Use the chart below to get an idea of how much to budget daily.  Actual amounts will depend on YOUR travel style. Keep in mind these are daily averages … some days you’ll spend more, some days you’ll spend less. Prices are in USD.

ACCOMMODATION
FOOD
TRANSPORTATION
ATTRACTIONS
AVERAGE DAILY COST
Budget
Accommodation: $7
Food: $5
Transportation: $5
Attractions: $20
Average Daily Cost: $37
Mid-Range
Accommodation: $30
Food: $15
Transportation: $10
Attractions: $25
Average Daily Cost: $80
Luxury
Accommodation: $70
Food: $30
Transportation: $15
Attractions: $30
Average Daily Cost: $145

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SEE & DO 

  • Abatan River Cruise and Firely Watching
  • Aloguinsan’s Bajo River
  • Anda
  • Apo Island
  • Bantayan Island
  • Bilar Manmade Forest
  • Cambughay Falls
  • Camotes Island
  • Cantabon Cave
  • Canyoneering in Southern Cebu
  • Casa Gorordo
  • Casaroro Falls
  • Church of St. Francis of Assisi
  • Danao Adventure Park
  • Fort San Pedro
  • Heritage of Cebu Monument
  • Kawasan Falls
  • Lake Balanan
  • Lake Balinsaysayao
  • Lapu-Lapu Monument
  • Loboc River Cruise
  • Magellan’s Cross
  • Malapascua Island
  • Mt. Kanlaon
  • Olango Channel
  • Olango Island
  • Pescador Island’s Sardine Run
  • Philippine Tarsier Sanctuary
  • Red Rock Resort and Pulangbato Falls
  • Salagdoong Beach
  • San Isidro Labrador Church and Convent
  • Siliman University Ethno Anthro Museum
  • Sumilon Island
  • Thresher Shark
  • Tulapos Marin Sanctuary
  • Yap-San Diego House

EAT & DRINK

  • Bohol Bee Farm Ice cream (Bohol)
  • Budbod (Negros Oriental)
  • Chichaworm (Bohol)
  • Chicken inato (Negros Oriental)
  • Dried fish (Cebu)
  • Dried mango (Cebu)
  • Kalamay (Bohol)
  • Lechon (Cebu)
  • Otap (Cebu)
  • Peanut Kisses (Bohol)
  • Puso (Cebu)
  • Puto maya (Negros Oriental)
  • Rizal Boulevard’s tempura (Negros Oriental)
  • Saang (Siquijor)
  • Sans Rival (Negros Oriental)
  • Silvanas (Negros Oriental)
  • Siquijor-style beef burger (Siquijor)
  • Sizzling crocodile steak (Siquijor)
  • Tuslob-buwa (Cebu)

WHERE TO STAY

Where to Stay in Central Visayas Region

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EVENTS & FESTIVALS

  • Araw ng Siquijor
  • Hudyaka Festival
  • Sandugo Festival
  • Sandurot Festival
  • Sinulog Festival
  • Tawo-Tawo Festival

WHAT’S NEARBY

READ MORE: 17 Regions of the Philippines (with map)

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Patrick

Patrick

Patrick is an entrepreneur, digital nomad, explorer, and photographer. Patrick is always in search of fun and adventure. He is well travelled throughout the world, and although location independent, his home base is Phoenix, Arizona in the USA. Patrick loves island lifestyle which is no wonder why he is so interested in spending time in the Philippines with it’s over 7,000 islands. Patrick created this site to share his knowledge of and experiences in the Philippines with Filipinos as well as other foreigners.

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