THE CENTRAL VISAYAS
Crossing the island heart of the Philippines in the charming rainy season
> Traveling 2½ months in the islands of Panglao, Bohol, Cebu, Panay, Carabao, Boracay, Guimaras,
Negros, Siquijor and Apo - with a sidetrip to Mindoro on the skirts of the Visayan Sea in the Philippines <
The Visayan Islands comprise the central part of the Philippines and consist of thousands of tropical small islands and a handful of larger islands, like Cebu, Bohol, Panay and Negros. This irresistible archipelago allows for the ultimate island hopping vacation and a fulfillment of the great, intoxicating get-away-from-it-all experience that we, the travelers suffering from islomania, are always hunting. A journey here is truly a travel to unknown, yet to be explored islands, the horizon full of them, and a never-ending quest for the next island, the next small idyllic seaside township, the next SCUBA dive, the next adventure. The Visayas will make such a travel experience come true. There’s always another island, another beach, another ferry boat or bangka ride to take, another place to stay.
We have visited the Central and the Western Visayas several times. The island group is a smorgasbord of different beautiful landscapes and unique cultures, from the chocolate hills and small primates on Bohol Island to the waterfalls and palm-fringed beaches on the ghost-whispering island of Siquijor. Apo island is a small rocky isle with supreme drift dives and a rural atmosphere. In the Romblon islands, Carabao is an idyllic small beach retreat and may be regarded as the unknown sister of neighboring Boracay, which in turn is the most photographed and overrun island in the whole country - largely thanks to its great beaches (and wild parties!). There's room for many types of vacations in a single journey. The larger islands of Panay and Negros offer excellent cultural encounters and volcano trekking as well as several offshore islets. The only limitations are time and energy to travel beyond the main tourist circuits - but we recommend trying it out: The archipelago is a gold mine of unique experiences. Oh, and going here during rainy season is not too bad, we’ve tried all seasons and the benefit of the rainy season is the complete lack of other travelers.