Always Summer in the Philippines: Conquering Cebu

by Camille Conopio

Mango Tours, together with friends from the world of social media, goes on a 10-day island adventure across the Philippine archipelago . From their arrival and tour around Manila's historic landmarks they continued their journey to Puerto Princesa, Palawan, then hopped to the rustic and of Bohol. On this travel blog, the travel squad takes on the beautiful island of Cebu.
From Bohol, the group continued to their next destination - Cebu, via sea travel on the OceanJet Ferry.
socia media influencers take oceanjet ride to cebu
business class on oceanjet
social media influencers aboard oceanjet
Upon arrival at the resort, the group was in awe of its beauty and the hospitality service. The friendly welcome of Crimson Resort & Spa Mactan was indeed heartwarming.
social media influencers welcome to cebu
social media influencers identifies luggage
crimson resort and spa mactan staff welcome drinks
The group enjoyed a hearty lunch at the Saffron Café. Other dining options at the resort were Score Sports Bar and Azure Beach Club. Aum, its first-rate spa, offers nothing but tranquility and pure relaxation. The private villas and contemporary guest room, swimming pools and other recreational facilities were spread across the sprawling 6-hectare land. What makes staying at the luxury resort a blast? Having beachfront access!
drone shot crimson resort and spa mactan
crimson resort and spa mactan infinity pool
crimson resort and spa facilities
crimson resort and spa mactan facilities
lunch at saffron cafe in crimson resort and spa mactan
saffron cafe buffet
crimson resort and spa mactan villa
crimson resort and spa mactan crimzone pool
The group capped off the day with a dinner treat at Azure Beach Club.
crimson resort and spa mactan azure beach club
With Cebu Trip Tours guiding the group throughout the trip, the experience was indeed fun and memorable! First on the Cebu checklist - swimming with the whale sharks of Oslob. Snorkeling is one thing, but swimming with the butanding , the largest fish in the world, is something else entirely! Before taking on a new different adventure, the group continued to the briefing center for a quick orientation about these gentle giants to ensure a peaceful experience.
orientation whale shark encounter
breakfast before whale shark encounter
While waiting for their boats, the group enjoyed a quick breakfast – rice cake and mangoes, at one of the small eateries along the shore. Once life vests have been secured, the social media influencers hopped on the boat and were more than ready to meet these friendly creatures of the sea.
social media influencers in oslob
whale shark in oslob
For most of the influencers, the whale shark encounter was a first. Travel photographer Tiffany Nguyen and YouTuber Parker Ferris plunged into the sea and put their skills to the (underwater) test. They say time flies fast when you’re having fun, and what seemed only like 10min was already half an hour. With the sun up, clear skies and cool waters, the experience was indeed something worth remembering.
social media influencers ride boat in oslob
tiffany nguyen and parker ferris take photos in oslob
After everyone had cleaned up, it was time again to get moving. Next on the list – Kawasan Falls . A 20-minute walk amidst the lush greens gave an immediate sense of serenity. Following the banks of the river led to the captivating Kawasan Falls. Indeed the falls were a major draw for travelers.
trek to kawasan falls
By the time the group arrived at the destination, it was already lunch. And what makes a perfect feast on the island? A boodle fight composed of grilled dishes, variety vegetables meals, tropical fruits, and of course freshly-opened coconuts for that cool drink.
boodle fight in kawasan falls
social media influencers enjoy boodle fight
social media influencers enjoy buko juice
Soon as everyone had their fill of goodness, one by one they went to the pool of azure waters falling from a great height. The strong gush was a perfect natural massage after all the swimming and walking earlier. While others were enjoying a heavenly experience with nature, some took the opportunity to snap amazing photos to share.
waterfalls massage kawasan falls
tiffany nguyen takes photos of kawasan falls
It took some hours traveling back and upon arriving in the city, the third one the Cebu bucket list was getting a taste of the lechon – one of Cebu’s famous delicacies, at Zubuchon. After a fun-filled day, there’s no better way to reward oneself than indulging in a filling dinner.
social media influencers arrive at zubuchon
don benjamin orders lechon at zubuchon
social media influencers dinner at zubuchon
social media influencers meet dot regional director
social media influencers group photo at zubuchon
What’s an island adventure without a stop to one of the world’s renowned beaches? Boracay awaits the coolest travel squad on the archipelago on Mango Tours’ next travel review of theAlways Summer in the Philippines tour.