Moalboal is Cebu island’s most popular diving destination. A three-kilometer boat ride from Tongo Point diving spot leads to tiny Pescador Island. With generally excellent visibility and depths of around 50 meters, the island’s water is usually teeming with fishes. Snorkeling at the island’s southern side is also recommended.
Cebu, like the rest of the Philippines, has dry and wet seasons. Dry season in Cebu is from March to May. The hottest month is May when temperatures could reach as high as 38oC. Although the rainy season from June to February is long, it is not very intense. Typhoons visit the region but Cebu is often spared from devastation unlike the islands directly facing the ocean.
* Banks are usually open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Friday.
* Public and private offices typically function from 8 a.m. or 9 a.m. to
5 p.m., with a lunch break from noon to 1 p.m. on weekdays.
A few private companies also work on Saturday morning.
* Departments stores and supermarkets open from 9 a.m. or 10 a.m. to
7 p.m. or 8 p.m.
The unit of currency in the Philippines is the peso, which is also spelled piso by locals. Banknotes come in denominations of 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1,000. Coins are in 10-centavo and 25-centavo pieces, one peso, five pesos and ten pesos.
There is no restriction on the amount of foreign currency that can be brought into the Philippines; however, foreign currency taken out must not exceed the amount brought in. Visitors must also declare Philippine currency in excess of Php 10,000 upon entering or leaving the country.
Most major towns in Cebu have a range of options for changing money – from banks and moneychangers to resorts and travel offices. U.S.-dollar travelers checks are also a reliable way to carry funds.
Visitors will get better exchange rates in Cebu City than in Moalboal. Most of the large establishments in Cebu accept VISA or Mastercard with a 6-10% surcharge.
* Electricity: 220 volts, 60Hz AC. Plugs U.S.-style flat two-pin variety.
* Weights and measurements: Metric system
* Language: Cebuano, Tagalog, English
* Time: +8 GMT