The Visayas are a group of islands located in central Philippines, the major islands being Samar, Leyte, Bohol, Cebu, Negros and Panay.
This group of islands are famous for having a passion for festivals, and you’re bound to come across one during your stay, whatever time of year it is, whether it’s Sinulog in January in the busy city of Cebu or Pintados Festival in June.
Perhaps the most famous beach in all of the Philippines, White Beach, is located on the island of Boracay, a place which is also famous for its pumping nightlife and cool kiteboarding scene. With it’s soft and unbelievably white powdery white sand, White Beach has often been described as the most beautiful beach in the world. (So Starbucks reckoned when they plonked down their branded tables and umbrellas on the beach!)
This region also offers some authentic islands, such as Bantayan Island, that has hardly been touched by tourism, where you will find deserted beach after beach and a local fishing culture that’s been the same way for hundreds of years. Like many other parts of the Philippines, the Visayas have incredible opportunities for divers, with the chance to swim with thresher sharks in Malapascua Island and huge sardine shoals in Moalboal.
Head to Siquijor if you’re looking to seek out the Philippines’ supernatural side where its rumoured that shamans and witches practise black magic! Or if you’re looking for more of a laid-back holiday feel, head to the beautiful island of Bohol and neighbouring Panglao Island for a relaxed time!